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Release date: 7 September 2011
Style: Progressive metal

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01. On The Backs Of Angels
02. Build Me Up, Break Me Down
03. Lost Not Forgotten
04. This Is The Life
05. Bridges In The Sky
06. Outcry
07. Far From Heaven
08. Breaking All Illusions
09. Beneath The Surface

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (9)


Additional info
Release dates:
September 7: Japan
September 9: Australia, Netherlands, Germany
September 12: France, UK
September 13: Canada, USA


Notes

* The limited Deluxe Collector's Edition of A Dramatic Turn of Events includes a second disc with instrumentals of all the tracks.

* "Bridges in the Sky" was originally titled "The Shaman's Trance".

* A Dramatic Turn of Events is the first Dream Theater album to feature lyrics by bassist John Myung since "Fatal Tragedy" from Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory.

* Paul Northfield is credited for the spoken words in "Breaking All Illusions".

Staff review by
Daniell

Rating:
5.8
It seems that something like that must have happened eventually. Mike Portnoy is gone, and A Dramatic Turn of Events is the first occasion for the metal community to find out how Dream Theater fares without their co-founder and co-leader. Let me tell you straight away that it sucks. It sucks much more than I feared it would having heard the first song off the album, whose name I won't even bother to mention. Why would I want to waste time typing names of crappy songs?

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published 21.09.2011 | Comments (181)

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor

Rating:
7.9
There is no denying Dream Theater has been an enormous influence on progressive music for the last two decades. Every new release of theirs usually generates a buzz among fans and media alike. But since founding member, natural leader and revered drummer Mike Portnoy left the band unceremoniously last year, the free press the band is getting has been off the charts. After an overly publicized series of auditions whence drumming instructor Mike Mangini came triumphant, expectations were at an expected all-time high. A lot of doubts and uncertainties were lingering in the air. So what? You ask. Well, it all depends who's giving you the answer. Reviews have been split across the internet spectrum. But since you're stuck with me, here are my thoughts.

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published 02.11.2011 | Comments (28)

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Lachy - 13.03.2011 at 14:24  
  I want this so bad i have have already pre rated it 10
Darth Mitchell - 13.03.2011 at 15:01  
Rating: 8 Yeah a new DT album!!! Really hope they have found a good drummer.
Danyael - 13.03.2011 at 15:26  
  This better be good!
BloodTears - 13.03.2011 at 20:09  
Rating: 7 Only in December? Bleh
TemplarLS - 14.03.2011 at 00:35  
Rating: 10 They found an awesome drummer thats for sure! But who is it, thats killing me
JohnDoe - 25.03.2011 at 00:09  
Rating: 8 I'm looking forward to this album, hope it will be better than their last one.
nana.MD - 16.04.2011 at 17:06  
 
Written by JohnDoe on 25.03.2011 at 00:09

I'm looking forward to this album, hope it will be better than their last one.



me too...their last albums haven't been as great as usual...hope this one's better, sadly they are starting to loose me
Aetherius - 10.05.2011 at 20:31  
Rating: 9 Cant wait !
x-avier - 25.05.2011 at 23:36  
  This is a great chance for them to at least try to play something like images or awake or scenes. Their direction will follow for sure without MP that eventhough I´m so sad that he left, this could let the band get out of that kind of tyranny they had with him.
godisdead - 30.05.2011 at 20:28  
Rating: 8 Cant Wait!
Cynic Metalhead - 08.06.2011 at 14:02  
Rating: 5 Oooooo...Excited!!!
AXA - 09.06.2011 at 05:50  
Rating: 9 I want it \../
Jose Nonrum - 09.06.2011 at 13:30  
  I m so excited n really just can't wait to hear der latest album
JohnDoe - 11.06.2011 at 14:46  
Rating: 8 9 songs? this could be a good thing, that means shorter songs, I'm looking forward to that
AXA - 17.06.2011 at 18:00  
Rating: 9 I cant wait ,,, i want it \../
SceneryOfLoss - 29.06.2011 at 20:45  
Rating: 6
BloodFireDeath - 02.07.2011 at 01:04  
  Im excited of course. It won't be very difficult for them to make a better album than their last one. BCASL was WEAK
John Shock - 03.07.2011 at 16:35  
  I want this...i'm listening to their new song...and i'm loving it...;)
Megi - 12.07.2011 at 06:21  
  'On The Backs Of Angels' is a bestial song. hopefully the rest is just as good
Risto - 05.08.2011 at 18:21  
Rating: 7 The tracklist on Metal Storm is out of date. Here is a brand new sample of track #5

SebastianErikKristen - 25.08.2011 at 23:27  
  Very nice album!
"Breaking All Illusions" is totally my favorite!
Hollberr - 02.09.2011 at 06:15  
Rating: 10 The album is completely insane... Mangini seems like he's got chains on him and he can't do whatever he wants. If it were not of this detail, I think DT would have made their best album so far
MartinMyersKoek - 02.09.2011 at 12:28  
Rating: 4 Totally boring album, even more boring than its 3 predecessors, and its not progressive at all, its just some uninspiring metal... 4 out of 10
Donnie Darko - 03.09.2011 at 18:41  
Rating: 10 One of their best albums so far. All its songs are very inspiring and very well made. Pure technique, great compositions and lyrics. Completely awesome! 10/10
Cant stop listening to it. Totally Recommended
strade - 03.09.2011 at 22:49  
Rating: 5 I almost can't believe how good this album is compared to recent years. I love how catchy it is and the more varied song times; compared to the spectacle of boredom that Black Clouds produced, this is a masterwork.
whitepawel - 04.09.2011 at 01:02  
Rating: 4 I'm a fan of Images And Words, Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence and Train Of Thought. And I think that this album is simply a piece of shit. Thank you.
Metal_4Ever - 04.09.2011 at 01:16  
Rating: 7
Written by whitepawel on 04.09.2011 at 01:02

I'm a fan of Images And Words, Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence and Train Of Thought. And I think that this album is simply a piece of shit. Thank you.

this album is 77:05 minute of shit
farfaramir - 04.09.2011 at 18:23  
Rating: 7 Not their best, not their worst... It's ok, it's enjoyable, I will give it 7/10
Marcel Hubregtse - 05.09.2011 at 19:57  
Rating: 6 Not good at all. black clouds was vastly superior on all fronts.
BitterCOld - 05.09.2011 at 20:17  
 
Written by Guest on 13.03.2011 at 14:24

I want this so bad i have have already pre rated it 10


clearly you are yet another user whose votes are dubious at best... and boom goes the dynamite.
John Shock - 05.09.2011 at 21:12  
  I already have it...anyone give me a review before i listen to it please! ...a nice review!
BloodTears - 05.09.2011 at 22:25  
Rating: 7
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 05.09.2011 at 19:57

Not good at all. black clouds was vastly superior on all fronts.


Sadly true for the most part.
drdml - 06.09.2011 at 03:33  
Rating: 9 I'm not a fan of this band,but i like this album.
Lachy - 06.09.2011 at 05:57  
 
Written by BitterCOld on 05.09.2011 at 20:17

Written by Guest on 13.03.2011 at 14:24

I want this so bad i have have already pre rated it 10


clearly you are yet another user whose votes are dubious at best... and boom goes the dynamite.


dude i dont care if my votes count towards shit, im not one of them fags who cant stand it when megadeth or metallica get knocked off the top. I just have never been disappointed by dream theater, it doesnt mean that it will definately get a 10, in fact the time that you took to look into my profile and criticize me for it makes me not even what to take part in any discussions on this site. Everyone is entitled to an opinion no matter how bias (which is basically what an opinion is). Now i think you have just made me rage quit metal storm, oh well if you think it will make the world such a better place than so be it
R'Vannith - 06.09.2011 at 09:18  
Rating: 6 See where playing with high explosives gets you? You've gone and killed Lachy

Haven't heard this one yet, but if it's anything like the last one it should be an enjoyable listen.
Fat & Sassy! - 06.09.2011 at 10:27  
Rating: 5
Written by Guest on 06.09.2011 at 05:57

Written by BitterCOld on 05.09.2011 at 20:17

Written by Guest on 13.03.2011 at 14:24

I want this so bad i have have already pre rated it 10


clearly you are yet another user whose votes are dubious at best... and boom goes the dynamite.


dude i dont care if my votes count towards shit, im not one of them fags who cant stand it when megadeth or metallica get knocked off the top. I just have never been disappointed by dream theater, it doesnt mean that it will definately get a 10, in fact the time that you took to look into my profile and criticize me for it makes me not even what to take part in any discussions on this site. Everyone is entitled to an opinion no matter how bias (which is basically what an opinion is). Now i think you have just made me rage quit metal storm, oh well if you think it will make the world such a better place than so be it


FUCK this site and FUCK whoever gave BitterCOld that goddamn stick of dynamite.
iMorphball - 06.09.2011 at 15:31  
Rating: 5 Listening to this right now, and am very disappointed by the vocal performance. It's cringe-worthy.
The Voyager - 06.09.2011 at 17:53  
Rating: 9
Written by iMorphball on 06.09.2011 at 15:31

Listening to this right now, and am very disappointed by the vocal performance. It's cringe-worthy.

What? This is probably James' best vocal performance in years, in my opinion. I swear, some folks are never happy...
iMorphball - 06.09.2011 at 17:57  
Rating: 5
Written by The Voyager on 06.09.2011 at 17:53

Written by iMorphball on 06.09.2011 at 15:31

Listening to this right now, and am very disappointed by the vocal performance. It's cringe-worthy.

What? This is probably James' best vocal performance in years, in my opinion. I swear, some folks are never happy...


I'm not really much of a Dream Theater fan, I gave this a listen because I was curious. I didn't come bearing any great expectations or anything, and was disappointed.
BloodTears - 06.09.2011 at 18:36  
Rating: 7 I don't think it is his best vocal performance in years at all. It is just competent, it seems. If anything, it declined when you compare it to the previous album BCASL.
BitterCOld - 06.09.2011 at 19:02  
 
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 06.09.2011 at 10:27

Written by Guest on 06.09.2011 at 05:57

Written by BitterCOld on 05.09.2011 at 20:17

Written by Guest on 13.03.2011 at 14:24

I want this so bad i have have already pre rated it 10


clearly you are yet another user whose votes are dubious at best... and boom goes the dynamite.


dude i dont care if my votes count towards shit, im not one of them fags who cant stand it when megadeth or metallica get knocked off the top. I just have never been disappointed by dream theater, it doesnt mean that it will definately get a 10, in fact the time that you took to look into my profile and criticize me for it makes me not even what to take part in any discussions on this site. Everyone is entitled to an opinion no matter how bias (which is basically what an opinion is). Now i think you have just made me rage quit metal storm, oh well if you think it will make the world such a better place than so be it


FUCK this site and FUCK whoever gave BitterCOld that goddamn stick of dynamite.


lols at Captain Overreaction. Doles out straight 10's to no less than 5 artists full discographies, gets them etch-a-sketched, and flies off the handle. life is hard.

it's funny how bitches complain about people scoring albums/artists with 1's as abuse... but whenever i point out voting to the obvious other extreme they flip out.

the more and more i deal with overrating freaks, the more i think we should just do away with the ability to rate anything and just set everything automatically to 10. that way everyone's drooling over their favorite band is validated, everything ever recorded is top (however many albums we list on this site at the time) ever. although it would make the MSA's a big pain in the ass to have to write a full 100-120 words on each and every release pumped out each year.

now back to DT.
seafood - 07.09.2011 at 01:18  
  Sounded like generic prog after first listen... but it took me like a year or so to like their previous album, so I'm not throwing my hopes away yet.
Xtopher - 07.09.2011 at 05:49  
  Nothing special really, but i appreciate the lack of rap in the album. Good Start.
Hollberr - 07.09.2011 at 07:40  
Rating: 10 Jordan Rudess is back with more sounds than ever and Mike Mangini makes a solid appearance. Even James Labrie sounds good (well, a lot better than the previous albums). They have 4 killers songs above 10 minutes, in all of which we don't get to hear Portnoy's uninspired voice... what could we ask more?

I give it a 10! It's WAYYYY better than what I expected. I thought it would be hard for them to beat Symphony X's Iconoclast, but they just blasted it!! (unlike Systematic Chaos vs Paradise Lost).

Highlights : Lost Not Forgotten, Breaking All Illusions
Daniell - 07.09.2011 at 10:52  
Rating: 6 After 4 listens, I remember one good long track, and three shitty short tracks. Not too good for DT standards so far...
Milena - 07.09.2011 at 14:50  
Rating: 6 They've never made an album this meh. And this is coming from a big fan of theirs and also someone who likes the latest albums. I know what I'm voting for when the biggest disappointment question gets asked at MS awards...

Written by Daniell on 07.09.2011 at 10:52

After 4 listens, I remember one good long track, and three shitty short tracks. Not too good for DT standards so far...

That one good track must be Breaking All Illusions. Awesome song.
Deefer46 - 07.09.2011 at 16:56  
Rating: 6 I found it just about ok, there are some great moments on the album even though it seems to tread water at times. The solo's get a bit pretentious at times and seem overblown and bloated. Not a grabber, though I'm sure there are some moments of genius in there, somewhere. It'll take a few listens to unearth them.

After a few more listens the only thing that strikes me is how average this album is compared to past DT albums. Good in some parts, which are sadly few. I think it will be a while before I revisit this album.
Rulatore - 07.09.2011 at 19:12  
Rating: 6 Breaking All Illusions is the only one I can remember from this album, too meh this album.
Castiel666 - 07.09.2011 at 22:32  
Rating: 10 My favourite album after Images and Words and Metropolis Pt. 2! Love at first "sight".
godisdead - 08.09.2011 at 02:30  
Rating: 8 Good albums just not as good as most people would expect from dream theater.

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