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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

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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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thehondo - 08.09.2011 at 03:26  
Rating: 10 First time through, very good. Second time, better. Some of you are too busy comparing it to the past. Just listen.
Gopherhawk - 08.09.2011 at 06:28  
Rating: 7 Listen to it as just a new album not necessarily a new DT album.
Kap'N Korrupt - 08.09.2011 at 07:16  
  It totally blew me away! I haven't been impressed by Dream Theater like this for a long time! Great introduction to their new drummer! I hope they use him better in the next album.
Syk - 08.09.2011 at 16:15  
 
Written by Guest on 08.09.2011 at 07:16
It totally blew me away! I haven't been impressed by Dream Theater like this for a long time! Great introduction to their new drummer! I hope they use him better in the next album.
How's his style? Much like Portnoy in the past? Any really self-indulgent passages?
thehondo - 08.09.2011 at 18:40  
Rating: 10
Written by Syk on 08.09.2011 at 16:15

Written by Guest on 08.09.2011 at 07:16
It totally blew me away! I haven't been impressed by Dream Theater like this for a long time! Great introduction to their new drummer! I hope they use him better in the next album.
How's his style? Much like Portnoy in the past? Any really self-indulgent passages?

No self-indulgent passes because Petrucci had all the tracks done before. They just replicated them for the album.
BehzadSh - 09.09.2011 at 00:14  
Rating: 9 Somehow it reminds me "Awake" album, maybe I'm wrong
Mr.Wilson - 09.09.2011 at 05:52  
Rating: 8 Excelent album:) much better than the last 2 and for sure the best since metropolis pt.2:)
Milena - 09.09.2011 at 11:02  
Rating: 6
Written by thehondo on 08.09.2011 at 03:26

First time through, very good. Second time, better. Some of you are too busy comparing it to the past. Just listen.

I'm not comparing it to anything and I still don't like it. I'm not used to not liking Dream Theater, so this is quite painful for me.
Daniell - 09.09.2011 at 15:14  
Rating: 6
Written by thehondo on 08.09.2011 at 03:26

First time through, very good. Second time, better. Some of you are too busy comparing it to the past. Just listen.


Currently I'm in the middle of my 7th listen. I'm not comparing this album to anything. I'm just listening, because at the end of the day this is all that matters: the music itself, stripped of all references and contexts. And, I'm saddened to say, this is some seriously uninspired, forced excuse for music. I really like 2 tracks only: "Lost Not Forgotten" and "Breaking All Illusions". The rest blends togeter to form an unconvincing mass. Oh, "Build Me Up, Break Me Down", "This Is the Life" and "Far From Heaven" are absolutely terrible, pathetic attempts at radio exposure.
Yavanna - 09.09.2011 at 15:46  
  I have listened to it several times, and really, is not such a great thing... Is not a letdown because I expected nothing from this album
I mean, is not bad, but is not good either. The long songs sounded quite boring to me, it's different from the "old" DT
Anyway, didn't liked it
Yavanna - 09.09.2011 at 15:46  
  I have listened to it several times, and really, is not such a great thing... Is not a letdown because I expected nothing from this album
I mean, is not bad, but is not good either. The long songs sounded quite boring to me, it's different from the "old" DT
Anyway, didn't liked it
Mohamads7 - 09.09.2011 at 15:47  
Rating: 9 Same as before in this album D.T started a new concept.
I'm so happy that they are still creative.
The Benighted - 09.09.2011 at 20:31  
Rating: 9 Probably their best album since the second Metropolis release. I'm sad to see their new drummer pushed back in the mix because of the rest of DT's wariness, but he's a good fit here and in general the lack of Portnoy has decreased the pretentiousness of the material. It's more cohesive and generally consistent than the last couple releases and in general this is a solid release.
Risto - 09.09.2011 at 20:56  
Rating: 7
Written by Daniell on 09.09.2011 at 15:14

Oh, "Build Me Up, Break Me Down", "This Is the Life" and "Far From Heaven" are absolutely terrible, pathetic attempts at radio exposure.

So you like "Breaking All Illusions" but dislike "Far from Heaven"... You might have something to pursue between these two songs because they're musically connected.
Daniell - 09.09.2011 at 21:20  
Rating: 6 One is an ambitious song with many layers, another is a simple bullshit exercise in musical mediocrity. Even if they do share some musical similarities, I don't enjoy them to the same extent.
Acidjunkie - 09.09.2011 at 23:10  
Rating: 5 Just finished an almost complete listen to thisalbum. I have to agree with Danlel. Aside from more adventurous songs like "Lost Not Forgotten" and "Breaking All Illusions" there is nothing I would like to listen to again. Most of the rest seem mediocre fillers to me, why anyone would tag them as progressive metal is beyond me.
As mentioned almost complete listen, because I skipped half of "Bridges in the Sky'" and "Far From Heaven". Both horrible tracks, reminds me of cheesy Italian 80's rock, ugh.
BaneConall - 11.09.2011 at 06:06  
Rating: 8 I found it a bit more interesting than Black Clouds and Silver Linings. Lets see if it holds up.
Opethian - 12.09.2011 at 03:46  
Rating: 6 Why does everyone always compare to 'Older Material" ? Embrace is the word i suppose.
RockeRoy - 12.09.2011 at 11:22  
Rating: 6 Sounds like there is alot of different opinions on this album.. better check it out for myself and find out the truth;)
Acidjunkie - 12.09.2011 at 11:47  
Rating: 5
Written by Opethian on 12.09.2011 at 03:46

Why does everyone always compare to 'Older Material" ? Embrace is the word i suppose.

Not comparing it to older material. I don't even know all the Dream Theater Classics. Just not impressed by this album. Of course, feel free to disagree.;D
SamuelSanchezAlvarez - 12.09.2011 at 14:31  
Rating: 8 This album is the DT's comeback to their roots, and they cannot do it better. A great album from beginning to end. 8/10
Fat & Sassy! - 12.09.2011 at 23:54  
Rating: 5 Jesus Christ, guys. Such a lame release. And I swear, James's vocals on Dream Theater's albums have started to annoy me so much that I can't enjoy the songs at all unless he's not singing. Whatever this band used to do for me, they have completely stopped doing it with this album.

Written by BehzadSh on 09.09.2011 at 00:14

Somehow it reminds me "Awake" album, maybe I'm wrong


Wait. What? God no. It does compliment that album nicely in terms of the title. They should have called this new album Sleep! >:[

EDIT: Breaking Illusions has its moments though. I mean, so do other songs, but it's not enough to keep me awake and attentive to the music often enough.
Metal_4Ever - 13.09.2011 at 01:44  
Rating: 7
Written by Yavanna on 09.09.2011 at 15:46

I have listened to it several times, and really, is not such a great thing... Is not a letdown because I expected nothing from this album
I mean, is not bad, but is not good either. The long songs sounded quite boring to me, it's different from the "old" DT
Anyway, didn't liked it

Yeah me too
Parasomnia - 13.09.2011 at 23:09  
Rating: 7
Written by SamuelSanchezAlvarez on 12.09.2011 at 14:31

This album is the DT's comeback to their roots, and they cannot do it better. A great album from beginning to end. 8/10


I completely agree. To me, it's Dream Theater's return to being a progressive rock band, who use metal the same as any other influence. Best album since Metropolis Pt. 1, imho.
godisdead - 14.09.2011 at 03:47  
Rating: 8 Jesus christ what the hell is with the low scores. Progressive rock? What the fuck is wrong with you? Awake was definitely metal and even their recent albums are great compared to the commercial shit thats coming out of europe and america.
Daniell - 14.09.2011 at 09:19  
Rating: 6
Written by godisdead on 14.09.2011 at 03:47

Jesus christ what the hell is with the low scores. Progressive rock? What the fuck is wrong with you? Awake was definitely metal and even their recent albums are great compared to the commercial shit thats coming out of europe and america.


Jesus christ what the hell is with your stupid post. Some people like the album less than you. You fail to grasp such an idea. What the fuck is wrong with you?
R'Vannith - 14.09.2011 at 09:42  
Rating: 6 I have to say I thought that bringing in a new drummer might shakes things up a bit, but this is very much 'heard this before' material for me.
jhook - 14.09.2011 at 16:24  
Rating: 9 Just got this, acutally sounds quite promising, "build me up break me down" was a great song... if this ends up living up to the low ratings im going to be very sad
JohnDoe - 14.09.2011 at 18:49  
Rating: 8 It's funny to see people saying they didn't like the album but still rate it a "7".

I liked the album, it's not great, it's enjoyable, much better for me than their previous 2 albums. Breaking All Illusions is the highlight for me, a very pleasant surprise, one of the best songs they have ever done.

My biggest complaint about the album is that Rudess is all over the place, he's such a show off. The best description of his work on the new album was given by a fellow user on the romanian prog forum where I sometimes post: "Rudess is like one of those guys that gets drunk and talks too much, becomes tiring and annoying and no one knows what to do to make him stop and shut his mouth". Unfortunately I agree.
Being and Time - 14.09.2011 at 22:15  
 
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 12.09.2011 at 23:54

Jesus Christ, guys. Such a lame release. And I swear, James's vocals on Dream Theater's albums have started to annoy me so much that I can't enjoy the songs at all unless he's not singing. Whatever this band used to do for me, they have completely stopped doing it with this album.


Yeah, I agree with you here. To me, the last time his vocals didn't bug me was...Train of Thought era Dream Theater.
jhook - 15.09.2011 at 02:56  
Rating: 9 Surprising theres no review yet...
anyways i finished listening to it and thankfully i really enjoyed it. Its not the greatest thing ever but theres alot of good songs, and im glad the identity crisis of the TOT- systematic chaos era is over. Its also nice that DT is free of portnoy's annoying vocals, i do miss his drumming though.
SWAMPL0RD - 15.09.2011 at 07:19  
  Well at least Symphony X killed it this year...
godisdead - 16.09.2011 at 03:28  
Rating: 8
Written by Daniell on 14.09.2011 at 09:19

Written by godisdead on 14.09.2011 at 03:47

Jesus christ what the hell is with the low scores. Progressive rock? What the fuck is wrong with you? Awake was definitely metal and even their recent albums are great compared to the commercial shit thats coming out of europe and america.


Jesus christ what the hell is with your stupid post. Some people like the album less than you. You fail to grasp such an idea. What the fuck is wrong with you?

My problem was that people were calling dream theater progressive rock. I mean they definitely have progressive rock elements and songs and this is a lighter album but they are a metal band. It isnt a great album (for them) but that doesnt justify rating it below a 6.
Daniell - 16.09.2011 at 09:09  
Rating: 6 It does, because the album is weak. I rate it 6, so I'm not surprised if someone likes it even less.
Angelic Storm - 16.09.2011 at 11:07  
  After putting it off for a while now, I think Im finally going to give this a listen today. lol Looking at the comments, opinions seem very evenly divided about it, so it's going to be interesting to hear what it's like! I do very much like "On The Backs Of Angels" though, so hopefully that's a good sign for the album itself.
Daniell - 16.09.2011 at 11:47  
Rating: 6 It's in the making. As for guest reviews, you need to wait 3 months before you can publish one (provided it gets accepted).
Risto - 16.09.2011 at 11:59  
Rating: 7
Written by Daniell on 16.09.2011 at 11:47

It's in the making. As for guest reviews, you need to wait 3 months before you can publish one (provided it gets accepted).

That was to my post stating I'm considering of reviewing the album, which accidentally got deleted

And that three month buffer is only in case there's no official review available, if the instructions are correct.
Daniell - 16.09.2011 at 12:15  
Rating: 6 Yes, it's true. But the review from a staff member is coming. Not me, in case someone is worrying that I will bash the album.
jhook - 16.09.2011 at 15:46  
Rating: 9
Written by Angelic Storm on 16.09.2011 at 11:07

After putting it off for a while now, I think Im finally going to give this a listen today. lol Looking at the comments, opinions seem very evenly divided about it, so it's going to be interesting to hear what it's like! I do very much like "On The Backs Of Angels" though, so hopefully that's a good sign for the album itself.


If you liked "on the backs of angels" you should like the rest of it
does "outcry" remind anyone else of metropolis part 1? soaring chorus, wanky but fun middle section, powerful ending....
His Eminence - 16.09.2011 at 18:27  
  I didn't really like this album at all. It sounds very uninspired.
malaikat - 17.09.2011 at 11:53  
Rating: 6 Well, coming from a person who usually doesn't listen to DT, I found this quite enjoyable and unpretentious listen. I mean, they are a good and popular band, I give them that, it's just that they always sounded uninspired to me: their "mainstreem" songs were weak and ridiculous, and they "progressive" bits were, to my ears, senseless showcases of their musical technique (like someone said on MS, like a bunch of dudes meatspining their dicks in front of me just to show me which one is bigger).

That being said, I honestly don't know why I like this, but I do

Must be because of the lowered expectations, I guess. Just in case, I will not rate it until 3rd or 4th spin.
Milena - 17.09.2011 at 20:55  
Rating: 6
Written by Daniell on 16.09.2011 at 12:15

Yes, it's true. But the review from a staff member is coming. Not me, in case someone is worrying that I will bash the album.

Well, it kinda deserves a review like the one for 'Khaos Legions'.
But if anyone is gonna praise it, I hope he/she mentions how the fans have split opinions, based on what we see in this thread
imspazzen - 18.09.2011 at 03:34  
Rating: 9 Maybe my expectations were too low because I thought this was a great listen! I can see why some fans wouldn't like it though, it sounds very...modern. This is a vast improvement over their last 2 albums for me though so I'm very content.
Aetherius - 18.09.2011 at 14:18  
Rating: 9 Damn, forgot all about this coming out and I have been waiting forever , lol. Gonna go get it on Amazon MP3 now and Ill post back what I think too! Kinda nervous seeing all you guys reviews I know your all big DT fans from reading various threads, and Im seeing a pattern, either ratings 6's or 9's , lol...
Fleabag - 18.09.2011 at 19:58  
Rating: 3 This album sounds like the remaining guys are rudderless without Portnoy. The 3 rating is for two of the songs, the rest of the album is a mish mash of lame improvising solos, coupled with the overbearing voice of James. The drumming is mediocre in comparison to the man as well.
Opethian - 19.09.2011 at 03:02  
Rating: 6
Written by Acidjunkie on 12.09.2011 at 11:47

Written by Opethian on 12.09.2011 at 03:46

Why does everyone always compare to 'Older Material" ? Embrace is the word i suppose.

Not comparing it to older material. I don't even know all the Dream Theater Classics. Just not impressed by this album. Of course, feel free to disagree.;D


Dude i gave it a good spin and in the end it wasn't as bad as their 2009 album IMO. As always just my opinion and thought
Aetherius - 20.09.2011 at 19:02  
Rating: 9 Okay so I got it and listened to it and few times, and have determined it is one of those type of albums that grows on me, I like it more a little each time. I detect some Falling Into Infinity sounds here and there and other elements of DT's discography, which that album took me the longest to start to like as much as the rest. Listening now also
Jinghis - 20.09.2011 at 21:02  
Rating: 9 I've listened the new album, quite a lot. And it's time to gain an opinion. Before the album, I was quite sad by the time MP leaved the band, and noticed that Mike Mangini joined as new drummer I've got a little scared, and one question floated in my mind: "Is this DT is going to be the same DT as we used to love and listen ( or sing )?". For me the answer is simple and straightforward : Yes, and no. For the first time I've listened all the tracks, I surely found all the power, all the beauty... that I loved in this band for so long time. But several days after I've started to think: "How MP would do the drum part, in every track". Sure he's no longer in the band, but I used to his technique quite well for their 25 years in their carriers. But ( and maybe sadly for others ) that was the only negative thing in it. They are back, and could be better than 4 years ago. Mangini is truly not the same as Portnoy, B...U...T..., he scored a marvelous points in the "fit in" test for me. And every melody and, "kick in the face" track is graet. And I can't wait for the next album, when they reaaally work together.
Daniell - 21.09.2011 at 00:01  
Rating: 6
Written by Fleabag on 18.09.2011 at 19:58

This album sounds like the remaining guys are rudderless without Portnoy.


Seeing how the fucking keyboards are annoyingly stuck between every note of this album, never letting the listener forget them, I'm tempted to make a terrible pun which your post inspired: they're rudderless, but they have a lot of Rudess.
BuzzPhil - 21.09.2011 at 03:44  
  This may sound ridiculous to some of you guys but it's probably my favorite Dream Theater. Really thought it was a masterpiece !

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