Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn Of Events review



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Band: Dream Theater
Album: A Dramatic Turn Of Events
Release date: September 2011


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


Dream Theater is my favorite band. They've been for a while now. However, a lot of people classify their music as mindless wankery and dislike them because of that, and while it's true that their 2000's releases to some extent fall in that category, for a long time I never really could understand what made that so unappealing to some. However, after hearing this album, I instantly knew what they meant. Following the pretty good Black Clouds And Silver Linings, which was a huge step up from the very mixed Systematic Chaos and Octavarium, it seemed like everything was going great again for Dream Theater. However, the departure of founding member Mike Portnoy left them in quite a weird spot; he had been one of the lead writers for two decades and was one of the pillars behind their success. The band now had to prove themselves capable of writing great stuff without him, using their new drummer Mike Mangini. And I'm gonna be honest, they did anything but succeed.

The album is quite long, clocking up at 77 minutes, with four of its tracks going over the 10 minutes mark. Talking about the songs, there are a few major issues that everyone will probably notice. First off, the songwriting is ALL OVER THE PLACE. Some songs will start out with technical madness and then be stopped by our second problem: a cheesy chorus that completely breaks the rhythm, making the song as a whole way less interesting. They're definitely the worst thing on the album. There's literally only one track with an enjoyable chorus and it's "Lost Not Forgotten", a track plagued by our third problem: Petrucci and Rudess being the major composers for the album. All of the songs are based solely around the guitar and keyboard and eventually end up in a contest of who can play the most notes. It just ends up being mindless wankery, with pointless instrumental sections that add absolutely no substance whatsoever to the music.

The fourth is the random elements. Now randomness itself is not really a problem for me, although it wouldn't really fit the precise and calculated side of Dream Theater, but starting a song with Mongolian throat singing that has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the track isn't really the most well thought out decision. This is amplified by the weird keyboard sounds Rudess uses at times, most notably in "Beneath The Surface", which is already a painful enough track without it. Talking about Rudess, the keyboard is omnipresent, and it becomes quite annoying because once again, it's just pointless wankery. I'd say the most enjoyable track is "Breaking All Illusions", it's the only song here that proves that Dream Theater can still slap, although it of course has a mediocre chorus. But absolute rock bottom is hit with "Build Me Up, Break Me Down", which many rightfully said reached the level of a Disturbed song. Sorry for all of you Disturbed fans out there, but it's not a compliment.

This is a painful album to listen to, and not the greatest start to the new decade for Dream Theater.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 4
Originality: 6
Production: 7

Written by doez | 29.12.2020


 


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This is a guest review, which means it does not necessarily represent the point of view of the MS Staff.

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 (186)

Staff review by
Dream Taster
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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30.12.2020 - 16:27
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Tage Westerlund
Written by R.Boxma on 30.12.2020 at 15:38

Written by Bad English on 30.12.2020 at 12:12

Bass dont means, FW songs works, not DT somehow they compose boring music what dont work, its like riverside.


I just saw your profile... Your list of "favorite bands" pretty much contains the whole metalstorm database! How can you possibly love every other band except for DT and Riverside??? With a list like that you must have only listened to half of each of those album only once in your life! So I am questioning your judgement...

Because i am metal head, listen metsl not just few bands, I follow scene deep and on regular bases. I know what bands i like. What i dont. So
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30.12.2020 - 16:28
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Jon Dow. He said double bass. Only few Bassist can play bass well to impresse me, he is Dead and he plaid rock n roll
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30.12.2020 - 18:39
JoHn DoE
Written by Bad English on 30.12.2020 at 16:28

Jon Dow. He said double bass. Only few Bassist can play bass well to impresse me, he is Dead and he plaid rock n roll


I still don't know what are you talking about...
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30.12.2020 - 18:47
Oracles
Written by doez on 29.12.2020 at 19:25

Written by Oracles on 29.12.2020 at 19:21

By far their worst album and for me I just find a lot of their songs on this album boring, lacklustre, and going into "Iron Saviour same sound" territory on this one. Even the cover art is quite pathetic and ridiculously stupid looking. Now that doesn't mean they've regressed because their self-title is a great album, I liked The Astonishing more than most, and Distance over Time is a solid release too. It just seems that DToE is the poor execution of Portnoy leaving when DT clearly needed a break from music for a little bit and giving Pertucci/Rudess too much of the creative process especially with a new drummer. I think a 5.0 rating is even high for me...

I probably agree with the fact that it is their worst, although I'm not the biggest fan of The Astonishing, at least it tried something. They couldn't really handle not having Portnoy and ended up relying too much on technicality and it kinda felt like they forgot who they were and what made their music great

The Astonishing for me was an album too long, but didn't lack good songs on it. I just cut the album down from the songs I thought were filler into something more manageable and it's good album once you do that. I recommend doing the same.
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30.12.2020 - 18:51
Oracles
Written by Bad English on 30.12.2020 at 16:27

Written by R.Boxma on 30.12.2020 at 15:38

Written by Bad English on 30.12.2020 at 12:12

Bass dont means, FW songs works, not DT somehow they compose boring music what dont work, its like riverside.


I just saw your profile... Your list of "favorite bands" pretty much contains the whole metalstorm database! How can you possibly love every other band except for DT and Riverside??? With a list like that you must have only listened to half of each of those album only once in your life! So I am questioning your judgement...

Because i am metal head, listen metsl not just few bands, I follow scene deep and on regular bases. I know what bands i like. What i dont. So
Going into a comment section of a band you don't like is dumb though...
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30.12.2020 - 18:53
JoHn DoE
Written by Oracles on 30.12.2020 at 18:51

Going into a comment section of a band you don't like is dumb though...



thanks
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30.12.2020 - 19:37
Troy Killjoy
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Written by Oracles on 29.12.2020 at 19:23

Is this a jest? Disturbed is a great band no doubt, but DT is on another level.

You really think someone would do that? Just go on the internet and joke about Disturbed?
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30.12.2020 - 19:39
Troy Killjoy
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Written by Oracles on 30.12.2020 at 18:51

Going into a comment section of a band you don't like is dumb though...

How else are we supposed to inflate our post count.
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31.12.2020 - 06:03
R.Boxma
Written by Bad English on 30.12.2020 at 16:27

Written by R.Boxma on 30.12.2020 at 15:38

Written by Bad English on 30.12.2020 at 12:12

Bass dont means, FW songs works, not DT somehow they compose boring music what dont work, its like riverside.


I just saw your profile... Your list of "favorite bands" pretty much contains the whole metalstorm database! How can you possibly love every other band except for DT and Riverside??? With a list like that you must have only listened to half of each of those album only once in your life! So I am questioning your judgement...

Because i am metal head, listen metsl not just few bands, I follow scene deep and on regular bases. I know what bands i like. What i dont. So


Lol I bet you wish you had more than one pair of ears.. That way you could listen to multiple albums at once We're all metalheads here mate and your listening exposure is so wide you probably heard Dream Theater only once in your life and there you made your judgement and moved on to the next 100 bands. Some albums take a bit of time to get used to and then you get blown away with how great they really are. How many killar bands have you rejected because they didn't appeal to you the first time you heard them? It's the albums that appeal to us immediately that end up becoming the boring ones in the end but the ones that take a few spins to get into are the ones we love the most! Wouldn't you agree?
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31.12.2020 - 06:10
R.Boxma
Written by JoHn DoE on 30.12.2020 at 18:39

Written by Bad English on 30.12.2020 at 16:28

Jon Dow. He said double bass. Only few Bassist can play bass well to impresse me, he is Dead and he plaid rock n roll


I still don't know what are you talking about...


I was talking about how.. Well I think Fates Warning Parallels drummer did not use "double-bass drumming" but used a lot of hih-hat work. But I think that BE thinks I'm talking about the double bass that the symphony often use (you know it looks like a giant violin)...
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31.12.2020 - 07:19
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Tage Westerlund
Negative. DT is old old band, did listen in teenage years a lot, never could get into, its not my band then.when my list was maybe 20 bands.
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31.12.2020 - 09:12
RaduP
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I close my eyes for one second and bam 40+ comments on a review of an old Dream Theater album
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31.12.2020 - 10:47
nikarg
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Written by RaduP on 31.12.2020 at 09:12

I close my eyes for one second and bam 40+ comments on a review of an old Dream Theater album

And to think that it's doez's first review. How many comments are under your first review? I have one in mine and... it is also mine. So pathetic
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31.12.2020 - 10:53
JoHn DoE
Written by R.Boxma on 31.12.2020 at 06:10

Written by JoHn DoE on 30.12.2020 at 18:39

Written by Bad English on 30.12.2020 at 16:28

Jon Dow. He said double bass. Only few Bassist can play bass well to impresse me, he is Dead and he plaid rock n roll


I still don't know what are you talking about...


I was talking about how.. Well I think Fates Warning Parallels drummer did not use "double-bass drumming" but used a lot of hih-hat work. But I think that BE thinks I'm talking about the double bass that the symphony often use (you know it looks like a giant violin)...


BE specifically quoted me and mentioned me for some reason, I just don't get what he is saying.
I don't know and don't give him too much credit anyway TBH.
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31.12.2020 - 11:55
RaduP
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Written by nikarg on 31.12.2020 at 10:47

And to think that it's doez's first review. How many comments are under your first review? I have one in mine and... it is also mine. So pathetic

That's it. Only reviewing Dream Theater from now on.
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31.12.2020 - 12:00
doez
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This review was a success I'll forever be known as the guy who got 40+ comments on his first review
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31.12.2020 - 13:59
JoHn DoE
Written by RaduP on 31.12.2020 at 11:55

Written by nikarg on 31.12.2020 at 10:47

And to think that it's doez's first review. How many comments are under your first review? I have one in mine and... it is also mine. So pathetic

That's it. Only reviewing Dream Theater from now on.


please start with Awake (1994).
it's my favorite from them.
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31.12.2020 - 14:05
RaduP
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Written by JoHn DoE on 31.12.2020 at 13:59

please start with Awake (1994).
it's my favorite from them.

Mine as well.
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31.12.2020 - 14:09
JoHn DoE
Written by RaduP on 31.12.2020 at 14:05

Written by JoHn DoE on 31.12.2020 at 13:59

please start with Awake (1994).
it's my favorite from them.

Mine as well.


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31.12.2020 - 20:08
darkvortex
So interesting , you are a visionary
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31.12.2020 - 20:21
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by nikarg on 31.12.2020 at 10:47

Written by RaduP on 31.12.2020 at 09:12

I close my eyes for one second and bam 40+ comments on a review of an old Dream Theater album

I have one in mine and... it is also mine. So pathetic

and you wrote it by your self hehhee
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03.01.2021 - 04:06
tintinb
Will have to agree with the Ayreon comment. DT doesn't do much for me, neither does Ayreon. Can't really understand the hype about the former.
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