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Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn Of Events

7.7 | 874 votes |
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

Additional info

* 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
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?

published 21.09.2011 | Comments (186)

Staff review by
Dream Taster
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.

published 02.11.2011 | Comments (28)

Guest review by
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.

published 29.12.2020 | Comments (52)

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23.08.2016 - 10:39
Rating: 5
Written by Milena on 25.03.2012 at 23:43

I hope this will be followed by some sort of a return to form. Probably not a 9-10 like back in the day. But some 8-8.5 would be nice. At least that's what I hope for - an actually good album.

Two labums later, we're yet to see your hopes become reality.
17.09.2016 - 16:58
Rating: 6
gloom cookie
Written by Daniell on 23.08.2016 at 10:39

Two labums later, we're yet to see your hopes become reality.

I didn't even listen to The Astonishing, can't be bothered tbh.
7.0 means the album is good
19.11.2016 - 01:03
Rating: 10

Excellent album 10:banger2::banger:
21.05.2017 - 07:32
Rating: 9

Well, the general rating for this album (and the mixed viewpoints of the users) just reflects how the opinions nowadays for an album are so divided. Some people will like an album and some other ones will loathe it.

In my particular case, I enjoy so much this album. Indeed this is their most melodic one, and I love every song in it.

Just to say, for myself is very influenced by Images & Words and Metropolis II (the reason why Portnoy said this album was "the band getting backwards into the past" in a negative view from himself).

Favorite songs: Breaking All Illusions & On The Backs Of Angels.
14.01.2018 - 05:39
Rating: 9

Dream Theater's most underrated album.
12.09.2018 - 09:55

I really like this album a lot. The ballads don't do it for me but the rest is fantastic. Very underrated. I hated this at first but I came around when I actually gave it a chance.
Goodspeed on the Devils Thunder
27.10.2018 - 13:45
Rating: 8
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After several years, I still think this is one of my favorite DT albums.
19.09.2020 - 17:33
Rating: 2
This is the album of the downfall, a very mixed album with a lot of potential that kind of self destructs itself by trying to do too much. Pretty much half of the songs are good to some extent, Lost Not Forgotten being my favorite, but the rest just doesn't stand up. Abominations like Build Me Up, Break Me Down or Beneath The Surface are some of the biggest letdowns in the history of DT, especially compared to the previous release. Something I haven't relly seen anyone mention is how they tried to make all the songs a bit symphonic, with an added orchestra everywhere, and I feel like that pretty much is one of the causes of all these problems. They tried to make each song so impressive and grandiose that they kinda lost themselves on the way, and in the end no song is really impactful or meningful, leaving us with an incredibly average release. 6.5 leaning to a 6.

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