Album Review, Dream Theater, "A Dramatic Turn of Events"

Dream Theater's 11th 'altar offering' proves to be less 'sacrificial' than first thought after the departure of Mike Portnoy. A Dramatic Turn Of Events demonstrates the unmistakable Rush/Yes inspired melodic technical proficiency that gives DT their 'distinctive' progressive edge.
What's different about this album is a sense of renewed vigour, lustre and warmth; maybe resulting from a different approach to musical direction previously untried and unseen? With Portnoy’s loss of what he had described as being his 'baby,' DT see a new contribution from Mike Mangini, which is solid, sustained and highly proficient, but yet fluid enough to give them the potential to move towards a more melodic and thematic style. A new DT era has emerged which may see them break new unchartered territory in terms of audience, sound and musicianship!

Amanda Gentle
Rock iKon
13th September, 2011

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