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Dramatic Turn of Events [Special Edition] [CD + DVD] CD+DVD, Special Edition
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Special two disc (CD + DVD) editon includes bonus DVD. 2011 album from the Progressive Metal greats. A Dramatic Turn of Events is an album born from transition, crafted with studied persistence and possessed by newfound freedom and free-flowing invigoration. The album strikes the perfect balance between Dream Theater's intimate history with all that is heavy, progressive and melodic with each element fully realized. Longtime fans of the band intrigued by the speediness of the notes on display from Dream Theater have much to study on the album, while fans of melodic hooks will find equal pleasure within the songs
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The chops from the band are still mesmerizing...long, extended musical journeys with lyrics that are both mystical and earthy...they are from the heart. The melodies and signiture time changes only enhance each piece and at the end there is complete satisfaction. A fine blend of rock solid Prog-Metal and moments of quiet introspection. A well made, well conceived album that delivers satisfaction over the whole album.
The DVD is a nice addition as fans can join the band in their search for the new family member. Yeah, some of it is contrived and feels like one of those popular television searches for talent but the insights provided make it a worthwhile 60 minutes of your life. This is a band who sees that the future can't be predicted but you sure can adapt to it.
There's a diverse range of music, with the band's melodic side shining brighter than it has in a long time. The heavy, light, energetic, and mellow elements are well balanced, and the band just sound very inspired, firing on all cylinders. New drummer Mike Mangini gives an excellent, highly musical performance on every song. Singer James LaBrie gives his best performance since the band's classic Awake album, and bassist John Myung sounds very creatively refreshed. Guitarist John Petrucci is incredible as always, with many memorable moments, and keyboard player Jordan Rudess showcases a very musical sensibility that compliments each piece.
One striking improvement over the last couple albums; where they had great moments, A Dramatic Turn of Events has great song after great song. On the Backs of Angels is a fantastic opener that sets the mood. Build Me Up, Break Me Down shows the band's returned willingness to try new things, and it pays off. Lost Not Forgotten and Bridges In the Sky show that when Dream Theater do heavy well, they do it very well. Both are very natural, and Bridges especially has several moments that you'll want to immediately listen to over and over. This Is the Life is a fantastic mellow piece that still brings the rock, and will no doubt be amazing to see live (as will any of the songs on this album).Read more ›
Dream Theater have always had both their "metal" side and "progressive" side; on this album they go back more towards the progressive end with a sound that is much less heavy than their last couple of albums (closer in a lot of respects to Images and Words). There's also a lot more focus on songs and melody instead of riffs and shredding. That doesn't mean the album doesn't have its metal moments or that there isn't any of the instrumental virtuosity you expect from Dream Theater - just that these elements take more of a back seat and the songs feel more cohesive. I particularly like a lot of John Petrucci's guitar solos on this album; he actually makes musical statements and retains melody in the solos instead of just throwing out notes as fast as he can. The keyboards are also a lot more out front, and keyboards and bass both have their own roles instead of just doubling the guitar parts. Mangini shows that he is quite capable of handling the complex drum parts; I think his style is a bit less aggressive than Portnoy's but maybe a bit more melodic.
It's hard to pick just one song as the best; there aren't really any weak tracks (though some of their fans may not appreciate the acoustic ballad "Beneath the Surface" as much). Breaking All Illusions is probably my favourite overall though - it has amazing variety while still holding together as a strong song.
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HEAVY ROCK...HEAVY METAL...PROGRESSIVE ROCK...All titles which would adequately cover the band called DREAM THEATER If you are looking for a light MIDDLE OF THE ROAD FOLK BAND... Read morePublished 2 months ago by spigomars
The CD case I received was cracked in numerous places. I take great care of my physical albums, and this is very difficult to do so when the album you receive is already broken. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Connor
After about four listens to the entire album, I grew to like the whole thing. I guess because I kknew there was a different drummer, I really think the feel of the album is... Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2013 by Bill Hackney
The music is pretty standard for Dream Theater but not very spectacular. It sounds like they are trying to be more commercial but it just doesn't work for them. Read morePublished on May 11 2013 by G1
Merci. Super de faire affaire avec vous. c'est vite et pas de problème. Je recommande a tout le monde. A la prochaine.Published on March 17 2013 by PierreGuenette
After what I consider their best album ever, Black Clouds & Silver Linings, I find their latest uninspired and soulless. Read morePublished on May 6 2012 by Sebastien Clement
..music on this CD is even better than 'Metropolis Part 2'.
DT deviated on these two albums from the style established on "Images and Worlds". Read more
These four words are pretty much exactly what can be said about the new album. They bring a whole new level of musicianship and intimacy to the table in this release (not that they... Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2011 by Andrew
Prog fans everywhere asked the same question; Can Dream Theater continue without the mighty Mike Portnoy? The answer is a resounding, Hell Yeah! Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2011 by MacFish