When I was in NYC in May my friends Barry and Jason bonded over this band… I mean they were going on and on. Of course, I felt left out of the conversation and knew I needed to play catch up. So on a Sunday afternoon that is what I am doing. Yes, I know… it is a few months later. Sorry.
They have been around since the ’80s, so I’m pretty sure I was aware of them. but just never really listened. I don’t think it was my cup of musical tea back then.
AllMusic describes them as this… “The technically proficient guitar playing of John Petrucci elevated Dream Theater to the upper echelons of contemporary heavy metal. While its lineup has continuously evolved, the Long Island-based quintet has consistently delivered sharp-edged music. Dream Theater is known for its high-energy concert performances. While they’ve released several live albums — Live at the Marquee, recorded at the London club; Live in Japan, recorded during the Music in Progress tour in 1993; and a triple CD and DVD, Live Scenes from New York — they remain one of heavy metal’s most bootlegged bands.”
Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn Of Events
Jason and Barry described them as Hard or Heavy prog rock… Did not know there was such a thing, but Dream Theater have been purveyors of this genre since forming in 1986. I’m going with that description, since Metal does not quite cover it for me… and I do hear elements of both… AllMusic also lists other styles for them such as Art Rock, Neo-Prog and Progressive Metal…
I definitely want to go back and check out the original lineup, but it seems like they captured that same spirit here.
AllMusic says “A Dramatic Turn of Events, the 11th studio long player from progressive hard rock act Dream Theater, is understandably among the most anticipated in their decades-long career. Founding drummer Mike Portnoy — long considered, with guitarist John Petrucci, to be DT — left the band and was replaced with veteran Mike Mangini. This is the set that answers the question about his impact on their sound. Interestingly enough, it’s not that much. Mangini is as much a complex, intricate drummer as Portnoy was, though he is more an ensemble player; he plays more on the beat than behind it. A Dramatic Turn of Events is a much more keyboard-driven offering, though there is plenty of good old-fashioned prog metal here, too. Given its nearly 80-minute length, there is something here for virtually every fan — or detractor — to grab hold of. Singer James LaBrie doesn’t indulge his high metal screech here that often, and prefers to sing plainly — a good thing.”
So there you go. Take some ELP and King Crimson and metal it up. I’m digging it, boys!!! Enjoy and have a Happy Sunday!