The eleventh full-length studio album by legendary American Progressive Metal/Rock band.
The band's first recording to feature drummer Mike Mangini following the departure of founding member Mike Portnoy in September 2010. It's understandably among the most anticipated album in their decades-long career.
"For A Dramatic Turn Of Events", Dream Theater underwent a self-proclaimed musical change, reevaluating and restructuring themselves. The album has drawn stylistic comparisons to two of the band's past albums, "Images And Words" (1992) and "Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory" (1999). Many songs on the album were written with a specific purpose in mind as Petrucci, one of the album's primary composers, felt a sense of responsibility to fans following Portnoy's departure. The album's title was derived from its recurring lyrical themes of dramatic changes in history that have affected people's lives, including contemporary uprisings such as the Libyan Civil War.
The album 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 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. Three tracks (“Outcry”, “Breaking All Illusions” and “Lost Not Forgotten”) feature wildly long instrumental segments with more odd time signature changes than you can likely count. Opening track and single "On the Backs of Angels" contains all the Dream Theater trademarks: disciplined drumming, intricate seven-string guitar riffs that grow increasingly more explosive, a Gothic chorale, and John Myung's insistent basslines, which are nearly buried in the mix. Jordan Rudess' keyboards counter Petrucci's guitar and Mangini's drums for dominance and come out on top. That said, the melodic structure of the tune harkens back to band's albums previous to the last decade's.
"Dramatic Turn Of Events" has enough of what makes Dream Theater attractive to make it a necessary purchase for fans!
The album moved 36 000 units in the United States in its debut week, charting at number eight on the US Billboard 200. Burrn! Magazine awarded "A Dramatic Turn Of Events" with their Best Album, Best Front Cover, Best Guitarist, and Best Keyboardist honors. At the 2012 Grammy Awards, "On the Backs of Angels" was nominated for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, representing the Dream Theater's first-ever Grammy nomination.
Nuclear Blast GmbH/Cargo Records Germany GmbH, 2011 (RRCAR 7765-1). Made in Germany. First press. 180g gatefold black vinyl 2LP.
1. On The Backs Of Angels 8:42
2. Build Me Up, Break Me Down 6:58
3. Lost Not Forgotten 10:34
4. This Is The Life 6:57
1. Bridges In The Sky 11:01
2. Outcry 11:24
3. Far From Heaven 3:56
4. Breaking All Illusions 12:25
5. Beneath The Surface 5:26
Total playing time: 77:23