by: Noa Avior
James LaBrie, you didn't continue life as a battered woman. Mike Portnoy left you for a young piece of meat but you came back showing that the older woman is sagacious and more eager to please.
Static Impulse, LaBrie's new solo album, is a gift bestowed to us Dream Theater children caught in the crossfire of a bitter divorce. I would go as far as saying that it's almost an extension of what I think is Dream Theater's heaviest album, Awake. It'll live up to the standard and expectations of the DT purists, but LaBrie was able stretch the dough beyond this constraint while still baking a well rounded pie. (more…)
One of the biggest stories of the year will no doubt be Mike Portnoy's decision to quit Dream Theater. The world was shocked SHOCKED when Mike released his statement a few weeks ago. I thought that Mike handled everything very professionally (at least to the public) and respected his decision. As Noa so eloquently pointed out, he was just looking for some new musical pussy to snatch. If you thought the rest of Dream Theater were going to just sit idly by, you are wrong!