It’s been almost impossible to avoid hearing about Dream Theater this past year if you’ve been exposed to metal in any way. The news of founding member and drummer Mike Portnoy’s departure from the band was one of the bigger pieces of news for the genre in 2010, leaving many of the band’s diehard fans wondering what would happen next. Well, after a slew of obnoxious updates from the band’s lawyer and hours of unnecessary and self-indulgent tryout videos, the prog-metal titans picked Mike Mangini (of Steve Vai and Annihilator fame). Quite the dramatic turn of events indeed. If only the band’s eleventh full-length could live up to its name. (more…)
Update: Junkie SearchAndDestroy rightfully points out that this track is actually off James LaBrie's MullMuzzler album (on which Mike Mangini plays) and the track is called "Venice Burning"
Have you guys heard any new Dream Theater yet? No, I don't have an advance copy, but a few days ago brand new Dream Theater music had surfaced on Youtube in a very peculiar manor. As you may know, the band's upcoming album titled A Dramatic Turn of Events is set for release on September 13th, and is still currently being mixed by Andy Wallace.
In addition to a few LP highlights, Youtube user (and possible Roadrunner employee) BruceRoadrunner uploaded an un-mixed track off the record called Breaking All Illusions in it's entirety, which leads me to believe this is a preview from the label, and not a leak. (more…)
Phew! I thought this charade would never end, but Dream Theater has in fact announced Mike Portnoy's replacement by welcoming Mike Mangini! It kind of makes me wonder if the fact they both share the same first name has anything to do with it. You know, like when you accidentally call your new girlfriend by your ex-girlfriends name and she gets all upset with you. Smooth move DT, I see what you did there. (more…)
Sometimes I think the only thing sillier than watching a band fall apart in public, is watching them desperately try to pick up the pieces by drawing attention to their public issues in over dramatic ways. Apparently post-Portnoy Dream Theater doesn't feel the same. (more…)