Hey, all - well wow I have never really posted to anything but reading all this really got to me for sure. Another life long DT fan here - they can do no wrong - but yes I agree that things have changed recently. The first thing I noticed was when they moved to Roadrunner - seems like the company wanted DT to be more like some of their run-of-the-mill metal bands. I think DT is trying their best to move away from that now - and yes I cannot wait for the next album too. Heaven be praised the growling vocals are gone - I know that has been said a million times already.
I have been a drummer all my life and let me try to sum up briefly what I think folks are hearing from MP to MM. Lets all go back to Ringo - drums is not just about tempo or tech skills but about ADDING to the music - Ringo really had minimal chops but man he could tell where songs needed something musically. I like Mangini a lot but if you listen closely the drums parts are merely reflecting the technical skills and speed of the other musicians. If you listen to Portnoy the fills are adding new things to the songs in the breaks and choruses. Different meters for a few measures - different sounds and style - for me that is why the older stuff was more interesting and honestly I think why many of you (including me) are finding the new stuff a bit more boring. Old quote - you can have a good band with any drummer but to have a great band you need a great drummer. They make it or break it. Anyway - I will shut up now - but go Mangini and as always I will have the new album the first day. I hope what I read from JP is true that they let him loose this time around and that is not just technically but musically brilliant. DT fan forever!!!!