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» From "A Dramatic Turn Of Events" // December 08, 2011 2:43:17 AM UTC
A Dramatic TURN of Events indeed! I'm glad I bought that Iron Maiden ticket only to see the opening act at the Sleep Train Pavillion last yearPortnoy will be missed, but the "memories (from my dozen live shows) carry on..."
Actually ordered this album as an early Xmas gift to myself... popped it into my system at home and noticed that the recording engineer gave LaBrie some extra richness in his lower register.. so whatever harmonic enhancer is in the chain, it is working well!
But 3 tracks in, I noticed something very different with the rhythm foundation. Switched to my headphone reference and it isn't Myung... At first I wondered if the drums were just being mic'ed way different than previous albums, then finally put it down to some 'missing space' between runs, or less lapsed time between strikes/fills... almost as if Portnoy got more aggro! Stopping at track 4 to muse....
Puzzled, in went the DVD... and the rest is history - what a shock! And I cannot share the band's heartbreak any less. Mangini has big shoes to fill, but his resume is simple amazing - wonder if my ex-drummer Joe Caputo studied under him at Berklee!
Big Kudos on the album! Bands that don't explore their musical inspirations (or grow, or change) don't survive - loving this change now! Now, to catch the new lineup live!
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