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Video of the Week – Build Me Up, Break Me Down

I didn’t realize Dream Theater made another video.  This one was posted by RoadRunner Records in January.  In the absence of the band, there is some pretty cool computer graphics to accompany the song, Build Me Up, Break Me Down.  Have a great weekend!

Concert Review: Dream Theater – Wembley Arena – London

Dream Theater graced London’s Wembley Arena last night (10 Feb 2012). My 5th experience with them was nothing less than astonishing. This also marks the first time I see the band with new drummer Mike Mangini…the dude is a monster! This was also a special treat for me because my companion for the night was my 8-year old son who…totally got into it! Though he did get tired later in the night, can’t blame him it was a late night for him. Today I am listening to Dream Theater and he is remembering what he heard last night. Man, that shit brings a tear to my eye…metalheads in the making 😉

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Reggie’s (Plantera7’s) Top 15 Albums of 2011

To me, 2011 was a great year for metal. September, in particular, was a busy month and full of quality releases. The following list is my personal Top 15 for the year with a brief explanation for each. I hope you had a great 2011. I look forward to another year of concerts, awesome metal albums, and more importantly chatting with you about everything metal!

If you are surpised to see that a particular band you like didn’t make my list, it might just be that I didn’t get a chance to listen to that album, such as Moonsorrow for example.  I just never got it, but I see it on many blogger’s lists.  I wish I had all the time in the world to sample new stuff, but taking into consideration where I am now compared to about 4 years ago…my horizons have been seriously broadened and I owe that to fellow bloggers (especially Matt) and readers who post about the bands they like.  Thank you for tuning in this year.  We look forward to a new and exciting 2012 in metal!

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Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn of Events – Review

September 13th marked the end of a nail-biting wait for Dream Theater fans.  The much anticipated Dream Theater release, A Dramatic Turn of Events is upon us.  It’s not that it has been a long time since their previous release, but the mystery and suspense surrounding the future of Dream Theater is over.  A Dramatic Turn of Events is solid Dream Theater!  And Mike Mangini is worth his weight in Gold.

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Dream Theater Releases “On the Backs of Angels”

Dream Theater releases new song off their upcoming album A Dramatic Turn of Events, slated for release 13 September 2011.  This single is called On The Backs of Angels” and is attached below for your listening pleasure.  You can also check it out at Roadrunner Records YouTube channel.  Enjoy!

Dream Theater takes a “Dramatic Turn of Events”

September 2011 is shaping up to be one of the biggest months in recent history in the realm of metal.  First it was announced that Opeth will be releasing a new album entitled Heritage, then Primus announces Green Naugahyde, and now Dream Theater unveil the title of their new one aptly titled A Dramatic Turn of Events.  This will be the first album not to feature longtime drummer and songwriter Mike Portnoy whom has been replaced by drummer Mike Mangini.  The album is in the mixing process and is slated to be released in September 2011.

The track listing for the new album is:
01. On The Backs Of Angels
02. Build Me Up, Break Me Down
03. Lost Not Forgotten
04. This Is The Life
05. The Shaman’s Trance
06. Outcry
07. Far From Heaven
08. Breaking All Illusions
09. Beneath The Surface

Some thoughts on the album by the band are as follows:

John Petrucci-

“I’m incredibly psyched with the way this album came out and can’t wait to share it with everybody.  We are currently in the mix stage with the great Andy Wallace and it’s all sounding amazing!”

Jordan Rudress-

“We have poured our hearts and minds into the creation of this album.  All the life changing events that surrounded us before, as well as during the whole process, fueled our desire to dig deep within ourselves and create the best music we possibly could.”

James LeBrie-

“In the grand scheme of Dream Theater‘s career, the last several months have been such an incredibly positive, fulfilling and rewarding experience. The new songs and sound has never been so spirited or rejuvenating. I cannot wait for every one of our fans to sink their audio senses into this batch of tunes.”