Dream Theater's 11th ‘altar offering’ proves to be less ‘sacrificial’ than first thought after the departure of Mike Portnoy. ‘A Dramatic Turn Of Events’ demonstrates the unmistakable Rush/Yes inspired melodic technical proficiency that gives DT their ‘distinctive’ progressive edge. What’s different about this album is a sense of renewed vigour, lustre and warmth; maybe resulting from a different approach to musical direction previously untried and unseen? With Portnoy’s loss of what he had described as being ‘His Baby’, DT see a new contribution from Mike Mangini which is solid, sustained and highly proficient, but yet fluid enough to give them the potential to move towards a more melodic and thematic style. A new DT era has emerged which may see them break new unchartered territory in terms of audience, sound and musicianship!