Re: Mike Pourtnoy
Portnoy is a very talented drummer in a difficult band (to play for). His style fits the music quite well, and he has several intricate fills to show off, plus he eats odd time sigs for breakfast.
However, I think he uses the 2x/2x/2x method way too much for my liking. A few more variations on it would be fine, but he seems pretty content with it. Oh well.
I like the fact that he makes use of his entire drum set during the course of DT's albums, and not just regulate himself to the bass and snare like oh so many other drummers out there. Hey, its progressive rock anyway, and he fits the bill nicely, though I wouldn't place him as the poster child for it.