Re: Mike Portnoy
yea Portnoy is so much about the show, if you've ever watched a dvd with the option of showing only him playing: he does a lot of silly little things for pure show, sometimes plays ghost notes against his head, stick twirling etc.
Not to mention that they're songs are rediculously complicated as it is.
DT was one of the things that got me into drumming seriously, it's the source of the limited knowledge I have of odd time signatures.
I remember laying in bed, sick and listening to Octavarium or LTE, which is essentially DT and slowly untying the knots in the music.
Now I don't like it as much anymore, while I still think its brilliant and complicated, somehow its magic has disappeared......maybe I just know most of the songs that well.