Dream Theater's new drummer is MIKE MANGINI

my101snaredrums

Junior Member
Having watch mike portnoy's drum videos and even listening to his drumming style, he is a very 16th note-orientated and "square" drummer and this is the drumming style that Dream Theatre has built their music on. All the drummers invited to the audition are at a much higher caliber level than Mike Portnoy will ever achieve, musically speaking. I was surprised to see that just about all the band members had already learned the odd timing piece that the keyboard player wrote and that was presented to every drummer auditioning. First off, all of these drummers are very skilled musicians and most of them had trouble making sense of the rythmic anomalies presented in the sight-reading piece. Even Portnoy would have trouble playing this junk. It is true that some musicians have better sight-reading abilities than others and it would have been better to introduce a piece that none of the band members had seen before hand to truly see how well even jives together.

Portnoy never even learned how to play the montruous kits that TAMA supplied him with outside the common tempos all related to 16th note patterns. It doesn't make sense to me that the band would be looking for higher skilled drummers than Portnoy when the guitar player stated that they would still like to play the songs with the original drumming composition parts.

Good thing that none of the drummers chosen to participate in the auditions other than Mike Mangini actually made the band because all of the band members would have to skill up to be able to hang with drummers like Donati, Minneman, Lang, and the others.
 

richkenyon

Silver Member
First up, I'll just say that Mike Portnoy was never a favourite drummer of mine, but I am not going to criticise him here because he has created a legacy of his own. His work with Dream Theater is a massive achievement, no question about it.

I really enjoyed the drum auditions videos - never seen anything quite like it! Marco impressed me a lot & I think he is like a hard-rock Peter Erskine in the sense he just projects joy at the instrument.

Virgil was interesting to me as well. He's an awesome player & I'm a big fan of him, especially after seeing him live with Steve Vai. His drum solo that night was one of the most incredible solos I have ever seen. I suspect he would take a little work to be able to play along with because his ideas are radical at the drums. Maybe that was a factor in him not getting the gig. BTW - got a kick out of seeing him have a Zildjian China up there!

Thomas Lang didn't quite impress as much as I expected, but that's quite possibly because of the clips that were selected. A bit mean-spirited to show the section where he struggled to pick up the charted track. He's a top top player, & I hope he finds the musical vehicle he's looking for.

I saw Mike Mangini live with Vai on the tour before Virgil I think, & his whole symmetrical drum set idea was pretty mind-blowing. He nailed it clearly, so congratulations to him!
 

Naigewron

Platinum Member
Mike posted these pics on his Facebook page.



If hotlinking doesn't work, here are direct links:
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Not personally a fan of the double-tier rack setups, but I look forward to seeing and hearing him play it. Mike has played his share of complex and technical stuff in many other bands, but as far as I know he's never needed such a huge kit. He's not one to add pieces to his kit just for show, so I'm guessing this could be interesting.
 

cp84

Senior Member
i don't like it. it doesn't look very ergonomical. too many straight lines.

terrys is massive but its all curves :)
 

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
I think it's kind of weird everything is very low, or very high.

Nothing is really a medium height,

It should make seeing a concert interesting.
 

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
Hahahahaha.....

Dream theater just announced the title of their new album:

"A Dramatic Turn of Events "

date TBA.

I can't stop laughing at the title after all this.....
 

aaajn

Silver Member
I have been reading about Mike Mangini and watching him on youtube, the guy is really amazing. Unfortunately, I know very little about DT. I am heading out to the music store, if you could make a Dream Theater Starter kit suggestion, What CD would you recommend?


Thanks in advance.

J
 

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
I have been reading about Mike Mangini and watching him on youtube, the guy is really amazing. Unfortunately, I know very little about DT. I am heading out to the music store, if you could make a Dream Theater Starter kit suggestion, What CD would you recommend?


Thanks in advance.

J
They do have a greatest hit album:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greatest_Hit_(...and_21_Other_Pretty_Cool_Songs)

Which is a good way to get an overview of their entire career.

Otherwise, I would start with the album they're most known for, "Images and Words"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Images_and_Words

With "Awake" and "Train of Thought" being the next ones to buy.
 

aaajn

Silver Member
They do have a greatest hit album:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greatest_Hit_(...and_21_Other_Pretty_Cool_Songs)

Which is a good way to get an overview of their entire career.

Otherwise, I would start with the album they're most known for, "Images and Words"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Images_and_Words

With "Awake" and "Train of Thought" being the next ones to buy.
Picked up the greatest hits today. I have not listened to DT before but based on comments from many on DW, they are a very important band. First couple of tracks are very metal but with an odd twist that I can figure out. It's like Sevendust teamed up with Miles Davis. Very cool music. And I guess it is Mike Portnoy on the greastest hits but his double bass and chops are awesome. Thanks for the suggestions.

This is a very important band, I get that now.
 

Algorithm

Senior Member
Ugh, the title of the album is atrocious. Sounds so cliche and contrived.

Interesting that he's not using very many toms.
 

Spreggy

Silver Member
The set-up suits the drummer, imho. What little I know of Mike, he is a showman and on this tour I expect he will be jumping up to play the upper stuff half the time and generally looking like a wild man beating the tar out of that kit. Should be a great show.
 
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