Honesty time now. Things haven’t been the same since drummer Mike Portnoy packed his bags and left Dream Theater for other adventures. I really don’t wanna be that guy, but the fact is, on the three Portnoy-less albums – A Dramatic Turn Of Events (2011), Dream Theater (2013) and The Astonishing (2016) – I always feel that there is something lacking. It’s Mike Portnoy’s drumming. But it don’t mean that those albums aren’t anything to write home about. They are. And then some. The last album, the grandiose rock-opera The Astonishing is marvelous and even though it took some time to digest, I truly love that album. The same with their self-titled record from 2013. A great piece of work where Dream Theater dared to embrace their Melodic Hard Rock sides. But still, Portnoy is missed.