Saturday, 23 February 2013

Drummer of Dream Theater: Portnoy or Mangini?

Ever since Mike Portnoy left Dream Theater and Mike Mangini joined Dream Theater through a widely publicized audition, there has been an ongoing debate about who is the best drummer for Dream Theater.

Do we need to continue this discussion? I mean really, these two Mike(s) are a part of world renowned drummers whom which have their own style of playing and history. Both had their fair share of progressive, rock, and metal drumming which includes broken beats, odd counts and all that falls in between. But these two have their differences also.

Mike Portnoy is mostly self-taught while Mike Mangini learned it from school. Portnoy is a very powerful player while Mangini is very technical and precise. Both have played in a metal band, jazz band and pure progressive band. Both are session players whom have played with various virtuosos.

Coming to that, nowadays fans are still going about who is the best while in my opinion both should have their own place in Dream Theater history. Portnoy chose to leave and the band chose to continue without him and picked Mangini. Mike Portnoy have founded and put foundations to Dream Theater music and Mike Mangini have come to continue Portnoy’s legacy with his own mark.

Sure you wanna straightaway compare their drumming with the latest album, A Dramatic Turn Of Events, which is not fair. Why? Because Mangini have yet to put his own mark and signature to it. Petrucci composed all the drums for the album and Mangini only played it with his style. You wanna compare Mangini playing back catalogue? Not fair also because its Portnoy’s and Mangini constantly said that he is going to respect that.

If this debate going to continue, I would hope that people would wait for Dream Theater’s newest album where Mike Mangini wrote all the drums. For sure I won’t compare them because I like them both and I’m a Dream Theater fan whoever their drummer is.

Mike Mangini Under A Glass Moon

Mike Mangini Outcry 

Mike Mangini Drum Solo 

Mike Portnoy Under A Glass Moon

Mike Portnoy Honor Thy Father 

Mike Portnoy Drum Solo 

Mike Portnoy – Mike Mangini Drum Battle

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Country Rhythms

Brad Paisley ft. Alison Krauss- Whiskey Lullaby

This song by Brad Paisley,who has had great following in modern country music due to his unique voice,choice of lyrics and his great style of playing the guitar was released in 2004 at a time when people had still not gotten over the disaster of the 9/11 attacks and a period of  love heartbreaks . This song depicts a soldier coming back home from war only to find out that his wife has been cheating on him whiles he was away with another bloke.
 I guess this is a lesson we can all learn from.

Noel Gallagher - Don't Look Back In Anger

Don't look back in anger is a song by English rock band Oasis, released in 1996 from second album (What's the story) Morning glory. The song was written by guitarist and main song writer, Noel Gallagher. It is one of the band's signature songs, and he was played every single live show after the dissolution of the Oasis band

There are two Noel Gallagher High Flying Bird concerts in the next month that will take place at Wembley Arena, and Royal albert Hall, London. For more ticket information, please check in the link below.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Coldplay vs Satriani

Some few months ago, my friends and I watched Coldplay live tour in a movie theater in our town (yeah so this concert is recorded and broadcasted live throughout the world only for one day and only in theaters).

After the concert, I had a chat with my boyfriend about it and this thing came out where he didn’t watch it with his friends because he has no interest in Coldplay anymore.

Turns out that he’s still feel somewhat offended about the copyright infringement case between Coldplay and his favorite guitarist, Joe Satriani, where he sued Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” to be copying his work “If I Could Fly” which was made and released in 2004.

At that time I wasn’t very curious and ignoring my boyfriend’s comments and feelings about Coldplay, but then I got curious.

Many people said that:
1. Viva La Vida have the exact same tempo and groove with If I Could Fly
2. Viva La Vida also have the same chord changes with If I Could Fly, the difference is only at the beginning.

Tried to find the difference and also googled it. For a really ill-informed discussion of this case, you can check out the comments on the Satriani YouTube post. For a more music-theory based discussion of their similarity, check out this excellent YouTube video from a guitar instructor in Canada.

Joe Satriani – If I Could Fly

Coldplay - Viva La Vida

What do you think?