In the forums of his own site, Portnoy has pointed out how similar a song on the new Dream Theater record is to a song that appears on a previously-released record by the band Red.
The Red song, called “Until We Have Faces,” sounds pretty much exactly like Dream Theater’s new track “Feed The Machine.” Coincidentally, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci named Red’s Until We Have Faces album his favorite of 2011 in a profile posted on Roadrunner’s site.
The musician, Dream Theater’s lead songwriter, said of the Red LP “I just love everything about the Red album. The songwriting, playing and production are all stellar!”
Someone posted a link to the two tracks in Portnoy’s site’s forums, and Mike commented, “Check out the first song on [John Petrucci’s] fave album of the year…. WOW, the arrangement and orchestration sounds awfully familiar!! Surely it must be an intentional ‘nugget’ for the fans… It couldn’t possibly be blatant formula plagiarism, now could it…?? I just have to laugh…”
Now, let’s all imagine Mike and his boisterous, Santa Clause-like laugh.
Some fans called the move “classless,” and Portnoy replied, “Hey…I’m not trying to start a war…. and I am indeed totally in a happy place in my life and career… I’m just merely making an observation and posting openly on my own forum like I always have and always will… If anybody ELSE wants to blow this up, it’s their choice and doing…not mine!”
He added that Dream Theater, in his opinion, was guilty of “blatantly re-writing an existing song or formula section by section…”
Later, he returned to say, “Hey, I’m not mad…just merely sharing an observation as a listener…sorry, when I heard that Red song, it immediately jumped out at me and was pretty obvious.”
I mean, Portnoy’s right. Listen to the two songs below and tell me he’s wrong.