Yeah, just because Mike WANTS to sing doesn't necessarily mean he SHOULD... or rather, if he wants to sing he should invest some serious time in it so he can hang with LaBrie. I don't like when he just barks stuff out - it sounds a little bit garage and doesn't really fit.I like the new song alright, but I'm not as much of a fan of when Mike sings along with James, and the song a has a ton of that.
Yeah I think so, it'd just have to be the right guy because Portnoy is a self confessed OCD control freak. I think they did better when they stayed closer to the style of SFAM and SDOIT. They got heavy but not near as heavy as they get now. I like the metal riffs a lot but, I just don't think the whole band is as cohesive on those songs. It's kind of hard to describe.I think if they had an outside producer they might make songs a little more musical.
If he's fully recovered then that's great and he does sound good on the Two most recent DVDs when playing the older songs. But that's kind of my point. I agree on songs like FOrsaken and such he has a lot of room to be used to his full potential. The songs when they let everyone have room are better than the songs in which Portnoy and Petrucci get the metal out.I thought that James had recovered and was able to hit the high notes. But you are right, sometimes he doesn't fit the more metal approach. I prefer songs like Forsaken to Dark Eternal Night because James has more space to sing and do what he can.