Nine months later, both Dream Theater and Mike Portnoy's new band unveil new music. Let the debate begin.
Musically? Very good question that I don't know can be answered yet.
Personally? I think Mike Portnoy's an idiot.
It almost sounds to me like he wanted to leave to be part of a more popular band and then had to come crawling back when the more popular band decided to honor the original agreement of a temporary working relationship. And, instead of being honest about it, he gives this big dramatic speech about how he wanted to take a break and whined that the rest of Dream Theater were meanies...only to ask for his spot back three months in to his supposed five year break from the band.