http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=66817 I know this is the Symphony X board but this is just a wtf momment for anyone who considers themselves a DT fan weather you like their recent stuff or not. Guitarist John Petrucci commented: "We have decided to move forward with the recording of the new album with a drum machine. The fact is that we started down this road after Mike left and we just couldn't find a drummer who gelled with us personally. I stand by everything I have said. [the album] is going incredibly well and I can't wait for everyone to hear it!" He then added "I assure you, you won't even notice a difference. We don't need no stinkin' drummer!" JP cant be serious. If this was already addressed as some sort of joke than im sorry for the pointless topic. This also begs to ask the question why they declined Portnoys return since i was assuming they already found a drummer, and to kick the new guy out because the original just felt like rejoining would be a dick move.