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  • Audio CD (June 7 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0009A1AS2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,668 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Root Of All Evil
2. Answer Lies Within
3. These Walls
4. I Walk Beside You
5. Panic Attack
6. Never Enough
7. Sacrificed Sons
8. Octavarium

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Dream Theater has maintained a rare combination of stellar musicianship and unwavering passion for over a decade, selling millions of albums and filling concert venues worldwide. The band once again confirms its status as progressive hard rock's standard-bearers on their latest studio epic, Octavarium. Atlantic. 2005.


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Format: Audio CD
After reading a number of reviews on this album and seeing very few that do it justice, I felt compelled to write one myself to let those thinking of purchasing this album know just what to expect.
I first started listening to Dream Theater in the summer of 2005, when I heard three of their songs (The Glass Prison, This Dying Soul, and a clip of Panic Attack) on the Gigantour website. I immediately picked up Images & Words, and shortly thereafter Octavarium. I was nothing short of amazed by the both of them.
The album opens with an eerie intro to The Root Of All Evil, which musically picks up where In The Name Of God left off with the opening piano note and lyrically pisck up where This Dying Soul left off, since Root is steps 6 and 7 in the Alcholic Recovery Twelve Step Program. It quickly turns into one of the BEST headbanging, hard-rocking songs I have ever heard, with a killer verse riff and a musical reference to This Dying Soul in the middle as well. After eight-odd minutes of this prog-metal bliss it opens into the second track, the soft The Answer Lies Within. A great track about finding out who you really are and what to do with your life, it features some great vocals by James and leaves you feeling content. Then the powerful, heavy, almost ballad-like metal of These Walls, a track which the English language cannot do justice. A beautiful song with some great musicianship and melody by Petrucci, Myung, Portnoy, and Rudess, it has a great power to inspire emotion, and it has quickly become one of my favorite DT songs. Then the album's only low point, the almost cliched I Walk Beside You. The only song I don't care for on the album, it sounds like a bad U2 cover, and not very DT-like at all. But the album picks up again with the searing Panic Attack.
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There is good and bad here. I enjoyed this album very much. The editing is solid, and the musicianship is better than any previous DT album. It is a sure bet that this is a precursor to another DT masterpiece.

I compare Octavarium to Falling into Infinity however. The album is amazingly solid, and shows a progression of style towards something even greater, but it is just not all that. It is tough to review. You'll enjoy it. Especially the floydian masterpiece title track, but compare it to any song on their last three albums and you'll find yourself going back to those releases, rather than this one.
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By M. Lemieux on March 12 2006
Format: Audio CD
To all those people waiting for Metropolis Pt.3 or Awake Pt.2, keep on dreaming because it's not going to happen. This disc is their best in a while. They have trim the fat so to speak when it comes to the songs. Not that I didn't like the previous two discs but I found some songs to be too long for their own good. Though Octavarium the title track is the lengthiest it is quite amazing. The string arrangements is a great touch. Buy this disc. Forget about those other reviewers living in the past. Time to move on and get over it.
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Wow, when i first listend to this album, it honestly became one of my favorites. The first two songs "Root Of All Evil" and "Answer Lies Within" just grab your attention, and as most people know the first song of the album is pretty much the song that tells you if you will hate or love the album. Every song on the new album is just amazing. If you are a fan of Dream Theater I am sure you will love this album, and even if you have never listend to Dream Theater beofre and this is your first Dream Theater cd you will not be disapointed.
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By Marcus on June 12 2005
Format: Audio CD
Excellant album! Dream theater dévoile un nouveau côté de leur talent en accentuant beaucoup plus sur le vocal et les mélodies. Et non... pas de tounes instrumentale... Cet album est plus commercial que ses prédécesseur le rendu bon dès la première écoute... mais les pièces tel que panic attack, sacrified songs et ocatavarium deviennent de plus en plus magiques à chaque écoute. Pour les fans et pour les newbies, cet album convient à tous.
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Format: Audio CD
Outstanding, possibly their best yet. Great orchestration, *very* different sounds and styles. Check out the Muse like sections on tracks 5 and 6, the Rush opening on track 5, the Pink Floyd openings on almost all the other tracks, then finish with Yes (well, Chris Squire), Genesis all the greats with DT's very own signature changes and sounds to make for a very original "tribute" album. Oh yes, stunning chops too!
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By Rob Joseph on July 15 2005
Format: Audio CD
What happened to the prodigious band that I used to know with Scenes from a Memory, Six Degrees and Train of Thoughts? Have they lost all the creativity they had?
Octovarium is a huge deception. All the reasons why I loved Dream Theater are gone. Where's Portnoy? Has he lost an arm? And Petrucci? Chopped fingers? Why is LaBrie singing like Michael Bolton? Why is the music so kitch?
Booooooooo.
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By ryan hennessey on May 27 2005
Format: Audio CD
After having just listened to this album, I can surely say that any and all Dream Theater fans will not be dissapointed. The title song "Octavarium" is, although slow at first, a very good song with strong emotion. It speeds up after a couple minutes and turns it an awsome song. The other songs are also sure to please, and I'm sure all who buy it, when released will be pleased.
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