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Octavarium

Dream Theater Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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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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DREAM THEATER Octavarium (2005 UK 8-track CD album featuring the eighth studio release from the progressive hard rock standard-bearers)

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5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB!!! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Progressive metal redefined Jan. 20 2006
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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1.0 out of 5 stars What happened? 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Un MUST June 12 2005
By Marcus
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of DT's best work! June 11 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album is just wow... I just can't stop playing it back! It's a beautiful mix of heavy music and mellower rythm.... I am a big fan of Dream Theater, but was never in love with James voice.. He really surprised me on Octavarium! For all DT fan and Prog Rock fan too! This album is a 2005 Must!
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3.0 out of 5 stars rather disappointing June 8 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
maybe was overly hyped for the release ... listened over the album once and nothing really stuck in my memory. rarely happen for any dt albums. octa no longer contains brain-numbing solos and complex music composition that we have seen and appreciated in so many dt albums. rahter, the whole album seems to put a lot of focus on labrie's vocal, which is, by all means, an art of itself. but jp, jm and jr's solos are gone. my first impression is that the song structures are rather similar to the ones in FII, short, simple, and going to main stream. if you're new to dt, you can be assured that dt can do much better music than this one.
but like all other dt productions, im willing to give it another listen
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still amazing June 8 2005
Format:Audio CD
At 47 I have seen and listen to a lot of great bands in both prog and métal . When I heard them for the first time back in 1992 I was impessed . When scene's 2 came out I was amazed and now I can safely say that dream theater is WOW (AKA world of wonder)simply unmatched
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tribute to Great Prog Rock June 8 2005
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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