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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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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.Read more ›
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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...This is quite easily the greatest album ever made. And that is saying a lot, all things considered. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2013 by Connor
Everyone who dislikes this album but loves Dream Theater in general is a fool. This is not a bad album at all, even for Dream Theater. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2006 by pstlwhppd
Seems all anyone wants these days out of Dream Theater is an "Images and Words" clone. If that's what you're looking for, look elsewhere. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2005
Well, this is definitely NOT their best. Six degrees and Train of thought were much more interesting, creative and convincing. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2005 by hugues
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? Read morePublished on July 15 2005 by Rob Joseph
This album is just wow... I just can't stop playing it back! It's a beautiful mix of heavy music and mellower rythm.... Read morePublished on June 11 2005 by Nicholas Bertrand