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So, is this a self-fulfilling prophecy? It's hard to tell.
"Octavarium", Dream Theater's ninth studio album, is definitely a change in direction from "Train of Thought", which was a guitar-heavy album. Dream Theater's newest release is an atmospheric composition that focuses more on symphonic keyboard textures than it does on meaty guitar riffs. This particular ambience (along with the addition of a symphony) has taken over the spotlight, making each song more structured, accessible and consistently catchy, which was not the case with their last release. Petrucci and Rudess' virtuoso deliveries (more commonly known as "shredding") are kept down to an absolute minimum on this album. One may suppose that the band realized that the songs on "Train of Thought" were following a decipherable pattern: intro, verse, chorus, long instrumental fireworks, chorus, finish.
So what do we have, exactly? We have an album that explores various areas of the progressive world. We have "The Root of All Evil", a continuation of Portnoy's multi-album suite (beginning with "The Glass Prison" and continued by "This Dying Soul"), which starts the album on a relatively heavy note.Read more ›
The opening track, "The Root Of All Evil" is a hardrocker that could have been on TOT. In fact, there is a 15 second insert of "This Dying Soul" in the middle of the song. The second track, "The Answer Lies Within" is to me a less impressive soft breather. Not really my cup of tea, but still a fine song when you're in the right mood. "These Walls" with its spacious sounds during the verse and melodic chorus over metal guitar sounds is quite radio friendly, and after hearing the U2-like "I Walk Beside You" the progrock enthusiast may wonder where this band is heading. These songs are certainly enjoyable, but not typical of DT. Especially so with the lack of instrumental virtuoso passages typical of DT during tracks 2-4. But not to worry, the remaining four songs represent the diversified DT at their best. The hard rockin', up-tempo "Panic Attack" immeaditely became one of my all time DT favourite songs even before it got to the awesome solo sections by Rudess and Petrucci. "Never Enough" with ethereal vocals of LaBrie climaxes with a beautiful guitar passage towards the end. The epic "Sacificed Sons" deals with the 9/11 tragedy. After starting off smoothly the song builds up to typical DT characteristics. The title track is a 24 minute epic starting off with soft soundscapes featuring only keyboards and guitar. This intro sounds like Pink Floyd, later like Yes. LaBrie comes in at 5+ minutes and the song enters an instrumental pre-climax at 12+ minutes.Read more ›
Anyway, "The Root of All Evil" has been trashed by many of the reviews for some reason; I thought it was great. Heavy rhythm guitars and I like the tuning that Rudess used for his solo. Petrucci's solo is short and weak, but they redeem for that with a haunting piano outro (although I admit I have a weakness for piano outro's, some of my favorite songs being DT's "In the Name of God," Faith No More's "Epic," and Opeth's "Leper Affinity"). "Panic Attack" starts out with a complex bass section by Myung, and this would probably be one of my favorite DT songs if Petrucci didn't deliver his weakest solo ever.Read more ›
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Another album I had to get used to. I did not like and still don't love a couple of tracts but the others are so awesome and so different from ToT. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Opethiandream2112
When their previous album Train Of Thought was released, I gave up on this band who had gone from being one of the very vest progressive metal bands to being just one more heavy... Read morePublished 12 days ago by VITSOL
Excellent Product, Totally Recommended! a nice super top notch itemPublished 2 months ago by Ariel ML
Dream Theatre are a great band and I love most of their albums but I think this one gets better with each listen! Read morePublished 2 months ago by nick bacic
4.5 stars. Excellent prog metal by Dream Theater, but I must knock off half a star because "The Answer Lies Within" and "I Walk Beside You" feel a little poprock-y... Read morePublished 3 months ago by JAVIER ZULETA A
A perfect vinyl version of one of my favorite albums of all time.Published 8 months ago by Asymmetric aardwolf
in this c.d. you can hear mike calling out for some help you could hear that he was feeling stuckPublished 8 months ago by john brogna