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Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

3.66 | 1995 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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4 stars A focused, mature, artful, dynamic return to form which boasts some of the band's most dynamic and intense music yet-- what a relief after "Train of Thought"!

"Octavarium" features a refined sound that has much more of a group dynamic when compared to previous albums, with no one member dominating; everyone sounds awesome and has their moment in the spotlight. What really shines, is the song writing, and most of the tracks on "Octavarium" leave in impact-- especially "I Walk Beside You", which might be the band's most catchy and uplifting song yet. I especially enjoy "Sacrificed Sons" as well, both for its message and mighty instrumental passages.

The centerpiece, "Octavarium" is easily the band's best single extended track, wel conceived and played, finishing off the great album with a soaring, and uncharacteristically simple guitar solo.

Solid and enjoyable work, all around.

Songwriting: 4 Instrumental Performances: 4 Lyrics/Vocals: 4 Style/Emotion/Replay: 3

Prog Leviathan | 4/5 |


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