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Dream Theater


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2 stars Dream Theater - Octavarium 2.0 stars.

What the hell is this piece of trash? This is probably one of the worst albums I own. Never have I heard something that was so boring, poorly put together and plagued with plagiarism. This is Dream Theater trying to put a full circle around their history and creating a cd that sums everything up. Gone are the brilliant influences of Yes, Rush, Metallica and Iron Maiden.bands that Dream Theater will never be able to pass, to Muse and Coldplay.are they stooping this low? Truly the mighty have fallen. I honestly don't know why I gave this two stars. I suppose it stems from that I'm a huge fan of the band and I think just about every song sucks beyond belief.

'The Root of All Evil' is the third song in the AA suite by Mike Portnoy. The 'This Dying Soul' section is the intro to the song, and then is followed by a distasteful guitar riff. The song really doesn't stretch too far from there.

'The Answers Lie Within' is one of Dream Theater's worst. All it is is a slow ballad that just has no direction whatsoever. I can't really compare it to anything because mainstream music isn't to my taste. Take any mainstream band that put out a hit on their album, listen to all their lesser songs on the album and there you have it.this mess barely passable for a song.

'These Walls' I shouldn't really go into about. Listen to that Muse song that made it big. Plagiarism.

'I Walk Beside You' I won't go into about either. This is a U2 and Coldplay rip off track. Why should I waste my time describing stolen work?

'Panic Attack' is the only truly original song besides that title track. The intro is done by some awesome bass work by Myung and then extremely heavy tone by Petrucci. The song is dark and powerful.but not that great. Perhaps this and the title track saved it from the one star.

'Never Enough' is I guess a little pissy song done by Portnoy. It's about people not being happy with a certain individual or *cough band *cough, and then when they leave, you appreciate them.but then it's too late. Why would he write something about this if this album were supposed to be 'so great'. By the way.another Muse rip off.

'Sacrificed Sons' is another decent track thrown on to the album. It's really just a lesser version of 'The Great Debate' from Six Degrees. It could be a lot better if it was dragged on way too much.

'Octavarium' was a good song at first.but it definitely has dragged down quite a bit. Let's also not forget about 'A Change of Seasons' here. 'Octavarium' was dragged on by a Floyd influenced intro that really went nowhere. After 4 minutes the song finely truly begins with the verse. If you fast-forward 5 more minutes.well what do you know.nothing has changed! No wonder why they hyped up this song because of the length.must have been the only thing they were going for obviously. The thing that saves this song is the instrumental build up which is one of the most intense in the history of music. While that might save the song, it definitely did not do the same for the album.

John Petrucci stated this is the best Dream Theater album. If you look at when artists say this about one of their albums it is because it is new.they want people to believe it and buy it. When I see something like that I automatically think one thing,"Wow, this is going to be a real big hunk of shit!" Expect my rating to possibly go down to one star. I don't know what happened here. Only buy if you are a collector and fan.

'When Day and Dream Unite',' Images and Words' and 'Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (song)' are all made up of 8 songs.was this also part of the big scheme for the album? No, they just happened to have 6 then 7 songs on their past albums.and what a dumb concept, the number 8. 8 sup-par songs for an 8th studio album. Clever.

ProgBagel | 2/5 |


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