Dream Theater - Octavarium CD (album) cover


Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

3.66 | 1664 ratings

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5 stars If 'Train of Thought' hadn't split the Dream Theater community in half enough as it is, then 'Octavarium' really is the straw that broke the camel's back.

'Octavarium is' generally seen from two perspectives. The people that think it is a Prog masterpiece (such as myself) and the people that think it is an album full of stolen ideas. Yes, there are songs that sound like countless other bands such as Pink Floyd, Genesis, Muse, U2 and Linkin Park. But does that really make them bad? Does a band with five of the top musicians in the world really need to 'steal' ideas?

Personally I think this album is fantastic. There is no denying the similarity in these tracks to others, but so what?! For example, 'These Walls'. Yes it does sound like something you'd hear on a Linkin Park album (infact, someone made a Youtube video a few years ago where they sampled the two to sound like the same song), but regardless of what it sounds like, it is still a Dream Theater track, and a bloody good one at that (and let's be honest, Linkin Park could never write a song this good).

Maybe being a diehard fan helps. Whenever Dream Theater release a new album I give it plenty of spins so that all the songs can grow on me. With that said though, I can't find any faults on this album. All the songs are great. Granted, some of them are quite unusual for Dream Theater, and sounding more like radio-friendly pop songs ('I Walk Beside You' and 'The Answer Lies Within'), but that's no reason to hate them.

The title track is an amazing musical journey, with its haunting, ambient beginning to it's crazy musical mid-section, to it's grand, epic ending, there are some lovely harmonies and melodies in this track, and if you're willing to give it a few chances, it will truly go to show why Dream Theater are the biggest Progressive Metal band in the world.

This album may not work for the pure metal fan (although there is some heavy stuff on here, such as 'Panic Attack'), but for old Prog Rock fans looking for some Prog Metal they might enjoy, this is a great album to start with.

Valarius | 5/5 |


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