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OCTAVARIUM

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

3.66 | 1996 ratings

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mariorockprog
4 stars 4.5: Amazing album by dream theater, the eighth by them and also the concept and the music make references to the number 8 in various ways. However this is not the transcendental about of this one, is the quality in music and composition in overall of the album. And also I can recommended to any prog listener, because it is the most symphonic, eclectic album I have heard from them, however they make it so digestible, that sometimes it feels like prog pop, but nothing important. The first seven songs talks about several topics, the alcoholism problems, the ungrateful fans that are not satisfied, the attack to the twin towers incident, among others, also it incorporates a part of another of their classic songs for the first song. At the end, the masterpiece song of the album, octavarium is a 23 minute songs, that as far as I can I listen of DM, is the best they have done, it has a wonderful lyric, talking about past classic of prog and other song that have influenced them, but how they always tries to print their own style. Musically, is the best composition they have made, it has an intro like Shine On You Crazy Diamond song, while during the song, keyboard passages and astonished riffs are presented. It surprised me because the average score it has in prog archives, but I began to hear the octavarium song and instantly I began to hear the rest of the album, and here I am, loving it. A very good album, that is almost perfect, but that shows the magnificent composition skills of the band in Octavarium song, but also other songs maintain the DM style of the past albums, I think is an album that anyone must to hear.
mariorockprog | 4/5 |

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