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Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

3.66 | 1996 ratings

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Marty McFly
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Errors and Omissions Team
5 stars 547 ratings already ? Short, experimental review then:

5(-) ...

why ? Well, from these 73 minutes, I can think of about 2/3 of it as top class (title song, The Root of All Evil, Panic Attack, Sacrified Sons). Why Octavarium is a great song is without doubts I suppose. Those who doubt won't be convinced so easily, so I'm not even trying (yep, you hear well). Great song that has everything, long synth intro (lengthened of about 250% on Score tour) and slowly graduated for whole song's length. Have you ever heard something like that ? Very rarely, if something like that exists. Yep, there are some rip-offs / homages (I've read the analysis of this song, it's interesting piece of work and from it, I realized many things which made me love this song much more). Also, equally charming is its story. Why not, I like these. A little bit of mystery, metaphors, philosophy or maybe social problems ? Put it all together. What I instantly noticed is that how Myung's bass works here. I'm glad because this is one of few bands where bass lines are clear to be heard. So, let's back to the song. Pop-cultural reference section is unique, as with a lot of things in this "song" (not your normal kind of song). Climax of Octavarium works perfectly, with every bombastic and pompous moment being turned on. I like that, I appreciate that and what's most important is that I think that this is the way I will rate it highly. This is top by my opinion.

Some will disagree though.

So even this song is of about 1/3 of this album, its presence is like about 2/3. Of course, it's the main reason why people will (probably) listen this album. The rest 1/3 songs I haven't mentioned are good, but it takes time to adjust for them. But this applies to previous ones as well.

Yet I still don't know what to think about I Walk Beside You. After reading FishyMonkey's remark about U2 similarity, I can't stop thinking about it and laughing to how true it is. Weird.

Marty McFly | 5/5 |


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