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OCTAVARIUM

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

3.65 | 1559 ratings

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arqwave
3 stars Ok, humm, great but... Well, is more progressive, less metal. A lot of elements from "sacred prog-bands", sometime FLOYD, sometimes, YES and even GENESIS, all in one song (i.e. OCTAVARIUM). Nice moments like PANIC ATTACK and fair pressence of SACRIFICED SONS and of course is a lot more melodic, lyrical, easy... but that stubbourness of playing a lame ballad (THE ANSWER LIES WITHIN) and the strange attitude of accepting "pop" elements and straight 4/4 tempos in the first 4 songs!!!!!........ I know, i'll be crucified for this review but really i don't care, where are those great intelligent and complex ballads like SURROUNDED and ANOTHER DAY? or THE SILENT MAN AND SPACE DYE-VEST, am i crazy or mr. Moore had a lot more musicallity than later keyboardists? where are those incredibly complex moments like METROPOLIS, 6:00 and VOICES, or honest exposures like TO LIVE FOREVER. To me Dream Theater has reached the point of NO return, where is over worked, over studied and over expected, because is no good to recycle tunes or have better side-projects albums (i.e. ELEMENTS OF PERSUASION, JELLY JAM and OSI) than the main act. In here they're trying to please everyone, but honestly, they don't have a clue where they want to go next... let's expect they don't turn into the next 80's GENESIS without a trace of the glorious past.
arqwave | 3/5 |

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