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Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

3.66 | 1996 ratings

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5 stars I've noticed I had not review this album yet... My mistake...!!!

I want to add something usefull to the mix of reviews, so I will start with a worry: why DT tend to make that amount of criticism...??? possitive or negative, but at the end DT seem to be a band to love or hate, but nothing in between... I feel that some progheads still refuse to admit metal is a good part of prog and still try to let down THE icon band of prog metal... but it is ok... Prog rock is still alive on the mainstream notion because of Dream Theater success...

In Octavarium DT brings a lot of different inlfuences that build a very moody album, the first half oriented into a more "pop" routes while the second part is heavily focus on prog-metal but with more "futuristic" sound... I've heard that they stole songs of Muse and U2 in this album, and thats of course, again a liar from the DT haters... everbody has their influences and DT has never denied theirs, so, if you like U2 o Muse, well, hear the songs and decided if those are good or bad but not come with exagerated statements... please...

This album is Dream Theater leaving their 80's sound behind and bringing a complete fresh sound of the new millenia... and that's it... a little more electronic noises and ambients, a wonderful quality of sound, good lyrics and less solos and "showing off" that seems to put many people nervious... So I find it very interesting cause it's very untypical on them -there are songs without solos at all!!!!!- and Octavarium is one of the most impressive songs I've ever heard... so, I feel this album is great... What I've always respect from these guys is trying not to do what is expected but what they like... and this is surely one of their most solid albums... maybe not at the Images and Words standards but quite ok...!!!

jampa17 | 5/5 |


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