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Dream Theater


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3.66 | 1995 ratings

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2 stars PLAGIARISM. The best word to describe this album. A massive disappointment.Not only the band fails to achieve the technical power of other albuns (like the superb Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence or, at least, the last one, ToT) but also reveals a incredible lack of ideas (!). The new tendencies the album (seems) to have are authentic plagiarisms from other bands!

I explain: what about to say about song number six - Never Enough ? It is not similar, it is EQUAL to a MUSE song (except obviously the duration) - the nasalated effect voice and specially the psycho keyboard scales which are the TRADEMARK of MUSE ... no more comments. The same must be said about the epic song Octavarium. It could be a great song, the best of the album. The problem is that the first part of the song is JUST EXACTELY the homonimous part of PINK FLOYD's Shine on You Crazy Diamond! "These Walls" seems to be a ripp off of a LINKIN PARK song. The catchy mellower songs "The Answer Lies Between" and "I Walk Beside You" shows the commercial intent of the band, fusing pop influences from U2 to COLDPLAY. The openner track is the continuation of the saga initiated by the superb "The Glass Prision" from Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, but fails to reach the power of the previous ones. Perhaps the most achieved song of the album is "Panic Attack", which kick's off with it's frantic riffs. Sacrified Sons is a very well concepted song about the tragic 11 September, but perhaps if it was a bit shorter it could be better.

In overall, one thing is a band having INFLUENCES from other bands, fusing them to make someting different, OTHER THING is making it JUST EXACTELY it is in the influential band, and that's shamefull.

TRoTZ | 2/5 |


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