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Dream Theater


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3.66 | 1995 ratings

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3 stars Octavarium from 2005 finds Dream Theater in crisis of great ideas and memorable arrangements, at least for my ears. Anything from this album is mediocre at best, not bad, but to damn usual. If there were not the last epic pieces the title one, the album was a total failure. Is not enough to have great musicianship is very important that those musicians can offer intresting, memorable pieces where the listner can be hooked. This is not the case with this album, even has some good passages where Petrucci delivers some great guitar pieces like These Walls or I walk beside you are totaly unintresting and boring as hell, nothing is going one, only noodlings. I'm not a big fan of the band but I do appreciate their works over the years, Images and words are by far the best album and most original from them all, with Octavarium Dream Theater falls in the category of usual bands, nothing is groundbreaking here or inventive and is far from the peak of thir career the '90s. As I said the last tune Ocatavarium save the album,is more then ok piece, in places almost doesn't sound as a prog metal piece at all, a combination of Pink Floyd and Mike Oldfiled for the space intro with some symphonic prog keyboards added in the middle of the piece and the track ends quite good, one of the better DT pieces and by far the best from the album. After Scene from a memory they become heavier more and more, a thing that I'm not so keen about. 3 stars is best I can give a forgetable DT album, even not bad but totaly lacks in great and inventive passages as the albums from the '90s.I don't rank this album as one of the best DT releases even is not bad overall.
b_olariu | 3/5 |


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