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Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

3.66 | 1995 ratings

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4 stars Sometimes you hope to listen new things in life. Did I say things?, no, I'm sorry, MUSIC (using uppercases) that moves not only your mind but also all the senses and may go straight to the soul to generate an unique reaction and making all the feelings come out once for all. That could be the sensation that Dream Theater's music caused me the first time I heard it, to be more exact with "Images And Words" album almost 8 years ago.

That's ironic in someway, because Octavarium was the first DT's record I bought in my lifetime. This album made me recognize some things that I never had felt before while I listened music. So, for this same reason this one is so special for me, not only opened a universe of feelings around of a simple music record, besides gave me a new perception of what the music really is. Music turns an emotion, can be beauty (like on "The answer lies within"), can be tragedy (like on "Sacrificed sons"), can be negation (like on "Panic attack"), can be a catchy and subtle bass line (like on "These walls", awesome work Mr. Myung!!!) even epic (like on "Octavarium") and much more things to discover and enjoy along of an album as interesting as its variety.

Best tracks:

Octavarium: unique, epic, musically transcendent, and why not. that subtle Pink Floyd influences at the beginning, really nice! (10/10).

Sacrificed sons: it's obviously the impact that September 11 (twin towers' terrorist attacks) caused inside the band, a really touching song that give us DT's point of view about that date (9/10).

Panic attack: doubtless, the heaviest song of entire album and also shows the catchiest and cool guitar solo of Octavarium, courtesy of Mr. Petrucci! (8/10).

These walls: as I told on the second paragraph, it has one of my favourite bass lines of this record and probably from all the stuff I have heard from Mr. Myung and maybe also from DT. (8/10).

The answer lies within: maybe as any music record, this is the ballad time!, soft and delicate. Personally this one is not my favourite DT ballad, but it's enough captivating and give some colour to the final result (7/10).


Epsilon | 4/5 |


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