ARTIST:

DREAM THEATER

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

OCTAVARIUM

(2005)
LABEL:

ATLANTIC RECORDS

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE METAL

TAGS:
Technical
"If Dream Theater had released a 60-minute album only by excluding some of the available titles, Octavarium would easily have been described as a classic of its kind."
YATH (07.07.2005)  
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This album is off to a really bad start. Even if it has a very good riff and some good vocal melodies, "The Root Of All Evil" is almost an ordinary title in Dream Theater's discography. 

The second title may be better but tactically so badly placed! A ballad on the second track, you had to dare. Soft but unfortunately not as touching as what the group had accustomed.

Fortunately, "These Walls" and "Walk Beside You" are very melodic, even if they contain some big riffs. The melodies are memorable, almost pop and Labrie's vocals are perfectly mastered. The Rudess/Petrucci duo is still as competitive and flamboyant as ever, and we get two very catchy tracks that raise the level without fully reassuring. 

"Panic Attack" will end the suspense in a matter of seconds. Powerful, this track is a pure marvel. Between Liquid Tension Experiment and the crazy moments of Scenes From A Memory, this song is a continuous delirium. Labrie's vocal is particularly well, the soli are crazy and inspired and the complex rhythmic ensures the thundering aspect of the whole. We waited for 4 songs but Octavarium is finally taking off and in what way!

"Sacrified Sounds" starts very slowly (vocals and keyboards). Without his very cliché lyrics, this beginning would be as poignant as a "Disappear" (6 Degrees Of Inner Turbulance) for example. The middle break takes a completely different turn and we find ourselves in a (almost) instrumental whirlwind of great beauty that recalls the best moments of Scenes From A Memory. Explosive and awesome.

Finally, Octavarium, the pearl of the album, this 23-minute track. After a Floydian beginning, Dream Theater launches into a powerful and very touching varied song. We won't go so far as to call it "A Change Of Seasons" again, but Octavarium is one of the best songs the band has released in a long time. 

If Dream Theater had released a 60-minute album only by excluding some of the available titles, Octavarium would easily have been described as a classic of its kind. By the way, prog metal fans, with Octavarium and the new Shadow Gallery, you have the best of the genre on two albums released the same day. Isn't life beautiful?


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TRACK LISTING:
01. The Root Of All Evil - 8:26
02. The Answer Lies Within - 5:32
03. These Walls - 7:36
04. I Walk Beside You - 4:28
05. Panic Attack - 8:13
06. Never Enough - 6:46
07. Sacrificed Sons - 10:45
08. Octavarium - 23:59

LINEUP:
James Labrie: Chant
John Myung: Basse
John Petrucci: Guitares
Jordan Rudess: Claviers
Mike Portnoy: Batterie
   
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