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6 Jun 2005 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 6 Jun 2005
  • Release Date: 6 Jun 2005
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2005 Atlantic Record Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States
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  • Total Length: 1:13:29
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  • ASIN: B001LLFRX2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,374 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steve D TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Jun 2005
Format: Audio CD
It seems like only 5 minutes ago that Train of Thought was released when, in actuality, it was two years past - where does the time go? That was a very angry album. Scratch that, it was a furious album, both lyrically and musically, outdoing Metallica at their own game, and yet somehow it seemed to have lost some of that Dream Theater essence, some of its soul. It wasn't until I saw the band playing the material live that I began to understand.
Octavarium is a different beast altogether, as is immediately apparent from the machine gun drum attack of opener The Root Of All Evil, ripped straight out of the previous album's This Dying Soul, coughed up and spat out into a killer riff that opens the album in style.
A combination of Train of Thought's ferocious riffing back through time to Images & Words via Scenes From A Memory with copious amounts of Awake and A Change of Seasons thrown in for good measure, Octavarium contains some of the band's best song writing in years. Stripped of much of the over-indulgence it is more tightly focussed and melodic, and contains some truly amazing musicianship that manages to impress whilst also being much more restrained than in recent efforts.
Portnoy's drumming, as technically brilliant as always, seems much more in touch with the feel of each song, rather than playing fancy fills every five seconds. Jordan Rudess has also reined himself in after a couple of less than convincing moments on the last two albums. The Cheese Man's vocal performance is as tight and convincing as ever, and he has some very good lyrics to sing here.
But for me the star of the show this time around is John Petrucci.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By PeteMCI on 6 Jun 2005
Format: Audio CD
The eighth DT album, Octavarium, is much more diverse than its predecessor, the dark "Train of Thought". At first it appears less coherent than TOT, but after half a dozen listenings I can only appreciate the variety of moods DT so elegantly offer on this CD.
The opening track, "The Root Of All Evil" is a hardrocker that could have been on TOT. In fact, there is a 15 second insert of "This Dying Soul" in the middle of the song. The second track, "The Answer Lies Within" is to me a less impressive soft breather (with - sorry to say this - quite cliched lyrics). Not really my cup of tea, but still okay. "These Walls" with its spacious sounds during the verse and melodic chorus over metallic guitar sounds is quite radio friendly, and after hearing the U2-like "I Walk Beside You" the progrock enthusiast may wonder where this band is heading. Especially so with the lack of instrumental virtuoso passages typical of DT during tracks 2-4. But not to worry, the remaining four songs are DT at their best. The hard rockin', up-tempo "Panic Attack" immeaditely became one of my all time DT favourite songs even before it got to the awesome solo sections by Rudess and Petrucci. "Never Enough" with ethereal vocals of LaBrie climaxes with a beautiful guitar passage towards the end. The epic "Sacificed Sons" deals with the 9/11 tragedy. After starting off smoothly the song builds up to typical DT characteristics. The title track is a 24 minute epic starting off with only keyboards and guitar. This intro sounds like Pink Floyd, later like Yes. LaBrie comes in at 5+ minutes and the song enters an instrumental pre-climax at 12+ minutes. We hear - among other things - (early)Genesis/Marillion-like keyboard passages and later, after further vocal parts, Zappa-influenced instrumental exercises.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jun 2005
Format: Audio CD
The month-long wait for Dream Theater's new album, Octavarium, has left many fans with baited breath - after all, 2003's Train of Thought split the fanbase in two. When DT announced that the new album would be a reaction against the heaviness that permeated the last disc, many were relieved (to say the least). But what Octavarium would sound like was effectively unknown. Amidst the tension, Dream Theater has produced one of the most startlingly focussed and effective albums since 1991's Images and Words.
The CD starts as Train of Thought left off - with a low F played on the piano. The opening track, "The Root of All Evil" is soon underway. This appears to be the continuation of Portnoy's 12-step saga present on the last 2 releases. Thankfully, DT have opted not to shred away in B minor for 11 minutes (which worked well for 2 tracks, but gets old) but constructed an almost Zeppelin-influenced song. The reprise of "This Dying Soul" gives me chillbumps every time and the piano outro at the end, which introduces on of the album's main themes, is pleasantly understated. One thing that is immediately noticeable is that Rudess is a major force on "Octavarium" and Portnoy and Pretucci have resticted many aspects of their playing. This works well - there were 17 guitar solos on Train of Thought alone!!!
"The Answer Lies Within" is a positive, subtle song with a string quartet wedged in the middle. It sounds unlike aything they've done before and works well. We're veering into Colday territory with this one - albeity more interesting harmonically.
"These Walls" was released before the bulk of the album, and deserves radio airplay - it is blessed with an infectious chorus and an emotional guitar solo. This quickly moves into "I Walk Beside You".
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