Dream Theater - Octavarium


8.1 | 1000 votes |
Release date: 7 June 2005
Style: Progressive metal

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01. The Root Of All Evil
    1 - VI. Ready
    2 - VII. Remove
02. The Answer Lies Within
03. These Walls
04. I Walk Beside You
05. Panic Attack
06. Never Enough
07. Sacrificed Sons
08. Octavarium
    1 - Someone Like Him
    2 - Medicate (Awakening)
    3 - Full Circle
    4 - Intervals
    5 - Razor's Edge

Line-up
Kevin James LaBrie - vocals
John Ro Myung - bass
John Peter Petrucci - guitars, backing vocals
Michael Stephen "Mike" Portnoy - drums, backing vocals, percussion
Jordan Charles Rudess - keyboards, continuum, lap steel guitar

Guest review by
Storchillarn
Rating:
9.2
Octavarium, one of year 2005's big happenings in the world of progressive metal and probably metal in general. This band has tried a whole lot of different styles throughout their career and won over a lot of fans. The really introvert Awake, the concept album Scenes from a Memory, the symphonic Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence and the heavier Train of Thought are all examples of their versatility and you could see their latest studio-album as a clash of all these different styles. The album consists of 8 tracks but still plays for well over an hour, mostly due to the massive title-song which is 24 minutes in length.

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published 10.04.2007 | Comments (9)

Guest review by
Arian Totalis
Rating:
7.5
Octavarium, being one of their more commercial albums (as a matter of fact I would say THE most commercial) it is possibly their worst release to date. However, even if it is their worst release, it is still a very respectable and enjoyable listen. As the name implies, Octavarium is their eighth studio release, and is just chalked full of radio friendly atmosphere. This doesn't stop it from being fun though, after all, these are the masters of Progressive Metal we're dealing with here.

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published 03.10.2007 | Comments (17)

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10.01.2010 - 05:51
Rating: 10
The Block
When I first got onto this site, I was very surprised to see that Octavarium had gotten such low ratings compared to the other albums of its caliber. It I was the best Dream Theater album up to that point. It includes eight exceptional songs to go along with it being the eighth DT album so far. These are my thoughts on all of the songs.

1/8 "The Root of All Evil" is the third installment of Mike Portnoy's 12 step AA program and may be considered to be the weakest but with its classic thrash jam, catchy riff, and chorus it is defiantly a good song. The Alcoholics Anonymous suite also includes "The Glass Prison" from 6 Degrees of Inner Turbulence, "This Dying Soul" from Train of Thought, "Repentance" from Sysmatic Chaos, and "The Shattered Fortress" on Black Clouds and Silver Linings.


2/8 "The Answer Lies Within" starts out with nothing but bells but turns into one of the better songs on this album. It is a very slow song with guitar and chorus all through out the song and it is driven by the piano. It is also the main ballad of this work and has heavy emotions throughout the whole song.


3/8 "These Walls" is the first of three DT classics on this album. In the beginning it is a mix of heavy and soaring sounds and this continues through the whole song. Throughout the whole song there is awesome guitar and on the choruses Portnoy's bass kick and Rudess's keyboard playing is masterful.


4/8 "I Walk Beside You" is one of the slowest songs put out by Dream Theater but it is still an awesome song for prog rock fans. It starts out with a soft ticking sound which turns into drums than leads into more guitar and drums. While the song starts out kind of dark it grows into a lighter song and has good vacals.


5/8 "Panic Attack" is one of the songs that shows why DT is such a great band along with Octavarium and some others. It has very good riffs in it with some amazing drumming tucked in. In the middle of it all John Petrucci nails a difficult drum solo which puts this song over the top.


6/8 "Never Enough" has very good keyboards and is one of the better metal songs on this album. The heavy riffs and Labrie/Portnoy lyrics blend together perfectly. The instrumental mid- sectional is owned by Rudess and Petrucci.


7/8 "Sacrificed Sons" starts out with what sound like prayers and actual broadcasts from the 9/11 tragedy. Throughout the whole "broadcast" you can hear a wandering violin in the background. Then in the middle Petrucci hits an amazing solo that transfers great back into the main piece. This song gives you the right kind of emotions for this kind of song; anger and sadness.


8/8 "Octavarium starts out with a Pink Floyd opening that shows signs of Shine on You Crazy Diamonds. After the opening it turns into a small flute solo that sounds very good along with the intro. Than in the middle it turns to a bit of Yes, Rush, and some Black Sabbath. Even though they put all these different bands together they still make it sound awesome. Then they end the song with a great French horn outro.


Great album. Great Rating. 5 stars.
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26.11.2011 - 22:32
Rating: 8
Regolith
Written by The Block on 10.01.2010 at 05:51

5/8 "Panic Attack"..... In the middle of it all John Petrucci nails a difficult drum solo which puts this song over the top.



That's impressive considering he has to play guitar as well.
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26.11.2011 - 22:41
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Regolith on 26.11.2011 at 22:32
That's impressive considering he has to play guitar as well.

I love little errors like that. Makes me imagine him jamming on guitar and then running over to the drums and just laying waste to them during a solo while...maybe playing the guitar with his dick? Or maybe his tongue.
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29.11.2011 - 19:56
Rating: 8
Regolith
Written by Troy Killjoy on 26.11.2011 at 22:41

... Or maybe his tongue.


At this point John can play guitar with his eyes; just by looking at a guitar it plays for him.
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29.11.2011 - 20:14
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Regolith on 29.11.2011 at 19:56
At this point John can play guitar with his eyes; just by looking at a guitar it plays for him.

You're saying he's the Chuck Norris of guitardom.
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30.11.2011 - 01:32
Rating: 8
Regolith
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Written by Troy Killjoy on 29.11.2011 at 20:14

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You're saying he's the Chuck Norris of guitardom.


You could say that. I was thinking he's the Yoda of guitardom. Or maybe better yet, he's the orgin of the midi-chlorians that control all other musicians abilities. From John flow the springs of guitar life.

Too far?
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30.11.2011 - 01:33
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Regolith on 30.11.2011 at 01:32
Too far?

I don't listen to DT so I actually can't say if he's a good guitarist or not. I'm sure a lot of fans agree with you though.
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02.01.2012 - 00:55
Rating: 10
Kivaagno
This album should get a 50 not a 10
i don't think that any band not even dreamtheater themselves can surpass this album
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22.04.2012 - 13:55
Rating: 7
Milena
Learning To "X"
The song "Octavarium" is so well pulled off and so powerfully illustrates the "full circle" principle on which this album was built, it makes the rest completely redundant. There is a couple of songs I dislike here, and the rest get a "yeah, it's kinda nice". The only one I really like, apart from the title track, is "These Walls". And I have a soft spot for "I Walk Beside You". As annoyingly poppy as it is, it's a good upbeat tune.
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"There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors."
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24.04.2012 - 01:02
Rating: 7
Azarath
Probably their best post-Six Degrees album. It's still inconsistent and some songs work better than others. The title track is the obvious highlight but even that drags in places - the final section is glorious though.
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24.04.2012 - 08:33
Rating: 6
R'Vannith
ghedengi
I found very little to enjoy in this album, I'd put it at around the same level as their latest release. Often impressive yet empty noodling and absolutely forgettable.
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24.04.2012 - 15:55
Rating: 7
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Without the title track this would be a big fail. Sacrificed Sons is a good one also, but the rest is meh.
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25.04.2012 - 14:33
Rating: 7
Milena
Learning To "X"
Okay, the last four people posting on the thread more or less agree. I believe we have a Metal Storm first here.
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"There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors."
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22.12.2012 - 18:49
apostleintriumph
I can totally relate to Panic Attack.. Describes how the person feels better than a psychologist or the person himself can..
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07.04.2015 - 16:53
maxJMX
As a person who never liked progmetal, after getting into OPETH and PORCUPINE TREE a lot, I decided that no man should die without having listened to Dream theater. Concidered as a classic band for the genre, i thought I should give it a shot, and, damn, I wish I ciuld have done this before. I begun with Octavarium, which, too bad, isn't loved as mich as should be - panic attack, according to many people, saves the album, but if you listen deeply, from very beggining to the very end, you realise just how great songs flow one to another, how different yet catchy the music is. Not only the panic attack is a great song, the whole album, each note is the where it should be. Everyrhing is great. Of course it isnt Image and Words, but come on, people do have to change sometimes. Music as well. Great album in all terms. Deffinetely a must buy. I did and never regreted.
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23.11.2016 - 04:01
Rating: 9
mikeprado30
This one has a very interesting concept and way to work the music inside this one.

My favorite ones: The Root of all Evil & Octavarium
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