Octavarium

Octavarium

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by Dream Theater
     
 

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Prog rockers Dream Theater tallied 19 years as a band with the release of Octavarium, but in listening you're apt to suspect otherwise. As a collective they remain as tight as they were on 2003's obsessively dark Train of Thought (like all music-school outfits,See more details below

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Prog rockers Dream Theater tallied 19 years as a band with the release of Octavarium, but in listening you're apt to suspect otherwise. As a collective they remain as tight as they were on 2003's obsessively dark Train of Thought (like all music-school outfits, they've exacted an all-for-one formula that doesn't allow a single player more than his share of swagger), but a post-hardcore edge -- call it a leap into 2005 -- has invaded their pledge of allegiance to theatrical heavy rock. Hear it on "I Walk Beside You" and "The Answer Lies Within," both of which, at under five minutes, play like charming haikus from a band known for its epic poetry, and also on the orchestra-backed 20-plus-minute final cut, which skips around from Pink Floyd to Rush to Black Sabbath influences, stopping off every so often at a place fans of My Chemical Romance might find familiar. As with all the band's discs, guitars loom large and both doom and redemption seem no further than the next twisted verse. What's changed is Dream Theater's commitment to carrying on their reputation as underground progressive rock's classicists, and it seems well-timed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2005
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678379321
catalogNumber:
83793
Rank:
61714

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Performance Credits

Dream Theater   Primary Artist
Elena Barere   Violin,Concert Master
Karen Dreyfus   Viola
James LaBrie   Vocals
Jeanne LeBlanc   Celli
Richard Locker   Cello,Celli
John Myung   Bass
John Petrucci   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Portnoy   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Stewart Rose   French Horn
Jamshied Sharifi   Conductor
Pamela Sklar   Flute
Joe Anderer   French Horn
Jordan Rudess   Keyboards,Lap Steel Guitar
Carol Webb   Violin
Yuri Vodovoz   Violin
Katherine LiVolsi Stern   Violin
Laura McGinnis   Violin
Anne Lehmann   Violin
Vince Lionti   Viola
Katherine Fong   Violin
Catherine Ro   Violin

Technical Credits

Dream Theater   Composer
James LaBrie   Composer
Doug Oberkircher   Engineer
John Petrucci   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Mike Portnoy   Composer,Producer,Concept,Audio Production
Jamshied Sharifi   String Arrangements
Hugh Syme   Art Direction,Concept,Illustrations
Frank Solomon   Management

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