Octavarium

Octavarium

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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,

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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.

Product Details

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

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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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Octavarium 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry if people may disagre with me, but this is the perfect album. Every song is a diferent,and I hate to sound cheesy, but a journey, if you will, and it is all i have wanted to listen to since i bought it a month or two ago. The epic 24 minute long closer is unlike most other 24 minute long songs in that it is always refreshing and interesting, if you get past the 5 minute long keyboard solo in the beginning. if you are a Dream Theatre fan or a music fan, I highly reccomend this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used to hate Dream Theater, but then a sat down and listened to them. It was my brother that got me hooked on them. Now I love them! When this CD came out I excpected some good music, but wow! Every song was original. A few of the songs were very progresive. At first i hated it, but I realized the genius in these songs. The more I listened to this CD the more I loved it. This CD was overall amazing!!! Outstanding tracks include: These Walls, I Walk Beside You, and Octavarium. If you are thinking of buying this CD go for it you won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i brought this cd a few days ago and gave it a full listen from start to finish. this is a verry great creation of dream theater. and the way they ran all tracks with sound effects in between is awssome. every track on this cd is great. james labrie and the gang know how to make a rocken cd. this cd rules and its tight ya gotta get it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not one who pledges allegiance to one band and loves their every hit and failure unconditionally. Dream Theater however rarely fails to dissapoint me. From the creators of Images and Words, my first love, comes Octavariu, rich and haunting and best enjoyed with the lights out and a pair of noise cancelling headphones.
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