Expressiveness and intensity in every
band able to change and to write the story of music, but after
the not very inspired "Train
of Thought" , this new album was a very important test
for them! This time Dream Theater don't disappoint
us and show very good ideas, in which the
unquestionable technique of these musicians is well mixed with
great arrangements and amazing melodic solutions.
Attention...the album is not the top if it is
compared to "Images and Words" , but I can surely affirm
that the new Dream Theater production has found that inspiration that
seemed lost after the previous album.
The band leaves apart those typical aggressive thrash parts
shown in the previous cd, to give emphasis by melodic visions perfectly
arranged with delicate sufferance and the music seems to read
in the musicians' soul that thanks to their ability are able to create
jewels of emotional music....But the begin of this album is to
"The Root of all Evil" is
pure power-progressive in which the band creates a not inspired refrain
that anyway gets only a good melodic part. A classic heavy-alternative
metal riff...and the album is opened very bad!!!!A song that seems to
remember the worst of "Train of thoughts"....
Fortunately "The Answer lies within"
changes all!!! A delicate ballad full of passion in which LaBrie shows
the best of his voice thanks to the delicate piano arrangement that is
mixed to acoustic guitar and a soft atmosphere . The song can remind the
acoustic style shown in "Scenes from a Memory" and I
notice a mature approach that leaves apart solos to give importance to
the atmosphere. I underline the great keyboard arrangement.
"These Walls" is pure
experimental metal!!!!A dark atmosphere full of progressive and melodic
ideas are perfectly mixed to the never questionable capability of these
musicians!!! Petrucci is able to open your heart by few notes and LaBrie
Pure a.o.r - prog in "I walk beside you"!
A brilliant song in which the band creates a great refrain that is able
to involve you thanks to the groove!!!! Dream Theater shows that are a
great band, able to play with a great technique but they never
abandon the melodic inspiration to create awesome songs!!!
It's still experimental prog-power metal the follow "Panic
!!! Very elaborated parts full of
technique in which Mike Portnoy and Myung leads the rhymin' in a very
amazing way full of intense and technical parts!!!! There's not a great
melodic approach in this song but the band is able to amaze me also thanks
to the hidden influences that seems to give originality to these
What I say is confirmed in "Never enough"
that mixes classic Dream Theater style with The Muse!!!!!!!!!! A
very amazing and original song, that involves from the first to the last
note. A decaying power-metal song full of sadness and powerful , very
elaborated under rhythmic aspect, and arranged in a a perfect way!
It's still sadness in "Sacrificed Sons"
that still remind me of "Scenes from a Memory". The song
is characterized by those typical instrumental technicality in which the
band is ready to amaze in all lives show!!!
Every song of this album is the result of
different emotions, D.T. don't follow a particular style, and in
this album you can find the soft and suffered ballad like "The Answer
lies within" the involving easy-listening refrain of
"I walk beside you", the amazing "Never enough",
original and emotional, and there's still the title-track, "Octavarium"
, that is a long travel of 24 minutes!!!!!! The song
seems to describe an intense state of mind by a suffered
composition in which a long intro Pink Floyd style brings us to dream
into a soft and suffered atmosphere. The song gets never banal
progressive and melodic solutions .There's an intense and
hypnotic part in which Petrucci & C. show what are able to do!!!!!!
A great technique! There's expressiveness and intensity in every note!
A composition worthy of a great soundtrack....the
soundtrack of the soul in which emotions are the essence of the
genius of this band.
Theater are back!!!!