Theater is my favorite band, no doubt about it! And each and every
time they release something new is my hopes very, very high - maybe
too high? So when I read, that this time the challenge for them was to
write shorter and more commercial songs, then I automatically thought:
"Oh no not another "Falling Into Infinity"", but
no worries, this album is a lot more diverse, and do have it's hard
and heavy moments as well as it's more mellow moments.
album kicks off with the hard and heavy "The Root Of All Evil"
- a great opener, and I think it's the second part of "The Glass
Prison" (from "Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence"), the
next 3 "The Answer Lies Within", "These Walls" and
"I Walk Beside You" are the result of their challenge on
this album to write easy listening music - written the Dream Theater
way. And I must say I like the end result, just listen to the
wonderful ballad: "The Answer Lies Within" - James LaBrie is
actually the person I think have moved the furthest on this album, he
sings like never before. "Panic Attack" and "Never
Enough" are 2 fast, aggressive and hard tracks, which falls in
line with the direction they took on "Train Of Thoughts".
if you were wondering if there was a deeper meaning behind the title
"Octavarium"? Well it's their 8th album, there are 8 songs
on it and each song should represent a stadium of an octave - good
luck figuring that one out ...? So yes even the title has been chosen
is this a good album - ohh yeah! Is this a good Dream Theater album?
Maybe not quite - it doesn't strike me to be as brilliant as
"Images And Words", not as intense as "Train Of Thought"
and not as complete as "Scenes From A Memory". But it is
still way ahead of 99% of the competition, and I can only recommend
open minded metal fans to check it out, to Dream Theater fans, who
havenít bought it yet ... get it - you will love it.
Recommended tracks: "The Root Of All Evil",
"The Answer Lies Within", "Sacrificed Sons" &