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| ||Dream Theater Octavarium|
It's easy to look at and argue that Octavarium is overbearing simply when taking the long runtime into account. And while the album does exhibit Dream Theater's usual overdone tendencies, the overall release is quite fulfilling. What makes this easier to believe when finished listening is the fact we get two of the band's best tracks in the second half between "Panic Attack" and the beautiful epic title track.
| ||Dream Theater Train of Thought|
Dream Theater aren't a band to stick with the same sound from album to album, and Train of Thought is arguably the best case they have to testify that fact. Hard-hitting and divisive, Dream Theater employ what is, in many ways, a simultaneous simplification and progression. But again, that's to be expected.
| ||Threshold March of Progress|
Threshold pull off an album that works wonderfully, whether from start to finish or when singling its individual moments out. The band are catchy as ever, with excellent vocals and hooks aplenty, drawing a number of influences to create a sound that, though heavily borrowed, is still definitely theirs. Accessible without dumbing the music down (quite the opposite), March of Progress is an easy recommendation for rock/metal listeners of any degree.
| ||Threshold Hypothetical|
Hypothetical showcases much of what Threshold are known for, for better or for worse. Routine material can work effectively as it does on "Light and Space" or "Oceanbound," but there are also duds in "Turn On Tune In" and "Keep My Head." Fortunately, the combination of two epics that never cease to get old lets the album maintain a level of competency, even if can get erratically inconsistent.
| ||Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence|
There are any number of expectations one might have going into Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence for the first time. One of the many great things about the album is that it manages to surprise at almost every turn. Even the mammoth title track flies by with surprisingly immediacy which, given its length, means the band is doing something very, very right.
| ||Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory|
Though a couple steps shy of perfection, Scenes from a Memory earns much of its applause as a strong Dream Theater album. Patchy during some points but excellent during most, this holds up as an ambitious album with a lot to offer listeners, regardless of their opinions of the band.
| ||Dream Theater Falling into Infinity|
Intended as an accessible, radio-friendly album, Falling Into Infinity is one of the last albums to recommend for anyone looking to get into Dream Theater. The botched alteration to the band's logo on the cover is enough of a hint to know that this is uncharacteristic of the prog metal giants. While not bad, from a fan's standpoint, it's tough to look at Falling Into Infinity objectively and find a good quality without bringing up the issues which affect the entire album.
|OmairSh More soundoffs than ratings, nice :P. Also back from the reviewing hiatus I see|
|DoctorVelvet Work on your writing style. It's bloated and awkward (though you probably feel like you're coming off as incredibly intelligent). |
|Parallels you have inspired me to (impossibly) add soundoffs to all of my reviews. Okay not really, but I will write many more now because of your endeavor.|
|WeepingBanana mad respect for soundoffing every single album rating you have lol|
|Xenophanes There's only room for one "Xeno" on this site. Sorry bro, but you're gonna have to leave, even though I like your reviews....|