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This is by far one of Dream Theater's best albums and one of the first two I heard that made me a die hard fan of their music. This album and all of it's subtle complexities really exemplify the different sounds and styles Dream Theater pulls from, showing of their technical skills, compositional fortitude, and their overall musical knowledge while still creating some great music that the average metal-head can appreciate. Octavarium is a perfect blend of Dream Theaters lighter more progressive-rock side heard in their earlier albums such as Awake with their heavier more progressive-metal sound that shined through on their latest album, Black Clouds and Silver Linings. With this perfect mix, a combination of simple songs and epics -most notably Octavarium- and the addition of a concept to back the album, Octavarium becomes an album that any Dream Theater, Progressive rock or metal, and even some Pink Floyde or King Crimson fans will love. While each song is notable in it's own, the title track, Octavarium, is truly the song that separates this album and Dream Theater from other Progressive-metal bands. This 23 min long song deals with the concept of everything being tied to everything else and life in general being one big circle. Not only through their lyrics, but in it's composition this idea rings through. Musical references from each of their previous songs on the album Octavarium are heard along with lyrical references of bands that heavily influenced Dream Theater. Wikipedia has a very interesting in depth look on the complexities of this song that I highly recommend investigating on. This song, this album, and this band is unmistakably one album that any progressive music listener needs to explore.