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Dream Theater "Octavarium" Album Details Revealed

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DREAM THEATER have completed work on their eighth full-length studio album, entitled "Octavarium", tentatively set for release through Atlantic Records on June 7. The track listing is as follows:

01. The Root of All Evil
02. The Answer Lies Within
03. These Walls
04. I Walk Beside You
05. Panic Attack
06. Never Enough
07. Sacrificed Sons
08. Octavarium

DREAM THEATER began writing and recording their latest album last November at the Hit Factory studios in New York City. The follow-up to 2003's "Train of Thought" will hold the distinction of being the very last album ever recorded at the world-famous recording facility.

DREAM THEATER's 2005/2006 world tour will kick off on June 10 in Sweden with a leg of European festivals and select headlining shows which will then be followed by a North American leg throughout July/August as part of a "package" tour with several other bands. More information will be made available soon.

Here are the upcoming DREAM THEATER tour dates:

Jun. 10 - Sweden Rock Festival - Sölvesborg, Sweden
Jun. 11 - Arrow Rock Festival - Lichtenvoorde, Holland
Jun. 12 - Buchholz Footballstadium - Zurich, Switzerland
Jun. 13 - Posthof - Linz, Austria
Jun. 18 - Lorca Rock Festival - Murcia, Spain
Jun. 21 - Amphiteatre - Fucecchio, Italy
Jun. 22 - Piazza Del Popolo - Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Jun. 23 - Villa Pisani - Padova, Italy
Jun. 25 - Le Parc Des Princes - Paris, France
Jun. 26 - Graspop Festival - Dessel, Belgium

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. Andrew writes:

Sounds great, cant wait for its release

# Mar 16, 2005 @ 4:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. BiGG Perm writes:

oh my gawd! this is almost as good as porn

# Mar 16, 2005 @ 6:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. RememberMetal? writes:

I have tons of respect for these guys, fore they are all masters of the art of progressive rock by way of classical musicianship and metal...Their to be applauded, but theres something a little too "70's-80's" about them that I still (after all these years) cant get past.....It's probably more my fault than theirs for being narrow minded, it's just a taste I could never acquire (many attempts) despite their obvious skill......

# Mar 16, 2005 @ 6:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Sara666 writes:

Can't wait!!!! Everybodys got to grab this album!!

# Mar 16, 2005 @ 9:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. BLACKDOG writes:

I agree with Remembermetal.I like them but I don't love them.Besides I was more into QUEENRYCHE.

# Mar 16, 2005 @ 9:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Verita writes:

Oh Lord! Keep me alive until June 7...

# Mar 19, 2005 @ 1:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Sara666 writes:

I have to say that at first I really wasn't into this band, but after tagging along to see them live with my boyfriend I changed my mind. I was blown away by the complexity and the talent.

# Mar 19, 2005 @ 1:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. none writes:

dream theater has no soul and no feeling in anything they've ever done. They're technical to be technical. they have no artistic talent at all. If u want to see really impressive musianship then look at pat methany who blows away anything dream theater has ever done and if u went to see a band that doesn't put as much technical stuff in to just be technical but also has soul look at tool. dream theater are very good at playing their instruments but not by any means the best and they are horrible musicians.

# Mar 19, 2005 @ 1:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. ct writes:

hey none are you always this stupid or are you just extra f***en retated tonight, and f*** you, you are one of those stupid f***ers who like really gay punk bands or bands that don't have a singer talented enough to sing actual lyrics, every one of those members in that band are super talented and you just mad at them because the could kick any of you bands that you like a$$ in a battle of the bands compition, because of there virtuosity. and for you i have to explain that word to you because you probably to stupid to know what that is. being a virtuoso means that you are a A musician with masterly skill or ability, technique, or personal style. so f*** you a$$ hole because it's a proven fact that they are all virtuosos, and another thing home many awards has you bands won. I bet the have won sh** because they are sh**. the drummer of dream theater alone has won 20 drum awards, been on numerous drum magazines, has his own type of cymbals, and is in the drumming hall of fame. so again f*** you you have no proof that there bad musicians, so keep that sh** to you self and go listen to you stupid non talented screamer f***ing music. you f***ing idiot.

# Mar 19, 2005 @ 8:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. trippedoubt writes:

actually none has a good point.

# Mar 19, 2005 @ 9:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. BLACKDOG writes:

They do somewhat lack emotion.Like I saide I like them but I prefer QUEENSRYCHE.

# Mar 19, 2005 @ 9:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Stee writes:

Good on ya ct.
Can't wait for this album.

# Mar 19, 2005 @ 11:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. BiGG Perm writes:

who says that music has to have emotion? just 'cause every nu metal band has to whine and b**** in every song doesn't mean every band has to. just 'cause some bands such as pantera can play awesome music and add emotion to it doesn't mean that every band has to. dream theater is a musicians band.

# Mar 20, 2005 @ 12:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. trippedoubt writes:

i am a musician, you c***smoker. personally, i prefer music that you feel. we don't mean emotion in the whining obvious sense. it's all in the music, any real musician understands that.

# Mar 20, 2005 @ 3:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. RememberMetal? writes:

ct go back to school man.

That was the most horrible attempt at spelling in an angry rant I have ever seen...For someone who is such a fan of grandiose technique, you demonstrate very little skill in something as simple as posting......."retated" ?!?!?...I assume you mean retarded...and "and you just mad"....I'm leaving out alot of other mistakes to boot....

.....Dream Theatre would be ashamed to know a fan of theirs was doing such a half assed job at defending them....I have nothing against this band, in my opinion it's really hard to find a band that is this skilled and talented, I just don't love them either.....Respect other opinions, learn to spell, and make an articulate statement before you make a fool of yourself again.

I also am going to have to stand behind none and trippedoubts statements as well. As a bassist for years and drummer for giggles, I can relate to his short but excellent statement.

And Blackdogs right, Queensryche strikes a more "emotional" chord for me while still preserving that sheer obvious playing ability.

# Mar 20, 2005 @ 8:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. none writes:

hey ct you need to learn to read i listed some of the bands i lie and i'll do it again. tool and pat methany do u know who they are and no i don't like nu metal and i don't think nu metal has real emtion i think things like damien rice have real emotion. Also i said they were good at playing their instruments u retard. they have an excellant drummer in mike portnoy and john petrucci is very good they just can't write with any emotion and i get tired of seeing them idolized when i don't see the emotion in pat methany but none of them can write or play like him and for your battle of the bands comment the only person i really mentioned was pat methany and at their last show they played a 68 minute song with every one playing an array of differant instruments. Just try to pay attention

# Mar 20, 2005 @ 10:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. none writes:

oh and pat methany has won 19 or 20 grammys. Just so you know.

# Mar 20, 2005 @ 10:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Andre writes:

Emotion is a feeling, you can't write or sing emotion, it is just felt by the listener. A person can get emotive with DT's songs as well as Britney Spears or Pantera.
Every DT song has a meaning to me and makes me think of things that touch my heart, that's why i see emotion in them...
Lack of Emotions for me is a band which you can't hear half of the instruments and spend 1 hour of concert hitting a bottle with a baseboll stick...

# Mar 20, 2005 @ 11:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. BiGG Perm writes:

there you go andre- that's exactly what i meant. i'm just to dumb to put it into words. and trippedoubt-f*** you

# Mar 20, 2005 @ 4:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. BLACKDOG writes:

I find it difficult to get any emotion out of Brittney Spears music.SHE CAN'T SING DAMN IT !!!!!

# Mar 20, 2005 @ 4:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. ct writes:

to RememberMetal? who cares that i spelling errors and any way I'm in school and i'm f***ing twelve

# Mar 20, 2005 @ 8:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. brad writes:

12? and a dream theater fan?


whoa

# Mar 20, 2005 @ 8:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. BLACKDOG writes:

Yeah that's kind of unusual.

# Mar 20, 2005 @ 8:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. thedude writes:

dream theater sucks ass. every time i hear them try 2 write f u c k i n g symphonies i wanna hit some1.

# Mar 20, 2005 @ 8:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. brokenwings13 writes:

Being 12 and into Dream Theater isn't unusual. I was into Cannibal Corpse at that age, along with the likes of Queensryche and Pantera.

Oh yeah, he's probably pulling your leg anyway. Who really gets the sense of the words at age 12?

My nephew might, but at least for his sake I'm training him onto metal SLOWLY!

# Mar 21, 2005 @ 12:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. trippedoubt writes:

too dumb to put it into words? pathetic. but i understand andres p.o.v, dt elicits an emotional response in him and therefore they are special to him. they don't do it for me.

# Mar 21, 2005 @ 3:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. RememberMetal? writes:

Thats hilarious, I was just cold and ruthless to a 12 year old....serves me right.

My week is set.....

Im going to go buy a puppy just so i can drop it from my balcony....Buy a gun and shoot a caged deer.....Then dismember and skeletonize a "fresh out of the mommy" kitten......

Jesus....

Alright...if infact you are 12 ct, I for the first and likely last time, apologize. If your even 1 year older than 12 then that just makes you an idiot who lacks anything better to say to cover up for their utter lack of creative input.....Damn i'm still being harsh.......if u listen to metal then im sure my rant bounced off of u anyway....and if your into Dream Theatre at 12 then your alot smarter than all those kids into Eminem, 50 cent and Good Charlotte......

# Mar 21, 2005 @ 9:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. ct writes:

well i am twelve and i've always been really sh**ty at spelling and thank you for the compliment on me being smarter than those stupid kids who like those bands that you listed.

# Mar 21, 2005 @ 4:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. ct writes:

to thedude if you hate dream theater so much than why are you in a forum thats basicly about dream theater, so get the f*** out.

# Mar 21, 2005 @ 4:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. brad writes:

LORD BELIAL!!!!

# Mar 21, 2005 @ 5:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. BLACKDOG writes:

brokenwings13 ... You wer a QUENSRYCHE fan at 12 ! GOD I LOVE YOU !!! Let's mate and have a buch of psychotic children that obsessed with KoRn !!! Just kidding .That's cool though .

# Mar 21, 2005 @ 5:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. BLACKDOG writes:

Before you say it I fudged the grammer on purpose to imitate those guy's

# Mar 21, 2005 @ 5:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Scattermuffin writes:

Hey none? If youre gonna hoot and holler about one of your idols, at least spell his f***ing name right. That makes me think you arent really into him as much as you say you are. Its Pat Metheny, not Methany. By the way Dream Theater >; your stupid, simple minded, cant understand anything more complex than Tool, ass. Thank you

# Mar 21, 2005 @ 6:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Rick writes:

I cannot explain myself how someone can say Dream Theater sucks or "They have no feelings" ... they forgot "Scenes From a Memory"? Did someone REALLY listened at the words instead of shaking heads as usual? I'm sorry in advance for my poor english...

# Mar 21, 2005 @ 6:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. ct writes:

thank you Rick and Scattermuffin Dream Theater is the an awsome band, and they have emotion.

# Mar 21, 2005 @ 8:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. Mike writes:

If you play guitar, Then you obveously have tried making up your own songs a few times. Im sure none of them even come close to the material you hear coming from Dream Theater. Listen to flight of the bumble-bee solo and then try play that.

# Mar 21, 2005 @ 9:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. the amazing drummer man writes:

anyone who says DT has no emotion needs to listen to Hollow years or the entire metropolis 2 album. You idiots who really think you are musicians really need to get a grip on reality. Dream theater owns all. end of discussion

# Mar 21, 2005 @ 10:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. brokenwings13 writes:

Man Blackdog, sounds tempting. Anywho.......

Has anyone heard anything on Tool's new album yet? I've been waiting for
an update for about a month now and haven't gotten it.

# Mar 22, 2005 @ 1:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. toolfan writes:

tools still writting it go to toolband.com everynow and then whoever posts all the news
will talk about it

# Mar 22, 2005 @ 1:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. Maximum Etcetera writes:

Anyone who's argued here needs to shut up. The members of Dream Theater can obviously play their instruments, and no one can argue with that. I know people who dislike Dream Theater because they are too technical or showoffy. I can see that. Listen to A Change of Seasons. Theres this one breakdown section before it goes into a real chugging riff after stopping again that I feel could have been left out (I know I'm not being specific here- I apologize for that.) While the riffs are cool, I feel the transition was rather mediocre and that the piece wouldn't have been worse if they'd left that part out.
Some people are put off by Dream Theater because of the abundance of odd time signatures and the insaneness the keyboard sounds. There is nothing wrong with that. I have been listening to Dream Theater for about a month or so now, but I will not attack nor blindly defend them. They are brilliant musicians. It can be quite hard to make what they do sound good, songwriting wise, especially drifting off into the atonal stuff. Slayer can write amazing atonal harmonies. Elton John can write beautiful ballads. Dream Theater can do both. They all know how to play their instruments, and no one can't say that, but that's not what I'm focusing on. I'm focusing on the talent it takes to make what they do sound as good as it does.

Lyrically, they are not a very deep band, and I will admit that that is probably their weakest spot. But I daresay none of you listen to DT for the lyrical fulfillment.

# Mar 22, 2005 @ 4:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. brad writes:

:( nobody commented on my lord belial rant


last i heard maynard was finishing up the vox

# Mar 22, 2005 @ 7:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. Revontulet writes:

My take on Dream Theater:

1) 4/5 of their musicians (ie everyone but LaBrie) can (and frequently do) make it into lists of the top 10 in their chosen instrument and they're not out of place there.

2) IMO their lyrics are as deep as any other bands - and often very personal. Take the album Train of Thought as an example - the first song is a message to recording companies, the second is part 2 of a song about a band members past alcoholism, the third is about Petrucci's marriage finding it hard while he's touring, the 4th is about Portnoy's step father. Thats pretty deep and personal stuff which is full of emotion for the band at least, and in my view that translates into their performances.

3) They play progressive metal - its not supposed to be everyones cup of tea - its technical, fast, and complex music that can be pretty hard to get into if thats not your scene.

One thing that is beyond doubt is that DT are a band full of VERY talented musicians. If you don't like their style then don't listen to them, but don't let your personal preferences get in the way of rational thinking either.

# Mar 22, 2005 @ 7:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. brokenwings13 writes:

Brad, do you want me to comment on it? I have nothing to say about Lord Beliel at the moment.

Thanks for the info on Tool, I checked out their site yesterday and there wasn't anything I hadn't heard before.

# Mar 22, 2005 @ 7:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. Lord Belial writes:

Yeah, waddaya want?

# Mar 23, 2005 @ 1:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. tattoocreator writes:

There are three bands that to me keeps the world turning - Opeth, In Flames and Dream Theater.

I found DT hard to get into because they are just so different from anything else out there. I was lucky that a very talented muscian put me onto them and he sort of walked me through their music and to a point helped me appreciate what these guys were doing. Their sheer skill still impresses the f*** out me today.

Who or what the f*** is lord belial!?!?!?

# Mar 23, 2005 @ 2:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. mcrumiller writes:

None commented earlier on Pat Metheny. While he was a little harsh on Dream Theater having no soul, I agree with him a little bit. But he is right; Pat Metheny is the single greatest musician ever. He's an AMAZING guitar player with 16 Grammies in 9 different categories, all the while performing about 300 gigs per year for 30 years straight. He has the deepest understanding of music--including harmony, melody, history, and feel--of almost anyone, and each album denies category.

Check out his latest album 'The Way Up' by the Pat Metheny Group if you want to see what I mean. It's a single 68-minute composition that combines jazz, classical, rock, latin, and new-age.

# Mar 25, 2005 @ 6:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. brokinwings13 writes:

I have heard that album, freakin' amazing it is!

# Mar 25, 2005 @ 7:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. eric writes:

all this talk about no emotion in dream theaters music is gettin to me. sensing emotion in music is a personal connection with music, and i for one see pleanty of emotion in there music. yeah, there's a lot of fancy wankery and craziness, but that itself can be just as emotional as other music. all you who keep taking stabs at dream theater for not being emotional, just remember, i probably think half the music you listen to is unemotional as well... chill out

# Mar 29, 2005 @ 10:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. TheJackal writes:

i listen to tool as well as dream theater. they are different. as is pat metheny. its very difficult to say that one style of music is better than the other (although i do put down rap alot). people like different styles of music. yes?
(oh yeah, i think that dt can play any song that any other artist can play but other artist cant play many dt songs. they are one of the best bands technically and their lyrics are so deep. they are also so imaginative. How the f*** do they come up with half the sh** they play, tool too. and i'll include "pat metheny" just so i dont get anyone p***ed off)
anyone check out the Labrie album, Elements of Persuasion? its sick, really heavy sh**.

# Apr 4, 2005 @ 10:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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50. TheJackal writes:

oh yeah, a perfect circle is great if u like tool. so "emotional", if i can even use that word on this forum anymore.

# Apr 4, 2005 @ 10:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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51. TheJackal writes:

oh yeah again, is there any news as to what octavarium will sound like? will it be like tot or more like scenes or what? i cannnot wait/

# Apr 4, 2005 @ 10:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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52. baldguy writes:

i downloaded some songs from the new album "octavarium" and i am not sure if this is "the" album,i really don't think this is a great album.. i heard a scratch in there... what is that?... when did dream theater use scratch in their songs... well, thats my opinion about it, i think dream theater its not the old dream theater that we are used to it.. but i hope that their next album be better..
cya

# Apr 5, 2005 @ 8:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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53. Jesús writes:

The number 8 baby!!! yeah!!! Sounds great! OCTAVARIUM Is like a powerfull testimony of their long road

# Apr 6, 2005 @ 10:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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54. despotricador writes:

brokenwings13 ... You wer a QUENSRYCHE fan at 12 ! GOD I LOVE YOU !!! Let's mate and have a buch of psychotic children that obsessed with KoRn !!! Just kidding .That's cool though .


quien cojones a dicho que Korn es una banda para chicos psicoticos? a lo mejor el psicotico eres tu pedazo de mierda, si dejaras de escuchar la mierda que escuchas puto punkarra, ke te jodan, black dog chupamela.

its octavarium on emule???

# Apr 6, 2005 @ 2:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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55. brokenwings13 writes:

Translator please?

Damn, I wish I took that spanish course.

# Apr 6, 2005 @ 2:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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56. baldguy writes:

hey despotricador, el octavarium si esta en el emule, pero trata de bajarlo completo en .rar es mas seguro q sea el album, and for brokenwings13 despotricador said:
who the f*** said that Korn is a band for psicotics guys? maybe the psicotic is you, you piece of sh**, if you stop listening the sh**y music that you listen f***ing punkarra, f*** you , black dog, suck my d***!

# Apr 7, 2005 @ 12:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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57. brokenwings13 writes:

Ok, thanks for that. At least I know what an insult looks like now.

# Apr 7, 2005 @ 6:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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58. Time Symmetry writes:

Octavarium is not on Emule yet... everything you have downloaded is James Labrie Elements of Persuasion!!

# Apr 13, 2005 @ 11:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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59. Shredder writes:

Yeah....and James' solo album is boring as f***. Like TOT....DT goes NU-metal... Hopefully Octavarium will sound like Images..., Awake and/or Scenes...

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