For those who are unfamiliar for what progressive metal stands for. Look no further than to one of the biggest definers of the genre, Dream Theater. What follows should be equally as enlightening for those of you who are familiar with prog metal and those of you who aren't. The thing that people need to realize about prog metal, and especially with the likes of Dream Theater, is that while the music may seem random and at some points chaotic, every single note and beat is consciously put there and may mean something more within the bigger picture of a particular album. One of my good friends sent me an article (link can be seen below) a while back about the complexities you may not have realized was part of Dream Theater's eigth studio release, Octavarium. It's one of those things that you don't realize until you actually read it in print, even if you're a fairly active/attentive listener of the music. This article certainly brought some things to light that I never knew about the album, so hopefully you guys will discover something new as well.