Octane (album)

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Studio album by Spock's Beard
Released 25 January, 2005
Recorded 2005
Genre Progressive rock
Length 55:49
Label InsideOut Music
Producer Spock's Beard
Spock's Beard chronology
Feel Euphoria
Gluttons for Punishment

Octane is the eighth studio album by American progressive rock band Spock's Beard, released on 25 January 2005. The first seven tracks form a complete piece of work, "A Flash Before My Eyes", that tells the story of a man involved in a car accident who relives his memories in the moments following the crash.[1]

A special edition release contained a second disc which contained five new tracks, outtakes from "A Flash Before My Eyes" and a video documenting the making of the album.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
Classic Rock 3/5 stars[4]
Rock Hard 8.5/10 stars[5]

Octane has received generally average reviews since its release.[3][4][5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "A Flash Before My Eyes: I. The Ballet of the Impact"
  • "Prelude to the Past"
  • "The Ultimate Quiet"
  • "A Blizzard of My Memories"
Dave Meros, John Boegehold 5:34
2. "A Flash Before My Eyes: II. I Wouldn't Let It Go" Alan Morse, Boegehold 4:53
3. "A Flash Before My Eyes: III. Surfing Down the Avalanche" Nick D'Virgilio, Meros, Boegehold 3:43
4. "A Flash Before My Eyes: IV. She Is Everything"
  • "Strange What You Remember"
  • "Words of Forever"
Meros, Boegehold 6:46
5. "A Flash Before My Eyes: V. Climbing Up That Hill" Meros, Boegehold 3:31
6. "A Flash Before My Eyes: VI. Letting Go" Ryo Okumoto 1:52
7. "A Flash Before My Eyes: VII. Of the Beauty of It All"
  • "If I Could Paint a Picture"
  • "Into the Great Unknowable"
Meros, Boegehold 4:53
8. "NWC" D'Virgilio 4:16
9. "There Was a Time" Morse, Boegehold 4:58
10. "The Planet's Hum" D'Virgilio, Morse, Stan Ausmus 4:42
11. "Watching the Tide" D'Virgilio 5:07
12. "As Long as We Ride" D'Virgilio, Morse, Boegehold 5:34
Special Edition Bonus Disc
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "When She's Gone" D'Virgilio, Meros, Boegehold 5:41
2. "Follow Me to Sleep" D'Virgilio, Boegehold 5:39
3. "Game Face" D'Virgilio, Okumoto 4:10
4. "Broken Promise Land" Morse, Boegehold 4:45
5. "Listening to the Sky" Okumoto 3:08
6. "Someday I'll Be Found" (String quartet, Flash #2)   1:04
7. "I Was Never Lost" (Background vocals, Flash #2)   1:09
8. "Paint Me a Picture" (Pipe organ outtake from Flash)   1:29
9. "The Formulation of Octane" (Video)    



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  1. ^ "Octane". Spock's Beard. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "SPOCK'S BEARD - High Octane Update". Bravewords. 29 November 2004. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Octane - Spock's Beard". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Ling, Dave (February 2005). "Spock's Beard 'Octane'". Classic Rock. 76. London, UK: Future Publishing Ltd. p. 91. 
  5. ^ a b Rensen, Michael. "Rock Hard". Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Octane (booklet). Spock's Beard. InsideOut Music. 2005. IOMCD 198.