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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
The greater album of Prog Masters Symphony X .It's quite different to what they did before. Not so neoclassical but more Heavy riffs. Just listen to the initial Inferno to feel the growing power and fly with the chorus part. Wicked or King Of Terrors are agressive more than progressive. But The Accolade II , Awakenings and the superb The Odyssey reminds the V The New...
Published on 21 Feb. 2010 by Pau Borras Garcia

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed opinions on this one
I personally think Symphony x are quite overrated, but i still appreciate the great talent they posess as musicians. Im not sure what to give this album, but an average 3 should do. In my opinion, from previous listenings, the band wow you with a few tracks on their albums (in this case The Odyssey 10/10 and the Accolade part 2) but the rest is just repetative, bog...
Published on 7 May 2004


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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed opinions on this one, 7 May 2004
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I personally think Symphony x are quite overrated, but i still appreciate the great talent they posess as musicians. Im not sure what to give this album, but an average 3 should do. In my opinion, from previous listenings, the band wow you with a few tracks on their albums (in this case The Odyssey 10/10 and the Accolade part 2) but the rest is just repetative, bog standard heavy riffed showing off. Ive noticed that nearly all of these "filler" songs all start with a heavy, strange metre riff which is then followed by a simple keyboard melody which is always the same ( Creation on V is a perfect example of what im talkin about). All their songs sound the same except for the few fantastic ideas they have on an album.
Another point iof the album is that there is hardly any hooks except for those in the superb Odyssey and the Accolade part 2. There always just too boring and strange to remember. Also there is hardly anything except for singin (which has some quite bad effects on it) and palm muted, low, powerchords from the guitar. I didn't here one bass or drum fill on the whole thing. talk about hogging the spot light! And apart from on the accolade 2 the keyboad plays one major solo (on inferno i think) which is just complete cheese and too power metally for this acclaimed "symphonic band".
But still i give it a 3 just because atleast 30 mins of the album
is absaloute genius. Pity they couldn't do the same all the way through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic, 21 Feb. 2010
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The greater album of Prog Masters Symphony X .It's quite different to what they did before. Not so neoclassical but more Heavy riffs. Just listen to the initial Inferno to feel the growing power and fly with the chorus part. Wicked or King Of Terrors are agressive more than progressive. But The Accolade II , Awakenings and the superb The Odyssey reminds the V The New Mythology album but even more sofisticated.

Just for the title track this cd worths the last dime. 24.09 pure epic running time. And it passes fast. Their best long and epic song since The Divine Wings Of Tragedy. Incredible the part VII Champion Of Ithaca. I have no doubt that Romeo has put all his genious into this masterpiece. Really seems to travel through a long journey.

All musicians still as excellent as usual but special mention to Sir Russen Allen and his infinite vocal range. From agressive and almost thrash parts to the delicate and precious voice he performs all with success.

Excuse me because of my english, i'm from Spain and so many years have passed since i studied in school.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good,melodic heavy metal, 18 Nov. 2002
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Far better than their previous outing V and perfectly able to stand up to comparisons with Divine Wings of Tragedy. The Odyssey is a highly enjoyable album with excellent guitar/keyboards, fine vocals and a good collection of songs and melodies.
Some people define Symphony X as playing progressive metal and I can see what they mean, but this album leans more to the heavy metal end of the spectrum than (say) Dream Theater or Pain of Salvation. That isn't to suggest that the album lacks ambition or technical flourishes as both are abundantly displayed. Where Symphony X differ from other 'prog' bands is that they seem to maintain a good sense of melody and rhythm even while playing sometimes long and complex arrangements.
Stand out tracks (so far) are The Accolade 2 (a worthy follow-up to The Accolade featured on Divine Wings), Wicked and King of Terror.
If you like your guitars heavy and are fed up of 3 minute power pop songs and post grunge depressives, then I recommend you give this a go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sympony Xcellent, 19 Jan. 2012
This review is from: The Odyssey (Audio CD)
I own most of Symphony X's albums now and I have to say this is my personal favourite. Where some of the other albums can feel a bit "samey" or a bit too heavy, or too light, this album seems to find the right balance perfectly. Credit goes out to Michael Pinella for the stunningly superb classical aspects to the albums - especially the humungous intersessions during the final 24 min epic song based on Homers "The Oddysey". Michael Romeo seems to have come up with a whole range of new riffs and solo's which makes a refreshing change, and Russel Allen's vocals are in top notch form, despite being slightly mixed into the background. This was the last album before the band went a bit too dark and gritty for my liking - but everybody has different tastes, esepcially when it comes to prog metal - but this is definately the pinicle of the genre in my book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing, 25 July 2011
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This is seriously one of the best prog metal albums out there.
It just keeps going and has all the elements an epic album should have, a killer band, great lyrics, enticing music and a track that just keeps going and going.

After also having heard Symphony X play the Odyssey live for a few times now, I can honestly say that everyone should buy this album!
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