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Out at sea and things are getting choppy,,
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This review is from: The Odyssey (Audio CD)
The cover art might be one draw for this 6th Symphony x album, but the music on offer is also one of the most metal and progressive counterparts of recent leanings. The odyssey signifies a slight change of formula for the band, as for the tirst time on a SX album the symphony is cut back a little in favour for a more distilled and flavoured metal sound. This certainly works at the beginning as "inferno (unleash the fire)" and "Wicked" tesify an explosion of driving riffs by the always reliable and masterful Michael Romeo.
Elsewhere, "Accolade II" is the next sequel of the original song from way back. "King of terrors" is quite a fast and tight piece; but the real centerpiece of this album is arguably Symphony X finest song and one of the greatest masterpieces of progressive metal ever. This 24 minute leviathan encompasses a grand storyline about a viking leader who's anxious to return back home, and it is about as wonderful a progression and tightness that you could ever wish to hear. A four star album at first glance then suddendly becomes a surefire five, and must have.
For me, it shows Symphony X at the height of their technical and songwriting prowess. The production is subtle and the music diverse and symphonic. "The odyssey" is the most accomplished Symphony X album and the title track is their best ever and I doubt it will ever be beaten. The most recent last album from the band has for the first time, started to show a mellowing of quality from the band. A return of direction towards this kind of musical formation would certainly come with a full thumbs up from me. Essential.
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Initial post: 4 May 2014 03:01:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 May 2014 03:03:26 BDT
Nice review and some well mentioned points. I've always enjoyed the music of Symphony X and have felt they are a band that haven't allowed the 'pot of creativity' to dry up. I think you know my views regarding Dream Theater who I feel they have remained 'static' with the release of each album. With this album, I felt Symphony X really hit their stride as the musicianship is exceptional, as was the artwork. For example, the exceptional 24 minute long title track 'The Odyssey', divided into 7 parts that crescendos from one tempo to the next as the music chops and changes, allowing the musical prowess of each of the band members to really shine. I saw Symphony X live in support of this album soon after its release, and one thing I took away from that gig was the exemplary guitar work of Michael Romeo, coupled with how damn good these guys really are in a live setting. Happy days and keep the reviews rolling!
In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2014 08:59:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 May 2014 11:13:33 BDT
Hi TD, many thanks! reviewing has become a hobby of sorts these days. I hope to eventually get my entire collection reviewed; which may take a couple of years!. Symphony X are one of the best prog metal bands around arn't they!, hopefully they'll be able to stitch up a new album over the next year or the year after. Like many bands, time between each new release seems to be ever increasing and ever "fustratingly" longer.
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