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4.0 out of 5 stars melodic, crunching guitars,swirling keyboards - great stuff, 21 Mar. 2004
This review is from: The Odyssey (Audio CD)
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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