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5.0 out of 5 stars Symphony X's masterpiece., 21 July 2004
This review is from: V - The New Mythology (Audio CD)
As a coherant piece of artwork, this complex album is the best thing that Symphony X have ever released, and the time of writing this review is July 2004. Individual songs from all of the previous albums are amazing, but this album has a coherancy that makes it a single opus as much as it is a varied album. Communion And The Oracle is a brilliant song that has been since unrivalled by Symphony X in its particular style. The title song; V-The New Mythology Suite, is a very good song as well. Another highlight is Bird-Serpent War. This was the first Symphony X album that I ever listened to, and although I was initially disappointed by the fairly uninspirational chorus of Evolution, (the first track on the album), I heard a lot of amazing music in that three score and ten minutes or so. The inexplicable drop between this complex masterpiece and The Odyssey may always remain a mystery. There's no doubt that Thomas Miller was very good for the band and was fundamental to the beauty of their original sound, and V is really the transitional album of a declining band, but it is the peak before the decline. And it could be argued that it shares the peak with The Divine Wings of Tragedy. Michael Romeo CAN sort things out and retrieve the brilliance of Symphony X, but with the contrast between this masterpiece and the following album, the factor of Thomas Miller's disappearance from the band being a critical hit suggests itself. It is clear from the sound that Miller wasn't in the band for V, but V is still an exceptional album. If Symphony X are to be remembered for anything in the distant future it will probably be for V, though some individual songs form ALL of the albums before V should warrant being remembered long into the future.
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