This ends the album incredibly. As The Dark Eternal Night is one of the most technically demanding songs the band has ever written, Forsaken is one of the least. This song structure has always pleased me. Repentance is simply wonderful with a contemplative reflective lyrical content and lots of guest artists speaking their regrets and asking forgiveness. I'm odd some would say in that I found ToT to actually be a really enthralling album and that level of excitement I felt was not really present in Octavarium. The piece gets more grandiose as it lays down an impressive ending to this fine album. There is not much else to say except it does not disappoint and has some awesome tracks.
The ones I noticed right off the bat were: Yes, Pink Floyd, Slayer, Metalllica, and even some Opeth. The riffs are great and the continuum solo is terrific. Another rather serious flaw of the album has to do with those songs which are sharply reminiscent of other bands' work. The next song, Repentance is the 4th song in the Alcoholic Anonymous Suite, representing the 8th and 9th steps of the Twelve Steps. I never thought I was gonna say that again about a Dream Theater album but it´s one of the great things about them isn´t it? I will give ratings for each song: 1. Like this album or not this achievement is definitely some kind of mixed bag of feelings, because this is definitely not their best work and it is attracting a lot of some kind of fan that Dream Theater never had, the seasoned fan, the guy that listens what is fashionable at the moment and then forgets it, unlike the traditional die-hard-faithful fan of the band you know, the guy that go to 5 consecutive Dream Theater shows.
Now, let's look at Systematic Chaos, the band's 9th studio release. Myung uses popping and, later, a pick to change things up. Even much better than previous or pt. Well, I can say that all of them are top notch musicians with their own identity. So how can I possibility award this album 3-star rating after all this criticism you might ask? It is a trip back to Scenes from a Memory's best moments.
Granted, the band has not evolved much over the past few years, but they are trying new styles for fun. Overall, nothing is bad, and there is far more excellent music than decent music. This is potent stuff - the kind of music that is impossible to forget. Well, it starts that way, picks up a bit at times and really kicks into high gear in the middle. A real progressive song, again loaded with great melodies, riffs and technicality. But my sincere hope is that in the future they will take brave chances once again and reach for the stars. Even with the two missteps noted Constant Motion and Prophets of War I can still award this album 4 stars without hesitation.
It's very powerful, almost cathartic. So to sum up, if you're looking for Dream Theater to boldly go where they haven't been before then you may be disappointed with Systematic Chaos. The tracks were mixed and effectively brought to life by Kevin Shirley. On this particular outing I find that Dream Theater has produced one of their best works, and now I'm going to get into the review. A tasteful guitar solo before 5 minutes. You never know exactly what to expect. Heavy, melodic, dynamic, it's all there, and the song gives me a variety of moods and feelings, which is only a good thing.
This is Dream Theaters worst album to date. Five minutes of astounding instrumental work give way to great vocals from LaBrie. About the songs, musicianship and other features there are some thing i would like to state: Well, musically this is the usual Dream theater album:lots of solos from everywhere except from LaBrie, for obvious reasons , specially guitar and keyboard solos, the two main soloist instruments of the band. This album didn't top the best prog metal albums that came out in 2006, nor anything up to it's release in June 2007 and nor did the album have a completely consistent song quality. This album, while its sound stays true to those two uneven albums, the songwriting is better and borrows elements in their earlier albums: complexity and melody.
A slow pace with acoustic guitars, wonderful keyboards throughout and a beautiful guitar solo ensue. Well, on first listen, it all sounded great. Basically, Systematic Chaos is a mish-mash of their prolific career in the land of metallish progressive music. In The Presence of Enemies Pt. This is a very good track. But the band steps up for their new label with what may be their most progressive record yet. While having influences is fine, I prefer it if a band can more or less keep their influences buried amoungst all of the originality that the bast itself can dish out.
It's probably pretty easy for long time fans to take songs like this one for granted but for newbies this is some pretty wild stuff! It's also my second favourite in the Twelve-step Suite, but the spoken section is a far too drawn out and can get boring after repeated listens. Great opener, somewhat mysterious sounding track. It is still entertaining in the same way an awful B-side movie is. I want progressive metal, not thrash metal Which is what a good deal of this album is made up of. Coming from someone who genuinely loves this band, I can say that this album is a big let- down; the guys should have spent another year hammering out new ideas before recording.
There is of course another epic here. But it's not enough, because this last songs are under the quality of the beginning of the album in term of composition. Second was that the band took influences from a very wide range of groups, not just the usual stock of Yes, Pink Floyd and Metallica, but the likes of Muse, U2 and Coldplay, and rather than incorporating these influences into the sound, it ended up more as a cut-and-paste job from all the bands that influence them, the sound of Dream Theater was near none-existent. LaBrie is the consummate showman and his vocals, as always, are incredibly strong on this release. The energy created by their technical playing on this release is completely hollow. I played it quite a few times, enjoyed it a bit, and then put it away. It's something which is really effective and sticks in your mind.
It became a permanent resident on my turntable and drove my parents crazy. Labrie is a capable singer and he's great so leave him sing the parts. Even the vocals have attitude when they arrive after a minute. Alright but a little boring. The vocal melodies for the most part fairly stock and standard. If you were looking for the band to come up with something completely new then you are going to be disappointed, but they are still the masters of this style of progressive metal and perform it better than any of the similar bands like Vanden Plas and Shadow Gallery.