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SYSTEMATIC CHAOS

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

3.32 | 1289 ratings

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Epsilon
3 stars The following review represents a personal and unique point of view from its writer.

As always, Dream Theater generates enough expectation each time that they release a new album, everything is absolutely normal until this point, but with this Systematic Chaos, the band couldn't get a good result from their well known formula and in a very modest way I'm going to explain why. First of all, the songs are unnecessarily long, I really don't understand this, they don't have to repeat the same the type of song again and again (I'm talking about the long ones), for example, in the presence of enemies (both parts) is too bored for the same reason, there's no a good solo (from Mr. Petrucci or Mr. Rudess), the structures are so repetitive, in general terms and like I said before unnecessarily long. Another thing that it doesn't please me is the particular fact that I have found some parts too similar in relation to other progressive metal bands' typical structures (for example, in some parts on constant motion, DT it sounds like ZERO HOUR, really!), already on Octavarium, Dream Theater had incorporated some influences or ways to make music (different from their previous ideas) on songs like I walk beside you (is a very U2 composition) or never enough (remembering the brit-rock band MUSE, don't they do it?) but now, on Systematic Chaos they sound like a copy from others or actually is now DT a systematic making music machine?, hehehe... paradoxical, right?.

Dream Theater has shown us many times in the past that they're the Kings of progressive metal; however this should be the best excuse to try to reinvent their style without being a band with a completely different sound or leaving their music speech! Because, personally I want to listen again the old good melodies from other years (wow... that really good times from "images and words", awake, "falling into infinity" or even scenes from a memory).

Finally, I think this is not a bad record, but the effort this time it wasn't enough. I give it a final score of 6.5/7 from 10 in my personal scale!.

By: Epsilon.

Epsilon | 3/5 |

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