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Symphony X


Progressive Metal

3.95 | 525 ratings

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4 stars I played this album a lot when I got it. I recently listened to it a few times and it still works its magic with me. There is a lot to like in this CD. I really like the mix of classical and heavy. Symphony X certainly have their sound which set them apart from other bands in the prog- metal scene.

The songs are nicely composed and have a high entertainment value! You never too sure of what's next. There are many changes in rhythm, you can't get bored. There is a lot of intensity and the sound is quite heavy at time. More specifically, I am referring to the catchy riffs of "Inferno", the choppy and heavy beat of "Incantations Of The Apprentice".

There are also some really good compositions that have a more classical approach. "Accolade II" really stands out. I really like the presence of the keyboards in the "Awakening".

There is also the pièce de résistance, the 24 min long epic title. I do like epic, as long as it keeps me entertained for the whole duration. This one certainly does. From the very pompous beginning followed by the soft and emotional "Journey To Ithaca", it does always evolve and keep you on your toes. I like the haunting vocals of "Sirens" which is followed by a very good classical and heavy portion "Scylla And Charybdis" before finally going into the conclusion of the epic. Just Grandiose!

My rating: A very strong 4 stars. An album that really balance well the classical/symphonic structure with an intense metal approach. Well done!

bluegecko | 4/5 |


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