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Symphony X


Progressive Metal

4.13 | 718 ratings

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5 stars A classical lesson in giving a second chance.

I got this album after "The Odyssey" and "Paradise Lost" because I was craving to hear more about Symphony X than just the 2 albums I just mentioned.

After my first listen, I was disappointed. Where are the catchy riffs? Where is all the rage and power? This seems to be too convoluted and a little too pompous. Sure "Egypt" did stand out but I wasn't thrilled with anything else. It is not bad, but why did everybody gave so high a rating? I was confused?

Then came the time when I thought I should write a review about this. I gave it a few more spins. It still looked too complicated to me but I started to like some other parts here and there. I was trying too hard to rate and evaluate each song. I was still missing the point.

Almost when I was going to give up on it, I realized that I should look at it as whole. And then, it clicked. No point in trying to describe each song here. Just let the music guide you from one song to another. There is a lot to like if you persevere listening to this album.

It gets heavy when it needs to just like at the beginning of "Evolution (the grand design)". I really like the classical approach in between song. The way each song flows into another is truly amazing. Take the end of "Transcendence" going into "Communion and the Oracle" as just an example of many fine moments.

For you, it might just click right away. For me it took a while, but I am sure glad that I gave this CD a chance. It was worth discovering and getting familiar with!

Not sure if this review would make sense to you, but it does make sense to me. And yes, it has grown enough on me that I will give it 5 stars!

bluegecko | 5/5 |


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