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Symphony X


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4.13 | 718 ratings

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4 stars The artwork for this album bears an uncanny resemblance to Spock's Beard's V and just as it been mentioned by Easy Livin and sinkadotentree both albums were released in 2000 and marked the fifth studio album for each of the two bands!

For some strange reason I never listened to Twilight in Olympus. One possible explanation could be that I haven't seen it on the shelves of the record stores and since my Internet opportunities were limited at the time I had to rely entirely on the very limited word of mouth. Of course once I saw V: The New Mythology Suite I bought it without a single hesitation.

I didn't expect that Symphony X would ever surpass Divine Wings Of Tragedy but what I heard here was definitely a much more mature band. The neo-classical elements really shine and in result make the band sound more creative than ever! There are still definite nods at the power metal but they outdo themselves even in that category since Evolution (The Grand Design) is probably the best power composition that the band has so far managed to record.

With the release of V: The New Mythology Suite the band skipped the idea of composing one long concept track and instead went for an even more ambitious approach of recording an entire conceptual record! The result is basically everything one can expect from a concept metal album at its best. The flow of the album is smooth and every composition has some new light to shed on the overall story. Among these conceptual composition lies Communion And The Oracle which is probably the best progressive metal composition penned by Romeo and Pinnella. Great melody and guitar/keyboard interplay make it the biggest highlight of the entire release.

The albums ending doesn't really give me the same satisfaction as the early compositions but it all sums up to a solid overall feel. V: The New Mythology Suite might not have clicked with me in the same way as Divine Wings Of Tragedy but that's only because my progressive metal preferences had evolved over the short course of those two years. Bands like Dream Theater, Queensr˙che and Pain of Salvation have started to compete for my attention and were releasing material that was more to my liking.

Still I think that everyone who is interested in exploring Symphony X should start with this album. An excellent addition to any progressive rock collection!

***** star songs: Evolution (The Grand Design) (5:20) Communion And The Oracle (7:45)

**** star songs: Prelude (1:07) Fallen (5:51) Transcendence (0:38) The Bird-Serpent War / Cataclysm (3:59) On The Breath Of Poseidon (3:04) Death Of Balance / Lacrymosa (3:42) Absence Of Light (4:58) A Fool's Paradise (5:48) Rediscovery (1:24) Rediscovery pt. II - The New Mythology (11:57)

*** star songs: Egypt (7:04)

Rune2000 | 4/5 |


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