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Symphony X


Progressive Metal

3.79 | 505 ratings

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4 stars This was my second taste of Symphony X, and while not as good as the preceding album, "The Odyssey", it does have a lot to offer.

The opening track, Oculus Ex Inferni is a promising start. It's an instrumental, with the type of orchestration that owes more than a little to the soundtrack from "The Exorcist". But after that, the album settles in to a more traditional hard prog metal sound. It's good, especially Michael Romeo's guitaring, but not really my preference of styles. It's almost as though the band listened to some of the complaints about the last album not being metal enough.

The album almost comes to a halt near the end, with the almost maudlin The Sacrifice. But luckily, Symphony X knows how to end an album. Revelation (Divus Pennae Ex Tragoedia) is easily the best song on the album, almost topping anything from the previous album.

Another very good piece of prog metal. Just makes it to four stars from me.

Evolver | 4/5 |


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