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Symphony X


Progressive Metal

3.94 | 478 ratings

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4 stars "Triumphant! Champion of Ithica..."

This is the sixth studio release from the highly respected New Jersey metal outfit. As the name would suggest, their music contains strong symphonic elements, which are particularly noticeable on the stand-out tracks; Accolade II and The Odyssey. The predecessor to Accolade II came five years earlier on their acclaimed record, 'The Divine Wings of Tragedy'. Similarities between the two albums can also be drawn as both feature lengthy title tracks with extended orchestral intros.

Whereas The Divine Wings of Tragedy borrowed from both Bach and Holst, the orchestration on The Odyssey is entirely original, and the track itself is simply one of the best songs they have ever written! It would be better still if it was recorded with a live orchestra, rather than programmed synths, but it still sounds excellent. What doesn't sound quite so good are the 'metal' elements of the album. Whilst the production is certainly better than most releases, it just sounds a little bit tepid when compared to their latest offering, 'Iconoclast'.

But recording aside, the composition and instrumentation on this album is fantastic, and the only thing stopping this from achieving the full five stars are a couple of less memorable tracks.

The Verdict: Stands shoulder to shoulder with both 'V' and 'The Divine Wings of Tragedy'.

Starhammer | 4/5 |


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