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Symphony X


Progressive Metal

3.96 | 569 ratings

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2 stars Blockbuster release from Symphony X leaves much to be desired.

The Odyssey by Symphony X is the band's follow up to the well recieved V. The Odyssey shows Symphony X in a much different vein. A vein that I do not percieve as positive.

The album lacks variation. The title track and Accolade II are the lone tracks on the album that I find to be Progressive works of music.

The guitar tone from Romeo is much stronger on this album, but lacks clarity. The influence of Dimebag on Mike Romeo shows much more on this album than on previous albums. Romeo's playing has never been the clearest, but this album shows less clarity and musicality than any previous efforts.

Russell Allen's vocals are at their worst as well. The graceful tones heard of The Divine Wings of Tragedy and Twilight in Olympus are no where to be found here. Instead Allen decides to show a more rugged side of yells and angst.

Other than the two tracks mentioned above I have little to compliment on the composing. Wicked is an awful track with harmonics as almost every other note. King of Terrors can't be even be considered Progressive, most of this album is just plain Heavy Metal. The attempt at a ballad, Awakenings acts as more of a boring lullaby song than an emotional ballad.

This album has very few positive aspects. This album would only get one star if there was an option for zero.

AtLossForWords | 2/5 |


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