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TWILIGHT IN OLYMPUS

Symphony X

 

Progressive Metal

3.76 | 340 ratings

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imoeng
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5 stars Twilight in Olympus

Another new CD for me, and yes, this is my first Symphony X album. For my first Symphony X album, it has given me a nice impression of what kind of band it is. But I just have a quite funny story. So I bought the album at a near music store then I quickly ran home because I wanted to hear it as soon as possible. When I got home, I ripped all the tracks to my computer and put the CD case into my rack. Then I played the first track and I think, "Oh! I just bought Yngwie's album!". If you notice the first intro guitar, the sound is very similar to Yngwie Malmsteen, very fast and very classical rock, with cool sweep picking.

Actually I bought this album because many people said if you like Dream Theater, then you'll like Symphony X, and try their best album, "V". But unfortunately, I only found Twilight in Olympus. My first impression was, it is indeed very similar to other great progressive metal bands, including Dream Theater. However, this particular album is heavier than most progressive metal albums, even Opeth. Twilight in Olympus has more of those Speed Metal aspects rather than the progressive metal, maybe like Dragonforce. Amazing (maybe crazy) guitar fills, rapid double pedal drums, great bass lines, are some of the most important part of this album.

Basically, all the songs in this album have some obvious commonality, such as, again, great guitar solos, with keyboard providing nuances, cool and fast drum fills with deep bass lines. In some songs, the emotions are just great, they will flow as you hear the song, which make this album so cool. My favourite track in this album is probably Church of the Machine (track 2), because besides it has good lyric, the emotion and technical virtuosity is just great.

Bottom line, I give this album five stars, at least for now, because I have not listened to all Symphony X's albums. I also want to pass the message I got from my friends, that if you like progressive metal, you will like Dream Theater. And if you like Dream Theater, you will like Symphony X. If you like Symphony X, you should really try this album out.

Long live progressive metal! Living Inside Smoke and Mirrors - Imoeng

imoeng | 5/5 |

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