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Symphony X


Progressive Metal

3.95 | 541 ratings

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5 stars The first time I heard this album, I thought it was OK but nothing too special. Now, after more than thirty listens, I think its easily on a par with "V", or even better. This album definitely takes a bit of getting used to and is really "a grower"

I feel that the first track is actually the weakest, (still a good song though) and with every next track the album becomes stronger and more progressive, especially on the fourth track. The first three songs are a build up for things to come.

The vocals are spectacular throughout, and Russell Allen has one of the best voices, not only in Progressive metal, but in music in general, the range and emotion that he puts in to his singing is quite incredible. Another great thing about this album is the drum tone, Jason Rullo has an open and loud tone opposed to a lot of other prog metal drummers who have a more closed sound. Michael Pinella sweetens the hard metallic sound and really adds the "symphonic" touch, never overdoing his playing with unnecessary "noodling" The bass can be heard clearly, which is a big plus because it is a common complaint that the bass cannot be heard enough in a lot of progressive metal bands.

The absolute highlight of the album is the title track "The Odyssey" clocking in around 24 something minutes (The same time as Dream Theaters "Octavarium") Unlike "Octavarium" which borrowed from Floyd and some other bands, "The Odyssey" is original ( I love Dream Theater but I just felt I had to mention that)

The orchestral beginning to "The Odyssey" sets the scene and you can almost picture a huge ancient ship moving slowly out the harbor. Russell Allen sings softly (and in a truly natural and beautiful voice) while Michael Romeo picks on his guitar. Of course the pace of the music accelerates as the voyage turns into a nightmare, great guitar and keyboard solos, great singing, until the voyage comes to an end and a calm takes over as he reaches his home.

A masterpiece.

WaywardSon | 5/5 |


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