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V - THE NEW MYTHOLOGY SUITE

Symphony X

 

Progressive Metal

4.13 | 710 ratings

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Relayer Duos
5 stars I honestly think that this album sets the diamond standard for symphonic metal. Between Michael Romeo's beautiful guitar playing, the brilliantly orchestrated symphonic sections, fantastic melodies, and sudden russian interludes we hav a real winner.

I think the real magic of the album rests in three places--the balance between the orchestral sections and the metal sections, the flawless and beyond the call of duty execution of every element, and the absolute ingenuity that permeates from every section. The best part is that, if you'll notice, none of these have trouble overlapping, and in fact do--the entire album.

There are so many elements in this album. Power chords slamming, gentle strings and winds, odd meter defying normalcy all over, segues that make you want to cry a gentle tear, suspended chords slamming in place of power chords, allusions to Mozart, Russian fun, vocal counterpoint, shredding guitar solos, visions of Egypt, string chords slamming in place of power chords, ponderworth lyrics, mesmerizing sections of simple harmony, long intense guitar lines, synth sounds I can't name, synth sounds I can name--the list goes on...for quite a long ways.

If you have any desire to hear strings and guitars together--please buy this album now. If you have no interest--you should too, anyways. This album really is a quite spectacular example of what the genre can be.

Five stars

Relayer Duos | 5/5 |

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