I have accumulated many personal reviews while listening to albums. My reviewing style is non-conventional and was only intended for myself. Sometimes I will only use one sentence to describe an album if I feel that is all that's required. Other times I will review an album while I'm still listening to it, leading to a song-by-song review of the album (bringing the size of the review to nearly dissertation-level). There are times when I will even come back to a review to add information that I didn't know when originally writing the review. The point is that I won't edit my reviews to make them more readable or conventional. My reviews are always a direct result of what I was feeling when I wrote them and I want to let that feeling come through.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos [2007]

Wow, somehow they've managed to increase the clarity of their recording production. Yep, here we go, sick-ass bitchin' difficult riff about 1:45 into the first track... damn. Track 2 starts off with a hauntingly beautiful piano section, pretty different from the more classical stylings of Dream Theater. This track almost has a nu-metal feel to the verse… different, not necessarily bad, but if it continues throughout the album, it'll get really old. Holy shit, it's got the most smooth and natural guitar solo I've ever heard……. ever. Nice and heavy in track 3. It picks up and almost sounds like something Metallica should've done. So far, this album is in typical Dream Theater style with some more emphasis on heavier riffs in the verses and a little bit less of the progressive feel. Meh, track 4 seems pretty stale, though, the chorus is really good. Okay, it gets pretty damn good around 4min in. Fuck me, track 7's solo is maddening. Track 8 is the perfect Dream Theater fusion of progressive, heavy, and creative elements. Wow, amazing ending. Overall, it's a good album with a couple songs that fall a bit flat at times. Leagues better than Train of Thought, but seems to lack the energy and conviction of Octavarium.

Rating: 7


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