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Old May 4th, 2012, 09:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Top Five - The Musics For Ever

In the opinion of you, what are the best songs of Symphony X?
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Old May 4th, 2012, 09:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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DWOT, Odyssey, Through the Looking Glass, Rediscovery. Not sure on the fifth. Accolade? Communion? Candlelight?
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Old May 4th, 2012, 11:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The Odyssey, When All Is Lost, Revelation, Rediscovery Pt. 2, The Divine Wings Of Tragedy.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 11:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Divine Wings, Awakenings, Accolade, A Winter's Dream, Candlelight Fantasia.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 12:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Odyssey, DWOT, Accolade, Rediscovery, Communion
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Old May 4th, 2012, 01:57 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Divine Wings, Odyssey, Rediscovery Part 2, Looking Glass, 5th alternates between Communion, The Edge of Forever, Awakenings and Accolade
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Old May 4th, 2012, 02:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Egypt
Rediscovery
The Odyssey
Lady of the Snow
Candlelight Fantasia
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Old May 4th, 2012, 02:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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In no particular order:

Awakenings
A Winter´s Dream (parts I & II)
Through the Looking Glass
Rediscovery (parts I & II)
Communion and The Oracle
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Old May 4th, 2012, 04:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Communion and the Oracle
Egypt
The Accolade
The Divine Wings of Tragedy
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Old May 4th, 2012, 05:26 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Can't I just say all of V?

But seriously, it would probably be:

The Divine Wings of Tragedy
The Odyssey
Rediscovery (both parts together)
When All Is Lost
Communion and the Oracle
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Old May 4th, 2012, 05:29 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Surprised that anyone would leave Divine Wings off the list. Easily the best SX song, IMO, by a pretty wide margin.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 05:57 PM   #12 (permalink)
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^Indeed it is. I wonder what a list would look like if we had to leave off all the epics? Probably all the balladish songs.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 06:25 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Best Symphony X songs that are under 5 minutes long would be tough.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 09:53 PM   #14 (permalink)
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The Odyssey is by far the best SX song. Top 5 songs under 5 minutes would be extremely tough... Frontiers, Bastards Of The Machine, The Bird Serpent War / Cataclysm, Absence Of Light, Of Sins And Shadows. There really isn't a great deal of choice though.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 10:43 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Communion and the Oracle
Rediscovery
Iconoclast
Through the Looking Glass
The Odyssey
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Old May 4th, 2012, 11:31 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Under 5 minutes:

The Bird-Serpent War / Cataclysm, The Death of Balance / Lacrymosa, Incantations of the Apprentice, Absence of Light, Whispers.
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Old May 5th, 2012, 01:02 AM   #17 (permalink)
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The Witching Hour
Sonata
Out of the Ashes
The Turning
End of Innocence
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Old May 5th, 2012, 01:25 AM   #18 (permalink)
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The Witching Hour
Sonata
Out of the Ashes
The Turning
End of Innocence
End of Innocence over Death of Balance? No way, I refuse to believe these slanderous lies.
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- The Divine Wings of Tragedy (has a special meaning to me)
- The Odyssey
- Communion and the Oracle
- Through the Looking Glass
- Rediscovery (both parts, as they are one song to me)

Accolade II is a supreme runner-up on this list, as it is the first Symphony X song that made me say "Holy shit, this is better than anything I've ever heard, ever." Candlelight Fantasia may also be the most emotive song I've heard by them. Narrowing it down to a top five is really difficult; a top ten would have been easier. So let's just say I had to pick five more...

- Accolade II
- Candlelight Fantasia
- Awakenings
- The Edge of Forever
- The Accolade

So there you have it. I love their heavier stuff, but the progressive songs, in my humble opinion, take much more talent to write and are far more emotive. As much as I love songs like Church of the Machine, Egypt, Dressed To Kill, King of Terrors, The Walls of Babylon, Prometheus, and even Heretic, they simply don't compare to the more progressive epics.

I also must add that the "progressive" songs on their last two albums (Paradise Lost, The Sacrifice, and WAIL), while decent tracks, are nothing when compared to the ten tracks I've listed above. My guess? As much as I love MJR's songwriting prowess, limiting these songs to (mostly) just one individual writer was their downfall. If you look at the songwriting credits on the ten great songs I listed, you'll see a healthy dose of Pinnella, Miller, LePond, and Rullo. Hopefully they'll keep this in mind for the next album.
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Old May 5th, 2012, 03:40 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Impossible. Hm. I will go with the five songs that probably impacted me the most at one point in time, even if I may not listen to them much or consider them the best these days.

The Divine Wings of Tragedy
Egypt
Inferno
The Eyes of Medusa
Awakenings
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Old May 5th, 2012, 06:49 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Favourite shorter songs:
- Evolution
- Wicked
- Fallen
- Of Sins and Shadows
- Inferno
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Sonata
Out of the Ashes
The Turning
End of Innocence
Really? I thought V was your favorite. All of these are rather meh to me.

Looks like Ken's list is the closest to mine, except I have Egypt instead of Rediscovery, but both songs are on the same level to me. If I had to add one more song to my list it would be Rediscovery.
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I also must add that the "progressive" songs on their last two albums (Paradise Lost, The Sacrifice, and WAIL)
I don't think being soft makes something progressive. I don't see why The Sacrifice would be considered one of the "progressive" songs when it's just a simple ballad.

Anyway I disagree as to me every album they've done (minus the debut) contributes at least one progressive or epic song that's among their absolute best.
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Old May 5th, 2012, 10:32 AM   #24 (permalink)
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As much as I love MJR's songwriting prowess, limiting these songs to (mostly) just one individual writer was their downfall. If you look at the songwriting credits on the ten great songs I listed, you'll see a healthy dose of Pinnella, Miller, LePond, and Rullo. Hopefully they'll keep this in mind for the next album.
Well, here's something LePond said in an interview recently:

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We’ll go and do Europe for about 10 days; then in September, we’re going to do a show in Mexico City and then we’re playing ProgPower. Then we’ll be in full writing mode for another record. What we’re shooting for is, hopefully, this summer we’re going to start working on songwriting. I think the next recording will come out in 2014, hopefully. Just putting together the songs takes a lot of time. That’s the thing we feel bad about — we’d like to put out the albums quicker, but we don’t want to put out any filler.
Notice how he claims we're going to start writing in the summer. Maybe an indication that there will be more of a group effort on the next one?
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Old May 5th, 2012, 02:54 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Really? I thought V was your favorite. All of these are rather meh to me.

Looks like Ken's list is the closest to mine, except I have Egypt instead of Rediscovery, but both songs are on the same level to me. If I had to add one more song to my list it would be Rediscovery.
Those picks were obviously the worst songs from each previous album minus V.
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