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Rank SX's last/first songs on each album!

Discussion in 'Symphony X (Unofficial)' started by anonym115, Aug 6, 2015.

  1. anonym115

    anonym115 Member

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    I set out trying to rate, from favorite to least favorite, the last songs on each SX album, as well as the first songs. I thought it would be interesting to see what I'm guessing should be a wide variety of opinions on the topic. I'm not going to include the debut album.
    Rank them as stand-alones, please, instead of how you feel they serve/close the album! Here are the songs to be ranked:

    LAST SONGS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER:

    Winter's Dream (both parts together)
    Candlelight Fantasia
    Lady of the Snow
    Rediscovery (both parts together)
    The Odyssey
    Revelation
    Reign in Madness
    Legend

    FIRST SONGS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER:

    Damnation Game
    Of Sins and Shadows
    Smoke and Mirrors
    Prelude/Evolution (together)
    Inferno
    Oculus/Set the World (together)
    Iconoclast
    Overture/Nevermore (together)

    Here is my list, which really shocked me upon completion, and is probably going to change as I think about it more:

    Each from Favorite to Least Favorite

    The Odyssey
    Legend
    Candlelight Fantasia
    Lady of the Snow
    Revelation
    Reign in Madness
    Rediscovery
    Winter's Dream


    Smoke and Mirrors
    Overture/Nevermore
    Oculus/Set the World
    Inferno
    Prelude/Evolution
    Damnation Game
    Iconoclast
    Of Sins and Shadows


    While I'm at it, I'll do the title tracks, counting Rediscovery Part 2 as the TiO title track (since Romeo said most of the song TiO ended up in that song) and not giving V a title track...

    Underworld
    The Odyssey
    Iconoclast
    Damnation Game
    DWOT
    Rediscovery
    Paradise Lost
     
  2. AsoTamaki

    AsoTamaki Member

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    The last songs were pretty easy to decide, but the openers were harder. Especially since you said not to consider how they serve as actual album openers. I did include the debut unlike you and counted "The Odyssey" as the last song from that album. You should've at least used "Frontiers" if you were gonna count the bonus tracks!

    From best to worst:

    Openers:
    Of Sins and Shadows
    Smoke and Mirrors
    Inferno
    Evolution
    Iconoclast
    The Damnation Game
    The Raging Season
    Nevermore
    Set The World On Fire

    Closers:
    A Winter's Dream
    The Odyssey
    Lady of the Snow
    Rediscovery
    Candlelight Fantasia
    Reign in Madness
    Revelation
    A Lesson Before Dying
    Legend
     
  3. anonym115

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    I didn't want to count Frontiers as it is indeed bonus. And Masquerade is definitely the last song on the CD so I didn't want to make any exceptions just because (perhaps) the Odyssey should have been last.
     
  4. iceandfire84

    iceandfire84 The One Who Knocks

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    Masquerade and Frontiers are both limited edition bonus tracks on both the cd case and on Wikipedia. The Odyssey is definitely the album closer.

    Neat little poll though. I'll have to give it some thought and post about it.
     
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    Closers:
    The Odyssey
    Revelation
    Rediscovery Part 2
    Legend
    Reign in Madness
    A Winter's Dream
    Candlelight Fantasia
    Lady Of The Snow
    A Lesson Before Dying


    Openers:
    Inferno
    Iconoclast
    Smoke and Mirrors
    Evolution
    Nevermore
    Set The World On Fire
    Of Sins and Shadows
    The Damnation Game
    The Raging Season


    Title Tracks:
    The Odyssey
    The Divine Wings Of Tragedy
    Revelation Part 2 - The New Mythology (I'm counting this as the V: The New Mythology Suite title track if anything...)
    Paradise Lost
    Iconoclast
    Underworld
    The Damnation Game


    The opening songs are pretty difficult to rank, as I think a lot of them are quite similar in nature and quality. Apart from The Raging Season as last they all are quite close. There's not much betwen the closing tracks from Reign In Madness to Lady Of The Snow either.
     
  6. anonym115

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    Hmmm I never knew that. When I bought the album it had Masquerade on it but not Frontiers! Looks like I will have to rerank.
     
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    From favourite to least favourite:

    Openers:

    Inferno
    Evolution
    Iconoclast
    Smoke and Mirrors
    Of Sins and Shadows
    Nevermore
    Set the World on Fire
    The Damnation Game
    The Raging Season

    Closers:

    The Odyssey
    Candlelight Fantasia
    Rediscovery
    A Winter's Dream
    Legend
    Revelation
    Lady of the Snow
    Reign in Madness
    A Lesson Before Dying
     
  8. EyeballKid

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    LAST SONGS:

    The Odyssey
    Candlelight Fantasia
    Rediscovery
    Winter's Dream
    Revelation
    Legend
    Reign in Madness
    Lady of the Snow

    FIRST SONGS:

    Prelude/Evolution
    Inferno
    Oculus/Set the World
    Of Sins and Shadows
    Smoke and Mirrors
    Damnation Game
    Iconoclast
    Overture/Nevermore
     
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    Just as I thought, already a wide variety of opinions!
     
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    Durakonis Zudviz

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    I have two options here, either to listen to all of them once and make a list out of that recent experience, or make a list which would most probably change from time to time. Instead, let me write down my almost stabile choices.

    I'll pick Iconoclast as the opener; and The Odyssey, Candlelight Fantasia, Lady of the Snow and Rediscovery (and maybe even Legend) are tied quite close as for my favourite SX album closers.
     
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    Openers

    Prelude/Evolution
    Inferno
    Of Sins and Shadows
    Smoke and Mirrors
    Iconoclast
    Oculus/Set the World
    Overture/Nevermore
    Damnation Game



    Closers:

    The Odyssey
    Rediscovery
    Candlelight Fantasia
    Revelation
    Legend
    Winter's Dream
    Reign in Madness
    Lady of the Snow



    Title tracks:

    The Divine Wings of Tragedy
    The Odyssey
    Rediscovery
    Paradise Lost
    Iconoclast
    Underworld
    Damnation Game
     
  12. Detective Beauregard

    Detective Beauregard Hammer of Serious Anger

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    I'm skipping the debut since I never listen to it, although I'd love to hear some more of those songs re-recorded with Russ and LePond.

    The openers are tricky, since there's very little variety in terms of song style and structure. For me, the winner is clearly Iconoclast - if you can get past the abysmal chorus lyrics, the song has far more substance and depth than the "wham bam thank you ma'am" vibe of the remaining tracks. There isn't much to say about these - I greatly prefer the epics.

    Iconoclast
    Inferno
    Evolution
    Set the World on Fire
    Of Sins and Shadows
    Smoke and Mirrors
    Nevermore
    The Damnation Game

    The closers are obviously much easier to rank. Legend actually surprises me, as it's the first "regular" song to close out a Symphony X album. Reign in Madness is great, as I think it brings the album full circle and ties in with Iconoclast, but from another (albeit cheesy) point of view. Unfortunately, it was exclusive to the album's special edition, and thus I doubt we'll ever hear it live. Finally, I'm not sure why they made the choice to close out Divine Wings with Candlelight Fantasia, as I think the title track would have been more appropriate.

    The Odyssey
    Rediscovery
    Candlelight Fantasia
    Revelation
    Reign in Madness
    A Winter's Dream
    Legend
    Lady of the Snow
     
  13. iceandfire84

    iceandfire84 The One Who Knocks

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    Couldn't agree more on all counts there, Detective

    Album Openers:

    Iconoclast
    Prelude/Evolution
    Inferno
    Smoke and Mirrors
    Of Sins and Shadows
    The Damnation Game
    Overture/Nevermore
    Oculus Ex Inferni/Set the World on Fire
    The Raging Season

    Album closers:

    The Odyssey
    Rediscovery
    Candlelight Fantasia
    Revelation
    Legend
    A Winter's Dream
    A Lesson Before Dying
    Lady of the Snow
    Reign in Madness
     

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