I am tired of hearing and talking about shitty music in my life. In this thread, let's discuss one of the greatest pieces of popular music of all time. I'm listening to it all the way through again right now, and it blows me away every time as if I had never heard it before. The band's use of rhythm, melody, timbre, everything...it combines so well. This is one of the only albums in existence which in my opinion does not have a single second of filler. Whereas I once was an overall SX fanboy, I don't even really listen to their other music anymore, because at any given moment I'd rather be listening to this album instead. Things that especially jumped out at me this time: -The verse to chorus transitions in Fallen. Symphony X is in my opinion one of the only bands that can pull off traditional song structures like that with any success at all. -The way the bass compliments the keyboard at the start of Communion and the Oracle. Jesus fucking Christ, Lepond is a beast. -The descent into the final choral verse of Communion. Holy motherfucking shit. Also, the verse that begins "fly..." Wow. -The shift in mood from Communion to the Bird-Serpent War. In fact, the ability of this album overall to shift from a dreamlike state to an urgent one is impressive. -The counterpoint in On the Breath of Poseidon...flows so well and atmospherically is perfect at the start, as if spirits of the sea are conversing with each other before making a strong resolve to push the child toward Egypt. -The transition into the neo-classical solo during A Fool's Paradise. So perfect, so well placed. Such a good reference to such a great classical piece. -The tone of the opening note of Rediscovery Pt. 1. Yes. -The transition from the end of Rediscovery Pt. 1 to the opening riff of Pt. 2. The change is godly. Gave me an adrenaline rush. Of course, I could rant for paragraphs about each song on this album (Yes, even Absence of Light, goddamnit). Every time I listen to this album I remember why the invention of metal was a worthwhile one.