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2013 - new and upcoming albums

Discussion in 'Symphony X (Unofficial)' started by Phanto, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. Phanto

    Phanto Alalalalalalalala.

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    It's leaked too. Listening to it now.

    I'll update with some commentary as I hear the songs.

    False Awakening Suite
    Sounds like something from Circus Maximus or something. Grand, a little bombastic but not amazingly good or anything.
    Standard unnecessary intro-track.

    The Enemy Inside
    Not very good intro, but a decent riff following that. Nice drumming. LaBrie not straining his voice - good. Boring chorus. Pretty cool solo.
    Far from the worst DT I've heard, but not particularly good.

    The Looking Glass
    Sounds like it could be from Falling into Infinity. Drums and keyboard sounds very 90s. Not very fond of the guitar w-wu-wo-wo-woh-woh-woh thing Petrucci does on guitar. Again a nice solo, although it does sound a little 90s softcore porn musicish.

    So far I'm thinking: Where the fuck is the bass?

    Enigma Machine
    Wow, heavy start. Oh, I see. This sounds like it's gonna be instrumental. But, what made Matropolis so interesting (at the time) was all the instruments being involved in the wankery. Come on Petrucci, let Myung enter the spotlight too. Nope, none of that. This is basically Petrucci vs. new guy on drums for 6 minutes.

    The Bigger Picture
    First verse is the first soft part on the album. Pretty okay. Chorus is the same as on The Enemy Inside, lol. 5:10 and onward is actually good. Yeah, the best bit on the album so far.

    Behind the Veil
    Open with a Hollywood epic movie sound straight from the 90s. Then some weird keys on that. And then the song completely changes. What an unnecessary intro. Verse riff is very dull. This sounds like something from 6 Degrees or something. Nonsensical lyrics, gay chorus. Ambitious keyboard solo. Meeh.

    Surrender to Reason
    Opens like an average newer DT song. Breaks off into acoustic guitars for first verse. Then back to chugga-chugga. Pretty decent stuff. Decent chorus, pleasant little guitar solo. Eh, what's this now? Choir enters for a quick chugga-chugga part. Back to some verse. That was weird. Now some weird guitar solo bit. I think this song has an identity crisis. Ends with the decent chorus again.

    Along for the Ride
    Ballad time? Sounds like it. Oh wow they used the "magical trinkle" sound, ahahha, oh wow. That's grade-A gay. Pretty nice bridge or whatever. Decent chorus I guess. Flute-keyboard solo. Chorus. End.

    Illumination Theory
    Oh boy, 22 minute song. Nice opening. Groovy guitar riff - disgusting snare sound. The snare sounds like farts. Seriously wtf? Otherwise good but these snares. Has some bits that sounds like the more chaotic parts of Scenes from a Memory, but with a fart-sounding snare drum. This is pretty good stuff - first verse starts. Urgh, slightly ruined by bridge-like thing after the first verse (fart drums have completely ruined song already though).
    Orchestral part. Hum. Pretty long, too. 2 minutes or something.
    Oh shit here comes the Patrucci-bomb, strap in. Oh wait, it's Myung. Where the fuck have you been the entire album? LaBrie is getting a little too ambitious at this point. Solo-time. Man, Petrucci taking all the solo slots. This is his album, it seems.
    30 second silence.
    Piano outro for the last 2 minutes.
    Oh well.

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    No new ideas.
    No bass.
    Snare drums sound like someone farting on the 22 minute song.
    The Bigger Picture has an alright ending.

    Pretty bad overall. I guess it's DT in a nutshell: they know their ways around instruments (except how drums should sound) but they can't write songs to equal it.
    People who like average prog metal stuff without too much emotion or melody should love this.
     
  2. Liampie

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    One of the worst DT records. Opening track is decent, as is Illumination Theory. Enigma Machine and Surrender to Reason might 'make the cut' too, in the end. Everything is really underwhelming. Plaing bad, plain boring or both at the same time.

    Yet another disappointment in 2013. Hope the new Ayreon can compensate a little... Four epics sounds epic, Tommy Karevik in the lead role is great great news, and Emerson, Rudess and Wakeman with keys stuff is exciting as well. Yes, after DT12 I still like Rudess.



    Speaking of 2013. The only REALLY good album I've heard is Haken's The Mountain. Another masterpiece. By far the classiest prog band of our time, as far as I can tell. Fucking ace.
     
  3. Kenneth R.

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    Shook Twins - Window > most 2013 releases.

    I'm not even going to bother with DT. I haven't for years.
     
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    Ken,

    The Shook Twins disc was released in 2011...

    Thanks for the recommendation... My wife will like this stuff...
     
  6. Phanto

    Phanto Alalalalalalalala.

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    If we're going for non-2013, non-metal albums 'of the year', then I'm going with 1970's Steeleye Span - Hark! The Village Waits ;)
     
  7. Kenneth R.

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    haha, woops.
     
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    Stumbled upon this melodeath band, Parasite Inc. This is their first full length album, released this past August, and it's not bad imo.

     
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    in False awakening suite dt ARE CLONING sx
     
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    I liked the new Dream Theater album... for me is the best since Octavarium :)
     
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  12. Kenneth R.

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    SX is more relevant. Wouldn't surprise me if DT latch onto that and try to pass it off as original. They're the Vanilla Ice of prog rock.
     
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    anyway,from what I've heard in streaming the new Dt is very good,they give what fans want:prog metal,intricate structures,melody,long instrumental parts.
     
  14. Phanto

    Phanto Alalalalalalalala.

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    I'm glad for DT fans if they got what they wanted. I think fans should be the primary concern for bands (from a "catering to an audience" perspective), even if I also think bands should try to evolve over time (unless they find a very specific sounds which warrants two or more albums).
    I personally had low expectations of DT-DT and while I think those low expectations were met, I will still not add it to my primary music playlist.
     
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    Put me in the camp of people who liked what they heard of the new DT disc...
     
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    Not sure if this was already mentioned, but theres this new album by Rhapsody of Fire coming out soon.....in a bout a month or so. Personally Im quite excited about that album. The name of the album is Dark Wings of Steel. Cant wait to hear it soon.
     
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    Don't know about the "classiest prog band of our time" part, but I gotta say I fell in love with this album. I actually hadn't even heard of them before. So thank you for that. :headbang:
     
  18. Phanto

    Phanto Alalalalalalalala.

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    Besides Dawn of Victory, which is one of my favorite cheesefest albums, I don't really like Rhapsody. I don't know what to expect from them though, haven't heard them in a long time and last I heard they swapped out half the band.
     
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    I lost interest in Rhapsody of Fire after they released 'X of Y'; they'll never top 'Z of Y' again... There are only a few songs that I still listen to every once in a while, 'Y of the X' and 'The X of Z' for example.
     
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    I like the energetic nature of their songs and how they combine different sounds into their music. I dont know many bands that do that.
     

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