I sure hope this thread doesn't start a flame war Well here's a review I did of The Odyssey. Let me know what you guys think: Band: Symphony X Album: The Odyssey Reviewed by: Ultimate_Symphony Rating: 9/10 Symphony X's follow up to ''V- The New Mythology Suite'' is another masterpice in it's own right. The band goes in a heavier direction this time, but they still keep the trademark SyX sound. Michael Romeo as always is tight as hell, but he left a little his neo-classical influences and went through a more straightforward route. Russell Allen (as always) does a stellar performance on the songs, although his singing style is definitively more aggressive this time. The album has some of the best songs SyX has ever wrote and even though this album is heavier than their previous releases, the songs still transmit lots of emotion . Here are some of the standout tracks: Inferno (Unleash The Fire)- Pure riff madness. Russell Allen gives us another great vocal performance (what a chorus!) Accolade II- The sequel of the classic SyX song ''The Accolade'' is certainly not a filler song. Great keyboard work by Pinella, awesome chorus and Michael Romeo serves us another great solo!. King Of Terrors- A great song for the typical metalhead. Russell goes a little bit over the top on the harsh vocals, but he makes it up by singing another great chorus. The keyboard presence on this song is slim, but Pinella still gets the job done. Awakenings- Simply amazing. The song starts with one of the most emotional vocal lines i've ever heard. Pinella shows off his talents on one of his best solos. Midway through the solo, Pinella adds a jazzy feel to the song and ends the solo in a classical fashion. The Odyssey- Outstanding! This one is the longest track on the album and Michael Romeo shows off his abilities as a composer. The word ''Symphony'' applies perfectly to this song. Production: 10/10 Musicianship: 10/10 Vocal Performance: 10/10 Overall: 9/10 One of the best albums of the year 2002 and a must hear if you're a prog metal fan.