Systematic Chaos review by Dream Theater

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  • Released: Jun 5, 2007
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.1 (443 votes)
Dream Theater: Systematic Chaos
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Sound — 10
All I can say is wow. "Systematic Chaos" is Dream Theater's ninth album and it is definitely worth listening to. The band strays from there usual progressive metal sound into a more power metal sound. The styles were more dark and heavy. Basically, this CD had balls. This definitely made the disc newer and likable to old and new fans.

Lyrics — 10
The lyrics were a lot different than usual. A lot of Dream Theater albums have been concept albums and the each song is about the CD as a whole. This time around, the lyrics were just about the individual song. Also the lyrics were more medieval, dark and dirty. What's better than vampires, curses, and Mike Portnoy's O.C.D.? Not a lot. Yes, it is a little cheesy to sing about a vampire coming at night to suck someones blood, but look at how the songs were presented. They were strong, relentless and never let up.In my opinion, being different in this album made the disc strong.

Overall Impression — 10
In 9 albums, this is one of Dream Theaters best albums. They were presented with the challenge of making an original album, with new music and new lyrics and they delivered. The most impressive part of the album is the darkness of the songs. Every song has a darker sound. No song is happy. They are either sad and and evil or hard and dirty. I love how the whole CD is presented and is just plain out full out metal! There were no disappointments on the CD. Every song was great, heavy and had balls. All in all, this is the best Dream Theater album to date.

10 comments sorted by best / new / date

    AllWthnMyHands
    Is anyone else bored by DT? I'm not saying they aren't good musicians but they just don't release anything that really catches me. It's music theory gone wild and it just gets monotonous and boring
    affinity_strat
    I tested that theory with some pot headed hippie/Nirvana fan today, and he just said "Man, Music is about freedom, like Nirvana." In The Presence of enemies pt I is what you show off to people to prove that your favorite band is better than theirs, whether they like their music or not. Man, there's one little part in the slow guitar solo where John just does this little completely standard, and it just amazed me how he got even that to sound so much better than anyone else could pull off. his tone is to die for in that solo. The Dark Eternal Night makes me groove, and I like it. even though it was a bit surprising at first. The little intro to Repentance always makes me anticipate "This Dying Soul", and then I get a little disappointed when it doesn't come. It's still a great song though. and Constant Motion Pawns anything metallica could ever hope to do.
    GUNZ 'N' ROSES
    listened to this entire album and thought it was ok. There are a few songs that sound like Metallica to me but thats fine
    for a brief second in constant motion, but no longer. DT cant be compared to metallica
    GUNZ 'N' ROSES
    The little intro to Repentance always makes me anticipate "This Dying Soul",
    yea i was a litle freaked wen they did the riff, i thought why would they recy a riff!!! no they didnt! and at first constant motion sounded like erotomania but i i might of bein just dreamin cause now wen i listen to it i dont do think that ne more. peace
    GUNZ 'N' ROSES
    The little intro to Repentance always makes me anticipate "This Dying Soul",
    yea i was a litle freaked wen they did the riff, i thought "why would they recycle a riff!!! no they didnt!" but once it got into it i waz like mean!! and at first constant motion sounded like erotomania but i i might of bein just dreamin cause now wen i listen to it i dont do think that ne more. peace
    Reviewer Pete
    I do like this album, ITPOE, Ministry of Lost Souls and Forsaken are all top notch tracks. Lyrically it's top notch, even though I am bothered by the obvious fact that JP "borrowed" the lyrics from a Korean comic book called "Priest". Repentance, in the context of the album drags a bit, but I suppose it'll work better in the context of the AA Suite. Overall, I find it to be a step in the right direction and a very ejoyable album. Psyched as hell to see them live this fall.
    Cresspo
    hmm am I going nuts or isn't there anyone who misses the nice and less heavy songs? I mean: Where are the songs like: The Silent Man, Hollow Years and Anna Lee? I really like this album but I really loved the sweet and sometimes happy songs, well, for as far as you can call them happy but the stuff like there was on Six Degrees. Ow and I really liked FII. Really don't know why you guys hate the album so much:p. Maybe it's not a technical great album but it sounds good for me. As for this album: I really do enjoy the switch between heavy (constant motion, which is NOT a ballad, The dark Eternal Night) and the somewhat slower songs (Repentance and maybe Prophets of War and Ministry of Lost Souls). Furthermore: Forsaken, GREAT SONG. It sounds good, made me think of Evanescence, which maybe isn't good but I liked it and I would love to hear it on the radio