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.