Systematic Chaos

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Band Name Dream Theater
Album Name Systematic Chaos
Type Album
Released date 04 June 2007
Produced by Portnoy Mike
Music StyleProgressive Metal
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Tracklist

DISC
1. In the Presence of Enemies Pt.1 09:00
a/ Prelude
b/ Resurrection
2. Forsaken 05:36
3. Constant Motion 06:55
4. The Dark Eternal Night 08:54
5. Repentance 10:43
a/ Regret
b/ Restitution
6. Prophets of War 06:01
7. The Ministry of Lost Souls 14:57
8. In the Presence of Enemies Pt.2 16:38
a/ Heretic
b/ The Slaughter of the Damned
c/ The Reckoning
d/ Salvation
DVD (SPECIAL EDITION ONLY)
1. Album Mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound
2. Chaos in Progress - The Making of Systematic Chaos (Documentary)
Total playing time 1:18:44

Review @ Vinrock666

28 July 2008
Dream Theater's 2007 studio LP "Systematic Chaos" is an impressive offering to say the least for a band of this magnitude.

Long known for its cerebral approach to music, DT seems either content with their elevated status of masters of progressive metal or no longer willing to cram a thousand notes into one composition for the sake of sonic chest beating.
The songs here are very precise, sharpened and edited down to resemble more of the traditional writing style of metal music.

They also rock.

"Forsaken" best illustrates both points. It's guitar driven and it's concise. Part IV of "In The Presence of Enemies" is as metal as ever especially visible during the verses. "Constant Motion" is also another heavy track with John Petrucci's guitar line firmly planted in the foreground throughout the whole song. Classic elements of Dream Theater are still present… though, most of which can be found in the afformentioned two part epic "In The Prescence of Enemies" / "The Dark Eternal Night" is arguably the best song on the album because, within its confines, every member struts just a little bit making the whole quite colorful. James LaBrie uses a vocal effect, bassist Myung flashes a pop to his string, there's a wonderful outro by Petrucci and Jordan Rudess shines during the middle medley.
Rudess is also highlighted in "The Ministry Of Lost Souls", too.
The most interesting track on "Systematic Chaos" is "Repentance". It starts off slow and soft courtesy of Rudess' continuum and is augmented with a little trippy guitar pedal work from Petrucci. As the song develops, Mike Portnoy adds some color to this sonic picture lyrically with the first part of the piece called VIII "Regret". Initially vague in specifics, the meaning of it all comes together at the second part (IX "Restitution"), which features an all-star cast of guest Voices. It's an Intervention… and the only comment here is that "Restitution", although quite Floydian in scope and heartfelt in meaning, feels more like a wart on the pretty face that is "Regret".
"Prophets Of War" also sports an emotional chorus under an impressive rhythmic melody to illustrate an anti-Bush message.

Back to back, these songs may be too much, but then again that is the essence of Dream Theater. They are not a simple band and so they will challenge you on every level.

The same holds true for the whole album.
Altogether, "Systematic Chaos" is a brilliant work of art.

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