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Systematic Chaos (W/ DVD) [Special Edition]

Dream Theater Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Systematic Chaos (W/ DVD) + Octavarium (2 LP) + Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
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1. In The Presence Of Enemies
2. Forsaken
3. Constant Motion
4. The Dark Eternal Night
5. Repentance
6. Prophets Of War
7. The Ministry Of Lost Souls
8. In The Presence Of Enemies- part II

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Despite dubbing their ninth album "Systematic Chaos," this New York quintet's complex musicianship seems executed with forethought and mathematical precision instead of randomness, as the title suggests. Even the feverish poetry and disconnected haiku of a song like "Repentance," the fourth song in drummer Mike Portnoy's suite on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, seems calculated to both enthrall and frighten with a lethal mix of minor chords, mumbled spoken word, cold brittle keyboards, and buzzy Pink Floydian vocals. The zombie chorus (comprised of 50 Dream Theater fans) of "Prophets of War" echoes that wet sodden paranoia with an anxious and anthemic warning of a daunting future if things don't change, showing these prog rock avatars to be as socially conscious as they are inventive. This disc stretches the limits of Dream Theater's earlier canon, as they continue to concoct breathless musical anagrams while subsuming some of the territory that Metallica used to occupy with their bleak mediations, doomsday prophecies, and thrashy bashing guitars. This is an unnerving record for unnerving times --Jaan Uhelszki

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Progressive rock masters Dream Theater return in full force with their ninth studio album Systematic Chaos. The album features heavy riffs, soaring melodies, and intricate arrangements. Dream Theater appeases its loyal fans but also reaches out to all rock fans with hook-laden hits like "Constant Motion," "Forsaken," and "The Dark Eternal Night."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Vader
Format:Audio CD
Dream Theater has released what can be considered one of the best metal albums of 2007. Constant Motion is an amazing first single and reminds of early Metallica. Dream Theater is one of the best metal bands today and this album is amazing. It's a masterpiece. It's well-written and the music is outstanding. This album is one of the best from Dream Theater.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too systematic and contrived Sept. 4 2007
Format:Audio CD
This group of amazing musicians has faltered again in their uneven career. Complex but unsophisticated compositions, musical masturbatory soloing and weak, over-affected vocalizing bring it down. The sense of melody that made "Images And Words" and "Falling Into Infinity" so enjoyable is completely absent. The intelligent lyrics and daring composition of "Six Degrees.." are also missing. If all you seek is hard-driving, fast and heavy music then you will be happy with this album. Sadly, the "progressive metal" moniker must be shortened as they relinquish the "progressive" component completely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A spot-on Dream Theater record. April 12 2014
By Connor
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album looks, sounds, and feels like the definition of the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name "Dream Theater". A perfect Dream Theater album from start to finish. Can't ask for much more from one of the greatest bands ever. 10/10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good Nov. 18 2013
By Left-T
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a great DVD but isn't as good as Metropolis. the quality is there but the song choice isn't as easy-flowing as their prior DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Fantastic album, still doing regular time in my player. Unfortunately, those longing for a return to the days (and albums) of Dream Theatre's yesterday are ultimately going to be left wanting this time around. Compared to Octavarium, this album probably went in the wrong direction for the hard-core DT fans.

Technically, the band is still miles beyond the norm (of course), but they seem to have set a little of their usual melody aside. A little more metal, a little less progressive. Every time I hear "Constant Motion" or "The Dark Eternal Night", I find myself checking to make sure I don't have Metallica's Black album in my player. Additionally, I can't help but gripe about the quasi-religious-ish lyrics that fairly saturate many songs on this album. They're honestly not powerful or interesting enough to be worth paying attention to, but they're too frequent to tune out entirely.

Despite all of the above, the driving leads, intricate ballads, and genuinely fun instrumentation and solos throughout, give this album lots of replay value. People still looping Scenes From A Memory and Budokan in their heads are probably going to come away dissatisfied, but the rest of us won't regret getting this album.
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