5.0 out of 5 stars Diversity!!
I just wrote a review in which I gave 3 stars to V because of one thing: Although each individual song is amazing, V seriously lacks diversity because all its songs sound the same. TiO is quite the opposite. While not as heavy as V, DWOT, or The Odyssey, it's diversity and variety is what makes this album my favourite (I have them all, of course). The composition and...
Published on Feb 13 2004 by N. Thomson
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the last one......
Symphony X simply put, blew me away with Divine Wings of Tragedy. This CD still has that kind of sound but the songwriting just doesn't grab me like their previous release. I hate to be critical of a band with so much talent, but this one never really gets off the ground so to speak. If you're trying out Symphony X for the first time, I'd definitely recommend starting...
Published on July 2 1999 by Douglas Tidwell
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5.0 out of 5 stars Diversity!!,
This review is from: Twilight In Olympus (Reissue) (Audio CD)I just wrote a review in which I gave 3 stars to V because of one thing: Although each individual song is amazing, V seriously lacks diversity because all its songs sound the same. TiO is quite the opposite. While not as heavy as V, DWOT, or The Odyssey, it's diversity and variety is what makes this album my favourite (I have them all, of course). The composition and musicianship are astounding and it is their most solid album. Church of the Machine, Orion, and Through the Looking Glass are wicked pieces. I believe too much credit is given to their other albums because this is truly a masterpiece. (The others are great too...) But what's with the boring cover art???
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven to my ears!,
4.0 out of 5 stars Good,
4.0 out of 5 stars killer!,
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally underappreciated,
I, for one, think "Twilight in Olympus" may be Symphony X's finest effort, at least until the gargantuan masterpiece "The Odyssey" was released least year. Unbelievable creativity and diversity, Russell Allen's enormous vocal ability, rhythmic complexity to rival the mighty Dream Theater: what's not to love? More than "DWOT" or "V," this album grips my attention right from the beginning and never lets go.
The opening track, "Smoke and Mirrors," is a solid slab of speed metal, somewhat reminiscent of power metal but a good deal heavier and way better. Like almost every Symphony X song, "Smoke and Mirrors" also contains a lengthy solo section that lets guitar hero Michael Romeo and keyboardist Michael Pinnella show off their chops. Each Michael is capable of spitting out a barrage of notes at high speed, but they also have impressive senses of melody to go with their technical skills.
Good as "Smoke and Mirrors" is, it's the next track, "Church of the Machine," that really demonstrates all that Symphony X are capable of. Turning up both the heaviness and the classical influence from "Smoke and Mirrors," "Church of the Machine" is easily one of the best songs in the band's distinguished catalog. Pummelling riffs, majestic harmonies, complex arrangements, sizzling solos: it's all here. Really, though, it's Russell's vocal performance that makes the song such a classic. His voice can soar operatically one moment, and then he can stop on a dime and turn on his menacing, Dio-esque snarl. I swear, even the lamest raprock band would probably sound pretty good with this guy on vocals.
Still not convinced? There's plenty more great stuff on "Twilight." After the brief interlude of "Sonata," Symphony X serves up a pulverizing piece of metal with the fierce headbanger "In the Dragon's Den." At four minutes, it's pretty short by Symphony X standards, but they pack a lot of power into those four minutes.
As on most of their albums, Symphony X also provide a lengthy neoclassical epic for those of us who like our songs long. In this case, it's "Through the Looking Glass," a thirteen-minute tune based on Lewis Carroll's "Alice Through the Looking Glass." "Through the Looking Glass" is yet more proof of just how adept the band is at combining the grandiosity of classical music with the intensity of metal. Injecting acoustic guitar and piano into the mix, "Through the Looking Glass" shifts seamlessly from soft to heavy parts, with Russell altering his vocal energy to match.
The quality doesn't stop there, either. The last three songs all have something to offer as well. "The Relic" is a downright addictive song with an undeniable thrash feel. "Orion: The Hunter" is a chugging, ominous monster with a crushing bottom end. "Lady of the Snow" slows things way down, and it's the only thing on here that could legitimately be described as a ballad. However, given the intensity of some of the stuff that precedes it, it's easy to forgive the guys for adding something light to the end of the album.
So, there you have it. I think Symphony X are easily one of the best bands on the planet right now, and "Twilight in Olympus" is no exception. With the possible exception of the brilliant "Odyssey," this album is easily comparable to anything else the band has done. If you don't have it, you're really missing out.
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 STAR X-RATING!! *****,
This review is from: Twilight In Olympus (Reissue) (Audio CD)Don't get confused: this isn't a review for an adult video! I also thought after hearing the previous treasure, Divine Wings of Tragedy, that Symphony X might not be as energetic as before, and I still maintain, that I have NO idea how they will follow up to the masterpiece latest release: Odyssey. I was very wrong about this one, and should have been knocked on the head; after all, it is Symphony X we are talking about here! It's a 5 star masterpiece easily. Every song weaves magical tapestries in your mind. The little, Beethoven sonata piece in the middle of the album was very cool, I thought. I'm one of those power metalheads who actually listens to classical music, and I love when outfits like Symphony X and Yngwie J. Malmsteen throw some classical composers into the minds of the younger audience out there listening: it's whole other world connected to power/progressive metal, once you get into it and really listen.
If you like Divine Wings, The Damnation Game, or especially Odyssey, then don't let this one get by you. All Symphony X fans should own this! ***** 5 STAR X-RATING FROM SCRAGGY'S TOMB OF POWER METAL. Cheers!
4.0 out of 5 stars A good disk, but V and Wings stronger,
So if you have V and Wings, go for Twilight, otherwise, what are you wating for, get the other two!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album!!,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Prog,
This review is from: Twilight In Olympus (Reissue) (Audio CD)I have most of the CDs of this band, but I would say that this one is by far their most superior with the track "The Church Of The Machine" a standout for me.
For Prog to hold a listener's interest ( with its tendency to long songs ), tracks have to be tuneful and melodic. For me this is by far the most melodic CD from Symphony X. 'V - The Mythology Suite' ( their last CD ), being the one that suffers most from meandering twiddly-ness and lack of tunes.
But check out this CD ( 'Twilight In Olympus' ), I am sure you will find something to like and sing along to.
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good album,
This review is from: Twilight In Olympus (Reissue) (Audio CD)The four stars are because this album, although it is very good, it is not a masterpiece. Church of the machine, through the looking glass, the relic and lady of the snow are really masterpieces, but orion the hunter really is a let-down. it is still a good song, but not a Symphony X good song. Despite that, the album is great. Michael Romeo's guitars are excellent (specially the relic), Mike Pinniella's keyboards are awesome and Russell Allen's voice is just great. Thomas walling's drums are not as good as Jason Rullo's, but still good. Thomas Miller's bass I haven't heard very much, because I'm not into bass guitars, but the other Symphony X albums have great bass. Get it if you can!
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