Dream Theater – Systematic Chaos (2007/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 1:18:39 minutes | 1,6 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | @ Roadrunner Records
Progressive rock masters Dream Theater return in full force with their ninth studio album Systematic Chaos. Recorded from September 2006 to February 2007, the album was produced by John Petruccie and Mike Portnoy. The album was well-received by critcs and fans alike, and was Dream Theater’s best-selling record at the time of its release. It peaked at #19 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States.
Energetic, sharp – edged, full of beautiful melodies and heavy riffs, [and] long epic compositions.
Few bands in the history of rock have warranted the “either you love them or hate them” tag as much as Dream Theater, as fanatics consider them musical geniuses, while detractors sneer at their bombast. Either way, there’s no arguing that the group has built a large and loyal following over the years by doing things their way, and with little to no help from radio or MTV. And on their tenth full-length overall (and first for their new label, Roadrunner), 2007’s Systematic Chaos, the quintet sticks to the prog metal game plan that they’ve followed since their inception. In true Dream Theater fashion, the gentlemen are not ashamed to show off their chops — as evidenced by the album opener, “In the Presence of Enemies, Pt. 1,” in which James LaBrie’s vocals do not kick in until after the five-minute mark. Elsewhere, “Forsaken” proves wrong those who say that Dream Theater is all about instrumental gymnastics and not songwriting, at least momentarily, while “The Dark Eternal Light” features some nifty Pantera-esque riffing from John Petrucci. Additionally, “Repentance” is one of the album’s four ten-minute-plus, mid-paced epics, and features a prerequisite of countless extended prog suites and spoken word passages. Unlike other veteran rock acts that attempted to update their sound with the times (and failed miserably), Dream Theater has admirably stuck to its guns through thick and thin — much to the delight of their legion of admirers — and they continue to do so on Systematic Chaos. And for that, we salute you with a flurry of flawlessly sweep-picked arpeggios.
01 – In The Presence Of Enemies Pt. 1
02 – Forsaken
03 – Constant Motion
04 – The Dark Eternal Night
05 – Repentance
06 – Prophets Of War
07 – The Ministry Of Lost Souls
08 – In The Presence Of Enemies Pt. 2