Systematic Chaos

Systematic Chaos

4.9 7
by Dream Theater
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

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

Overview

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. [The 2007 CD/DVD edition features the entire album remixed for 5.1 Surround on an included bonus DVD.]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2007
Label:
Roadrunner Records
UPC:
0016861799229
catalogNumber:
179922
Rank:
24688

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dream Theater   Primary Artist
Jon Anderson   Vocals
Joe Satriani   Vocals
Steve Vai   Vocals
David Ellefson   Vocals
Steve Hogarth   Vocals
James LaBrie   Vocals
Neal Morse   Vocals
John Myung   Bass
John Petrucci   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Portnoy   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Corey Taylor   Vocals
Jordan Rudess   Keyboards
Steven Wilson   Vocals
Mikael Åkerfeldt   Vocals
Daniel Gildenlow   Vocals
Chris Jericho   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dream Theater   Composer
James LaBrie   Composer
Paul Northfield   Engineer,Vocal Producer
John Petrucci   Composer,Producer
Mike Portnoy   Composer,Producer
Hugh Syme   Art Direction,Illustrations
Frank Solomon   Management

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Systematic Chaos 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
saw them do this at jones beach, aug, 2007 and some more tracks during prog. metal show in miami in may. they are at the top right now. with bands like yes and crimso now in semi- retirement, dt is the one to watch. although much heavier than either abnd, they have been influnced by them. portnoy's drum kit alone is worth the price of admission and rudess is on fire with the keys.
InsaneCrazedJuggalo More than 1 year ago
dream theater has been active since as early as 1985 this band has gone thru alot since the early days this album is just amazing dream theater as of right now are on their top of their game they are one seriously talented metal band this whole entire studio albums rocks and yes its full of great music great lyics great everything plus i saw this band 10 times in concert and yes every show they do they steal the show now i see why ozzy osbourne never had this band on the ozzfest bill im glad he does not tho this band is way too good to be going to ozzfest but dream theater is the best of the best nobody can stop dream theater and their music praise dream theater
Guest More than 1 year ago
dream theater has done it again. i got this disc the day it came out and gave it a full listen in its entirty. and i was totaly blown out of my seat. all the tracks are awesome. james labire and the gang has created another masterpiece. this cd rocks
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dream Theater has scored another hit with me. The album is great all the way through. Although, I think "Forsaken" is probably my favorite track.