Systematic Chaos [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • UPC: 016861798222
  • Catalog Number: 179822
  • Sales rank: 45,567

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dream Theater Primary Artist
Jon Anderson Voices, Guest Appearance
Joe Satriani Voices, Guest Appearance
Steve Vai Voices, Guest Appearance
David Ellefson Voices, Guest Appearance
Steve Hogarth Voices, Guest Appearance
James LaBrie Vocals
Neal Morse Voices, Guest Appearance
John Myung Bass
John Petrucci Guitar, Vocals
Mike Portnoy Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Corey Taylor Voices, Guest Appearance
Jordan Rudess Keyboards
Steven Wilson Voices, Guest Appearance
Mikael Åkerfeldt Voices, Guest Appearance
Daniel Gildenlow Voices, Guest Appearance
Chris Jericho Voices, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Dream Theater Composer
James LaBrie Composer
Paul Northfield Engineer, Vocal Producer
John Petrucci Composer, Producer
Mike Portnoy Composer, Producer, Video Editor, Video Director, Cinematography
Hugh Syme Art Direction, Illustrations
Vlado Meller Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Dream Theater is the greatest progressive rock band in the world, and this latest album is as good or better than anything they have done in the last 20 years of their incredible career. Because they have always refused to sell out and produce shorter, radio-friendly songs, they have been content to please themselves and their loyal fans with the longer, more complex compositions that have become traditional with British and American progressive rock bands like Yes, Rush, Genesis, and Gentle Giant. While David Bowie and Jethro Tull were more popular and wrote the shorter pop tunes, Dream Theater continued to produce the 12 minute songs that could never hope to get on commercial radio stations. People's attention spans, and the need for commercials meant that they would have to make it without MTV or 97 Rock. While many critics have said that their music is pretentious or even tedious, their fans consider them the premier musicians on the planet. When I compiled my list of the greatest 1,000 songs of the last 25 years in The Bachelors Bible, they were the only band to have 20 songs listed. If you like progressive rock music you will love every one of their albums, as well as the new DVD "Score" which I highly recommend.

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