Systematic Chaos (studio album) by Dream Theater

Systematic Chaos by Dream Theater
Year: 2007
Release date: 2007-06-05
Overall rank: 4,835th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Systematic Chaos is ranked 8th best out of 35 albums by Dream Theater on

The best album by Dream Theater is Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory which is ranked number 685 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,704.

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From 06/01/2020 21:49
The album starts with part 1 of In the Presence of Enemies and ends with part 2. This is a truly great, great Dream Theater song and features elements of everything they do so well. In between it's more average though.

The Ministry of Lost Souls and the Dark Eternal Night are interesting.
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From 02/21/2019 18:54
Underrated record and the last Dream Theater album (so far..) that I would recommend from beginning to end. Some tremendous moments of Dream Theater's fervor for next level musicianship meeting undeniable melodic hooks.
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From 02/21/2019 17:10
I feel like this is much better than the overblown Octavarium. It has its weaknesses, but Octavarium was just so cheesy at moments (particularly The Answer Lies Within and I Walk Beside You, the chorus sounds like U2 which is not a good sound for Dream Theater). Dark Eternal Night is Dream Theater doing what they do best, going over the top with technicality and weird time signatures and it's amazing. And In the Presence of Enemies is a great song. I do feel like Prophets of War is fairly weak, but it's still alright. Overall, probably their second best album of the 2000s after Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence.
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From 08/28/2012 05:41
I think Dream Theater dropped the ball a little bit here. On first listen, I found the album to be satisfactory, but repeated listens just drag it down. It's too cheesy and overblown for my tastes, especially since Octavarium promised a more atmospheric and mature direction. Songs like The Dark Eternal Night are just...juvenile. Maybe DT was going through a mid-life crisis?

Nevertheless, the album's single has its moments and Forsaken is wonderful. I also feel this album has one of the strongest opening 3 minutes. Ever. Too bad it didn't meet the high expectations.
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