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Release date: 5 June 2007
Style: Progressive metal

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Disc I
01. In The Presence Of Enemies - Part I
    1 - Prelude
    2 - Resurrection
02. Forsaken
03. Constant Motion
04. The Dark Eternal Night
05. Repentance
    1 - VIII. Regret
    2 - IX. Restitution
06. Prophets Of War
07. The Ministry Of Lost Souls
08. In The Presence Of Enemies - Part II
    1 - Heretic
    2 - The Slaughter Of The Damned
    3 - The Reckoning
    4 - Salvation

Disc II [special edition DVD]
+ The Entire Album Mixed In 5.1 Surround Sound
+ Chaos In Progress - The Making of Systematic Chaos

Reviews (3)
Lyrics (8)


Line-up
Kevin James LaBrie - vocals
Jordan Charles Rudess - keyboards
John Peter Petrucci - guitars, backing vocals
Michael Stephen "Mike" Portnoy - drums, backing vocals
John Ro Myung - bass

Guest musicians
Daniel Gildenlöw - spoken word
Corey Todd Taylor - spoken word
David Warren Ellefson - spoken word
Joe "Satch" Satriani - spoken word
Steve "h" Hogarth - spoken word
Jon Anderson - spoken word
Neal Morse - spoken word
Steven John Wilson - spoken word
Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt - spoken word
Christopher Keith "Chris Jericho" Irvine - spoken word
Steve Vai - spoken word


Additional info
Produced by John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy
Engineered and mixed by Paul Northfield

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor

Rating:
8.2
In this decade, every Dream Theater release has been a huge question mark. Some fans loved them, some fans completely turned away from the New York combo. Ever since 2002's "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence", the band that influenced, and continues to influence so many other bands, has been trying to create something different. And while this album won't probably avoid the same fate of being criticized down to the last detail, it is in my opinion their best effort since 1999. "Systematic Chaos" actually reminds me a lot of "Awake", harboring the same consistency within the songs and a similar dark and aggressive atmosphere.

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published 08.07.2007 | Comments (38)

Guest review by
Arian Totalis

Rating:
8.0
Here we have the long anticipated ninth release of Dream Theater, 'Systematic Chaos'. I have seen first hand that this album has caused some commotion, as well as some controversy in their fan base. One thing is for sure though, this is better than 'Octavarium'. It definitely pulls some feel from 'Train Of Thought' retaining very few elements from their previous release.

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published 03.10.2007 | Comments (6)

Guest review by
Spyroid

Rating:
8.4
With every album in the "new era" of Dream Theater, the band has tried to do something new. "Six Degrees" was experimenting with extreme track lengths, "Train of Thought" was written in three weeks and shows the extreme discipline in the studio. "Octavarium" might be one of the most thought-through albums ever with every track in a new key, all the connections to the number eight and so on. But "Systematic Chaos" is just a more or less ordinary album in their discography, but that doesn't mean it should be despised. I guess Dream Theater will never let me down.

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published 30.01.2008 | Comments (11)

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Milena - 25.04.2012 at 14:34  
Rating: 6 The first album by DT that made me yawn more than necessary and hasn't made up for it in some part of it. The Ministry Of Lost Souls is pretty good, but even that is like a mega-ballad, not an epic like Octavarium or The Count Of Tuscany or even Breaking All Illusions.
Mountain King - 08.05.2012 at 19:27  
Rating: 8 My second favorite DT album. Constant Motion kicks everyone's ass, Forsaken is very well written, Prophets Of War has some of Labrie's best vocals and a great topic with amazing lyrics. Very consistent album...
BoxCar Willy - 20.08.2012 at 16:56  
  Bored out of my tree here.
Milena - 20.08.2012 at 19:58  
Rating: 6
Written by BoxCar Willy on 20.08.2012 at 16:56

Bored out of my tree here.

Why the hell would you start with DT with their worst album?

Although Marcel will chime in and say FII is the worst.
BoxCar Willy - 20.08.2012 at 20:07  
 
Written by Milena on 20.08.2012 at 19:58

Written by BoxCar Willy on 20.08.2012 at 16:56

Bored out of my tree here.

Why the hell would you start with DT with their worst album?

Although Marcel will chime in and say FII is the worst.

Heard a track on the radio, checked the whole thing, but man... BIG mistake
Milena - 20.08.2012 at 20:14  
Rating: 6
Written by BoxCar Willy on 20.08.2012 at 20:07

Heard a track on the radio, checked the whole thing, but man... BIG mistake

The Dark Eternal Night?

Yeah, it's pretty dull; the follow up is only sliiiightly better but it's still the same, completely wrong style. And the latest one split audiences completely, although the majority of both die-hard fans and casual fans outside of this website seem to dig it.

Enough about THOSE. If you want to try something better, consider Awake; aside from being my personal favorite, it's the darkest so it's the most fitting for you. Or Scenes From A Memory, which gets pretty elaborately wacky in the instrumental sections but has some quite rockin' tunes which might hold some appeal to you.
!J.O.O.E.! - 20.08.2012 at 20:15  
  This album has nice artwork.



That is all.
oblong - 21.08.2012 at 03:13  
  + 1 on the Awake recommendation - so good.

I've always considered Images and Words to be a good 'break in' album though, so that's worth a look as well.
Vasil de Shumen - 23.11.2012 at 11:12  
 
Written by Mountain King on 08.05.2012 at 19:27

Forsaken is very well written


very well ... but not by Petrucci Long live Victor Smolski <------> listen to this song -> 'Fear' ( RAGE - 1999 )
Darth Mitchell - 04.01.2013 at 21:01  
Rating: 7
Written by Milena on 20.08.2012 at 20:14
Enough about THOSE. If you want to try something better, consider Awake; aside from being my personal favorite, it's the darkest so it's the most fitting for you. Or Scenes From A Memory, which gets pretty elaborately wacky in the instrumental sections but has some quite rockin' tunes which might hold some appeal to you.


I would say the darkest album would be Train of Thought. Awake has very dark lyrics, but musically seen I think Train of Though is darker. It was the first album I listened to and loved the dark sound of it.

Another very good starter would be Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence. The whole album has a good mix of heavy and melo songs, so it gives you an idea of what Dream Theater sounds like.
Azarath - 08.01.2013 at 13:45  
Rating: 6 One of Dream Theater's worst albums. The short songs (and "short" in DT context means under 7 minutes) are all pretty good or at least solid, but "The Dark Eternal Night" is one of the worst songs they ever did. The longer tracks all have both good parts and weak parts and they should all have been edited: the second half of "Repentance" may be necessary but it should be much shorter and "The Ministry of Lost Souls" is just too long for its own good. "In the Presence of Enemies" has sections that are album highlights ("Prelude", "Heretic") but also a pointless never-ending solo section ("The Reckoning"). It's still probably my favourite song on here.

I'm not sure if this album is really better than Black Clouds & Silver Linings but it's a tad more enjoyable. I still have issues with that sharp, compressed guitar sound though.
Ravenous - 30.06.2013 at 14:51  
Rating: 7 In general, this would be a great album. But not in DT's case. Unfortunately, this one wasn't that good. It just lack excitement, I don't enjoy that much the sound of it... or something like it, can't really describe my feelings rationally. I feel like they could use some more time or maybe inspiration. Damn I'm not really sure what it lacks. But it could have been better. And some songs would have be definitely needed to be remade from scratch. (Excuse my English)

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