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Paradise Lost 5.1 (CD/DVD)
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The Special 5.1 Edition of Paradise Lost features a digi pack that was designed by Warren Flanagan, who has done art-direction for major motion picture blockbusters such as I Robot, X-Men and Blade. In addition to this great package, the release also includes a DVD with the videos for Set The World On Fire and Serpent s Kiss . Paradise Lost 5.1 is thee guitar release of the Fall!
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Alas, the DVD is marred by a poor audio bitrate. The DVD itself is a normal, standard definition DVD. The visuals are simple, but very effective. While the sound is very enjoyable, it simply won't hold up to critical listening.
Since the DVD uses a Dolby Digital audio stream, it's limited to 448 kilobits/sec worth of data. A critical ear will be able to pick this up, even with a run of the mill 5.1 system. I'd rate the disc's sound right on par with the CD when I weigh the the benefit of extra channels against the compression artifacts.
With the CD so astounding, I must say I was expecting more out of the DVD. Including a DTS audio track (at either 768 or 1,536 kilobit) would have gone a long way for me.
The music videos on the DVD have a PCM Stereo soundtrack, that sounds like it's been run though an MP3 encoder, or perhaps prepped for a YouTube upload. Very dissapointing.
I'm left happy with the purchase, and salivating for a Blu-Ray release to get to some of that lucious lossless audio.
I came across Dream Theater at the suggestion of Amazon and then had Paradise Lost presented, the 30 second limit on previews not withstanding, I purchased the album and have been very pleased with that purchase. The idea of a theme album for me goes way back to Rick Wakeman and this albums inspiration taken from Milton's work just add to its great appeal to those with literary sensibilities.
The guitarwork is blistering and the drumming thunderous. Unless you are craving sleaze you should enjoy this album. Its great there is a section of the industry for people who, like me remember the beginnings of metal and are intelligent enough to apprecate albums like this. So it took five years...it was worth the wait
If you missed out on the 2007 release of this album, than SPV has a special treat for you. Paradise Lost 5.1 not only delivers the standard 10 track CD, but also a bonus disc (DVD) that contains a special 5.1 mix of the album, as well as two HD music videos.
Epic is the only word that can describe the music on Symphony X's latest offering. It's almost as if you are listening to a momentous movie. That movie comes to life in you imagination and runs wild. "Set the World on Fire" is a guitar lover's wet-dream. The riffs are meaty and electrifying. The drums are devastating, and vocalist Russell Allen brings the characters to life with his melodic and emotional delivery.
"Serpent's Kiss" brings the tempo down a little bit, but keeps the amplifiers cranked to 11. The track is a twisted story that parallels life in the Garden of Eden, with the focus on the devil's role. The piano takes center stage for the tender tale that is "Paradise Lost." With Allen's passionate vocals here you have to wonder why he chose the metal field, rather than broadway or mainstream rock.
"Eve of Seduction" boils down to a duel between the rapid-fire guitar of Michael Romeo and keyboardist Michael Pinnella. "Sacrifice" is another gut-wrenching ballad delivered over-the-top by Allen and company. The album simply comes to life on the 5.1 mix. It literally surrounds you with electric power and emotion. The HD videos are a mix of digital imagery and live band performances.
Once you hear the 5.1 mix, you may find yourself ignoring the regular mix.
Symphony X deliver another powerhouse full of metal fury and emotional heart. The 5.1 mix of Paradise Lost enhances the experience by adding an extra level of vibrancies that literally makes the material come to life.
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For those who want Progressive Metal with a bit of power metal. This is the one for you. Excellent band!Published on January 4, 2014 by Eugene Kee
Awesome Edition! Excelent sound quality and 5.1 surround mix!
The weak point is the the poor sound quality of one of the video clips on the DVD.
Perfect edition! You have the possibility to listening Symphony in 5.1 channel. Check it out!!! Amazing!!! Good digipack edition, 2 disc!Published on October 2, 2013 by Carlos
Pandora accidentally introduced me to this band. "Set the World on Fire" got me interested. This CD got me hooked. From beginning to end, it's awesome. Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by Sabino Lagattolla
I loved this album it seemed to just arrive in time, although many criticise it, it is a epic in own sense and the band seem to be experimenting, for Econoclast....Published on July 18, 2011 by N. Black
while waiting for their new cd,this one stands out as their best production to date.Symphony X never fails to amaze its fellow listeners but this cd is one of my favorite piece of... Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by Serhat K.
The 5.1 is not a huge leap in sound, not enough to pay more. The Cd itself however is great!Published on February 27, 2010 by bk