- Released: June 4, 2007
- Label: Roadrunner Records
- 1.In the Presence of Enemies-Part I
- 3.Constant Motion
- 4.The Dark Eternal Night
- 6.Prophets of War
- 7.The Ministy of Lost Souls
- 8.In the Presence of Enemies-Part II
Dream Theater: James LaBrie (vocals); John Petrucci (guitars, background vocals); Jordan Rudess (keyboards); John Myung (electric bass); Mike Portnoy (drums, background vocals).
Additional personnel: Steven Wilson, Corey Taylor, David Ellefson, Joe Satriani, Jon Anderson , Mikael ?kerfeldt, Neal Morse, Steve Hogarth, Steve Vai, Daniel Gildenl?w, Chris Jericho (background vocals).
While 2005's OCTAVARIUM notched back pure chops for a somewhat more song-oriented treatment, Dream Theater return to their hyper-progressive roots with SYSTEMATIC CHAOS. Opening track "In the Presence Of Enemies Pt. 1" launches the group's ninth studio album with fevered riffing and scorching guitar/keyboard runs. The fearsome fivesome do, however, make efforts to pace themselves a bit more during the vocal sections (as with "Forsaken").
Old school thrash metal stylings are channeled in the verses of "Constant Motion," while "The Dark Eternal Night" follows the heavier course dominant on TRAIN OF THOUGHT. The Pink Floyd-inspired "Repentance" carries forward drummer Mike Portnoy's focus on purging personal demons, while "Prophets Of War" delves into some new political territory for the band. From beginning to end on SYSTEMATIC CHAOS, Dream Theater continues to set the bar for all other prog metal bands.