Originally Posted by tuoppi
I am not really sure what it is, but those albums just don't seem interesting to me.
Songs on them are hard to tell apart from each other, especially on SC. SC lyrics are a bit odd too, with all the dark masters and vampires, which makes them hard to relate to.
As said BCASL is a bit better, but that whole album made me feel that they were trying too hard to make epic songs.
I know the feeling(s) for sure... I was a big fan of Octavarium at first, then burnt out and hated it for several years.
The thing to me that's cool about bands like this, is that their devotion to "Rock" never goes away, and they continue to be great musicians -- So while they may disappoint fans along the way, each album is exactly what they want(ed) it to be. This is, in my experience, the case with truly great Prog Rock and Prog Metal bands; they evolve from album to album, so that it's rare to find a die-hard fan that likes *every* album, but nonetheless each album is quality and awesome in its own regard.
And yes I saw them live a couple years ago, so yes I speak from experience that they are a super-rockin group of guys, even now being in their 50s or so. I just thought of something.... think of how much you change as a person over 30 years. Then apply that to music. That's probably why groups like this, when they do what they want for them and not for the fans, end up losing fans along the way... because to express oneself with 100% dedication over decades means you will be telling a very different story from start to finish.