Sola Scriptura is a concept album and progressive rock masterpiece. Boasting 4 tracks, two being over 20 minutes long and a bunch of individual sections inside those tracks, this album is anything but simple. Neal Morse has said the concept centers around Martin Luther's stand against the Catholic church in the dark ages as he stood for what he believed in. If you take the time to analyze the lyrics you will discover they are as deep as the music surrounding them. Mike Portnoy returns as the fantastic drummer from Dream Theater and the music is both melodic at times and reaches heavy metal heights at others with it's powerful riffs and ripping guitar solos.
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Sola Scriptura| Posted June 18, 2008 Sola Scriptura is a true blue concept album and easily controversial to some. Neal Morse delivers very cynical and poignant lyrics centering around Martin Luther and his stand against the religious Catholic church. Really, what Morse is looking for is the listener to open their ears and heart to make sure we aren't more focused on traditions of religion as opposed to God. One thing is for sure, Morse did his research and if it offends people maybe they should look into the history of the Catholic church and come to a conclusion themselves instead of someone creating one for them. For those who'd think the lyrics are preachy, keep in mind he's singing from peoples points of view back in that time period, not necessarily his own. Outside of the subject matter the music is equally mind-blowing. Portnoy, of course, is not even human on those drums. He is just insane and the guitar work by Morse and Gilbert are fantastic. Since this album works as one piece of art there are only 4 tracks, the first two of which are 25+ minutes long.
The second track, 'The Conflict' is easily my favorite. It starts off with heavy metal riffs and then Morse compliments that with some serious wailing that remind me of Layne Staley. So what's keeping this from being rated higher? The CD rings in at 75+ minutes and it feels every bit as long, if not longer. Some of the songs just seem to meader on and on with no clear direction. That's what progressive rock is all about you say? Not so, that's just how it feels when it isn't done to perfection. He nailed it on ? but here the songs go off the deep end occasionally. Still, this is a very strong release and one of my favorites.
Gems of this album are: 'The Door', 'The Conflict'