This fantastic band has been one of my favourites, since the release
of THE DIVINE WINGS OF TRAGEDY, mainly because it was a perfect
mixture of Progressive Metal and Power Metal, put together in a
stunning and mind-blowing combination.
This was in 1997, later on in their career in the year 2000, they
released V but the best SYMPHONY X album came in the year 2002, and
this CD was named THE ODYSSEY. A record with a much more aggressive
and complete sound.
Now we write 2007 in the calendar, and the wait is over. And the
time has come for their new CD PARADISE LOST, which simply is a
bombastic and epic masterpiece! Their new opus consist of 10 songs,
all mainly written by the mastermind and guitar-player MICHAEL
ROMEO, singer RUSSELL ALLEN has also assisted in the song-writing
The line-up is still the same: RUSSELL ALLEN vocals, MICHIAEL ROMEO
guitars, MICHIAEL PINNELLA keyboards, MICHIAEL LEPOND bass, and
JASON RULLO drums.
And thank God for that!
The first song on this fine piece of work is the dark instrumental
OCULUS EX INFERNI, followed by the aggressive SET THE WORLD ON FIRE.
Some of songs on this CD are parts of a concept and based loosely on
JOHN MILTON'S, PARADISE LOST novel.
SYMPHONY X have always been innovative and tried new things on their
CD's, and they do it here as well. Especially on the heart-breaking
SACREFICE, where MICHIAEL ROMEO uses some classical guitar-playing.
But I would say this CD is very similar to the 2002 release THE
ODYSSEY, just as powerful and as complex as well. But now I have
already said enough, if you are a fan you got to have this