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Album Review

Perhaps no other guitarists in the metal genre has been as influenced by Yngwie Malmsteen as Symphony X leader Michael Romeo. That has proved to be both a blessing and a curse for this gifted guitarist. His chops are certainly comparable, but his sound and style are often identical to his idol. Therein lies the problem with this recording and, for that matter, most of the post-Malmsteen shredders. Some of the music and themes here are all too familiar, as is Russell Allen's macho vocal style. This is not meant to imply that the music here is not admirable, in fact, there are some remarkable moments that show a maturity in both the band's composing and playing. The session's most interesting moment comes during the "Communion and the Oracle," a selection that finds the band introducing a less heavy, more harmonically intriguing sound. As a whole, V: The New Mythology Suite works and proves that Symphony X has chosen to expand, rather than repeat, history in a genre that appeared to have peaked both creatively and technically.

Customer Reviews

One of Symphony X's best!

Let me start off by scolding iTunes for taking so long to pick up this masterpiece. This is Symphony X's concept album, an Egyptian-styled metal masterpiece. It starts off with an epic prelude that leads into one of the best songs on the album, Evolution. Fallen appears next, another awesome, single-esque song. V shows its true face, however, with the rest of the album. With preludes and short instrumentals connecting epics and an incredible build-up to a 12 minute finale-type song, V is no less than amazing and belongs in not only every Symphony X fan's collection but every fan of good music in general. The reviewer of this album is an idiot in saying that this is a copy of Yngwie Malmsteen. This and The Odyssey are Symphony X's concept albums and quite possibly X's best works. Buy this masterpiece, do not blow it off!

INSANE

This album is awesome great songwriting and musicianship

Symphony X's true magnum opus

While some fans may claim that divine wings of tragedy is the masterpiece, V-the new mythology suite is best of their work. It's one of those rare "perfect" albums. The production, writing, lyrics, and performances from all 5 members are all top notch. Anyone who likes prog, power metal, or metal would be wise to check this out. It's worth every penny.

Biography

Formed: 1994 in New Jersey

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Michael Romeo formed Symphony X in New Jersey in 1994. The original lineup of the group included Thomas Miller (bass guitar), Rod Tyler (vocals), Jason Rullo (drums), and Michael Pinnella (keyboards). They released their self-titled debut later that same year. The next year they put out the follow-up The Damnation Game. 1995 also saw Tyler leave the group, his replacement coming in the personage of Russell Allen. Their next release came out in 1997. It was the critically acclaimed The Divine Wings...
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V - The New Mythology Suite, Symphony X
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Oct 10, 2000

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