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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.

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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!

FINALLY!!!!

well it is about time this classic was available on i-tunes. It's hard enough finding Symphony X in a store but the almost urban legend that is V: The New Mythology is available now! The i-tunes review is so far off base it's pathetic. This concept disc shows a heavier direction Symphony X would take later with The Odyssey,Paradise Lost and then Iconoclast. The addition of Michael Lepond on this cements the current line up and the playing on here is tight as if they have been playing for years together. This also marks in my opinion the last album with prominent keyboards and "progressive" time signatures. Maybe it's a bit of a complex disc to a new fan but well worth the purchase to complete your collection. The instrumental parts in Egypt will truly bring a tear to your eye I would recommend starting with DWOT to introduce the band to a new fan . Other wise...... BUY THIS DISC TODAY!!!

Possibly The Greatest Album Ever Made.

First, just to give you a little backstory, the very first song I ever heard by Symphony X was Evolution (The Grand Design), and to say it blew me away is an understatement. A few days later, while browsing through a local CD shop, I found this album and took it home on a whim. Best 10 bucks I ever spent! Normally when I buy a new album it takes me at least 2-3 listens for it to click in my head, sometimes even somthing rediculous like 20 if it's one of those really "out there" prog releases, but this album is the only one I have ever heard to date that hit me hard from the first listen, so much so that I then proceeded to listen to the whole thing 3 times in a row non-stop that one day! This album seriously changed my outlook on music, and given me much inspiration in terms of songwriting.

But enough of that. This album is an absolute masterpiece from start to finish, easily SX's best work to date and a serious contender for the best album ever made in the Prog/Power/Neoclassical Metal genres. Each song is unique in it's own way, but just about each one will blow your mind like the one before it, from the high-octane speed of Evolution and A Fools Paradise, to the breathtakingly beautiful Communion and the Oracle, the masterfully orchestrated symphonic interludes like Transcendance and On the Breath of Posidon, the arabic-influenced riff-fest Egypt, and most amazing of all, Rediscovery, which is easily on par with The Divine Wings of Tragedy and The Odyssey for the best SX song ever.

Musically, this album is 100% perfect. On a scale of 1 to 10, it gets a 20. The five star rating I gave it is simply not sufficient. Literally the only thing you could possibly knock this album for is the less than stellar production, which honestly isn't too bad either considering this is the product of a then relatively unknown Metal band in the year 2000.

In short, if you consider yourself a fan of real metal, buy this album right this instant. Do not hesitate, for it is a true diamond in the rough. LONG LIVE SYMPHONY X!

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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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Oct 10, 2000

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