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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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iTunes, or whoever wrote the review on this album should be ASHAMED. This is without a doubt, agreed upon by 90% of Symphony X fans, the band's magnum opus, their masterpiece, the timeless example fans will point to to introduce new fans. I can't even describe how triumphant and eternal this record is, one truly has to listen to the entire thing to appreciate it as a whole.

Also, thank goodness Rediscovery Part II is 'album only', nobody, NOBODY should even approach that song unless they have listened to the entire album beforehand, as it was meant. If the ending to that song doesn't make you shed a tear or inspire you to achieve great things, no song will.

As you can tell, I highly recommend you buy this album. I don't exactly understand why it took so long for iTunes to even put it up here, but finally, thankfully, it is now available to more people. From the theatrical beginning of Prelude, to the awesome melodic shredding of Evolution, to the beautiful golden lyrics of Communion, to the unbeatable motif of Poseidon, to the dark heaviness that is Absence of Light, and finally to the magic, one of a kind musical miracle that is Rediscovery, this album is simply the top of its genre. It will never be beat. It will never be rivaled. All hail V!!!

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!


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!!!


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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