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Symphony X


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4 stars Twilight in Olympus is the fourth album from neo classical US power metal kings Symphony X. Their third album The Divine Wings of Tragedy was a breakthrough and itīs a much praised album. A succesful album like that is always hard to follow, but Twilight in Olympus is another great effort from Symphony X. On this album they even start incorporating more modern progressive metal ideas into their music. There is a new drummer on this album which is a blessing if you ask me. Tom Walling is a much better and varied drummer than Jason Rullo was.

The album starts with the uptempo neo classical power metal song Smoke and Mirrors which is a highlight on the album. Itīs such a powerful song with lots of great guitar riffing. Both classical inspired riffs and more heavy dark riffing. Church of the Machine is one of the songs on Twilight in Olympus that touches more modern progressive metal tendencies than what is usually heard on Symphony X albums. Itīs an intriguing song, but it took me a while to appreciate. Now itīs one of my favorites on the album. Sonata is just a short classical piece that works like a bridge between Church of the Machine and the next song In the Dragon's Den which has a similar style to Smoke and Mirrors allthough not as good.

Through the Looking Glass (Part I, II, III) is the song here that reminds me most about more traditional progressive metal. The intro riff is almost stolen from Dream Theaterīs Surrounded and this is generally the most Dream Theater like song Symphony X have ever made. If you can get past the whole ripp-off thing this is a great song. Itīs full of powerful riffing and great beautiful vocal melodies. The Relic is up next and itīs another great US power metal song. Maybe not the best song here but still great. Orion - the Hunter is the third song on Twilight in Olympus where Symphony X touches progressive metal tendencies more than their conventional neo classical approach. This song is very powerful with great vocals from Russel Allen and above all one of the best and most diverse guitar solos ever from Michael Romeo. The last song Lady of the Snow is similar to closing song Candlelight Fantasia from The Divine Wings of Tragedy. Itīs a semi-ballad metal song and itīs extremely beautiful and intelligently done.

The musicianship is really good and as always Michael Romeo is the brightest star in the sky. His guitar style, which lies somewhere between Dimebag Darrel ( Pantera, Rebel Meets Rebel, Damageplan) and neo classical guitar hero Yngwie Malmsteen, is sharp and deadly, beautiful and challenging and very powerful. Russel Allen needs to be mentioned as well though as he is the greatest US power metal singer right now. The man has an incredible range and charisma that helps bring out the right emotions in the music. He is not your typical high pitched heavy metal singer even though he can reach that end of the register too. He is a bit more raw as it is typical in US power metal.

The production is again not that good. Itīs ok like it was on The Divine Wings of Tragedy but itīs not really enjoyable. I have gotten used to it after all these years though.

Twilight in Olympus is an equally as good album as The Divine Wings of Tragedy IMO. It might even be a little better as itīs a more varied album. Itīs a deserved 4 star rating from me and Iīll highly recommend it to people into neo classical power metal. Just be warned that this is the US variant which means that itīs much heavier than the european counterpart.

UMUR | 4/5 |


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