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SYMPHONY X

Symphony X

 

Progressive Metal

2.88 | 156 ratings

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Valarius
4 stars As far as debut albums go, this is a great, ambitious release by Symphony X. Obviously we have all the usual setbacks with debut albums such as reasonably weak production and the singer being a little painful to listen to at times, but overall this is a great album, and definitely worthy of a four star rating.

The first six songs are all really good, and for a band's first record, it leaves most other bands reeling in the dust. However, the last four songs all sound like they were thrown in there to boost the duration of the album. They're good songs, but nothing special that you'd likely write home about.

The members are showing off their unmatched playing abilities early on, and you can hear that this band will one day be a force to be reckoned with. Michael Romeo's guitar playing steals the show, and Michael Pinella's keyboard playing is always a nice contrast to Romeo's heavier guitar riffs.

The album as a whole is great though, and you can clearly hear what Symphony X are going to go on to become. Clearly there is a lot of maturing to be done, and a better singer could be (and will be) enlisted, but overall give this album a go. Maybe one day they'll remaster it or maybe release a live album with more tracks from this album. These songs with a modern Symphony X sound would be great!

Valarius | 4/5 |

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