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Symphony X


Progressive Metal

3.76 | 493 ratings

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The Crow
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3 stars The hardest style that started with Paradise Lost, is definitely consolidated with this Iconoclast!!!

Symphony X surprised us 10 years ago with their most intense album to date. A collection of wild, merciless riffs for a long and dense record which shows the most savage face of the band. Even Russel Allen signs more aggressive than ever!

It is commendable that a band like this wants to evolve, mixing its symphonic progressive metal with Thrash metal touches that bring it closer to other groups like Nevermore or even Testament or Metalllica. I don't dislike this new style at all.

But perhaps for my taste, especially compared to other works by the band, this Iconoclast ends being a bit repetitive and tiresome in the long run, something that had never happened to me with any other album of the group except perhaps the first one.

In any case, and although in my opinion it lags a bit behind Paradise Lost and other classics of the band, this Iconoclast manages to maintain the good level of a band for which I have deep respect.

Best Tracks: Iconoclast (a hard, progressive song, reminiscent of Nevermore's best moments in some passages), End of Innocence (good chorus), Children of a Faceless God (excellent introductory riff, for a song with a great layer of keyboards that recalls the best moments of The New Mythology Suite), When all Is Lost (the song that brings us back to the most classic Symphony X. Great piano melody and impressive instrumental interlude) and Prometheus (thrashy but with much inspiration on the verses and chorus)

My Rating: ***

The Crow | 3/5 |


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