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THE DAMNATION GAME

Symphony X

 

Progressive Metal

3.38 | 187 ratings

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Valarius
4 stars Symphony X return with their second album and with a sound that will distinguish them as one of Prog Metal's top bands.

Besides the more polished production and complex song arrangements, the most noticeable difference between this album and their debut is the first appearance of vocalist Russell Allen. Easily capable of singing both melodic and heavy lines, Allen is the missing part of the puzzle that completes Symphony X's trademark sound.

Musically, the songs are more rounded than on 'Symphony X'. What I mean by this is that everything is generally a step-up. The songs flow more fluidly, the solos are more tasteful, the harmonies sound more graceful, and the production sounds a lot better than before. Of course this is far from the bands most ambitious work, but it is a definite sign of things to come.

Whilst the chemistry between the musicians will most certainly be topped on later releases, it's easy to see here the New Jersey quintet have a winning formula. Michael Romeo's dazzling guitar playing and Michael Pinella's beautiful keyboards complement each other nicely, and Jason Rullo's drumming is as tight as ever. Highlights of their great musicianship can best be heard in the more progressive songs such as 'The Edge of Forever' and 'A Winter's Dream'.

I don't think anyone would consider this to be Symphony X's best album, but it is definitely one you don't want to miss. A sure glimpse of legends in the making.

Valarius | 4/5 |

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