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Symphony X


Progressive Metal

2.87 | 237 ratings

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3 stars This is the debut album of this band, the only one featuring vocalist Rod Tyler, who does his job after all but of course it wasn't suited for this genre in my very honest opinion.

I think the main issue with this record is the production, the drums are almost inaudible and most of all they lack punch and power, the guitars are very muffled you can barely hear the undeniable talent and virtuosity of Michael Romeo, same goes with the keyboards and the bass, the entire record suffers a weak production quality and overall bad mixing, just take a look to Dream Theater 1992 Images & Words record to understand how a Prog Metal record should sound (I took this album as an example only because has been released in the same early 90s period).

You can hear strong influence by Malmsteen, Shawnn Lane, classical composers like Mozart and Beethoven in their compositions which aren't absolutely bad at all, sure they lack inspiration in some way due to the predominant neo- classical influence, but you can't deny the talent that each members have, at least strumentally talking.

Anyway someone has to start somewhere and to me, despite all the problems this record has, it isn't a bad start at all.

MauroR | 3/5 |


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