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V: THE NEW MYTHOLOGY SUITE

Symphony X

 

Progressive Metal

4.16 | 529 ratings

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Valarius
4 stars With 'V - The New Mythology Suite' it seems Symphony X give in to the temptation that hits every Prog band at some point in their career - the concept album.

Fans of the band will be familiar with their unique style of Metal which nicely blends different neoclassical, symphonic and progressive elements together. However, the New Jersey five- piece take the bold step with this album to incorporate more orchestral arrangements into their music, giving the songs a much more grandiose touch.

Does it work? For me, 'The Devine Wings of Tragedy' and 'Twilight in Olympus' are perfect, five-out-of-five albums, and whilst Symphony X would perfect the orchestral style on 'V's' follow-up album 'The Odyssey', I feel this album lacks that perfection, that this is more trial-and-error.

That's not to say this isn't a great album. In fact, some of their greatest songs are on display right here. 'Evolution', 'Fallen', 'Egypt', 'Rediscovery Pt. II' and the classic 'Communion and the Oracle' are all fan favorites that make this an album worth owning for all Progressive Metal fans.

As usual, the musicianship here is unrivaled, with Michael Romeo's guitars and Michael Pinella's keyboards really ripping up the sound spectrum as usual, and Russell Allen's voice beautifully telling the story about the rise and fall of Atlantis.

Regarded by some as Symphony X's best album, fans of all styles of Metal and Prog will find stuff here to their liking.

Valarius | 4/5 |

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