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Symphony X


Progressive Metal

2.87 | 237 ratings

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3 stars The debut album of this US band is much more than just a metal album.

''Symphony X'' does really sound symphonic at times. Mostly the interplay between lead and backing vocals are giving this mood. Of course, the typical ''wall of sound'' so many times heard in this genre is well present, but when it is mixed with less conventional (which here means melodic) elements this is quite enjoyable and it's a trade mark of this album (''Premonition'').

This debut is dominated by the powerful guitar riffs from Michael Romeo: he gives the cue; but the powerful backing rhythmic section is rather efficient as well. Some might say (accordingly) that these sounds have some similarities with another metal band, but I actually prefer the music from ''Symphony X'' than its illustrious predecessor. A strong song as ''Absinthe And Rue'' just confirms my feeling.

The emotional start for Shades Of Grey'' is another example of their versatility: even if vocals are not the strongest department on this album, they convey some peaceful feeling. Not that this aspect is on the forefront of the album, but it has sufficient impact to be noticed. This song is far from the cliché of the rock ballads that the genre has produced so many. I really like the great guitar solo.

There are some basic heavy metal tracks as well which I consider as fillers (''Rapture'' and ''Thorns''). Some sort of a hors d'oeuvre before the epic of this album and also the best song of this self-titled record: ''A Lesson Before Dying''.

''Symphony X'' is mixing again melody and metal music and to be honest, the combination works quite well. Metal freaks should also be pleased since the pace is quite sustained. It is a twelve minute showcase for musical maestria.

This album is quite an encouraging debut. It doesn't hold weak moments but might lack of some real gems. Therefore, three stars seem to be the appropriate rating.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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