Hailing from New Jersey, Symphony X have been on the scene since ’94 writing some of the most engaging melodic prog metal to grace my ears. To say they are symphonic metal may be misleading, but they do employ symphonic elements very smoothly and strategically contributing to an amazing library of well-written and flawlessly executed music. Badass riffs, complex time structures and intricate compositions; add in one of metal’s best singers and an interest in ancient literature, the result is some incredible music that tells many stories.
I first heard Symphony X in 2005 and immediately appreciated the song structure and performance of the band. I was impressed with the technical ability of the players while enthralled by the incredible vocal accompaniment. That year I had the pleasure of seeing them live at the Toronto showing of the very first Gigantour (Dave Mustaine‘s kickass massive lineup tour) and was blown away at the stage performance. These guys are the real deal and remain one of the few bands in my life that I still consistently listen to the entire catalog regularly.
Symphony X, Micheal Romeo (founder/guitarist), Micheal Minella (keyboards) Russell Allen (vocals on all except the debut album), Rod Tyler (vocals on the debut album), Micheal LePond (bass on all except the first four albums), Thomas Miller (bass on the first four albums), and Jason Rillo (drums), has released 9 studio albums of which I’m going to rank in order of my appreciation.
This was a tough list to make, I have to say… but here it goes:
9. Symphony X (1994)
8. The Damnation Game (1995)
7. Underworld (2015)
6. Iconoclast (2011)