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New Jersey progressive metal masters SYMPHONY X will release their ninth studio album, titled "Underworld", on July 24 via Nuclear Blast Records.

SYMPHONY X has triumphed, creating a panoramic "album rock" experience in an era cursed with diminishing attention spans.

"This new one is about the song, really crafting each one on its own, to be as strong as it could be," says guitarist Michael Romeo, chief writer in the band, and proprietor of The Dungeon, the tricked-out studio in which the album was crafted, newly equipped with the latest in technology required to execute the band’s famous symphonic and orchestrated touches.

"Musically, 'Underworld' has things reminiscent of the bands previous albums but this one definitely has its own individuality," he continues. "Every element added was in service of the song, so the album flows and becomes a total listening experience from start to finish. Every song is to the point and fine-tuned, with us paying a lot of attention to the hooks, voices, riffs, and keeping the interest and the energy high for the entire record. It is heavy and aggressive as fuck when it needs to be, yet soaring and emotional at other times. I think the balance is just right. It had to have all the elements of what we normally would do, just tweaked up a notch and really fine-tuned."

Michael adds: "You know, industry people have talked about how we'll never see a complete album again, and that idea. I wanted to defend the reputation of the album, and really try to make 'Underworld' worth listening to as a whole record. It's what I love about great individual songs, but still an album experience.

"I don't want to sound like I'm preaching, but it was a point we wanted to make. It was about the progression of the whole record. It speeds up here and then it dips down here. It all makes sense together, it all works together and it all flows together."

Although "Underworld" is not a concept album, Michael says, "Like the last couple of records, there's a theme that carries through, without it being storytelling.

"We try to find something to key in on and get the juices flowing, and here the goal was to find something a little dark but with emotional content. I started looking at Dante, and Orpheus in the underworld, where he's going to go to Hades or hell to save this girl. So there's the theme of going to hell and back for something or someone you care about."

Heavily inspired by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, "Underworld" draws on the themes from "Divine Comedy" most notably the part on "Inferno". As homage to Dante's use of the number 3 and its multiples, the band utilizes this motif in its music either in a lyrical or melodic context. The first song on the album is a three-syllable, three-note melodic phrase, and in the verses there are three references to three songs on the bands third album, "The Divine Wings Of Tragedy". "There's cool shit like this all over the record," Romeo reports.

For the "Underworld" cover art, SYMPHONY X went with their established illustrator Warren Flanagan (Watchmen", "The Incredible Hulk", "2012") who similarly tapped into the "secret knowledge" vibe Michael and band embedded in the record.

"Warren went with the masks, similar to the first record," explains Romeo. "But when I discussed with him Dante and the underworld, he did his own research and designed a little symbol for each of the nine circles of hell. So there are these little geometric symbols that mean something. That's just what he does. He gets in there and finds these things that maybe no one really besides us knows what it means and yet it has meaning."

"Underworld" track listing:

01. Overture
02. Nevermore
03. Underworld
04. Without You
05. Kiss Of Fire
06. Charon
07. Hell And Back
08. In My Darkest Hour
09. Run With The Devil
10. Swansong
11. Legend

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Let it be 80 minutes long. :beer:

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My guess it will be, or longer. They split Iconoclast into two discs, so I wouldn't be surprised.

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I love SX, however Iconoclast, while good, really didn't have a lasting effect for me. Here's hoping! :m:

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I actually prefer Iconoclast to Paradise Lost.

None of them were as good as Odissey, though.


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cant wait.


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They should release a sampler or single or something, the record's release is really not that far off.

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Neat.

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They should release a sampler or single or something, the record's release is really not that far off.
ask and you shall receive:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_z3AHbjeb1U


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Is it available for pre-order yet?

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in europe it is.


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Is it available for pre-order yet?

Only from Germany at the moment.

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Xerxes wrote:
They should release a sampler or single or something, the record's release is really not that far off.
ask and you shall receive:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=48&v=_z3AHbjeb1U


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Impression: bad lyrics, cool solo, kind of Yngwie-esque but far more precise. Romeo's straddling the line between riffs and licks in places, which is something I associate with Jeff Loomis.

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Romeo's straddling the line between riffs and licks in places, which is something I associate with Jeff Loomis.

So I'm not the only one who thought this. I don't think the title is coincidental. :lol:

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Could be Romeo's version of a nod or something?

I swear the dude's getting better; he's cleaner than ever.

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Wouldn't be surprised if it is.

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The Odyssey.

But yeah looking forward to it!

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Not a fan but i randomly checked the lyric video they posted today and must say it was quite alright!

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Am I the only one completely underwhelmed by the new single? It's nowhere near as gripping as "End of Innocence" was off of Iconoclast. i'm not gonna write it off just yet but I just didn't really get anything from this new song.

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Am I the only one completely underwhelmed by the new single? It's nowhere near as gripping as "End of Innocence" was off of Iconoclast. i'm not gonna write it off just yet but I just didn't really get anything from this new song.


I don't hate it, but aside from the solo it was pretty bland. I'm not much of a fan of them from Paradise Lost onwards though anyway. Bring back the prog.


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Singles seem to be pretty hit or miss for everyone. Give me the meat! Love me some Symphony X. :beer:

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Am I the only one completely underwhelmed by the new single? It's nowhere near as gripping as "End of Innocence" was off of Iconoclast. i'm not gonna write it off just yet but I just didn't really get anything from this new song.


It was a total miss for me too. I'm sure there will be a zinger track or two on there though.

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