Thrash Hits

January 22nd, 2011

2011 Album Preview: Symphony X – TBA

Symphony X
Nuclear Blast
ETA early 2011

What they’re saying:
Back in October, frontman Russell Allen said via the band’s website:

“I just want to say how excited I am about the new album. It’s gonna kill! The songs rock and the performances by my fellow band mates are simply amazing. We can’t wait to see the fans! You guys know how much we enjoy performing live. So get ready, SYMPHONY X has returned.”

And yes, we know that doesn’t tell you very much. We don’t think we’re hypothesising too much to say it will feature lots of rhythmically-complex progressive guitar parts, symphonics, vast amounts of widdle and huge soaring vocals from Russell.

Thrash Hits verdict:
Considering the band announced they had entered the studio back in mid-March and have given no indication that they are yet finished, this one’s been a long time in the works. Does this mean they have a vast magnum opus that they have honed and buffed until it gleams, or that they realised they had a titanic turd and have either spent a year polishing it or had to make major changes? We’ll have to wait and see. Given the titanic abilities of the musicians involved, we still expect big (ie- totally OTT and totally brilliant) things from Symphony X, but the length of time in the studio is a tad concerning. This kind of thing is barely listenable when it goes wrong- let’s hope they nail it and produce one of those rare records you can barely STOP listening to instead. Either way, expect shred.

Guitar solo potential:

‘Set The World On Fire’ from last album Paradise Lost:


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