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Underworld

New Jersey's progressive metal masters SYMPHONY X are set to release their brand new, ninth studio album called Underworld on July 24th via Nuclear Blast Records.

SYMPHONY X have 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 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," stated Michael. "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. 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 stated "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 Underworld's 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."

Below is the track List for Underworld:

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
I cannot wait for this to come out! :metal:

I am really hoping this album has the elements of Classic Symphony X with the new sound of Symphony X. Which is what it sounds like it is headed towards.

 

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FUUUCKKKKK YESSSSS :metal: That album art is horrible, though :lol:. It reminds me of the old cutscenes in games from when I was growing up in Ultima and such.
 

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FUUUCKKKKK YESSSSS :metal: That album art is horrible, though :lol:. It reminds me of the old cutscenes in games from when I was growing up in Ultima and such.
Compared to all the covers, I definitely agree.

It could be the pixels too?
 

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Nah, I'm just jokingly saying, it's actually pretty nerdy, and not in the cool nerd way.

I used to really love them. I like the first five albums, and a quite a bit of The Odyssey, but they've essentially always had three or four songs they just keep writing over and over again. It's hard not to feel you've heard a lot of the ideas already by V. And after that album, the straight ahead metal elements took dominance, too. That aside, they're a great band, and all really talented, but just not my thing anymore.
 

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Nah, I'm just jokingly saying, it's actually pretty nerdy, and not in the cool nerd way.

I used to really love them. I like the first five albums, and a quite a bit of The Odyssey, but they've essentially always had three or four songs they just keep writing over and over again. It's hard not to feel you've heard a lot of the ideas already by V. And after that album, the straight ahead metal elements took dominance, too. That aside, they're a great band, and all really talented, but just not my thing anymore.
Yeah, they've been steadily declining with a few highlights. V is one of my all time favorite albums ever. Then after that basically just Paradise Lost is a really great album. They all just kinda have good songs interspersed. But the good is enough to make me excited for a new album.
 

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V is absolutely awesome. It might be their pinnacle, for me. Damnation Game has some of their best metal riffing (better than the later stuff), and the chorus to Dressed to Kill is fucking outrageously good. But I should say that, even though I'm finding it a little dull, dull for Symphony X is still fucking excellent compared to a lot of bands.
 

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V is absolutely awesome. It might be their pinnacle, for me. Damnation Game has some of their best metal riffing (better than the later stuff), and the chorus to Dressed to Kill is fucking outrageously good. But I should say that, even though I'm finding it a little dull, dull for Symphony X is still fucking excellent compared to a lot of bands.
That's true. I can't tell you how many times I've come across a band that touts themselves as "Symphony X-ish" or something along those lines, and its just some dude with a whiney voice, and the same guitar riffs that the last one had.

I saw them live in Portland a few years back, and goodness, they put on a show. Russell Allen has the most powerful voice I've ever heard.
 

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While they have evolved in their sound over the years, they definitely have more consistently great albums than Kamelot, Iced Earth, Blind Guardian, and Sonata Arctica have (all bands I started listening to in the 90's).
 

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Concerning Symphony X with albums. Absolutely.

There is not one Symphony X album musically I hate. Some I like more than others, however, I still cannot decide which one is my favorite...
 

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The music is heavier and the song writing is more complex than Michael Romeo's hair would lead you to believe.
 

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:lol:

Not that I don't like the music, but to me, it's gotta be one of metal's worst band name.
 
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