Bagi penggemar metal, tentu tak asing dengan Symphony X. Saya mengenal pertama kali dari album V yang menurut saya ada bau neo progressive nya meski band ini masuk dalam subgenre progressive metal. Banyak yang nyebut bahwa band ini lebih dahzyat dari Dream Theater …. Bagaimana menurut ANda?
Kali ini saya tampilkan album terakhir mereka …
Studio Album, released in 2011
Songs / Tracks Listing
1. Iconoclast (10:51)
2. The End Of Innocence (5:27)
3. Dehumanized (6:48)
4. Bastards Of The Machine (4:56)
5. Heretic (6:25)
6. Children Of A Faceless God (6:21)
7. When All Is Lost (9:10)
8. Electric Messiah (6:14)
9. Prometheus (I Am Alive) (6:47)
10. Light Up The Night (5:04)
11. The Lords Of Chaos (6:10)
12. Reign In Madness (8:38)
Total Time 82:51
Search SYMPHONY X Iconoclast lyrics
Music tabs (tablatures)
Search SYMPHONY X Iconoclast tabs
Line-up / Musicians
- Russell Allen / vocals
- Michael Romeo / electric and accoustic guitars, orchestral keyboards, programming
- Jason Rullo / drums
- Michael Pinnella / piano, keyboards
- Michael Lepond / bass
Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
The turning point of this album was when I listened to third track Dehumanized (6:48). Yeah, I really love the musical riffs resulted from guitar work and make me really energized with the music. And then I also enjoyed another heavier track Bastards Of The Machine (4:56). These two tracks really introduced me to enjoy more this album. So after that experience I finally re- spin the album and found out the whole album comprising beautifully composed metal progressive music. Yes I find the heavy components of this album mostly are demonstrated by the heavy guitar riffs backed with drums and bass guitar. But not only that, there were many inventive keyboard solos that enrich the overall musical composition.
For some reason, since the band’s Odyssey album I found that Symphony X was something to me like Kansas plays metal because the voice quality of Russell Allen is quite similar with Steve Walsh when Allen is not screaming. Try the seventh track When All Is Lost (9:10) and observe the first lyrical verse sung by Allen – you will find the similarity of Symphony X with Kansas. Of course their music are completely different.
Well, most people always compare this band with Dream Theater even though to me these two bands sound different. Just compare to recent Dream Theater’s album A Dramatic Turn of Events – you would hardly find where they share similar vein. That’s why I never compare the music of Symphony X with DT.
But I have to admit this album is really excellent as it has everything you need in melody as every single track has its own good to excellent melody – name any track! The harmonies created through bass guitar, drums, guitar, keyboards and vocal are really great from one passage to another – all are mostly delivered in relatively fast speed. There are many changes of styles and moods in any track and there are elements of complexities in any segment. As an album this one has structural integrity where the whole album is cohesive as an album.
Overall – it’s an excellent addition to any prog music collection. Enjoy the intertwined guitar and keyboard work of Michael romeo and Michael Pinella. Keep on proggin’ …!
Peace on earth and mercy mild – GW