SYMPHONY X – UNDERWORLD
Release Date: 24th July 2015
℗ 2015 Nuclear Blast GmbH
- Without You
- Kiss Of Fire
- To Hell And Back
- In My Darkest Hour
- Run With The Devil
- Swan Song
From the opening with Overture, Symphony X have absolute command of the listener’s attention as we are dragged into the depth of the underworld to the accompaniment of malevolent chorus of foreboding. Then seamless entry into Nevermore which establishes the group’s skills and majesty.
Due for release on July 24th through Nuclear Blast, with the album’s first single, Nevermore, released on May 22 2015, and Without You on June 19, the album is keenly anticipated by a writhing horde, and for excellent reason.
Russell’s voice is even more impressive than ever before, and to the accompaniment of blisteringly brilliant percussive power and guitar riffs that are more akin to a rollercoaster ride of sensationally shredding severity.
Symphony X have produced a work of brilliance with their ninth studio album, bursting at the seams with all the elements that make the band such a valuable commodity.
With black overtones at one extreme to the ballads with qualities reminiscent of emerging metal masters of old, but overlaid with the brilliant unique sound of Symphony X, this album is utter magnificence.
Each band member produced unprecedented brilliance by providing the very best of their talents and rolling them into a masterwork. This album defines the skill, complexity and superiority of Symphony X and will no doubt be a milestone In their extensive career.
Some tracks will give you the feeling of 80’s mainstream heavy rock and metal, nut before long you are plunged back into the more progressive metal genre that Symphony X have mastered so well and now, expanded upon even further with their evident hunger to redefine excellence. The technical musical elements of this work are truly astounding. Riffs that literally belie belief and lyrical might that will guarantee and new generation of devotees.
In My Darkest Hour is a personal favourite for me. Nay, an instant metal classic that will resonate with me always until I meet my own darkest hour, and quite possibly beyond. The lyrical delivery and the contributing elements of each musician make for a crescendo of truly epic metal proportions. Unbelievable.
The finale Legend is most aptly titled indeed. Apply the word to the band member’s performances, the lyrics, the whole album or simply the storyline. It applies to all aspects of this work. This track alone will have you counting the days until you can see them live and exist in tormented anticipation of their subsequent recordings.
Symphony X reach new highs on each and every track that is Underworld. A must for EVERY fan of metal or heavy rock. An achievement of gargantuan proportions, bursting at the seams with hit after hit. Truly epic.