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Below is our complete Symphony X news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Symphony X vocalist Russell Allen has announced that the band has set "Iconoclast" as the title of its forthcoming eighth studio album. "Iconoclast" is set for release sometime later this year through the band's new label home Nuclear Blast Records.
Russell Allen commented on the album's progression by saying:
"We are in post-production, so the album is pretty much almost done. At this point, mixes are being wrapped up and finalized and it's off to mastering and should be ready for release in a few months — definitely first quarter of 2011. We've got the artwork all done, we're taking pictures next week... all that good stuff. So everything's on track for release pretty soon."
Former Dream Theater and Avenged Sevenfold drummer Mike Portnoy has announced through his official Twitter page that he is currently working on a new side-project with Symphony X vocalist Russell Allen. Mike Portnoy commented on the new project by saying:
"VERY excited about a new project I'm working on [with] one my [favorite] singers in the world: my bro, Sir Russell Allen. Wait 'till you hear this shit!!!"
In other recent news, Mike Portnoy revealed that he has started work on another new project with guitarist Steve Morse of Deep Purple and multi-instrumentalist Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock's Beard) bassist Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs) and vocalist Casey McPherson of Alpha Rev. The group's debut album is currently planned for release later in the year.
Rock The Nation has posted a teaser trailer online for the upcoming "Power of Metal" tour, which can be viewed below. Rock the Nation also commented:
"Under the promising banner 'Power of Metal,' Rock The Nation presents a double-headliner tour, which keeps the hearts of all metal-lovers pounding higher. Friends of pure, melodic, progressive and even traditional as well as modern metal-sounds can raise their fists up for triumph, finally they get their well-deserved load of metallic virtuosity. A view on the line-up breaks the camels back: Power of Metal brings you an exclusive package of the metal high-class-league. Following artists will show their musical power: Symphony X, Nevermore, Psychotic Waltz, Mercenary, Thaurorod."
Blackguard has issued the following update regarding their upcoming album:
“This is going to be our most dynamic release to date. We’re going to have a few slower songs on this album; more head banging tunes. We’re also going to be introducing some new elements to our song to mix things up a bit. Not to sound too cliché but we definitely don’t want to write the same record over and over again and this record is going to be a great step forward for us.”
The band also comments on their upcoming tour dates with Symphony X, "It is a dream tour. Our band has spent the better part of the last 2 years on tour to get to this point. We very much look forward to seeing old friends, making new friends and being a part of what will be the supreme springtime event. We want to thank everyone involved for giving us this opportunity and we will not disappoint."
Swedish/Danish act Amaranthe is set to support Symphony X on March 26th in Tunis, Tunisia, at the 8eme Festival Méditerranéen de la Guitare. Guitarist Olof Morck commented on the show:
"Naturally it is a great honour for us to make our first show for our friends in Africa, and even before our debut album is out at that! Tunisia seems to have a great metal following, and Amaranthe will be proud to appear with Symphony X to conquer the ancient grounds of mighty Carthage! See you all there, crazy Tunisians!"
New Jersey's progressive metal act Symphony X has announced the dates for its North American headlining tour in April/May 2011. Support on the tour will come from Seattle's progressive thrash act Nevermore, Sweden's melodic death metal veterans Soilwork, Boston's Powerglove and Montreal's Blackguard. The trek will launch on April 21 in Philadelphia and wrap on May 22 in West Springfield, Virginia.
The dates are as follows:
Apr. 21 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 22 - Best Buy Theatre - New York, NY
Apr. 23 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
Apr. 25 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC - CANADA
Apr. 26 - Salle Albert Rosseau - Quebec City, QC - CANADA
Apr. 27 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON - CANADA
Apr. 29 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Apr. 30 - Blondie's - Detroit, MI
May 01 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
May 02 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
May 04 - Ogden Theater - Denver, CO
May 06 - Showbox - Seattle, WA
May 07 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
May 08 - The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
May 10 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
May 11 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
May 13 - Trees - Dallas, TX
May 14 - Scout Bar - Houston, TX
May 15 - Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX
May 17 - The Club at Firestone - Orlando, FL
May 18 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 19 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
May 20 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
May 21 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
May 22 - Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
Symphony X has announced an upcoming April 25th, 2011 show at the Metropolis in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Also on the Symphony X 2011 touring calendar are performances at the Best Buy Theater (formerly The Nokia) in New York on Friday, April 22nd and at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 10th.
Lead vocalist Russell Allen checks in about the new release and the upcoming shows: "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."
Symphony X is currently recording the band's Nuclear Blast debut and follow-up to 2007’s "Paradise Lost," which has sold over 60,000 copies in North America. Allen has finished recording his vocal tracks and the band is moving on to record keyboards, bass, and guitar solos. Guitarist Michael Romeo offers the following update: "We love the fans, and we know we haven't been as on top of things with the updates this year as we should have, but when it's down to the wire and we're going 24/7 trying to wrap things up, then that's what we're focused on. We really think the fans will like this album; it has been, by far, more work (and harder work) than any other album, period." More...
Nevermore and Symphony X have announced dates for their co-headlining European tour. Support on the tour will come from reformed progressive metal act Psychotic Waltz.
Symphony X/Nevermore European tour dates:
Feb. 25 - Stuttgart, Germany - LKA Longhorn
Feb. 26 - Oberhausen, Germany - Turbinenhalle
Feb. 27 - Antwerp, Belgium - Hof Ter Loo
Feb. 28 - Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
Mar. 01 - Toulouse, France - Phare
Mar. 03 - Barcelona, Spain - Apollo
Mar. 04 - Lyon, France - Transbordeur
Mar. 05 - Florence, Italy - Viper
Mar. 06 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
Mar. 07 - Milan, Italy - Magazzini Generali
Mar. 08 - Esch sur Alzette, Luxembourg - Kulturfabrik
Mar. 10 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Cvetlicarna
Mar. 11 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
Mar. 12 - Vienna, Austria - Gasometer
Mar. 13 - Würzburg, Germany - Posthalle
Mar. 14 - Bad Arolsen, Germany - Outback
Mar. 16 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
Mar. 17 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
Mar. 18 - Geiselwind, Germany - Music Hall
Mar. 19 - Tilburg, The Netherlands - O13
Mar. 20 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Melkweg
The official Symphony X MySpace page has been updated with the following statement about the band's activity:
"My apologies for the uber-delay in getting an update posted; we've had to coordinate MJR and me, band management, and multiple people at both the US label office AND the Euro label office spanning quite a few time zones in all. Hopefully it'll go more smoothly from here on out as we all adjust to working together, but for now, here's your very belated update!
"Just spoke with MJR and here's the latest scoop! Mike said that the drums and most of the rhythm guitars are all recorded. At the moment, they are fine tuning the lyrics and melodies, during which time Russ will also be recording his vocals. Personally, I get more excited about this CD the more Mike tells me about it; I am quite secure in saying that it will be well worth the wait.
"While the band is busy working on the cd, we'd like to keep you busy as well; the band needs your help, in two areas. Firstly: the existing FAQ on the band's website was put together when 'The Odyssey' came out; obviously that was quite a while ago and lots has changed since then, including some significant gear/endorsement changes as well as a label change. So that's where you come in: help us put together a new FAQ for the new website. What do you want to ask the band? PLEASE do not send in questions like 'when are you going to play [insert location]?' or 'when will you make a dvd?'; best to stick to general information questions if you want the band to answer them. Send in your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org with "FAQ" in the subject line, and they'll be sent to the band; who knows, your question may show up in the FAQ on the band's new site! For those who have been wondering, we're anticipating that the new site will launch around the same time as the new CD. More...
Well known progressive metal and rock label InsideOut recently released a new compilation, "Music In Progress, Vol. II," for free download via Amazon.com (restricted to the U.S. once again, I believe). The download, which also comes with a digital booklet, contains the following tracks:
1. "Set The World On Fire (The Lieof Lies)" by Symphony X (5:55)
2. "Hyperdrive!" by Devin Townsend Project (3:34)
3. "Age Of Shadows (Edit)" by Ayreon (5:39)
4. "Linoleum" by Pain Of Salvation (4:54)
5. "Move" by King's X (4:02)
6. "Walls" by Redemptionx (6:56)
7. "The Escape Artist" by Osi (5:53)
8. "With Honor" by Shadow Gallery (9:58)
9. "Crucify" by James Labrie (6:01)
10. "Hyperactive" by Riverside (5:45)
11. "Ripples" by Aspera (6:33)
12. "Paroxetine 20mg" by The Tangent (7:41)
The official Symphony X MySpace page has been updated with the following statement about the band recording a new album:
"Just got off the phone with MJR, & have a brief update to share. Things are moving right along with the new cd! The music is all finished, and Jason arrived in New Jersey this week; they're starting drum tracks today. Mike has promised to get photos of the recording sessions, so we should have the first of those to share next week; stay tuned."
You can also check out sample Symphony X tracks at this location.
The official Symphony X MySpace page has been updated with the following information about the band's upcoming album:
"Spoke to Mike today, and he sounded really happy about the progress that the band's making on the new cd. ‘Technically, we could be done’ he said. ‘I put together some pre-production mixes for us to listen to, and it's all solid. We have over an hour of really good stuff that we really dig; there's more than enough stuff there that we can choose the best songs to go on the CD, but all of the songs are really strong. And there are two almost-done songs that we're going to try to wrap up in the next few days as well, one is shaping up to be 10 minutes plus; it's really cool stuff that we gotta use.’ He and Russell have started working through lyrics, and the band plans to start tracking in early March. ‘I think everyone will like it’ he said, ‘it has a little bit of everything.’"
New Jersey progressive metal band Symphony X has issued the following update:
"Just got off the phone with Michael Romeo; he wishes everyone a Happy New Year and reports that the writing of the new cd is progressing well. He says that the riffs are written and all the ideas are there, they're just trying different arrangement ideas right now. We talked about how we're back to the usual routine of trying to find new ways to say the same old 'the band is writing the cd', and he said 'It's hard to say. Every day is different, we're just doing our thing & trying to make the tunes cool. You put something together one day and then come back the next day & listen to it; sometimes it's cool, & sometimes it sucks & you have to change things around.' They're still hoping to be done with the cd by spring."
Nuclear Blast has issued the following announcement about signing a record deal with Symphony X:
“As lifelong fans of the band, it is with great pride that Nuclear Blast announces the signing of US Metal / Prog Gods Symphony X!!! Symphony X exemplifies the technical sophistication of progressive metal while transcending the genre by writing amazing songs with masterful musicality and great hooks! This New Jersey-based super group effortlessly creates a balancing act between solid, accessible arrangements and song structures with highly technical, challenging instrumental work and unbelievable melodic vocal harmonies!
"This embrace of polyphonic lead vocals, combined with their classical-sometimes even Queen-like- choruses create a powerful, in-your-face mixture. With elements of thundering metal, rock, solos with unstoppable guitar shredding and intense keyboards - this potent group has grown with every release and is poised to compete with the commercial success of top groups in all genres! Symphony X is currently creating their next masterpiece, anticipated in the spring of 2010! Together, we will bring this talent to a new level! We hope you are ready for the ride!"
The Atlanta, GA based progressive metal band Halcyon Way has parted ways with singer Sean Shields due to creative differences. Taking over on vocals for the Nightmare Records recording artist is Steve Braun, known for his work with Italian progressive-metallers ASHENT, who have released two records via Lion Music.
"I'm really excited and humbled by the opportunity to jam with these guys, and I'm looking forward to help take the band to the next level on the new record," said Steve. More...
Swedish melodic heavy metallers LION'S SHARE have unveiled the cover art for their upcoming album, "Dark Hours."
LION'S SHARE will release the new album in late March 2009 via Blistering Records. The follow-up to 2007's "Emotional Coma" was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (OPETH, SYMPHONY X, PARADISE LOST, AMON AMARTH) and features guest appearances by SYMPHONY X guitarist Mike Romeo (guest solo on "Behind The Curtain"), and drummers Conny Pettersson (from Earache Records death metal act ANATA) and Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK). More...
Symphony X has released a special 5.1 edition of their critically acclaimed release "Paradise Lost." The double disc package includes a DVD 5.1 mix by Jens Bogren of the entire album as well as two enhanced HD videos for "Set the World on Fire" and "Serpent’s Kiss." The album can be pre-ordered on amazon.com. Also Newbury Comics will have an exclusive signed booklet edition, that features an autographed booklet signed by the entire band. These are limited to 500 and can be preordered here.
In connection to this release, the band is also playing 5 shows in the North East. These 5 shows will be the last chance to see the band in the US in 2008. If you want to hear this album live these are the shows to see.
11/19/2008 The Palladium - Worcester, MA
11/20/2008 Mulcahy's - Wantagh, NY
11/21/2008 Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
11/22/2008 The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
11/23/2008 Jaxx - West Springfield, VA
Symphony X have announced the following tour dates:
10/15 - Mexico City, Mexico - Teatro Metropolitan
10/21 - Porto Alegre, Brazil - Opiniao
10/24 - Recife, Brazil - Clube Portugues do Recife
10/26 - São Paulo, Brazil - Credicard Hall
10/28 - Santiago, Chile - Teatro Caupolican
10/29 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Teatro Flores
Bazillion Points Publishing has announced the first definitive book on the elusive world of progressive metal, written by esteemed metal crusader and prog manic and THE END RECORDS staff member Jeff Wagner. Scheduled for release in Autumn 2009, the book will detail the common movements of pioneers like OPETH, WATCHTOWER, VOIVOD, ATHEIST, DREAM THEATER, PSYCHOTIC WALTZ, CELTIC FROST, SIGH, and FATES WARNING — metal bands who have gone against the tide of tradition and conservatism. Linked by a desire to push heavy metal forward, these varied bands with a couple hundred other black sheep form the hard-to-pin-down category of "progressive metal."
Beginning with the hugely influential mid-1970s efforts of Canadian band RUSH, Wagner's book explores the shared lineage of prog rock and metal. He unfurls the huge tapestry and examines the sounds and styles created during the genre's 40-year history, including: the "Big Three" — QUEENSRŸCHE, FATES WARNING, and DREAM THEATER; extreme prog pioneers VOIVOD and CELTIC FROST; Norway's post-black metal avant garde (ULVER, ARCTURUS, VED BUENS ENDE, BEYOND DAWN, etc.); and of course the huge global movement of Big Three-worshippers in the 1990s and the leaders that emerged (AYREON, SYMPHONY X, etc.). The vastness of what can be considered "progressive metal" has proven to be one of the most viable, malleable forms in all of modern music. More...
Symphony X have added some North American shows to their Fall trek. The bands touring schedule is now as follows:
23 - Salvador, Brazil - venue tba
24 - Recife, Brazil - Clube Portugues do Recife
25 - São Paulo, Brazil - Credicard Hall
28 - Santiago, Chile - Teatro Caupolican
29 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Teatro Flores
19 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
20 - Wantagh, NY - Mulcahy's
21 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
22 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
23 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx