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Symphony X

Formed: 1994
From: Middletown, NJ, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Symphony X News

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.

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Symphony X Bassist To Play On Operatika Album

New Jersey-based symphonic/operatic metallers OPERATIKA have announced that all bass parts on the band's forthcoming album will be recorded by Michael LePond from SYMPHONY X. The CD is almost complete and will be released later this year.

OPERATIKA parted ways with bassist Stan Folcik in January. The band's "Dreamworld" four-song EP came out in 2005.

Upcoming OPERATIKA shows:

Jun. 05 - BB King - New York, NY (opening for DORO)
Sep. 28 - The Chance Theater - Poughkeepsie, NY (opening for SONATA ARCTICA)
Oct. 06 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ (opening for OVERKILL, EPICA)

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Symphony X Schedule New Jersey In-Store Appearance

Progressive metallers SYMPHONY X will take part in an in-store signing session for their new album, "Paradise Lost", on Tuesday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, New Jersey.

For more information, visit www.vvinyl.com.

SYMPHONY X recently posted a new full-length track, "The Serpent's Kiss", on their MySpace page. The song comes off "Paradise Lost", due on June 26 via Inside Out Music (June 25 in Japan via JVC Victor Entertainment Inc.). The CD was mixed by Jens Bogren (OPETH, SOILWORK, AMON AMARTH) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. More...

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Symphony X Sell Out NYC Show At B.B. King's

According to InsideOut America, SYMPHONY X's show at B.B. King's in New York City, NY on May 25th is officially sold out. The band's North and South American tour schedules are as follows:

May
25 - New York, NY at B.B. Kings (SOLD OUT)
27 - San Juan, Puerto Rico at Tito Puente Auditorium

June
12 - Santiago, Chile - Teatro Caupolican
13 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Teatro Flores
14 - Porto Alegre, Brazil - Opinião
15 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Lapa Multishow
16 - Sáo Paulo, Brazil - Via Funchal
17 - Manaus, Brazil - Tropical
19 - Bogotá, Colombia - Palacio de los Deportes
22 - Monterrey, Mexico - Teatro Nacional
23 - Mexico City, Mexico - Salon 21
24 - San Salvador, El Salvador - La Feria Internacional

July
12 - Hartford, CT at Webster Theatre
13 - Clifton Park, NY at Northern Lights
14 - Poughkeepsie, NY at Chance Theater
16 - Montreal, Quebec at The Medly
17 - Quebec City, Quebec at L'Imperial
18 - Toronto, Ontario at The Opera House
20 - Cleveland, OH at Peabody's
21 - Detroit, MI at I-Rock
22 - Mokena, IL at The Pearl Room
23 - Sauget, IL at Pop's
24 - St. Paul, MN at Station 4
27 - Seattle, WA at El Corazon
28 - Portland, OR at Roseland Grill
29 - San Francisco, CA at Slim's
30 - Anaheim, CA at House of Blues
31 - West Hollywood, CA at House of Blues

August
1 - Tempe, AZ at The Clubhouse
3 - Ft. Worth, TX at Ridglea Theater
4 - Houston, TX at Meridian
5 - San Antonio, TX at White Rabbit
7 - Atlanta, GA at The Masquerade
8 - Springfield, VA at Jaxx
9 - Worcester, MA at The Palladium
10 - Philadephia, PA at The Trocadero

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Hear Samples From the New Symphony X Album

Progressive metallers SYMPHONY X will release their new album, "Paradise Lost", on June 26 via Inside Out Music. The CD was mixed by Jens Bogren (OPETH, SOILWORK, AMON AMARTH) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.

The follow-up to 2002's "The Odyssey", "Paradise Lost" will feature the following track listing:

01. Oculus ex Inferni
02. Set the World on Fire (The Lie of Lies)
03. Domination
04. The Serpent’s Kiss
05. Paradise Lost
06. Eve of Seduction
07. The Walls of Babylon
08. Seven
09. The Sacrifice
10. Revelation (Divus Pennae ex Tragoedia)

Download audio samples of all 10 tracks that are set to appear on the CD at this location.

Check out the artwork here.

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Symphony X Finalize 'Paradise Lost' Tracklisting

SYMPHONY X release their new album, Paradise Lost, on June 26th via Inside Out Music.

Paradise Lost was produced by the band and the mix was completed by Jens Bogren (OPETH). The final tracklisting for the album (artwork pictured): 'Oculus Ex Inferni', 'Set The World On Fire (The Lie Of Lies)', 'Domination', 'The Serpent’s Kiss', 'Paradise Lost', 'Eve Of Seduction', 'The Walls Of Babylon', 'Seven', 'The Sacrifice', 'Revelation (Divus Pennae Ex Tragoedia)'. More...

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Symphony X Update North American Tour Schedule

SYMPHONY X have updated their North American tour schedule in support of their forthcoming album, Paradise Lost, with shows in New York State, Atlanta and Philadelphia.

Their complete schedule is now as follows:

May
25 - New York, NY at B.B. Kings
27 - San Juan, Puerto Rico at Tito Puente Auditorium

June
3 - Milano, Italy at Gods of Metal Festival
7 - Sölvesborg, Sweden at Sweden Rock Festival
12 - Santiago, Chile at Teatro Caupolican
13 - Buenos Aires, Argentina at Teatro Flores
16 - Sao Paulo, Brazil at Via Funchal

July (with SANCTITY and ECHOES OF ETERNITY)
12 - Hartford, CT at Webster Theatre
13 - Clifton Park, NY at Northern Lights
14 - Poughkeepsie, NY at Chance Theater
16 - Montreal, Quebec at The Medly
17 - Quebec City, Quebec at L'Imperial
18 - Toronto, Ontario at The Opera House
20 - Cleveland, OH at Peabody's
21 - Detroit, MI at I-Rock
22 - Mokena, IL at The Pearl Room
23 - Sauget, IL at Pop's
24 - St. Paul, MN at Station 4
27 - Seattle, WA at El Corazon
28 - Portland, OR at Roseland Grill
29 - San Francisco, CA at Slim's
30 - Anaheim, CA at House of Blues
31 - West Hollywood, CA at House of Blues

August
1 - Tempe, AZ at The Clubhouse
3 - Ft. Worth, TX at Ridglea Theater
4 - Houston, TX at Meridian
5 - San Antonio, TX at White Rabbit
7 - Atlanta, GA at The Masquerade
8 - Springfield, VA at Jaxx
9 - Worcester, MA at The Palladium
10 - Philadephia, PA at The Trocadero

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Symphony X Reveal New Album Title

SYMPHONY X have revealed that their new album will be entitled Paradise Lost and will be released in late June. In the meantime, the band has announced the following upcoming tour dates:

May 25 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
May 27 - San Juan, PR @ TBA
June 3 - Milano, ITA @ Gods of Metal Festival
June 7 - Solvesborg, SWE @ Sweden Rock Festival

with SANCTITY and ECHOES OF ETERNITY:
July 12 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
July 16 - Montreal, QC @ The Medley
July 17 - Quebec City, QC @ L’Imperial
July 18 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
July 20 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
July 21 - Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
July 22 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
July 23 - Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
July 24 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
July 27 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
July 28 - Portland, OR @ Roseland
July 29 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
July 30 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
July 31 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
August 1 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
August 3 - Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
August 4 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
August 5 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
August 8 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
August 10 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

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Symphony X Release More Tour Dates

More dates have been released for SYMPHONY X’s Summer tour with SANCTITY and ECHOES OF ETERNITY:

July 22 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
July 27 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
July 30 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
July 31 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
August 3 - For Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
August 4 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
August 8 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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Symphony X Release First Tour Dates

SYMPHONY X appear to be lining up a tour for this Summer with SANCTITY and ECHOES OF ETERNITY. The first dates to be released are as follows:

July 27 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
August 8 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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Symphony X Gives Studio Update

New Jersey progressive metallers SYMPHONY X, who are working on their new album, Paradise Lost, have had their website updated with the following update from their webmaster:

"Spoke to both MJR (Michael James Romeo, guitar) and Russ (Allen, singer) for a while today, and things are moving right along! MJR is finishing up a few solos and tightening up some of the orchestral/choral parts, and the CD will be sent off to be mixed in early March.

Jens Bogren (Fascination Street Studios) will be doing the honors, and the mixing should be done by the end of March. A potential release date as well as other info like the tracklisting and such will be available once the CD is mixed, so stay tuned for more info on that.

That's it for now, more info as it becomes available!"

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Symphony X Confirm New York City Date

Progressive metal act SYMPHONY X has announced a New York City date on May 25 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. The group's schedule is now shaping up as follows:

May 25 - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill - New York, NY
Jun. 03 - Gods of Metal Festival - Milano, Italy
Jun. 6-9 - Sweden Rock Festival - Sölvesborg, Sweden

SYMPHONY X is continuing work on its follow-up to 2002's "The Odyssey", entitled "Paradise Lost", tentatively due later this spring.

SYMPHONY X was forced to cancel a couple of European festival appearances last summer after Michael LePond was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease (an inflammatory bowel disorder). He has since undergone surgery and has been released from the hospital.

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Gods of Metal Festival Announce Bands

According to a posting on DREAM THEATER's official web site, SYMPHONY X, ANATHEMA, PORCUPINE TREE, SADIST and DGM have also been confirmed to appear at this year's Gods of Metal festival, which will take place in two separate installments at Idroscalo in Milan, Italy. The first part of the festival will be held on June 2-3 and will feature the following artists (with more to be confirmed):

June 2-3:

DREAM THEATER
HEAVEN AND HELL
BLIND GUARDIAN
DIMMU BORGIR
PORCUPINE TREE
SYMPHONY X
ANATHEMA
SADIST
DGM
SCORPIONS

The second installment of Gods of Metal will take place June 30 and will feature OZZY OSBOURNE (headliner), MEGADETH and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, among others.

There will be eight bands performing each day (a total of 24 artists over the three days). Tickets go on sale January 26.

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Symphony X Reveal Paradise Lost Artwork

The album art has been revealed for the forthcoming new SYMPHONY X album, entitled Paradise Lost. You can view it here

No further details on the album's release date or tracklisting are currently available, but are expected to surface soon. Expect the followup to 2002's Odyssey later this year via InsideOut.

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Symphony X Reveal Paradise Lost Artwork

The album art has been revealed for the forthcoming new SYMPHONY X album, entitled Paradise Lost. You can view it here

No further details on the album's release date or tracklisting are currently available, but are expected to surface soon. Expect the followup to 2002's Odyssey later this year via InsideOut.

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Gigantour CD Audio Samples Available

Audio samples from the upcoming Gigantour deluxe 2-CD set have been made available at Amazon.com. The 2-CD and 2-DVD sets, due on August 22 and September 5, respectively, via Image Entertainment, capture 2005's heavy metal onslaught that was hailed as the best metal bill of the year, with Revolver magazine calling it "the mother of all shred fests." Organized by MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine as a tour featuring "only bands whose musicianship matches their ability to melt faces with sheer volume and power" (Miami Herald), "Gigantour" features unforgettable performances by MEGADETH, DREAM THEATER and FEAR FACTORY as well as ANTHRAX (CD only), NEVERMORE, LIFE OF AGONY, SYMPHONY X, DRY KILL LOGIC and BOBAFLEX.

The "Gigantour" DVD set encompasses a special bonus disc with all the no-holds-barred offstage action: tour bus visits, backstage drama, practical jokes plus interviews with the people who make a national package tour happen, like tour managers, pyrotechnics experts and band members. The "Gigantour" CD contains three songs not included on the DVD. More...

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Symphony X Set Title For New Album

Progressive metal act SYMPHONY X has set "Paradise Lost" as the title of the follow-up to 2002's "The Odyssey", tentatively due before the end of the year. The band expects to return to the road shortly after the release of the new album.

SYMPHONY X was recently forced to cancel a couple of European festival appearances after bassist Michael LePond was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease (an inflammatory bowel disorder). He has since underegone surgery and has been released from the hospital.

SYMPHONY X was one of the second-stage bands at last summer's Gigantour, a six-week festival trek co-headlined by MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER. "Rarities and Demos", the first fan club CD from the SYMPHONY X fan club, Church of the Machine, was shipped out in July 2005 to fan club members. The CD included demo material, rare unreleased material, and guitarist Michael James Romeo's interpretation of the "Star Wars" theme, done with over 15 guitar tracks.

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Gigantour Two-Disc CD and DVD Details Revealed

As news of the return of Gigantour becomes imminent, last year's fast and furious inaugural festival tour arrives in stores on deluxe 2-CD and 2-DVD sets August 22 and September 5, respectively, via Image Entertainment. Both configurations capture 2005's heavy metal onslaught that was hailed as the best metal bill of the year, with Revolver magazine calling it "the mother of all shred fests." Organized by MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine as a tour featuring "only bands whose musicianship matches their ability to melt faces with sheer volume and power" (Miami Herald), "Gigantour" features unforgettable performances by MEGADETH, DREAM THEATER and FEAR FACTORY as well as ANTHRAX (CD only), NEVERMORE, LIFE OF AGONY, SYMPHONY X, DRY KILL LOGIC and BOBAFLEX.

The "Gigantour" DVD set encompasses a special bonus disc with all the no-holds-barred offstage action: tour bus visits, backstage drama, practical jokes plus interviews with the people who make a national package tour happen, like tour managers, pyrotechnics experts and band members. The "Gigantour" CD contains three songs not included on the DVD. More...

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Symphony X Bassist is Released From Hospital

Bassist Michael LePond of the progressive metal band SYMPHONY X — who were recently forced to cancel a couple of European festival appearances after LePond was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease (an inflammatory bowel disorder) — has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"I want you all to know that I had my surgery and have been released from the hospital. I am feeling so much better now. I am eating normally and getting stronger with each passing day. I should be fully recovered in about three weeks. I want to thank all of the fans who sent get well wishes to me. I will read every single one of them. I will never forget how kind and caring you are. I love you all."

SYMPHONY X are currently working on the follow-up to 2002's "The Odyssey", tentatively due this fall. The band expect to return to the road shortly after the release of the new CD.

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Symphony X Bassist Diagnosed With Crohn's Disease

Progressive metallers SYMPHONY X have been forced to cancel their previously announced European festival appearances in June (Lorca Rock in Spain and Sweden Rock) due to "severe illness."

Commented SYMPHONY X bassist Michael LePond: "I have been diagnosed with Crohn's Disease (an inflammatory bowel disorder). This has caused an obstruction in my small intestine, making it impossible to digest solid foods. Currently, I am hospitalized where they can feed me through an I.V. unit supplemented with a liquid diet.

"But, there is some good news. The doctors tell me that with a surgical procedure, they will have me back to 100 percent in about six weeks, and although it is a chronic disease, this procedure will make it much easier to control its effects in the future.

"I want to thank the band, the crew, the fans and everyone else involved for your understanding and support during this tough time. You will all make my healing process much easier and I'll be back on the bass in no time."

All "get well" wishes for Mike can be sent to getwellmike@symphonyx.com. The messages will be printed out and sent to him until he's able to access the mailbox himself.

SYMPHONY X are currently working on the follow-up to 2002's "The Odyssey", tentatively due this fall. The band expect to return to the road shortly after the release of the new CD.

SYMPHONY X were one of the second-stage bands at last summer's Gigantour, a six-week festival trek co-headlined by MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER. "Rarities and Demos", the first fan club CD from the SYMPHONY X fan club, Church of the Machine, was shipped out in July 2005 to fan club members. The CD includes demo material, rare unreleased material, and guitarist Michael James Romeo's interpretation of the "Star Wars" theme, done with over 15 guitar tracks.

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Gigantour Report from Huntington, WV

After parking at the pay lot across the street we approach the Big Sandy Super Arena located on 3rd avenue of Huntington, West Virginia. The venue is lovingly referred to as the “civic center” by the locals. On the bricked walk way in front of the doors is a van, not any van but a van fully painted in the cover art of the new Bobaflex album, Apologize for Nothing. Impressive, flashy and showboating, but impressive none the less. This is home state for the band, so why not show off a little. We snap a couple of pictures of the van and we’re off to the window to grab our tickets. I give the lady my name and who I’m on the list for, Bobaflex. She finds the envelope; she slides the package through the slot in the glass. I open the package, as promised my photo pass. Off to a good start to a good night. More...

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