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Divine Wings of Tragedy [Limited Edition, Original recording reissued]

Symphony XAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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A distinct murmur went around the world in 1994 when a certain six-string guitarist from New Jersey named Michael Romeo of the prog band Gemini recorded The Dark Chapter demo and sent it out to record labels. It seemed the new guitar messiah of the coming 21st Century had made himself known to the world and he’d soon launch a new band that would stir up the prog genre. With an innovative ... Read more in Amazon's Symphony X Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B00012BD0S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Of Sins And Shadows
2. Sea Of Lies
3. Out Of The Ashes
4. Acccolade
5. Pharaoh
6. Eyes Of Medusa
7. Witching Hour
8. Divine Wings Of Tragedy
9. Candlelight Fantasia
10. Enhanced Element (Features Screensaver & Band Interview Pt. Iii)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The infallible Symphony X... July 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Symphony X occupies an obscure corner of the progressive metal world, best described as ::deep breath:: symphonic neo-classical progressive speed metal. When one thinks of progressive metal, you usually think of the genre's most eminent champion, Dream Theater. Makes sense, considering all the Dream Theater clones out there. But Symphony X is no Dream Theater clone. Malmsteen-like guitar heroics, fiercely heavy riffs, symphonic keyboards, Queen-like vocal harmonies, and Russell Allen's godly metal vocals are all part of the package. Forget the Dream Theater comparison... Symphony X is something else entirely, and it's something awesome.
Many praise The Divine Wings of Tragedy as the band's best work. Although I'd personally suggest that such an honor goes to their 2000 release V, this one -- the band's third album -- does make a strong case. "Of Sins and Shadows," while far from the album's best song, is all it will take to enthrall any metal lover. Devastating, bass-heavy riffing, Allen's vicious vocals, and majestic choral harmonies. Oh, and the solos. Guitarist Michael Romeo and keyboardist Michael Pinnella are one of the best lead teams in the genre. Romeo combines godly speed with amazing sweeping technique, and Pinnella's glistening synth leads will slay almost anyone. What's better is their approach, where they alternate leads, usually guitar-keys-guitar-keys. To borrow a Mike Portnoyism, the solos kind of "shrink and grow" into each other, creating a seamless effect even though the instruments are changing. I realize I'm probably not describing it very well, but it's awesome.
The album's title track is one of the best 20-minute progmetal epics out there, along with Dream Theater's "A Change of Seasons" and Power of Omens' "Test of Wills.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Progressive Perfection - Rapid and Emotional February 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
It wasn't until the New Jersey progressive metal band released their third album that they would build a substantial fan base. After their first two albums, Symphony X and The Damnation Game went by relatively unnoticed, the band replaced their lead singer with California-born Russell Allen and wrote the best album of their career. Fusing progressive and neoclassical movements with aggressive and fast power-metal, guitarist/songwriter Michael Romeo established the band with a sound unlike any other. The songs do not have the predictable quality of everyday power-metal outfits, but instead have surprise turns and unexpected notes.

The opening track, "Of Sins and Shadows" would not be the masterpiece it is without the juxtaposed chorus of voices that follows the second chorus (a delightful surprise). Neither would the 20-minute giant "The Divine Wings of Tragedy" have its tremendous appeal if the entire song were a predictable journey through mundane and overdone chord arrangements. The twists and turns through which listeners navigate as they listen to each song are what separate both the album and the band from everyday metal fanfare. The keyboard/guitar solo on "Sea of Lies" is delightful and indicative of things to come; the triumphant energy of "Out of the Ashes" is as close to "regular" (yet exceptional) power-metal as the band will ever get; and the real treasure of the album is "The Accolade", a 9-minute woeful power-ballad that is destined to be unforgettable.

The album is powerful, beautiful and (after a few listens) very catchy and accessible. Progressive power-metal is a difficult combination to execute, but thankfully for the classically-oriented Michael Romeo, this band pulls it off perfectly. Except for a few lackluster tracks ("The Eyes of Medusa" and "Pharaoh"), the album is monumental.

See also: Symphony X - Twilight in Olympus, Symphony X - V: The New Mythology Suite, Symphony X - The Odyssey
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first masterpiece from Symphony X October 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
THE BAND: Michael Romeo (guitars), Russell Allen (vocals), Thomas Miller (bass), Jason Rullo (drums & Percussion), Mike Pinnella (keyboards).

THE DISC: Released orginally in 1997. 9 tracks clocking in at approximately 66 minutes. Recorded at Trax East Studios in South River, NJ. The new digipak contains digitally mastered sound as well as a screen saver and band interview. There is an 18-page booklet containing band pictures, lyrics, song credits and thank you's. Label - Inside Out Music.

COMMENTS: This was my first ever disc from this New Jersey band. It will forever hold a special place in my heart. I rank it 2nd only to the band's magnum opus "V-The New Mythology Suite"... and it isn't 2nd by much. This is a truly wonderful album. The band has since grown and matured since '97 and I truly believe they rank as one of the top heavy progressive rock music acts out there. It truly escapes me why Symphony X receives little or no air play in America, little or no promotion, and limited touring (at least in the southwest)... yet they remain Gods across the ocean in Europe and Japan. Romeo's blistering work on the guitar is high quality stuff (Yngwie Malmsteen would be proud) and he has very few equals. Russell Allen's voice is beautiful - and he's a singer, not a screamer or growler. Miller, Rullo and Pinnella are all equally talented on their instruments. The 22+ minute title track and "The Accolade" will forever be my two favorite songs that the band has ever written. If you're new to Symphony X, you must try "V-The New Mythology Suite" or "Twilight In Olympus" next. Great disc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic American neo-classical metal!
In the 1990's heavy metal had all but died in the USA as grunge/alternative rock had taken hold. In Europe, heavy metal was still fairly popular. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
The best Symphony X album (or even prog metal) ever made, each song is better than the last. BUY THIS!
Published 5 months ago by Eduardo ortega
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album
This is similar in style to Dream Theater perhaps- a prog metal album that is excellent. If it had been done by Dream Theater it would be one of their best albums. Read more
Published 6 months ago by The Falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars Symphony X is Great
Symphony X is one of my favorite bands, so this may not be a balanced review. This isn't my favorite album by them, but it's still very good. :)
Published 11 months ago by Dude.
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC
Almost textbook neo-classical metal. The crunchy distorted guitars add to the more twisted themes of songs like 'Pharaoh' and 'Of Sins and Shadows'. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Matt Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't strike me like V, Odyssey, and Paradise Lost did
This is an earlier effort from Symphony X, and it does show some great qualities. For a band that at the time was younger, they do a nice job with the overall production, and the... Read more
Published on March 23, 2010 by helstar
5.0 out of 5 stars Great metal.
There isn't a weak song on this album. The two ballads, The Accolade and Candelight Fantasia are classics of beautiful melodies. Read more
Published on April 23, 2008 by Chris R. Call
5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Journey!
Thanks to s friend at my college for constantly bugging me to check out Symphony X, I have become a pretty big fan. Read more
Published on July 3, 2007 by George Antonio
5.0 out of 5 stars This is their masterpiece!
Symphony X's finest moment is right here, one of those albums where you press play (or whatever your mp3 player uses as a play button) and let it flow. Read more
Published on January 9, 2007 by The Old Soul
5.0 out of 5 stars Progressive metal you can not live with out
Symphony X - simply they rock, and this is a must have disc.

For any review to be honest you have to give the good with the bad, so lets get the bad out of the way... Read more
Published on November 3, 2006 by Christian Baptiste
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