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Iconoclast [Deluxe Edition]

Symphony XVinyl
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 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

  • Vinyl (June 21, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Nuclear Blast America
  • ASIN: B004WOJ7C2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Iconoclast
2. The End of Innocence
3. Dehumanized
4. Bastards of the Machine
5. Heretic
6. Children of a Faceless God
7. When All is Lost
Disc: 2
1. Electric Messiah
2. Prometheus (I Am Alive)
3. Light Up the Night
4. The Lords of Chaos
5. Reign in Madness

Editorial Reviews

Double vinyl LP pressing. 2011 release, the eighth studio album from the Progressive Metal band. On Iconoclast, Symphony X deliver their most intense and thought-provoking album yet. Guitarist Michael Romeo is the mastermind behind five strong individual musicians who have been working together in a constant collaboration for years. Russell Allen is doubtlessly one of the most charismatic vocalists in the scene, helping Symphony X obtain the unparalleled position to command the utmost respect whilst maintaining their mystique. Truly one of the most innovative bands on the planet, Iconoclast is the result of years of hard work, dedicated craftsmanship and an innate sense of melody and hooks

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest melodic metal band of all time! June 21, 2011
By Michael
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Symphony X are the kings of melodic metal and Iconoclast is their amazing new album that will rival anything released this year by anyone. Lead by the amazing guitar talents of Michael Romeo and the aggressive vocal style of Russell Allen, this group has become the shining light of this style of music. There's too many highlights to mention in an album of this quality with amazing performances and superb production held together by a lyrical theme that only Symphony X can create. The guitar riffs and solos are just mind blowing - so technical yet so catchy! Iconoclast is highly recommended to all Symphony X fans and to anyone that loves heavy progressive music including bands such as Dream Theater and Pagan's Mind. This is definitely going to be hard to beat for album of the year but I'm looking forward to what Dream Theater muster up. Iconoclast is stunning!
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Symphony X has continued to put out strong albums since 'Damnation Game'. While 'Divine Wings of Tragedy' and 'V' have been generally favored by fans, a brief look at reviews will show a strong favorable support to every album.

Their latest, 'Iconoclast' will disappoint any fans who wish to hear 'Through the Looking Glass' or 'Rediscovery'. This new album stands by a strong formula of heavy metal which offers very few unexpected song progression twists. For that reason i will not say for certain that it is their best.

It is however, a Masterpiece. Symphony X has chosen to significantly slow down their usual tempo in favor of a much more impressive grind. This shift manages to make every song on the album more head bang worthy than most of anything Symphony X has done before. It also brings out the very best of Romeo's melodic ability. For those who need a fix of song styles not found here, you may always listen to an earlier album. I'm sure those songs will also continue to be played live for years to come.

'Iconoclast' is an essential recording.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of The Best Continue Their Charge. June 21, 2011
By T. Reid
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Symphony X is back with Iconoclast. Another masterpiece worth the wait. This album is a continuation of the "Paradise Lost" sound. If you liked the previous album you should like this one. Album kicks off with the title track that is epic from the beginning. The musicianship is incredible on every level. The first song (Iconoclast) is 10 minutes long. This band is so good it flew by for me. Not boring for one second. MUST PAY ATTENTION. The tradeoffs between the keyboard soloing and the guitar soloing is fantastic. At times the music runs into speed metal. This album is all over the place with tempo. Well done Symphony X. Soloing is as we all know worth listening to. Romeo is a genius, there I said it. Well he is. This band is in their own world. Exciting riffing with flash transitions. Russell Allen's voice is top notch on this album. A pure singer. His power brings this album alive and compliments the music. His voice soars in waves of emotions. Choruses are great. Some of them are like three words long. They made it work though. I love bands that take their sound and keep coming out with quality albums with no rushing material. Every track sounds like they took their time to hash it out. Favorite songs are Iconoclast, End of Innocence, Children of a Faceless God, When All is Lost, The lord of chaos, and Reign In Madness which is mind blowing. This album is a keeper for us all. Did not disappoint me at all. A gift to metal heads out there.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply staggering in concept and execution! June 21, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Though I came into the Symphony X fold rather late in the game, they have quickly become one of my absolute favorites in the ever diversifying metal genre. Because Paradise Lost was my introductory album (and still my favorite), I do have a slightly greater affinity for the less symphonic Symphony X of recent years. But it must be said that I do count The Divine Wings of Tragedy and The Odyssey as my other top X picks. But regardless of the direction that the band is taking, the juggernaut that is Allen/Romeo is as unstoppable as ever. Not that the rest of the band is relegated to obscurity, as they are all at the top of their game for this album. Symphony X has always been about the group as a whole, and the musicianship these guys portray is nothing less than stellar.

As for the LP itself, never let it be said that Symphony X can't think big. This Deluxe Edition album is simply SPRAWLING...12 tracks spread across 2 discs (nearly an hour and a half of music!), with precise production values and a man vs. machine concept that connects the narrative. Not surprisingly, one of the greatest strengths of Iconoclast is the mixing/production. Everything is crystal clear; from the toms & cymbals to the solos and even the bass guitar, which is frequently subdued or lost entirely on other band's records. Nothing is "lost in the mix" here, and the album is that much stronger for it. Also, the progressive elements, somewhat underplayed on the last album, have made a grand return here, with many of the songs having significant shifts in time and tone. As for the lyrics, where Paradise Lost focused loosely on biblical themes, Iconoclast rarely strays from the central story of the conflict between man and machine.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars How much better can these guys get
How much better can these guys get?!? As much as I loved their early albums, the more aggressive CDs are better to me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Capri RS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good album
Published 2 months ago by James Forero
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, awesome, awesome.
Quite simply, how I discovered Symphony X and tied for my favorite prog metal album of all time (with Dream Theater - Train of Thought). Read more
Published 6 months ago by DeadlyJudas
5.0 out of 5 stars truly incredible
The musicianship is fantastic. I paid for this music as a way to say thank you to the band for going all out to reach the highest heights of excellence. Read more
Published 10 months ago by inova
4.0 out of 5 stars This is prog metal
To me, Symphony X and Iconoclast are what prog metal should be. The album rips right from the start and never lets up. The musicianship and arrangements are top notch.
Published 11 months ago by T. Capobianco
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Prog Metal
If you like solid, intelligent progressive metal, this is a major HIT! Fans of Opeth, System of a Down, Judas Priest, Dio, Animals as Leaders, Mastadon, Iron Maiden, etc. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Martin D. Gibbens
5.0 out of 5 stars POSSIBLY THE BEST METAL CD......EVER!!!
Yeah I know, that's saying a lot. Trust me I know. So I don't say this lightly. This cd is filled with incredible hard guitar riffs and great solo's. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Midnight Toker
4.0 out of 5 stars Not "Iconic", but I can't complain
I'm one of those guys where if you blow me away with a few good albums, I'll probably buy everything you put out. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Hobby ADD Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Symphony X Rocks!
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 14 months ago by Dude.
4.0 out of 5 stars Just music
At first I just thought that Symphony X could done so much better. Because I think it's a Paradise Lost rip of. Well I shouldn't said that should I. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Toffize
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