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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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  • Audio CD (June 26, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: inside out
  • ASIN: B000I8ON6Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,854 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Oculus Ex Inferni
2. Set The World On Fire (The Lie Of Lies)
3. Domination
4. The Serpentís Kiss
5. Paradise Lost
6. Eve Of Seduction
7. The Walls Of Babylon
8. Seven
9. The Sacrifice
10. Revelation (Divus Pennae Ex Tragoedia)

Editorial Reviews

Symphony X are recognized by-and-large as one the most important acts in the worldwide metal scene. After the release of their hugely successful CD, The Odyssey - and after nearly five years - Michael Romeo and his band have returned with what is already being praised as their best work to date. Paradise Lost has all the trademarks that have come to be associated with Symphony X: Incredibly intricate and powerful, yet-melodic compositions that showcase every member's unrivaled technical skill as instrumentalists. However, once again it must be said that the spotlight is squarely on the ferocious vocal force of singer Russell Allen and the almost inhuman pyrotechnics of guitarist Michael Romeo. The North American version of Paradise Lost features a fantastic foldout and diecut digipack that was designed by Warren Flanagan, who has done art-direction for major motion picture blockbusters such as I Robot, X-Men and Blade.This is the guitar release of the summer!

Customer Reviews

Truly shows the bands diverse talents and musical tastes.
George Antonio
"Eve of Seduction" is another great metal song with an awesomely memorable intro lick; guitar is clearly the dominant presence here.
J. Petruska
Symphony X took a long time to finish this album but it has definitely been worth the wait.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. Knouse on October 2, 2007
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The biggest difference in the Symphony X sound is that on "Paradise Lost" they have gone straight Progressive Power Metal and have dumped the Neo-Classical side of their sound for a more in-your-face Metal approach. However, they do incorporate symphonic arrangements and choirs in an exemplary, bombastic production sound. From the Progressive Metal "Domination", the driving "Serpent's Kiss", or the absolutely gorgeous title track with its glorious chorus, there is something for everyone who wants something different from Symphony X. Those wanting more of the Neo-Classical sound Symphony X actually helped create may be disappointed. From what I can hear, having painted themselves into a corner with "The Odyssey", a change in direction was necessary for the band to remain vital. "Paradise Lost" has the most creative guitar work I've heard so far; while some of their albums contain flashier guitar shredding, no other has this much variation in texture and style. I've rated many of their past albums highly, but "Paradise Lost" is certainly the most interesting and creative excursion in their already impressive catalog.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By R. Gorham on July 16, 2007
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THE BAND: Russell Allen (vocals), Michael Romeo (guitars), Michael Lepond (bass), Michael Pinnella (keyboards), Jason Rullo (drums & percussion).

THE DISC: (2007) 10 tracks clocking in at approximately 61 minutes. Included with the disc is a 14-page booklet containing song titles/credits, band photos, thank you's, and several pages of fantasy artwork dealing with dark landscapes, both good and evil. The tri-fold case is a made of cardboard that opens upward and out, verses left to right. All music written by Romeo (except "Paradise Lost" by Romeo and Pinnella). All lyrics written by Romeo and Russell. Label - InsideOut Music.

COMMENTS: Symphony X continues to shred. The same line-up is still in tact that gave us "The Odyssey" (2002) and "V" (2000)... a huge bonus in this day and age where keeping a band in tact over the years is proving to be a tough thing to do. From the outside looking in, the band's chemistry shines - they seem to know what they want, how each other plays and their capabilities, and the direction they want to go... everyone's on the same page. Symphony X continues to be huge in Europe, but has somehow still avoided mainstream success (unlike their progressive rock peers Dream Theater). Perhaps that's the draw for me - supporting the underdogs and spreading the word about such talented bands worthy of audible praise in the world of rock and metal. I had to give "Paradise Lost" several weeks to listen and absorb what was there. First though, I had to get past the thin lame cardboard case - with two of the foldouts looking like flames or fingers intertwined that pop out at you like a 3-D book you had as a kid. Over the years I can only imagine these foldouts getting ripped/bent/frayed by lots of disc use. To me, this is a terrible packaging job.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dan Solera on June 28, 2007
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We have all been waiting impatiently for a follow-up to 2002's "The Odyssey", an album that stretched the boundaries of progressive metal and blurred the lines between genres. It was gothic, epic, symphonic, complex - everything a prog fan could want.

And now, finally, after a 4-year absence, Michael Romeo and company have finally delivered an album that lives up to its predecessors.

Though one could argue that no album released this late could match the standards fan have set. And in a few ways, it does not (there is no promised epic). However, the beauty of "Paradise Lost" lies in its consistency and impeccable production. Mastermind Michael Romeo, on top of being a gifted guitarist with a penchant for being a classical virtuoso, is also a talented songwriter with a knack for perfectly blending crunching guitars with soaring choruses and symphonic passages.

This album is, without a doubt, the most melodic album the band has created, start to finish. The opening symphony-meets-metal track, "Oculus ex Inferni" is reminiscent of Giuseppe Verdi's "Requiem" and (for video game nerds) extremely close in construction to Nobuo Uematsu's "Liberi Fatali", the prologue from Final Fantasy XIII. It is deliciously ominous, foreboding and the best symphonic introductions in metal since Shaman's "Ancient Winds".

"Set the World on Fire (The Lie of Lies)" is a trademark Symphony X opener (see: "Evolution (The Grand Design)", "Of Sins and Shadows", "Inferno"), with squealing guitars underlying Russell Allen's rough vocals, which only seem to get heavier with each new album. "Domination" and "Eve of Seduction" increase the speed, turning prog into power, tearing up Allen's throat and shredding Romeo's fingers.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By I am the on June 27, 2007
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After waiting an eternity for a new Symphony X album, the band delivers the goods. I'm sure there will be lots of controversy among the faithful over Russell Allen's gritty, malevolent vocals on this one, but I dig 'em. Allen has the best voice in progressive metal, and he whoops the tar out of all the candy-a$$ pseudo opera-boy wailers in most other prog metal bands. The band shows killer chops and a great ability to groove in odd time. (The track Paradise Lost starts out in 25/8!!!) In spite of this, they serve up great melodies and the musicianship always serves the song. No pointless noodling here. These guys should be AT LEAST as big as Dream Theater. After the upcoming tour, they will be.
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At the rate the band is going this could be accurate!
Feb 1, 2007 by John J. Swartz |  See all 2 posts
EXCELLENT RECORD!!!!!!!!!!!...
I have to agree with the previous poster. This album kicks unholy butt. We've waited a long time for this release, and it doesn't disappoint. Romeo has taken his art to a whole new level, and Russell Allen sounds downright malevolent on the heavy tracks. I can't wait to see these guys live. If... Read More
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