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The Damnation Game [Limited Edition, Original recording reissued]

Symphony XAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 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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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B00012BD0I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,444 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Damnation Game
2. Dressed To Kill
3. Edge Of Forever
4. Savage Curtain
5. Whispers
6. Haunting
7. Secrets
8. A Winter's Dream ( Part I) Prelude
9. A Winter's Dream ( Part Ii) The Ascension
10. Enhanced Element

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong effort from Symphony X January 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"The Damnation Game" is certainly an improvement over Symphony X's self-titled debut album. The songwriting is more controlled, the production is better (though still leaves something to be desired), and most importantly, this album marks the arrival of vocalist Russell Allen. Allen is an emotive, versatile, downright amazing vocalist, one of metal's finest. I think the only other metal vocalist I enjoy as much is Roy Khan (Kamelot).
Though not as strong an album as later efforts, this is still an essential addition to the collection of any Symphony X fan, and will not disappoint. If you're new to the band, it's probably better to start with 1997's "Divine Wings of Tragedy," or 2000's "V: The New Mythology Suite," but if you enjoy those, pick this one up right away.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The real birth of SX February 17, 2005
By T. Paul
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Symphony X put themselves on the progressive scence with this album. This album introduces the new singer, Russel Allen.

The instrumentals on this album will blow your mind! (actually I can say that for any other SX albums after Damnation Game :D )

Though this album is not as great as "V" or "Divine Wings of "Tragedy", it is still a decent prog metal album.

Here are my ratings: (5/5 would be a perfect progressive metal song)
1)Damnation Game - 4/5
2)Dressed to Kill - 4/5
3)The Edge of Forever - 6/5, very beautiful song.
4)Savage Curtain - 3/5
5)Whispers - 4/5
6)The Haunting - 3/5
7)Secrets - 4/5
8)Winter's Dream (Part 1) - 5/5
9)A Winter's Dream(Part 2) - 3/5

If you are new to SX then I suggest getting this album first or Divine Wings of Tragedy. The Odyssey is quite different from thier previous albums.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good for Only Being the Band's 2nd Album! August 19, 2011
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For only being a Sophomore effort, this is WAY beyond the evolution the band was taking after hearing their debut! I'm amazed at their music-creating level this early in their career! Great album, great vocals, amazing keyboards (as always), and Michael Romeo, do I even need to comment on your God-like guitar skills? Russell Allen just came on board for this album and that may be what made the song-writing level jump so drastically...or they just may have matured faster than most bands do? Whatever the reason, this is a very underrated album and you people should get it!


The music on this album is a DRASTIC IMPROVEMENT from their debut and arguably close to the level of musicianship they would achieve on The Divine Wings of Tragedy and Twilight in Olympus (See my review for T.i.O.).

1. Damnation Game- A very good song. The intro is very advanced, the vocals are amazing and the lyrics are very well thought out. Great song!

2. Dressed to Kill- Not as good as the opening track but still very good! Russell's vocals are very good on this album. I like the range he uses on this song and the song has an interesting melody.

3. The Edge of Forever- Once you hear this, you WILL say: "This is really their 2nd album? DANG!" This is a masterpiece of a song that would eventually become songs like The Accolade, Through the Looking Glass, and Communion and Oracle. Very advanced for being a 2nd album and amazing music on this song...

4. Savage Curtain- Even though I don't really like this one, it's still very good. I wouldn't say this is filler but not an essential song on here...

5. Whispers- Another great song. They continue to amaze me.

6. The Haunting- An interesting song. It's mysterious. I like it.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wimpy production blights intense, passionate music. July 25, 2001
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With a more powerful production, The Damnation Game could have been so much better than it is. It's sad that guitars buzz instead of crunch, drums click instead of slam, and the overall power just isn't there.
The Damnation Game, SyX's second album, brings god-like metal vocalist Russell Allen into the ranks. Although his ability never really shines through in this production, one can immediately see the promise in this man's pipes. Sounding like a younger, more vicious Ronnie James Dio, Allen fits SyX's aggressive music direction much better than the hopelessly bad Rod Tyler (from the debut).
In the song department, the band has their frantic songwriting more under control, with tighter arrangements and more intensity. The neoclassical element is still strongly evident, although the band is now exploring more interesting avenues. "The Edge of Forever" is a beautiful song with fast and slow passages, lamenting poetry, and inventive melodic progressions. It really sets the tone for the band's later brand of progressive/neoclassical metal found on Twilight In Olympus and V. Michael Romeo, one of the reigning champs of metal soloing, has his neoclassical leads coming fast and furious, with technique that might cause our good friend Yngwie to take notice. Romeo's partner in devastating soloing is the lightning-fast Michael Pinnella, whose blistering keyboard leads smoke through the song and arrest one's attention as much as any guitar solo. Songs feature trademark SyX features... majestic harmonies, symphonic textures, and killer leads, but the band has yet to explode. On the next several albums, they certainly erupt with all the ambition and quality hinted at here.
You've probably discovered SyX with either The Divine Wings of Tragedy or V.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Guitar Playing
What can I say, Symphony X in the early years are just as good as they are now. Michael Romeo is excellent on here. Read more
Published on October 14, 2010 by gtrplayer
4.0 out of 5 stars Damnation Game is damn good.
This is a damn fine album here. It is the bands first album with Russell Allen, their current singer. Read more
Published on June 25, 2005 by T. Zeppa
5.0 out of 5 stars Production is sub-par, but the songs are 20 stars!!!
Symphony X would not be where they are today without the addition of Russell Allen. Russell gives them their sound, and is far superior to original voaclist Rod Tyler. Read more
Published on November 4, 2003 by geetarfreak
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome stuff!
this is the most underrated Symphony X album. Might be because of the, compared to the newer releases, weak sound. Read more
Published on October 20, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
This album is in my opinion one of the best of Symphony X, fighting the first place with V and closely (too closely I wolud say) followed by Divine Wings. Read more
Published on August 27, 2001 by "elpredicador"
5.0 out of 5 stars The More I listen, The Better it Gets
When I first got this album I didn't find it quite as attractive as Divine Wings... or V. However, the more I listen to this (masterpiece?) album the better it gets. Read more
Published on March 12, 2001 by "bucketboychris"
4.0 out of 5 stars A second effort, not better nor worse
Made in JAP in 2000, Serial# TOCP-50912, Playing Time: 46 min.
Originally released in 1995, this is their second effort. Read more
Published on January 31, 2001 by eveoflove
3.0 out of 5 stars Rising Force ?
Nothing Groundbreaking Here...It's good but I'd swear I've heard some of the identical guitar licks from Malmsteen, note-for-note...just listen to Rising Force. Read more
Published on January 17, 2001 by "progmusic_man"
5.0 out of 5 stars Good God
Symphony X has become my favorite band and Michael Romeo sits right next to Malmsteen on my guitar throne. Read more
Published on July 17, 2000
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