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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)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B00006L83M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,912 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I can't figure out why people want every album to be the same.
geetarfreak
Crushing riffs, very heavy for this type of metal and some AMAZING solos that just pull you in.
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"Accolade II" is a continuation of one of their older songs, and in my opinion much better.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
You almost have to look at Symphony X's 2002 epic the Odyssey as two separate albums. At the very least, it might make you wish for the days of vinyl, where each side of a record had its own character.

In this case, side A would consist of the first 7 tracks. Call it "the Heavy Side". These tracks build upon the same style the band displayed on previous albums, but they are just that much heavier on this album. Michael Romeo's Malmsteen-like shredding takes a back seat to more bludgeoning riffs, and while Russell Allen makes full use of his amazing vocal range, he's much more growly and aggressive on this album. This is Symphony X after a Pantera binge, and while it may be heavier than this kind of music usually gets, it's nice to see Symphony X emphasizing the "metal" in progressive metal.

The B-side - let's call it "the Epic Side" would boast just one song (2 if you have the limited edition), the 24-minute title track based on Homer's epic saga of Odysseus. This is the Symphony X we all know and love. This isn't the band's first attempt at a lengthy epic song, but it is by far their best. The Odyssey is an extremely well structured song, with each chapter in the story having its own distinct musical style. The whole band is in top form on this one. Michael Romeo in particular shines, and while he has plenty of opportunities to demonstrate his considerable guitar skills, it never veers into self-indulgence. Michael Pinnella's keyboards are strong as well, and help tie the song's individual parts into a cohesive whole. Russell Allen's powerful voice works wonders as well, finding the perfect emotions for each stage of the hero's odyssey.

This is a shining example of what progressive metal can accomplish.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 31, 2003
Format: Audio CD
that dream theater wish they were! And that's saying a lot because dream theater frickin owns. What to say about this cd and where to start...man, i don't know. First of all, the cover art is very imaginative. By just looking at it, you know this cd is going to be one great ride and it's going to be one epic piece of artwork.
Vocals: Best vocals of any progressive band that i've heard. Unlike a lof progressive singers (geoff and james mainly), he doesn't try to sound epic by doing a soprano/not quite power metalish voice. He is actually got some pretty harsh sounding vocals, although it's no where death metal or even bands like pantera, if that's what your thinking. He almost sounds like some dude from a southern rock, except the music behind him isn't back water blues...just grandious, epic, metal with a slicing edge.
The guitar? simply put, it's just plain amazing. If there was ever a definition of "guitar hero" then it's this dude. Easily one of the greatest players to ever pick up the instrument. Crushing riffs, very heavy for this type of metal and some AMAZING solos that just pull you in.
Drums? Some of the best drumming you will ever here from a non-death metal or thrash band. The double bass on the cds just pounds and never lets up. A lot of times, the snare is just hit like he has machine gun arms.
Keyboards: Keyboards are great! they don't ever try to sound overly bombastic, therefore coming off as corny. They never try to pretend they are what makes the band and try to over come everybody. They blend in perfectly, as if they are a second guitar.
Overall sound? Like dream theater but only in the feel and type of the music. They are much more consistent with their music than dream theater is and they have way more of a metal edge.
UP THE IRONS!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Simon on November 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I love Symphony X - When I first heard them, they were the band I'd waited for all my life. A mix of incredible technique, feel, classical beauty and shredding to make you want to kill somebody, they take my breath away. A band to let you really fantasise and go somewhere special - how often do you get that these days ? V and DWoT mixed classical with speed metal in a way that this album doesn't. The vocals are harder, more shouted and agressive - to me Symphony X are at their best in songs throughout all their albums that are similair to 'The Turning' - The beautiful cathederal organ, the anthemic power of Sir Russell Allen's vocals, guitar shred that is technically perfect. Bass and drums weaving a speed partnership that I can't describe for tightness, inovation and skill. As a drummer, I feel Jason Rullo has not had the attention he deserves - what a player - forget Vinnie Collaiuta, Mike Portnoy, Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers - this is your man - go for it my son, I love ya !! High points are the intro to Incantations of the Apprentice, The Turning and just the fact that this, my favourite band of 4 years has produced another album. See you in the UK in March !! Oh, and just in case you felt there was any ambiguity about this review - I LOVE SYMPHONY X !!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Greg Hasbrouck on November 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
First off, any review that refers to what Symphony X does as "Speed Metal" should be immediately discarded as worthless. Symphony X's influences come from many genres and sub-genres, both within Metal and without. While SX has clearly gone for a heavier, more aggressive sound, to reduce a band that offers the listener as much diversity as Symphony X does to "Speed Metal", is to clearly demonstrate a lack of knowledge regarding what it is you are listening to.
The first thing you will notice when you listen to "The Odyssey", is the larger presence of Michael Romeo's guitar. Where Romeo and Pinnella use to dual for time and space, Romeo is clearly showcased on this CD. As one would expect, he doesn't wilt in the added heat of a brighter spotlight. It is his brilliant guitar tone that gives "The Odyssey" it's crunchier sound. Throughout this CD, Romeo constantly reiterates why he deserves to be considered Metal/Rock's finest guitar player. He never overplays, never underplays, and never flaunts his virtuosity to the detriment of the song. Also given more room to shine is Jason Rullo, whose amazing drums match Romeo's guitar in the mix. Unfortunately, Mike LePond's brilliant bass playing occasionally gets lost in a mix that affords Romeo and Rullo as much volume as this one does. However, when all is said and done, it's Russell Allen who shines the brightest. He has clearly spent the time since the recording of "V: The New Mythology Suite" fine tuning his already amazing pipes.
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