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Twilight in Olympus Limited Edition, Original recording reissued


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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: B00012BD12
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,839 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Smoke And Mirrors
2. Church Of The Machine
3. Sonata
4. In The Dragon's Den
5. Through The Looking Glass - Part I, Ii & Iii
6. Relic
7. Orion - The Hunter
8. Lady Of The Snow
9. Enhanced Element

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Still a nice song and very entertaining.
Music 101
The best tracks on this album are Through the Looking Glass, Orion the Hunter, Lady of the Snow, and In the Dragon's Den--respectively.
fangkuifu
The songs on this album are all very complicated, well writen, and contain great harmonizing vocal parts.
Cory Gaunt

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Gorham on November 1, 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 1998. 8 tracks clocking in at approximately 53 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 (from a 2003 session - most of the time spent reflecting on first concerts, touring in Japan and pressure to release albums; says Allen, "We can't pump out 3 chord rock records as quickly as AC/DC." There is an 18-page booklet containing band pictures, lyrics, song credits and thank you's. This is the band's 4th major release. Label - Inside Out Music.

COMMENTS: This was the 2nd disc in my collection from this progressive/power/metal New Jersey band. In my collection, I rank "Olympus" 3rd behind "V-The New Mythology Suite" and "The Divine Wings Of Tragedy". Since their self-titled release and their sophmore effort ("The Damnation Game"), I feel Symphony X has come a long way. Their first two albums were average at best (average song writing and below average production). Something happened when lead singer Russell Allen came on board. The band really showed their chops with their 3rd release (1997) "Divine Wings Of Tragedy"... and they continued with "Olympus". Songs thrust you into a perilous new world of rock music filled with magic, power, the Gods, dreams and destiny. In my opinion, Symphony X ranks 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, little or no promotion, and limited touring (at least in the southwest). The band has a huge following in Europe and Japan.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on June 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Symphony X's third album, The Divine Wings of Tragedy, was a carnivorous progressive metal masterpiece with classical influences abound (the title track was based on Holst's composition "Mars - The Bringer of War"), although the neoclassical influences which dominated their first two releases were trimmed. For the band's fourth album, Twilight In Olympus, the neoclassical trademark makes a grand return, this time _without_ the horrible studio production on the first two albums. As such, it does what the first two releases tried to do, but it does it better. Is it better than Divine Wings? On the whole, no... DWOT's high points are some of the greatest of all progressive metal songs. One place Twilight In Olympus does beat its awesome predecessor, however, is song diversity. This album serves up a tasty dish of heavy speed metal, neoclassical metal, symphonic interludes, power ballads, and majestic epics.
What's good about Twilight In Olympus is that every song is a standout, a highlight. Again, I attribute this to the range of styles found on the disc... all of which are siphoned through the band's crushing metal approach, of course. "The Church of the Machine" is one of their best songs, with its ominous synth work, soaring chorus, and epic structure. "In the Dragon's Den" has one of the most meticulous and fastest riffs I've ever heard, and the incredible solos are all that's required to affirm that Michael Romeo is one of the best metal guitarists alive... or dead, I guess. "Through the Looking Glass," based on the story "Alice Through the Looking Glass," gives the tame, magical story an powerful metal reiteration, with one of the band's most majestic choruses in part 3.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By fangkuifu on May 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Like most fans of Symphony X, I was a bit worried that this album could not compare to Divine Wings. However, after a careful listen to this album I can say that those fears were unfounded. The focus of this album is on beauty. With the piano really shining among the ever-excellent guitars, the music takes on a different tone (sometimes Kansas-like). The best tracks on this album are Through the Looking Glass, Orion the Hunter, Lady of the Snow, and In the Dragon's Den--respectively. I cannot say enough about this band. They fulfill all of my hopes for the future of music. I shall always look forward for their next release.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cory Gaunt on May 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This review pertains mainly to a review that states that this Special Edition cd is one giant track and doesn't allow you to rip individual songs onto your computer. The person who said that must have a really crappy computer because I own this cd, and there is absolutely nothing strange or wrong about it. I have personally ripped the tracks onto my computer for both an Mp3 cd and for my iPOD, and there were no issues whatsoever.

Anyway, if the cd did have some sort of mechanical problem, then it would be a shame because this album is amazing. Don't let rumors of poor production quality turn you away from this cd. The production quality is different and note quite as sharp as V, Divine, and Odyssey, but as anyone who listens to Symphony X knows, every one of their albums has a different production quality. Damnation Game is bass drum heavy (which I love because Rullo is a machine) and the guitar is a little more distant along with the bass. Divine has the best recording quality as far as the guitar and bass are concerned. The bass sound in sooo clear and the guitar sound is the rawest and crispest I have ever heard. The only draw-back is the drums are more in the distant in this album. V has oustanding production because the balance is the best of any SX album. The vocals are less in front and orchestral arrangement are more audible...it sounds amazing. The Odyssey features a less keyboard-heavy production which makes the guitar sound stand out above all. It is almost a toss up with Divine over which has a better guitar sound. The vocals sound the most clear, but where's the bass? I wish they'd have the same bass sound from Divine. This finally brings us to the cd this review is about.
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