New Jersey’s progressive metal masters Symphony X has announced a European tour, taking place throughout May and the beginning of June this year. Tickets are on sale now!
Symphony X 2019 tour dates:
07 May France Lyon Ninkasi Kao
08 May Switzerland Pratteln Z7
10 May Italy Treviso New Age
11 May Italy Bologna Estragon
12 May Italy Rome Orion
14 May Italy Milan Alcatraz
15 May Germany Munich Backstage Halle
16 May Germany Ludwigsburg Rockfabrik
17 May Germany Berlin Lido
18 May Germany Hannover Faust
19 May Denmark Copenhagen Amager Bio
21 May Norway Oslo Rockefeller
22 May Sweden Stockholm Klubben
24 May Finland Helsinki Nosturi
26 May Sweden Gothenburg Pustervik
28 May Germany Hamburg Knust
29 May Germany Dresden Beatpol
31 May Germany Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal
01 June Belgium Vosselaar Biebob
02 June Holland Nijmegen Fortarock Festival
04 June UK Coventry Empire
05 June UK Holmfirth Picturedrome
06 June UK London Electric Ballroom
07 June France Paris La Machine du Moulin Rouge
08 June Germany Gelsenkirchen Rock Hard Festival
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 mixture of heavy metal, progressive rock and neo-classical sounds, Romeo and his men in SYMPHONY X recorded a debut album (released in Japan in ’94; released worldwide in 1995) that began their journey to create a blueprint for the young generation of prog metal bands to follow. “The Damnation Game” (1995) celebrated the debut of the band’s second asset: the charismatic, deeply emotional and relentlessly aggressive vocals of Russell Allen.
“The Divine Wings Of Tragedy” (1997) placed the emphasis on the band’s progressive approach and is considered one of SYMPHONY X’s biggest masterpieces. “Twilight In Olympus” (1998) livened up the band’s classical aspects with the instrumental ‘Sonata’ (which is based on the piano Sonata No. 8 ‘Pathétique’ by Ludwig van Beethoven). Via “V: The New Mythology Suite” (2000), the quintet delivered their first concept album at the turn of the millennium that dealt with the myth of Atlantis. “Live On The Edge Of Forever” (2001) was visual proof that the band could easily transpose their complex material onto the stage. Oriented towards the eponymous poem by English poet John Milton, the thrashing harshness of “The Odyssey” (2002) is said to be the band’s most aggressive album to date. “Paradise Lost” (2007) is the darkest and most gothic-like work in the band’s discography. With “Iconoclast” (2011) SYMPHONY X raised the bar even further, a commanding declaration of an inventive blend of classic rock, straightforward heavy metal and ambitious prog.
Symphony X released their latest critically acclaimed studio album ‘Underworld’ in 2015, via Nuclear Blast. They triumphed in creating a panoramic ‘album rock’ experience in an era cursed with diminishing attention spans. Heavily inspired by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, ‘Underworld’ drew on the themes from the Divine Comedy, most notably the part on Inferno. As homage to Dante’s use of the number 3 and its multiples, the band utilised the motif in both lyrical and melodic context. The first song on the album is a three syllable, three note melodic phrase and in the verses there are three references to three songs on the bands third album, ‘The Divine Wings Of Tragedy’.
‘Kiss Of Fire’: