Fireworks

CD Reviews

Symphony X - 'Underworld' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/ad/5b/a2/Symphony-X-Underworld-28-1441050217.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     August 31, 2015    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
3502   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Title

Label

Genre

This could easily be the best Melodic/Progressive Metal album I've heard this year; a spectacular triumph.

It's been four long years since the last Symphony X release 'Iconoclast'. But now I have their brand new album 'Underworld' in my greedy little hands and to tell you the honest to goodness truth, it is everything I hoped it would be and so much more.

With blistering guitar, bass guitar runs, drums that shake the walls of your house, keyboards that resonate with force and intensity along with vocals that will destroy at ten paces, you know that after only one listen that 'Underworld' is the perfect way for them to make their return. Now those few factors I've already mentioned should, on their own, be enough to make you want to part with your hard earned money. But also having ten amazing songs (eleven if you count the intro) is just the proverbial icing on the cake.

'Underworld' isn't a concept album per se but instead it builds on themes of darkness and emotion that were inspired by Michael Romeo's reading of 'Dante's Inferno'. The idea of Hell, reclamation and Dante's use of the number three (and its multiples) are all used throughout the album and you'll enjoy discovering these complexities for yourself. The songs therefore aren't easy (at first) to get to grips with, having many layers of intricacy running through them. You have to sit down and really listen to what SyX have created on this release before you truly understand what's going on. When you do, be ready for some of the most intense music this band has ever released.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


The album starts with the razor sharp riffage of 'Nevermore' and the stunning title track where keyboard player Michael Pinnella puts in a master class in how to create atmosphere and depth with his playing. These precede the lighter yet truly striking 'Without You' where Russell (God) Allen shows just why he's considered one of the best singers on the planet. Then, from this incredible beginning, the band continues to build the musical drama and mood that they have begun.

You'll find the likes of 'Charon', about the boatman for the dead which keeps the 'Underworld' theme going, the ten minute majesty of 'To Hell And Back' which is just simply breathtaking and my own personal favourite 'Swan Song' where Allen, Romeo, Pinnella, Michael LePond and Jason Rullo combine to create one of this band's most complete and intoxicating songs.

There are only handful of bands working today who can make albums of such beauty and grace, who can combine great musicianship and complex arrangements with accessible songs. I'm thankful that Symphony X are one of them and this could easily be the best Melodic/Progressive Metal album I've heard this year; a spectacular triumph.

Ian Johnson

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  August 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
       1  2
  3  4  5  6  7  8  9
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 month, 3 weeks ago
  • Rocktopia Te : @kbm1983: Currently, all orders have to be be processed manually. This could take a few hours. Sorry for the delay, you shoulkd have received a mail containing download instructions by now. @ all: Pls. do not worry in case you see a PayPal transaction error message. Your order was received, pls. do not order the magazine twice. Many thanks for your understanding!
  • kbm1983 : Hi, I bought #91 earlier today but its still not in my downloads. Can you check it out please. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @ Man Shaped Wolf: You should have received a mail containing download instructions yesterday. Sorry for the delay!
  • Man Shaped W : Hey, same as defron but for 91 :) excited to read our review
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.
  • Berny : @rarock: Glad we were able to sort this out. Thanks for your purchase!
  • rarock : Hi there. I have similar problem with Issue 90, payed by Paypal, but doesnt show in Orders or in Downloads. Thanks for help
  • KI2000 : Thanks Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia!
  • Hysteria : WOW! Thanks to the Fireworks Team for this AMAZING offer. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! \m/ \m/
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the Fireworks Magazine Corona quarantine give - away!
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine
  • tomandpam : I ordered a download of #90 and it's not in my orders and I have the PayPal receipt. Can you help with this? Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Apologies for my late reply. Could you please contact me directly at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • zom414 : Trying to change my password but the security question won't accept my answer, can you help?
  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site