SYMPHONY X

(UNITED STATES)

V

(2000)
LABEL:

INSIDEOUT MUSIC

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE METAL

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Technical
"With "V", Symphony X takes us into a whirlwind of Symphonic Heavy Metal and consolidates its image as a major Progressive Metal band."
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The fifth studio opus from American progressive metal band Symphony X, released on June 16, 2000, "V" is considered by many to be one of their finest albums. It's true that it brings together all the characteristics that made their previous albums so successful, notably the musical virtuosity and, above all, the orchestral arrangements that are the very essence of Symphony X at the time.

It's hard to find fault with "V", a compact, complete and highly fluid album. There's not a single track to throw away, and the tracks follow one another with dynamism. These include the upbeat 'Evolution (The Grand Design)', an ideal second track (after the instrumental intro, of course), the very heavy metal 'The Bird-Serpent War/Cataclysm' and 'Absence of Light', the technical 'Fool's Paradise' and finally the epic 'Rediscovery, Pt. 2, the New Mythology'. But if there's one track that stands out from "V", it's "Egypt", which sums up the perfection and symbiosis achieved by the band, alternating quiet, symphonic, angry, progressive passages and virtuoso solos without ever letting up the pace or the listener's attention.

While Michael Romeo leads the way, supported by his keyboardist Michael Pinella, it would be unfair to forget the other band members, who do an excellent job. The rhythm section is one of the best of the progressive metal bands of the time. Extremely precise and technical, it remains at the service of the music, while the singer, Russel Allen, also shows all his savoir-faire.  The sensitivity of his voice will leave no one indifferent and, even if it sometimes climbs into the treble, his voice is never aggressive.

With "V", Symphony X consolidates its image as a major progressive metal band. The album takes us on a pleasant mythological voyage, mixing Atlantis and ancient Egypt, and remains an important milestone in the band's discography. Let yourself be carried away by a simply fabulous album.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Prelude
02. Evolution (The Grand Design)
03. Fallen
04. Transcendence (Segue)
05. Communion and the Oracle
06. The Bird-serpent War/cataclysm
07. On The Breath Of Poseidon
08. Egypt
09. The Death of Balance/Lacrymosa
10. Absence of Light
11. A Fool's Paradise
12. Rediscovery (Segue)
13. Rediscovery, Pt. 2, the New Mythology

LINEUP:
Jason Rullo: Batterie
Michael Pinnella: Claviers
Michael Romeo: Guitares
Mike LePond: Basse
Russell Allen: Chant
   
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