Thursday, 26 May 2011

Iconoclast - Symphony X (2011)

It's been four years since Paradise Lost and the fans were craving for more! It is finally here! I can't tell you how excited I got when I got to hear the album for the first time. Iconoclast is the title of the new Symphony X album due to be released on the 17 of June via Nuclear Blast. This album is great! Classic Symphony X at its best. The songs are really good, filled with all the magic that only Symphony X can produce along with some majestic vocals from Russell Allen and blistering guitar solos/riffs from the great Michael Romeo. The album includes everything you love about Symphony X while at the same time introduces some new features that could shape the future sound of the band. Lyrically the album concentrates on machines and robots taking over the earth and destroying us all. Pretty nice isn't it? This of course, led in to having some musically dark passages as seen on Paradise Lost and I'm sure that if you loved Paradise Lost you will love Iconoclast. If by any chance you've never heard of Symphony X, well let me tell you this: If you don't like long instrumental parts then this album is not for you...Now that I come to think about it, if you didn't like long instrumental parts then you probably wouldn't be reading a Symphony X album review! Anyhow, this is a great album which will kick ass live since some of the songs are really aggressive and powerful!
It is very hard to chose a favourite track out of this album since there are three songs that really caught my attention. First of all the single, already released on the band's Facebook page, Dehumanized. This is a track which really kicks ass with Russell really going at it and dragging you from the ears to listen to it and headbang. The next song is Children of a Faceless God which is a track which, from the first note, has attitude. From the intro riff, through the chorus, to the last note, this song is just pure power(I don't mean power metal) and prog! It is worth noticing the amazing solos of Michael Romeo on this track and in general, on the entire album, Michael is just amazing! Lastly, but not least the concluding track of the ablum: When All is Lost which, as you can see from the title, is a song about the end of life as we know it. This song starts with a nice piano intro and then just goes through the Symphony X machine and becomes a fantastic example of prog metal! I think you know what I mean.

Iconoclast: 8/10

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