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tobi is an animal
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 1:56 pm 
 

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1. Introduction
2. Fear The Unknown
3. Black
4. Fucking Robots
5. Djinn
6. Believe
7. Differences
8. War Machine
9. Oblivion
10. Constellations

https://www.mascotlabelgroup.com/Sympho ... solo-album

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAZn3qx8RQc

Song is pretty good, vocals are solid but would be better with Russell Allen. I'm just glad it's not an all instrumental album.


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Twisted_Psychology
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 2:09 pm 
 

I like it. It's basically Symphony X lite but it's pretty good Symphony X lite. Hopefully the rest of this is as adventurous as the promo makes it sound.
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 5:26 pm 
 

Not too bad. A bit boring and it sounds basically identical to the last two SX albums... vocals are kinda weak but maybe that's just comparing him to Russell.

Does every SX member just have their own side project now?
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ObservationSlave
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 11:36 pm 
 

Empyreal wrote:
Does every SX member just have their own side project now?


I was thinking the same thing. Mike LePond is in so many active bands (Waken Eyes, Silent Assassins, Ross the Boss, Eternity's End, etc.) and now seeing Romeo releasing a new solo album really dampers my hopes that we will see a new Symphony X record any time soon. Romeo's single sounds pretty good, but like everyone has said it sounds like Symphony X without Russell Allen. And no matter how good a vocalist is, there is a 99.9% chance they aren't as good as Allen.

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Empyreal
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 7:27 am 
 

I haven't heard the Silent Assassins album yet, but judging by this and Russell's Adrenaline Mob, we'd all just be better off with another SX album with them all working together.
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tobi is an animal
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 8:06 am 
 

ObservationSlave wrote:
Empyreal wrote:
Does every SX member just have their own side project now?


I was thinking the same thing. Mike LePond is in so many active bands (Waken Eyes, Silent Assassins, Ross the Boss, Eternity's End, etc.) and now seeing Romeo releasing a new solo album really dampers my hopes that we will see a new Symphony X record any time soon. Romeo's single sounds pretty good, but like everyone has said it sounds like Symphony X without Russell Allen. And no matter how good a vocalist is, there is a 99.9% chance they aren't as good as Allen.


Back in January, Mike LePond said in an interview that there would be a new Symphony X album in early 2019.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fdNEKYJNXs

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Twisted_Psychology
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 8:30 am 
 

Empyreal wrote:
I haven't heard the Silent Assassins album yet, but judging by this and Russell's Adrenaline Mob, we'd all just be better off with another SX album with them all working together.


I strongly encourage you to check them out. It's much more on the power metal side than the SX projects.
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maladie
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 9:56 am 
 

It's not bad but it should really be played by Symphony X. I don't understand how the material warrants a solo release, or if it's just a consequence of larger symptoms.

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GOOFAM
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 11:40 am 
 

Though I agree it would be better with Allen singing, I actually like this one better than anything off Underworld.

Perhaps the single is the most Symphony X-ish song and the rest of it deviates from that template more. We'll know soon enough.

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exsiccation
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 5:08 pm 
 

No complaints here. Definitely sounds like "I Can't Believe It's Not Symphony X". The vocals are a little typical, but I don't really have any problems with them. Michael Romeo is one of my favorite guitarists and I don't think he could make a bad album if he tried.

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tobi is an animal
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:20 pm 
 

Another new song released today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToaNrHtQ7sQ

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Twisted_Psychology
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:51 pm 
 

Yeah, this is just going to be a Symphony X album with somebody else singing, innit
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:43 am 
 

I liked this song more than the last, but yeah, this really is just Symphony X with a different singer (who apparently can still hit the high notes). Can't complain.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:15 am 
 

Quote:
4. Fucking Robots


Well, ok.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:21 am 
 

I hope this isn't a rehearsal for Russell leaving SymX and this guy replacing him. I've seen stranger things happen.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:40 pm 
 

That song was pretty good, but 'Fucking Robots' is a godawful song name. Seriously, what the hell?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:53 pm 
 

According to an interview on YouTube, Romeo said "Fucking Robots" is an instrumental that fuses dubstep with his guitar work. Apparently it sounds like, well, robots fucking. Guess we'll see.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:46 am 
 

Everything about that description made it worse for me :ugh:
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:39 pm 
 

What Lord_Jotun said. Dubstep is still a thing? Why?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:17 am 
 

Yeah, no kidding, that description really doesn't have me excited for much of this anymore. Glad he kept THAT out of SX the last several albums.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:44 pm 
 

Wow! The vocals are horrible. Not in exception but the lyrics and vocal melodies are so typical and cliché.

And also, why make a solo album if its in the same vein as S-X anyway?

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tobi is an animal
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:00 am 
 

Another new song released today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1G8NYx3ULk

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:32 am 
 

At this point, I'm dying to hear the supposed dubstep track. Knowing how these premieres have been going, it's probably just a Symphony X song with a vaguely industrial beat.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:37 pm 
 

I don't understand why people are saying this singer is bad. He's not as intense or powerful as Russ, despite his superficial resemblance of him, but I don't see how that makes him bad. He's fine - not great, not terrible, but certainly decent. I've enjoyed both songs released from this so far, although I'm not convinced that they needed their own Michael Romeo solo album. As long as this doesn't interfere with the work on Symphony X's new one, though, I'm ok with it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:16 pm 
 

He's definitely not bad, but when you hear those Symphony X-esque riffs and it is not Russell Allen singing over them, it will probably be at least somewhat of a disappointment regardless of who the vocalist is.

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