There is too many reviews on here that say this album is bad, probably the people who have reviewed it soo far are idiots who either believe METAL has got to be written a certain way or have heard earlier albums and cant accept that the band have progressed. All bands progress wether thay get better or worse its still a step up for them to realise what mistakes they have made and how they can improve further. Accept it.
Now being a fan of all that is real music, I have no complaints about this album at all. I listen to all kinds of bands from AC/DC to Slayer. I dont have a set style because all these people are real artists and inspiration for me to write music.
Symphony X are truely an inspirational band, wether you play drums, bass, keyboards, guitar or sing, the guys of Symphony X are in my mind the most talented band ever.
Michael Romeo! a legendary guitarist already and clearly should be up there riding with Malmsteen, Vai and Joe Satriani. His playing is extremely quick and clever and in other areas simple. hosting your typical metal style palm muting, harmonics and crunching riffs (Pantera like) for verse and chorus and the solo's are amazing. The keyboard player also has amazing talent, being able to dual with Romeo and play equally as fast, he makes the electronic key frenzy sound like Romeo is playing using strange effects with his guitar.
If you are a fan of instrumental guitarists aswell as being a fan of metal and rock, you should give this band a try. Geniuses of metal, definately different and not afraid to show it.