- Audio CD (8 Dec. 2003)
- Special Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Special Edition
- Label: INSIDE OUT
- ASIN: B00012BD0S
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,677 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Divine Wings of Tragedy Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Special Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The music and sound is pretty much similar to its predecessor, yet, everything just seems more accomplished. The band have really hit their stride in regards to songwriting, especially guitarist Michael Romeo and keyboardist Michael Pinella, who's neoclassical dueling perfectly encapsulates the essence of the band. And vocalist Russell Allen's incredible voice fits the music perfectly, able to shift from melodic to aggressive singing with ease.
After 'The Damnation Game' set the blueprint for a Symphony X album, this is where the New Jersey quintet really started to refine their sound and become the band we all know and love. And with some of their strongest material in songs such as 'Of Sins and Shadows', 'Out of the Ashes', 'The Accolade', 'The Eyes of Medusa' and the 21-minute title track, it's easy to see why this album is held in such high regard by fans.
I always judge an album by its opener, if its good then I will probably like the rest. This album opens with 'Of Sins and Shadows' which is a bone-crunching masterpiece full of crunching guitar riffs and a mind blowing solo. Michael Romeo's technical ability and speed is too amazing to behold.
The whole album follows on in the same fashion, fantastic technique, the interplay between guitar and keyboard work is breathtaking and sometimes inseparable to the ear. I love the classical influences especially the intro to 'Out of Ashes' and the 'Witching Hour'.
Russell Alan's vocals are heavenly. His range is immense, mind you he needs it to have any chance of matching the other musicians.
If you want your a jaw dropping moment then listen to the twenty minute masterpiece, the title track. It opens with Gregorian style chanting (always a winner for Progressive music. It then moves onto to a guitar tribute to 'The Planets'. Then it kicks off into some amazing guitar work which interplays with the keyboards and all at one hundred miles an hour. Then it slows down to some nice acoustic work........you get the picture. The song never stays the same just when you think you know whats going on they change to song entirely always to good effect.
Progressive Metal at its finest and in my experience Symphony X are untouchable in this genre.
Who do I recommend this album to.....anyone that loves well-made metal music made by fantastic muscians. I think followers of Rush, who like the stuff pre-Signals should give this a go. The riffs are meaty and will appeal to many fans of more mainstream metal, such as, Metallica.
symphony x the new jersey metal band release this awesome third album,filled with excellent vocals by russel allen, monster guitar licks and riffs by michael romeo and awesome keys from pinella.the songs rule, every single one of them.the epic "divine wings of tragedy" is filled with operatic vocals,super fast licks ,long instrumental passages what more do ya want.
two words "buy it"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Divine Wing's of Tragedy is the third album of Symphony X's, and to many people it is their first really high quality album. Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 2004 by the great amphibian
The Divine Wing's of Tragedy is the third album of Symphony X's, and to many people it is their first really high quality album. Read morePublished on 30 July 2004 by the great amphibian
I have to say I don't go along with the comparisons with Dream Theater. True, both are superb bands with world class musicians, and both like long instrumental passages. Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 2002 by Dr Nick
Fairly accessible prog metal with plenty of technical flourishes but also retaining a strong sense of rythm and melody. Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2002 by John Davidson
When I first heard this album, I could not take it all in because there is so much happening on it. The guitars and keyboards are multi-layered and the bass is amazingly executed... Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2000 by firstname.lastname@example.org