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Release date: 1994
Style: Progressive metal, Symphonic power metal

Rating:

6.7 | 205 votes

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01. Into The Dementia
02. The Raging Season
03. Premonition
04. Masquerade
05. Absinthe And Rue
06. Shades Of Grey
07. Taunting The Notorious
08. Rapture Or Pain
09. Thorns Of Sorrow
10. A Lesson Before Dying
11. Enhanced Element (features Screensaver and Band Interview Part I) [special edition bonus]

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (10)


Line-up
Rod Tyler - vocals
Michael Pinnella - keyboards
Michael Romeo - guitars
Jason Rullo - drums
Thomas Miller - bass


Additional info
Special edition released in 2004.

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor

Rating:
5.0
The first album of that amazing band is for sure the worst album I have ever heard in that kind of music. Even if the bases are almost here, musically, the vocals are awful and all the choruses sound like Queen gone bad. You easily understand why they have fired that singer! We all have to start somewhere but here Symphony X was on the wrong track.

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published 22.09.2003 | Comments (21)

Guest review by
IanYeara

Rating:
2.0
Back to the humble roots of one of the greatest progressive metal bands of all time with their self titled debut. I would love to say that they started off with a bang and a great album, but they did not, not by a long shot. To put this mildly, it's bad; listening to this whole album enough times to write a review was not a fun experience. The instrumentation is actually pretty good; Romeo plays really well (though not as well as he would in the next couple of years), the drumming is complex with some fresh and different beats, the keyboards are fine, and everything is tight. Why did I say this was bad, you ask? Well, there are two reasons: the singer and the production. They are just awful, plus the songs and songwriting aren't that great. The production sounds really muted and just generally awful; it really affects the drums because it makes them sound really hollow and they deliver no punch at all. The singer sounds like he has some nasal problems; I have no idea what made Romeo think this guy could sing when this band started, but he really cannot (his name is Rod Tyler for anyone that cares). He is off key so many times and he just sounds bad; he is the main reason this album is basically unlistenable, though I think this album could have some potential if they re-recorded it now. Also, the songs are also pretty boring for the most part, the "heavy and intense" opener "The Raging Seasons" is just not enjoyable at all and the epic is boring and longer than necessary.

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published 01.04.2013 | Comments (9)

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Mountain King - 28.01.2011 at 22:29  
Rating: 6 Not that bad at all, it's just the production and some songs are not very good...
Angelic Storm - 28.01.2011 at 22:40  
Rating: 7 The two real weak points of this album are the production, and the vocals. Although they do remind me a bit of Ripper Owens! lol

When "Masquerade" was re-recorded with Russell Allen on vocals, it sounded like a totally classic Symphony X song. I think this album could do with re-recording actually...
Xtopher - 28.01.2011 at 22:59  
  I dont know why you people dont like this album. you cant really blame the production cause if that were the case you wouldnt like any black or death metal album from the early 90s. i dig this album, its obviously not their best, but i think there are some great songs like taunting the notorious, masquerade, absinthe and rue and the final long one that kicks ass. this album remade with russel's voice would kick most of this year's albums from certain big bands out there in the ass!
Angelic Storm - 28.01.2011 at 23:04  
Rating: 7
Written by Xtopher on 28.01.2011 at 22:59

I dont know why you people dont like this album. you cant really blame the production cause if that were the case you wouldnt like any black or death metal album from the early 90s. i dig this album, its obviously not their best, but i think there are some great songs like taunting the notorious, masquerade, absinthe and rue and the final long one that kicks ass. this album remade with russel's voice would kick most of this year's albums from certain big bands out there in the ass!


I don't know where you got the idea that I don't like the album from what I said. I said it had weak points, but that doesn't mean I think its bad. lol

The songs themselves, are mostly very good, and I think if it was remade with Russell, it would sound awesome! The demo track "Danse Macabre" which never made it onto the debut is also an amazing song, and Id really love to hear Russell doing this one. xD
Xtopher - 01.02.2011 at 00:23  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.01.2011 at 23:04

Written by Xtopher on 28.01.2011 at 22:59

I dont know why you people dont like this album. you cant really blame the production cause if that were the case you wouldnt like any black or death metal album from the early 90s. i dig this album, its obviously not their best, but i think there are some great songs like taunting the notorious, masquerade, absinthe and rue and the final long one that kicks ass. this album remade with russel's voice would kick most of this year's albums from certain big bands out there in the ass!


I don't know where you got the idea that I don't like the album from what I said. I said it had weak points, but that doesn't mean I think its bad. lol

The songs themselves, are mostly very good, and I think if it was remade with Russell, it would sound awesome! The demo track "Danse Macabre" which never made it onto the debut is also an amazing song, and Id really love to hear Russell doing this one. xD


yep, you are right about that, my bad. i should have said "i dont know why some people dont like...."
strade - 23.02.2011 at 00:44  
Rating: 8 Extremely underrated; one of their best.
TemplarLS - 14.03.2011 at 20:44  
Rating: 10
Written by strade on 23.02.2011 at 00:44

Extremely underrated; one of their best.

Hell yeah!!!
PowerThrash - 02.08.2011 at 09:04  
  I don't understand the hate for this album.
Sleeping Dragon - 24.10.2011 at 11:31  
Rating: 6 Easily their worst album, but honestly, the vocals aren't that bad...
R'Vannith - 24.10.2011 at 12:23  
Rating: 7 Definitely not that bad an album but I wouldn't get carried away, it's their worst for me.

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