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Release date: 17 June 2011
Style: Progressive metal, Symphonic power metal

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8.4 | 693 votes

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Disc I [jewel-case edition]
01. Iconoclast
02. The End Of Innocence
03. Dehumanized
04. Bastards Of The Machine
05. Heretic
06. Children Of A Faceless God
07. Electric Messiah
08. Prometheus (I Am Alive)
09. When All Is Lost

Disc I [special edition digipak]
01. Iconoclast
02. The End Of Innocence
03. Dehumanized
04. Bastards Of The Machine
05. Heretic
06. Children Of A Faceless God
07. When All Is Lost

Disc II
01. Electric Messiah
02. Prometheus (I Am Alive)
03. Light Up The Night
04. The Lords Of Chaos
05. Reign In Madness

The best Progressive Metal album of 2011

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (21)

Staff review by
Baz Anderson

Rating:
9.0
After a run of hugely successful albums, Symphony X have the expectations of the world on them for the release of album number eight, a concept album on man's growing reliance on technology; Iconoclast. A trademark crushing Michael Romeo riff opens up the album bravely with the eleven-minute long title track.

Iconoclast is a culmination of elements from the band's history with a harder edge than before. Everything that made the last Symphony X albums so enjoyable can be found on here somewhere; the progressive dynamics, Romeo's masterful guitar riffs, or the voice of one of our generation's greatest metal singers. Russell Allen's singing is once again one of the most enjoyable aspects of Symphony X, although at various points he does emulate Ronnie Dio's mannerisms a little too closely.

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published 12.06.2011 | Comments (113)

Guest review by
AndMetalForAll

Rating:
8.4
Symphony X returns after four years of absence. Iconoclast before the release was regarded as one of the most expected albums of the year. The confirmation of the new direction of the band, in my opinion, was one of my true concerns.

The album is divided in two CDs, the first one a more powerful, progressive, and strong style. For me the band is way better and feels more comfortable in this style. Every performance is really great, combining amazing vocal abilities, strong riffs and fast drum parts. The first CD starts with one of the best songs of the album, the homonymous "Iconoclast" with a great Russell Allen showing that he is one of the best metal singers nowadays. The opening song sets the tone for what comes next, probably the most enraged set of straight songs Symphony X had the talent to compose.

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published 24.11.2011 | Comments (13)

Staff pick by
Daniell

12.07.2011 I usually try to pick less known stuff, but this time it has to be Symphony X. Iconoclast is utterly brilliant. It's the most brilliant release I've heard in 3 years. It's also the best-produced fucking brilliant metal album in history. Oh, did I mention that it's brilliant?

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Introspekrieg - 23.06.2011 at 18:17  
Rating: 7
Written by Being and Time on 23.06.2011 at 17:59

Written by Introspekrieg on 23.06.2011 at 17:56

Written by Being and Time on 23.06.2011 at 02:14

Well...I just don't like Symphony X. The lyricism is TERRIBLE. Bland aside from the guitarist-- does he play solo?


The Dark Chapter

Thanks. Maybe I will find more redeemable qualities on that release.


The man is a beast on the guitar, a Jack Daniels fueled riff-machine.
qlacs - 24.06.2011 at 22:25  
Rating: 8 8.6 - a rating this album truly deserves, no more, no less.
Vikcen - 30.06.2011 at 23:28  
Rating: 10 Well, i thought they could not beat "Paradise Lost", but this "Iconoclast" is even a little better, with some songs really beautiful, they has proven one more time their great technique, and this time, great effort with two discs of material =). Anyway on the same line of "Paradise Lost".

I love these songs:

Iconoclast
The End Of Innocence
Bastards Of The Machine
Children Of A Faceless God
When All Is Lost
Electric Messiah
Light Up The Night


Up Symphony X!
Mohamads7 - 02.07.2011 at 15:00  
Rating: 10 The Thing That I Know about these guys is they are awesome!
\m/
imspazzen - 07.07.2011 at 05:43  
Rating: 6 I liked some parts of the second disc but overall I'm very disappointed
Wes - 08.07.2011 at 05:45  
Rating: 5 Bad bad bad
Xtopher - 11.07.2011 at 07:27  
Rating: 10 Hell Yeah! excellent, pure genious!
Night Sight - 11.07.2011 at 20:04  
  I can't get into the band anymore
but the album is very good
JÄY - 12.07.2011 at 11:28  
Rating: 10 Still enjoying frequent spins......quality stuff right here and HOLY SHIT RIFFS
Akbarz - 14.07.2011 at 15:51  
Rating: 10 I occasionally come up with this question, How great a band can be?
Zaphod - 15.07.2011 at 00:10  
Rating: 8 Is it worth buying the 2disc version because all I ever see is the normal version so I'm thinking about just buying that because I just want this album.
JÄY - 16.07.2011 at 12:14  
Rating: 10
Written by Zaphod on 15.07.2011 at 00:10

Is it worth buying the 2disc version because all I ever see is the normal version so I'm thinking about just buying that because I just want this album.

deluxe is well worth it
Zaphod - 16.07.2011 at 20:24  
Rating: 8
Written by JÄY on 16.07.2011 at 12:14

Written by Zaphod on 15.07.2011 at 00:10

Is it worth buying the 2disc version because all I ever see is the normal version so I'm thinking about just buying that because I just want this album.

deluxe is well worth it

Ordered it online
IDieForMetal - 19.07.2011 at 00:49  
Rating: 10 I have the deluxe edition and I heard like 50 times, this album is great.
Vengeance Time - 25.07.2011 at 08:46  
Rating: 10 One of the releases of the year so far. This band just get better with age.I
discover something new and incredible on every listen, what a extraordinary
band of musicians ,each one at the pinnacle of their chosen instrument, as
they have gotten better and better over the years it's scary to think where
they might end up 'cause everytime I hear a new album I think there is no
possible way they could top this......but they do.......again and again !!!
superbarhom - 29.07.2011 at 14:05  
  Amazing Alpum....WOW... VOCAL..SOLO...Every thing..
voodoo turkey - 17.08.2011 at 05:38  
Rating: 10 My favourite album of 2011 so far.. I never expected it to be this good!!
The Norseman - 29.08.2011 at 16:23  
Rating: 7 I don't really listen to much progressive metal but I liked this album. It's one of those albuns that grows on you as you listen to it.
Kallis Helmi - 31.08.2011 at 20:54  
Rating: 9 Our candidate to the "Symphony X - Electric Messiah - Enter The Fan Video contest" (http://www.nuclearblastusa.com/Splash/SymphonyX_VideoContest/index.html) => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxZQ4UEdM9c - check it out!
Sleeping Dragon - 01.09.2011 at 09:58  
Rating: 9 Best album of the year so far, for me. (Perhaps unfortunately) I listened to this album first, and then went back and listened to all their previous work, which all sounds somewhat lame in comparison. Oh well.
Fat & Sassy! - 09.09.2011 at 15:41  
Rating: 7 This album just doesn't hold up over time compared to their other releases. Some great tracks on here, but also some very, very boring moments. It's way too long for it's own good in my opinion. Not enough variety.
BloodTears - 09.09.2011 at 16:00  
Rating: 9
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 09.09.2011 at 15:41

This album just doesn't hold up over time compared to their other releases. Some great tracks on here, but also some very, very boring moments. It's way too long for it's own good in my opinion. Not enough variety.


You are drunk
Fat & Sassy! - 09.09.2011 at 16:10  
Rating: 7
Written by BloodTears on 09.09.2011 at 16:00

Written by Fat & Sassy! on 09.09.2011 at 15:41

This album just doesn't hold up over time compared to their other releases. Some great tracks on here, but also some very, very boring moments. It's way too long for it's own good in my opinion. Not enough variety.


You are drunk


xD I wish was! I dunno. The album just gets less interesting the more I listen to it. I just lose more interest the farther I get into the album, then I hear All Is Lost and am like, "Oh cool. I like this one a lot.", and then I put in the second disc, rock out to Electric Messiah... and then am like after a couple more songs and just start listening to something else. I've been listening to Pagan's Mind's latest release... which is prob my favorite power metal album of the year so far.
BloodTears - 09.09.2011 at 16:26  
Rating: 9
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 09.09.2011 at 16:10

Written by BloodTears on 09.09.2011 at 16:00

Written by Fat & Sassy! on 09.09.2011 at 15:41

This album just doesn't hold up over time compared to their other releases. Some great tracks on here, but also some very, very boring moments. It's way too long for it's own good in my opinion. Not enough variety.


You are drunk


xD I wish was! I dunno. The album just gets less interesting the more I listen to it. I just lose more interest the farther I get into the album, then I hear All Is Lost and am like, "Oh cool. I like this one a lot.", and then I put in the second disc, rock out to Electric Messiah... and then am like after a couple more songs and just start listening to something else. I've been listening to Pagan's Mind's latest release... which is prob my favorite power metal album of the year so far.


I like every single song in there, minus some on the second disc, but "Electric Messiah" is definitely the best on that one.

That's it, you've been listening to too much power metal and now your taste digressed
Fat & Sassy! - 09.09.2011 at 16:36  
Rating: 7
Written by BloodTears on 09.09.2011 at 16:26

That's it, you've been listening to too much power metal and now your taste digressed


Nah. I still love Symphony X, just not this album in particular. And back off the Pagan's Mind album. It's awesome, and actually reminds me of classic Dream Theater a little bit. If Symphony X went away, there are great bands like them and Circus Maximus to take the progpower reins and ride into metal glory... like FUCKING CHAMPS.
BloodTears - 09.09.2011 at 16:46  
Rating: 9
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 09.09.2011 at 16:36

Written by BloodTears on 09.09.2011 at 16:26

That's it, you've been listening to too much power metal and now your taste digressed


Nah. I still love Symphony X, just not this album in particular. And back off the Pagan's Mind album. It's awesome, and actually reminds me of classic Dream Theater a little bit. If Symphony X went away, there are great bands like them and Circus Maximus to take the progpower reins and ride into metal glory... like FUCKING CHAMPS.


Ok, I MIGHT try it Not too interested at the moment, but I might check it out at some point.
Garth Vader - 02.10.2011 at 01:52  
Rating: 9
Written by BloodTears on 09.09.2011 at 16:46

Written by Fat & Sassy! on 09.09.2011 at 16:36

Written by BloodTears on 09.09.2011 at 16:26

That's it, you've been listening to too much power metal and now your taste digressed


Nah. I still love Symphony X, just not this album in particular. And back off the Pagan's Mind album. It's awesome, and actually reminds me of classic Dream Theater a little bit. If Symphony X went away, there are great bands like them and Circus Maximus to take the progpower reins and ride into metal glory... like FUCKING CHAMPS.


Ok, I MIGHT try it Not too interested at the moment, but I might check it out at some point.


I agree that Pagan's Mind beats Symphony X this year! and that is saying a lot because I love Symphony X and we go WAY back but the album that keeps bringing me back between the two is "Heavenly Ecstasy" and I can't believe that PM keeps evolving and yet never disappointing! Although I do give "Iconoclast" a solid 8.8/10!
JÄY - 22.10.2011 at 04:46  
Rating: 10 I'm still loving this one so much....maybe my favorite record by these amazing dudes
ralph86 - 22.10.2011 at 05:24  
  I actually really like this after listening to it more and more. I knew it would grow on me eventually!
Milena - 23.11.2011 at 21:29  
Rating: 9 Probably the best prog metal record of the year, though my vote is probably going elsewhere on MS awards for the sake of shedding light on some rising band
Troy Killjoy - 23.11.2011 at 21:32  
 
Written by Milena on 23.11.2011 at 21:29
Probably the best prog metal record of the year, though my vote is probably going elsewhere on MS awards for the sake of shedding light on some rising band

You blasphemer. Vote for who you think is the best even if it's a big-name band.
Milena - 23.11.2011 at 21:57  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 23.11.2011 at 21:32

You blasphemer. Vote for who you think is the best even if it's a big-name band.

Well the point of the awards isn't about wining but about discovery
Troy Killjoy - 23.11.2011 at 22:01  
 
Written by Milena on 23.11.2011 at 21:57
Well the point of the awards isn't about wining but about discovery

But you're going to vote for a band who you don't think released the best album. Just because a band isn't mainstream doesn't mean they're good.
Milena - 23.11.2011 at 22:05  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 23.11.2011 at 22:01

But you're going to vote for a band who you don't think released the best album. Just because a band isn't mainstream doesn't mean they're good.

Well I'm not talking about mainstream-ness, I'm talking about adding precious vote points to a band who won't score as much as SyX and Opeth so people who check out the scores will think 'hmmmm, 150 votes for this, it probably can't be bad, I'll check it out'. And besides, 'the best' and 'the one I like most' are not always interchargeable terms, at least for me.
Daggon - 07.12.2011 at 05:41  
Rating: 7 The more I try to get into this album, the more I convince myself that it is not the greatest shit everyone talks about.
RhaegarTargaryen - 17.12.2011 at 21:21  
Rating: 8 Nice one, although for me not as good as "Paradise Lost". Of course when it comes to Sy X it's always a matter of top quality, but seems a bit of a step down from previous two, not so much in terms of quality but more of a feeling and emotion it goes with the songs .. but than again it's a bit of a personal feeling and impressions you have when listening to an album. But as always more than solid.
Valentin B - 06.01.2012 at 12:49  
Rating: 10 I just love how the album starts.. so a movie-like slightly symphonic intro, then something like chaotic free jazz(more like the guys asserting their supremacy on their instruments while your brain explodes), then it gets slow and epic, you start to wonder when the actual song will start exactly, and then, out of nowhere, that amazing riff, so dirty, groovy and heavy, yet so Romeo, dammit I could listen to that intro forever.

I rarely vote for stuff, but imo this album really deserves the recognition it has. It's simply so qualitative on so many levels, every guy does his job amazingly and the whole album must have something like 200 riffs at least(with undoubtedly some of Romeo's best), the lyrics are stupendous, the production is amazing too. Definitely my album of the year 2011.
scorpions x - 15.01.2012 at 14:48  
Rating: 10 Symphony x best Prog metal band ever \m/
funKnife - 10.03.2012 at 10:44  
Rating: 8 This is a great album if vocal shut the mouth
he bothers me when i listen to this album
his voice and singing style is so countrified
it smells like Senior's House in countryside
SUCKING OLD MAN, put down the mic, put up hiking stick, and shout in park plz.
Valentin B - 10.03.2012 at 17:57  
Rating: 10 I just realized the song "Iconoclast" is about Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge
NocturnalStalker - 12.04.2012 at 16:57  
Rating: 7 I have a strange history with this album. First time I listened to it it didn't impress me in the slightest, on the second try I really enjoyed it and now, when I listened to it again attentively... It sounds pretty boring to me. Yes, the production is great and so is the musicianship but... It sounds too mechanical to me, just like an album artwork. And when I can't find a single daring move on progressive album it ends up being boring for me.
Or maybe I'm just not into Symphony X anymore.
LeKiwi - 27.11.2013 at 01:45  
Rating: 9 Memorable melodies, groovy as hell, and Russell's beast vocals delivered as usual. Brilliant.
joshsteph - 18.09.2014 at 01:12  
Rating: 8 This is the first album I've heard from them, just listened to it, and I'm really impressed by their talent. I knew R. Allen from other projects tho, so it was time to discover his "home". Some songs, or some parts of a few songs seem to be forced, like they are there only to make a long album. This could have been a 10/10 solid nine or ten song album, but they sacrificed it for the sake of progressiveness. At least this is what my ears are telling me. It was great to have a taste of what this band is about, and now I'm really looking forward to hear their earlier releases.

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