American progressive/power metal veterans Symphony X enter the studio this week to begin recording the follow-up to 2011's Iconoclast for an early 2015 release. In a recent interview with United Rock Nations, bassist Michael LePond confirms that they will start with the drums, and with all the recording and then the promotion, they hope to have a new album out for the spring.
The progressive metal masters Symphony X have just updated on their upcoming new studio album via their official website. Previously, the band said that they were writing new material. Now, Symphony X will begin tracking drums next month with the songs practically finished.
We haven't had many updates on Symphony X's new album. Their last album Iconoclast was already released back in 2011 and fans are probably curious about the next one. Recently, guitar virtuoso Michael Romeo thanked the fans who supported him in the Zimmer competition and for his birthday messages. He also added that he has been writing new material for the next Symphony X, "things are starting to come together as far as that goes. And so the cycle that is the creation of a new Symphony X CD starts anew."
Worrying news came from the Symphony X camp today. It was announced that last week, drummer Jason Rullo was admitted to the hospital for heart failure. Jason spent a week in the hospital, and was released last week. The good news is that he has started a rehab program, and has been told that his recovery will take a minimum of 3-6 months under doctors' care. The band hopes the drummer can be back soon.
New Jersey's progressive metal juggernauts Symphony X will be returning to North America for a co-headlining tour with heavy metal stalwarts Iced Earth. Opening each night will be L.A. thrashers Warbringer.
The 32-show trek will launch in Hartford, Connecticut on January 31st, weave through the Great White North, then blow out the lights in Clifton Park, New York on March 11th.
Symphony X would like to announce the first dates of the upcoming European Tour in support of Iconoclast, which has been released two weeks ago world wide. The first dates are listed below. More dates will follow.
"The End Of Innocence", a brand new song from US metallers Symphony X, is available for streaming on the band's Facebook page.
"The End Of Innocence" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Iconoclast, which will be released in Europe on June 17 and in North America on June 21 via Nuclear Blast Records. More details about Iconoclast were previously reported over here.
Iconoclast, the new album from US progressive metal band Symphony X, will be released on June 17th in Europe and June 21th in North America through Nuclear Blast Records.
The cover artwork was created by illustrator and film concept artist Warren Flanagan (Watchmen, The Incredible Hulk, 2012). He stated: "The idea was to create imagery that was a little darker in tone to previous Symphony X albums and to represent the overall theme of Iconoclast into the artwork. The whole concept came from Mike Romeo, who had a strong idea of what the cover should represent based off the music. I just ran with it. When the album's title was decided on, I focused the image based on the meaning of it. I also wanted to use the band's signature 'masks' but present them in a way that connected to the new album."
Haven't heard from former Avenged Sevenfold drummer Mike Portnoy in at least three weeks... time for an update!
In a Twitter message a few hours ago, Portnoy reveals he is currently working on a new project with Symphony X frontman Russell Allen (also known from Allen/Lande and Star One).
In Portnoy's own words: "VERY excited about a new project I'm working on one my singers in the world: my bro, Sir Russell Allen. Wait till you hear this shit!"
The debut album of his other project - featuring Steve Morse (Deep Purple, ex-Kansas), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock's Beard), Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs) and Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev, Endochine) - is tentatively due later in the year.
As you might have heard, cult progressive metal band Psychotic Waltz recently reunited. But now the band issued the news on their Facebook Page that also original guitarist Dan Rock has re-joined the fold, meaning Psychotic Waltz are back in their original setting.
Said the band: "Original guitar player Dan Rock returns. The circle is now complete. Huge thanks to Steve Cox for helping us get this thing back off the ground. We really appreciate everything you have done over the last year. Thank you Brother. We wouldn't be where we are now without your help."
Vocalist Devon Graves (also in Deadsoul Tribe) released the following statement in mid-September: "I am blown away by the response over Psychotic Waltz. I am really looking forward! In the meantime, please don't overlook my other band, The Shadow Theory. We have a new album out this November (October for the US) 2010. This album could be the highpoint of my career (so far). My intention is to be in both bands for the... future. Enjoy The Shadow Theory while Psychotic Waltz writes the new album. You have time."
Nuclear Blast is extremely proud to announce the signing of metal / prog gods Symphony X!
Symphony X exemplifies the technical sophistication of progressive metal while transcending the genre by writing amazing songs with masterful musicality and great hooks!
This New York based super group effortlessly creates a balancing act between solid, accessible arrangements and song structures with highly technical, challenging instrumental work and unbelievable melodic vocal harmonies. This embrace of polyphonic lead vocals, combined with their classical-sometimes even Queen-like choruses create a powerful, in-your-face mixture.
With elements of thundering metal, rock, solos with unstoppable guitar shredding and intense keyboards - this potent group has grown with every release and is poised to compete with the commercial success of top groups in all genres!
Progressive metallers Circus Maximus have announced on their website that they will be the main support act for Symphony X's European tour.
The following is the list of dates:
13 Feb Hamburg, Germany at Markthalle
14 Feb Cologne, Germany at Live Music Hall
15 Feb Hellendoorn, Netherlands at Lantaarn
16 Feb Zoetermeer, Netherlands at Boerderij
17 Feb Stuttgart, Germany at Die Röhre
19 Feb Berlin, Germany at Columbia Club
20 Feb Frankfurt, Germany at Batschkapp
21 Feb Nurnberg, Germany at Hirsch
22 Feb Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7
23 Feb Munich, Germany at Backstage Werk
25 Feb Florence, Italy at Viper Club
26 Feb Piacenza, Italy at Fillmore
28 Feb Barcelona, Spain at Razzmatazz 2
29 Feb Madrid, Spain at Sala Heineken
Power/Progressive metallers Symphony X have posted a new video online at their official myspace site. The video is for the song Serpent's Kiss, which comes from the band's new album Paradise Lost. As stated, this is the first official Symphony X video clip ever made. The video can't be downloaded, but it can be streamed from the aforementioned location.