New Jersey-based progressive metal masters Symphony X are very pleased to announce they will be coming to our UK shores this coming February 2016 for a run of headline shows.
Guitar virtuoso and founding member Michael Romeo said of the announcement;
“We are excited about getting back out on the road with the Underworld Tour and we look forward to playing the new material for all our fans and friends in Europe.”
A few weeks ago, Symphony X released their critically acclaimed, chart-entering ninth studio album ‘Underworld’ via Nuclear Blast Records.
They triumphed in creating a panoramic ‘album rock’ experience in an era cursed with diminishing attention spans.
This opus certainly deserves to be presented live on our UK stages.
Symphony X will bring their masterpiece ‘ Underworld’ to the following UK cities:
(inc. ticket links)
February 12th – Wolverhampton, Robin 2
February 13th – Manchester, Club Academy
February 15th – Sheffield, Corporation
February 16th – Glasgow, Garage
February 18th – Bristol, Bierkeller
February 19th – London, Islington Assembly Hall
More on ‘Underworld’:
Heavily inspired by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, ‘Underworld’ draws on the themes from Divine Comedy most notably the part on Inferno. As homage toDante’s use of the number 3 and its multiples, the band utilises this motif in its music either in a lyrical or melodic context. The first song on the album is a three syllable, three note melodic phrase, and in the verses there are three references to three songs on the bands third album, The Divine Wings Of Tragedy.
A distinct murmur went around the world in 1994 when a certain six-string guitarist from New Jersey named Michael Romeo of the prog band Gemini recorded The Dark Chapter demo and sent it out to record labels. It seemed the new guitar messiah of the coming 21st Century had made himself known to the world and he’d soon launch a new band that would stir up the prog genre. With an innovative mixture of heavy metal, progressive rock and neo-classical sounds, Romeoand his men in Symphony X recorded a debut album (released in Japan in ’94; released worldwide in 1995) that began their journey to create a blueprint for the young generation of prog metal bands to follow. The Damnation Game (1995) celebrated the debut of the band‘s second asset: the charismatic, deeply emotional and relentlessly aggressive vocals of Russell Allen.
The Divine Wings Of Tragedy (1997) placed the emphasis on the band’s progressive approach and is considered to be Symphony X’s ultimate masterpiece. Twilight In Olympus (1998) livened up the band’s classical aspects with the instrumental ‘Sonata’ (which is based on the piano Sonata No. 8 ‘Pathétique’ by Ludwig van Beethoven). Via V: The New Mythology Suite (2000), the quintet delivered their first concept album at the turn of the millennium that dealt with the myth of Atlantis. Live On The Edge Of Forever (2001) was visual proof that the band could easily transpose their complex material onto the stage. Oriented towards the eponymous poem by English poet John Milton, the thrashing harshness of The Odyssey (2002) is said to be the band’s most aggressive album to date. Paradise Lost (2007) is the darkest and most gothic-like work in the band’s discography. With ‘Iconoclast’ (2011) Symphony X raised the bar even further, a commanding declaration of an inventive blend of classic rock, straightforward heavy metal and ambitious prog.