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Symphony X - The Divine Wings Of Tragedy

8.8 | 842 votes |
Release date: 1997
Style: Symphonic power metal, Progressive metal


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01. Of Sins And Shadows
02. Sea Of Lies
03. Out Of The Ashes
04. The Accolade
05. Pharaoh
06. The Eyes Of Medusa
07. The Witching Hour
08. The Divine Wings Of Tragedy
    1 - Part I - At The Four Corners Of The Earth
    2 - Part II - In The Room Of Thrones
    3 - Part III - A Gathering Of Angels
    4 - Part IV - The Wrath Divine
    5 - Part V - The Prophet's Cry
    6 - Part VI - Bringer Of The Apocalypse
    7 - Part VII - Paradise Regained
09. Candlelight Fantasia
+ Enhanced Element (features Screensaver and Band Interview Part 3) [special edition bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1997: 3
Top 200 albums of all time: 105

Russell Allen - vocals
Michael Pinnella - keyboards
Michael Romeo - guitars
Jason Rullo - drums
Thomas Miller - bass

Additional info
Special edition released in 2004.

Staff review by
Dream Taster
For their third release, the Americans of Symphony X have produced something very special: an album that would establish the foundations of their sound. Classic symphonies and metal match perfectly in this brilliant album. First hard to get into due to the ever-progressive tricks-and-turns, The Divine Wings of Tragedy is getting better at each listen. With the excellent duo of Michael Romeo on guitars and Michael Pinnella on keyboards, Symphony X has become a revered act in the musical sphere. All the classical elements are there: wonderful solos, great vocals and on top of it, brilliant and complex songwriting and execution.

published 22.09.2003 | Comments (17)

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12.06.2010 - 02:41
Rating: 10

This is the best album I have ever heard and by far the best album from Symphony X. Every song is powerful and beautiful, brilliant musicianship and masterfully crafted songs. I never get tired of listening to this album. 10 out of 10
14.06.2010 - 12:12

Standing on the edge of paradise
I sacrifice my truth and loyaltyyyyyyy

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14.06.2010 - 13:34
Rating: 8
Angelic Storm
This is a very good album! "Of Sins And Shadows", "Out Of The Ashes", and "Candlelight Fantasia" (which is truly one of the most beautiful songs Ive ever heard ) are absolute classics, and most of the other songs are awesome as well. While I think they outdid this album twice with "The Odyssey" and "Paradise Lost", this is still a great album, which contains some of my all time fave songs by the band.
29.12.2010 - 10:02
Rating: 10

Best of best
08.06.2011 - 11:41
Rating: 10

Easily 9+ rating
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18.01.2013 - 17:41
Rating: 10

This is so good, it's beyond words. The accolade is one of the greatest pieces of metal music i've ever heard. The rest of the album is outstanding.
19.01.2013 - 00:00
Rating: 9
Metal slave
Written by Kocha on 18.01.2013 at 17:41

This is so good, it's beyond words. The accolade is one of the greatest pieces of metal music i've ever heard. The rest of the album is outstanding.

Yup. What do you think of The Accolade II fron The Odyssey? I think I may even like it more
27.11.2013 - 02:12
Pvt Funderground
The Accolade is sooooooooo beautiful.
Crackhead Megadeth reigns supreme.
02.05.2014 - 13:50
Rating: 10
First truly FANTASTIC album from Symphony X. The Damnation Game was good, definitely something new and fresh, but production lacked a bit. Here's as it should be.
The Accolade and The Divine Wings Of Tragedy are one of my all-time favorite prog songs. Difficult to describe how much I love this recording
11.02.2016 - 16:43
Rating: 10
Mountain King
K i K o
One of the best albums to ever hit the shelves of music stores...
31.05.2016 - 10:17
Rating: 9

Fantastic album. Been a fan for a long time now but only owned their more recent albums, so I'm very glad to have finally gotten this one. It's leagues better than their new stuff and is a high point in progressive/neo-classical music.
05.03.2017 - 00:25
Rating: 9
"The Quaker"
"Pharaoh" is probably the weakest song on the record, if there is such. Great album.
05.03.2017 - 01:48
Rating: 8
Still the best they've ever done. Listening to "The Accolade" right now, what a masterpiece. Too bad they've become so bland and boring in the last 10 years.
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10.01.2020 - 18:29
Rating: 9
Symphony X = The Divine Wings Of Tragedy
That's all
06.11.2020 - 17:07
Rating: 10
Mountain King
K i K o
Written by larss_klondike on 10.01.2020 at 18:29

Symphony X = The Divine Wings Of Tragedy
That's all

I need a -1 for this comment. When will the engineers work at it?
29.03.2022 - 15:05
Rating: 9

I have a hard time deciding if this, The Odyssey, or Paradise Lost is their best album
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19.06.2022 - 08:24
Rating: 9

I heard this one so many times but I still get blown away by the brilliant performance by all the band members, it's such a tight ship. The title track is monumental and one of the best songs written. I feel kind of dumb not giving it a 10 but there's a couple of songs that I usually skip and it lands on the strongest 9 there is.
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18.07.2022 - 04:08

Honestly? My problem here is the horrid album cover. Deciding what to rate.
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