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Symphony X - V: The New Mythology Suite



8.7 | 725 votes |
Release date: 2000
Style: Progressive metal, Symphonic power metal

Owners:

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70 want it


01. Prelude
02. Evolution (The Grand Design)
03. Fallen
04. Transcendence
05. Communion And The Oracle
06. The Bird-Serpent War/Cataclysm
07. On The Breath Of Poseidon
08. Egypt
09. Death Of Balance/Lacrymosa
10. Absence Of Light
11. A Fool's Paradise
12. Rediscovery
13. Rediscovery Pt. II - The New Mythology
14. Masquerade '98 [bonus]

Top 20 albums of 2000: 7

Line-up
Russell Allen - Vocals
Michael Romeo - Guitar
Michael Lepond - Bass
Jason Rullo - Drums
Michael Pinnella - Keyboards

Additional info
Licensed by Metal Blade for the US.

Staff review by
Dream Taster
Rating:
9.6
To these we've never heard Symphony X before, listen to this album and you will be a fan... V: The New Mythology Suite is the best of what creativity could bring to standard metal. Loud guitars, clean keyboards, perfect bass lines, permanent technique drums and excellent vocals, what do you want more? Michael Romeo and Michael Pinnella are used to play together and their music sounds as one. V is a wonderful melting pot of angry riffs and angelic melodies where vocals appear as heavenly prophecies. The theme of the album is a little obscure but it seems to be one of those themes about life, destruction and religion, you know, something very spiritual. Nevertheless, you don't have to understand the lyrics to appreciate Symphony X music because it's so good!

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published 22.09.2003 | Comments (10)

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28.05.2010 - 18:17
Rating: 8
Vonpire

Man i love this music... I hate this vocals!!! Completely!
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16.07.2011 - 14:44
Rating: 10
Mountain King
K i K o
Written by Vonpire on 28.05.2010 at 18:17

Man i love this music... I hate this vocals!!! Completely!

It's one of the best performances by Russell Allen. Take Fallen, Fool's Paradise or Egypt. I hated the vocals on Paradise Lost a lot. Unless u like growling then i see no reason why anyone would think the vocals are bad on V...
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16.07.2011 - 16:47
Rating: 9
JÄY
Metal slave
Written by Mountain King on 16.07.2011 at 14:44

Written by Vonpire on 28.05.2010 at 18:17

Man i love this music... I hate this vocals!!! Completely!

It's one of the best performances by Russell Allen. Take Fallen, Fool's Paradise or Egypt. I hated the vocals on Paradise Lost a lot. Unless u like growling then i see no reason why anyone would think the vocals are bad on V...

id have to agree with king.... if youre a fan of clean vox, i think youde be hard-pressed to find a much better vocalist than sir russ
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17.07.2011 - 05:46
Rating: 8
Vonpire

Written by JÄY on 16.07.2011 at 16:47

Written by Mountain King on 16.07.2011 at 14:44

Written by Vonpire on 28.05.2010 at 18:17

Man i love this music... I hate this vocals!!! Completely!

It's one of the best performances by Russell Allen. Take Fallen, Fool's Paradise or Egypt. I hated the vocals on Paradise Lost a lot. Unless u like growling then i see no reason why anyone would think the vocals are bad on V...

id have to agree with king.... if youre a fan of clean vox, i think youde be hard-pressed to find a much better vocalist than sir russ


I do prefer growling

But i like Symphony X a lot, despite the vocals
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18.07.2011 - 10:21
Rating: 9
Daniell
_爱情_
Russell Allen sings very well, and has a voice that fits perfectly into Symphony X's music. There's nothing to dislike here. Unless you want growling, which in this band's case would be a ridiculous addition.
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17.10.2011 - 00:12
Rating: 9
Vikcen
Metálico
Well, the most symphonic and neoclassical (and maybe instrumental) disc from them, and also i would say that they experimented quite with their sound in that time with this record (at least to my ears this album sounds a little experimental comparing it with the rest), previous to the last three masterpieces that were to come. In this album there are awesome songs, really great songs, but on the other hand i find a little more weak the middle of the album (tracks 6,7,8,9) a similar thing that happens to me with the album 'The Divine Wings Of Tragedy' (tracks 5, 6, 7), but in general the record is quite solid.


Highlights:

02. Evolution (The Grand Design)
03. Fallen
05. Communion And The Oracle
11. A Fool's Paradise
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16.01.2014 - 13:23
Rating: 10
Mariocalin

One of the best albums in metal history
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25.08.2014 - 20:22
Rating: 10
slaytanic_

Perfect
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06.12.2015 - 23:34
Zap

I sincerely hope that in 2020 they will do one of those anniversary tours for this album and play it in its entirety. Preferably with a full orchestra. And belly dancers.
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10.10.2016 - 21:51
Rating: 10
flyboyrob2112

Honestly think this album couldn't be any more of a masterpiece if Mozart had written it.
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16.03.2017 - 19:56
Rating: 10
qlacs
"The Quaker"
For some reason it took a long time to get into this record for me. Half the songs felt boring for a long time. Now I thoroughly enjoy the whole thing. Rediscovery Pt II. is in the top 3 SX songs for me.
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28.02.2020 - 15:37
Rating: 10
Mountain King
K i K o
This should be in the top 100 not less. I'm being nice, top 20 for me.
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02.03.2022 - 12:32
Rating: 9
nonZero

Symphony X's 4th best album after The Divine Wings Of Tragedy (9.0/10), Paradise Lost (9.0/10) and The Odyssey (9.0/10) IMO.

8.7/10 for me - 'Evolution (The Grand Design)' is the standout song. 'Communion And The Oracle' and 'Egypt' are both also good. 'Absence Of Light' is the weakest song on the album.
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28.03.2022 - 07:02
Rating: 7
24emd

Written by Zap on 06.12.2015 at 23:34

I sincerely hope that in 2020 they will do one of those anniversary tours for this album and play it in its entirety. Preferably with a full orchestra. And belly dancers.


I wonder why they didn't....
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29.03.2022 - 17:56
Rating: 9
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
A phenomenal work of art! This is in my opinion the perfected form of Symphony X: the best vocal performance, the coolest catchy riffs, the most entrancing keyboard melodies...
This is their peak performance - not The Divine Wings of Tragedy, not Paradise Lost... only The Odyssey comes close to this greatness... But this album here remains unparalleled to my ears!

The highlights are Evolution (The Grand Design), Fallen, Egypt, and Rediscovery Pt. II - The New Mythology, although all of the nice interludes (like Breath of Poseidon) are great too!
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30.03.2022 - 12:58
Zap

Written by 24emd on 28.03.2022 at 07:02


I wonder why they didn't....

Haha!

To be honest, I never seriously expected them to do it, even under normal circumstances. While this album is generally respected among fans, it is rarely seen as their best work. In addition, they have never done something like what I described, even for more popular albums like The Odyssey or Divine Wings. As far as I know.
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13.07.2022 - 08:49
Rating: 7
24emd

Honestly, this one was a bit forgettable for me, I didn't want to come back to it, and I just don't enjoy Allen's voice.
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