Allen singing live in Novara, Italy in 2007
|Also known as
||Sir Russell Allen (Star One)
July 19, 1971 |
Long Beach, California, U.S.
||Progressive metal, power metal, heavy metal, hard rock
||Vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards
||Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob, Allen-Lande, Star One, Avantasia, Ayreon, Avalon, Genius Rock Opera
Russell Allen (born July 19, 1971 in Long Beach, California) is the singer of the American progressive metal band Symphony X.
He is also a member of supergroups Star One, Allen-Lande and Adrenaline Mob.
Before working with a rock band, he was a jouster at a Medieval Times Dinner Theater. He was introduced to the band Symphony X by former singer Rod Tyler. Allen has been the lead singer of Symphony X since 1995, releasing seven studio albums and one live album with the band. His first solo album, Atomic Soul, was released April 25, 2005. As well as singing he also plays the bass when performing songs from Atomic Soul live. He is referred to in various circles as "Sir Russell Allen", and he is credited as such on Arjen Lucassen's Star One albums, because of a joke that Arjen made knowing Allen's former "job" as a jouster.
In the summer of 2005 he went on tour with Symphony X on Dave Mustaine's Gigantour alongside such bands as Dream Theater, Megadeth, and Nevermore. In the same year, he also made part of a duo melodic rock project with singer Jørn Lande (Masterplan) called Allen/Lande, which already has three albums, all released by Frontiers Records and performed & composed by Swedish guitarist Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Starbreaker).
In addition to being on tour with Symphony X, he is also currently working on another project with guitarist Mike Orlando and former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy called Adrenaline Mob. The EP, Adrenaline Mob, was released in August 2011. The full length album Omertà was released in March 2012.
Musical style 
Multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer Arjen Lucassen has said the following regarding Russell Allen:
Russell has a very powerful and versatile voice, and on top of that he is a great musician and performer. Russell was one of the few singers with whom I didn’t need to be present during recording, but when on the phone he let me hear the parts he had sung, my eyes filled with tears. Russell thought I was joking, but I was truly moved! At the moment Russell is one of the best singers in the world. And he proved that during the Star One tour.
Allen has worked with Lucassen on various occasions: originally he sang the song "Dawn of a Million Souls" on Ayreon's 2000 album Universal Migrator Part 2: Flight of the Migrator (which also featured a guitar solo by Michael Romeo), and in 2002 he became one of the lead vocalists for Lucassen's project Star One.
- Adrenaline Mob (EP) (2011)
- Omertà (2012)
- Covertà (EP) (2013)
As a guest 
- ReVamp (2010) - Guest vocals on Sweet Curse
- Momentum (2013) - Guest vocals on Reason
- Free Fall (2013) - Guest vocals on the title track
With Amadeus Awad's EON 
- The Book Of Gates - (2013)
- TBA (2013) - Guest vocals on Nocturnal Human Side
- ^ Lucassen, Arjen. "Artist - Russell Allen". ArjenLucassen.com. Retrieved 2006-06-09.
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