Russell Allen

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Russell Allen
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Allen singing live in Novara, Italy in 2007
Background information
Birth name Russell Allen
Also known as Sir Russell Allen (Star One)
Born (1971-07-19) July 19, 1971 (age 43)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Genres Progressive metal, power metal, heavy metal, hard rock
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards
Years active 1995–present
Associated acts Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob, Allen-Lande, Star One, Avantasia, Ayreon, Avalon, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, ReVamp

Russell Allen (born July 19, 1971 in Long Beach, California) is a singer best known as the vocalist of American progressive metal band Symphony X.

He is also a member of supergroups Star One (in which he is credited as Sir Russell Allen), Allen-Lande and most recently formed the band Adrenaline Mob.

Biography[edit]

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 Symphony X vocalist, he is also currently working in another band with guitarist Mike Orlando called Adrenaline Mob. The EP, Adrenaline Mob, was released in August 2011. The first full length album Omertà was released in March 2012 and a new album called Men of Honor will be released in 2014.

In November 2013, Allen joined Trans-Siberian Orchestra for their 2013 Fall/Winter tour.

Musical style[edit]

Allen during a Symphony X concert in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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.[1]

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.

Allen has stated in an interview that "Ronnie James Dio is definitely at the top of my list of influences".[2]

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

With Symphony X[edit]

With Star One[edit]

With Allen/Lande[edit]

With Adrenaline Mob[edit]

As a guest[edit]

With Ayreon[edit]

With Genius - A Rock Opera[edit]

With Avantasia[edit]

With ReVamp[edit]

  • ReVamp (2010) - Guest vocals on Sweet Curse

With DGM[edit]

  • Momentum (2013) - Guest vocals on Reason

With Timo Tolkki's Avalon[edit]

With Magnus Karlsson[edit]

  • Free Fall (2013) - Guest vocals on Free Fall

With Amadeus Awad's EON[edit]

  • The Book Of Gates - (2014) - as The Pharaoh

With Noturnall[edit]

  • Noturnall (2014) - Guest vocals on Nocturnal Human Side, producer

With Iced Earth[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lucassen, Arjen. "Artist - Russell Allen". ArjenLucassen.com. Retrieved 2006-06-09. 
  2. ^ http://www.metalassault.com/Interviews/012911_Russell_Allen.php

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