Twilight in Olympus

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Twilight in Olympus
Studio album by Symphony X
Released 1998 (1998)[1]
Recorded Trax East Recording Studio in South River, New Jersey; Symphony X Dungeon
Genre Progressive metal, neoclassical metal
Length 52:40[2]
Label Zero
Producer Michael Romeo, Steve Evetts, Eric Rachel
Symphony X chronology
The Divine Wings of Tragedy
(1997)
Twilight in Olympus
(1998)
V: The New Mythology Suite
(2000)

Twilight in Olympus is the fourth studio album by progressive metal band Symphony X, released in 1998 through Zero Corporation (Japan) and Inside Out Music (Europe); a remastered special edition was reissued on January 13, 2004 through Inside Out.[3] The album features drums played by Thomas Walling, who filled in for regular drummer Jason Rullo after he temporarily left the band for personal reasons.[4] It is also the last Symphony X album with longtime bassist Thomas Miller, who left the band during the album's tour.[4]

Overview[edit]

To date, Twilight in Olympus is one of only two Symphony X albums with no title track; the other being their self-titled debut. Instead, the unfinished compositions from these sessions which would have formed the title track were later re-worked and distributed in fragments throughout V: The New Mythology Suite (2000),[4] particularly on the final track "Rediscovery (Part II) - The New Mythology". Guitarist Michael Romeo has since confirmed this: "About half of ["Rediscovery (Part II)"] is the song 'Twilight in Olympus', maybe a little more".[5]

As of 2014, all songs from the album have been performed live, except for "The Relic" and "Orion - The Hunter".[6] "Smoke and Mirrors" has endured as a mainstay on the band's setlist since the album's release, and is included on their 2001 live release Live on the Edge of Forever, along with "Church of the Machine" and "Through the Looking Glass".

Musical and lyrical references[edit]

"Smoke and Mirrors" cites Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B Minor (Kyrie eleison) (1749) in the instrumental interlude after the second chorus.

"Sonata" contains parts of the second movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 8 (Pathétique) (1799).

"Through the Looking Glass" is based on Lewis Carroll's 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass, the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland from 1865.

"Orion - The Hunter" contains lyrics from "The Raging Season", from Symphony X's self-titled debut album (1994).

"Lady of the Snow", according to bassist Thomas Miller, was inspired by the popular Japanese mythological figure Yuki-onna. According to Michael Romeo, "The band was looking for a musical and lyrical theme to represent tonalities and scale ideas for a new song, and Tom [Miller] suggested the Lady of the Snow story, [so] the music was written to reflect the lyrics."[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Robert Taylor at AllMusic gave Twilight in Olympus three stars out of five, saying that "The band is as tight as ever and their sound is still predominantly neo-classical, but there is more diversity and originality here than ever before." He praised Michael Romeo for establishing a unique guitar tone, strong sense of rhythm and memorable riffs. "Through the Looking Glass" was likened favorably to "The Divine Wings of Tragedy" from the band's 1997 album of the same name, while "Sonata" and "Lady of the Snow" were also noted as highlights.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Smoke and Mirrors"   Michael Romeo, Russell Allen, Thomas Miller Romeo, Miller 6:08
2. "Church of the Machine"   Symphony X Symphony X 8:57
3. "Sonata"   (instrumental) Ludwig van Beethoven, Romeo 1:25
4. "In the Dragon's Den"   Symphony X Romeo, Miller, Michael Pinnella 3:58
5. "Through the Looking Glass"
  • "Part I"
  • "Part II"
  • "Part III"  
Miller, Romeo Romeo, Pinnella, Miller 13:06
6. "The Relic"   Allen, Miller Romeo, Pinnella, Miller 5:03
7. "Orion - The Hunter"   Miller, Allen Romeo, Miller 6:56
8. "Lady of the Snow"   Miller, Allen Romeo, Pinnella 7:07
Total length:
52:40

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Taylor, Robert. "Twilight in Olympus - Symphony X". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  2. ^ Twilight in Olympus (CD edition "IOMCD 021").
  3. ^ "Twilight in Olympus (Special Edition)". symphonyx.com. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  4. ^ a b c d e "FAQ". symphonyx.com. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  5. ^ Suripatty, Emo (2000). "Miscellaneous... 'Interview with Symphony X'". silentedge.com. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  6. ^ "Symphony X Albums Statistics". setlist.fm. Retrieved 2014-05-31.

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