V – The New Mythology Suite

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V: The New Mythology Suite
Studio album by Symphony X
Released October 10, 2000 (2000-10-10)[1]
Recorded Trax East Recording Studio in South River, New Jersey; Mix-O-Lydian Recording Studio in Lafayette Township, New Jersey; Symphony X Dungeon
Genre Progressive metal, neo-classical metal
Length 62:41
Label Inside Out
Producer Michael Romeo, Eric Rachel
Symphony X chronology
Prelude to the Millennium
(1999)
V: The New Mythology Suite
(2000)
Live on the Edge of Forever
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic[1] 3/5 stars

V: The New Mythology Suite is the fifth studio album by progressive metal band Symphony X, released on October 10, 2000 through Inside Out Music. It is a concept album dealing with the story of Atlantis, ancient Egyptian mythology, and astrology.[2] The album is the band's first to feature its current and longest lineup, following the arrival of bassist Michael Lepond and the return of drummer Jason Rullo.

Overview[edit]

As well as being a heavier continuation of the band's established progressive metal style, V also includes a multitude of excerpts from classical composers, including Giuseppe Verdi's Messa da Requiem; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem Mass in D minor; Johann Sebastian Bach's Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052 and Cantata No. 188; and Béla Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116, BB 123.

Symphony X's 1998 album Twilight in Olympus was released without a title track; instead, the unfinished compositions from those sessions were later re-worked and distributed in fragments throughout V,[3] 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".[4]

Similarities to V by Spock's Beard[edit]

There are several notable similarities between V: The New Mythology Suite and V, an album by progressive rock band Spock's Beard. Both albums feature cover art bearing a near-identical desert background image; they were released within months of each other in 2000; they are both bands' fifth studio releases; they were released through the Inside Out label; and they are nearly equal in duration, differing only by eighteen seconds.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Prelude"       1:07
2. "Evolution (The Grand Design)"   Michael Romeo, Russell Allen, Jason Rullo Romeo, Michael Pinnella 5:20
3. "Fallen"   Romeo, Allen, Rullo Romeo, Pinnella, Michael Lepond, Rullo 5:51
4. "Transcendence (Segue)"   (instrumental) Romeo 0:38
5. "Communion and the Oracle"   Romeo, Rullo Romeo, Pinnella 7:45
6. "The Bird-Serpent War / Cataclysm"   Romeo, Pinnella Romeo, Pinnella 4:02
7. "On the Breath of Poseidon (Segue)"   (instrumental) Romeo 3:01
8. "Egypt"   Romeo, Allen, Rullo Romeo, Pinnella, Lepond 7:04
9. "The Death of Balance / Lacrymosa"   (instrumental) Romeo, Rullo 3:42
10. "Absence of Light"   Romeo, Allen Romeo, Pinnella 4:58
11. "A Fool's Paradise"   Allen, Pinnella Romeo, Pinnella 5:48
12. "Rediscovery (Segue)"   (instrumental) Romeo, Pinnella 1:24
13. "Rediscovery (Part II) - The New Mythology"   Romeo, Pinnella, Allen Romeo, Pinnella, Rullo 12:01
Total length:
62:41

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Taylor, Robert. "V: The New Mythology Suite - Symphony X". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  2. ^ "The story behind "V: The New Mythology Suite"". symphonyx.com. Archived from the original on 2004-03-12. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  3. ^ "FAQ". symphonyx.com. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  4. ^ Suripatty, Emo (2000). "Miscellaneous... 'Interview with Symphony X'". silentedge.com. Retrieved 2014-05-30.

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