Symphony X (album)

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Symphony X
Symphony X album.jpg
Studio album by Symphony X
Released Late 1994
Recorded August–September 1994
Studio The Hit Factory in New York City; The Castle Studios
Genre Progressive metal, neoclassical metal
Length 53:30
Label Zero
Producer Symphony X
Symphony X chronology
Symphony X
The Damnation Game

Symphony X is the first studio album by progressive metal band Symphony X, released in 1994 through Zero Corporation (Japan) and reissued in 1996 through Inside Out Music (Europe);[1] a remastered edition was reissued on January 13, 2004 through Inside Out. The album's release came about as a result of guitarist Michael Romeo's 1994 solo album, The Dark Chapter, achieving success in Japan.[2] This is the only Symphony X album to feature singer Rod Tyler, who would be replaced by Russell Allen on their subsequent album The Damnation Game.[3] "Masquerade" was re-recorded and renamed as "Masquerade '98" for the 1999 compilation album Prelude to the Millennium.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 1.5/5 stars[4]

Robert Taylor at AllMusic gave Symphony X 1.5 stars out of 5, noting the predominant Yngwie Malmsteen influences throughout the music, and calling the album "Humble beginnings for what was to become a very original and influential band."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Symphony X.

No. Title Length
1. "Into the Dementia" 1:01
2. "The Raging Season" 5:01
3. "Premonition" 5:37
4. "Masquerade" 4:28
5. "Absinthe and Rue" 7:16
6. "Shades of Grey" 5:41
7. "Taunting the Notorious" 3:20
8. "Rapture or Pain" 5:05
9. "Thorns of Sorrow" 3:54
10. "A Lesson Before Dying" 12:07
Total length: 53:30



  1. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry (2009). "Symphony X". MusicMight. Retrieved 2015-01-30.
  2. ^ Edwards, Owen (2008-03-04). "Michael Romeo Interview – A Perfect Symphony Part One: 1970's to 2000.". All Out Guitar. Retrieved 2015-01-30.
  3. ^ "FAQ". Retrieved 2015-01-30.
  4. ^ a b Taylor, Robert. "Symphony X - Symphony X". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-01-30.

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