The Damnation Game (album)

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The Damnation Game
Studio album by Symphony X
Released 1995 (1995)
Studio Trax East Recording Studio in South River, New Jersey; Studio 84 in Howell Township, New Jersey
Genre Progressive metal, neoclassical metal
Length 46:18
Label Zero
Producer Michael Romeo, Steve Evetts, Eric Rachel
Symphony X chronology
Symphony X
The Damnation Game
The Divine Wings of Tragedy

The Damnation Game is the second studio album by progressive metal band Symphony X, released in 1995 through Zero Corporation (Japan) and Inside Out Music (Europe); a remastered edition was reissued on September 13, 2004 through Inside Out. The album is the band's first to feature current singer Russell Allen, who replaced Rod Tyler after the release of their 1994 self-titled debut album.[1]

Musical references[edit]

The middle section of "Dressed to Kill", after the guitar solo, cites Johann Sebastian Bach's "Prelude in C minor (BWV 847)" from The Well-Tempered Clavier (Book 1, 1722).

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[2]

Robert Taylor at AllMusic gave The Damnation Game two stars out of five, calling it an improvement over the band's debut album while criticizing the many influences taken from guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen's work: "Guitarist Michael Romeo's licks and solos are lifted right off of Malmsteen's Rising Force and Marching Out". Allen's vocals were also likened to that of Mark Boals and Jeff Scott Soto, also from Malmsteen's earlier bands.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Symphony X.

No. Title Length
1. "The Damnation Game" 4:32
2. "Dressed to Kill" 4:44
3. "The Edge of Forever" 8:58
4. "Savage Curtain" 3:30
5. "Whispers" 4:48
6. "The Haunting" 5:21
7. "Secrets" 5:42
8. "A Winter's Dream - Prelude (Part I)" 3:03
9. "A Winter's Dream - The Ascension (Part II)" 5:40
Total length: 46:18



  1. ^ "FAQ". Retrieved 2015-01-31.
  2. ^ a b Taylor, Robert. "The Damnation Game - Symphony X". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-05-27.

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