Listen to ‘Nevermore’, the first tune from Underworld!

Here’s the first single, Nevermore, from the new album, Underworld; hope you enjoy it!
-Symphony X

The new album, titled “Underworld”, will be out in July!

Underworld

New Jersey’s progressive metal masters SYMPHONY X are set to release their brand new, ninth studio album called Underworld on July 24th via Nuclear Blast Records.

SYMPHONY X have triumphed, creating a panoramic “album rock” experience in an era cursed with diminishing attention spans. “This new one is about the song, really crafting each one on its own, to be as strong as it could be” says Michael Romeo, chief writer in the band, and proprietor of The Dungeon, the tricked-out studio in which the album was crafted, newly equipped with the latest in technology required to execute the band’s famous symphonic and orchestrated touches.

“Musically, Underworld has things reminiscent of the bands previous albums but this one definitely has its own individuality,” stated Michael. “Every element added was in service of the song, so the album flows and becomes a total listening experience from start to finish. Every song is to-the-point and fine-tuned, with us paying a lot of attention to the hooks, voices, riffs, and keeping the interest and the energy high for the entire record. It is heavy and aggressive as fuck when it needs to be, yet soaring and emotional at other times. I think the balance is just right. It had to have all the elements of what we normally would do, just tweaked up a notch and really fine-tuned. You know, industry people have talked about how we’ll never see a complete album again, and that idea. I wanted to defend the reputation of the album, and really try to make Underworld worth listening to as a whole record. It’s what I love about great individual songs, but still an album experience. I don’t want to sound like I’m preaching, but it was a point we wanted to make. It was about the progression of the whole record. It speeds up here and then it dips down here. It all makes sense together, it all works together and it all flows together.”

Although Underworld is not a concept album, Michael stated “like the last couple of records, there’s a theme that carries through, without it being storytelling. We try to find something to key in on and get the juices flowing, and here the goal was to find something a little dark but with emotional content. I started looking at Dante, and Orpheus in the underworld, where he’s going to go to Hades or hell to save this girl. So there’s the theme of going to hell and back for something or someone you care about.” Heavily inspired by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, Underworld draws on the themes from Divine Comedy most notably the part on Inferno. As homage to Dante’s use of the number 3 and its multiples, the band utilizes this motif in its music either in a lyrical or melodic context. The first song on the album is a three syllable, three note melodic phrase, and in the verses there are three references to three songs on the bands third album, The Divine Wings Of Tragedy. “There’s cool shit like this all over the record,” Romeo reports.

For Underworld’s cover art, SYMPHONY X went with their established illustrator Warren Flanagan (Watchmen, The Incredible Hulk, 2012), who similarly tapped into the “secret knowledge” vibe Michael and band embedded in the record. “Warren went with the masks, similar to the first record,” explains Romeo. “But when I discussed with him Dante and the underworld, he did his own research and designed a little symbol for each of the nine circles of hell. So there are these little geometric symbols that mean something. That’s just what he does. He gets in there and finds these things that maybe no one really besides us knows what it means and yet it has meaning.”

Below is the track List for Underworld:

01. Overture
02. Nevermore
03. Underworld
04. Without You
05. Kiss Of Fire
06. Charon
07. Hell And Back
08. In My Darkest Hour
09. Run With The Devil
10. Swansong
11. Legend

You can pre-order Underworld from Nuclear Blast here.

SYMPHONY X’s 2011 release Iconoclast debuted at 76 on Billboard’s Top 200 and #7 on Top Hard Rock Albums.

The Return of the Fan Club!

After quite a bit more downtime than anticipated, the official Symphony X fan club has returned, effective immediately! Originally known as Church of the Machine/CotM, the fan club was renamed SXW (Symphony X Worldwide) several years ago. In addition, as it had become unfortunately evident that a hoped-for annual fan club cd was just not going to work with the band’s schedule, the club was also switched from an annual paid renewal setup to a free enrollment membership. This entitles each member to purchase exclusive fan club materials as they become available, such as the fan club cd.

Starting immediately, SXW is accepting new memberships (see this form to sign up sorry for the trouble with the link to the form; for the time being, just send your name and mailing address to fanclub@symphonyx.com); previous CotM/SXW members should NOT fill out this form, but rather contact Jax to ensure that your information is current in our records, especially if you’re waiting on a cd.

(**Note** as Jax will be out of town and mostly offline from May 3-9, new members may not receive a response with your membership number until May 10 or later, so please be patient.)

Later in May 2015, we’ll begin pre-orders for the next fan club cd, as well as offer some exclusive merch and classic CotM bundles. There are also a handful of copies of the first fan club cd left before it is officially out of print; we’re still trying to figure out how best to make those available since there are so few and a re-pressing is not in the plans any time soon. You must be enrolled in the fan club to participate in the pre-order, as you will be asked for your membership number as part of the checkout process.

We’ll have our own section of the symphonyx.com website and more news soon! Thanks for supporting the band!

We have cd news! And fan club news!

Symphony X
10 April 2015 – Symphony X is happy to report that the mixing and mastering of our new cd is complete! The process was handled by Jens Bogren, who also did our last two cds, and who did an amazing job as always.

As for the artwork, we turned once again to Warren Flanagan. Warren has worked on our last two cds as well, and can also be relied upon for amazing work.

We will be wrapping up the booklet layout and finalizing things over the next couple of weeks. The band is really excited about this one, and we anxiously look forward to getting it out there to everyone.

In also-long-awaited fan club news, SXW will be having it’s LONG-waited relaunch on May 1st, 2015 with pre-orders for our second fan club cd to follow. Previous CotM members should contact Jax to ensure that your contact info is current, particularly those awaiting cds. To kick off the relaunch of the fan club, we’ll be offering some limited edition/one of a kind Sym X merch bundles to members; we’ll post a special announcement at the end of the month with more info and instructions on how new members can join. Thanks for your patience!

-Jax
SymX Staff

2015 Tour With Overkill!

Symph-Overkill-Admat_2-2World Entertainment and Symphony X are pleased to announce a 2015 tour with fellow New Jersey band Overkill!! The 24-date OVERKILL / SYMPHONY X co-headlining trek launches at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts on September 18th, hits four Canadian cities, then wraps up with a very special night at Terminal 5 in New York City on October 17th : the first time in the bands’ combined histories that they’ll play a show together in their own backyard.

Advanced tickets for the confirmed tour dates below are on sale exclusively at EnterTheVault.com until April 15 when they go on sale everywhere . VIP packages include a Meet & Greet session with both bands & an exclusive poster. [SymX headline dates are marked with **]

09/18/2015 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
09/19/2015 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY **
09/20/2015 Dome Theater – Niagara Falls, NY
09/22/2015 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
09/23/2015 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI **
09/24/2015 House of Blues – Chicago , IL
09/25/2015 Rave – Milwaukee, WI
09/26/2015 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN **
09/27/2015 Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA **
09/29/2015 Mac Ewan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA **
09/30/2015 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB – CANADA **
10/01/2015 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA **
10/02/2015 Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
10/03/2015 Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA **
10/05/2015 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA **
10/06/2015 The Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA **
10/07/2015 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
10/09/2015 The Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX
10/10/2015 210 Kapones – San Antonio, TX **
10/11/2015 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
10/13/2015 The Ritz – Tampa, FL
10/14/2015 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA **
10/15/2015 The Filmore – Charlotte, NC **
10/16/2015 The Filmore – Silver Spring, MD
10/17/2015 Terminal 5 – New York City, NY

October 17, 2015 – Symphony X and Overkill in NYC!!

World Management and Foo King Entertainment are proud to announce that Progressive Metal Masters SYMPHONY X and Thrash Titans OVERKILL will be combining forces to CO-HEADLINE one night in New York City at TERMINAL 5 on October 17, 2015. The show will mark for the FIRST TIME EVER both bands playing together in their own backyard and promises to be a spectacular evening for the fans of both bands. Online pre-sale tickets and VIP* Tickets will go onsale at www.enterthevault.com on Feb 20th 2015. All other tickets will go on sale for this show on March 14th, 2015 through all normal ticket services.

*special VIP limited tickets will be available; for a meet and greet with both bands and featuring a customized poster supplied by The Promoter at the show.

A holiday gift – news on the new cd

Happy Holidays to all of our friends and family! Here’s a holiday gift for you: some news on the new cd! You’re welcome. 😉

In true ‘no update until there’s something to say’ form, the Symphony X camp has been quiet as of late. Don’t let the silence fool you, though; they’ve been busy. So busy, in fact, that the new cd is almost done!

Recording of the drums, lead vocals, rhythm guitar, and bass – aka the bulk of the new album – is complete. In the next few weeks, the keyboards, guitar solos, background vocals, and some miscellaneous odds and ends will be done, with the goal to have everything recorded by the end of the month.

Michael Romeo commented “the plan was to have everything tracked by Christmas, and we’re pretty much on schedule. Things are moving at a good pace, and the songs are starting to come to life. More on that down the road a bit.”

Symphony X’s innovative mixture of heavy metal and progressive rock has made them a favored staple among prog metal fans for almost 20 years. 2011’s Iconoclast debuted at #76 on the American Billboard Top 200 chart and at #105 on the Canadian Soundscan Top 200 chart.