Mike LePond on the passing of Chris Squire of Yes

Symphony X bassist Mike LePond reflects on the passing of Chris Squire, bassist of Yes, saying “Chris Squire wasn’t a big influence on me, but he was easily one of the best bassists I have ever heard. When I first heard “Roundabout”, I was blown away by his style. Even their poppier songs, like “Owner of a Lonely Heart”, had amazing bass lines. He was a true giant of the bass world.”

‘Without You’, the second single from Underworld!

Without You

‘Without You’, the second single from our upcoming cd Underworld, was released today!

Guitarist Michael Romeo comments “’Without You’ is a bit mellower than the first single, ‘Nevermore’, with a big chorus and a sweeping feel. I don’t know if I would call the track a ballad, but it’s a little bit softer, not so much about riff, but more the acoustic and electric interplay. Those two are good single choices, if you will, because they represent what the record is: it’s heavy, but at the same time, there are some of these soaring melodic parts.”

Watch the fitting lyric video here:

The video (as well as the video for Nevermore) was created by Tommy Antonini, a videographer and guitarist from Pisa, Italy who currently lives in Livorno. You can see more of Tommy’s videos on his Facebook page.

Order the digital single ‘Without You’ here:
AMZ MP3: http://nblast.de/SXWithoutYouAMZMP3
iTunes: http://nblast.de/SXWithoutYouIT
Google Play: http://nblast.de/SXWithoutYouGP
NB MP3: http://nblast.de/SXWithoutYouNBMP3

Reserve your pre-order copy of Underworld at http://nblast.de/SXUnderworld

Vote for Underworld as Loudwire’s New Release of the Month!!

We just learned that we’ve been included in Loudwire’s poll to determine the most anticipated new release for the month of July! Fan votes will ultimately determine who wins, but the victor scores more than just boasting rights and the satisfaction of coming out on top: if we win, Underworld will be named Loudwire’s New Release of the Month, and will also have a full feature posted about it.

http://loudwire.com/vote-for-the-most-anticipated-release-of-july-2015/

http://loudwire.com/vote-for-the-most-anticipated-release-of-july-2015/

You can vote once per hour, and we’ve created an easy-to-remember url – http://tinyurl.com/voteSymX – to make it easy to do so. Post that thing everywhere! Loudwire encouraged us to “rally our fanbase”, so consider yourselves rallied.. you guys can be really loud when you choose to be, so let’s see you use your powers for good, and show Loudwire how impressive SymX fans can be! \m/

Voting ends on June 30, 2015 at 11:59PM ET, and remember, you can vote once per hour! http://tinyurl.com/voteSymX

Underworld Pre-Order Offers!

We have multiple ways for you to pre-order Underworld right now; check it out!

The UK branch of Nuclear Blast offers both CD and Double Gatefold Vinyl for pre-order on Amazon..

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..as well as an exclusive kickass green vinyl pre-order going on.

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On the other side of the pond, you can also find Underworld on Amazon, both on CD, and digitally via Amazon Music..

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..and the US branch of Nuclear Blast is rockin’ a North American exclusive Underworld shirt+cd pre-order too; sweet shirt!

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Whichever way you choose to snag your copy, there are less than seven weeks until Underworld! Fuck yeah!

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

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