New Jersey’s progressive metal masters SYMPHONY X are delighted to announce some UK tour dates, as part of a wider European tour which will take place throughout May and the beginning of June this year. The run will see the five piece hit eleven countries in one month – with the tour kicking off on May 7th in Lyon, France, culminating in Gelsenkirchen, Germany at the Rock Hard Festival.
“We are really excited about the upcoming tour! Can’t wait to get back on the road and look forward to seeing everyone again very soon!”, stated the band.
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Symphony X 2019 tour dates:
07/05 FR Lyon Ninkasi Kao 08/05 CH Pratteln Z7 10/05 IT Treviso New Age 11/05 IT Bologna Estragon 12/05 IT Rome Orion 14/05 IT Milan Alcatraz 15/05 DE Munich Backstage Halle 16/05 DE Ludwigsburg Rockfabrik 17/05 DE Berlin Lido 18/05 DE Hannover Faust 19/05 DK Copenhagen Amager Bio 21/05 NO Oslo Rockefeller 22/05 SE Stockholm Klubben 24/05 FI Helsinki Nosturi 26/05 SE Gothenburg Pustervik 28/05 DE Hamburg Knust 29/05 DE Dresden Beatpol 31/05 DE Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal 01/06 BE Vosselaar Biebob 02/06 NL Nijmegen Fortarock Festival 04/06 UK Coventry Empire 05/06 UK Holmfirth Picturedrome 06/06 UK London Electric Ballroom 07/06 FR Paris La Machine du Moulin Rouge 08/06 DE Gelsenkirchen Rock Hard Festival
Symphony X released their latest critically acclaimed studio album ‘Underworld’ in 2015, via Nuclear Blast. They triumphed in creating a panoramic ‘album rock’ experience in an era cursed with diminishing attention spans. Heavily inspired by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, ‘Underworld’ drew on the themes from the Divine Comedy, most notably the part on Inferno. As homage to Dante’s use of the number 3 and its multiples, the band utilised the motif in both lyrical and 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’.
A distinct murmur went around the world in 1994 when a certain six-string guitarist from New Jersey named Michael Romeo of the prog band Gemini recorded ‘The Dark Chapter’ demo and sent it out to record labels. It seemed the new guitar messiah of the coming 21st Century had made himself known to the world and he’d soon launch a new band that would stir up the prog genre. With an innovative mixture of heavy metal, progressive rock and neo-classical sounds, Romeo and his men in SYMPHONY Xrecorded a debut album (released in Japan in ’94; released worldwide in 1995) that began their journey to create a blueprint for the young generation of prog metal bands to follow. “The Damnation Game” (1995) celebrated the debut of the band‘s second asset: the charismatic, deeply emotional and relentlessly aggressive vocals of Russell Allen.
“The Divine Wings Of Tragedy” (1997) placed the emphasis on the band’s progressive approach and is considered one of SYMPHONY X’s biggest masterpieces. “Twilight In Olympus” (1998) livened up the band’s classical aspects with the instrumental ‘Sonata’(which is based on the piano Sonata No. 8 ‘Pathétique’ by Ludwig van Beethoven). Via “V: The New Mythology Suite” (2000), the quintet delivered their first concept album at the turn of the millennium that dealt with the myth of Atlantis. “Live On The Edge Of Forever” (2001) was visual proof that the band could easily transpose their complex material onto the stage. Oriented towards the eponymous poem by English poet John Milton, the thrashing harshness of “The Odyssey” (2002) is said to be the band’s most aggressive album to date. “Paradise Lost” (2007) is the darkest and most gothic-like work in the band’s discography. With “Iconoclast” (2011) SYMPHONY X raised the bar even further, a commanding declaration of an inventive blend of classic rock, straightforward heavy metal and ambitious prog.