If New Jersey is home to anything, it is home to the underdog who strives to defeat the odds and, once in a while, prevails. In this case Symphony X has prevailed. The New Jersey progressive metal masters are set to release their ninth studio album, ‘Underworld’ on July 24th via Nuclear Blast Records, and it is an outstanding piece of work that will earn the X some well-earned plaudits. With material ranging from fantasy epics to raging powerhouses and powerful ballads, there’s a lot on offer here. In an age where music listeners suffer from ever-diminishing attention spans, it is encouraging to see Symphony X refuse to dumb down while delivering an album that takes creative risks. With ‘Underworld’, those risks pay off.
Gearing up for the release, Metal Wani’s William Richards had a chat with founding member and guitarist Michael Romeo. He discusses new album “Underworld” (Read Our Review Here), songwriting, musical direction, Russell Allen’s vocals, his signature sound, Symphony X’s legacy, touring dates and more.
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