Next SYMPHONY X Album Brings the Older, Distinctive Sound

Symphony X

American progressive metal veterans Symphony X have entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to 2011′s Iconoclast for an early 2015 release.

Regarding the musical direction of the new Symphony X material, Symphony X bassist Michael LePond told the Talking Metal podcast: “I think this album is not gonna be as heavy as our last one, Iconoclast. If I had to compare this one, I would say it’s a combination of The Odyssey meets Paradise Lost. It has a lot of classic Symphony X elements in it, and I think our old fans are really gonna appreciate this one. So we’re really excited about it. And hopefully we can get it all recorded by the end of the year and then hopefully get it released early spring.

According to LePond, “It wasn’t a conscious decision to go back to the older sound; it just kind of happened. That’s the way we write songs. We just start writing songs, and wherever it takes us, it takes us. But there’s a lot of really cool, classic Symphony X things in there. It’s very, very musical. It concentrates just more on solid songs and great melodies.

The bassist also spoke about Symphony X‘s continued success and seeming ability to gain new fans without compromising the musical ideals that form its core identity.

One thing that’s really amazing about Symphony X and about our fans is, it seems like every record, we move up a little bit more, we get just a little bit more popular,” he said. “We don’t jump up into stardom; it’s a slow climb. I mean, the band’s been together just about 20 years now, and it just seems like with every album, our fan base grows just a little bit more, and we’ve been able to hold the old fans too. So, thankfully, we’re still growing.

He continued: “It’s always an amazing thing to see someone really young discovering Symphony X. It just gives you the gas to keep going and just keep working hard.

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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