Paradise Lost (Symphony X album)

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Paradise Lost
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ReleasedJune 26, 2007 (2007-06-26) [1]
Recorded2006–07 in The Dungeon
Length61:00 [3]
Label Inside Out
Producer Michael Romeo
Symphony X chronology
The Odyssey
Paradise Lost
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Paradise Lost is the seventh studio album by progressive metal band Symphony X, released on June 26, 2007 through Inside Out Music. It is a concept album loosely inspired by John Milton's 1667 epic poem Paradise Lost . [1] The album was the band's first to chart on the U.S. Billboard 200, reaching No. 123 and remaining on that chart for a week, [4] as well as reaching No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers [5] and the top 100 in five other countries. [6]




The album's release had been delayed numerous times since the announcement on November 16, 2005 that the band was going to "start pulling it all together". In a fan club chat on March 18, 2006, guitarist and main songwriter Michael Romeo said that the album will be "a bit darker—the direction is still the same—for the most part", and went on to say that "the classical stuff was getting to a point where we need to evolve the music a bit. There is still a lot of classic influence in there—not as obvious as '[Out of the] Ashes', say". He went on to suggest that there may be a song or songs on the album themed around the works of H. P. Lovecraft, and that there would be "A big tune on here ... Paradise Lost is the theme as of now", lending rumor to the title of the album.

In August 2006, some preliminary cover art was leaked on the internet, confirming suspicions that the title of the album would be the same as the song "Paradise Lost". This leaked album art, which was initially categorized by the band as only "preliminary" artwork, was later revealed to be the official artwork, with the full panorama (including the back cover) being made available on the official Symphony X website on May 12, 2007.


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Digipak CD edition packaging.

At one point it was announced that the album would be released in late 2006, but the date was pushed back several times before its final release date of June 26, 2007. On May 12, 2007, "Serpent's Kiss" was made available on the band's Myspace profile. MP3 samples of other tracks from the album were also made available on German record label SPV's website. In addition to the standard jewel case edition, the album was released in two other formats: a special edition with Digipak packaging, which includes a DVD containing 5.1 audio and music videos for "Serpent's Kiss" and "Set the World on Fire"; [7] secondly, a limited edition including a DVD of footage shot by the band throughout its history (a first for the band), available exclusively in f.y.e. stores. [8] When pre-ordered at Newbury Comics, the first 500 copies received a signed CD booklet.

Track listing

All lyrics are written by Russell Allen and Michael Romeo, except where noted; all music is composed by Romeo, except where noted.

1."Oculus ex Inferni" (instrumental; orchestration: Romeo)2:34
2."Set the World on Fire (The Lie of Lies)"5:55
4."Serpent's Kiss"5:03
5."Paradise Lost" (music: Romeo, Michael Pinnella)6:32
6."Eve of Seduction"5:04
7."The Walls of Babylon"8:16
9."The Sacrifice" (lyrics: Allen)4:49
10."Revelation (Divus Pennae ex Tragoedia)"9:17
Total length:61:00


Chart performance

2007 Billboard Heatseekers 1 [5]
Billboard Independent Albums 12 [5]
Swedish albums chart 39 [6]
German albums chart 50 [6]
Dutch albums chart 59 [6]
French albums chart 60 [6]
Swiss albums chart 61 [6]
Billboard 200 123 [5]
Billboard Top Internet Albums 123 [5]

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