Paradise Lost (Symphony X album)

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Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost by Symphony X album cover art.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 26, 2007 (2007-06-26) [1]
Recorded2006–07 in The Dungeon
Genre Progressive metal, neoclassical metal, power metal
Length61:00 [2]
Label Inside Out
Producer Michael Romeo
Symphony X chronology
The Odyssey
(2002)
Paradise Lost
(2007)
Iconoclast
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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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, [3] as well as reaching No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers [4] and the top 100 in five other countries. [5]

Progressive metal is a fusion genre melding heavy metal and progressive rock that combines the loud "aggression" and amplified guitar-driven sound of the former with the more experimental, cerebral or "pseudo-classical" compositions of the latter.

Symphony X American progressive metal band

Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from Middletown, New Jersey. Founded in 1994, the band consists of guitarist Michael Romeo, keyboardist Michael Pinnella, drummer Jason Rullo, lead vocalist Russell Allen and bassist Michael Lepond.

Inside Out Music is a German independent record label originally based in Kleve, North Rhine-Westphalia, and dedicated to the publication of progressive rock, progressive metal and related styles. In 2009, it formed a partnership with Century Media Records and moved its base of operations to Dortmund, also in North Rhine-Westphalia. In August 2015, Century Media was acquired by Sony Music and became its premier label for progressive music.

Contents

Overview

Style

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.

Michael Romeo American musician

Michael James Romeo is an American guitarist and a founding member of the progressive metal group Symphony X. He is one of two members to appear on every Symphony X release.

Classical music broad tradition of Western art music

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<i>The Divine Wings of Tragedy</i> 1997 studio album by Symphony X

The Divine Wings of Tragedy is the third studio album by progressive metal band Symphony X, released in 1997 through Zero Corporation (Japan) and Inside Out Music (Europe); a remastered edition was reissued on September 13, 2004 through Inside Out, and again in September 17, 2012 as part of a double-LP vinyl release.

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.

Release

Digipak CD edition packaging. Paradiselostpackaging.jpg
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"; [6] 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. [7] When pre-ordered at Newbury Comics, the first 500 copies received a signed CD booklet.

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SPV GmbH German music label

SPV GmbH is an independent German record label.

Track listing

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

Russell Allen American singer and lyricist

Russell Allen is a singer and lyricist best known as the vocalist of American progressive metal band Symphony X. He has also worked with supergroups Star One, Allen-Lande, Level 10, and as one of fourteen vocalists in the progressive symphonic metal band Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Since 2011, he has also served as the frontman of the heavy metal band Adrenaline Mob.

No.TitleLength
1."Oculus ex Inferni" (instrumental; orchestration: Romeo)2:34
2."Set the World on Fire (The Lie of Lies)"5:55
3."Domination"6:29
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
8."Seven"7:01
9."The Sacrifice" (lyrics: Allen)4:49
10."Revelation (Divus Pennae ex Tragoedia)"9:17
Total length:61:00

Personnel

Singing act of producing musical sounds with the voice

Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists. Singers may perform as soloists or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Different singing styles include art music such as opera and Chinese opera, Indian music and religious music styles such as gospel, traditional music styles, world music, jazz, blues, gazal and popular music styles such as pop, rock, electronic dance music and filmi.

Guitar Fretted string instrument

The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that usually has six strings. It is typically played with both hands by strumming or plucking the strings with either a guitar pick or the finger(s)/fingernails of one hand, while simultaneously fretting with the fingers of the other hand. The sound of the vibrating strings is projected either acoustically, by means of the hollow chamber of the guitar, or through an electrical amplifier and a speaker.

Orchestra large instrumental ensemble

An orchestra is a large instrumental ensemble typical of classical music, which combines instruments from different families, including bowed string instruments such as the violin, viola, cello, and double bass, brass instruments such as the horn, trumpet, trombone and tuba, woodwinds such as the flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon, and percussion instruments such as the timpani, bass drum, triangle, snare drum, cymbals, and mallet percussion instruments each grouped in sections. Other instruments such as the piano and celesta may sometimes appear in a fifth keyboard section or may stand alone, as may the concert harp and, for performances of some modern compositions, electronic instruments.

Chart performance

YearChartPosition
2007 Billboard Heatseekers 1 [4]
Billboard Independent Albums 12 [4]
Swedish albums chart 39 [5]
German albums chart 50 [5]
Dutch albums chart 59 [5]
French albums chart 60 [5]
Swiss albums chart 61 [5]
Billboard 200 123 [4]
Billboard Top Internet Albums 123 [4]

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