The Odyssey (album)

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The Odyssey
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 5, 2002 (2002-11-05)
Recorded The Dungeon
Genre
Length66:52
Label Inside Out
Producer Michael Romeo
Symphony X chronology
Live on the Edge of Forever
(2001)
The Odyssey
(2002)
Paradise Lost
(2007)

The Odyssey is the sixth studio album by progressive metal band Symphony X, released on November 5, 2002 through Inside Out Music. [1] The album is the band's first to be recorded entirely at guitarist Michael Romeo's home studio, The Dungeon. [2] "Accolade II" is a sequel to "The Accolade" from The Divine Wings of Tragedy (1997). The title track is the album's grand finale: a 24-minute musical interpretation of Homer's Odyssey , an epic poem about the journey of ancient Greek hero Odysseus.

Contents

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [1]
The Metal CryptStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [3]
Metal Storm 9/10 [4]

Alex Henderson at AllMusic gave The Odyssey three stars out of five, calling it an "old-school" album and "dated" for its time, while clarifying that "dated isn't necessarily a bad thing—if you hold a particular era in high regard, dated can actually be a plus." He also likened the mythical and fantasy elements to classic heavy metal acts such as Queensrÿche, Yngwie Malmsteen, Ronnie James Dio, Iron Maiden and Metallica. [1]

Loudwire named the album in fifth in the list "Top 25 Power Metal Albums of All Time" [5] and Metal Hammer ranked it at #19 in a similar list. [6]

Track listing

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Inferno (Unleash the Fire)" Russell Allen, Michael Romeo Romeo5:32
2."Wicked"AllenRomeo5:32
3."Incantations of the Apprentice"AllenRomeo4:22
4."Accolade II"AllenRomeo, Michael Pinnella, Michael Lepond 7:53
5."King of Terrors"Allen, Romeo, Jason Rullo Romeo, Pinnella6:19
6."The Turning"Allen, RomeoRomeo, Lepond4:44
7."Awakenings"Allen, RomeoRomeo, Pinnella, Lepond8:21
8."The Odyssey"
  • "Part I - Odysseus' Theme / Overture"
  • "Part II - Journey to Ithaca"
  • "Part III - The Eye"
  • "Part IV - Circe (Daughter of the Sun)"
  • "Part V - Sirens"
  • "Part VI - Scylla and Charybdis
    • a) Gulf of Doom
    • b) Drifting Home"
  • "Part VII - The Fate of the Suitors / Champion of Ithaca"
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  • (instrumental)
  • Allen, Romeo
  • Romeo
  • Romeo
  • Romeo
  • (instrumental)
  • Lepond, Romeo
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  • Romeo
  • Romeo
  • Romeo
  • Romeo
  • Romeo
  • Romeo
  • Romeo
24:09
Total length:66:52
Japanese/limited edition bonus tracks [7]
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
9."Masquerade '98"Romeo, Pinnella, Thomas Miller, Rullo, Rod TylerRomeo, Pinnella, Miller, Rullo, Tyler6:00
10."Frontiers"AllenRomeo, Lepond, Pinnella, Rullo4:50

Personnel

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