Symphony X’s Michael Romeo has landed with his latest offering War Of The Worlds / Pt 1 which is out July 27th Via Music Theory Recordings. It is an album that some will welcome with open arms, Romeo’s die hard fans and one which; will challenge a few listeners on the fence with its mesh of musical styles and Romeo’s bold decision making.
Musically it is stunning, as you would expect from a guitarist of the quality of Romeo, first class song writing and execution throughout you have an album rich is furious riff-tastic Metal laden tracks. Solos are sublime, majestic finger work by the mercurial Romeo as standard and meshed with a powerhouse vocal display by Rick Castellano. There is an obvious cinematic quality across the album with Romeo’s love of big screen composers and it transfers beautifully throughout the recording.
Romeo hasn’t stopped there fusing Dubstep and Electronica on the mesmerising ‘Fucking Robots’ which wise raise more than a few eyebrows for sure, but Romeo’s quality shines through and it is reminiscent of Joe Satriani’s Crystal Planet / Engine’s Of Creation voyage of creative discovery and just how far you can push the boundaries with the guitar.
Follow that up with a heavy bone breaking ‘Djinn’ and you have a taste in two tracks what War Of The Worlds / Pt 1 is all about within twelve minutes that showcases this recording perfectly.
War Of The Worlds / Pt 1 is a majestic piece of creative artistry and one that Romeo’s fans will have been crying out for, for the past two decades. Heads up, It is well worth the wait.
War Of The Worlds / Pt 1 is out July 27th via Music Theory Recordings / Mascot Label Group.
2. Fear Of The Unknown
4. F*cking Robotos
8. War Machine