Since it’s very conception Symphony X has always maintained a strong connection with their fan-base not only through their music, but also on they way they are, they are just a bunch of nice guys that would talk with anyone. Just last week minutes after the band’s show in Tempe, AZ. I came across with Mike Lepond bass player of Symphony X while he was talking with friends and taking pictures with fans.
That type of connection so close and intimate with fans goes along with the vibe you get while listening to their music, is the connection with the music and with the lyrics what makes a Symphony X album a great musical experience. Their new album Underworld fall not fear from that description, it takes you on a musical trip down memory lane, as some pieces of the album reflects on the third album of the band (The Divine Wings Of Tragedy), and at the same time draws influences from Dante’s Divine Comedy without turning the album into a conceptual record.
Last week Symphony X pass through Tempe, AZ as they are currently touring the US with fellow New Jersey band Overkill. Symphony X‘s show was explosive, they showcased a big part of Underworld, and they mixed up with some classics from Paradise Lost and their previous album Iconoclast. I was (as always I am) impressed by the talent of Symphony X and how strong the new songs are live, and how connected they sound live is with their fans. Definitely a great band to see live.
Before the show, The Age Of Metal had the chance to speak with guitar player and founder Michael Romeo of Symphony X. We talked about the tour, Underworld, the set list, the idea of a new DVD, and their plans after the tour.