[Also archived as: Symphony-X]
n 1994 New Jersey's Symphony X turned heads with their self-titled debut and the double success of their The Damnation Game (1995), and Divine Wings Of Tragedy (1996) albums under the membership of Rod Tyler (vocals), Thomas Miller (bass), Michael Pinnella (keyboards), Russell Allen (vocals) and Michael Romeo (guitar), with Russell Allen replacing Tyler on the second effort. These albums put them in the same league as Dream Theater and Fates Warning atop the mainstream Progressive metal field and managing to play it better than most mimicking the style. The act was started in 1994 by guitarist Michael Romeo who had already been receiving a lot of praise and attention for his self produced solo-tape The Dark Chapter, a project that eventually led to the birth of Symphony X.
The Divine Wings Of Tragedy proved to be a ground shaker for the act for it showed that the band had come into their own at last. The album also made a huge impression on the European press with tracks like The Accolade and the 20 minute title track.
After the release of The Divine Wings Of Tragedy, Tom Walling took over from Rullo for Twilight In Olympus (1998) and Prelude To The Millennium "best of" compilation in 1999.
Sales were incredibly strong, along with excellent reviews in the Rock press and calls for a European tour. However, membership changes were needed for Thomas Walling and Thomas Miller were unable to tour with the band, and Jason Rullo had decided to return. Andy DeLuca was brought in to handle the bass work for the tour.
Mike Lepond replaced Miller for V (The Mythology Suite) (2000), an album that once again got heads turning in their direction. To capitalize on the success, a 2CD live set Live On The Edge Of Forever (2001) emerged, along with Odyssey (2002).