While the vocal compositions aren’t operatic in difficulty, Castellano shows off both power and touch. Created character and background cleanplates. Michael Romeo’s second solo album (and first in 24 years), War of the Worlds, Pt.1, which takes its title from the classic H.G. Let’s get this out of the way right now: Michael Romeo’s second solo album sounds exactly like Symphony X. document.write(new Date().getFullYear()); War Of The Worlds Pt. Any down sides? There are no weak Casio keyboard patches. Whatever you call it, it is an enjoyable composition. War of the Worlds / Pt. He showcases great command of his talents, bellowing heavily and crooning softly in turn. “War of the Worlds Part 1” does not sound like Ayreon, Nightwish or any symphonic metal act. 1 The Films 1.1 The Phantom Menace 1.2 Attack of the Clones 1.3 Revenge of the Sith 1.4 A New Hope 1.5 The Empire Strikes Back 1.6 Return of the Jedi 1.7 The Force Awakens 1.8 The Last Jedi 1.9 The Rise of Skywalker 1.10 Rogue One 1.11 Solo 2 The Expanded Universe 2.1 Star Wars: Jedi vs. Sith 2.2 Star Wars Customizable … Romeo is both ‘tech’ and ‘prog,’ but unlike bands who make the simple seem complex, Romeo has a way of making the complex seem simple. And with that type of stuff, the album gets a bit of a high-tech fantasy adventure sort of feel. Much will also be made of the dubstep flavorings on “Fucking Robots;” having those effects sputter awkwardly in lieu of vocals during the verses was an odd decision but the actual composition honestly doesn’t differ from just about anything else on here. The record will be released on July 27 via Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group, with Romeo previously revealing the tracks Black and Djinn . Maybe the best label for the genre would be symphonic progressive metal or progressive symphonic metal. I graduated with a B.S. But how about the lyrics? Released By: Music Theories / Mascot Label Group What with the soundscape lending itself to a rather theatrical flair, there is also a fair deal of experimentation going on. I had never before purchased music based on art work alone. From the title of the album (War of the Worlds) and the opening track (Introduction) to the last song on the album (Constellations) and everything in between, this album is an auditory movie. He is undeniably one of the best guitar players in the world when it comes to technique but what I like even more is the way he can make that technique sound so beautiful and fluid all the time. I enjoy this album overall but if it’s an indication of where Symphony X is headed, it might not be a bad idea to let Mike Lepond do some extra writing on the next one. "War of the Worlds" has a very modern almost space-age vibe and a a lot of film-score elements. As the themes are recapitulated throughout the album, they further establish an energetic sound—bold, bombastic; like Gustav Holst composing power metal. It’s not clear for me whether that was a production or final mix decision, but definitely the way the surface through the mix might raise some eyebrows. It drills hard with crunchy guitars, heavy riffing and fleshy progpower antics set to something akin to a film score like setting, with backdrop keyboards by Romeo himself to add a larger scale to the portrayal. Romeo flashes a whole lot of awesome guitar stylistics, neat solos and hooks, but the way he lets the keyboards do half of the sound really sets it apart. The really good news, however, is that Michael Romeo, who for all intents and purposes is the creative visionary and musical master behind Symphony X, has not been idle. So unlike with Symphony X, we may not have to wait an eternity to get another helping of Romeo’s majestic offerings. Perhaps the highlight of the lyrics on this album is this line: “In failing to plan, you plan to fail”, a famous quote by Benjamin Franklin, which relates the essence of the narration of this album. Even when Romeo branches out beyond the orchestra, War of the Worlds retains a soundtrack feel. 1 on Discogs. And it sticks in your head long after the song is over. At first blush, for example, War of the Worlds‘ choruses seem like straight power metal fair: sustained power chords letting Castellano’s clear tenor carry the melody. 1’ the multi-talented musician takes both his shredding and composing chops to deliver an ambitious solo endeavour, the name inspired by the novel by H.G. The similarity with Symphony X is undeniable. Symphony X guitarist and songwriter Michael Romeo released his first solo album way back in 1995, as an instrumental show off of his guitar mastery. Now he has released his eagerly anticipated first official solo album entitled War Of The Worlds / Pt. Check out "Black" to get a feel for how heavy and purely "metal" he can get. “Fucking Machines,” for example, features Romeo wandering into EDM-soundscapes that evoke the ROBO-BLAAAAAAATS from Mass Effect 3. It is a fantastic album blending multiple genres and elements and certainly one of the highlights of 2018! Original review written by me and published at: angrymetalguy.com/michael-romeo-war-worlds-review/. War of the Worlds is not just Romeo, a drum machine and all the eye-melting guitar gymnastics you can eat. Subscribe to our newsletter for weekly dose of insighful posts about the world of music, We speak music, the universal language of mankind. It also has some licks in the solo straight out of Symphony X. I can tell, one of them is from "Nevermore" and the other one is from "Candlelight Fantasia". 1 2018. október 13. szombat, ... Introduction instrumentális indítása persze pont ilyen, emberünk a napnál is világosabbá teszi vele, hogy a Star Wars meg a többi Williams-mű rendesen belekódoltatott anno a zenei DNS-ébe. And unlike some of the earlier Symphony X songs, the classical element here never sounds cliché or dated. Anyway, the rest of your review is good work. 1 Squeezing all those elements, the album is still beautiful and pretty accessible. A musical monster battles with an edgy guitar, and both are occasionally interrupted by a short, catchy progression of lines that can’t be called a chorus because there’s no sung verses to counter in the song. As one might expect on a guitar player’s solo release, Michael Romeo’s playing is at the forefront and featured prominently with the familiar runs, solos and riffs that define his sound. And even at the heights of solo artist self-indulgence, Romeo still remembers to write actual songs. JD’s bass is, unfortunately, buried beneath a dense-as-hell master and gets lost—one of the album’s only drawbacks. I also like the vocals. Let’s just say that the follow up is only loosely connected. Vocals: 9.0 This guy doesn’t just shred or craft riffs, he composes metal symphonies that one can either admire for their depth or just bang your head to. Personally, I do not think the drums sound programed. Tedy, až donedávna. That alone makes this something different. Před časem mi totiž zase přišla na jazyk power slina a v hlavě se mi začaly přehrávat elementy téhle klasiky. Beginning of the album is right out of a grand Hollywood blockbuster (until1:09, when the mood shifts to a heavy metal orchestra). 1" will be no doubt be cause for celebration. I should say that the symphonic side is very pronounced and covers a great deal of moods and atmospheres in tone with each song. Don't get the idea that any of it sounds like dubstep. I had never heard of them at the time and I purchased their CD “Paradise Lost” just based on the CD art work. On Romeo’s new solo record, there is no Russell Allen to be found. The whole album gives the listener the vibe of a cinematic experience. It's often catchy and headbang inducing. Following that, the aggressive mid-tempo “Oblivion” may be the album’s best overall song and “Believe” is the best of the longer, more melodic tracks. There's speed power metal stuff like "Fear the Unknown" and "Differences" and more heavy mid-tempo metal songs like "Black" that also feel a bit evil. Holding back the progressive elements slightly to set the album off with catchy melodies and a punch packing vocal deliveries alongside meaty riffs it immediately catches. Michael Romeo - WikiMili, The Free Encyclopedia - … 1 doesn’t quite measure up to Symphony X’s strongest efforts, but it’s definitely an album worth checking out and play back to back with the aforementioned Silent Assassins album when the Symphony X abstinence sets in. It sounds like robots and it has an amazing personality. There's one particular melody that shows up in "Introduction", "Believe" and "Constellations" which will get you sold on this. 1 will be no doubt be cause for celebration. It blew me away instantly. I had not gotten excited about a band for years. An epic tale, the first part offers up ten tracks and weighs in at just under hour, allowing plenty of opportunity for Michael … Castellano still displays range, power and harmony very effectively, so while his presence makes this recording less Symphony X-like, it does not automatically make this project somehow inferior. Vocalist Castellano is perhaps the album’s most interesting part. Castellano has a brassy vocal timbre that’s common among my favorite metal vocalists—including pre-Paradise Lost Russel Allen. Inevitably, comparisons are made with Russell Allen of Symphony X. Michael Romeo – ‘War Of The Worlds / Pt. The title says it all. 1“, on July 27 via Music Theories Recordings / Mascot Label Group. He does what he is good at, (actually a master of) and adds some more experimentation to see what the results and the reactions of the fans will be. 1’ Album Review. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2018 CD release of War Of The Worlds // Pt. Highlights: This album is a MUST in 2018. It’s odd and quirky. In addition to giving the cinematic, classical aspect more of a front seat on this release, Romeo also introduces something new on track four, “F*king Robots.” Listeners certainly can’t claim to have heard this before on a Symphony X tune, with its distorted digital mashup that sounds like something from a Skrillex track. Let’s get this out of the way right now: Michael Romeo’s second solo album sounds exactly like Symphony X. Overall, the lyrics were artfully musical and accompanied the composition of the album well. Vocals instead are provided by Rick Castellano, who brings a different twist that trades the dominant presence of Allen’s voice for something perhaps subtler and nuanced that turns a bit more spotlight on the song over the performance. Insane prowess on electric guitar, along with tasteful vocals and a strong sense of melody, all make this a very good and unique listen for those who appreciate the more complex heavy material. Overall: 9.0. Very good review man but to saying drumming is programmed and artificial makes my heart drop after all the work I put into that album. Release Date: July 27, 2018 Thanks. Let’s just say that the follow up is only loosely connected. Michael James Romeo (born March 6, 1968) is an American guitarist and a founding member of the progressive metal group Symphony X. Ratings out of 10: There are sci-fi themes and epic storytelling sections that sound worthy of the big screen and suggest that Romeo is truly ready to score film at the blockbuster level. "F*cking Robots" is an unbelievable mix of neoclassical metal and electronic dubstep elements. He’s a monster player and there are moments, like in nearly every Symphony X record, where you just sort of shake your head at how cool the thing you just heard was. Company: Stereo D. Work Performed: 2D tracking, layering of elements, and color grading. My name is Michael Romeo and I am an avid gamer. The outstanding vocals are bolstered by a world-class rhythm section that hits all the right beats. You could do some comparisons to Ronald Romero (Rainbow, Lords Of Black) in style and fittings, but Castellano brings an airy flow and sense of purpose without sounding like he’s trying to be someone else. So whatever you want from a metal album, you may find here, and at a world-class level. Symphony X has a nasty habit of taking an awfully long time to put out their next record. Having released many incredible records with the band over the years, Romeo decided to put out a solo album after more than 20 years since his original demo “The Dark Chapter”.War of the Worlds // Pt. One even has to wonder what kind of impact the long waits between releases have had on the band’s momentum and ability to break through to the next level of commercial success. The orchestral elements sound grand and authentic. If I were to describe Romeo's style it would probably be a blend of Yngwie Malmsteen, John Petrucci and God. Drummer John Macaluso – the man handling the drumming department – adds another touch of power and finesse. What awaits you are gorgeous piano solos (quite a few of them), some seriously heavy riffing, skyward vocals, and the occasional lead guitar solo. This stuff I have played for decades guys. I’m not left wishing it was Allen singing instead, which could easily have been a pitfall in this release. You should really take that paragraph out of this article, doesn’t look good. But this record really showcases his compositional and arranging skills, as well as his mastery of merging the orchestral with the metal. And while his first official solo record, “War of the World Pt. The wildly ambitious 10-song disc sees the founder, chief songwriter and prime mover of the … After an instrumental, soundtrack-like opening with “Introduction,” Romeo tears open “Fear the Unknown” with his typical fast, clean riffing. Standout tracks: Fear The Unknown, Black, Oblivion, When it comes to giant names in music industry, widely known for their talent and genius within a band, who release their own solo albums, often one of the two following cases holds true: either they follow the beaten path of the fame and work within the framework they are renowned for, or they try to put forward something hugely different from the work of their bands and do whatever they please, usually showing off how capable they are as an individual due to the more liberate nature of solo works. The opening fifteen or so minutes, from the intro to 'Black', is masterfully delivered. Of course there are drum samples layered over my real drums, that is the sound today but even the samples were made by my real drums. I cannot wait to hear the rest of Romeo’s solo album. When it comes to guitar, there's absolutely nothing to complain about. Voices are unique and at times very polarizing, but Castellano brings something unique and very well executed to this record. Michael Romeo, for the uninitiated, is the guitarist and founder for the highly influential progressive metal band Symphony X. Romeo’s playing and composition is an evolution of the neoclassical styles of guitarists like Ritchie Blackmore and Yngwie Malmsteen which bends aspects of classical composition into a more modern progressive style. There's a consistent treat of down picking and chugs blending with fast runs that create most of the riff content. “Oblivion” 'F*cking Robots' stands out the most with its weird robot noises on a symphonic backdrop, and quite frankly, is the song that takes away from an otherwise fairly set and heavy atmosphere. According to our recently published interview, Michael has Part 2 nearly completed. He works very well with cleaner tones (like “Believe,” or choruses like “Black”), he can also add a healthy growl for flare and his soaring upper range is impressive. The larger parts of the lyrics are written in the form of a narrative, telling the tale of mankind’s apocalyptic battle against these “vengeful machines”. “Believe” is an epic feeling track reminiscent to some of the grandeur touched on songs like “The Accolade I & 2” and “Paradise Lost,” with delicate piano dynamics contrasted by buzzing power riffs, and very melodic verses and chorus. This album is very similar in songwriting style to the last three albums of Symphony X but also carries a unique signature that sets it apart from their discography. That is 100 percent me playing. Listen to Michael Romeo (Symphony X) - Star Wars Suite for free. About 6 or 7 years ago I discovered SymphonyX. Michael Romeo – ‘War Of The Worlds Part 1’ (Album Review) Given that I live a few miles from Woking (the original British setting of H.G. The Dark Chapter is a music studio album recording by MICHAEL ROMEO (Progressive Metal/Progressive Rock) released in 1994 on cd, lp / vinyl and/or cassette. I meant they ended up sounding artificial in spots, whether that be due to production choices or perhaps you are almost inhuman playing speed on certain fills. “Differences” is a bit more direct and condensed, but also features a very memorable chorus strongly delivered by Castellano. A list of people involved with Star Wars and their cameo appearances. : Digipak Label: Music Theories Recordings Format: CD Reviews: 5 reviews (avg. “War Of The Worlds / Pt. Drawbacks? “Black” thrashes out Romeo’s trademark, eminently groove-able riffs and “Djinn” features gorgeous, subtle sweep arpeggios that soundly disprove the Malmsteenian Theory of Value. Bass player Mike LePond launched the impressive ‘Pawn and Prophecy’ album together with Mike LePond’s Silent Assassin and now it’s up to guitarist Michael Romeo to continue the success story of (solo) releases by Symphony X members. Lyrics: 9.5 War of the Worlds clocks in at a hefty 54 minutes and is comprised of ten movements seamlessly weaved together by Romeo’s orchestral compositions. Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in 1280 x 960 resolution or higher. 87%) Songs; Or Macaluso does. He's got a very good, slightly power metal oriented vocal style that goes very well with the music on the album. Symphony X Guitar Star Michael Romeo Goes for Broke on His Daring Solo Album Debut The adventurous 'War Of The Worlds / Pt. He has the ability to merge horns, strings, and tympani with distorted electric guitar to create grand scale soundscapes that never go cheesy and never lose their balls. These guys are special. It’s not a new concept to add classical musicians contributions to heavy guitar compositions, but most of the time, the disappointing result is you end with an inferior, neutered version of the heavy original. To be fair, War of the Worlds/Pt. Type: Full-length Release date: July 27th, 2018 Catalog ID: MTR 7562 2 Version desc. Although it is impossible to avoid the comparison with Russel Allen, which in my honest opinion is a better singer, Rick Castellano brings a good vocal delivery. For many, Michael Romeo is the internationally acclaimed axe slinging, guitar virtuoso of progressive masterminds Symphony X.Yet Romeo also holds the position as the band’s chief songwriter. In addition, I have experience in Game Design, … Other than that, I can't come up with anything else. Originally published at http://indymetalvault.com, Michael Romeo is one of prog/power’s finest genii and is deservedly renowned for his day job as the guitarist and primary composer in Symphony X. To a great extent, this is a guitar album (why not? War of the Worlds nails the sweet spot between memorable songs and techy and proggy goodness. “Fear the Unknown” What makes it different is it's personality. Star Wars: Rouge One . From start to finish, War of the Worlds demonstrates Michael Romeo‘s best qualities: smart, techy riffing; catchy, anthemic choruses, and subtle, tasteful—but fucking ridiculous—guitarwork. Michael Romeo: War Of The Worlds / Pt. Only available on YouTube, the album is a mind-blowing display of, on the one hand, Romeo’s virtuoso talent and, on the other hand, just how far recording has come in the 23 years since its release. If they were programmed that would be one hell of a programmer. I have experience with both Keyframe and Motion Capture Animation. Romeo establishes his themes in the overture and evokes John Williams’ feel for majestic, memorable melodies. 1 Music Theories Recordings / Mascot Label Group (July 27th 2018) Reviewer: Dan Mann I'm sure most of your are familiar with the name Michael Romeo, founding member of progressive metal band Symphony X. In ‘War Of The Worlds / Pt. When you have one of the top metal guitarists at the moment), but that doesn’t mean it is solely guitar, like those of other splendid Guitar Gods (Michael Angelo Batio, or Yngwie Malmsteen, etc. Each of the two approaches has their own fans and fault-finders. From the overture to the album’s final strains, the orchestra bolsters Romeo’s frenetic, thrashy—and maybe a bit tech—riffing, linking ideas, buttressing rhythms and adding tension and drama. I can say this new album by the virtuoso guitar player, Michael Romeo, belongs to the third category. I guess the only reason why I'm not getting a jaw-drop from his style in this album is because I could already see it coming. No matter how fast and intense the shredding may get there is not one second in his solos where technique seems to be a higher priority than musicality. Speed? What a gift that was. Then there are other pieces throughout that fortunately don’t take it just that far, but stick within what’s proper for the album, which as a whole manages to be pretty cool. As we mentioned earlier, Macaluso does a mighty job pounding the skins, so definitely his proven musicianship skills are not in question here. Every now and then an album arrives seemingly from nowhere and reignites excitement about either a genre or a specific career. Job: Digital Paint Artist. I quickly purchased everything they ever did. The rhythm section also demonstrates technical skill without getting too flashy and the symphonic work is strong throughout. This opener quite sets the mood. And holy crap, does he. You may know Michael Romeo as the extremely talented mastermind behind one of the best progressive metal bands in the world; Symphony X.While we wait for more Symphony X, Michael has crafted a new solo album called ‘War Of The Worlds Pt. The bad news for those eagerly awaiting a follow up to 2015’s remarkably balanced “Underworld,” is that there is no apparent end in sight. It's the most epic and has a pretty evil atmosphere but what I like the most is the oriental music that hits you half way through the song. Artwork: 8.5 Really not good to hear what you wrote after all that work put into this album. Even if it’s impossible to not imagine how this would’ve sounded with Lepond or Pinnella on board, you can’t deny Romeo picked some talented guys to play alongside him here. The drums are incredible and first rate. In fact, there's no denying that there are some orchestral themes straight out of Star Wars. For the ravenous fan, the wait can be frustrating. And just like every praiseworthy movie, it has its diverse sections. 1’ which will be released on July 27 th on Music Theories Recordings / Mascot Label Group. And despite (but also because of) the subtle complexity the songs are fun. I just listened to Djinn and it is a creative master piece. You might consider helping us using the button below. 1. Ciao Alan and Joel thanks for writing me back. It just sounds pretty ridiculous. Other musicians Romeo has hired for this endeavor are also quite competent. This one is highly recommended! While Symphony X seems to be standing fairly still at the moment, since 2015’s Underworld, with the respective members busy elsewhere (bassist Mike LePond released a pretty kickass album with his Silent Assassins earlier this year), it’s no wonder that songwriter Romeo should also feel the need to deliver. “Black” also features signature playing from Romeo, along with dramatic orchestral elements that build tension and precision, only to make way for another soaring and absurdly fast guitar solo that matches dexterity with melodic sense. Unlike other guitarists' solo releases, Michael Romeo wanted to do this one a proper metal album. But it works. Eliminated color and grain stretch. The vocals are also quite melodic, entirely avoiding the growly inflections that Russell Allen has become infamous for in recent years. If we play live, I got you on the guest-list, Ok? There is an uncanny valley running throughout that could be a deal breaker for even the best songs on here. All the riffs in here are seriously impactful and badass. I’m sure Alan was simply expressing an opinion about how the drum sounded from the promo music we got, and I don’t think he doubted that your parts were actually handled by you. The style on War Of The Worlds, heavy progressive power metal with guitar wankery aplenty should be of taste to every Symphony X fan. And then there's the progressive side where he just starts slicing and mixing everything up into sheer skill and compositional genius. by Daniel Levy. A remarkable merging of metal and cinematic orchestration that is likely to appeal to Symphony X fans without being legitimately accused of blatant replication. SYMPHONY X fans have been waiting two decades for an honest to goodness Michael Romeo solo album (not counting his 1994 demo recording, The Dark Chapter, which was released in several countries), and the arrival of War of the Worlds / Pt. 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