Is it really four years since Symphony X’s last album ‘Iconoclast’ was released? A release that I personally struggled with as I found Russell Allen’s vocals to be too gruff too often rather than hitting the highs that I know he is more than capable of. Colleagues too had commented that something was perhaps lacking in the songs so it was with some trepidation that I approached this, their 9th release, ‘Underworld’.
But all this technical brilliance would only manage to hold your attention for so long if the songwriting sucked. The good news is, that isn’t the case at all. In fact, the songwriting here is as tight and as consistent as you could possibly ask for. So consistent, it’s very hard to pick favorite songs, though I can certainly do my best for that.