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. 1 will be no doubt be cause for celebration. The wildly ambitious 10-song disc sees the founder, chief songwriter and prime mover of the progressive titans furthering his reputation as one of the world’s preeminent axe slingers and composers of adventurous, multi-faceted orchestral metal. Today fans can listen to the first song off the record, entitled “Black” in the video below.
Romeo recorded the bulk of “War Of The Worlds / Pt. 1” over a year-and-a-half period in the comfort of his home studio (nicknamed “the Dungeon” by his wife) in Hazlet, New Jersey. The project gave him the perfect opportunity to work with the rising Long Island star Castellano, a singer he’s had his eye on for some time, as well as fellow Jerseyans John Macaluso and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY member DeServio. “JD and I went to high school together,” Romeo notes. “We always wanted to do something together, so this was the perfect opportunity. The planets finally aligned, and we were able to work together. It was great to have him play on it.”
While “War Of The Worlds / Pt. 1” brims with the kind of thrill-seeking guitar chops that have placed the Garden State shredder in numerous “all-time greats” lists, it also offers some unconventional twists: Along with classic metal textures, Romeo pays homage to film score giants Bernard Hermann and John Williams, and there’s even some surprising EDM/dubstep elements guaranteed to turn heads — all of which makes for an enthralling and immersive journey.
War of the Worlds / Pt.1 will be released worldwide on CD, double vinyl and digitally. The double vinyl will includes a code for a complimentary MP3 download of the album. Preorders are already available at this location.