North America's progressive metal masters Symphony X are currently recording their Nuclear Blast debut and follow-up to 2007's Paradise Lost, which has sold over 60,000 copies in North America. Lead vocalist Russell Allen has finished laying down his vocal tracks and the band is moving on to record keyboards, bass, and guitar solos.
Comments Allen: "I just want to say how excited I am about the new album. It's gonna kill! The songs rock and the performances by my fellow bandmates are simply amazing." Guitarist Michael Romeo adds: "We love the fans, and we know we haven't been as on top of things with the updates this year as we should have, but when it's down to the wire and we're going 24/7 trying to wrap things up, then that's what we're focused on.
"We really think the fans will like this album; it has been, by far, more work (and harder work) than any other album, period."
Allen and Symphony X drummer Jason Rullo both recently became fathers for the second time. Jason is now the proud father of a beautiful baby girl and Russell and his wife now have a beautiful baby boy.
In other band news, the Symphony X fan club has been shut down and is currently being revamped. "We anticipate that it will be ready for new members around the same time as the new CD is released, if not a bit sooner," says the band's webmaster. "Existing/previous members should have either already received info on the change to a permanent membership setup and an invite to the new fan club mailing list or will be receiving it soon. If you are an existing/previous Symphony X fan club member and have not received this notification, please contact Jax (jax (at) symphonx.com) for more information."
Fans are encouraged to submit questions for the soon-to-be-updated FAQ section of Symphony X's web site. Send questions in to symxfaq (at) gmail.com with ?FAQ? in the subject line.
Formed in 1994 in New Jersey, Symphony X has seven studio albums and one live album to its credit.
Symphony X has scheduled the following dates for 2011:
Apr. 22 - Best Buy Theater (formerly Nokia Theater) - New York, NY
Apr. 25 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC, Canada
May 10 - Wiltern Theater - Los Angeles, CA
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[Source: Blabbermouth.net/SymX MySpace and Facebook sites]