On Symphony X’s eighth studio album, the iconic Progressive Metal band deliver their most intense and thought-provoking album yet. Truly one of the most innovative bands on the planet, Iconoclast is the result of years of hard work, dedicated craftsmanship and an innate sense of melody and hooks so infectious they rival their prior brilliant catalog of work.
Symphony X is an American heavy metal band from New Jersey founded in 1994 by guitarist Michael Romeo. Musically, Symphony X is often compared to other progressive metal bands such as Dream Theater and Fates Warning. They play in complex timings and odd meters while incorporating elements of symphonic metal and more traditional heavy metal into their sound. Their music also contains strong neo-classical elements reminiscent of Yngwie Malmsteen, Cacophony, Randy Rhoads, and other neo-classical metal artists.
Live on the Edge of Forever is the first live album by progressive metal band Symphony X, which was recorded on their European tour in 2000 and 2001.
The Epiphany, the debut CD from the symphonic metal band is a celestial blend of enigmatic lyrical threads and layered neoclassical metal. While traces of Hendrix, Symphony X and J.S. Bach can be detected throughout the 10-track CD, X Opus has shaped a dense musical landscape pockmarked by major plateaus and minor gullies. The combination of doomy chord changes, bombastic compositional grandness, the flavor of Middle Eastern scales, and lyrical themes, based on the redemptive nature of faith, is enough to send chills up and down your spine.
Howard Shore - Creating The Lord of the Rings Symphony - A Composer's Journey Through Middle-earth Includes excerpts of live concert footage from The Lord of the Rings Symphony: Six Movements for Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists, documentary commentary by Howard Shore, and the illustrations of Alan Lee and John Howe. The concert footage was recorded live at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts, Montreal, Canada in February 2004.
Ian Hislop and John Eliot Gardiner reveal the story behind Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Described as the 'greatest 'great' piece ever written,' its opening notes are among the most recognisable in history. But no one really knows what Beethoven was trying to express with this piece. The traditional wisdom is that he is railing against fate and his deafness. But John Eliot believes the music expresses Beethoven's belief in the French Revolution. This is turbulent music from a turbulent man living in a turbulent age. John Eliot and Ian Hislop bring to life the exciting and dangerous times that shaped Beethoven personally and creatively.