STYX

Hard Rock / Non-Metal • United States
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Styx is an American hard rock/progressive rock band that became famous for its albums from the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Chicago band is known for melding the style of prog-rock with the power of hard rock guitar, strong ballads, and elements of American musical theater.

History

Twin brothers Chuck and John Panozzo first got together with their neighbor Dennis DeYoung in 1961 in the Roseland section of the south side of Chicago, eventually taking the band name "The Tradewinds". Chuck Panozzo left to attend seminary school for a year but returned to the group by 1964. Tom Nardini had been brought in to replace Chuck on guitar and Chuck decided to play bass guitar when he returned to the band. John Panozzo was the drummer, while Dennis DeYoung had switched from accordion to organ and piano. In 1965, the name "Tradewinds" was changed to TW4 after another band called The
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STYX Discography

STYX albums / top albums

STYX Styx album cover 3.82 | 5 ratings
Styx
Hard Rock 1972
STYX Styx II album cover 3.63 | 6 ratings
Styx II
Hard Rock 1973
STYX The Serpent Is Rising album cover 4.57 | 5 ratings
The Serpent Is Rising
Hard Rock 1973
STYX Man Of Miracles album cover 4.00 | 5 ratings
Man Of Miracles
Hard Rock 1974
STYX Equinox album cover 4.16 | 6 ratings
Equinox
Hard Rock 1975
STYX Crystal Ball album cover 3.53 | 7 ratings
Crystal Ball
Hard Rock 1976
STYX The Grand Illusion album cover 4.65 | 10 ratings
The Grand Illusion
Hard Rock 1977
STYX Pieces Of Eight album cover 4.04 | 8 ratings
Pieces Of Eight
Hard Rock 1978
STYX Cornerstone album cover 3.35 | 7 ratings
Cornerstone
Non-Metal 1979
STYX Paradise Theater album cover 3.64 | 7 ratings
Paradise Theater
Non-Metal 1981
STYX Kilroy Was Here album cover 2.71 | 8 ratings
Kilroy Was Here
Non-Metal 1983
STYX Edge Of The Century album cover 3.06 | 5 ratings
Edge Of The Century
Non-Metal 1990
STYX Brave New World album cover 2.80 | 6 ratings
Brave New World
Non-Metal 1999
STYX Cyclorama album cover 2.95 | 6 ratings
Cyclorama
Non-Metal 2003
STYX Big Bang Theory album cover 3.06 | 4 ratings
Big Bang Theory
Hard Rock 2005
STYX The Mission album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Mission
Hard Rock 2017

STYX EPs & splits

STYX Regenaration Vol. I album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Regenaration Vol. I
Hard Rock 2010
STYX Regenaration Vol. II album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Regenaration Vol. II
Hard Rock 2011

STYX live albums

STYX Caught In The Act album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Caught In The Act
Hard Rock 1984
STYX Return To Paradise album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Return To Paradise
Hard Rock 1997
STYX Arch Allies: Live At Riverport album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Arch Allies: Live At Riverport
Hard Rock 2000
STYX Styx World: Live 2001 album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Styx World: Live 2001
Hard Rock 2001
STYX At The River's Edge: Live In St. Louis album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
At The River's Edge: Live In St. Louis
Hard Rock 2002
STYX 21st Century Live album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
21st Century Live
Hard Rock 2003
STYX One With Everything: Styx And The Contemporary Youth Orchestra album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
One With Everything: Styx And The Contemporary Youth Orchestra
Hard Rock 2006
STYX The Grand Illusion, Pieces Of Eight Live album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
The Grand Illusion, Pieces Of Eight Live
Hard Rock 2012

STYX demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

STYX re-issues & compilations

STYX Best Of Styx album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Best Of Styx
Hard Rock 1977
STYX Styx Classics Volume 15 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Styx Classics Volume 15
Hard Rock 1987
STYX Styx Greatest Hits album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
Styx Greatest Hits
Hard Rock 1995
STYX Styx Greatest Hits Part 2 album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Styx Greatest Hits Part 2
Hard Rock 1996
STYX Rockers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rockers
Hard Rock 2003
STYX Come Sail Away: The Styx Anthology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Come Sail Away: The Styx Anthology
Hard Rock 2004
STYX The Complete Wooden Nickel Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Wooden Nickel Recordings
Hard Rock 2005
STYX Chronicles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chronicles
Hard Rock 2005

STYX singles (30)

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2.00 | 1 ratings
Best Thing
Hard Rock 1972
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Lady
Hard Rock 1974
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2.00 | 1 ratings
You Need Love
Hard Rock 1974
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2.83 | 2 ratings
Light Up / Born For Adventure
Hard Rock 1975
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Lorelei / Midnight Ride
Hard Rock 1975
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Mademoiselle / Light Up
Hard Rock 1976
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Crystal Ball
Hard Rock 1977
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Come Sail Away / Put Me On
Hard Rock 1977
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Fooling Yourself
Non-Metal 1978
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
Hard Rock 1978
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Sing For The Day
Hard Rock 1978
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Renegade
Hard Rock 1978
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Babe
Non-Metal 1979
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Why Me / Lights
Hard Rock 1979
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Boat On The River
Hard Rock 1979
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Borrowed Time
Hard Rock 1979
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Lights
Hard Rock 1979
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2.00 | 1 ratings
The Best Of Times
Hard Rock 1980
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Too Much Time On My Hands
Hard Rock 1980
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Nothing Ever Goes As Planned
Hard Rock 1980
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Rockin' The Paradise
Hard Rock 1981
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Mr. Roboto
Hard Rock 1983
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Don't Let It End
Hard Rock 1983
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2.00 | 1 ratings
High Time
Hard Rock 1983
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Music Time
Hard Rock 1984
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Love Is The Ritual
Hard Rock 1990
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Love At First Sight
Hard Rock 1991
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Show Me The Way
Hard Rock 1991
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Everything Is Cool
Hard Rock 1999
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2.00 | 1 ratings
I Am The Walrus
Hard Rock 2003

STYX movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Caught In The Act: Live And More
Hard Rock 1984
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0.00 | 0 ratings
21st Century Live
Hard Rock 2003
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3.50 | 1 ratings
One With Everything: Styx And The Contemporary Youth Orchestra
Hard Rock 2006
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0.00 | 0 ratings
The Grand Illusion, Pieces Of Eight Live
Hard Rock 2012

STYX Reviews

STYX The Grand Illusion

Album · 1977 · Hard Rock
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Warthur
What is the Grand Illusion? In the hands of Styx, it might be the boundary between full-blown progressive rock and radio-friendly AOR pop. The album finds Styx straddling that divide in a similar manner to the way Kansas would attempt from time to time - though whilst to my ears Kansas always got the best results when they stopped trying to balance the equation and just embraced their prog side, here I think Styx actually manage to master both the substance of AOR-pop and the texture and aesthetic of prog simultaneously.

With The Grand Finale recapitulating the theme of album opener The Grand Illusion, for instance, there's a certain sense of an overarching concept here, but as with Supertramp's Crime of the Century (another classic of the borderland between prog and pop) that may be more apparent than actual; either way, you get some really solid, hook-laden tunes here which manage to be smart enough to pique the curiosity of a prog audience whilst being straight-ahead enough not to abandon their pop roots. I think it's badly underappreciated.

STYX Equinox

Album · 1975 · Hard Rock
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aglasshouse
Equinox is a very pertinent musical adventure. From cover to track-list, it is an album that sticks out (unlike a sore thumb) in Styx's discography. 1975 was still a decent year for progressive rock, but at the same time similarly being around the peak of the industries career. The true identity and greatness of Styx weaves all the way back to around '73, but a culmination of debut era sound and a more mature skill-set came a wonderful product for the ages. Remember, this was before the 80's Styx, who's synthetic commercialization was extremely forthright and seemed almost prideful to show to world. Equinox was a symbol of a more honest era, where instruments like synthesizers were modest and used in the right places instead of being sprawled out willy-nilly. Perhaps my favorite tracks on the album come from the fantastic juxtaposition of black-face progressive rock and the heavy metal/hard rock that Styx started to develop as the 70's went on. A very understandable comparison has been made between this album and Kansas' music (circa. Masque), which is very understandable. But while Kansas is very upfront about their symphonics, Styx utilizes both that and proto-metal 70's hard rock (which was stated before). For those neigh-sayers who enjoy saying that Styx if very light with the prog then I urge you to listen to Equinox. If you have already, well, do it again.

STYX Crystal Ball

Album · 1976 · Hard Rock
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FMOTP
I will state right up front that I love this record. It was one of my favorite LP's in high school, and I probably listened to it 100 times. I don't understand why Crystal Ball isn't given the same respect as Equinox. This is an album of excellent songs. Styx were still hard rock at this point, which ought to please the reader of this site.

Is there a bias against Tommy Shaw at work here? The man can obviously sing, and I don't see the ability to write commercially successfully music as a bad thing! If I'm picking favorites, I would probably go with "Ballerina" and the title track. "Put Me On" is bland, but that's an exception. This is an excellent hard rock album with some progressive touches. I'm giving it 3 and 1/2 stars, docked a half star only because of its "metal-ness" level.

STYX Man Of Miracles

Album · 1974 · Hard Rock
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Unitron
Styx-Man of Miracles

After the masterpiece of progressive rock that was 'The Serpent is Rising', Styx must have been split between two sides of the rock spectrum. Two of their past three albums had all been great prog rock albums, Styx II being a bit weak, with two masterpieces surrounding it. One of the weaker parts of Styx II were the more radio-friendly rock songs like 'You Need Love', 'You Better Ask', and the song that got them popular, 'Lady'. I've always seen Man of Miracles as being torn between these two styles, and having only a few real noteworthy songs.

The two radio-friendly rockers that open up the album, 'Rock n Roll Feeling' and 'Having a Ball', are pretty mediocre and give the album a pretty bad start. Fortunately, the softer song that comes next 'Golden Lark' is quite enjoyable. It has very beautiful violin, piano, and DeYoung's vocals are very strong. 'A Song for Suzanne' is one of my favorites on this album, beginning with sounds of rain which really adds atmosphere. Very beautiful violin comes in before the piano fades in. The rest of the song is great and more hard rocking, but this beginning is what stands out for me. 'Evil Eyes' is a great bluesy prog song, with some great bass work by Chuck Panozzo that compliments one of Curulewski's great guitar solos very well. The finale, the majestic and grandiose title track, can't be forgotten. The drums build up to an epic organ and guitar blast. The song has great organ work and really hard rocking riffing, making it an instant highlight. Deep Purple fans will probably enjoy this song. The other songs, while not all bad, are nothing noteworthy.

Overall, it's a pretty decent album. It's on pretty much the same level as Styx II, but maybe a bit weaker. Unlike the debut and 'The Serpent is Rising', Styx couldn't really make up their mind about what they wanted to do. This album would be the final Wooden Nickel released album before signing on to a major label. The coming result would fortunately be a good one.

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STYX The Serpent Is Rising

Album · 1973 · Hard Rock
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Unitron
Styx-The Serpent is Rising

After the good but overall weaker effort of 'Styx II', Styx released one of their most groundbreaking albums yet. The mighty 'The Serpent is Rising' came and became a pretty odd release in Styx's discography.

The Serpent is Rising is a widely varied album, with songs ranging from heavy proto-metal rockers like 'Witch Wolf' and 'Young Man' and softer melodic tracks like 'The Grove of Eglantine' and 'As Bad As This'. Dennis DeYoung wrote most of the songs for the previous album, but guitarist John Curulewski took most of the songwriting duties for this album. This probably led to this album being much heavier then anything Styx had done before, hence James Young or Curulewski singing on most of the tracks. I find it hard to imagine DeYoung's vocals being very suited for the gritty heavy songs, his vocals give a great performance on 'The Grove of Eglantine' though.

My favorite song on the album is 'Young Man', which begins with some great acoustics and pretty dark lyrics. The song builds up quite a bit, especially after a soft melodic bridge when Young screams, quite a contrast. Another standout song is the title track combined with the final two tracks. The title track is sang by Curulewski and his voice fits in perfectly with the swirling keyboards and moogs and heavy menacing guitar. Then comes 'Krakatoa', which is a one and a half-minute track of screams before 'Hallelujah' starts playing.

I'm not sure if this is true, but I've always seen this album as a concept album. It may be subtle, but it appears that it's a concept album about life and death. Many of the lyrical themes connect to different parts of a mans life, 'The Grove of Eglantine' being about finding love, 'Young Man' being about war, 'As Bad as This' having to do with depression, and the title track relating to death.

Overall, this is my personal favorite Styx album and one of my favorite progressive rock albums of all time. It's an extremely underrated album and an album I find flawless.

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