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Boxset / Compilation · 1998

Tracklist

1. Masquerade '98 (6:01)
2. A Winter's Dream, Part I: Prelude (3:03)
3. The Damnation Game (4:32)
4. Dressed To Kill (4:44)
5. Of Sins And Shadows (4:56)
6. Sea Of Lies (4:18)
7. Out Of The Ashes (3:39)
8. The Divine Wings Of Tragedy (20:41)
9. Candlelight Fantasia (6:42)
10. Smoke And Mirrors (6:12)
11. Through The Looking Glass, Parts I-III (13:04)

Total Time: 77:56

Line-up/Musicians

- Russell Allen / vocals
- Michael Romeo / guitars
- Michael Pinnella / keyboards
- Michael LePond / bass
- Jason Rullo / drums
- Tom Walling / drums (10 and 11)

About this release

Release date: December 15, 1998
Label: Metal Blade

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As is always the problem with compilations, they quickly become dated, which is the case for 'Prelude to the Millennium', Symphony X's 1998 collection that nicely compiles material from their first four albums, which in retrospect, covers their mainly progressive/neoclassical phase (subsequent albums would go in a much heavier, power metal-inspired direction).

With that said, there is still plenty of excellent music here which can easily to used to convert new fans. Featuring some of the bands most ambitious and complex pieces, this will appeal to metal and prog fans alike, with a nice mixture of heavy, fast, quiet and epic songs. As is standard with the genre, the technical ability of everyone involved is top-notch, with particular praise going to the chemistry between guitarist Michael Romeo and keyboardist Michael Pinnella, and of course, to powerhouse vocalist Russell Allen.

Featuring some absolutely astonishing progressive metal hits such as 'Through the Looking Glass', 'Smoke and Mirrors' 'Of Sins and Shadows', 'The Damnation Game' and a re-recorded version of 'Masquerade' off of their debut album, the choice of songs here is (mostly) spot-on! And definitely highlights all of the bands strengths. However with that said, there is one problem...

'The Divine Wings of Tragedy'.

Now, the choice of songs is mostly killer here, and although there's one or two songs I'd have left off (this is always the case for compilation CD's), the real overkill is the inclusion of the 21-minute epic 'Divine Wings...'. It's a great song, but damn, it just takes up such a huge chunk here, and really, it just seems too much to hear the entire song! If it'd been up to me, 'The Accolade', 'Church of the Machine' or 'The Eyes of Medusa' are all much more accessible songs that could have taken its place. But never mind... can't win 'em all...

Symphony X are one of my all-time favourite bands, and I strongly encourage everyone to check them out. The music is incredibly well-written and will appeal to fans of both prog and metal. Despite only covering their first four albums, 'Prelude to the Millennium' is still a great starting point for anyone new to the band.

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