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Discussion in 'Symphony X (Unofficial)' started by maestro41, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. maestro41

    maestro41 Member

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    can anyone comment on the masks on the first album, I think it was as well as V. ?
     
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    What about them? They're on all the album covers
     
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    Yes, I guess they are on all of them. What do you make of them Donkyle?
     
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    Marwen Five Align

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    you don't have to write a title for every post you make.
     
  5. Xtopher

    Xtopher Creation's menace

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    lol, dont mess with him, that´s a legitimate question for someone who hasnt been here for more that 2 months.
    Michael Romeo explained the masks in a couple of interviews many years ago, i´ll try to find them and link them for you.
     
  6. maestro41

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    thanks man, hey look no title.
     
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    Krowsnest Guardian of the Blind

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    I looked back at few posts from some years ago on the forum, and according to some members, the masks represent the "progressive" and the "metal" sides of SX's music. If so, that's some pretty cool symbolism.
     
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    cant find the video...but here´s something Russ said:

    "Symphony X has 2 masks that are the symbol of the group. Of a side it is in favor the dark and by another one the light, is to say to the progressive side and the side metal; and both we can take them indifferently": Russell Allen
     
  9. Kenneth R.

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    it's a gimmick based off the classic motif of comedy/tragedy.
     
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    I thought so, but I wondered why they selected that particular "gimmick".
     
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    As said earlier, they basically took the comedy/tragedy motif and tweaked into a prog/metal version. (another way to say that Symphony X is NOT just about "prog")

    It's cool and also fits with the band's name, "X" being "unknown" --> mask. Also seems to fit with the band's popularity, namely back in the early days.
     
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    Postulate Have a nice day! :)

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    Lots of "sophisticated" rock bands love the whole drama masks thing. It was big in neo-prog too - Marillion, Twelfth Night, IQ, and Comedy of Errors all included it to some extent. I'm sure the same is true of many symphonic or operatic metal bands (Crimson Glory also comes to mind).
     
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    Yeah, and those bands dropped it when they grew up too.
     
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    Postulate Have a nice day! :)

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    Growin' up, growin' up - lookin' for a place to live!
     
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    I fucking love that guy. Every song he does is gold. <3 PG
     
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    its also a nice little homage to the Blue Oyster Cult too.. im sure other bands have done the same thing :)
     

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