Symphony X

Ages 18 and up
Tuesday, May 21
Doors: 6:30pm
Symphony X
with Heathen

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Thunderbird Music Hall
4053 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA

Doors @ 6:30pm
Show @ 7:30pm

AGE RESTRICTION: 18+ or Accompanied by Legal Guardian
A distinct murmur went around the world in 1994 when a certain six-string guitarist from New Jersey named Michael Romeo of the prog band Gemini recorded The Dark Chapter demo and sent it out to record labels. It seemed the new guitar messiah of the coming 21st Century had made himself known to the world and he’d soon launch a new band that would stir up the prog genre. With an innovative mixture of heavy metal, progressive rock and neo-classical sounds, Romeo and his men in SYMPHONY X recorded a debut album (released in Japan in ’94; released worldwide in 1995) that began their journey to create a blueprint for the young generation of prog metal bands to follow.

The Damnation Game (1995) celebrated the debut of the band‘s second asset: the charismatic, deeply emotional and relentlessly aggressive vocals of Russell Allen. The Divine Wings Of Tragedy (1997) placed the emphasis on the band’s progressive approach and is still considered to be SYMPHONY X’s ultimate masterpiece. Twilight In Olympus (1998) livened up the band’s classical aspects with the instrumental ‘Sonata’ (which is based on the piano Sonata No. 8 ‘Pathétique’ by Ludwig van Beethoven). Via V: The New Mythology Suite (2000), the quintet delivered their first concept album at the turn of the millenium that dealt with the myth of Atlantis. Live On The Edge Of Forever (2001) was visual proof that the band could easily transpose their complex material onto the stage. Oriented towards the eponymous poem by English poet John Milton, the thrashing harshness of The Odyssey (2002) is said to be the band’s most aggressive album to date. Paradise Lost (2007) is the darkest and most gothic-like work in the band’s discography.
Heathen is an American thrash metal band originating from San Francisco, California, and is often seen as one of the leaders of the Bay Area thrash metal scene. Heathen has released three studio albums: Breaking the Silence (1987), Victims of Deception (1991) and The Evolution of Chaos (2010). The band signed with Nuclear Blast Records and is currently working on a new album for release in 2020.

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Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from Middletown, New Jersey. Founded in 1994, the band consists of guitarist Michael Romeo, keyboardist Michael Pinnella, drummer Jason Rullo, lead vocalist Russell Allen and bassist Michael Lepond. They achieved some commercial success with the 2007 album Paradise Lost and the 2011 album Iconoclast, which reached number 76 on the Billboard 200. Romeo explained the band's name in a 2008 interview; "So, you know, the music we were coming up with had the keyboard thing and the guitar, and some classical elements, so the word ‘Symphony’ came up and, so the dramatic thing, you know? So then, somebody said ‘Symphony X’ and we were like, ‘yeah, that’s cool’ it is that kinda thing, and the ‘X’ is the unknown and all the other stuff we do."
Formed in 1984, Heathen was part of the first wave of Bay Area Thrash bands that helped establish a genre of heavy metal that remains popular to this day. The band gained initial success with their first album, “Breaking the Silence,” released on Combat Records in 1987. Driven by the riffs and harmonic structure provided by guitarist Lee Altus and the memorable vocals of David White, the album showcased Heathen’s signature sound, mixing aggression and melody. Just prior to the “Breaking the Silence” tour, drummer Darren Minter joined Heathen’s lineup, bringing a more powerful backbone to the band. After a series of label negotiations, Heathen left Combat Records and recorded their follow-up album, “Victims of Deception,” for Roadrunner Records in 1991. The album further established Heathen’s unique identity in the thrash scene with more complex arrangements and improved production, and continued to grow the band’s fanbase, allowing them to tour Europe for the first time with contemporaries like Sepultura and Sacred Reich. An unexpected hiatus followed as founding member Lee Altus was invited to join the German industrial metal band Die Krupps and, later, thrash pioneers Exodus. Heathen never disbanded, however, and recorded a number of cover songs that were eventually released as the “Recovered” album in 2004. Heathen returned to the stage in 2001 to play the Thrash of the Titans benefit show in San Francisco, reigniting their dedicated fanbase, and resulting in numerous offers for the band to play key European festivals in 2002 and 2003. The band returned to the Bay Area to write new material and released a demo in 2005, which was shopped to various labels and distributed to fans via the internet. The demo became so popular in the underground metal scene that the band even toured Europe in support of it. Soon afterward, Heathen signed a new record deal with Mascot Records and began writing more material for their third full length album. In 2007, guitarist Kragen Lum joined the band, solidifying the core of the current lineup. For the next two years, Heathen wrote and recorded its most recent album, “The Evolution of Chaos,” creating what some reviewers have called one of the best thrash albums of the last decade. Drawing critical acclaim from all over the world, “The Evolution of Chaos” was released in 2010, debuting strongly on metal charts around the world and even placing at number 75 on the overall German popular music chart. By the end of the year the album topped many press and fan “Top 10” lists and landed at number 37 on the CMJ Year-End Loud Rock chart, above such metal greats as Dio, Halford and Lamb of God. The success of “The Evolution of Chaos” allowed Heathen to film a promotional video for the song “Dying Season,” and to tour Japan and Europe, visiting several countries for the first time ever. The band finished up 2010 with a series of successful shows, including some U.S. shows with Exodus, and 2011 is looking to be an even busier year with Heathen preparing to go back to Europe with Overkill and Destruction as part of the Killfest tour in March, then across North America with Destruction in April and May.