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The Odyssey (album)

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The Odyssey
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 5, 2002 (2002-11-05)
StudioThe Dungeon
LabelInside Out
ProducerMichael Romeo
Symphony X chronology
Live on the Edge of Forever
The Odyssey
Paradise Lost

The Odyssey is the sixth studio album by progressive metal band Symphony X, released on November 5, 2002 through Inside Out Music.[1] The album is the band's first to be recorded entirely at guitarist Michael Romeo's home studio, The Dungeon.[2] "Accolade II" is a sequel to "The Accolade" from The Divine Wings of Tragedy (1996). The title track is the album's grand finale: a 24-minute musical interpretation of Homer's Odyssey, an epic poem about the journey of ancient Greek hero Odysseus.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Metal Crypt[3]
Metal Storm9/10[4]

Alex Henderson at AllMusic gave The Odyssey three stars out of five, calling it an "old-school" album and "dated" for its time, while clarifying that "dated isn't necessarily a bad thing—if you hold a particular era in high regard, dated can actually be a plus." He also likened the mythical and fantasy elements to classic heavy metal acts such as Queensrÿche, Yngwie Malmsteen, Ronnie James Dio, Iron Maiden and Metallica.[1]

Loudwire named the album in fifth in the list "Top 25 Power Metal Albums of All Time"[5] and Metal Hammer ranked it at #19 in a similar list.[6]

Track listing

1."Inferno (Unleash the Fire)"Russell Allen, Michael RomeoRomeo5:32
3."Incantations of the Apprentice"AllenRomeo4:22
4."Accolade II"AllenRomeo, Michael Pinnella, Michael LePond7:53
5."King of Terrors"Allen, Romeo, Jason RulloRomeo, Pinnella6:19
6."The Turning"Allen, RomeoRomeo, LePond4:44
7."Awakenings"Allen, RomeoRomeo, Pinnella, LePond8:21
8."The Odyssey"
  • "Part I - Odysseus' Theme / Overture"
  • "Part II - Journey to Ithaca"
  • "Part III - The Eye"
  • "Part IV - Circe (Daughter of the Sun)"
  • "Part V - Sirens"
  • "Part VI - Scylla and Charybdis
    • a) Gulf of Doom
    • b) Drifting Home"
  • "Part VII - The Fate of the Suitors / Champion of Ithaca"
  • (instrumental)
  • Allen, Romeo
  • Romeo
  • Romeo
  • Romeo
  • (instrumental)
  • LePond, Romeo
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  • Romeo
  • Romeo
  • Romeo
  • Romeo
  • Romeo
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  • 24:09
    Total length:66:52
    Japanese/limited edition bonus tracks[7]
    9."Masquerade '98"Romeo, Pinnella, Thomas Miller, Rullo, Rod TylerRomeo, Pinnella, Miller, Rullo, Tyler6:00
    10."Frontiers"AllenRomeo, LePond, Pinnella, Rullo4:50



    Technical personnel


    1. ^ a b c Henderson, Alex. "The Odyssey - Symphony X | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
    2. ^ The Odyssey (CD edition liner notes).
    3. ^ Iwarrior (December 20, 2002). "Review of Symphony X - The Odyssey". The Metal Crypt. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
    4. ^ Taster, Dream (September 22, 2003). "Symphony X - The Odyssey review". Metal Storm. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
    5. ^ DiVita, Joe (July 5, 2017). "Top 25 Power Metal Albums of All Time". Loudwire. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
    6. ^ Chantler, Chris (14 November 2019). "The 25 greatest power metal albums". Metal Hammer. Future plc. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
    7. ^ "The Odyssey". Symphony X. Retrieved May 30, 2014.