Michael Romeo: With the first jaw-dropping single Divide & Conquer!

Michael Romeo - Divide & Conquer

Michael Romero present Divide & Conquer – the first single from upcoming album War Of The World’s, Part 2. The album is due out March 25th, 2022. N ow, you can hear the first jaw-dropping single Divide & Conquer!


One by one – dissected with such extreme precision

Classified by type

It’s begun – razor sharp, oh, that first incision

Strong and swift – speed of light

Eyes of envy watching from afar

Rip the skyline like a falling star

Unearthly silence dressed in black

The damage is done, now there’s no turning back

Denying, defying – the dread’s intensifying

It’s all for one and one for all

Defiling, die trying – a storm electrifying

Divided we stand, united we fall

Victimized – the microscopic subdivisions

Bound by chains of fear

Paralyzed – we align for sure collision

Endless night draws ever near

Nightmare titans lacerate the sky

Through darkened clouds, the foe malign

Unearthly silence dressed in black

The damage is done, now there’s no turning back

Denying, defying – the dread’s intensifying

It’s all for one and one for all

Defiling, die trying – a storm electrifying

Divided we stand, united we fall

Legendary Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo is pleased to announce the release of his upcoming album War Of The Worlds, Part 2 on March 25th, 2022 on InsideOut Music. The record features guest vocals by Dino Jelusick!

Michael Romeo on his new solo album:

«I’m really excited to finally release the new solo album, ‘War of the Worlds, Part 2’. After many delays, lockdowns, new variants, etc… ha! It looks like things are getting back on track. I’m hoping this new music will put some smiles on some faces in these uncertain times. My best wishes to everyone for 2022!».

Director Wayne Joyner on making the video:

«Working on videos for Michael Romeo is such an amazing privilege and pleasure. I still feel like that 16-year-old kid jamming out to his shredding. Now I get work with a hero. How cool is that!! Total honor in every sense of the word!».


 1.Introduction – Part II (2:37)

2.Divide & Conquer (4:46)

3.Destroyer (5:34)

4.Metamorphosis (5:53)

5.Mothership (2:23)

6.Just Before the Dawn (5:01)

7.Hybrids (6:14)

8.Hunted (4:32)

9.Maschinenmensch (9:03)

10.Parasite (4:33)

11.Brave New World (Outro) (3:36)

Bonus Tracks:

12.The Perfect Weapon (7:41)

13.Alien DeathRay (4:31)

In his groundbreaking work with Symphony X, Romeo established himself as one of heavy metals most exciting maverick guitarists. Influenced by the likes of axe gods Randy Rhoads, Yngwie Malmsteen, Dimebag Darrell and Uli Jon Roth, he’s also steeped in the works of Beethoven, Ravel and Stravinsky. But there’s yet another side to the New Jersey axe wizard and composer, one who’s enamored of film score giants such as Bernard Herrmann, John Williams, Danny Elfman and Hans Zimmer. Romeo put it all in a Cuisinart for his first musical homage to H.G. Wells, and with War of the Worlds, Part II, he’s flipped the switch to infinity and beyond.

 «The title feels a little more prophetic than usual”, he says. “Just by taking a look around at what’s going on in the world. For the most part, there’s a strong sci-fi element to the album, but on a few songs I’m kind of like, ‘Maybe the aliens can just sit this one out while we fight among ourselves…ha».

 For WOTW2, Romeo welcomes a couple of returning players – drummer John Macaluso and bassist John JD DeServio – but the album marks the first time he worked with Croatian singer Dino Jelusick. «I go way back with John and JD, so they were the obvious choices, but this time I wanted to try something different with the vocals», Romeo says. «Dino came highly recommended, and he totally nailed it! He really brought an exciting element to the music».

 Summing up the album, Romeo says, «It takes the first record deeper into the journey. It’s H.G. Wells with modern-day sci-fi, and there’s a lot of super-heavy cinematic music and, obviously, lots of guitars. Put it on and forget where you are. Let’s go somewhere else. The real world will still be here ».


Om Ulf Backstrøm (6832 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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