Lead guitarist in Symphony X, Michael Romero announces new album War Of The Worlds, Part 2. Romero is known as a phantom guitarist, but he obviously has very great skills regarding composing songs and that can be heard on the new album. The new album is a sequel to War Of The Worlds, Part 1. The new album is supported by three very, very skilled musicians known from very good bands.
For the new album Romeo welcomed a couple of returning musicians including 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», says Romeo. «Dino came highly recommended, and he totally nailed it! He really brought an exciting element to the music».
Michael Romeo began playing guitar at the tender age of 14. At the age of 19, Michael was one of the finalists of the nation-wide Sam Ash Music Store guitar contest. Michael Romeo takes his influences from many sources including Steve Vai, Al DiMeola, Yngwie Malmsteen, JS Bach, John Williams and Frank Zappa. He wrote and recorded his debut solo album in 1994 entitled The Dark Chapter which features an ambitious reworking of Paganini’s Concerto in B Minor arranged for the guitar by Michael himself. Not only did Michael play the majority of all the instruments on the album, he also engineered, mixed and produced the album showcasing his versatile abilities in the studio. Michael Romeo has also released an instructional guitar video called The Dark Guitar.
He is an incredibly accomplished player drawing on a neo-classical style reminiscent of Yngwie Malmsteen while retaining his own identifiable signature that sets him apart from other players in this genre. He has received major coverage in many of the guitar magazines around the world and is best known for his role as lead guitarist in Symphony X. Highly recommended for Symphony X fans and fans of neo classical progressive metal.
01. Introduction, Pt. II (02:37)
02. Divide & Conquer (04:46)
03. Destroyer (05:34)
04. Metamorphosis (05:53)
05. Mothership (02:23)
06. Just Before the Dawn (05:01)
07. Hybrids (06:14)
08. Hunted (04:32)
09. Maschinenmensch (09:03)
10. Parasite (04:33)
11. Brave New World (Outro) (03:36)
12. The Perfect Weapon (Bonus Track) (07:41)
13. Alien DeathRay (Bonus Track) (04:31)
Michael Romeo (Symphony X) – guitars
John JD DeServio (Black Label Society) – bass
John Macaluso (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ark, James LaBrie) – drums
Dino Jelusick (Animal Drive, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) – vocals