Michael Romeo of Symphony X fame will be releasing his new solo album War Of The Worlds/Pt 1 on 27th July via Music Theory Recordings/Mascot Label Group. This is a widely ambitious album with 10 new songs from the founder of one of the worlds biggest progressive metal bands.
Romeo states: “It’s me putting all the things I love about music in a blender, somebody might listen to it and say, ‘What is this guy thinking?’ But it’s all about being creative and having a good time with it.”
War Of The Worlds/Pt 1 will play homage to Bernard Hermann and John Williams and will include amazing guitar work, classic metal textures and even EDM/Dubstep elements on the release.
The album is set to include tracks like the instrumental Introduction through to the electronic sound of Fucking Robots which Romeo has described as saying: “my fans might think I’ve lost my mind on this one,”. Djinn is said to be a thunderous metal track and Believe is thought to have been the ballad on the release. The end track Constellations also sees guitars and keyboards meld together with Romeo stating: “That one probably took the longest to create of all the songs on the record, it wasn’t just the recording – it was the writing and scoring. I had to break out the pencil and paper on that one. But I couldn’t be happier with the results. It really ends the album on a powerful note.”
Romeo recorded the majority of the album in his own studio (nicknamed – The Dungeon) and the band is completed by vocalist Castellano, Macaluso and DeServio (who’s also in Black Label Society). Romeo states about DeServio: “JD and I went to high school together, we always wanted to do something together, so this was the perfect opportunity. The planets finally aligned, and we were able to work together. It was great to have him play on it.”
This is Romeo’s first release not including his debut EP release The Dark Chapter (1994) and the guitarist promises a sequel for the album stating: “Most of Part II is already finished, It just needs a few vocals, a couple solos, a few tweaks here and there. I want people to absorb the first one for a while, and then we’ll put out the second record. They’ll complement each other, but they’ll also be a bit different.”