Symphony X unveils new album cover, track listing

by Michael Popke

Symphony X, one of the reigning progressive-metal bands in the United States, unveiled Friday the artwork and track listings for the two versions of its ninth studio album (and Nuclear Blast debut) Iconoclast. The disc, available in a single-CD jewel case and as a double-CD digipak, will be released in Europe on June 17 and in North America on June 21. I’m counting the days

Both covers are darker and creepier than previous Symphony X albums – something illustrator and film concept artist Warren Flanagan (Watchmen, The Incredible Hulk, 2012) says he was shooting for:

“The idea was to create imagery that was a little darker in tone to previous Symphony X albums and to represent the overall theme of Iconoclast into the artwork. The whole concept came from [guitarist] Mike [Romeo], who had a strong idea of what the cover should represent based off the music. I  just ran with it. When the album’s title was decided on, I focused the image based on the meaning of it. I also wanted to use the band’s signature ‘masks’ but present them in a way that connected to the new album.”

Romeo had this to say about the artwork:

“We worked with Warren on the last CD, Paradise Lost, and have a good relationship with him. When I talk to Warren about artwork ideas, a lot of times we end up making comparisons to films and movies. With the new CD, Iconoclast, the music and lyrics have a darker mechanical/technological theme, and I remember us talking about scenes from films like The Matrix and Terminator. From there, we sent him some song titles and lyrics (songs like ‘Dehumanized,’ ‘Bastards Of The Machine,’ ‘Electric Messiah’) and just let Warren run with the ball.  He has a great imagination and style, and he totally gets what we are trying to convey with the music.”

The track listing for the jewel-cased version of Iconoclast is:

1.  Iconoclast
2.  The End Of Innocence
3.  Dehumanized
4.  Bastards Of The Machine
5.  Heretic
6.  Children Of A Faceless God
7.  Electric Messiah
8.  Prometheus (I Am Alive)
9.  When All Is Lost

The track listing for the 2-CD Special Edition digipak version of Iconoclast is:

CD 1:
1.  Iconoclast
2.  The End Of Innocence
3.  Dehumanized
4.  Bastards Of The Machine
5.  Heretic
6.  Children Of A Faceless God
7.  When All Is Lost

CD 2:
1.  Electric Messiah
2.  Prometheus (I Am Alive)
3.  Light Up The Night
4.  The Lords Of Chaos
5.  Reign In Madness

Symphony X are currently on the Power of Metal Tour in Europe with Nevermore and will hit North America in April.

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