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Symphony X set for studio

American prog metallers Symphony X have written most of the material for their eighth studio album and they'll start recording next month.

A release date hasn’t yet been confirmed for the follow-up to 2011’s Iconoclast. But guitarist Michael Romeo says: “The material has a little bit of everything.”

Drummer Jason Rullo – who spent much of last year recovering from a heart attack – is preparing to lay down his tracks after the band’s appearance at the Heavy Montreal festival on August 10.

Symphony X are also working on a second fan club album, consisting of demos, rare music and possibly “a bit of content created just for this CD.”

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.