Mammal’s Merry Memories: Symphony X – The Divine Wings Of Tragedy (1997)

Good memories don’t have to be ancient. They can be as recent as yesterday. This one goes back to 1997, which sometimes feels like yesterday.

Symphony X had released three albums before The Divine Wings Of Tragedy came out. It instantly became and has remained my favourite SX album. One powerful reason for its lasting appeal is the title song, which takes up more than a third of the album.

The song doesn’t have the structure to be called a symphony. Instead I call it a sustained caprice. If the term is sightly unfamilar to you, a caprice is a sudden change of mind, and it often takes the form of a flight of whimsy.

There’s not much that’s whimsical about this song. It does, however, contain any number of changes of mind — in style, melody, time signature and mood. It is an engrossing combination of acapella, symphonic, orchestral and heavy metal sounds in one glorious prog metal package.




About ChristopherMammal

I've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.

Posted on May 24, 2014, in Mammal's Merry Memories and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. In total agreement. This is still the best Symphony X release. It has the perfect balance of power and melody. The title song is fantastic, and so is “The Accolade”. Before I knew about this band, I heard the track “Sea of Lies” playing through the speakers in a record store and after that I could not get it out of my head, so I went back to ask what CD that was from and bought it the same day.

  2. Love this band and track. Great memories indeed!

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