Add to Calendar20220612 18:0020220612 23:59:00America/New_YorkSymphony XDoors open at 6:00 PM. More show details at: https://wellmonttheater.com/shows/symphony-x-w-haken/The Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour St, Montclair, NJ 07042
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Haken are a modern progressive rock band hailing from London, England. Formed in 2007 by guitarist & keyboardist Richard Henshall and vocalist Ross Jennings, their sound has evolved from prog metal to a shapeshifting, kaleidoscopic amalgam of progressive metal, jazz syncopation, hooky electronic pop, and anthemic rock & roll. Since releasing their fifth studio album ‘Vector’ in October 2018, Haken have completed headline tours the world over, played sold-out shows across Europe and North America as support for Devin Townsend and picked up a Prog award for their efforts too! All the while, they have been quietly and secretly working on what is perhaps their most eclectic album to date, entitled ‘Virus’.
If ‘Vector’ was an origin story, ‘Virus’ portrays an ascent to power, tyranny and subsequent endgame. The opening track, ‘Prosthetic’, bridges the two albums where scars of institutional abuse are brought into focus. This 6-minute onslaught of brutal riffing starts the spread of a virus that affects all aspects of our lives, be they biological, psychological, technological, environmental or political. ‘Virus’ is set to be released on 5th June.
Previous releases include ‘Aquarius’ (2010), ‘Visions’ (2011), ‘The Mountain’ (2013), ‘Restoration’ EP (2014), ‘Affinity’ (2016), ‘L-1VE’ (2018), and ‘Vector’ (2018).
Trope is an alternative rock band with progressive elements featuring vocalist Diana Studenberg. The band formed in 2016 and spent the next couple of years writing and recording demos which became their upcoming debut album “Eleutheromania” released March 31st, 2021.
After recording the demos for “Eleutheromania”, they garnered the attention of the music industry including Mike Fraser (ACDC, Metallica) who agreed to engineer the album. David Bottrill (Tool, Peter Gabriel) also expressed interest and agreed to creatively consult and mix the album, and Ted Jensen (Halestorm, Stone Temple Pilots) joined the team as mastering engineer.
Trope have played the main stages at Summerfest for two-consecutive years and were invited on an 18-date European tour with Kings X, and to open for The Cult in Reno, Nevada in 2019. They’ve played world-renowned venues including the Viper Room, The Whisky and the Hollywood Improv and were featured as one of HEAVY Mags’ Top 40 Female Rock Acts in their Ladies of Rock Edition in 2019 alongside Lzzy Hale, Lacuna Coil, Jinjer, The Runaways and more.
Their most recent rock cover of ‘Shout’ by Tears for Fears was aired on terrestrial radio in the US, Europe and South America.
Trope are currently managed by World Entertainment Inc who manage Kings X, Dave Lombardo, Morbid Angel and others.
About Symphony X
Michael Romeo formed Symphony X in New Jersey in 1994. The original lineup of the group included Thomas Miller (bass guitar), Rod Tyler (vocals), Jason Rullo (drums), and (keyboards). They released their self-titled debut later that same year. The next year they put out the follow-up The Damnation Game. 1995 also saw Tyler leave the group, his replacement coming in the personage of Russell Allen. Their next release came out in 1997. It was the critically acclaimed The Divine Wings of Tragedy. In addition to the critical praise, this disc became the group’s biggest commercial success to date. Before recording their next album, Rullo left the band. He was replaced by Thomas Walling. With this lineup, the group released Twilight in Olympus, which garnered both greater critical kudos and greater sales. In a unique turn of events, however, the band faced a new lineup change. Newcomer Walling and bassman Thomas Miller both decided that they were not up to touring for the album. The recently departed Rullo rethought his exodus and came back into the Symphony X fold. Andy DeLuca was brought in on bass for the duration of the tour. After the tour was over, the group found a permanent replacement in Mike LePond. This formation of the group released their fifth album in 2000 — V: The New Mythology Suite. The following year, Symphony X released their first live album, Live on the Edge of Forever, which captured performances from their 2000 European tour. In 2002, the band continued to mine mythology with their sixth studio album, The Odyssey, which was based on Homer’s epic of the same name. They band a bit of a break while its members released solo albums, but came together again in 2007 with the released of Paradise Lost, a concept album based on Milton’s tale. Taking a break from mining the past, the band looked to the future for the theme of their next album. The result was 2011’s Iconoclast, which featured a darker tone and a cautionary story about machines taking over the world. After a global tour, the band took an extended break. They began working on new material in 2014. Their ninth studio offering, Underworld, was announced in May of 2015. Though not conceptual, it was loosely inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy, particularly its first section, The Inferno.