Symphony X Guitarist Michael Romeo Shares New Song, “Fear the Unknown”

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Back in May, Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo announced his official solo debut, War of the Worlds, Pt. 1. Today, Romeo premiered the lyric video for the album's latest single, "Fear the Unknown." 

Recorded mostly at Romeo's home studio, War of the Worlds, Pt. 1  features Rick Castellano on vocals, plus Black Label Society's John  “JD” DeServio on bass and John Macaluso on drums. It is set for a July  27 release via Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group. 

"Another  one of my favorite tracks," Romeo said of "Fear the Unknown" in a press  release. "This is the second song on the album after the  'Introduction', and I wanted something uptempo, melodic, with some  'riffage' happening. ‘Fear the Unknown,' along with 'Black,' were two of  the first songs I wrote for this album." You can check the song out  below.

Inspired by the H.G. Wells novel of the same name, and film score giants Bernard Hermann and John Williams, War of the Worlds, Pt. 1 features  everything from classic metal textures to, according to a press  release, touches of EDM and dubstep. On top of all that, Romeo is also  preparing a second War of the Worlds album.

 “Most of Part II is already finished,” Romeo said. “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.” 

You can preorder War of the Worlds, Pt. 1 right here, and check out its tracklist below.

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War of the Worlds, Pt. 1 tracklist:

01. Introduction
02. Fear Of The Unknown
03. Black
04. F*cking Robotos
05. Djinn
06. Believe
07. Difference
08. War Machine
09. Oblivion
10. Constellations

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