“I gave each musician my basic ideas and asked them to make them their own”

Michel Romeo is back! Four years after his first real solo album, “War of the Worlds, pt. 1″ is out, the sequel is finally with us. Romeo kept the same rhythm session as the first album – bassist John ‘JD’ DeServio and drummer John Macaluso – but singer added Dino Jelusick at the fold. The new version, “War of the Worlds, pt. 2″ retains the same mix of styles as the first, with heavy riffs and light speed solos alongside orchestrations, Middle Eastern motifs and cinematic passages.

Lyrically, Romeo explores similar themes from the first part: the clash between robots and humans, alien invasions, conflicting points of view and divided societies. Its shredding is properly completed by dinosaurand supported by J.D.the reliable four-string pluck and Macalusois the frenzied drum. Throughout the album, tributes to Romeoinfluences from: To rush, Kansas, Killer, Beethoven, John Williams, Danny Elfman and much more. Heavy numbers such as “Divide and rule” and “Parasite” are placed next to thumbnails like “hunt “ and “The best of worlds”, with a few throwbacks to the debut album’s themes for good measure. The beautiful walk “Just Before Dawn” is added halfway through, providing a break from all the heaviness.

As explained by Romeo, he had stems and ideas for how the songs should be, but he left a lot of freedom for other players to add their own twist to the material. The end result is very coherent, and the two albums listened to back to back offer an intense and dramatic journey. Sound Perspectives collaborater Rodrigo Altaf spoke to Romeo again, and discussed several aspects of “World War Pt. 2” with the guitarist, and also the next Symphony X tour, plans for a new album and much more. As always, remember for more interviews and other daily content, be sure to follow Sound Perspectives to Facebook, Flipboard and Twitter and subscribe to our Youtube channel to be informed of new interviews and content that we publish daily.

Scott R. Banks