I know there are a bunch of prog/metal fans in the house. I like my fair share, particularly Dream Theater. Symphony X was always recommended to me here and by others. A while ago I listened to Divine Wings of Tragedy and didn't really like it. At the time, the over-the-top vocal arrangements and corny lyrics were too much for me. Lately, however, I think that my tastes in metal have broadened to include the "less serious" and I've had a hunger to for some really fun if a little cheesy metal. I've been sating myself with two bands- Blind Guardian and Symphony X. As of now, I have three Symphony X albums. The first one I got was V: The New Mythology Suite and it's my favorite so far. Then I got Twilight in Olympus and most recently their latest, The Odyssey. The Odyssey has a bunch of killer tunes- really flashy stuff, lots of fun. The centerpiece is the 24 minute title track which I'm not as crazy about as the rest. The "classical" overture is humorously pretentious. There are of course good bits in the piece which make it a fun listen, but I prefer the other songs much more. Michael Romeo is just a bad-ass mother of a guitar player. Blind Guardian is a different animal. They make Symphony X look tame. Restraint is simply not a word in their dictionary. Their album, Nightfall on Middle Earth, is a concept album about Tolkien's mythology. Of course. But it's endless fun. Their latest, A Night at the Opera (gee, what a clever title for an album ), is supposedly their most pompous effort. I hope to pick it up soon.