MICHAEL ROMEO – War Of The Worlds // Pt. 2

MICHAEL ROMEO - War Of The Worlds // Pt. 2
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    MICHAEL ROMEO - War Of The Worlds // Pt. 2 - 9.2/10


Label: InsideOut Music
Release date: March 25, 2022

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Romeo is Back!

Progressive Metal genius, guitar virtuoso and founder of Symphony X Michael Romeo is back with his follow-up solo album to 2017’s War Of The Worlds, Pt. 1. Once again supported by the excellent rhythm section of John “JD” DeServio on bass (Black Label Society) and John Macaluso on drums (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ark, James LaBrie), Romeo has refined and improved on his previous album. Add to this talented lineup the Croatian born vocal all-star Dino Jelusick (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Ralph, Magnus Karlsson) and you get a ready made super group that delivers the goods.

Incredibly Intense

If you felt that War Of The Worlds // Pt. 1 was a great album, you’ll be floored with this sequel and continuation of the classic H.G. Wells story put to music by a Progressive Metal legend who keeps getting better with age. The musical compositions on this album are complicated, yet a great listen: Technical, yet passionate, filling the listener with both joy and awe. The orchestration and musical arrangements show just how far Michael Romeo has come, leaving the listener with a sense of wonder at his technical skills in both categories.

Final Notes

Michael Romeo – War of the Worlds // Pt. 2 truly shows us that Michael Romeo not only still has “it”, but also is growing his musical abilities to the next level. The album has 11 songs in the story, plus 2 bonus tracks that could have easily fit in, and it’s great that they were included as every track on this record is a real treasure. It’s rare that an album with so much talent and such great writing comes around, but with Michael Romeo you can bet on it being something to truly inspire. The album is available in multiple formats including a deluxe 2 disk vinyl addition that includes an etching on Side D, an Art Print and a 12-page LP-booklet. Whether you get the vinyl, the CDs or the digital download, you’ll be thrilled with the insanely good Progressive Metal that Michael Romeo has created in War Of The Worlds // Pt. 2.

Michael Romeo playing guitar


Michael Romeo – guitars, keyboards & orchestration
John Macaluso – drums
John ‘JD’ DeServio – bass
Dino Jelusick – vocals

War of the Worlds // Pt. 2 – Tracklist

01. Introduction – Part II
02. Divide & Conquer
03. Destroyer
04. Metamorphosis
05. Mothership
06. Just Before the Dawn
07. Hybrids
08. Hunted
09. Maschinenmensch
10. Parasite
11. Brave New World (Outro)
12. The Perfect Weapon (Bonus Track)
13. Alien Death Ray (Bonus Track)


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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