SYMPHONY X guitarist Michael Romeo was asked in a new interview with "The Metal Command" if he has begun writing material for the follow-up to the band's 2015 album "Underworld". "There's always little bits and pieces I'm writing, and there's always things I'm tucking away," he responded (hear audio below). "And it feels like this summer, this record [Romeo's 'War Of The Worlds / Pt. 1' solo album] had just come out, and now it's New Year and it's, like, 'Okay, man…' I've been talking to the guys in the band a little bit lately, and we're gonna do a run, a couple of months in the spring — get back on tour. And, yeah, when I talk about what we're gonna do, we'll maybe do some more touring after that, or maybe a record. So, yeah, that whole thing, we're kind of getting back on track."
Romeo went on to say that there are no "total finished songs" ready for a new SYMPHONY X album. "But I'm not worried about it," he explained. "It wouldn't take really that long. I think all of us, just by doing some solo records and different things and just kind of taking a little hiatus from the band, you just try some other things. But then when you come back to it, it's, like, 'Oh, yeah, man. All right. Cool. This is what we're gonna do.' So sometimes those breaks are actually good. I'm not worried about it. I'm sure at some point we'll figure out exactly what we're gonna do. But, like I said, we're definitely gonna do this tour, get back together and start talking about our plans for more touring and a record. But I'm always writing — I am always writing. So it's just a matter of saying, 'This is what we're gonna do with this record,' and then you start putting those songs together, whatever the theme is or whatever the idea behind the record is. That's when it goes pretty quick — when you kind of have a goal, you kind of know what you want it to be. And I don't know what we want it to be yet. So, [we'll have] to wait and see."
SYMPHONY X will embark on a European tour in May. The run will see the five-piece hit eleven countries in one month — with the trek kicking off on May 7 in Lyon, France, culminating in Gelsenkirchen, Germany at the Rock Hard Festival.
"Underworld" was released via Nuclear Blast. Heavily inspired by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, the disc drew on the themes from the "Divine Comedy", most notably the part on "Inferno". As homage to Dante's use of the number 3 and its multiples, the band utilized the motif in both lyrical and melodic context.
In July 2017, SYMPHONY X vocalist Russell Allen and his ADRENALINE MOB bandmates were involved in a crash that killed the latter group's bassist, David Zablidowsky.
SYMPHONY X completed an extensive tour behind "Underworld" in 2016, including a U.S. run of shows with OVERKILL and a pair of headlining performances in Australia.