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Russell Allen

Allen singing live in Novara, Italy in 2007
Background information
Birth name Russell Allen
Born July 19, 1971 (1971-07-19) (age 38)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Genres Progressive metal, hard rock
Occupations Musician
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1995-present
Associated acts Symphony X, Star One, Ayreon, Allen-Lande, Genius Rock Opera

Russell Allen (born July 19, 1971 in Long Beach, California) is the singer of the American progressive metal band Symphony X.

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Biography

Allen has been the lead singer of Symphony X since 1995, releasing six studio albums and one live album with the band. He also was a backup singer in Dream Theater in their early years (1991).

His first solo album, Atomic Soul, was released April 25, 2005. It is said that Russell is in the works with guitarist Mike Orlando with a second solo album that may be released in the mid summer of 2009. As well as singing he also plays the bass when performing songs from Atomic Soul live. He is referred to in various circles as "Sir Russell Allen", and is credited as such on Arjen Lucassen's Star One album.

In the summer of 2005 he went on tour with Symphony X on Dave Mustaine's Gigantour alongside such bands as Dream Theater, Megadeth, and Nevermore.

Musical style

Allen during a Symphony X concert in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Russell is most well-known for his very melodic, loud singing style and drawn out vocal lines, as well as his large vocal range; possibly the most notable of which can be heard in the song "Unjustified", off his 2005 solo album Atomic Soul, in which he spans a total range of three octaves and five semitones (from the G below low C, or G1[1], to the high C, or C5). Additionally, on the same album, at the end of the song "Voodoo Hand", he demonstrates his ability to hit notes as high as the F♯ above high C, or F♯5[1], in full voice. This shows his voice is merely a single tone off of four octaves. More recently, Allen has demonstrated a harsher vocal style on Paradise Lost and during live performances. His singing is much lower and more forceful, at times adding a sharp, gravelly style blended with his older melodic style. This, combined with Michael Romeo's use of D tuning, makes for a much heavier sound on stage, even in performances of older, more melodic songs.

Multi-instrumentalist Arjen Lucassen has said the following regarding Russell Allen:

Russell has a very powerful and versatile voice, and on top of that he is a great musician and performer. Russell was one of the few singers with whom I didn’t need to be present during recording, but when on the phone he let me hear the parts he had sung, my eyes filled with tears. Russell thought I was joking, but I was truly moved! At the moment Russell is one of the best singers in the world. And he proved that during the Star One tour.[2]

Allen has worked with Lucassen on various occasions: originally he sang the song "Dawn of a Million Souls" on Ayreon's 2000 album Universal Migrator Part 2: Flight of the Migrator (which also featured a guitar solo by Michael Romeo), and in 2002 he became one of the lead vocalists for Lucassen's project Star One.

Discography

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Solo

With Symphony X

With Ayreon

With Star One

With Jørn Lande (as Allen/Lande)

With Genius - A Rock Opera

  • Episode 2: In Search of the Little Prince (2004) as The Dream League Commander

With Dream Theater

  • Backing vocals on Cemetery Gates ( Dream Theater; Uncovered 2003-2005)

References

  1. ^ a b "Youtube - The Vocal Range Of Russell Allen (G1-F♯5)". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zbEyRAqeQU. 
  2. ^ Lucassen, Arjen. "Artist - Russell Allen". ArjenLucassen.com. http://www.ayreon.com/ayreon/ay_russell.html. Retrieved 2006-06-09. 

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