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Michael Romeo


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Michael James Romeo (born March 6, 1968) is the guitarist and a founding member of the progressive metal group Symphony X.

Michael began playing guitar at age 14 and takes his influences from a wide of range sources including Randy Rhoads, Steve Vai, Marty Friedman, Al DiMeola, J.S. Bach, John Williams and Frank Zappa, although he draws most heavily from a neo-classical style reminiscent of Yngwie Malmsteen. Despite this, Michael manages to maintain an identifiable signature that sets him apart from other players in this genre by fusing exotic scales and arpeggios (such as the half-diminished, whole tone and Egyptian scale), non-standard rhythms, time signatures and a raw neo-classical edge. An element of jazz is also present in his music.

Although Michael has received coverage in many guitar magazines around the world, he is best known for his role as lead guitarist in the progressive metal band Symphony X which he founded in 1994 after a request by a Japanese record label who were impressed by Michael’s demo tape, The Dark Chapter.

An incredibly technical player, Michael is most famous for lightning-fast sweep picking and tapping though he also has great alternate picking technique, despite the fact that his style relies more on a softer legato attack and his trademark sweep-tapping licks.


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  • poohliveslarge

    I wonder if he`s got some disease or is just plain fat. Wish him all best, one of my favs.

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Shahdoost

    Probably the best fat guitarist ever...

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
  • tsnamm

    One of the best guitarists ever! Who gives a fuck about his weight? Seriously, shut the fuck up. [5] maybe you prefer pretty boys....

    14 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Swarza

    пожалуй любимы мой гитарист

    15 Jan 2012 Reply
  • KeyWiz

    noooo... petrucci is better :P

    8 Nov 2011 Reply
  • KeyWiz

    Как же я его раньше не слышал. Шедеврально. Romeo > Symphony X

    25 Jun 2011 Reply
  • HarryAlvarez

    Finally Symphony X in Atlanta!! I'll see today for second time, one of the best guitarists in the world of all time

    19 May 2011 Reply
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    21 Mar 2011 Reply
  • gravemike

    Like his style:)))

    20 Nov 2010 Reply
  • MorbidEmpire

    One of the best guitarists ever! Who gives a fuck about his weight? Seriously, shut the fuck up. [4]

    4 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Hiasubi

    One of the best guitarists ever! Who gives a fuck about his weight? Seriously, shut the fuck up. [3]

    10 Aug 2010 Reply
  • AstrophysicistX

    One of the few highly technical players that I consistently enjoy. Perfect blend of technique and thoughtful songwriting. A true genius.

    26 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Teh_Killjoy

    One of the best guitarists ever! Who gives a fuck about his weight? Seriously, shut the fuck up. [2]

    5 Jun 2010 Reply
  • jenisx

    ¬¬ votem na minha foto... ¬¬ \=

    25 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Soheil_Olfat

    You rock... man! You fukin' rock! HORNS UP!

    19 Apr 2010 Reply
  • mikel109

    he has the same as me!!! WTF!

    19 Mar 2010 Reply
  • BruceMeansBass

    Probably, the best, speaking generally.

    5 Feb 2010 Reply
  • shahriarhsn


    27 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Asharaen

    Chancho Romeo el mejor compositor de estos últimos años en mi humilde y sesgada opinión porque me gusta la música progresiva. yo no soy racista con los gordos.

    22 Aug 2009 Reply
  • maxxa416

    Awesome guitarist, not only great technique, but compositional skills! Oh, and hes fa(s)t.

    18 Aug 2009 Reply
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