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Edge of Sanity


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.25 | 435 ratings

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4 stars Crimson's 'Edge of Sanity' is being hailed as a metal masterpiece by listeners and rightly so as it boasts one single 40 minute track that features innovative non stop brutal metal. Many times clean vocals interject Opeth style as on 'Still Life', in fact Akerfeldt features on the album. Overall it is a blistering attack on the senses with distortion up to the roof and gravelly caustic death metal vocals. There is a conceptual story involving the shadow of death going about its gruelling business. I have not been into the darker metal music since I gave it away in the early 90s, preferring metal without the growls, however the music here is astounding and structurally the epic is without fault. There is a lot of inventive touches such as at 33 minutes when the chants are almost Gregorian, but then brutal death vocals blacken the atmospheres. There are fast drumming sections and breakneck riffing. Many riffs are featured and perhaps enough for ten songs at least. Similar to Opeth the dark and light sections are evident. Not a fan of death metal, I was still impressed by the sheer innovation and there are some striking elements, and clean vocal sections were incredible. This one comes recommended to the faithful death metal fans, and those who simply want to check out the technical side of extreme metal. The track finishes so abruptly it is rather a shock, but at 40 minutes I am aware that many listeners will play this over and over. Definitely worth a listen, though I wished it was not concentric around the relentless growls and screeches.
AtomicCrimsonRush | 4/5 |


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