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Edge of Sanity


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.25 | 437 ratings

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2 stars You can't be serious! Is this a joke? This album is rated by PA reviewers/raters # 30--ahead of ALL Gentle Giant albums, "Relayer"! ALL Magma albums, "Aqualung"! ALL Frank Zappa albums, "The Lamb"! ALL maudlin of the Well albums, "A Trick of the Tail"! ALL Tangerine Dream albums, "The Yes Album"! ALL Mahavishnu Orchestra, Caravan and Area albums! People! Can't you see it: The emperor isn't wearing any clothes! The only thing remotely progressive about this album is the fairly creative way in which it strings together no less than 48 familiar themes of metal/heavy metal music together into one 40-minute long medley! (Averaging about 45 seconds per theme.)

All of the music is very familiar--that's because it's all stolen! The bands these guys are imitating include (sort of in order): Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Blue Oyster Cult, Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, Led Zeppelin, Dick Dale, Queensryche, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Peter Murphy, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, Steppenwolf, Scorpions, Megadeth, The Sweet, Van Halen, Pat Benetar, Poison, Slayer, Mötley Crüe, Whitesnake, Prince, Anthrax, and even Cream, to name but a few--most of which are fairly simple two- or three-chord rock progressions in what seem to be very straightforward time signatures. And then, 90% of the singing is done by a screaming guy with a terrible case of laryngitis.

It's like listening to the Led Zeppelin "tribute band," Dread Zeppelin! I can't help but wonder if I'm supposed to take this music seriously (and cringe and try to restrain my vomit) or smile and laugh!

"Essential"? -- No way!

"A masterpiece"? -- Quite the opposite!

"Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection"? -- Only if you're into tribute bands!

"Good, but non-essential"? -- Not even close!

In my opinion, this one should be reserved for collectors/fans only--though, in truth, I think it would be better suited as A Growled Revue of The History of Heavy Metal Music performed in an off-Broadway music hall.

BrufordFreak | 2/5 |


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