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3.08 | 12 ratings | 3 reviews | 8% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Million Miles (7:07)
2. Let Go (2:37)
3. My Heart Bleeds (5:58)
4. Feel My Pain (5:29)
5. Morte Et Dabo (2:22)
6. Children Of The Flame (5:50)
7. The End (5:10)
8. Wildest Dreams (5:55)
9. Master Of The Mind (7:23)
10. Madmen & Sinners (15:50)

Total Time 63:44

Line-up / Musicians

- Tim Donahue / Fretless guitar, bass, keyboards
- James LaBrie / Vocals
- Mike Mangini / Drums

Releases information

CD Frontier Records (2004)

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(12 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (50%)
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Review by The T
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3 stars A very auspicious debut album that, sadly, never got a follow-up.

Donahue's talents in the guitar are clearly the star of this show. The heavily DREAM THEATER- influenced progressive metal of this project leaves a lot of room for soloing in the 10 tracks that make this album. The music is very entertaning yet not really original, since it borrows from the biggest names in the genre, and it never ventures to more experimental territories. The guitar is the instrument in charge of carrying this album home, as well as LaBrie's excellent vocals, which give this music a strong hint of MULLMUZZLER, the side project that the canadian singer had with musicians like Matt Guillory or Matt Mangini a few years ago.

The emphasis on melody is strong here, though, again, while there are some great hooks here and there, the experience is not satisfactory all the way through. There are some lower points were the album starts to dwell into irrelevance, only to be saved by the mightly fingers of the very skilled guitarist.

MADMEN AND SINNERS could be a welcome addition to any prog-metal fan's collection, though it will not be the most original one. But in the end, the good outweighs the little bad, and the album scores three solid stars from me.

Review by b_olariu
3 stars Madmen and sinners is a project of talented guitarist Tim Donahue who has soome solo albums under his name aswell but with moderate succes to the public . This is his project and not one of his solo album as I seen in many places. Besides him as main composer who plays guitar, bass and keyboards, other two great musicians are invited here, Mike Mangini on drums (ex Annihilator, Steve Vai, Mullmuzzler, etc) and famous James La brie on vocals. Well as I expected the album is guitar oriented with less keyboards inprovizations, is progressive metal but not one very well structured. If wasn't the voice of LaBrie, his name is puted on the front cover very big to see al the people what kind of album is, the music , the arrangements are nothing over the top here, is good with some great moments, but overall something is missing. Even the voice of DT is present, he did a good job but to often is similar with DT (Train of thought era), same roughness in his voice, the melodical lines and vocal arrangements lacks in great variety. The guitar is ok, in places is too forced to show haw great I am, but nothing realy impressive, some good moments on first track Million Miles, excellent arrangements on Morte Et Dabo, brilliant choruses and keyboard arrangemets, the rest are ok, nothing oustanding but enjoyble most of the time. A good debut overall with good and mediocre pieces, melted together brings a good album. 3 stars for this spark in the progressive metal horizon, an album already forgotten by prog metal listners even are only 5 years from first issue and even is one of the best vocalist in prog metal in last 18 years here the album is falling into oblivion quickly.3 stars is best i can give, nothing less, nothing more.

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3 stars I always thought this was a Tim Donahue solo album but according to Real Player and the listing here, he is calling himself and his two guest musicians by the band name Madmen and Sinners and this is their S/T album. Either way, Donahue is the main man here, doing all the writing, producing and ... (read more)

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