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Powerful speed Prog Metal band. Musicians bring their technical skills to extremes, and classical influences are present. Sometimes the music shifts to quieter moods giving a certain balance to it. Vocals are very powerful too. For those who like speed Prog Metal, this is a must. ETERNITY X are very original, you can't compare them to any other band, but I think, fans of DREAM THEATER or SHADOW GALLERY will love their CDs.

"The Edge" is a great progressive metal album. This is surely one of the most amazing, special and dramatic albums ever. The music is very emotional and ambitious, but never too technical, fans of melodic metal and power metal could like it as well. The concept is huge and beautifully realized. A true masterpiece.

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Mind GamesMind Games
Eternity / Angular 1995
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CD Baby 1997
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The Orchard 2000
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3.19 | 7 ratings
Zodiac
1993
3.13 | 11 ratings
Mind Games
1995
3.71 | 37 ratings
The Edge
1997

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 Zodiac by ETERNITY X album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.19 | 7 ratings

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Zodiac
Eternity X Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This was ETERNITY X's debut released in 1993.The Zodiac is the subject matter and this wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be based on opinions i've read. Still this is far from great.

"Zodiac Prologue" opens with narration and atmosphere. It turns heavy a minute in and the vocals join in. It then blends into "Aries" where it kicks in with the guitar buzzing around as vocals join in.This blends into "Taurus" which is weak and it doesn't sound good either. "Gemini" is better but again the sound quality is not good. "Cancer" opens with piano and synths as reserved vocals and more joins in.This is almost ballad-like.

"Leo" kicks in hard with vocals and riffs. Good song. "Virgo" has some cool sounding guitar as vocals and drums kick in.This is still an average tune at best. "Libra" opens with atmosphere then it kicks in.Vocals too. "Scorpio" opens with thunder as the bass comes in almost Harris-like then vocals.The bass player is the star here. "Sagittarius" features prominant guitar while "Capricorn" opens with a bass and a spacey mood. It picks up before 1 1/2 minutes.This is good, especially the bass. "Aquarius" is guitar led as vocals join in quickly. "Pisces" is mid paced and it sounds pretty good, it blends into "Zodiac Epilogue" to end the album.

A very low 3 stars but I do like several of the tracks.

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 The Edge by ETERNITY X album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.71 | 37 ratings

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The Edge
Eternity X Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Third album aswell their swansong and the best from all 3 is a real killer in prog metal zone, never being to popular or treated as should be. I bought this album together with Mind games since they were released almost 15 years ago, I quite remember the day, very cloudy and rainy day, never wanted to go outside to do anything, but I've heared at raidio a piece promoting the album, it was Fly Away, real treat for prog metal listners. So I've jumped outside and getit these two albums, since then they were constantly spining. So, The edge released in 1997 is by far the best they eaver done, soon they disbands without reason because the album was very well recived both by fans and critics, who knows what happend. This album took me some time to fully appreciated, but in the end Th edge shows his face to me and become a great progressive metal album in my cllection. The music Eternity X offers on this album is for sure much more mature and progressive aswell, with complec moves, better composed and with some intristing ideas overall. Here are no more that power metal cliches, the on left are very well meted with progressive metal elements, in the end a great album in this field. As one of the members said in an interview in amgazin from country when the album was released, that they music is much more close to what Queensryche done in their best period, rather then another DT clones. So, all pieces are good they flow one to anothe rvery well, great vocals and good musicianship make from this album a great addition to any prog metal lover. never realy fuuly appreciated by larger public intrested in this kind of music, some of them said that this release is a pale copy of what DT or Queensryche done years ago, not at all agry with them, this release and specialy this album don't copy anyone, they were in a period when prog metal was a popular genre, not like doday when all sounds alike. So I will give 4 stars to The edge, an album not quite fuly appreciated at their full value. 3 members from this band , soon after dibanded band, formed another great progressive metal band named Exhibition also featured here in PA. Recommend to those who have some intrest in prog metal, and not in some lame and boring music offerd by some bands today.

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 Mind Games by ETERNITY X album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.13 | 11 ratings

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Mind Games
Eternity X Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Eternity X is a forgotten progressive metal band from USA. Even they were formed in 1985 they manage to come with a first release only almost 8 years after in 1993. Never gained much popularity among listners, maybe because their first two albums are rather morre towards melodic power metal with some progressive metal influences, they penetrate the european market only with thier third album and last one The edge, since that one they were unknow to larger public. Now, the second album released in 1995 named Mind games, is a good power metal album, the more melodic side of it with some minor progressive metal elements here and there. No bad at all but nothing realy great either. Some moments are good like on title track or on Crawl Before You Walk, good musicianship. The album is not very technical or divers that way maybe is so low rated, anyway don;t expect to be a mellow or bland record, not at all, but the band is not another DT copy. The pieces are well constructed but suffers a little bit in great ideas. Anyway 3 star for this one, the next one is for sure better and more divers and great. Still apleasent record to listen from time to time.

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 The Edge by ETERNITY X album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.71 | 37 ratings

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The Edge
Eternity X Progressive Metal

Review by CCVP
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1 stars Quite possibly the worst album I (still) actually own

Eternity X, the american progressive metal band hailing from New Jersey, is a fairly unknown fice-piece whose only relevant album to the progressive metal scene is this album specifically, named The Edge, which was last one released by the band before disbanding.

The Edge, over the years, have achieved some kind of cult following and, among the fan circles and the following, it is (obviously) held in high regard. Because of that, I was somehow compelled to buy it when the opportunity arose, about a year ago, over the internet. Right after ariving at my door, I could see that this album was bound to be something different than what I have expected, due to the state of the album's jewlcase, that showed that this album in particular has had a considerable amount of hand-to-hand trade mileage.

Listening the album proved reavealing enough for the reason why it's case was in such a bad shape: although the instrumental passages not being so bad (in most songs), the vocals definitely ruin whatever achievement the instrumental work made, because the main singer, and to a lesser degree the backing vocals, is (or are) plainly out of tune for most (if not all) of the album. He just cannot follow a single musical line without being untuned. it was quite clear why people wanted to get rid of the album before it reached me.

You could explain it by claiming that this is his style of singing, but in my opinion that is a lazy, condescending and unprofessional way to justify the unforgivable, specially because he was in a studio, and not in a live gig, and had the possibility of actually try and record his parts in tune. This worst performances are: Fly Away, Imaginarium, The Edge of Madness (which is almost unlistenable) and Rejection. It is really painful to sit thought an hour and 13 minutes of this.

The instrumental parts are, for the most part, not so bad. However, there are passages throughout the album where you can clearly notice that the musicians are obviously overestimating their own playing abilities (specially the guitarrist), trying to play faster that they are actually capable of. That, however, is not too obvious because much of the album's songs are ballads or mid-tempo songs.

Style-wise, Eternity X also slips and falls hard. Their music is incredibly dated, managing to be even more dated than Images & Words and Shadow Gallery's self titled debut, which is quite an accomplishment since The Edge was released practically half a decade after those albums. Another grave style issue that I have with this band is that they are too similar to Shadow Gallery for their own good. Hell, even the singer's vocal timbre is amazingly close to Mike Baker's on Shadow Gallery's first two albums, which probably served as a major sources of inspiration, judging by the way this album sound.

About the concept in which the whole album revolves, the initial idea of making an album about the weight or the influence of heaven and hell over the life of a person was very interesting, although it was already literally made thousands of times before by other artists. However, the execution of such an interesting idea by the band was an unfortunate disaster.

Grade and Final Thoughts

Eternity X's The Edge is really an album that leaves me on the edge: average cheesy and dated (progressive) heavy metal music with one of the worst vocal performances I have ever listened in rock or heavy metal. Just for comparison, the vocals here are almost as bad (if not worse) than LaBrie's live performaces circa the late 90's, with the difference that LaBrie rupted his vocal cords in late 1994 and decided to keep on singing.

The similarities between The Edge and Shadow Gallery's first and second albums and the huge lengh of the album do not help at all in the band's rating.

Just one last word of advice: be careful when buying any Eternity X album.

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 The Edge by ETERNITY X album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.71 | 37 ratings

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The Edge
Eternity X Progressive Metal

Review by Ovidiu

5 stars Rare was the situation to have the feeling to have discovered after a single audition an album to offer such richness in emotions,feelings and a stte of splendor that this THE EDGE has!I was blown away and I still am after 13 years since this album was released!Now,in 2010 I started the musical year with a new audition of THE EDGE,and I had the same thrill and emotion like the first time when I disciovered it!This is a pure jewel,a musical pearl and a wonderful brilliant and genius album for any amateur of prog metel!It's rare to have the sensation that the music auditioned is close to perfection and the concept of an album is so intelligent and intense made kike it is on this album!The passionated and intense voice oif KEITH SUDANO,the masterimind of ETERNITY X,is a major argument to give this album the maximum of appreciation possible!The whole ensemble of the album is so compact and well balanced,and no weak point or poor song.!Everything is almost PERFECT!Brilliant piano parts and great guitar work ,some wonderful and very emotional vocal interventions that proves Mr Sudano one of the most impressive vocalists in prog metal!Intense and aggressive parts followed by very emotional ones thet are almost tragic in their display ,an unbelieveble diversity of songs and great,great musicianship overall!Splendour guaranteed for a masterful album! Impossible to compare with any American prog metal band or European either.A masterpiece for eternity!!! 5O STARS if it would be possible!PURE MASTERPIECE!

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 The Edge by ETERNITY X album cover Studio Album, 1997
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The Edge
Eternity X Progressive Metal

Review by Valarius

5 stars Upon discovering this band, I instantly fell in love with them after hearing the track 'Imaginarium'. I instantly set out to find this album, and after getting hold of their other records, I think it's a safe bet that this, 'The Edge', is Eternity X's most ambitious record.

The main focal point of the band, vocalist Keith Sudano, has clearly put a lot of time and effort into this album, especially the lyrics. What we hear comes from the heart and is full of emotion. And the musicianship to accompany the lyrics is absolutely fantastic. Full of awesome riffs, crazy time signatures, and some of the most epic, symphonic music you'll ever hear.

One thing I felt the album suffered from was that it can be very long and drawn out. It's not the sort of album you can listen to once and instantly recognize. It took me so many listens until I felt I could write an honest review. Usually, the amount of times I have to listen to an album before I can judge it contributes to the final rating I would give it. Although 'The Edge' took me ages to fully get into every song, I would feel guilty not giving it five stars.

It really is a brilliant album. If you're a fan of Progressive Metal you will enjoy the challenge, and fans of Dream Theater and Rush won't be disappointed. If you're willing to be patient you will be highly rewarded.

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 The Edge by ETERNITY X album cover Studio Album, 1997
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The Edge
Eternity X Progressive Metal

Review by Mlaen

5 stars My favourite metal album. Yeah, even better than Scenes Form a Memory, which I thought was unimaginable, but this one just kicks harder.

This isn't very progressive metal music, I'd rather call it melodic semi-power metal with occaisonal moments of 80's (hair)metal sound (yuck!), but don't let that fool you. Oh, no! The sound, or should I say the atmosphere, is very unique, refreshing, digestible, yet compelling and adequately progressive. Each song has strong structure, is masterfully crafted and breathes with power, sincerity and emotions; this album has a soul, everything flows flawlessly, you just have to feel great while and long after listening to it. I assure you, you don't hear music like this every day.

Of course, there are many charming and surprising moments, details, passages, brilliant solos - things that make music great. Needles to say, musicianship is excellent (nice razor guitar!) and vocals are really incredible, such a diversity and urge! - well done Keith!

Weak points? If I really must say, it would be song The edge of madness. It's a bit weaker than others... Oh well, I shouldn't have written this anyway...

Just to mention, this is a concept album, lyrics and storyline are strong - it's about reaching the edge of (in)sanity; couldn't tell more, never been there.

All in all, a beautiful, monumental, one-in-a-lifetime metal masterpiece.

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 The Edge by ETERNITY X album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.71 | 37 ratings

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The Edge
Eternity X Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars I'd love to just hear these guys let loose and play some hell bent for leather Prog-Metal. This is a concept record that clocks in around 74 minutes. As usual with concept albums I feel they put the story ahead of the music on a lot of these songs. Still this is a good album that has lots of metal passages that rock out pretty good.

"The Edge...(Introduction)" sounds like it has some orchestration in it early before we get a drum / guitar melody 2 minutes in followed by vocals.The tempo does pick up and we get some riffs. Check out the bass solo. "Fly Away" has an uptempo and bombastic intro before vocals then riffs arrive. Lots of piano follows the guitar solo 4 1/2 minutes in. "The Confession" features choirs, spoken words and samples, as we're really into the story line now. "The Edge Part 2...(The Looking Glass)" has some Power-Metal moments as the drums are pounded with some fury. The vocals get crazy too. "A Day In Verse" is a piano led ballad. It's ok. "Imaginarium" is the longest song at over 10 minutes. Nice background synths as soft vocals come in. It kicks in 1 1/2 minutes. Killer sound after 5 minutes. I'm reminded very much of TIME MACHINE at times on this track.

"The Edge Part 3...(Existence Chapter 1,000,009)" has a cool galloping rhythm. Nice heavy sound to this one at times. "The Edge Of Madness" opens with vocals and piano. It kicks in before 1 1/2 minutes. Theatrical vocals in this one. A thunderous rhythm section after 5 minutes followed by a ripping guitar solo. "Rejection" opens with this phone message being played and then the beeping sounds that continue as the drums join in. Nice. Background synths, riffs and a calm all make up this tune. "Baptized By Fire" opens with piano and synths. Heavier a minute in. Contrast continues. Piano ends it. "The Edge...Legacy / Reprise" is for me the most interesting piece on the album. The different instrumental sounds that come and go early are good. It kicks in around 2 minutes as contrasts continue until it levels out after 3 minutes. Heavy with lots of synths.

I've just heard so much better from this genre. Not as good as advertised.

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 The Edge by ETERNITY X album cover Studio Album, 1997
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The Edge
Eternity X Progressive Metal

Review by Gatot
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4 stars Am new to Eternity X but when I listened to this album for the first time there was a strong need to repeat spinning the CD many times until finally this album laid down naturally into my mind. One thing for sure is that the band has an excellent lead singer Keith Sudano which justifies the purchase of this album. Not just that the vocal, this album is also excellent musically. I might say that the music is in someway influenced by Queensryche, Symphony X, etc.

The opening part of The Edge...(Introduction) (6:10)" which comprises synthesizer-drenched music resembles a symphonic prog until when the drum starts to roll followed with vocal the music is brought into heavy side. I can actually feel that the music seems like being forced at the beginning as it sounds unnatural to my ears. But when it moves to " Fly Away" (8:03) where classical music influence is much more prevalent, I can accept the music naturally ..

"The Confession" (6:19) brings the music colossally with the choir lines as well as powerful low register vocal at the beginning. The music moves into heavier part with vocal and guitar as main bearer. "The Edge Part 2" (6:23) combines the symphonic music and power metal. The opening part reminds me to the rearrangement of Deep Purple's Child In Time by Ian Gillan Band. Synthesizer fills in the music followed with fast speed music with double pedal bass drum as well as guitar.

"A Day in Verse" (7:58) starts beautifully with excellent piano solo followed with fills that reminds me to pop song by Air Supply - well, I think this is a coincidence. But the melody is similar with that Air Supply song. This song has an interlude part in the vein of neo prog music with nice guitar solo. "Imaginarium" (10:11) starts off with nice acoustic guitar fills and excellent voice. It sounds like a ballad song in the beginning but actually the song moves into power metal music with nice melody.

Under "The Edge Part 3" (5:01) there is a classical music melody of Beethoven being inserted in the music (at approx. minutes 2:44). The combination of tight bass line, drums and voice is really nice. "The Edge of Madness" (7:13) starts mellow with powerful vocal and piano fills. The music then flows into heavier part. I like the use of vocals in dialogue that resembles like a conversation in the movie.

"Rejection" (3:24) is a wonderful composition with a music that combines modern rock, power metal and industrial music. The result is a wonderful composition! I like the tight bass lines which make up this song. Great! "Baptized By Fire" (7:28) brings piano back to life with power metal music. "The Edge...Legacy/Reprise" (5:03) concludes the album with excellent acoustic guitar fills in classical mode augmented with nice keyboard and bass lines. Vocal is in low register notes.

It's an excellent addition to any prog music collection. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild, GW

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The Edge
Eternity X Progressive Metal

Review by cold103

5 stars At this time, this is one of my favorite albums. It's one of the most underrated albums that I've heard if not the most underrated. It seems it's great in every way. There are great vocal melodies, yet it's not over the top or cheesy. The vocals are emotional, which is good in this context. In music, I think the thing that matters most to me is composure, that everything in the piece of music makes sense or connects with at least one other part of the piece more or less. It's certainly not how difficult it is to play things like solos. I don't care about how hard it is to play anything because extremely difficult things to play can easily sound bad. Perhaps that bit is obvious. Anyway, I think the composure of The Edge is great. Pain of Salvation fans must check this album out! In my honest (as always) opinion, it's better than any Dream Theater album.

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