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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1
1. Pernicious Anguish (demo) ('99 remix) (2:20)
2. Immortal Souls (remastered) (3:59)
3. Maze of Existence (Epidemic Reign Part I) ('99 remix) (4:40)
4. The Dead (remastered) (3:50)
5. Angel of Distress ('99 remix) (3:29)
6. Everlasting (remastered) (5:38)
7. After Afterlife ('99 remix) (4:35)
8. Human Aberration (remastered) (3:35)
9. Kill the Police (Cryptic Death cover) (remastered) (0:40)
10. When All is Said (remastered remix) (6:33)
11. Blood of My Enemies (Manowar cover) (remastered demo version) (3:32)
12. Elegy (remastered) (2:29)

Disc 2
1. The Masque ('99 remix) (6:29)
2. Pernicious Anguish (remastered) (2:10)
3. Until Eternity Ends ('99 remix) (3:56)
4. Song of Sirens ('99 remix) (2:30)
5. Criminally Insane (Slayer cover) (remastered) (2:31)
6. Murder. Dividead ('99 remix) (3:17)
7. I Wanna Go Home (Sator cover) (remastered) (3:36)
8. Damned (by the Damned) (remastered) (5:31)
9. Moonshine (remastered) (1:41)
10. Bleed You Dry (remastered) (5:24)
11. Mother (Danzig cover) (remastered) (3:07)
12. Epidemic Reign (3:40)

Line-up / Musicians

- Dan Swanö / vocals
- Andreas Axelsson / guitars
- Sami Nerberg / guitars
- Anders Lindberg / bass
- Benny Larsson / drums

- Robert Karlsson / vocals ( Bleed You Dry)

Releases information

Released by Black Mark Productions

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Review by UMUR
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2 stars "Evolution" is a compilation album release by Swedish death metal act Edge of Sanity. The compilation was released through Black Mark Productions in November 1999. It was originally a two-disc release and predominantly features remaster and remix versions of tracks from the bandīs pre-1999 releases. Lead vocalist Dan Swanö is credited for mixing and matering of the tracks. In addition to the remastered and remixed album tracks on the compilation, "Evolution" also features a new track ("Epidemic Reign"), and a couple of cover tracks (which have also been remastered and remixed).

Iīm a fan of keeping things as they are (warts and all) and the necessity of remaster and remix albums have always eluded me. "Evolution" is not a remaster/remix compilation album which is gonna convince me otherwise. In many cases a remaster/remix version of a song lessens the impact of said song instead of enhancing the listening experience, and the original version is always preferable, even though some of the early material by Edge of Sanity did feature rough around the edges sound productions, which on the original releases certainly could have been better sounding. But thatīs sometimes the charm of raw and unpolished releases and you often learn to live with and even appreciate the rough edged productions of releases like that. It becomes part of their identity and the history of the recording artist, and meddling with history like that often ends badly. To make a comparison (I know...itīs a completely ridiculous one, but my point should come across), think of how fans of Donald Duck would react, if Disney went back and changed the color or Donalds clothes from blue to red in all the old cartoons...there would be heads rollinī.

Enough of my ranting though, and letīs talk a little more about "Evolution". The compilation features 24 tracks and most Edge of Sanity albums (minus Crimson (1996)") and the "Until Eternity Ends (1994)" EP are represented by a couple of tracks, and as mentioned above there are also a couple of cover tracks and a new tracks featured on the album. A good part of the studio album picks are among the lesser remarkable tracks in the bandīs discography though, and itīs what I would call odd tracklist choices for a compilation album. I understand the need to include some cover tracks and a new song to pull people in (although most of those tracks arenīt particularly remarkable either), but releasing a compilation, which does not feature the bandīs best work is beyond me. Iīd recommend purchasing the 2006 "When All is Said" compilation instead, if you want a taste of what Edge of Sanity is about and donīt want to purchase all their albums up front. "Evolution" is not a good way to get aquainted with the output of Edge of Sanity and is purely a release for the hardcore fans, who need to own everything the band have ever released. A 2.5 star (50%) rating is warranted.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

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