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Return to Metalopolis

Chris PolandAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 17, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Enigma Records
  • ASIN: B00000DTP3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,174 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing October 8, 2006
By Larry
Format:Audio CD
it's nice to hear an instrumental metal album that consists of something other than some loser john petrucci wannabe (cough, rusty cooley, cough) sitting in his bedroom at his mom's house in front of his computer alternate picking the same tired scales that we've been subjected to for the past 20 years over pre-recorded drums.

chris completely destroys the competition with long flowing melodies, astonishing song structure, and his signature legato passages that make all those lame shredders look like they're running in slow-mo. his brother also proves to be a worthy drummer, as they compose some very cool syncopation between the guitars and drums. "the fall of babylon" is by far my favorite song, but this is honestly one of those rare discs that you can listen to all the way through and still want more. that being said, the two bonus tracks are not up to par with the rest of the cd, but they're cool to listen to once.

the bottom line: this is seriously the most overlooked instrumental metal album ever recorded. i've heard them all, and this is what they wish they could be.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect February 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I got into Chris Poland because I liked his guitar work on the two Megadeth records Killing Is My Buisness, and Peace Sells. When I heard this album I was blown away. I never knew how good he was. This album is a stunning piece of instumental guitar and I have heard it all. I have heard Vai, Satriani, Friedman, Becker, Vaughn, Yngwie, Clapton and many more. I have to say that Chris is my second favorite among that list only behind the guitar master Jason Becker. Chris has such a clean and beautiful style and this is a perfect complimation of his skill. The bonus tracks on this version are awesome as well, enpecially that 14 minute jam session. If you like instrumental guitar albums I cant imagine you not liking this. If you have not heard Chris Poland's Return To Metalopolis you are really missing out, buy it today.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Poland : "Return To Metropolis 2002" March 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
***** - FIVE STARS


I never realized how talented C. Poland was until I heard this. He is so much better than his days in Megadeth would allow, and here he let's loose. This is a highly melodic journey from start to finish, with crunching riffs underlying great solo's that are woven over the top of the riffs. His brother, M. Poland supplies impressive percussions that fit into this style perfectly. These two brothers are highly talented musicians....

To describe this, it's galloping riffs sound like early day Iron Maiden, and the solos remind me alot of guitarist J. Matheos and old-school Fates Warning, along with similarities to Coroner's Tommy T. Baron, which focuses on a soaring, bluesy feel....

No vocals, but you don't need them here, the music speaks for itself. All in all, making one incredible release. The production is also flawless. I can't wait to buy his entire collection. He's a wizard axeman...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Metal Fusion cd! October 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Chris Poland and Megadeth should be credited for helping invent "Technical Metal" (having an influence on but not exactly being, prog metal) with their jerky rhythms and complex riffs on the first two Megadeth albums. After getting sober and deciding to strike it on his own in 1989/1990 (and ironically, recording with Megadeth on the demoes of Rust In Peace before leaving the Deth again- perhaps one day we can hear those demos!); Chris released this awesome solo album. Hints of Megadeth and the future Damn the Machine release are sprinkled throughout the album, which features some awesome shred guitar and fusion dynamics. The album begins with more of a metal sound and feel, and slowly adds more and more fusion chops and techniques to the mix, and by the end of the album the songs are pure fusion (albeit slightly more metallic in a certain way). Whether or not this was intentional I have no idea, but it creates for very interesting listening. The songs have hooks that slowly creep in, and I consider it a shred classic, even if its not on Shrapnel records! Get it now!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent metal guitar! February 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Chris must have wanted to make a statement to Dave Mustaine with this album. Something along the lines of "hey, I'm not just a fusion guitarist playing as a hired gun in a metal band, I can actually write great riffs AND play shredding solos over them!" Chris rhythm playing is tight and fast, making this album almost as good as "Rust In Peace." In fact, if you probably added in some different elements (Like the beautiful harmonies on "Alexandria" and the wonderful acoustic segues in "Fall of Babylon") to "Rust In Peace," it would probably sound somewhat like this album. No vocals are present, so you can focus all your energy on this high quality music. I've heard Marty Friedman's solo albums, and they really don't compare to Chris. No offense to Marty, but Chris really plays with his soul. Listen to the acoustic break in the middle of "Fall of Babylon," as Chris bleeds out tortured harmonics and a truely emotional series of notes. Megadeth fans will love this album for its aggressive riffing and wild solos, but solo guitar enthusiasts will enjoy it as well. Imagine Eric Johnson playing speed metal and you've got a pretty good idea. Solid album and it flows effortlessly from one song to the next, making it possible to listen to it in its entirety.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This one brings back memories.
So, here's the deal...I was in HS in the late '80s during the heyday of the '80s thrash metal run, so of course I was into the "Big 7". Read more
Published 4 months ago by Razr Maxx
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like guitar driven instrumentals
I was always familiar with Chris Poland since Megadeth. I'm glad I came across this album. He's got his own, very recognizable sound. This disc is good start to finish. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cheryl Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovation at its best!
Great guitar player, one of the best that free thinking metal/jazz music has to offer. Definitely recommend to check out this album. Read more
Published 13 months ago by lord_bow
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Now, I'm not a big fan of guitar only records, but Poland manages to make the lack of singer inconsequential. Read more
Published 18 months ago by TTKKane
5.0 out of 5 stars Melodic Metal
Poland is definitely a skilled soloist. He's just as good at writing cool metal grooves. There is not a dud on this recording. Every track really rocks. Read more
Published 20 months ago by David Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars flawless
this a perfect album, the most under-rated instrumental "shred" album ever. each song is a complete thought. Read more
Published on March 25, 2012 by legato
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Underrated Guitar Instrumental Disc Ever
Released in 1990 and still sounds fresh to me. Quality compositions utilizing the unlikely combo of thrash/jazz, this disc is every bit as good as anything Satriani and Vai had... Read more
Published on September 27, 2010 by Mega Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Driving Beat Throughtout -- Very Good
This album came out in 2002, but sounds good in 2009 -- I only now discovered Chris Poland and his Metalopolis instrumental outing. What a driving beat and pounding rhythm. Read more
Published on December 14, 2009 by Gary Reiner
4.0 out of 5 stars Poland
I didn't care for this disc when I borrowed it from a friend. But years later I listened to it and realized that I was judging it unfairly. Read more
Published on May 1, 2009 by J. Lizik
5.0 out of 5 stars true impressive return from former megadeth guitarist!!
chris poland started out recording with megadeth on the first two releases then showed everyone he had the talent of alex skolnick,joe satrioni,and countless other guitar gods but... Read more
Published on April 11, 2009
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