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The Edge Import

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Progressive Metal

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  • Audio CD (January 1, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Musea Records / Angular
  • ASIN: B00004V9W4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #795,863 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steven J Detwiler on September 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Eternity X soars with this ambitious composition telling the story of existence on the edge of insanity. From start to finish, the listener is taken on a journey through the dark recesses of the mind of a madman, as retold through the voice and instruments of the band. But is it simply one man's story, or a statement voiced to society living on the edge of a similarly mad existence? It seems it is some of both. Such is how the music speaks to the listener as you are drawn into the beautiful melodies and musical arrangements.
This album is rich with masterful musicianship. Boasting plenty of intricate basslines, complex drumwork, and well-executed dual guitar-keyboard leads, it has technicality and complexity yielding a rich texture. All interplay with each other and weave around the powerful, plaintive melodies to make a whole best described as operatic--while even this definition comes up lacking. The singer/songwriter, Keith Sudano, is so believable, you actually feel as much as hear the lyrics. His range is better defined by personalities or voices than by octaves. He shifts between all of them convincingly. At times the listener is left wondering if he actually wasn't possessed by the soul of the madman himself as the story is told.
At the same time, dark yet beautiful, this album takes you to a new realm. The music demands, or more precisely compels, you to listen to it again and again. Often some fresh nuance reveals itself, as your appreciation grows over each spin. I have listened to it at least 100 times, and I love it more now than ever. Without a doubt, this release must be regarded as one of the greatest musical endeavors ever recorded.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on May 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Before getting The Edge, I had read countless for reviews for it, and invariably they lauded it one of the best albums in the progressive metal category. With that kind of praise, I knew it was something I had to hear for myself.
Expectations were high, and I was in no way disappointed; The Edge encapsulates greatness in progressive metal. Lots of emotional power, grandiosity, virtuoso performances, incredible vocals, and great songwriting. It is a concept album about people on the "edge"; people who question the meaning of life, people who are pushed past the breaking point, a society on a precipice of aberration. Lyrically it is very good. Musically, very good. Vocally, also very good. But The Edge is better than the sum of its impressive parts -- this truly is an extraordinary musical work.
Lead vocalist and songwriter Keith Sudano is a very talented man. Superhumanly accurate, rich and narrative while evoking a romantic power, his voice is a marvel. He is like an actor who becomes different people with each song. At times, he sounds like Mike Baker (from Shadow Gallery), except with far more range, emotional expression, and power. As a songwriter, he has a great sense of complexity and melody and he commands a vast musical vocabulary.
"The Edge - Introduction" is the harrowing overture to this astonishing album. The gothic organ that opens this track sets a dark, haunting tone. In the middle interlude, the instrumental interplay is inventive and exciting. One might first suspect that the album is gearing up for nothing more than an accomplished foray into progressive metal's conventional territory. They would be wrong....
"Fly Away" is the paean of The Edge.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Cavone on April 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I am simply awed by this album. I can't reccomend it enough, it desrves much higher than the 5 stars I was allowed.
If anyone who considers this CD is unsure I will personally send your money back. This CD will appeal to the listener of many, many different styles. Yes, Eternity X is based in the rock/hard rock/ metal genre'...but this is spanned by this CD and their other CD "Mind Games" is beautiful as well. 150% approval rating!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe White on January 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It seems that there are many bands out there today incorrectly calling themselves "progressive metal". These bands are all technical and over-the-top and are filled with great musicians. But progressive they ain't. Eternity X is progressive. Sure, Eternity X is technical (some people confuse technical metal with progressive metal) but more importantly, they write good music that defies boundaries. That is progressive. And the Edge is a progressive metal masterpiece. With the Edge, Eternity X pulls off an album of such daring and brilliance that it can only be compared with Queensryche's Operation: Mindcrime. No kidding, the Edge is that good. Okay, so I've told you that the Edge is good. But who do they have similarities to? Eternity X has their own sound but they were surely influenced by Queensryche, Rush and Styx. Similarities to Dream Theater can be found in their sound as well. If you like your metal to be a bit different, Eternity X's the Edge will not let you down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt from www.prog.web.com on October 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
_The Edge_ was the first Eternity X album I picked up, and it pretty much had me floored from the first listen. It is a (non-storyline oriented) concept album, and is characterized throughout by very operatic vocals, mesmerizing piano pieces, great solos, and some very progressive moments, as well. Each song is different, yet spectacular in it's own way. I suppose I could go on and on, and tell you how Keith Sudano has perhaps the best, most emotional voice you'll ever hear, or how the music is so varied and dynamic you'll be picking up new things a year later, or all about the album's moments of stunning brillince and beauty, etc, etc... but all I can say is, Buy it and let the music speak for itself. Very highly recommended!!!
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