Edge of Thorns (1993)
With the departure of Jon Oliva as lead vocalist (but not as keyboardist or writer) for Savatage, the band found a replacement in the former singer of Wicked Witch, Zachary Stevens. While Stevens did not have the emotional range that ...
Dead Winter Dead (1995) Top Seller
With Dead Winter Dead, Savatage returned to rock opera, a format the band had explored previously on Streets. However, with several lineup changes having taken place since that seminal 1991 album, the sound of Dead Winter Dead is quite different. ...
Dream Theater's web of metal and progressive elements comes roaring out of the speakers at full throttle like some manic coupling of Frank Zappa, Guns & Roses and Yes, a garish torrent of virtuoso chopsmanship, classical flourishes and good old ...
Images and Words (1992)
While continuing to improve its musical chops and explore more progressive territory, Dream Theater reached its mainstream apex with 1992's Images and Words. Here the group capably combined prog rock high-mindedness with metal crunch and commercial accessibility on the opening ...
Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years (2000)
Track Listing: Kill the King; Dread and the Fugitive Mind; Crush 'Em; Use the Man; Almost Honest; Trust; A Tout le Monde; Train of Consequences; Sweating Bullets; Symphony of Destruction; Hangar 18; Holy Wars...The Punishment Due; In My Darkest Hour; Peace Sells;
Peace Sells... But Who's Buying (1986)
Guitarist Dave Mustaine was an original member of thrash-pioneers Metallica. But he was booted from the band during the recording of that band's debut album, KILL 'EM ALL. Instead of moping around, Mustaine returned to California and immediately formed another ...
Operation: Mindcrime (1988)
The album that preceded this release, RAGE FOR ORDER, came as a surprise to some fans because of the group's appropriation of electronic sound-generating techniques. Undeterred, the band composed its most challenging work yet, the epic concept album OPERATION: MINDCRIME. ...
Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part I (1987)
Recording information: Horus SOund Studio, Hannover, Germany (12/1986-01/1987).
Photographer: Jürgen Muller.
Personnel: Michael Weikath (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Michael Kiske (vocals); Karl Hansen, Kai Hansen (guitar, background vocals); Ingo Schwichtenberg (drums); Markus Grosskopf (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Tommy Hansen.
Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part II (1988)
The follow-up to what was arguably Helloween's finest album, KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS PART 1, finds the German power-metal pioneers in something of a holding pattern. While PART 2 doesn't match the glory of its predecessor, it still represents ...
Rammstein's first album was about what was to be expected from a bunch of Germans who happily grew up on everything from Skinny Puppy to Depeche Mode to Laibach and back again, not to mention plenty of skull-crushing metal straight ...
One World England
Following his departure from Asia, Wetton teamed up with Phil Manzanera, fresh from his hiatus from Roxy Music for this album. What should have been a classic rock album is sadly a clichéd mess. In an attempt to sound current, ...
Possession Of Power (2000)
Track Listing: Possession of Power; Dragonlord; Cast a Spell; Ending of Time; The Signs; My Own Majesty; To Live Forever; The Vision and the Temple; World of Steel; A Northern Rhyme; Ancient Prophecy;
New Dark Age (1999)
One gets the distinct impression that, with their second full-length album, 1998's New Dark Age, English doomsters Solstice were aiming to redefine the genre. Perhaps hoping to fill the not-inconsiderable-void left by the then recently disintegrated Candlemass, the group seemed ...
Best of Human Drama...In a Perfect World (2000)
The absolutely stunning In a Perfect World is a generous 16-song "best-of" that cuts out all of Human Drama's weaker moments, bringing John Indovina's most brilliant turns straight to the top and never once putting a single toe out of ...
Impending Ascension (1995)
Magellan's Impending Ascension is a truly great progressive rock work. Following the same formula as the previous Hour of Restoration, Impending Ascension features better, more consistent songwriting and a harder-edged sound. "Estadium Nacional" and "Waterfront Weirdos," both 11-minutes long, get ...
Nestled somewhere between art rock and symphonic prog, Cairo's self-titled release is a blend of melodious, synth-induced music accompanied by the rich voices of three singers. Implementing basic Hammond organ and grand piano movements into their material, their neo- progressive ...
Carved in Stone (1995)
The follow-up to Shadow Gallery is a progressive rock masterpiece. The biggest change from the debut is band maturity and album production. While Shadow Gallery showed the band's tremendous potential, Carved in Stone finds the band fulfilling that potential. The ...
Blueprint Of The World (1995)
Although perhaps more progressive than metal, this album still seems to fit fairly well into the prog metal genre. The musicianship and song writing on the CD are quite accomplished. Elements of many textures seem to pervade, including the occasional ...
Test of Wills (1997)
After seemingly finding their niche with Impending Ascension, Magellan changed their style with the follow-up, Test of Wills. The lyrics changed from historical to self-reliance-based. And the songs are performed more around a guitar riff than a melody. There is ...
Conflict & Dreams (1998)
On their first album, the members of Cairo sounded like a hard rock/heavy metal band gone proggy -- the progressive rock elements often felt forced and overdone. On Conflict and Dreams they showed surprising maturity, with both sides of their ...
Recording information: Soundtek Studios, Campbell, CA.
Altura: Rain Irving, Franklin Ervin, Jeremy Osborne, Jason Lingle, Chad Gibson.
Personnel: Jason Lingle (vocals, keyboards); Frankie Ervin (guitar).
When Dream Theater released Images and Words, it was only a matter of time before similar groups started to appear the world over. It was inevitable that this new breed was going to sport chops galore, interpretive lyrics, and a ...
Shadow Gallery's third album is a concept album about a defense worker's search for meaning after becoming disenchanted with his job. The music is somewhat softer than it was on Carved in Stone, but has much the same sound and ...
Continuing the softer sound of Moving Target, Paradox is simply brilliant. It has to be listened to from start to finish to be appreciated, since it works so well as an album. Royal Hunt's always strong backing vocals are even ...
Recorded at Studio E, Martinez, California from January 27, 1996 to July 4, 1996.
Personnel: Ted Leonard (vocals); Douglas A. Ott (guitar, keyboards); Paul Craddick (keyboards, drums); Mike "Benignus" Geimer (keyboards).
Audio Mixer: Douglas A. Ott.
Recording information: Studio "E", Martinez, CA ...