Hall Of Flames
10/21/2005 - Review by: Ken Pierce
EdGuy - Hall Of Flames - 2005 - AFM/Locomotive Records
From the first CD songs like “Tears Of A Mandrake” and “Vain Glory Opera” capture the essence of what the band is about musically. Full of rich harmonies and very powerful musicianship EdGuy is a band that has a consistent style about them. The material is for the most part catchy as you will find in most of the tracks on this CD. These are among my favorite tracks from the AFM albums. CD2 was more of the treat for me as I liked getting the chance to hear some unreleased tracks and the bonuses. With the song “But Here I Am” you get a rocker with a big sing-along chorus of the type EdGuy is often famous for. The song “La Marche De Gendarmes” is just a laugh riot from start to finish. The band also proves that they rock in the live sense by having three stellar performance tracks on this CD. I leaned towards “Avantasia” and “Wake Up The King” of the three included on this CD. The videos that are featured on CD2 need to be played on one’s computer and not a conventional DVD player.
I can’t recommend this band enough to the Metal fan and this is not only based on my enjoyment of their music. This is combined with the fact that I have seen them perform and can stress that they are wild, energetic and super talented. The sampling of their back catalog on this CD can attest to this stance. Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy something special from one of the greatest Heavy Metal bands to come around in a long time.
-- Ken Pierce 10.12.05
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