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Edguy
Monuments
Type: CD
Company: Nuclear Blast
Release: 2017
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 7/20/2017
Best of compilation featuring old and new songs from the German icons
'Monuments' is really a companion piece in a number of ways. Mainly, it celebrates the Germans 25-year anniversary with a "best of" collection capturing a mammoth 28 track set over 2 discs. Secondly, it accompanies the upcoming tour, aptly titled "The Best of the Best", where the band will represent these songs on stage. Last, but not least, the audio version of this is accompanied with a DVD release of the band performing in Sao Paulo. So, rounds all around and don't spare a drop. Edguy is a band worth celebrating despite poor efforts in the studio this decade. Their back catalogue on AFM Records covering 1997 through 2003 is arguably the pinnacle of achievement for the act, but cuts from the present Nuclear Blast era makes up a majority of this release. The collection includes five tracks that are new to fans including "Reborn in the Waste" which dates back to 1995. "Ravenblack" is a sturdy cut that harkens back to the 90s. "Wrestle the Devil" and “Open Sesame” both have a hard rock hook in their make-up. "Landmarks" is more of the "Theater of Salvation" variety. I’m including four of the five new ones in my ongoing Edguy playlist. They are worth the price of admission.
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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: EDGUY
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Hall Of FlamesEdguy
2005
Ken Pierce10/21/2005
Hellfire ClubEdguy
2004
Anthony Burke3/23/2004
King Of FoolsEdguy
2004
Eric Compton2/17/2004
MonumentsEdguy
2017
Eric Compton7/20/2017
Rocket RideEdguy
2006
Eric Compton3/31/2006
SuperheroesEdguy
2005
Eric Compton10/5/2005
Superheroes (dvd)Edguy
2005
Eric Compton10/4/2005
Tinnitus SanctusEdguy
2008
Frank Hill3/27/2009


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: EDGUY
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DOR
REVIEWER DATE
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2014
Greg Watson5/1/2014


ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: EDGUY
INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
Dirk SauerEdguyVeritas8/11/2005


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