Company: Nuclear Blast
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Eric Compton
'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.
About this Writer:Eric Compton
// Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.