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Mark Boals - Edge of the World - reviewed by: ChaosLord

Track Listing
1.Fly
2.World On Fire
3.Lady Babylon
4.Taking Control
5.Up To You
6.Between Two Mirrors
7.Garden Of Pain
8.Through The Endless Night
9.Trouble In Paradise
10.Crossfire
11.The Criminal
12.Hold On (To Our Love)
Man I wonder what goes through Yngwie Malmsteen's mind as he's chosing a singer? And why does he keep them for an album or two and then get rid of him only to bring them back a few albums later?

Anyways, Mark Boals is a damn good vocalist, there is no doubt about that. It even appears that he has picked up some guitar knowledge from the "Swedish Shredder". Edge of the World overall is pretty good. It has it's bad moments, like some albums, but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised.

There is a lot of musicians that help out Boals on his CD most notably Tony Macalpine of Planet X and Vinny Appice formerly of Black Sabbath. Boals voice sounds as good and as strong as when he first started with Malmsteen with Rising Force. "Lady Babylon" and "Garden of Pain" are the two tracks that stand out most to me. They just have some great guitar work and Boals really cuts loose with his vocals. The only song I really didn't get into was "Up To You", a slow ballady type song. Just not a lot to say about it. But overall this was a good CD.

I haven't heard his previous release, "Ring of Fire", but if it is anything like this disc, I will definitely check it out. I wish good luck to Mark Boals in his future endeavors. Check out this CD if you are a fan of Mark Boals, and even if you're not, give it a shot...you might be pleasantly surprised.

ChaosLord 4.22.03

About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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2002
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