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