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Ronny Munroe
Lords Of The Edge

Company: Rat Pak Records
Release: 2011
Genre: Traditional
Reviewer: EC

  • Might be his best work to date



  • With the untimely demise of Metal Church one had to ponder the future of singer Ronny Munroe. Thankfully the young talent has landed on his feet in grand style. The Washington native is alive again with a second solo venture in "Lords Of The Edge". Munroe gains some assistance from veterans like Chris Caffery (Savatage) and Michael Wilton (Queensryche) for this effort. The vocal prowess and depth of register are stunning as Munroe soars through twelve solid tracks of classic metal. From faster punches to slower numbers Ronnie shows off plenty, almost a cross of Floridian metal and German power drivers.

    "Pierced By The Maiden" is vintage Vicious Rumors while "The Fear Of What's To Come" is blazing Euro power metal. This guy has always flown under the radar which is a bit unfair considering the powerful vocal range. I saw him live with Metal Church on their comeback tour and was blown away by the screams. This solo effort might be his best work to date and puts him in a solo market rivaled only by the likes of Rob Rock and Blaze Bayley in terms of single showmanship. Highly recommended for fans of Savatage, Seven Witches and Rob Rock.


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    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.

    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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