• Megadeth - DYSTOPIA

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    More than any other metal band in history, being a hardcore Megadeth fan is truly a rollercoaster ride. This is a band with multiple duds in their catalog, and yet they always seem to rebound. Think about it, they’ve truly had some bad releases in their catalog. RISK was terrible. THE WORLD NEEDS A HERO wasn’t a lot better. And yet,

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  • Anthrax - FOR ALL KINGS

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    FOR ALL KINGS

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    Depending on your perspective, Anthrax is either having a career resurgence or floundering at the end of their career. I’m stunned how many people actually didn’t like their last effort, FOR ALL KINGS. In these ears, that was the best effort of their career. What made it great, to me, was the mixture of crushing heaviness combined with some

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  • Sevendust - KILL THE FLAW

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    When I first saw Sevendust’s new release was titled KILL THE FLAW, my initial thought was “what exactly is the flaw?” It leads you to wonder just what it is that caused this band to not break big, while bands with lesser quality catalogs like Disturbed or Korn had such crazy amounts of success at the same time. This

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  • Iron Maiden - THE BOOK OF SOULS

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    They don’t do it that often anymore, but there’s always excitement when Iron Maiden comes out with new music. Knowing that they are closing in on the end of their career, you really do end up hoping that when they go out for good, it will be with a bang. I think it’s universally agreed upon that

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  • Slayer - REPENTLESS

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    REPENTLESS

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    Probably more than any release in their history, Slayer came into releasing this album at a crossroads. This WAS the album that, in many ways, dictated if the band could continue on or if it was indeed time to drift off quietly to Hell. The loss of guitarist Jeff Hanneman and the removal of drummer Dave Lombardo had almost every Slayer

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  • Operation: Mindcrime - THE KEY

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    THE KEY

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    Geoff Tate’s falling out and subsequent two years of lawsuits, multiple versions of the same band and overall craziness in the press definitely tarnished a legacy that once seemed untouchable. Think about it. Even with over a decade of arguably bad releases (Q2K, TRIBE, AMERICAN SOLDIER, DEDICATED TO CHAOS), it wasn’t until the now infamous spitting incident and the

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  • W.A.S.P. - GOLGOTHA

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    W.A.S.P. is one of those bands that has a ridiculously loyal fanbase...and good for them, actually. Doing THE CLASSIC METAL SHOW, we get shit on repeatedly anytime we say anything that is less than glowing about W.A.S.P., Blackie Lawless or any of the band’s former or present members. Oh well...comes with the territory, I guess. After what seems like quite a

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HYMNS FOR THE BROKEN

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In the world of progressive metal, there are exactly 2 bands which I worship. Those bands are Symphony X and Evergrey. Both bands are immensely talented, feature incredible musicianship, and come full of great lyrical and musical representations that tell amazing stories to the listeners. Following their last release GLORIOUS COLLISION, it really seemed like Evergrey may have hit the end of their run. GLORIOUS COLLISION didn't do especially well for the band, and they seemingly disappeared as soon as it came out. There's been a lot of rumors that they had indeed broken up. Those turned out to be untrue though, and back comes Evergrey with a revamped lineup and HYMNS FOR THE BROKEN; a release that could very well be the very best of their almost two decade long career.

What makes HYMNS FOR THE BROKEN such a good release is the songwriting. Vocalist Tom Englund has a slightly different tone to his vocals than on past releases, and that helps greatly. Songs like the driving rocker "A New Dawn" are the most layered and thick sounding of the band's career, which is a testament to what they are trying to do on HYMNS FOR THE BROKEN. More than any other release in their catalog, HYMNS is the most multifaceted release of their career. Listening to the songs, you get an almost Dream Theater like meshing of the various instrumentation and vocals instead of the more raw, powerful sound they are known for. This is not to say this is sterile in any way. It's far from that, in fact. "A New Dawn" is one of the heaviest guitar songs of the band's career, with Henrik Danrage returning and giving a much needed push on the six strings. Always a band that uses classier keyboards than most progressive bands, Evergrey use them well here as well. Songs like "Wake A Change" let the keyboards act as a guide for the rest of the band. Rikard Zander more than ably plays keys throughout the disc, and does so in a classy manner without being sucked into the over the top overuse that plagues so many of the gothic and orchestral metal bands today. He's instead content to allow the keys to guide things while Englund delivers the best vocals of his career.

PITRIFF RATING - 94/100 - In short, HYMNS FOR THE BROKEN is the moody, intense masterpiece that Evergrey has long looked to write and never quite completed from start to finish. As an uber fan of the band, I know the history and realize just how much better than everything else this is. It's the most grand release of their career. It's the best written, and by far the best performed. At least for now, Evergrey is back and stronger than they've ever been.

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