shadowdoom9 (Andi)'s Comments

Thanks, Illusionist. Glad you agree!

I wasn't saying this was the very first 7-string metal album. Of course it was used in the mid-90s by Morbid Angel, Meshuggah, and Dream Theater, but other than the nu metal part of the scene, it hadn't reached higher popularity until when bands like Nevermore, Fear Factory, and Deftones started using those guitars when the new millennium was dawning. Perhaps I didn't make that description clear enough, I shall reword that...

I understand that 7-string guitars were used in a few songs/albums by 1990s death/progressive metal bands and Steve Vai, but the usage was highly popularized by the dreaded nu metal part of the scene. It wasn't until the turn of millennium when 7-string guitars reached that amount of popularity for other rock/metal genres besides nu metal, including Nevermore and the more mainstream bands that aren't or used to be nu metal like Fear Factory and Deftones, and even Muse!

Savatage!! This band I've heard of 5 years ago because Trans-Siberian Orchestra did a few covers/reworks of their songs (including the famous and epic "Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24"), but never got around listening to Savatage, probably because of my lack of oldness tolerance back then. Now I'm definitely up to giving this album a listen plus a review. Good review, Daniel!

I'm just not yet up to fully listening to the greater giants of the genre (Maiden and Priest), but it will take a decently long while before that time comes...

Man I thought I've experienced everything in their second album... I'm looking forward to doing their debut album review!

Thanks Martin!

Great review, Daniel! In case you're thinking of recommending this album to me, I already have it in my review to-do list.

Good review, Martin! Please feel free to check out another one of their great albums, Train of Thought, this month's Infinite feature release. And if you feel like participating in this ongoing activity where you can nominate your own feature releases, please let Daniel know so he can add you to the roster. https://metal.academy/forum/23/thread/586?page=2#topic_5876 

Interesting review, Xephyr! It's a shame that my former ultimate favorite metal album did not receive the good reception I thought it would have, but hopefully my May feature release submissions (arriving two days from now) can be better received...

Good review, Martin! Yeah, those highlights and "Numb" are what I enjoy as well in the album, but "Nobody's Listening" is too experimental for me here, despite the great lyrics.

Lol I better wait a long time before sharing that song in the Track of the Day thread. With this Trivium review and your thoughts on Amaranthe, seems like The Revolution just isn't your thing, Vinny. Interesting review though...

Yeah there is the sad lack of bass, but with all the songs unleashing great impact for me, especially the ones you mentioned, that issue is something trivial for me to dust off...

Good review, Martin! I remember Linkin Park being an important developer for my taste in music before diving into "real" metal around 9 years ago, so I decided it was time for me to write a review for this album too, along with Meteora, and I see you already gave my Hybrid Theory review a like. I can't give yours a like because I'm not in the Gateway, but I still enjoy reading it! I agree about the songs you mentioned being excellent singles and most of the remaining songs being pointless fillers, but "Crawling" and non-single "Pushing Me Away" are personally two of my favorite songs since first listening to them in those earlier alt-metal days of mine...

Interesting review, Martin! I see you like most of the songs here with the one track you really don't like being the 17-minute epic. I, someone who enjoys prog epics, might listen to that one to see if it's actually solid or just my epic-enjoying mind talking. Anyway, if you haven't listened to their next album Carved in Stone, you should especially check out their highlight "Crystalline Dream". It's in the February Infinite clan playlist and a catchy progressive hit to blow your mind away!

Interesting review, saxystephens! Were you planning on adding a rating?

Epic review, Xephyr! If there's ever a compilation book of reviews for some of the greatest metal albums of all time, yours would fit greatly in that book. Well done!

Thanks, Illusionist!

Yeah I like it, but I just listened to and reviewed this album to keep up with the game in the DIS vs DAT - Genre vs Genre - The Pit Edition. And there I've concluded that To Mega Therion may fit in as thrash metal but is known for influencing extreme genres like death metal and black metal and that doesn't suit my anti-blasphemous interests. That's why I voted for the other 1985 Pit album, Agent Steel's Skeptics Apocalypse.

Correct, I didn't like it. Clearly the more obscene albums from The Horde Death Metal Modern Era clan challenge has infected my mind to unleash some of the most aggressive angry inner thoughts I've ever had. I'm a calm polite young lad in the outside world, but even then, I need to find some place to burst out in rage and fury without causing any damage, and I've found just the right place and the right inspiration. Thanks again, Daniel, for finding me a stinker album to add my first low rating. That was a good bad time!

Thanks Ben! More reviews coming soon...