A Nuanced Masterpiece
This is a thoroughly an enjoyable album, and at 42 mins, is also the perfect length. Not too much as to wear you out, but just enough to make you go and listen to it again.
Anyone who’s heard a Symphony X album before should have a good idea of what to expect here, as Michael hasn’t strayed too far from his normal style here, offering up the kind of aggressive, epic and at times melodic and relaxing progressive metal his band has become known for.
The evident chemistry of this group is prevalent on each and every track here. Some top-notch performances all around from all involved and yet more stellar tracks to add to his legend.
There is no denying that the vocals are the main driver of this album, more than the lavish
instrumentation that forms the backdrop of Cage to Rattle, which shows Daughtry’s maturity
and development as a songwriter.
Combined with the sublime quality of the remastered classic, the EPs, and bonus tracks, I can absolutely say that this entire compilation really is a must-have for any fan.
The track really grabs you firmly by the wedding tackle and drags you round the room until you accept, live, breathe and ultimately embrace Witching Season
It’s the go to CD for when you have a BBQ and get moaned at for playing Master of Puppets whilst Nan is sitting on the patio.
It has a mix of everything fans of the previous album would expect, with some of the most varied and dynamic songwriting in the band’s career, while still delivering tons of great speedy and melodic power metal.
The guitars are big and crunchy, the low end laid down by Taylor and Poullian delivers a nice kick without sounding to muddy or booming and of course Justin Hawkins’ signature falsetto is soars above it all.