Eternity X - The Edge
This is surely one of the most amazing, special and dramatic albums ever. I listen to it over and over and still find it completely groundbreaking in both concept and musical style.

Easily said it's Progressive Metal with a lot of atmospheric keyboard, heavy riffs, detailed drums, complex bass and Keith Sudano's brilliant varied voice. These elements are put together into a fantastic symbiosis of a very complex concept story, brilliantly matched with detailed and highly bombastic music. The lyrics are about very personal themes like the struggle in finding the right way, problems with religion, matters of love and so on, very relatable themes. I will try to comment on the different songs.

The album opens in symphonic style with The Edge (Introduction). It slowly builds into a mid-tempo song with a monster break in the middle with great bass and detailed drums. A good song that sets the mood for the rest of the album.

Fly Away; Well, what can I say. One of the best songs ever (at least). Just the opening with the twin keyboard/guitar play sets me into trance, brilliant. A song full of variation and one of the hugest sing along choruses ever. This song simply has everything. The lyric is very interesting and complex, about the human soul and its journey.

The Confession is one of the most dramatic songs I have ever heard, and like the one just mentioned this is in the same league. I simply love the lyric, which is a critique of organised religion, and that you can have a belief of your own. The music is extremely progressive, lots of changing rhythms and the vocal parts are out of this world. A very powerful and intense song.

The Edge Part 2...(The Looking Glass) is a very strange song. The very fast rhythm section rules and again there are plenty of variation. The vocal lines are in parts of the song sung in an opera like way, strange and not that fitting, but interesting. Not the best song on the album, but still with lots of atmosphere.

A Day In Verse is a ballad type of song, very emotional concerning problems of loneliness, love despair and so on. The chorus is simply brilliant and the keyboard atmosphere is stunning. Also the guitar solo is very melodic, a monster track.

The dark and dreaming atmosphere of Imaginarium is genius. A long slow song with some very progressive parts and choirs. The keyboard break in the middle simply rules. This song I had to give many listenings, but it became better and better.

The Edge Part 3... (Existence Chapter 1,000,009) is a mid-tempo track with some fantastic vocal parts. The musically details is of very high standard and makes very second interesting.

One of the most progressive and special songs is surely The Edge Of Madness. Again a stunning vocal performance were different personalities appear in dramatic style. A song about inner struggle and a genius guitar/keyboard duel. The amount of changing moods and melodies are amazing.

Rejection is a totally different song. The most direct song, and also the shortest on the record. The rhythm is a bid odd but this is detail. It is pretty raw and fast, but it still has the changing elements that lift it to a high level.

Baptized By Fire is one of my all time favourite songs. Fuck this song has it all. Melody, drama, epic atmosphere, brilliant lyric about love and inner thoughts. The guitar lead is brilliant and the changes are fantastic. I could go on praising this record but it must have and end.

The Edge...Legacy/Reprise is a natural ending starting with an acoustic guitar and a slow rhythm. The last part has connections with the first song of the album, and ends perfectly in drama and bombastic elements.

The sound is pretty special but in a good way, clear and still with much depth.

The musical performance on this record is perfect. The detail and variation plus all the great atmospheres and melodies is simply astonishing.

This release is one of the most progressive, dramatic and unique ever.

Masterpiece.

Written by Tommy
Friday, January 3, 2003
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Comment by Tom Brown (Anonymous) - Tuesday, April 1, 2003
Well my friends you both are right on the mark. The Edge is my favorite cd of all time and i have a 1000 pieces of music ! Tom


Comment by WinterSoul (Anonymous) - Sunday, May 11, 2003
Thsi album is beyond praise!
one of the best in this genre. It's profoundness in terms of music and lyrics is breathtaking. I've been getting back to it over and over and i still can't get enough. What does this mean? That if you haven't heard it, you deffinetely should because you don't know what you are missing.
i also recommend Shadow Gallery - Carved in Stone as a bonus. :)


Comment by Shane Wheeler (Anonymous) - Sunday, July 6, 2003
I agree completely with the reviews. Amazing album. My favorite for the past few years has always been the brilliant Pain of Salvation recording, The Perfect Element Pt. 1. I bought random progressive metal albums recently, and The Edge happened to be one I purchased. Within the week, this album took the place of my favorite all-time album. This is a masterpiece.

Fly Away, The Confession, Baptized By Fire...all parts of The Edge title track...amazing. They say theirs some 2 million English words avaliable to a person. I can't find one to discribe this breathtaking album. The lyrics. I can't even explain it.

I'm rambling on, obviously, without a way to explain this masterpiece. Buy it. Sure, you could easily download this album, but it's not the same as actually purchasing the album. If you can't afford it, download it. Then buy it when you can afford it.

They should have a rule, don't like the album, they'll refund your money...They'd never have to refund anyone's money.


Comment by Charisman (Anonymous) - Monday, July 14, 2003
I must say this about this album. IT IS WITHOUT DOUBT THE BEST THING EVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE EVER EVER EVER. IT IS INCREDIBLE, MIND BLOWING, BEYOND COMPARISON AND BEYOND THE RATIONALITY OF BENALITY.
BUY IT OR DIE


Comment by ALEJANDRO (Anonymous) - Wednesday, July 16, 2003
ONE OF MY ALL TIMES FAVORITES ALBUMS. SO NEAR OF THE QUEENSRYCHE`S OPERATION MINDCRIME CONCEPT. ETERNITY X WONS THE SKY FOREVER. MAY THE CLASSICAL MUSIC OF THE NEXT GENERATIONS.
10/10 FOREVER.
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Comment by s4revok (Anonymous) - Saturday, September 27, 2003
This is buy or die
Run for your life


Comment by Jochen (Anonymous) - Thursday, January 15, 2004
This album isn't of the physical world, the inner struggle which we all we face is on this album for your audio pleasure enjoy it and just prey your not on the edge.


Comment by Pat (Anonymous) - Wednesday, January 5, 2005
Tell me if I'm getting this right... did Keith go on to be a hyptnotist?


Comment by Pat (Anonymous) - Friday, January 14, 2005
Well, I bought the album about a week ago, but I`m still finding it difficult to get into.


Comment by D.T. Jesus (Anonymous) - Sunday, February 18, 2007
Wow. The more I listen to this album the more amazed I become (Fly Away is on right now). There are not too many albums I could even try to compare this to except perhaps Savatage's Streets and Queensryche's Operation Mindcrime. Unfortunately this album is near impossible to find, but trust me, once you do find it, you wont regret it.


Comment by Neven (Anonymous) - Wednesday, June 20, 2007
I got this piece of perfection directly from Keith and autographed. There are no words to describe beauty and feel of this album. Pure magic.


Review by Steen (Staff) - Monday, December 2, 2002
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This is one of my favourite albums ever. Songs like Fly away, The confession and A day in verse are pure magic. The concept is huge and beautifully realized. A true masterpiece.

Rating: 9.5/10

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In checking out your staff's top-rated releases, I have to say that I was impressed to find Eternity X's brilliant "The Edge" on the list. Its inclusion goes a long way toward validating the entire list. It is unfortunate that such a masterpiece flew completely under the radar and that Keith has not released anything since.



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Review by Tommy

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Angular Records - 1997

Tracklisting
1. The Edge...(Introduction)
2. Fly Away
3. The Confession
4. The Edge Part 2...(The Looking Glass)
5. A Day In Verse
6. Imaginarium
7. The Edge Part 3... (Existence Chapter 1,000,009)
8. The Edge Of Madness
9. Rejection
10. Baptized By Fire
11. The Edge...Legacy/Reprise


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