7/20/2017 - Review by: Eric Compton
Best of compilation featuring old and new songs from the German icons
'Monuments' is really a companion piece in a number of ways. Mainly, it celebrates the Germans 25-year anniversary with a "best of" collection capturing a mammoth 28 track set over 2 discs. Secondly, it accompanies the upcoming tour, aptly titled "The Best of the Best", where the band will represent these songs on stage. Last, but not least, the audio version of this is accompanied with a DVD release of the band performing in Sao Paulo. So, rounds all around and don't spare a drop. Edguy is a band worth celebrating despite poor efforts in the studio this decade. Their back catalogue on AFM Records covering 1997 through 2003 is arguably the pinnacle of achievement for the act, but cuts from the present Nuclear Blast era makes up a majority of this release. The collection includes five tracks that are new to fans including "Reborn in the Waste" which dates back to 1995. "Ravenblack" is a sturdy cut that harkens back to the 90s. "Wrestle the Devil" and “Open Sesame” both have a hard rock hook in their make-up. "Landmarks" is more of the "Theater of Salvation" variety. I’m including four of the five new ones in my ongoing Edguy playlist. They are worth the price of admission.
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