Twilight - The Edge

Year of Release: 2000
Label: Lucretia Records
Catalog Number: AR-006-2
Format: CD
Total Time: 44:29:00

Twilight is one of those bands whose name signifies what their music is all about. If you can imagine some dark, atmospheric, crunching (with an emphasis on crunch), with some warm melodies enveloping the coldness of the theme, then you have a pretty good idea of what this band is all about. This disc was released [actually, re-released; it was a demo] after the band?s first release, Eye For An Eye, which is one of the more sought out discs in the underground metal genre. The band relies on a combination of atmospheric darkness, warm melodies, bone crunching guitars, haunting keyboards, and the incredible vocal style of Anders Engberg, one of the underground metal cult heroes of the decade.

The Edge is an issue of songs that apparently didn?t make it on to Eye For An Eye and other demos that were created for the disc, and it was someone's smart decision to release this disc as a bonus for not having heard any Twilight in a few years. The music is certainly categorized as melodic power metal, and here and there the music is injected with slight progressive moments, courtesy of the varied tempo changes about the disc, but for the most part the music is toe tapping, head banging power metal done up in a very classy style.

The key to this band?s sound is certainly the high flying vocals of the great Andy Engberg, who can also be heard leading the way for other bands such as Lion's Share, Sorcerer, and Twlight's Eye For An Eye. Coupled with the interesting keyboard style of Finn Zierler, the band is on a mission to not only knock your socks off with power, but also wants to make sure that the head is banging and the toes are tapping, which they pull off with incredible ease.

The unfortunate part of the disc is that it lacks some true bass in the original recording, most of which is actually powered by the huge drum machine sound and the heavy crunching guitars. On smaller systems, this is adequate but on larger revealing systems the bass is pretty much non-existent. This is quite a shame as the music deserves to be heard as much as possible, and thanks to the mastering job of Time Machine?s Lorenzo Deho, some of the quality was brought out, but the original recording should have been a tad better for this disc to really shine the way it should.

Far Beyond The Edge Of Sanity (6:12) / Blacklight (4:19) / Salem (6:02) / Struck By Destiny (5:31) / Twilight (5:31) / The Nightmare (5:50) / Black Manifest (10:21)

Finn Zierler - keyboards and backing vocals
Anders Engberg - vocals
Micke D?rth - guitar and bass
Janne Johansson - lead guitar
Nicklas Landin - drums

The Edge (demo) (1992/1999/2000)
An Eye For An Eye (1995/2000)

Genre: Progressive-Power Metal

Origin DK

Added: October 31st 2000
Reviewer: Larry "LarryD" Daglieri

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