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3rd Stage Alert EP - 55%

elf48687789, March 7th, 2009

Progressive metal produced by Yngwie Malmsteen. There are leads on this album with a lead style at times influenced by Yngwie, but the solos are short and tasteful and take a backseat to the song structures. Unfortunately, there is nothing particularly exciting about the songs and the song structures themselves are pretty bland with just one or two riffs for most songs.

The EP seems to get a little better on the B-side with a faster song, "Superstar", about a broken down superstar who doesn't know what to do. The next song is an anti-suicide song called "Take That Jump", which has some interesting guitar parts, like a progressive/experimental breakdown with harmonics and a part where the guitars emulate sirens. The last song is a short acoustic (recorded with transducers, I think) neo-classical piece where Yngwie actually plays.

Perhaps they were not experimental enough with the riffs and song structures to really make the songs stand out. It's not a bad album, but it's by far not the best the 1980s had to offer in terms of metal.

I bought this hoping the song "Mind Invader" would be on it, but it is unfortunately missing from this, their only EP.