Still singing about witches and devils, Fates Warning remained a metal band despite claims that this was their first progressive recording. Their aggressive sound remains from the first two efforts, and the song structures are too rudimentary to be called progressive. From this session one classic did emerge, "Guardian," a song that is still requested at their live shows. Progressive fans can skip this one too; however, metal fans are encouraged to pick it up, as it is a closet classic from the underground metal years of the '80s.
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AllMusic Review by Robert Taylor