Chimera (Remaster)

In my mind these guys can do no wrong. Fans bitch and moan about the first two albums because they sound a bit different from one another. I like 'em both and I like this new third one just as much if not more. Everyone knows I'm a freak for keyboards in my metal and Chimera is loaded with them (maybe too much for some people's taste?). Great great hooks and melodies, flowing guitar riffs, and yes David Fremberg is the right voice for the band. This is progressive metal the way I like it. Highest recommendation - a great album.

New remastered edition on Inner Wound Recordings.

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    $16.00
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    $12.00
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    $11.00
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    $9.00
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    $16.00
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  • Recorded on the 2009-2010 tour, with Rob Moratti on vocals.  A complete live run through of the Heads Or Tales album.
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    $6.00
  • Perhaps inspired by the passing of the legendary Jon Lord (who the album is dedicated to) or by the creative infusion from producer Bob Ezrin, Deep Purple's 19th studio album arrives firing on all cylinders.  Sure I miss Ritchie Blackmore.  Steve Morse is Steve Morse.  A legend...but he brings a different element to the band that to my ears was always defined by the neoclassical explorations of Blackmore.  Getting past that this album is a pure smoker.  Don Airey replaced Jon Lord over a decade ago.  He's always played the hell out of the Hammond organ and he doesn't disappoint here.  He's the perfect replacement for Jon Lord and even adds his own imprint in some not so subtle ways.  Oh yeah - Ian Gillan sounds great.  I wasn't a huge fan of the last couple of albums but this one sure does kick some major ass.This is the deluxe digipak edition.  It comes with one bonus track on the CD and a DVD that has interviews and bonus live clips.
    $15.00
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    $17.00
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    $8.00
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    $16.00