REVIEW #1 from - NO LIFE 'TIL METAL
This is a project of Sardonyx vocalist Tom Denlinger and what a project it is. It's a bit odd in that it's not like the typical concept record, rather this is more of a theatrical production put on cd, complete with spoken parts, instrumentals and plenty of progressive rock and metal numbers. The musicianship is excellent, bringing to mind the quality and musicianship of Dream Theater while not necessarily sounding like them.While this be true, this disc has to be listened to more for the story than just the music. A 32-page booklet is also included and is part of the whole theatrical experience. The story is based around the life of a guy named Steve who comes from a Christian home, but soon finds himself rebelling against God. The part of Alex is played by Tom. As for the complete story, for those who are interested, get the disc, it'll be worth your while. Check out
REVIEW # 2 from - MELODIC.NET
This cd is unlike the typical music cd you are used to listening to. It comes with a 32 page script which is designed to be read along with the production. It's kind of like a movie without video. Unless you sit and read the script along with the cd, you will not get the full impact of the story.
The Scream of the Guillotine is a progressive rock theatrical production with a story about a young man in his twenties who was raised in a hypocritical religious home. Throughout the story he is running from God whom he acknowledges but chooses not to follow.
The music isn't really that bad but it's hard to get the right feel since the album feels more like a musical you need to see with actors performing on stage rather than listening to 51 minutes of dialogues,instrumental themes and vocal duets.
However,it's great performed in the same vein as Dream Theater's first album "When dream and day unite" (1989) and one of the voices sure reminds a lot of Dennis DeYoung of Styx - I don't have any info on who has done what but musicians featured are:Phil Williams,Bevan Carroll,Matt Goss,Jeff Bender,Grace Julian,Michael Chobanoff,Kristen Anselmo Hertzog,Marcus Hinkle,Dina Hamilton,Keith Walker,Bill Bruns Sr.,Russ Waltman,Kirkland Waltman.