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Review of CD content only. Additional drums by Dominik Storch and Frank Lindenthal. Additional bass by Tobias Sammet.
To celebrate 25 years as a band, Edguy lets out kind of a compilation album which includes 5 new songs to start off with, followed by 22 songs from their full-length and EP catalogue, before closing the deal with an unreleased track that derives from the time around the band's debut Savage Poetry . The DVD following this package was filmed in São Paulo, Brazil on the Hellfire Club tour in 2004 and reportedly also includes every video clip the band has ever made.
As always, and I mean always, when it comes to best of albums, greatest hits and different kinds of compilations that's been put together, people disagree about which songs should be featured in the track list and as true as this fact is, as is the fact that the one who has the final say never seems to know which songs the fans appreciate the most and of course Monuments is no exception to this rule. I mean, to include 4 songs off of the latest record Space Police - Defenders Of The Crown  can most likely only mean that someone wants to promote that effort even more or has a twisted view of what Edguy's listeners want out of an album like this one.
But anyways, the already once released songs aren't of any kind of top priority when there's 5 new songs presented on the first disc. Actually I have only listened twice to this double record from start to finish and instead have I concentrated fully on the, prior to this release, unheard material. I won't take you out on a boring song by song presentation, because it surely doesn't take much effort to realize that the brand new stuff belongs to a group of songs that could earn a seat in the new type of Edguy music, yet, and this is important, generally with a heavier appearance which definitely brings kind of another dimension to them so that they can connect very well with songs from somewhere in the middle part of their catalogue in the first couple of years after the millennium change.
All of the 5 songs are located in the up-tempo region or even a little speedier occasionally and it would be very easy for someone to say that the songs come out contrived and forced and that they are just a desperate attempt to reconnect with the old fans, but in my opinion that would be a false statement, because, let's face it, the songwriter of the band, Tobias Sammet, has never let people or fans affect his vision or his way of writing songs over the band's quarter century long existence and he is for sure not doing that at this point either. Even though I didn't immediately sense the songs' full quality, I do now. None of them are the least bad and actually a couple of them are certainly among the best results that this band has put out in a long, long time.