Release date: 31 March 2009
Style: Progressive heavy metal


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Lyrics (12)

Geoff Tate - vocals
Michael Wilton - guitars
Scott Rockenfield - drums
Eddie Jackson - bass

Guest musicians:
Emily Tate - vocals (track 11)
Jason Ames - vocals (1 & 8)
A.J. Fratto - vocals (1)
Vincent Solano - vocals (5)
Kelly Gray - additional guitars
Damon Johnson - additional guitars
Randy Gane - keyboards

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"American Soldier" marks the 10th studio release for the Seattle based Prog-Metalers.

The album draws it's inspiration from the trials and travails of, well, as the title suggests, American soldiers. What makes this concept particularly interesting is the approach that Geoff Tate and Co. took. It is not a political statement. It does not portray the soldiers as being "just like pawns in chess" nor does the album portray them in a jingoistic "boot up yer ass!" way. It offers the unique approach of the songs portraying the thoughts of the soldiers themselves - with solemn reflections of sacrifice, whether it's the loss of a comrade in battle or the separation from their family.

published 07.04.2009 | Comments (26)

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Dentura - 02.12.2012 at 22:55  
Rating: 6 Not as bad as the albums its sandwiched between (Operation: Sellout II and Dedicated to Shit), but nothing outstanding.
Angelic Storm - 03.12.2012 at 12:23  
  I only listened to this album once, and can't recall a single thing from it. It makes Operation Mindcrime 2 seem like a great album in comparison, although it's not quite as bad as Dedicated to Chaos, which was just woeful.

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