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  • Audio CD (3 July 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B00004TTXV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
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During my informative years at senior school, the opportunity presented itself whereby I was able to study several works by William Shakespeare and undoubtedly, he was one of the most influential playwrights of all time. From the various tragedies he wrote, the story of Macbeth stands out in particular for me with its alluring storyline of murder, deceit, mystery, spectres and betrayal. For those unfamiliar with the music of Jag Panzer, might well be wondering what 16th century literature has to do with American power metal. Well in fact, Jag Panzer have taken the basis of the Macbeth saga and written a concept album around the story and this is where the commonality comes into place. This must have been an arduous task for Jag Panzer, by deciphering the works of Shakespeare and then placing their own storyline into the framework of the music.

The chronicle Jag Panzer has portrayed is very lifelike to the original storyline, albeit a synopsis of events that took place with almost all of the original characters included. The disc is an impressive 65 minutes in length, encompassing seventeen tracks, four of which are instrumental interludes that add some flavour to the overall feel of the album. For vocalist Harry Conklin, he takes on numerous vocal roles by singing the parts of Macbeth, Banquo and Lady Macbeth and not forgetting the main character role. He does a remarkable job, extenuating his clear voice to different levels and ranges, and during the early stages of his career he took vocal tuition (opera), which has ultimately aided his performance with `Thane to the Throne' as it is a very in-depth one indeed.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 22 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely perfectly executed album. 28 April 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The album is flawlessly done, from start to finish. Not only does it communicate the story of Macbeth in an accessible and energetic way, but it also includes quick puns (e.g., the line, "In my mind's eye/I raise a dagger" is a reference to a line in Hamlet) that any Shakespeare nerd would love.

But it isn't the Shakespeareian tone that makes this album an instant classic (although that does go a long way); it's the metal. And make no mistake, this is some superlative power metal. As far as the genre goes, one would be hard-pressed to find a better offering.

From the moment the wardrums kick at the beginning of the first track, you are immediately immersed into the world that Jag Panzer painstakingly creates. The album continues on, melodically carrying the listener through the events of the play, and absolutely ramps it up as soon as "The Prophesies" begins.

If there is any song on this album I can individually recommend, it is "The Prophecies." It is just breathtaking in its beauty, simplicity, and depth. With only 3 minutes and 3 violins, the song perfectly encapsulates the rising intensity of Macbeth's mental degradation. If not that, then "Fate's Triumph" or "Three Voices of Fate"; I have scarcely heard anything that could inspire more headbanging and fistpumping than those tracks.

But really, the album is packed with top-quality metal songs. It is not only one of the greatest albums of its decade, but, along with Heaven and Hell, Holy Diver, Sad Wings and Paranoid, it is one of the greatest metal albums of all time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As A Concept Album Can Get! *****5 STAR RATING. 28 Feb. 2003
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I gave this a 5 star masterpiece of rating in terms of concept albums as a rating. Don't get me wrong: the music on this is right up there with, Age of Mastery and Mechanized Warfare. But, the way Panzer put this all together, throwing in the awesome pic of MacBeth as the story, made it almost able to see the whole album as one long track musically, while still making you follow along with the story of the Shakespearian madman, MacBeth.
If you haven't read the play, this will make you want to. Murder, greed, ambition overdone, ghosts, gothic-like scenes; it's all in the play, as well as in the lyrics on this CD. I think any Panzer fan will love this, and if you're even more lucky, you'll want to spend a few bucks on a paperback and read the play. I love bands that fuse any great classic literature or classical music into power metal. If a younger fan gets into it, it opens so many other doors. The music is haunting, powerful, and grand to any Panzer fan's ears. No question on this rating: ***** 5 STAR PANZER RATING FROM SCRAGGY'S TOMB OF POWER METAL! Cheers.
5.0 out of 5 stars five stars 17 Jun. 2016
By amazon customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Excellent concept album. I think it's my favorite CD by them. Even though most people think ample destruction is the best which I also like. Highly recommend getting this.
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespearean storyline told by Jag Panzer 12 Nov. 2011
By Transcendence - Published on Amazon.com
During my informative years at senior school, the opportunity presented itself whereby I was able to study several works by William Shakespeare and undoubtedly, he was one of the most influential playwrights of all time. From the various tragedies he wrote, the story of Macbeth stands out in particular for me with its alluring storyline of murder, deceit, mystery, spectres and betrayal. For those unfamiliar with the music of Jag Panzer, might well be wondering what 16th century literature has to do with American power metal. Well in fact, Jag Panzer have taken the basis of the Macbeth saga and written a concept album around the story and this is where the commonality comes into place. This must have been an arduous task for Jag Panzer, by deciphering the works of Shakespeare and then placing their own storyline into the framework of the music.

The chronicle Jag Panzer has portrayed is very lifelike to the original storyline, albeit a synopsis of events that took place with almost all of the original characters included. The disc is an impressive 65 minutes in length, encompassing seventeen tracks, four of which are instrumental interludes that add some flavour to the overall feel of the album. For vocalist Harry Conklin, he takes on numerous vocal roles by singing the parts of Macbeth, Banquo and Lady Macbeth and not forgetting the main character role. He does a remarkable job, extenuating his clear voice to different levels and ranges, and during the early stages of his career he took vocal tuition (opera), which has ultimately aided his performance with `Thane to the Throne' as it is a very in-depth one indeed.

The harmonies are simply stunning, not only from Conkin's perspective, but the clever use of a mixed gender choir with the vocals having a multi-layered effect in the mix, which adds plenty of power to the overall performance. For those familiar with Blind Guardian's music, will undoubtedly know their process of the multi-layered vocal technique and this is the direction Jag Panzer are travelling in. The band Queen was also a past master of this vocal technique. These harmonies are addictive and after listening to this for the first time, they will remain centre stage in your mind for absolutely ages! Besides the use of the choir and adding their own unique personality to the album, other guest artists have been utilised by using different instrumentation not commonly associated with power metal music.

For example, the violin, marching snares drums as well as the hiring of the Moscow String Quartet all throw their magical sparkle over the music, thus infusing the classical with heavier instrumentation. How can I continue without making mention of the performance of the rest of the Jag Panzer? For me, Chris Broderick's guitar work is simply stunning, having an impressive reputation among fellow musicians and fans. If proof is needed of his ability, then track: 16, which is an acoustic number, written by him is a very emotive song, short in length by evoking the right mood. In recent times, Broderick has also been moonlighting with Seattle band Nevermore, more in a support role for Jeff Loomis. As everyone now knows, Broderick has now secured the vacant guitar spot with Megadeth, replacing Glen Drover.

Supporting Broderick is Mark Briody, a great rhythm guitarist and between them they cook up an absolute riff fest of a meal. The rhythm section of drummer, Rikard Sternquist and bassist John Tetley are solid as a rock with Tetley getting some real power from his bass, but the drumming of Sternquist stands out in particular as he chops and changes between different drum patterns with perfection. Interestingly, he creates a unique snare drum sound that has a crisp yet dominant sound without the reverberation being too over bearing. This album is epic in proportion and with the fantastic storyline steeped in history, I believe doing a track listing is a waste of time.

All seventeen tracks are separate from one another, yet with a common link being the storyline as each track flows along seamlessly like a completed jigsaw puzzle. This is no easy album to listen to and only after numerous listens will it all start making sense. For me Jag Panzer have always represented the true form of power metal as they write intelligent music and lyrics, coupled by a strong performance from all players. Out of all the releases that Jag Panzer has produced, `Thane to the Throne' is by far the strongest release to date, with the alluring storyline written around one of the greatest English literature classics of all time. This is not only just a great album of well-written music, but more importantly, there is a history lesson to be learned from it too. Now if you could excuse me, I need to get back to my book on Hamlet!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well done metal concept album based on Macbeth 16 Mar. 2002
By Just Bill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Jag Panzer is a recent discovery of mine. And a good one at that.
My first foray into the world of the Panzer was Mechanized Warfare -- and I was both pleasantly surprised and impressed by it.
So I sent an e-mail to the band to tell them so. Surprise again! Within about an hour, guitarist Mark Briody replied. After a couple of e-mail exchanges, I asked him what other Jag Panzer CD he recommend I buy. His reply? Thane to the Throne.
I lost no time finding a copy and buying it.
Unbelievable. Jag Panzer is truly an unsung American treasure. The guitarists shred like you wouldn't believe. Fast, yet clean. (By the way, I found Mark to be extremely intelligent and articulate. If he's any indication of the caliber of the other members of the band, I'd say this is the group to watch in the future. They have a different approach to songwriting from other metal bands today, and seem to put a lot of time and effort into their melodies, harmonies and lyrics.)
Thane to the Thrown is a powerful CD, full of creativity, depth and a cool groove that just won't quit.
The drummer is tight and explosive. The vocalist has an excellent voice. Excellent harmonies, too. And the songs are tailor made for metal fans who like their riffs clean, memorable and chock full of surprises. Jag Panzer uses other instruments to great effect, too. Classical guitar, violin, choirs -- it's all here, folks. The classical/flamenco guitar piece (track 16 "The Downward Fall") shows these guys have abilities very, very few other metal guitarists have. The penultimate track ("Tragedy of Macbeth") is a stirring closer to the album. It has a majestic, triumphant sound that amazes me.
In fact, this concept album is so good that it reminds me more of classic Rush circa 2112, Fates Warning circa Perfect Symmetry or Savatage circa The Wake of Magellan than run-of-the-mill metal of today. It's that deep and musically surprising. Bombastic? Sure. Pretentious? Perhaps. But you gotta give these guys high marks for attempting to rise above the norm.
Jag Panzer is metal for the discerning music fan. And I heartily recommend them -- not to mention their incredible concept album Thane to the Throne.
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