EDGUY – Tinnitus Sanctus

Edguy – Tinnitus Sanctus [Import] (2008, Nuclear Blast Records)

Track Listing:
1. “Ministry of Saints” … 5:05
2. “Sex Fire Religion” … 5:55
3. “The Pride of Creation” … 5:30
4. “Nine Lives” … 4:26
5. “Wake Up Dreaming Black” … 4:04
6. “Dragonfly” … 4:56
7. “Thorn Without a Rose” … 4:44
8. “9-2-9” … 3:47
9. “Speedhoven” … 7:40
10. “Dead or Rock” … 4:57
11. “Aren’t You a Little Pervert Too?!” … 2:18

Tobias Sammet – Vocals
Jens Ludwig – Guitar
Dirk Sauer – Guitar
Tobias “Eggi” Exxel – Bass
Felix Bohnke – Drums

Produced by: Sascha Paeth

I got my hands on an import version of this album (released in November) though it won’t see a US release until January 2009. Ah, the wonders of eBay. There’s rumblings of a Edguy backlash, at least over here in the States. They “sold out”, “turned their back on metal”, whatever. Usual gripes when an artist tries to expand their sound. Personally, I don’t think Edguy has ever been better. Yes, I enjoy their power metal very much, but I think their hard rock/80s metal sound is even better.

I got hooked on the band with Rocket Ride, and if you liked that album, you’ll like this one as well. If you didn’t like Rocket Ride, don’t even bother with Tinnitus Sanctus because the power metal element is even more removed (though still there on songs like “Dragonfly” and “Speedhoven”). I might even go as far to say this even better than Rocket Ride, which had one or two filler songs. Tobias Sammet says this is the band’s greatest album and the album he thinks and hopes they’ll be remembered for. While I like to think each future Edguy release will get better and better, he may be right about it being their best at this time.

I especially enjoy “Sex Fire Religion”, which is extremely catchy and my favorite song from the album. “Dead or Rock” is another standout that adds element of sleazy blues rock, but still the typical booming vocals of Tobias.

The only track which I don’t enjoy is “Aren’t You A Little Pervert Too?!”. I know it’s a “joke” song, but I just don’t think it’s funny. I’d rather another track that didn’t make the final track listing had replaced it.

Highlights: “Ministry of Saints”, Sex Fire Religion”, “The Pride of Creation”, “Wake Up Dreaming Black”, “Dragonfly”, “9-2-9”, “Dead or Rock”


Posted on December 27, 2008, in Edguy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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