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Edguy – Space Police: Defenders of the Crown [Review]

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Edguy – Space Police: Defenders of the Crown
2014, Nuclear Blast Records
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1. “Sabre & Torch”
2. “Space Police”
3. “Defenders of the Crown”
4. “Love Tyger”
5. “The Realms of Baba Yaga”
6. “Rock Me Amadeus”
7. “Do Me Like a Caveman”
8. “Shadow Eaters”
9. “Alone in Myself”
10. “The Eternal Wayfarer”
Digital Bonus Tracks:
11. “England”
12. “Aychim in Hysteria”
13. “Space Police (progressive version)”
14. “Space Police (instrumental version)”
15. “Love Tyger (instrumental version)”
16. “Defenders of the Crown (instrumental version)”
17. “Do Me Like a Caveman (instrumental version)”

Band: Tobias Sammet – Lead/Backing vocals, Keyboards
Jens Ludwig – Guitar
Dirk Sauer – Guitar
Tobias “Eggi” Exxel – Bass
Felix Bohnke- Drums

Additional Musicians:
Michael Rodenberg – Keyboards
Oliver Hartmann – Backing Vocals

Producer: Sascha Paeth & Edguy

Much to the dismay of longtime fans, Edguy continues to be an outlet for Tobia Sammet’s silliness and his love for ’80s rock/metal while Avantasia is his more serious metal project. It’s funny because Avantasia started out as a cheesy & cliched power metal side project for Tobias and there was a time when Edguy used to take themselves more seriously.

One of my favorite songs on the album happens to be a bonus track. “Aychim In Hysteria” is a tribute — musically to Def Leppard and lyrically to the band’s live sound in engineer. Edguy’s lyrics have always been full of little in jokes, awkward phrasing and nonsensical words so while I don’t know what the song is about exactly, at least it sounds good!

With regards to the 10-track album, Edguy has delivered one of their best efforts, in my opinion. I know there are plenty of Edguy fans that still pine for their power metal days and maybe they’ll return to that at some point but for now the band seems happy to write silly catchy hard rock/metal songs. It’s almost like they’re becoming a heavier version of The Darkness. I’m fine with that. That’s how Edguy captured my attention in the first place with Rocket Ride. Songs like “Do Me Like a Caveman”, “Love Tyger” and a cover of Falco’s “Rock Me Amadeus” won’t win the band any favors with power metal purists but they are fun songs nonetheless.

For my money, the best tracks from the album are the ballad “Alone In Myself” and the headbanging “Shadow Eaters”. With the bonus tracks, “England” is okay but like I said, I think “Alychim In Hysteria” is pretty awesome. As far as the progressive/instrumental versions go–  okay, nice to include but they aren’t essential listening.

Space Police: Defenders of the Crown is a worthy addition to the Edguy catalog. I wouldn’t place it with Rocket Ride but it’s at least on level with Tinnitus Sanctus and I’m enjoying it more than Age of the Joker.

Highlights: “Sabre & Torch”, “Space Police”, “Love Tyger”, “Shadow Eaters”, “Alone In Myself”, “The Eternal Wayfarer”, “Aychim In Hysteria”

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Edguy – Age of the Joker

Edguy – Age of the Joker (2011, Nuclear Blast Records)

1. Robin Hood … 8:24
2. Nobody’s Hero … 4:31
3. Rock of Cashel … 6:18
4. Pandora’s Box … 6:45
5. Breathe … 5:03
6. Two Out of Seven … 4:27
7. Faces in the Darkness … 5:22
8. The Arcane Guild … 4:58
9. Fire on the Downline … 5:46
10. Behind the Gates to Midnight World … 8:56
11. Every Night Without You … 4:52

Band:
Tobias Sammet – Vocals
Jens Ludwig – Guitar
Dirk Sauer – Guitar
Tobias Exxel – Bass
Felix Bohnke – Drums

Producer: Sascha Paeth

Wow, I had planned on reviewing this one as soon as it came out but I just kept putting it off despite having already given Age of the Joker a few (unfocused) listen. Having given the album a few more attentive spins, Age of the Joker is a really good album that is easily an improvement over Tinnitus Sanctus (which itself was a fine album and one of the best of that year but was missing a certain spark I heard on Rocket Ride …yes, I’m a fan).

For a number of uptight power metal fans, Rocket Ride and Tinnitus Sanctus are considered to be low-points for Edguy. With those albums they took on more of an eighties melodic hard rock flavor though Tinnitus Sanctus was the heavier of the two albums that saw them going back into a metallic direction. I would imagine the same fans that derided the last two albums will have mixed feelings about this new release.

Age of the Joker borrows from both the power metal and the catchy hard rock eras of Edguy while also incorporating elements of Sammet’s Avantasia epics. Other than the goofy humor that Edguy displays with an eight minute song like “Robin Hood” (and if you don’t think these guys are taking the piss just watch the video for it), it’s getting hard to distinguish the two groups these days because they’ve both moved into a more friendly melodic hard rock/metal direction over the last few year. Perhaps it’s time to start using a producer other than Sascha Paeth…

Stylistically, I think the album art is a conscious effort on the band’s part to make the jaded fans take them more seriously after having last seen cartoon aliens riding a rocket ship and an ear-bleeding Jesus Christ being sported on the covers. This cover art reminds me of the cover to Mandrake even if it is still a bi

There’s a little something for everyone here. You want old school Edguy? Check out “Robin Hood” and “The Arcane Guild”. You want something more in line with Rocket Ride? You’ve got “Nobody’s Hero”, the bluegrassy “Pandora’s Box” and the power ballad “Every Night Without You”. Hey, were you a big fan of the recent Avantasia albums? Give “Rock of Cashel” and “Behind the Gates to Midnight World” a listen.

It all adds up to make one heck of a high quality album that is one of 2011’s best releases. In fact, I don’t think there are any filler tracks here (I would peg “Robin Hood” as my least favorite though). The band has quite possibly released one of their most consistent albums yet.

Highlights: “Nobody’s Hero”, “Rock of Cashel”, “Pandora’s Box”, “Two Out of Seven”, “Fire on the Downline”, “Behind the Gates to Midnight World”, “Every Night Without You”

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EDGUY – Hellfire Club

Edguy – Hellfire Club (2004, Nuclear Blast Records)

1. “Mysteria” … 5:44
2. “The Piper Never Dies” … 10:05
3. “We Don’t Need a Hero” … 5:30
4. “Down to the Devil” … 5:27
5. “King of Fools” … 4:21
6. “Forever” … 5:40
7. “Under the Moon” … 5:04
8. “Lavatory Love Machine” … 4:25
9. “Rise of the Morning Glory” … 4:39
10. “Lucifer in Love” … 0:32
11. “Navigator” … 5:22
12. “The Spirit Will Remain” … 4:12

Band:
Tobias Sammet – Vocals, Keyboards
Jens Ludwig – Guitar
Dirk Sauer – Guitar
Tobias Exxel – Bass
Felix Bohnke – Drums

Additional Musicians:
Oliver Hartmann – Backing Vocals
Thomas Rettke – Backing Vocals

Produced by: Edguy

Great release from Edguy, even though it’s not a highly acclaimed album from many of Edguy’s so-called “fans”. It’s heavier than previous Edguy efforts yet includes an orchestra for many of the songs.

The catchy power metal songs are still here though. “Mysteria”, “We Don’t Need a Hero” and “King of Fools”, are particularly infectious and it’s another release to offer proof that Sammet is one of the best voices in rock & metal.

I first got into Edguy with Rocket Ride, which is another album derided by Edguy fans, but I loved it and went back and picked this one up. It’s not over the top with the ode to 80s melodic metal that Rocket Ride had at times, but on Hellfire Club, the signs are showing of a band that’s more concerned with having fun than being credible in the eyes of critics… and that’s a good thing.

Highlights: “Mysteria”, “The Piper Never Dies”, “We Don’t Need a Hero”, “Down to the Devil”, “King of Fools”, “Forever”, “Lavatory Love Machine”

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EDGUY – Rocket Ride


Edguy – Rocket Ride (2006, Nuclear Blast Records)

1. “Sacrifice” … 8:01
2. “Rocket Ride” … 4:47
3. “Wasted Time” … 5:48
4. “Matrix” … 4:09
5. “Return to the Tribe” … 6:06
6. “The Asylum” … 7:38
7. “Save Me” … 3:47
8. “Catch of the Century” … 4:03
9. “Out of Vogue” … 4:36
10. “Superheroes” … 3:19
11. “Trinidad” … 3:28
12.”Fucking with Fire (Hair Force One)” … 4:22
BONUS TRACK
13. “Land of the Miracle” [live] … 5:49

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

Produced by: Sascha Paeth

I can enjoy some power metal bands, but it’s not a favorite genre of mine because it all usually seems the same to me, musically and lyrically, but Edguy is definitely a power metal band that I love. Though some would argue that are really just a hard rock band these days and that billing started with this album (my first Edguy purchase).

Here’s proof that advertising works: I picked this one up at FYE shortly after it was released (I think it was only $11.99 or so) because the sticker on the shrink wrap said it was for fans of KISS, Scorpions and I think the third band was Judas Priest. Hey, I love those bands and the CD was fairly cheap, so I gave it a shot and I’m glad I did because this is one of the greatest albums I’ve ever heard.

As I would come to find out by buying their older material later, the album is a departure from their original power metal sound. It’s a bit more silly, slightly less metal and the 80s hard rock vibe is strong… and obvious at times when it comes to songs like “Fucking with Fire (Hair Force Once)”.

The album doesn’t take itself too seriously, but sometimes it treads on being TOO goofy like with “Trinidad”, which is catchy, but almost sounds like a song you might hear in a Disney movie like Lion King, if not for the lyrics.

Tons of older Edguy fans have turned their back on the band starting with this album, but the band has at least gained me as a fan. I love the direction the band took with this album and continued with Tinnitus Sanctus. This is definitely an album I return to over and over again.

“Land of the Miracle”, from their 1999 album Theater of Salvation, is a “bonus” live track from a show in Brazil. It’s a great performance and the crowd energy really adds to it.

Highlights: “Sacrifice”, “Rocket Ride”, “Wasted Time”, “Matrix”, “The Asylum”, “Save Me”, “Superheroes”, “Trinidad”, “Fucking with Fire (Hair Force One)”, “Land of the Miracle” [live]

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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

Band:
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”

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