Edguy
Rocket Ride


1.5
very poor

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
November 30th, 2006 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Edguy was never one of my favourite bands. Mandrake was pretty cool, sure, but aside from that they've seemed more like a tier two power metal band than anything else. None of the albums I've heard from this German quintet were completely unlistenable, there were weak sections for sure, but the final package always turned out to be pretty satisfactory. Then they released Rocket Ride. If Kai Hansen was dead, he'd be turning in his grave. From the album artwork down to the songs to ***ing with Fire (Hair Force One), you really have to wonder what Toby and friends were thinking when putting together their 2006 release. Because, my friends, they've stooped to a brand low here. Despite reading several positive reviews around the press and the net regarding the band's latest offering, I can't see at all how Edguy creates something productive on Rocket Ride.

Musically is one of the areas where the band hits rock bottom, and the impact is quite hard. In what is likely an effort to switch up their sound, Edguy has mixed their power metal sound with the recognizable hair metal/80's hard rock sound. Now I have no problem with bands who try to change up their style, but it has to be done tastefully. Rocket Ride does not accomplish this. Instead, we're have here is an hour of cringe worthy, uninspired rock that fails to live up to its hype. Songs such as Save Me, Trinidad, and ***ing With Fire have been taken directly from the hair metal vault of riffs, a vault that, quite frankly, should never have seen the light of day ever again. The music in these songs can get pretty catchy at times, yet when considering that it sounds generic, it isn't a great trade off. But despite this obvious rock influence, there are still a few songs with power metal overtones. This is fairly evident in the likes of Out of the Vogue, Return to the Tribe, and the Asylum. Unfortunately, these particular songs suffer the same fate as their rock-ish counterparts. Often enough, the poor song writing renders any possible momentum built up be the ever so slightly interesting intros useless (see Catch of the Century), and the material becomes quite dull. Edguy makes no real effort to change up formula of each track, and as the album drags on, the songs begin to start sounding similar to each other. Yes, there really aren't any redeeming features when it comes to the music, unless of course, you like your music boring and tasteless.

Much like their countrymen in Helloween and Gamma Ray, Edguy likes to add a bit of silliness into their music. For the most part, they've been able to succeed in adding these humorous elements into their material without looking stupid. Well, almost. But unfortunately, they cannot keep the streak going. Rocket Ride dips into the realm of utter stupidity, and descends here more than once. Edguy makes several attempts at humour throughout the album, be it through the album cover, or songs like Superheroes and Trinidad. In fact, while listening I get the feeling that most of the second half is one big joke, and isn't to be taken seriously. But that isn't really acceptable after the debacle that was the first half of Rocket Ride, now is it? And not to ruin the party, but it also helps if the sections intended to be funny are actually, well, funny. There is one part of Rocket Ride which I did find myself laughing at, that being Toby's ballistic little speech at the end of Catch of the Century, but aside from that the well is pretty dry. Better luck next time.

If there was one saving grace of Rocket Ride, it would be vocalist Tobias Sammet. How's that for a surprise twist? I wasn't really impressed with Toby's past efforts, to be honest. Whether is just be because of the way the band layered his vocals, or is actual performance, or maybe even a mixture of both, I've always found him to be quote irritating. On Rocket Ride Toby does not really change his technique or the way he sings. But his efforts are undeniably better than in the past. Sammet's melodic singing is really the only thing that the band has going for them on Rocket Ride, as he provides solid performances in songs like Superheroes and Catch of the Century. Toby excels the most during the song's choruses, and his energetic vocal lines manage to retain some sense of listening value. Too bad there's more to music than vocals, otherwise we might have had something worthwhile.

Even though I don't really count myself as a fan of Edguy, their 2006 "effort" has been one of my biggest disappointments when listening to new music. Aside from the singing of Tobias Sammet and a few select humorous parts, Rocket Ride has nothing which makes it worth listening to. The album is quite unimaginative and dull, with few moments creating momentum, and fewer interesting passages. Fans of hard rock may find this tolerable, as may hardcore fans apparently, but I myself cannot buy into the hype and praise surrounding the album. Don't make Rocket Ride your next Edguy purchase, especially if it would be your first. Instead, opt for one of the band's older album such as Mandrake.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Mikesn
Emeritus
November 30th 2006


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

For some reason I am almost never as confident in my negative reviews as I am my positive ones. Feedback?

One more. This Message Edited On 11.30.06

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NeoxFlame
December 1st 2006


8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Neat stuff - i actually thot this one was quite good!

LordWorm
December 1st 2006


23 Comments


I havent heard alot of stuff from Edguy. I guess i pretty much sticked to Gamma ray and Helloween. Which album by Edguy do you recommend?

Great review btw . One more!

Mikesn
Emeritus
December 1st 2006


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Neat stuff - i actually thot this one was quite good!
I seem to be in the minority. :p

I havent heard alot of stuff from Edguy. I guess i pretty much sticked to Gamma ray and Helloween. Which album by Edguy do you recommend?
From Edguy go for Mandrake. I might not be the best person to ask though, since I tend to stick to Gamma Ray too. :D

Dethtrasher
December 1st 2006


2211 Comments


Make sure that you make a blasting 100 review :D :thumb:
I haven't heard much from Edguy and I will never listen to them.

The Door Mouse
December 1st 2006


2092 Comments


Dude I love your reviews. I can predict right now that your next review will be an Iron Maiden album. Just a guess.

Mikesn
Emeritus
December 1st 2006


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thanks but nope, I've already reviewed all of Maiden's studio albums. I'll be getting Death on the Road soon, though.

@Deth, that isn't such a bad idea. You probably wouldn't like them. :p

Wizard
December 1st 2006


19522 Comments


These guys suck to begin with. hahahaha! But a great review anyways!

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Shattered_Future
December 1st 2006


1541 Comments


Good review. I don't agree with a single word of it (aside from Tobias being the best part of the band), but you thought your arguments out.

Syncratic
January 5th 2007


756 Comments


Hair Force One is the name of a band in my area, and they do hair metal covers I suppose.

Good review.

fritz
August 25th 2008


19 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I may be chiming in way late...but when I discovered Edguy (and I think it was via Avantasia first), I kinda fell in love. I absolutely love their "Theater of Salvation" and "Mandrake" albums. Hellfire Club was also great (IMO, not as much as the other two).

This I think is solid music, but I think they tightened up a bit and went more hard rock. They also get way too goofy (I don't mind sillyness, in fact I lost it when Tobias rants at the end of "Catch of the Century"...but, eh...this album really feels like a "Meh, why the hell not" rather than a "Buy this...or die")

That being said, if you put it up against mandrake or theater of salvation...it doesn't really stand a chance

Jayxsnoogans
July 27th 2009


72 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

For some reason power metal fans fear change, it seems

I think this is a great album BECAUSE of its new direction....its a nice change, to me

and its still not even hard rock...just closer to classic heavy metal

and this isnt even a brand new thing for the band...listen to tears of a mandrake and you'll hear a lot less power metal influences(i.e. slower, less galloping and laden with power chords)

and it's not THAT silly but fun! it's a rocket ride!

VTK
September 11th 2009


76 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Its unfortunate that Edguy decided to go the "hard" way and ditch the epic, but R.R. is not bad. It's a pretty solid hard rock/heavy metal album and great to listen if you're all like "*** yes I don't give a fuck". Not as good as their earlier material before Hellfire Club, but it's a thousand miles away from being a Chameleon of the 2000s.

faithnomour
January 23rd 2010


25 Comments


fucking with fire.

scissorlocked
February 3rd 2010


3511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really enjoy the album no matter what they say.

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F1fan56
January 18th 2011


4 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I agree this is not Edguy's best but it's far from 'cringeworthy' and doesn't deserve to have 'utter stupidity' applied. They are simply having a little fun with the material (that I admit is only average). The reviewer comes off looking like an arrogant jerk.

lavudu
August 30th 2011


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

LordWorm: Hellfire Club!

KjSwantko
December 1st 2011


9443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yep.

KjSwantko
March 15th 2012


9443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is my biggest guilty pleasure, ever.

TheSpirit
December 15th 2013


17930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

damn, i remember this



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