Edguy
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2.5
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Review

by Jorn van Schaïk USER (172 Reviews)
November 18th, 2008 | 35 replies | 10,194 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The good is really good. The bad is really bad. The mediocre is really mediocre.

1 of 2 thought this review was well written

Haven't you ever felt the need to call Edguy Edgay? Quips about the homosexuality of their genre aside, they seem to be the kind of band that can appreciate such a perverted pun. Edguy was always known for their sense of humour next to their style of metal (if you're unsure of this, just listen to 2004's single Lavatory Love Machine. It even comes with a video clip that is an honest homage to the 80s). Tobias Sammet, band head honcho/vocalist, even recently stated in an interview that he thinks we are all actually just a bunch of perverts and that we should all collectively admit this.

He's even gone ahead and give the proper example, too. Album closer "Aren't You A Little Pervert Too?" is a two-minute country ditty parodying the sexual excesses of the world (yes, a country ditty), and it will leave the listener either scrambling for the door in horror (if you are one of the purists) or laughing out loud, unable to take this seriously at all. If you're of the second predisposition, you're gonna enjoy the rest of this album, as Edguy is pretty much fooling around for half of this (though more in hard rock fashion) , but more serious music lovers that enjoyed Edguy's older power metal side are gonna be rolling their eyes for most of this.

It's funny, because when Edguy actually stick to the power metal, the results are pretty admirable. Opener "Ministry of Saints" contains a golden chorus, some nice downtuned riffs, and the familiar power metal meets Bon Jovi vocals that we've always known to expect from Tobi and co. There's a few more of these golden power metally moments scattered across the album, like the chorus of "Dragonfly", or the one in "Sex Fire Religion", that should appeal to any fans of the style. But when they contrast this to dull plodding failures such as "Wake Up Dreaming Black" (did anyone hand you eyeliner during the lyric writing process, Tobi?), or "Nine Lives", it's when mediocrity starts to take hold.

Most of these songs cannot be technically faulted, though. Edguy are a competent bunch of musicians, but most of these choruses don't stick, and as a power metal band, you need the choruses or you've just lost a part of your fanbase. For a second, half of this album consists of really cheesy hard rock moments, that is going to turn another part of the fanbase off. It may be an improvement over 2006's Rocket Ride (which was just a homosexual hard rock fest), but songs like Thorn Without A Rose that hark back to the best Jon Bon Jovi ballads is something that was tasteless in the 80s, and moreover, it's completely incomprehensible in the year 2008. Dead or Rock is basically the band's homage to AC/DC, which is nice, but considering AC/DC have only ever written one song, it's not something Edguy should be interested to rip off. And Speedhoven is supposed to be all epic and overwrought at seven minutes something, but it's less than epic title and completely sterile songwriting make it take a nosedive about, oh, two minutes in.

I'm sure that fans that love their Guns 'n' Roses, AC/DC and Bon Jovi will love this album, as Edguy have pretty much definitively evolved into a more hard rock/heavy metal outfit than the fantasy power metal outfit they represented before. It's a real shame that they are entering an obsolete genre, whereas more experimentation within a power metal framework or even just merging the two would have been a far more productive effort. However, this seems to take the integrity of the band, throw it all out the window, and despite the quality of the musicianship and the tracks, it's come to a point where Edguy are a gigantic self-parodic entity. And that, to put it in perverted and vulgar terms, is really gay.



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other reviews of this album
Nosferatwo (3.5)
Edguy continues to grow, leaving pure power metal in the past....

Zippermouth (4)
It's ridiculous, rude, crazy, and probably some of the best power metal out there....

BludgeonySteve (3.5)
Art? Entertainment? Religion? Edguy!...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Zippermouth
November 18th 2008



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This isnt out yet...
I realize that its been released in Germany, but I'm pretty sure you still can't review it.

Altmer
November 18th 2008



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It is released in the country I live in.

I'm from the Netherlands. Ergo, it's for sale where I live.This Message Edited On 11.18.08

Zippermouth
November 18th 2008



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I cant seem to find it...
whatever.

BludgeonySteve
November 18th 2008



558 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. I agree with it. Your review is taken from the "serious music geek" perspective and mine is from the "fuck yeah sex drugs and rock and roll" perspective. Edguy have traditionally dabbled in both worlds and on this album the former suffers and the latter thrives.

Altmer
November 18th 2008



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

let it be known

i completely support the rainbow movement in metal!

Zippermouth
November 18th 2008



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Edguy isnt gay.

Zippermouth
November 18th 2008



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

D*********e on the other hand...This Message Edited On 11.18.08

BludgeonySteve
November 18th 2008



558 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Don't mention dragonforce in the edguy review. Actually don't mention dragonforce period.

Zippermouth
November 18th 2008



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok, is that better?

Altmer
November 18th 2008



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

power metal basically is sodomy x100

but sure

Mikesn
Emeritus
November 18th 2008



3709 Comments


these guys are awful

Altmer
November 18th 2008



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i like them when they go power metal but it's too little on this record

rasputin
November 18th 2008



14517 Comments


these guys are awful

yeah edguy are lame


handoman
November 18th 2008



2386 Comments


no rasputin

rasputin
November 18th 2008



14517 Comments


yes

Zippermouth
November 18th 2008



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rasputin, your lame for saying that.

rasputin
November 18th 2008



14517 Comments


you're

fireaboveicebelow
November 19th 2008



6837 Comments


Edguy isnt gay.
Lavatory Love Machine, Rocket Ride, Fucking With Fire (Hair Force One), Rise Of The Morning Glory

they might as well have been a Judas Priest tribute band

BludgeonySteve
November 19th 2008



558 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah they're gay that's why they have songs about having sex with women.

Not that gay is bad, Queen are very gay and awesome.

fireaboveicebelow
November 19th 2008



6837 Comments


Yeah they're gay that's why they have songs about having sex with women
denial not only hurts you but as well as the others around you



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