Edguy
Vain Glory Opera


4.5
superb

Review

by Zippermouth USER (21 Reviews)
February 9th, 2009 | 44 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Welcome to Vain Glory Opera, the home of the most badass five minutes of power metal ever, also known as Out of Control.

Today, Edguy is known as one of the most ridiculous bands on the planet, featuring insanely cheesy lyrics, pot-influenced cover art and the most energetic stage performance ever. It seems that Edguy has shed any vestiges of respect for their own music and instead continues down a suicidal path, riddled with self-mockery and a total lack of regard for their fellow Power Metal bands which they are quite obviously pissing upon. Who can blame them? Ever since 2003 Power Metal has become synonymous with the word Dragonforce, and the word Dragonforce has become known as a shorter way of saying the worst ***ing band the ***ing world has ever ***ing seen, and probably the worst ***ing band the in whole ***ing history of bad music. But Power Metal wasn't always this way. Once upon a time, even Edguy was true to their genre, and Vain Glory Opera was one of the great albums that arose from this time period. Undoubtedly, Vain Glory Opera is Edguy's best releases to date.

As expected from Power Metal, the lyrics of VGO are strongly centered on fantastical concepts such as love, bravery and honor. A lack of strong lyricism is made obvious by generic song titles such as "Scarlet Rose" and "Fairytale," however the actual delivery of the lyrics is outstanding. Tobias Sammett unleashes an all out vocal assault, occasionally backed by Hansi Kursch of the legendary Blind Guardian. Tobias's vocal chords lay waste to verse and verse, frequently changing between his high pitched wails and his lower more guttural voice and then dives headfirst into strong chanting choruses. Combined with the angry lead guitar of "No More Foolin," Tobias's rapid fire attack is a force to be reckoned with.

The guitar of Vain Glory Opera is like nothing I have ever heard from the genre. In VGO Dirk Sauer and Jens Ludwig rely heavily on the classic Edguy tone to carry them through the majority of the album. VGO is littered with stunning dual guitar solos and frenzied lead sections. "Out of Control" is easily the standout guitar track of this album, and when you hit 3:12 you'll know why. The acoustic guitars are also much stronger in this album then in later releases. I found both "Scarlet Rose" and "Tomorrow" to be enjoyable tracks whereas "Thorn without a Rose," a much later ballad, to be an absolutely hideous piece of music.

The Drum performance of VGO is nothing to gawk at, but nothing much was expected of the temporary drummer Frank Lindenthal other than his ability to provide support for the obviously competent guitarists. His drum fills are nothing special or inspiring and they aren't really anything more than background noise.

If you are looking some decent Power Metal untainted by the gimmicks and posturing of the modern music word, give VGO a spin. You'd be surprised as to how different Edguy was ten years ago, 4.5/5.

Recommended Tracks
Scarlet Rose
Out of Control
Vain Glory Opera
No More Foolin



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Zippermouth
February 9th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Another short review, any feedback acceped.

gaslightanthem
February 9th 2009


5209 Comments


you just get more & more homo

Zippermouth
February 9th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck you.
At least my reviews are better.This Message Edited On 02.09.09

gaslightanthem
February 9th 2009


5209 Comments


camouflage chameleon & yeah they are hence the pos you titThis Message Edited On 02.09.09

Zippermouth
February 9th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol, nice insult.

OllieS
February 9th 2009


2037 Comments


I found this album super boring over 2 listens. Also, Hansi's voice sounding roughly 5 times a powerful as Sammet's on 'Out Of Control' was funny.

gaslightanthem
February 9th 2009


5209 Comments


ilu

Zippermouth
February 9th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ollie I would respect your opinion more if your avatar wasn't a picture of Dani Filth and if you used correct grammar.

BallsToTheWall
February 9th 2009


44805 Comments


Quadrica........BURN!!!!! Good review. Hellfire Club was a tight album, might look into this.This Message Edited On 02.09.09

Altmer
February 9th 2009


5652 Comments


edgay

mission accomplished

Zippermouth
February 9th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'll pretend I know what that means.
Don't be hating on Edguy just because you didn't like Tinnitus Sanctus.

Altmer
February 9th 2009


5652 Comments


i don't hate

i just call 'em what they are man

Zippermouth
February 9th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Give five facts that prove they are gay.

Altmer
February 9th 2009


5652 Comments


they play power metal

the singer sounds like a douchebag

they have songs about lavatory love machines

they sound happy and flowery

they have gay artwork covers

:D

Zippermouth
February 9th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

1. Doesn't mean anything
2. True, but so do most singers
3. Thats pretty straight
4. not al lthe time
5. true.

gaslightanthem
February 9th 2009


5209 Comments


i think playing/listening to power metal tends to suggest slightly homosexual activity

Zippermouth
February 9th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not really. I has a girlfriend dude.

Altmer
February 9th 2009


5652 Comments


they're all true and you're secretly using that girl as a cover up

jingledeath
February 9th 2009


7104 Comments


yo zippermouth, nice review and power metal is not gay!
well not completely gay, that is...

Altmer
February 9th 2009


5652 Comments


it's gay
gaygaygaygay



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