Review Summary: Art? Entertainment? Religion? Edguy!
Music comes in many forms. You have your serious artists with stern expressions on their faces, daring the listener to comprehend the genius that is their musical catharsis. Then you have your mindless idiot noise that makes a movie with Ben Stiller look like a Mensa meeting. And then you have bands like Edguy who balance effortlessly right in the middle of the high wire, and do ***ing back-flips while they’re at it. Tinnitus Sanctus is modern hard rock/heavy metal at its finest. It picks up where their previous album Rocket Ride leaves off but greatly improves upon it. It is simultaneously an honest artistic expression and nonstop rock and roll party. Stamp collectors, religious folk, and accountants, the exit is at the top right of this screen, you have exactly one space between this paragraph and the next to get out.
On Tinnitus Sanctus you will hear the old over-the-top Edguy that have risen to international fame, but tastefully confined and limited and within a completely new sound. Of course there are the blazing, screaming, unrestrained power metal moments that we expect, but they are few and far between; there is a very noticeable hard rock element to the music. The songs are generally slower than on previous Edguy albums with less constant double bass drumming; there is much more room for the listener to breathe. The music is complex and less predictable than the straightforward vocally driven power metal of a less mature Edguy. Songs like Ministry of Saints, Nine Lives and Sex Fire Religion are dark and powerful with chugging riffs and glorious choruses, nothing ground-breakingly new here but they are well written and hint at the innovation to come. Aren’t You A Little Pervert Too is a hilarious country-flavored jest at the expense of masochistic American hillbillies; I hope Tobias Sammet knows just who he’s messing with. Dead or Rock is the obligatory 80s hard rock anthem and although it won’t melt your face as much as Lavatory Love Machine or F'ing With Fire, it leaves the new AC/DC album crushed and smoldering in a ditch.
Edguy appease fans of their earlier material with songs like Speedhoven, Wake Up Dreaming Black and The Pride of Creation. But these aren’t true power metal songs. They are a unique mix of metal and rock with a more creative and dynamic structure that is completely unique. Songs like Dragonfly and 929 are the result of a band that has been around for a long time, and while they still use the mannerisms of the hard rock and heavy metal genres, they do it in a completely original way. The lyrics, as always are well written and range from dark (Ministry of Saints) to meaningful and uplifting (929) to funny (Aren’t You A Little Pervert Too). Thorn Without A Rose is the power ballad on the album and is beautiful and shows the heartfelt, sensitive side of the band; it wouldn’t sound out of place at a Def Leppard concert, take that however you wish. I’ll take it with one fist in the air and one clenching a bottle of Jack Daniels.
Tinnitus Sanctus has something to suit every mood, every temperament, and every open-minded music fan. It lacks the overdone power metal clichés of Mandrake and Hellfire Club but does so without compromising quality. Art? Entertainment? Religion? Edguy.
-Thorn Without A Rose