Edguy
Space Police - Defenders of the Crown


4.0
excellent

Review

by Steerpike USER (24 Reviews)
April 24th, 2014 | 18 replies


Release Date: 04/18/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The album art is pretty much it. Just look at that thing! Glorious! Review over.

Oh, you want an actual review" Fine...

I'm the first to admit that one thing metal is largely missing is a sense of humor about itself. For the most part self-parody is relegated to novelty songs by Brian Posehn, a handful of YouTube videos like Dad Metal and the now-defunct Metalocalypse which was also a parody of celebrity culture anyway. Which is one of the reasons I love Edguy. They write long, epic tracks with interesting ideas and melodic motifs like The Asylum and The Piper Never Dies and then they'll turn around and pen a tune like Lavatory Love Machine.

While some people, who I will refer to from this point on as squares, found the more sincere, humorless approach of Age of the Jester to be a welcome switch, I for one am happy to see the Edguys yukking it up again on Space Police - Defenders of the Crown.

The album benefits from the band's characteristic energy, as evident right out the gate with album opener Sabre and Torch reminiscent of Mysteria or Under the Moon from 2004's Hellfire Club. The only point where this tends to pull the album down slightly is around the middle where it bleeds together a little. Do Me Like a Caveman breaks the pattern thankfully, though the highlights of this characteristic high-energy approach are evident on the title track and Love Tyger, the latter of which is a well-timed spring release as it's a delicious chocolate Easter bunny with a creamy center of rocking... Okay, I think that metaphor got away from me.

Edguy haven't been a straight power metal band for some time, but that's not strictly a bad thing. Their willingness to do off-the-wall unconventional songs actually distinguishes them. Case in point, have you ever heard a theramin used in a metal album" Because the title track on this one does. And somehow it works! They can deliver some straightforward power metal as evidenced in The Realms of Baba Yaga, but their more off-beat songs like the quirkily sincere Do Me Like a Caveman and the tongue-in-cheek fan worship of bonus track England are what keeps people coming back to them.

All together, Space Police is a return to form for Edguy. Their spirit and unabashed humor are important in separating them from Tobi's Avantasia and while both projects clearly are helmed by the same guy, efforts like this keep the two from bleeding into one another. Sometimes you want to watch Lord of the Rings and sometimes you want to read Order of the Stick.



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SCREAM!
April 24th 2014


15090 Comments


Steerpike? Is it really you??

Steerpike
April 24th 2014


1861 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Indeed it is. I spend less time online since I acquired a life. Or at least something resembling one. I figured I'd bash out a review of this in between rehearsals, doobies, and playing Skyrim.

PortalofPerfection
April 24th 2014


1991 Comments


Skyrim! m/

Great review, wouldn't normally be interested in this sort of stuff but you made me want to check it out!

NinoKuni
April 26th 2014


198 Comments


"While some people, who I will refer to from this point on as squares"

Only time in the review you do this lol

greg84
Emeritus
April 26th 2014


7587 Comments


Great review, man. Have a pos.

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Ire
April 26th 2014


41948 Comments


damn

KjSwantko
April 26th 2014


10473 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fairly impressed with this album as it sounds like Edguy is putting some sincere thought and effort into songwriting again. All in all a fun album (although it still doesn't compete with their early works).

alachlahol
April 26th 2014


7593 Comments


saying metal lacks a sense of self parody is pretty wrong. there are definitely bands that take themselves seriously but id say most metal acts are aware of how dorky they are

OwMySnauze
April 26th 2014


1684 Comments


So is this real space metal?

Tyrael
April 26th 2014


21082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is definitely their best since Hellfire Club

Digging: Summoning - With Doom We Come

ExplosiveOranges
Contributing Reviewer
April 26th 2014


4408 Comments


Good review. POS.

RunOfTheMill
April 27th 2014


3263 Comments


Awesome review, great flow and a fun read. Mega pos.

Never checked these guys out - should get around to that at some point

SharkTooth
April 27th 2014


13794 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm gonna get around to checking Lavatory Love Machine

trackbytrackreviews
April 27th 2014


3339 Comments


I thought it was an Iron Maiden album when I first saw this cover.

Wizard
April 27th 2014


20142 Comments


Miss you so much around here dude. I feel I've taken up the cause of being the resident asshole around here since you and Coke have retired.

Digging: Selbst - Selbst

wwf
April 28th 2014


5694 Comments


Wait Metalocalypse is defunct? Since when?

Digging: Julien Baker - Turn Out The Lights

Poet
May 1st 2014


6003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

HI KARL!!!!



This is pretty catchy

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2014


7625 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6 | Sound Off

This album is so much fun.



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