|Posted on March 31, 2014 at 9:55 PM|
Edguy - Space Police: Defenders of the Crown
Written by Dave Smiles
Right from the opening riff of Sabre and Torch it’s clear Edguy are focused and fired up. Album number ten brings everything that’s been great about their twenty two year career and heavy metal into a definitive package. The duel title tracks, Space Police and Defenders of the Crown are a fair indicator that we’re in classic metal territory; A place to escape from the modern world and have some fun.
Singer Tobias Sammet and guitarists Jens Ludwig and Dirk Sauer formed the band in the early nineties to proudly fly the flag of heavy metal high in a decade where the style was considered dead. Having initially been a power metal band, they’ve honed their style in recent years to a more traditional form of metal. That’s not to say that they don’t let loose with the double bass drumming and thrashing riffs. It’s more a case of using what serves the song and not being a one trick pony.
Sammet is one of the best singers in the genre today. His singing is infectious, and brings choruses, which are designed for live performances, to life. The back-up vocals, often in unison with the riffs, work to create a powerful wall of sound. The ballad, Alone in Myself, shows how good his range is and what a great lyricist he is as well.
The Realms of Baba Yaga shows some great playing and song craft. The varying tempos, sixteenth note riffing, fired up double bass drumming, killer solo, stand out vocals and a solid production make this a truly awesome track. And at six minutes in length it isn’t even the most epic track on the album. That goes to The Eternal Wayferer which is just as impressive.
The songwriting shows the band creating together. The opening riff of Do Me Like a Caveman is brought to life with added texture from the keyboard, which could have easily become overplayed but instead lands in the ‘just enough’ territory.
The cover of Falco’s electro pop song Rock Me Amadeus comes as an unusual choice, but hey, this is Edguy and they have the metal attitude to not care what is expected and best of all – they pull it off while remaining faithful to the original, and still manage to give it a power metal feel.
In terms of production, there is some great stuff going on. Without verging into being over produced there’s an effect thrown in here and there to create the overall feel of the space theme of the album. There are also some killer guitar tones, not to mention being collectively the best solos I’ve heard throughout an album in a while.
The established fan base will love this album. Those who haven’t heard the band would be urged to take this album as an introduction to Edguy. It just may be the one the bands is known for in years to come. … But let’s see what comes next.
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