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Album Review

After completing his side project Avantasia's ambitious Wicked Trilogy, Tobias Sammet returns to his main role as frontman of German power metal outfit Edguy for their ninth studio album, Age of the Joker. As its title and front cover (featuring a rather sinister court jester) suggest, his extracurricular rock opera activities haven't resulted in any delusions of grandeur, with the humorous theatrics of eight-minute Iron Maiden-esque opener "Robin Hood" and the medieval jig middle-eight on the chugging glam rock of "Rock of Cashel" proving that the bandmembers still don't take themselves too seriously. It's a good thing too, as it's pretty hard for anyone to keep a straight face on the overblown flamenco-tinged power ballad "Every Night Without You" and the poppy Eurovision leanings of "Two Out of Seven," both of which could have been lifted from a Spinal Tap record. But while these unashamedly corny offerings are likely to leave most metalheads reaching for the sick bucket, there are still a few traces of the heavier sound they pursued on their late-'90s efforts, whether it's the grungy basslines and Led Zeppelin-inspired riffs of "Faces in the Darkness," the '70s-style fusion of Hammond organs and frenetic rhythms of "The Arcane Guild," or the crunching epic metal of "Behind the Gates to Midnight World," even if most of these tracks eventually succumb to the usual glossy poodle-haired rock choruses. Age of the Joker makes little concession to anything remotely close to the 21st century, but it's difficult to dislike a record that both wears its retro intentions so boldly on its sleeve and displays a sense of humor that's lacking in many of their fellow over-earnest hair metal revivalists. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Outdone themselves

Killer riffs, great songs with catchy hooks, and a Metal Band cool enough to not take themselves to serious. All reasons why Edguy have survived this long and continue to put out quality music. Their best outing, hands down. Looking forward to a world tour, ok Guys!

I never thought I'd say it about edguy...

I have always loved Edguy from "theater of salvation" to "hellfire club" to "rocket ride", but after waiting for so long for this, I am a little let down. I always could rely on their catchy choruses and great rhythm and instruments. But I didn't get that from this album as much as others. It does have moments where I smile and see the edguy of "down to the devil" and "all the clowns", but mostly this was just boring beats and vocals that were unappealing. That's what I got from it. I do love Tobias sammet, but I believe this was a kind of a stubble on their otherwise great track record. Check it out, make sure it is what you want before you buy it.

Another Great Album

I love Edguy, and they definitely delivered. This album pumps out the same outstanding vocals, wicked guitar riffs, and heart pounding drums that I've come to expect from this band. Even if you don't buy the album the songs "Two Out Of Seven", "The Arcane Guild", "Fire On The Downline", are sooooo good you'd be stupid not to buy them. All in all, this cd is more than worth it, I know I will get more than $9.99 worth of enjoyment out of these songs! Edguy needs to come to Seattle so I can see them live!!!

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The German neo-classical metal band Edguy features Tobias Sammet on vocals and bass, Jens Ludwig and Dirk Sauer on guitar, and Felix Bohnke. They released their first album, Kingdom of Madness, in 1997, when all members were still in their teens. This album is good, but inconsistent. In 1998, their second album, Vain Glory Opera, took a big step forward, featuring much better and more consistent songwriting. 1999's Theater of Salvation is the band's first...
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