Rating:
8.0
Edguy - Space Police - Defenders Of The Crown
18 April 2014


Disc I
01. Sabre & Torch
02. Space Police
03. Defenders Of The Crown
04. Love Tyger
05. The Realms Of Baba Yaga
06. Rock Me Amadeus [Falco cover]
07. Do Me Like A Caveman
08. Shadow Eaters
09. Alone In Myself
10. The Eternal Wayfarer

Disc II [bonus]
01. England
02. Aychim In Hysteria
03. Space Police [progressive version]
04. Space Police [instrumental version]
05. Love Tyger [instrumental version]
06. Defenders Of The Crown [instrumental version]
07. Do Me Like A Caveman [instrumental version]


Oh right. You're kidding me. A macho man with a welder/gun in one hand and a Pokémon born bad and grown worse in the other is staring at me with a not-so-heterosexual fleer. Am I supposed to take it seriously?

Of course not, it's Edguy we're talking about.

Defenders Of The Crown marks Edguy's return, and it was preceded by cautious and safe statements from the band's side: "It's so True Metal, that even True Metal people won't stand it [...] If awesomeness could be measured & we had a scale from 0-100, this would be... Well, too awesome to be measured." This said by Tobias Sammet, the man who described the band's latest albums (which were everything but the best metal albums ever) in the same way. Many agreed about the fact that those words were to be taken with a grain of salt. Actually, with a silo of salt.

Defenders Of The Crown is not the best album ever. Neither is Edguy's best release, but this brings the German heavyweights' music to a level which has been a mirage for a decade. How could this happen?

The main reason is that the band finally decided to listen to the fans' prayers and to take a step back, to disown that kind of weak power hard rock of which their recent works were tainted, embracing again the sound Edguy mastered through the years. Defenders Of The Crown embodies once again the typical German power metal style: heavy, fast and cheesy, incredibly catchy, and with a stellar performance by Sammet - and his bandmates too. The 11th Edguy album proves these guys are still hot and burning.

Quite ironically, while Avantasia was born from a rib of Edguy, now the first is bringing the latter back to life, since Defenders Of The Crown has many Avantasia traits. From the opener "Sabre & Torch", that many correctly matched with "Invoke The Machine" from 2013's The Mystery Of Time, to the 9-minute closer "The Eternal Wayfarer", which just sounds like Edguy covering Led Zeppelin, everything is over the top and epic. It's been way too many years since we couldn't associate "epic" with the band.

But, obviously, this is Edguy. The fun traits of the band also shine here, both with Tobi's well-known antics spread over various tracks ("Do Me Like A Caveman"? You'd better be kidding me) and in the rather unexpected cover of Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus" (feel free to suffer right here). Some of you will cry while blessing your ears with it.

Defenders Of The Crown is a great release, the first in a long time that doesn't cast aspersions on Mandrake and Hellfire Club's memory. With restored songwriting and musicianship, Edguy are back on track. Back to Baba Yaga, beotch!


Band profile: Edguy
Album: Space Police - Defenders Of The Crown


 



Written on 10.04.2014 by
R Lewis
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Lit. - 10.04.2014 at 23:47  
I... don't know how to react to this.
Dinruth - 11.04.2014 at 00:57  
"feel free to suffer right here" Falco is a legend!!
Boxcar Willy - 11.04.2014 at 01:41  
Everything about this makes me want to vomit.
deadone - 11.04.2014 at 03:24  
Written by Boxcar Willy on 11.04.2014 at 01:41

Everything about this makes me want to vomit.



Everything about this makes me want to check this album out.
The Evergreen - 11.04.2014 at 03:46  
Oh, the cheese! It's so delicious!
R Lewis - 11.04.2014 at 09:31  
Written by Dinruth on 11.04.2014 at 00:57

"feel free to suffer right here" Falco is a legend!!

I personally found the original track entertaining enough, but I can ensure you this isn't the opinion of most metalheads
R'Vannith - 11.04.2014 at 17:07  
Good to hear that they're back to some power metal, will have to check this one out.
"Silo of salt." Nice.
Angelic Storm - 11.04.2014 at 21:03  
Written by Dinruth on 11.04.2014 at 00:57

"feel free to suffer right here" Falco is a legend!!


I'm glad I'm not the only one here who loves the original Falco version of "Rock Me Amadeus".
Dinruth - 12.04.2014 at 00:05  
Written by Angelic Storm on 11.04.2014 at 21:03

Written by Dinruth on 11.04.2014 at 00:57

"feel free to suffer right here" Falco is a legend!!


I'm glad I'm not the only one here who loves the original Falco version of "Rock Me Amadeus".


thank you!!
Baz Anderson - 12.04.2014 at 17:12  
Will have to try and get my hands on this!
Windir - 13.04.2014 at 19:10  
11th album? The re-recorded (The) Savage Poetry counts as an album? I would say 10th album...
R Lewis - 13.04.2014 at 19:15  
Written by Windir on 13.04.2014 at 19:10

11th album? The re-recorded (The) Savage Poetry counts as an album? I would say 10th album...

Ooops
Windir - 13.04.2014 at 19:21  
Written by R Lewis on 13.04.2014 at 19:15

Written by Windir on 13.04.2014 at 19:10

11th album? The re-recorded (The) Savage Poetry counts as an album? I would say 10th album...

Ooops

Ha ha ha it doesn't matter at all. 11th... 10th...
I like their old albums (VGO and TOS) so I'll listen to this one
R Lewis - 13.04.2014 at 19:45  
Written by Windir on 13.04.2014 at 19:21

Ha ha ha it doesn't matter at all. 11th... 10th...
I like their old albums (VGO and TOS) so I'll listen to this one

Theater Of Salvation was actually the album that brought me into power metal, together with Kamelot's Karma. I owe it a lot.
Windir - 13.04.2014 at 20:05  
Written by R Lewis on 13.04.2014 at 19:45

Written by Windir on 13.04.2014 at 19:21

Ha ha ha it doesn't matter at all. 11th... 10th...
I like their old albums (VGO and TOS) so I'll listen to this one

Theater Of Salvation was actually the album that brought me into power metal, together with Kamelot's Karma. I owe it a lot.

Great albums!!! I really was into power metal 15 or more years ago and I remember Karma and The Fourth Legacy being my favs from them. I also like some totally forgotten gems like Etude Jongleur/The Gleeman from their first album Eternity...
The Shape 1973 - 15.04.2014 at 01:21  
Clips and released singles sound good. Real return to form, spoilt by big steaming turd that is Rock Me Amadeus.
iMorphball - 17.04.2014 at 20:08  
Album is way better than an 8 for me. Rock Me Amadeus is so great hahaha. This definitely is Edguy. The last two albums were pretty questionable, but this one is a great listen.
The Shape 1973 - 20.04.2014 at 13:25  
Penalty shootouts are over-rated.

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