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“Fucking With Fire” (Live) by EdGuy

Artist: EdGuy
Title: “Fucking With Fire”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 4/28/2009
Genre: Melodic Power Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

Released a couple of months prior to the live concert DVD that bears the same name is its audio companion from Germany’s EdGuy. The double CD, fourteen track effort finds the band pulling out all the stops in front of a rabid San Paulo Brazil crowd and since you know how these folks respond to the Metal at the end of the day, the home listeners gets to relive the mayhem that was ensuing. The weird thing for me about this release was why it was made as a separate item as opposed to being packaged with the outstanding film that it comes from. In this day and age, I have seen a much better response for those items that place both audio and video together. Oh well, I guess this is why I don’t work for a record company development team and instead am one of the many voices that “speak” about what they dish out.
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“Tinnitus Sanctus” by EdGuy

Artist: EdGuy
Title: “Tinnitus Sanctus”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 1/27/2008
Genre: Melodic Power Metal
Rating: 4/5

Now that singer/composer Tobias Sammet has released his latest epic Metal masterpiece with Avantasia, the killer album from 2008 entitled “Scarecrow”, the time has come for him to once again have the kind of fun that he always seems to have with his main band EdGuy. It seems as though while a couple of years have passed since we last saw a release from these dudes with “Rocket Ride” and not too long before that “Hellfire Club”, that there is a relative consistency in their ability to release high quality Melodic Hard Rock or Power Metal (depending on how you see them the most). Clearly we will not wait for sixteen years between EdGuy releases and in my mind that is a welcome thing. Listening to “Tinnitus Sanctus”, a great play with Latin phrasing about that ringing in the ear one gets after sitting in front of their speakers for too long listening to the Metal, the band has picked up where they left off and not lost an ounce of creative steam since the last go round. My first exposure to EdGuy was with “Vain, Glory, Opera” and I admit that I was quite hooked from the moment that I first heard what they delivered to the Metal head of the time. Their music is always catchy and sounds not only fun to the listeners ears, but also in its composition and one can imagine the guys having a blast playing this for a room full of energetic fans. Having seen them a number of times since that first listen I can honestly say that there are few performers who look like they are having a better time than their audience is. “Tinnitus Sanctus” is loaded with that type of Metal energy that the band excels at and while the opening track “Ministry Of Saints” is a standard tempo groove, it seems to be setting you up for the rest of the adventures inside the CD. The tune reminded me just a little too much of “Sacrifice” but that was more based on the way the chorus flowed than the entire tune. I liked “Sex, Fire, Religion” as that had some crunch to it and had some tasty heaviness in the riffing from Dirk and Jens that I enjoyed. My first favorite on the new release came with “The Pride Of Creation” because the boys just cut it loose here and let Felix Bohnke drive the tune with knockout double bass drumming before the big EdGuy sing along chorus came in.
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“Mandrake” by Edguy

Artist: EdGuy
Title: “Mandrake”
Label: AFM Records
Release Date: 6/1/2002
Genre: Power Metal
Rating: 8/10

EdGuy’s popularity and dominance in the Metal world has led AFM Records to re-issue their stand-out release of “Mandrake”. This was one of the highlights in EdGuys catalog and even thought it was originally released in 2001 it still sounds very fresh when compared to new material or even songs from their Power Metal peers. Listening to EdGuy music is always something fun and it shows you that this is a must see band in the concert sense. There is always a sense of energy and theatrics that come through your speakers when you play an EdGuy album. Tobias Sammet is a very interesting songwriter and front man as well for the strong melodic hooks and powerful vocal harmonies give the songs a very sing-along sense. If you have seen them perform you will agree that this goes over well in concert and if you have not you will find yourself singing a lot of these songs very quickly. Most of EdGuys material is standard length which is odd for Power Metal but the group handles longer tracks with relative ease as well. These particular songs don’t get boring and instead keep your interest level in the band on the high side. Tracks that surpass the 7 minute mark are “Tears Of A Mandrake” and “Pharoah” (which actually passes 10 minutes in length). Instant favorites when you listen will most likely be the “Mandrake” track and songs like “Fallen Angels” & “Save Us Now”. They all have among the most infectious choruses and make for some definite repeat listens on your CD Changer. The band makes it easier by including lyrics in the booklet which spans some 16 pages and also offers Discography and photos.
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