“Hellfire Club” by EdGuy

Artist: Ed Guy
Title: “Hellfire Club”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 4/2004
Genre: Power Metal
Rating: 9/10

Leave it to Tobias Sammet and his partners in “Ed Guy” to always deliver powerful and yet deftly creative heavy metal. My first exposure to EdGuy was for the live masterpiece entitled “Burning Down The Opera”. The entire thing kicks and makes you wonder why there are not more bands taking power metal to the level that they choose to. This is one bad thing about being Stateside musically as we sometimes miss some great stuff that is pretty much the standard in the European countries. However, the recent EP “King Of Fools” and the newly released “Hellfire Club” are available readily in the United States thanks to Nuclear Blast Records so fans of this band and genre of metal can easily enjoy them without killing their pocket on expensive imports.

Wasting no time at all, this CD kicks right into high gear at the open with “Mysteria”. The thundering double bass drumming of Felix Bohnke and a powerful vocal harmony made this my favorite number instantly. There are similar speedy tracks like “We Don’t Need A Hero”, “Rise Of The Morning Glory” and “Under The Moon” and what I enjoyed about these is that despite some of the dynamics involved there is not an amount of technical skill lost and like most Ed Guy, there are ups and downs in the speed levels throughout them. The members making up the rest of EdGuy are Jens Ludwig (guitar), Dirk Sauer (guitar), Tobias “Eggi” Exxel (bass). The group is a stellar lineup and each approaches this recording with a level of energy that I don’t often find myself absorbing some simply listening to it.

On tracks like “Lavatory Love Machine” the band adds the air of Motley Crue & Twisted Sister using that type of sarcasm and humor on the disk. It’s a catchy piece and you will most likely be singing it after you listen. I know I did, but I am sometimes easily influenced. “King Of Fools” also has a strong sing-along sense when the chorus comes in proving that Tobias knows when he can hit the love of the power metal anthem in every ones heart. If there is one number you can label power ballad then you might want to focus on “Forever” as this is the closest you will find on the CD. You should be aware that if you already own the EP for “King Of Fools” you will only find the title track on this that CD as none of the others are present on “Hellfire Club”. Instead of being slammed twice in the purchase of this CD. You will simply have more EdGuy to enjoy.

The band includes a full color 16 page booklet and it is loaded with band pictures and lyrics to the songs. Some decent amount of liner notes and tour information is in there as well. I totally enjoy when bands give you a little more to look at as opposed to those who do not. This CD comes with a very high recommendation from me as I view EdGuy as a band who really takes the time to give you their all. They do need to come to the USA more often, for as I observed I don’t think they came for more than a handful of shows that included NYC and the ProgPowerUSA Festival.

Track Listing:
1. Mysteria
2. The Piper Never Dies
3. We Don’t Need A Hero
4. Down To The Devil
5. King Of Fools
6. Forever
7. Under The Moon
8. Lavatory Love Machine
9. Rise Of The Morning Glory
10. Lucifer In Love
11. Navigator
12. The Spirit Will Remain

Official Website: http://www.edguy.nu

Editor’s Note: This article was written for another medium prior to the 2005 launch of PiercingMetal.com and has been added to our content for your enjoyment.

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