Kamelot had quickly become one of my favorite bands to catch in concert when they come to NYC and this time around they would bring along EdGuy as direct support for the tour and offer the local openers in Arctic Flame the chance to start things off properly. We were on point for this show and delivered commentary and photos of all the performers for your reading pleasure. Scroll past the logo below to see the article.
Artist: Kamelot Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY) Opener: EdGuy, Arctic Flame Date: 10/15/2008 Label: SPV Records
Since they released “The Black Halo”, I think that I have caught the band Kamelot in concert every time they bring their wares to New York City. The bands first time in the Big Apple was in 2005 and since then they have become like visiting family for lack of a better description. The bands music is always received well and their shows seem to pack the place no matter what else might be going on. Tonight the band would continue their touring support for the “Ghost Opera” CD, which by this time has had a re-release to include a number of live tracks and the sold out show would find special guest openers coming by way of Arctic Flame and EdGuy. Should you have missed out on this great night of Melodic Power Metal, here is how the evening progressed. Continue reading Kamelot @ B.B. King Blues Club (10/15/2008)→
Artist: Various Artists Title: “Rock For Asia” Label: Locomotive Records Release Date: 8/1/2006 Genre: Heavy Metal Rating: 4/5
The Rock For Asia concert event was put together just a month after the Tsunami natural disaster of 2004 that devastated the lands of eleven countries and killed more than 225,000 people. The Tsunami was set off by the Indian Ocean earthquake which was the second largest quake ever recorded on seismograph. It’s magnitude fell between 9.1 and 9.3 and it remains one of the deadliest natural disasters in history. The event on this DVD film found scores of artists banding together to help raise money for the people in these regions who had truly lost more than anyone could ever imagine. For the most part the bands reflected are German acts and we get some really incredible ones performing their hearts out. The hardest part for those who watch the film in the comforts and safety of their homes might be that it is a little difficult to just sit and enjoy the concert while at the same time knowing what it was being done for. Of course, when one realizes that this was delivered to be a part of the healing process and how all involved are hoping to make a difference you cannot help yourself in at least giving it a try. Obviously we don’t seem to get the full concert as I am sure this ran for several hours but with the dialogue being primarily in German, I am not too certain of that fact exactly. It’s very likely that while the bands only presented us with two or three songs on the film that they did at least a couple of more for the audience in attendance. It begins with Bonfire, who are a really talented act whom I felt that some parts of the world got to enjoy while others were left with a big “who are they?” sort of thing. They have some really good songs and while they didn’t play my favorite tune “Starin’ Eyes”; we get the picture from their included numbers just the same. Continue reading “Rock For Asia” [DVD] by Various Artists→
EdGuy is a lot of fun in concert and this gig was considered a co-headlining appearance with Into Eternity. The show brought along Echoes Of Eternity and Light This City as well and all four bands piqued our interest greatly so we got inside early enough to be able to document it properly. For more information and photos of all the groups just scroll past the logo below.
Artist: EdGuy Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY) Opener: Into Eternity, Light This City, Echoes Of Eternity Date: 9/16/2007 Label: Nuclear Blast Records
You know that you are always in for a good time at a concert when it is an event that finds Tobias Sammet and his compatriots in the band Edguy at the center of attention. For over fifteen years they have been dishing out some of the most fun that you could legally have at a Power Metal show and their track record has yet to fail in this regard. Tonight’s event at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill would be the third time that they had appeared at the venue but it would only be their second headlining appearance. Their last trip found them as direct support for Germany’s and Nuclear Blast Records label mates Hammerfall. The guys would be continuing to support their latest release “Rocket Ride” and bring with them the might of Century Media’s Into Eternity along with Light This City and Echoes Of Eternity. It was sure to be one of those nights that you regret the next morning and here is how it happened in case you missed it. Continue reading EdGuy @ B.B. King Blues Club (9/16/2007)→
Artist: EdGuy Title: “Rocket Ride” Label: Nuclear Blast Records Release Date: 1/20/2006 Genre: Power Metal Rating: 7/10
EdGuy is at it once again. Following their teaser EP release of “Superheroes”, they have delivered “Rocket Ride” to the public. Fans that have purchased the EP need not worry about having too much duplication across the piece; in typical EdGuy fashion, the EP only features one new track. The remainder of it was composed of unreleased live or studio tracks. “Superheroes” is the only song from the EP on “Rocket Ride” and it is definitely a catchy number. As I listened to the album I found that they bring you in slowly to the release instead of in the pounding manner that “Hellfire Club” did. “Sacrifice” is a tricky song which starts slow, then rocks, only to slow again before it kicks in. Tobias is a classic styled Rock Star and takes his creativity to heights on every song. One of the strongest natures of appeal in EdGuy is not only their catchy brand of Melodic Power Metal but also in the level of harmony chorus backups present in most of their songs. Because of this, the songs seem crafted in such a manner that it is very easy to find yourself singing along even at first listen. I felt that with songs like “Superheroes”, “Catch Of The Century” and “Wasted Time”, the group is leaning a little more to the “radio-friendly” side. You can’t blame them in this approach since it will hopefully bring more listeners to their shows and boost album sales. However, there is sufficient ass-kicking on songs like “Rocket Ride” and “Return To The Tribe”. The latter tune has an awesome guitar effect which actually sounds like Tobias is singing the solo. It also has a slight resemblance to “Fallen Angels”, from the must-have release “Mandrake”. The band’s very manic sense of humor and fun are showcased in songs like “Trinidad” and “Fucking With Fire”. Fans of slower numbers will enjoy the softer side Tobias has during “Save Me”, which serves as the Power Ballad of the recording. Continue reading “Rocket Ride” 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. Continue reading “Mandrake” by Edguy→