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“The Singles” by Edguy

Artist: EdGuy
Title: “The Singles”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 2/10/2009
Genre: Melodic Power Metal
Rating: 4/5

It was only a few weeks ago when that mighty and enigmatic court jester of Melodic Power Metal Tobias Sammet had given his fans a little bit of candy with EdGuy’s “Tinnitus Sanctus”. It was an album that continued the bands endeavors to make Metal a little less serious and having heard it I can safely inform the readers that they succeeded. Of course the issue of a new album after a series of successful tours that received some real attention to the bands cause could only mean that it was high time for a collection like “The Singles” to be released next. Fans should be aware that this is not a greatest hits CD but instead the compiling of all of the bands recent singles which were only previously available on their European and Japanese EP’s. That’s a good thing because I would fear the world would find me mad for uttering the words “Greatest Hits” and “EdGuy” in the same sentence since Melodic Power Metal bands are seldom afforded such luxury in today’s music society. The ride begins with “Superheroes” from “Rocket Ride” which was a catchy song, but I loved the next track up entitled “Spooks In The Attic” since it was much more energetic and driving. “Judas In The Opera” is a scandalous number and there is quite the scatological lyrical content thing going on, so you innocent listeners best shield your eyes, I mean ears. Tobias stands on the beaches and proves that he is indeed the wind beneath something as he delivers the epic version of “Superheroes” and in all honesty, the tune sounds pretty good when done in this fashion. We get a couple of versions of “Lavatory Love Machine” – the first being the standard and the second acoustic which shows the listener a new side of those EdGuys. The tempest doesn’t stop as Toby and company tackle Europe’s “I’ll Cry For You” before delivering “King Of Fools” from “Hellfire Club”. “New Age Messiah” might find the pious frozen in place and while I will leave some surprises for you I will say that the closing number “Life And Times Of A Bonus Track” is hilarious. The tune is clever and addresses all things that one would experience if they were a bonus track themselves (at least according to Tobias Sammet).
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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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Kamelot @ B.B. King Blues Club (10/15/2008)

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.

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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.
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“Ghost Opera: The Second Coming” by Kamelot

Artist: Kamelot
Title: “Ghost Opera: The Second Coming”
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 4/8/2008
Genre: Melodic Power Metal
Rating: 5/5

Melodic Power Metal fans worldwide rejoiced like never before when Kamelot released “Ghost Opera”, a stunning follow up to their juggernaut of an album “The Black Halo”. “Ghost Opera” was not a concept piece but instead a number of different tales that worked together quite well and the response it received found it becoming nothing short of a masterpiece in the bands catalog. In celebration of the albums success they have chosen to re-issue it with a number of bonus tracks that fans might have only heard in concert and also offer up a healthy number of live tracks. There would be more graphics in the expanded booklet but first let’s revisit our original comments on the album when it was initially released.

“When Kamelot released “The Black Halo” in 2005 they became the new favorite band to many fans of the Melodic Power Metal genre. Even though they had existed for several years previous and had six other albums under their belt they were treated as if they were overnight superstars by some and based on the quality of the album this was all justifiable and well-deserved. They made a smart move by recording this tour and presenting it on the CD and DVD performance release “One Cold Winter’s Night” and once this had been delivered it would be back to the studio to create their next masterpiece. If you are wondering whether lightning could strike twice for the band then let me inform you that it is quite the possibility in my opinion but I will let you determine this for yourself as you enjoy their latest epic “Ghost Opera”. The journey begins anew with a melancholy violin piece called “Solitaire” which leads into the tune “Rule The World” and as soon as the crunching groove on this track begins you are reminded of one of Kamelot’s key appeals as a Metal band – that is in their ability to bring incredible amounts of drama and feel to the music. Yes other bands do this as well, but Kamelot for some reason just seems to have a natural quality to their style when it comes to this being brought forward. I’m confident that the level of drama presented is mainly based on the way that lead singer Khan does his thing for the moment I first heard him perform I was reminded of the way that Geoff Tate affected me as a vocalist on the older Queensryche material. He is as much an actor during the music as he is the bands singer and together with the guitar talents of Thomas Youngblood they work magic for the sake of Metal. The guitarist shines on the release and is destined to continue his own climb as one of the better axe slingers in the genre so pay attention people. The adventure continues onto the thunderous “Ghost Opera” title track with the fast paced drumming of Casey Grillo and steady groove of bassist Glen Barry.
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“Ghost Opera” by Kamelot

Artist: Kamelot
Title: “Ghost Opera”
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 6/5/2007
Genre: Melodic Power Metal
Rating: 4/5

When Kamelot released “The Black Halo” in 2005 they became the new favorite band to many fans of the Melodic Power Metal genre. Even though they had existed for several years previous and had six other albums under their belt they were treated as if they were overnight superstars by some and based on the quality of the album this was all justifiable and well-deserved. They made a smart move by recording this tour and presenting it on the CD and DVD performance release “One Cold Winter’s Night” and once this had been delivered it would be back to the studio to create their next masterpiece. If you are wondering whether lightning could strike twice for the band then let me inform you that it is quite the possibility in my opinion but I will let you determine this for yourself as you enjoy their latest epic “Ghost Opera”. The journey begins anew with a melancholy violin piece called “Solitaire” which leads into the tune “Rule The World” and as soon as the crunching groove on this track begins you are reminded of one of Kamelot’s key appeals as a Metal band – that is in their ability to bring incredible amounts of drama and feel to the music. Yes other bands do this as well, but Kamelot for some reason just seems to have a natural quality to their style when it comes to this being brought forward. I’m confident that the level of drama presented is mainly based on the way that lead singer Khan does his thing for the moment I first heard him perform I was reminded of the way that Geoff Tate affected me as a vocalist on the older Queensryche material. He is as much an actor during the music as he is the bands singer and together with the guitar talents of Thomas Youngblood they work magic for the sake of Metal. The guitarist shines on the release and is destined to continue his own climb as one of the better axe slingers in the genre so pay attention people.

The adventure continues onto the thunderous “Ghost Opera” title track with the fast paced drumming of Casey Grillo and steady groove of bassist Glen Barry. This track is incredible and one of the best offerings on the release and should you have luckily snared a copy of the limited edition, you would be able to enjoy the video for this song as well since its included on a bonus DVD. The CD also finds the bands newest fulltime member in keyboardist Oliver Palotai who makes sure to bring the majestic symphonic elements to brighter life. Altogether we are left with a very full sounding release and while I don’t want to rate this as better than “The Black Halo” because of it being on equal par as far as appeal and quality, I will admit that this comes forth as the next stage in the Kamelot sound. A nice surprise was finding guest stars on this album as they add to the overall appeal of the tracks. Once again we find Epica’s Simone Simons for the track “Blucher” and Amanda Somerville offers up vocal backing on a “Love You To Death” and “Mourning Star”. I can see these particular tracks becoming fast favorites of the fans of these singers and make Kamelot’s star shine ever brighter. “Up Through The Ashes” is a powerful number that brings us back to the time of Christ’s Crucifixion and is sung from Pilate’s point of view as he stands in judgment over him. This dramatic number is on the slower side which works on the subject matters emphasis but the album overall remains heavy throughout and returns to full Metal gallop during “Silence Of The Darkness”. I have to admit that I found the entire album strong and standing up as a worthy next chapter in the book of Kamelot. It has a lot of killer moments to enjoy and like its predecessor “The Black Halo” is an easy to get into CD which allows you to jump on board with what the band is all about.

Track Listing:
1. Solitaire
2. Rule The World
3. Ghost Opera
4. The Human Stain
5. Blucher
6. Love You To Death
7. Up Through The Ashes
8. Mourning Star
9. Silence Of The Darkness
10. Anthem
11. EdenEcho
12. The Pendulous Fall – bonus

Official Website: www.kamelot.com