Edguy – “Space Police Defenders Of The Crown” (Nuclear Blast Records)
A lotta people don’t get Edguy frontman Tobias Sammet – when he’s doing his rock opera in Avantasia, it’s all business as usual, but Edguy, now that’s something else. This not too serious but still bloody good fun band has been going for 22 years and some people wonder just how when you’ve got tongue in cheek song titles like ‘Do Me Like A Caveman’? But step back a little from the seriousness of it all back to the Monsters Of Rock days when the likes of Van Halen, Motley Crue and Bon Jovi played and it was all about having some FUN along with rocking your ass off. Well, that’s where Edguy are comin’ from, and straight off a massive Avantasia tour, Sammet has unleashed a barrage of let it loose energy and kick ass fun creativity taken from his own Zappa influence in the spirit of those sunshine (and lots of rain – Ed) festival days when he must’ve been a kid. “Space Police Defenders Of The Crown” certainly isn’t a cover album by any means although it contains a notable cover of Falco’s ‘Rock Me Amadeus’ – a national hit in Austria – that has garnered respect even from those Tyrolleans. Elsewhere ‘The Realms of Baba Yaga’ certainly has strong Maiden influences and the slashing ‘Sabre & Torch’ is like a melodic Priest whilst the pomp rock closer ‘The Eternal Wayfarer’ more than reminded me of Magnum, again all bands that have played Monsters Of Rock. I’m not sure if that was intentional, but Tobias gives me the impression that he’s the kind’ve guy that doesn’t like to be constrained by rules let alone be told what to do and the lyrics on ‘Space Police’ reflect that, while being unashamed in its references – or tributes – to the greatest proponents of rock n metal. Still, all that aside, musicianship wise this is a top of the line achievement from Sammet’s own renowned vocals to all the instruments not just being played well, but to the max from creative guitar solos to some very cool keyboard effects along with flagship level sound production. Without a doubt one of the strongest and possibly heaviest Edguy releases, it sets the bar high for what we can expect next from the loveable Tobias Sammet!