Monday, November 17, 2008
Edguy - Tinnitus Sanctus
Finally got my hands on the latest release from German power metallers Edguy. Quite frankly I was surprised that they had managed to eke out a new studio effort considering that singer and songwriter extraordinaire Tobias Sammet released a new studio album with his solo project Avantasia this Spring, followed by extensive touring. A quick look in the booklet made me even more impressed, seeing as how Tobi has written every single song on Tinnitus Sanctus unassisted. Dude is productive, and frankly, the songs on previous releases that were co-written by other band members tended to be of somewhat lower quality.
After the first round of listening, I was somewhat disappointed, as Tinnitus Sanctus doesn't flaunt instant classics such as some of the songs on Rocket Ride such as "Return To The Tribe", "Out Of Vogue", "Superheroes", "Save Me", "Trinidad" or the hilarious bonus track "Fu*king with Fire (Hair Force One)". Moreover, there are fewer by-the-numbers German power metal tunes than what can be found on Edguy classics such as Vain Glory Opera (the title song from which is very "influenced" by a certain Europe song. So much so, that Tobi often introduces this as Vain Glory Countdown during live performances). Having listened to the album two more times while doing data analysis, I'm completely turned around. Tinnitus Sanctus really has grown on me, and the songs are consisteltly very good, with the trademark Edguy hooks and anthemic chorus sections. Tobi is one of my favorite metal singers, with his wide vibrato and Michael-Kiske-at-a-lower-pitch vocals. Dude's a really good songwriter as well. The only weak link in Edguy is the lead guitar player.
At this stage, my pick for the best songs on Tinnitus Sanctus would include "Sex Fire Religion", "The Pride Of Creation", "Thorn Without A Rose" and the fantastic "Speedhoven".
Screw the "No major chord progressions in metal" douche crew with their tribal arm band tattoos, trucker tans, beer bellies and Slayer tees - Edguy rocks!