REVIEW: Edguy – ‘Rocket Ride’

Posted: March 21, 2006 by Jeffrey Maki in Reviews
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edguy-rocket-rideThough the band has been around since 1997, besides a few snippets and mp3s on the Internet, Rocket Ride was my official introduction to Germany’s Edguy. And what an introduction it was! This music is retro metal in top form, or “Powerglam,” as the band describes themselves. Think late 80s Iron Maiden and Savatage, throw in some catchy electronics, a ridiculous sense of humor, and you get Edguy. The band is way over the top (maybe too much so for newer metalheads), but metal fans yearning for the genre’s glory days have found a blessing in Rocket Ride.

At first listen to Rocket Ride, I thought, is this for real? The sound is so retro, that you’ll feel as if it’s 1988 all over again. But after the first track, “Sacrifice,” hits it’s stride, you’ll be sucked in to Rocket Ride. The disc is packed with shout along choruses, memorable riffs and really nice guitarwork. Lead vocalist Tobias Sammet has a wide range reminiscent of Bruce Dickinson at times. His vocals are a perfect fit to the music, leading some of the biggest choruses from a metal band in years. Take one listen to the title track or “Wasted Time” and you’ll be singing along in no time. The album starts off strong with the aforementioned tracks. “Sacrifice” clocks in at over eight minutes, and so much is packed into the opening track that it’s hard to top.

The second half of the album leaned too much on the hair metal side for me. “Save Me,” a power ballad, almost sounded like KISS’ “Forever” with its acoustic guitars and soaring chorus. “Catch Of The Century” and “Out Of Vogue” are decent tracks but don’t compare to the earlier songs of the release. The album does pick back up with the very KISS inspired chorus of “Superheroes.” This track may be the most memorable of the disc. The album ends with two humorous tracks, “Trinidad” and “Fucking With Fire.” “Trinidad” sounds like some sort of “Sympathy For The Devil” remake but has hilarious lyrics and vocals. You’ll hear what I mean. “Fucking With Fire” seems to be the band’s new anthem, referring to themselves as ‘Hair-Force-One’.

Rocket Ride is feel-good metal record from start to finish, if there is such a thing.  Awesome guitarwork, vocals, humor and a love for metal’s glory years make Edguy what they are. I can’t say they are one of my favorite bands or this is a perfect album, but there is no one else like them currently in the scene. The album is worth repeated listens and works as a pick-me-up type of record. Throw in this disc and you’ll be entertained to say the least.

—Jeff Maki

(Nuclear Blast, 2006)

Rating: 7.5/10

Jeff enjoys satanic death metal and may still be banned from Canada.

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