Posts Tagged ‘Edguy’

edguy-space-policeReview by Jeff Maki
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Just seeing or hearing the name Edguy makes me smile. The band is kind of like a guilty pleasure, a breath of fresh air among all the extreme metal that rattles my head on a daily basis.  A band that always has played by its own rules, whether it’s the European power metal of the band’s early years or just hard rockin’ heavy metal. And Edguy’s 10th studio album, Space Police: Defenders of the Crown, has it all. (more…)

Edguy's Jens Ludwig alludes the Space Police for a Live Metal interview.

Edguy’s Jens Ludwig eludes the Space Police for a Live Metal interview.

Live Metal has been around for more than eight years, and even though we are always out looking for new bands to cover, it’s fun when things come around full circle. Such is the case with Germany’s Edguy. When I first interviewed Jens Ludwig, the band’s guitarist, way back on March 19, 2006, for the Rocket Ride album release, we were barely a month old. Since then, we’ve been doing our thing, while Edguy has toured the world, released two more studio albums, a live album and, now in 2014, is about to release maybe its strongest effort yet, Space Police: Defenders of the Crown (April 29, 2014, Nuclear Blast). The band’s over-the-top style is a lot to take in, and its certainly had its critics and probably always will. But for me, Edguy is a breath of fresh air among all the extreme metal that rattles my head on a daily basis. The band has gone from a premier power metal band to more of a hard rock sound in recent years, but with Space Police they make a clear statement to the metal world: There are no limitations and music equals freedom. And for Edguy and its fans, the happiest band in metal also make things lots of fun. Just seeing or hearing the name Edguy makes me smile.

Live Metal’s Jeff Maki once again connected with Ludwig to talk about Edguy’s style and legacy and opening for the Scorpions as a special guest on their world tour. Most importantly, we answer the question: Just who are the Space Police? (more…)

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This one holds a special place in our hearts, as guitarist Jens Ludwig of Edguy was one of our first interviews posted (read) on Live Metal. Well, “Hair Force One” is back with a new album, with everything over-the-top and lovable that is Edguy. This first track kind of reminds me of Judas Priest’s “Painkiller.” Check it out inside and look for more Edguy on Live Metal real soon. (more…)

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Self-described as “heavy, melodic, tongue-in-cheek, and unfashionable,” German superhero heavy metal quintet Edguy have taken their trademarked sense of humor, packed it in a rocket, and headed for space – again.  The artwork for their eleventh studio album, Space Police: Defenders Of The Crown, has now been unveiled on the band’s website. Where does this artwork rank with the band’s past album covers? (more…)

Tobias Sammet of Edguy

Tobias Sammet of Edguy

Germany’s Edguy is stronger than ever. In the past year, the band has had several new releases—a new studio album, Tinnitus Sanctus, a DVD and live album called Fucking with Fire, and a compilation of singles and past EPs simply called The Singles. If that wasn’t enough, charismatic frontman Tobias Sammet also has another band named Avantasia—sort of an ongoing rock opera. Yes, he’s been to the opera, he’s a “Superhero,” a member of the “Hellfire Club,” and most importantly, he’s now been “fucking with fire” for parts of two decades, but now is the time for Tobias Sammet and Edguy.

Edguy is currently on a North American tour supporting Tinnitus Sanctus as the touring cycle draws towards a close for the album. Sammet checked in with Live-Metal.net’s Jeff Maki while out on the road to discuss the album, the flurry of new Edguy releases, life on tour and more. (more…)

Edguy: "Holy Ear Damage"

Edguy: “Holy Ear Damage”

You would be hard pressed to find a more entertaining rock band than Germany’s Edguy. Known mainly as a power metal band in the early part of their career, starting with 2004’s Hellfire Club and on through their last album, 2006’s Rocket Ride (review), Edguy showed a knack for comedy and ’80s glam rock flair. The style received mixed reactions from fans and peers, but Edguy remained successful nonetheless. It had reached the point where people were starting to wonder if Edguy was serious about anything anymore, or were they merely a parody of heavy metal?

With their new album Tinnitus Sanctus (review), Edguy has surprised everyone. Not only does the music take on a more serious nature, but they have virtually abandoned the over-the-top power metal in favor of a more straightforward hard-rocking, heavy metal album. Not long after its release, Edguy guitarist Jens Ludwig phoned in to Live-Metal.net’s Jeff Maki to talk about the album and Edguy’s musical direction. Despite Jeff’s somewhat negative review of Tinnitus Sanctus (much to the chagrin of Ludwig), Jens put his feelings aside and was still able to do the interview as scheduled. (more…)

edguy-tinnitusI am a big fan of Edguy’s 2006 release, Rocket Ride. Always powerful, always comedic and always rockin’, Edguy might have hit their creative peak with that album. A few songs on Rocket Ride hinted at the hard rock direction of Tinnitus Sanctus, but I didn’t realize the band would abandon ther power metal style completely. That’s what happened. (more…)

avantasia-scarecrowIf Tobias Sammet’s name sounds familiar to you it’s because he is the lead vocalist and mastermind behind German power metal band Edguy. In 2001, he began the Avantasia project and released The Metal Opera 1 and 2. Avantasia means “a world beyond human imagination,” and fantasy themes are the focal point. The Metal Operas featured numerous guest musicians and vocalists including Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation), Michael Kiske (Helloween), Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius) and others. The music itself is melodic power metal but is far removed from Edguy. After five years dedicated to his full-time gig, Sammet has returned with The Scarecrow, another collection of hard rock and symphonic power metal, once again with help from some friends. (more…)

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. (more…)

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Edguy’s “Fucking With Fire”

Though they are one of Europe’s leading power metal bands, Germany’s Edguy remain largely unknown in the United States. With influences ranging from classic to hair metal, the band is completely over-the-top, even deeming themselves “Hair Force One” in the lyrics on its new album, Rocket Ride (review). Though they say they aren’t a parody or comedic act, it’s hard to listen to Edguy without having the music bring a smile to your face.

Live-Metal’s Jeff Maki recently spoke to guitarist Jens Ludwig about the making of Rocket Ride, the band’s image and possible efforts to introduce American audiences to their music. (more…)