Posts Tagged ‘Germany’


German Epic Symphonic Metal stalwarts Xandria have found lineup stability with singer Dianne van Giersbergen and are ready to take things to the next level with their seventh studio album Theater of Dimensions. The album is a hyper-emotional affair that digs deep, lyrically speaking. It’s also an incredibly metallic effort. There is a soundtrack-like, orchestral finesse inherent to the compositions, echoed by pounding groove and sophisticated shredding. You can experience it for yourself with the brand new music video for the track “Call Of Destiny” inside! (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…)


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…)

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…)

Dew-incinerateGerman thrashing-death metallers Dew-Scented rip through a ferocious blend of blastbeats, Pantera-style guitar grooves and refuse to concede to anything but sheer brutality on their seventh release, Incinerate. (more…)

gamma-ray-to-the-metalSince they’re gearing up for a new EP, and since we didn’t review it when it came out, I figured it was time to look back on last year’s album from German power metal heroes Gamma Ray, To the Metal!

While the title is really bad (seriously, To the Metal!? Even Spinal Tap wouldn’t have come up with that one) the music therein is pure Gamma Ray.  (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’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-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…)

Kreator-Hordes_Of_ChaosI became a Kreator fan long ago with the release of their thrash metal masterpiece, 1990’s Coma of Souls. I still have to spin “When the Sun Burns Red” when I’m feeling the need for some violent thrash. Hordes of Chaos is the German band’s 12th studio album and a no-nonsense return to their early thrash metal sound. Given thrash’s return to prominence in recent years, this makes complete sense for one of the subgenre’s forefathers.The band made a conscious effort to give the album a 100-percent, realistic live feel and recorded everything as such in the studio with little aid from computer technology. (more…)

equil3During the last decade, there has been a rising force in extreme metal, unknown to many. Tapping influences from ancient heritage, mythology and folklore, and combining them with symphonic elements, galloping rhythms and a wide spectrum of musical instruments, a newer crop of bands such as Primordial (Ireland, 1993), Ensiferum (Finland, 1995), Finntroll (Finland, 1997), Turisas (Finland, 1997), Eluveitie (Switzerland, 2002) and Korpiklaani (Finland, 2003) have blazed a fiery trail for the future of extreme metal. The sub-genre has been dubbed pagan or Viking metal by it’s loyal followers, and has even led to the successful Paganfest tour and Pagan Fire, a CD compilation from Nuclear Blast showcasing the strongest of these pagan-warriors.

Enter Equilibrium. Hailing from Bavaria, Germany, the band was put together to play only one show at a church in 2001 (How ironic is that?), but after a great response and a grassroots campaign led by their fans, the band marched on and has released their second album and first for Nuclear Blast, Sagas (review). Though there are many parts of the disc that will have the listener imagining a Viking longship crashing through icy waters on its way to pillage and conquer a foreign land, the epic metal of Equilibrium goes deeper than that. As he explains in this interview with’s Jeff Maki, lead vocalist Helge Stang prefers the term “world metal” over Viking, folk, pagan or anything else. Stang gives us in-depth background on the new album, the formation of the band, and above all else, why Equilibrium is about to party down Bavarian style. So raise your drinking horns along with ’em! What else would you expect from a band that hails from the land of Oktoberfest? (more…)

Sagas“Epic Bavarian Polka?” That’s how the press release describes Germany’s Equilibrium, a band I was first introduced to on Nuclear Blast’s viking and folk metal compilation, Pagan Fire. As bizarre as that may sound, the description fits well. Equilibrium have embraced their heritage and roots of Bavaria (the largest state of present day Germany and home of Oktoberfest) and have created a symphonic folk metal masterpiece. (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…)