There’s nothing more pleasant then to look back at 2009, right at the beginning of the new year. It sometimes is a bit confronting to see albums in a different light. For the better, or for the worse… I stumbled upon this German power metal appetizer “Tinnitus Sanctus” of Edguy. It was firewater that fountained at the end of 2008 and that favoured and quenched in the first months of 2009. But how to review it now?
Edguy is an obstinate power metal celebrity. These demigods deliver a melodious heavy metal sound, based on power metal structures, that passes a very broad variety of noises and colour. Edguy is not afraid to step outside its own niche and falls back on many very different influences. That was proven with the release of the previous full length album “Rocket Ride” (2006) (with tons of speed metal, heavy metal and hard rock hints). The Edguy collective – gathering Tobias Sammet, Jens Ludwig, Dirk Sauer, Tobias Exxel and Felix Bohnke – keeps this pace on “Tinnitus Sanctus”. The album is a carpet of bombs with eleven massive heavy metal shells. I’m not that found of crossover heavy and power metal, but between times I love the enjoyable and melodious rhythms. This German quintet rocks! Track three and nine, “The Pride Of Creation” and “Speedhoven” are full of very melodic metal and/or bombastic hints. Singer Tobias Sammet is delivering “Fachwerk”. Sometimes the collection of tracks seems to be a bit unwieldy. Fortunately, you can’t say the musicians take their opus too seriously. This power metal clashes with the noise barrier, with a fierce-humoured approach. Tons of variation and different music styles leave the classic power metal sound. “Tinnitus Sanctus” becomes a firm and steady turret!
Now let me report my conclusion. This disc won’t be a hit number (it nevertheless does not sounds as a massive second-string competitor, that’s for sure). It often lacks some subtlety. The closer “Aren’t You A Little Pervert Too?!” for instance, could have been a lovely and humoristic end, but it misses some fire. “Tinnitus Sanctus” is a must hear, even with these rough edges (without being a lumber shed). Are you ready for some tasteful action?
- Ministry Of Saints
- Sex Fire Religion
- The Pride Of Creation
- Nine Lives
- Wake Up Dreaming Black
- Thorn Without A Rose
- Dead Or Rock
- Aren’t You A Little Pervert Too?!
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