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Edguy – Hellfire Club / King of Fools(EP)

Label: Nuclear Blast
Format: CD
Released: 2004
Reviewed By: Rich Catino

Judging from their first single “King of Fools” I knew Hellfire Club was going to be a strong collection of tunes. Edguy have quickly become one of the big boys not only of the Power Metal genre, but heavy metal in general, destined to be a force in the league of Iron Maiden and their Power Metal forefathers Helloween or Blind guardian.
Singer Tobias Sammet has quickly risen to the caliber of Bruce Dickenson evident on “The Piper Never Dies” as with the very tight unit of musicians who back him. Musically Edguy have grown on this material, creating songs that are not so predictable in arrangement given what is expected from the genre. “We Don’t Need A Hero” shows their love for Helloween, a side of them that goes back to the start of the band, but a side that is not over done on these songs.

Edguy have become more of traditional metal, great crunchy guitar riffs and harmonies, soaring vocals and catchy choruses are plentiful. “Lavatory Love Machine” is the next single to be released with a great vibe, catchy licks and all around retro kick and ready to rock American radio. I hope the states wake up to this massive talent because it’s too good not to be played for the masses.

The ballad “Forever” sees accompaniment by an orchestra, not over done at all, just adding to the spirit of the song. If you are looking for monster riffs “Mysteria” and “Under the Moon” deliver.

Overall Edguy are one of the most vibrant and energetic talents out there and a force to be reckoned with. Rumor has it aside from them headlining Progpower in Atlanta they are working on some other dates in the states, and it’s about time!

This first single “King of Fools” features Edguy doing what they do best, writing another fantastic catchy single. Radio in the states would be stupid not to play this song, and I’m sure they are going to drop the ball once again! Someone please put me on the radio!

These young Germans are one of the best at consistently writing many songs that have a great hook without losing its balls. The production is really strong with guitars right out in front so I am excited to hear what the rest of the album is like.

This single comes from their forth coming release “Hellfire Club” in March. The single features 4 tracks that will not appear on the full length. The ironically titled “Life and Times of a Bonus Track” is a satirical poke at the dealings with record labels, filled with the bands special brand of profanity and humor.

Look out for “Hellfire Club” on March 24, 2004.

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