|Review: Edguy - Tinnitus Sanctus|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Melodic Heavy Metal
Review online: April 15, 2009
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (27 Votes)
Edguy were one of those bands I avoided for a while because the name sounded so stupid. Little did I realize it was me who was stupid. When I finally broke down and bought Theatre of Salvation, I was completely blown away by this Power Metal masterpiece. Unfortunately, every release before or since has paled in comparison. I kept up with the band as they morphed from Power Metal to Heavy Metal to Hard Rock, culminating with the light-weight Rocket Ride.
I was ready to give Edguy one more shot when I found their newest release, Tinnitus Sanctus, on sale at my local record store. After the first spin I was convinced the slide into poppy Hard Rock had continued and I shelved Tinnitus Sanctus. For some reason, I went back to it a few weeks later and the genius of Tobias Sammet slowly revealed itself. Tinnitus Sanctus is a deftly executed synthesis of European Power Metal and 80's "arena" metal. The more I listened, the deeper the hooks sank into my psyche.
There are plenty of heavy yet accessible riffs on songs like "Ministry of Saints," "Nine Lives" and "9-2-9" that just flat out rock. The double bass kicks in on "The Pride of Creation" and "Speedhoven," songs which could easily have been on Theatre of Salvation (OK, maybe Mandrake.) Special mention must be made of the power ballad "Thorn Without a Rose." Had this song been released in 1989, instead of 2009, Edguy would have been playing in front of 10,000 lighter-waving fans in enormo-domes across North America instead of the small clubs they are relegated to now. All the performances are spot on and Tobias Sammet has one of the best metal voices in the business.
Tinnitus Sanctus has some weak spots. "Sex Fire Religion," never seems to get going, and the "bonus" track "Aren't You a Little Pervert, Too" is utterly pointless. Still this is a solid Power/Heavy Metal release that should please fans of both genres and is a great place to start if you've never experienced Edguy.
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