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Edguy
Hellfire Club
May 2004
Released: 2004, Nuclear Blast
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland

Edguy is a strange beast. I love their heavier stuff but god damn do those ballads suck!! There is always one or two of them that creep on to an album and just when the momentum gets going…out comes the piano, cheesy lyrics and Tobias Sammet seeming ready to break into tears. HELLFIRE CLUB is no exception. The galloping rhythms are there, Sammet’s voice is in top form and the pounding drums and thunderous bass are everywhere. However, things are brought to a screeching (literally) halt with the ballads, “Forever” and “The Spirit Will Remain.” The latter even sounds like that Celine Dion song from the TITANIC movie at the beginning! I don’t know who they write these songs for, but can anyone honestly say that the world needs more Edguy ballads? That aside, HELLFIRE CLUB is yet another strong release from Germany’s Edguy.



“Mysteria” opens the CD with the power metal gallop that keeps me coming back for more. Riffs are traded off between Jens Ludwig and Dirk Sauer and Sammet contributes a powerful vocal. “The Piper Never Dies” is next and has no business being the second track. It’s a good track, but clocking in at a whopping 10:06, the momentum that “Mysteria” sets in motion is kicked back into low gear as “the piper never dies” is repeated over and over and over to close out the song. This track could have easily been trimmed to half its length without foregoing anything. Luckily, “We Don’t Need A Hero” picks up the pace again with some excellent vocals and harmonizing. Just listen to the highs that Sammet hits in the chorus when he yelps, “We are falling, falling to rise.” Impressive!! Felix Bohnke’s drums really shine here, as well. The chorus is catchy as hell and it will stick in your head for days. The Film Orchestra Babelsberg shows up on this track around the 4:00 mark giving it an epic, movie-like feel. “Down To The Devil” and “Under The Moon” are excellent (but typical Edguy) romps with great melodies and memorable choruses. “King of Fools” is another excellent track and was released as a single back in February. The keyboards are well done and create a groovy backing to the track. The dual guitars of Sauer and Ludwig battle it out here, too. “Forever” isn’t a terrible song, andf is actually quite catchy, but it just stops the metal dead in its tracks. “Lavatory Love Machine” gets things rolling again and is a tongue-in-cheek track about some airplane bathroom canoodling when faced with death. The lyrics are absolutely hilarious! “Rise Of The Morning Glory” and “Navigator” also feature some great sing-a-long choruses and harmonies. “Lucifer In Love” is a quick 30-second instrumental that is supposed be Satan banging Mrs. Satan or something. As mentioned earlier, “The Spirit Will Remain” closes the CD with a pattern that instantly brought to mind, “My Heart Will Go On” from TITANIC. The strings, god-awful lyrics and melodramatic vocals are the epitome of cheese and are precisely what give this genre a bad name. These songs work well with Sammet’s Avantasia project because they are a part of the story, but as stand-alone tracks on an Edguy CD, I beg you…NO MORE!!!



As with any Edguy CD, my emotions run the gamut from headbanging and singing along with Tobias Sammet to wanting to throttle someone. Still, with the exception of two nauseating ballads, HELLFIRE CLUB is yet another slice of sturdy Edguy-style German power metal…warts and all.



**There is a limited-edition version of this CD that features 2 bonus tracks: “Children Of Steel” and an alternate version of “Mysteria” with Mille Petrozza of Kreator helping out on vocals.



KILLER KUTS: “Mysteria,” “We Don’t Need A Hero,” “King Of Fools,” “Navigator”
Track Listing

1. Mysteria
2. The Piper Never Dies
3. We Don't Need A Hero
4. Down To The Devil
5. King Of Fools
6. Forever
7. Under The Moon
8. Lavatory Love Machine
9. Rise Of The Morning Glory
10. Lucifer In Love (Instrumental)
11. Navigator
12. The Spirit Will Remain

Lineup

Tobias Sammet—Vocals
Jens Ludwig—Guitars
Dirk Sauer—Guitars
Tobias Exxel—Bass
Felix Bohnke—Drums


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Edguy
Hellfire Club
May 2004
Released: 2004, Nuclear Blast Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

The young German power metal band Edguy is back with a new album. Earlier this year they released the MCD KING OF FOOLS as a preview of what we could expect from the new album. Edguy followed up their previous album MANDRAKE (2001) with the live album taken from that tour called BURNING DOWN THE OPERA LIVE (2003). The live album satisfied fans who wanted a new studio album, but for sure many fans have eagerly awaited the release of HELLFIRE CLUB. This is the band’s 6th album. All of you who are into the power metal scene know who they are, or should!



HELLFIRE CLUB is the first Edguy release for their new label. There are 12 tracks and on the copy I have there are also 2 bonus tracks. The song “MYSTERIA” is represented twice, one time as the regular version and the other time with Mille Petrozza from Kreator as a guest. Vocalist Tobias Sammet has written most of the material - 9 tracks - and on 3 he had some help by Mr. Ludwig. The bonus song “CHILDREN OF STEEL” is a re-working of an old song by Edguy.



Edguy plays power metal that sometime sounds very melodic, but still clearly heavy metal. Their music is incredibly well played and they are lucky to have Mr. Sammet in the band. He is an extremely competent songwriter plus he has an enormous vocal capacity. Music-wise Edguy uses a lot of double bass pedals and they have very memorable choruses. Of course there are some ballads and some great guitar duels between both guitarists. The band has a good sense of humor and they don’t take themselves too seriously as some other great power metal bands do. Along the years they have created a sound of their own and you can instantly recognize their music has their own style.



Edguy have done the production themselves. They know exactly what sound picture they want and how to get it, that’s why they have the courage to produce themselves. HELLFIRE CLUB is recorded in their native country in different studios like Rhoen Records Studio, Vox Klangstudio and Gate Studio. Mikko Karmila did the mixing in Finnvox Studio in my neighboring country of Finland in the capitol Helsinki. Edguy had some help from a symphony orchestra called Film – Orchestra Babelsberg and they recorded their parts in Scoring Stage in Berlin Germany with Michael Schubert.



The album opens with “MYSTERIA”. The song starts with a short intro where Mr. Sammet welcomes the listener to the freak show. It all starts at once with a shorter guitar solo and some faster power metal with a load of double bass pedals. Mr. Sammet is at the top of the sound picture and the song has a sense of heavy metal. The chorus is very memorable to say the least. “THE PIPER NEVER DIES” has a slow intro with only bass/guitar and keyboard. This song is more melodic power metal and it borders close to an up-tempo ballad. In the chorus the tempo rises and it is here that Mr. Sammet shows what great vocal capacity he has. This track is also the longest one on the album at 10 minutes. At the end there are some longer instrumental parts with longer guitar solos before Mr. Sammet sings again. The tempo rises and there is too much repeating of the chorus. “WE DON’T NEED A HERO”, “UNDER THE MOON” and “RISE OF THE MORNING GLORY” are classic power metal tracks straight through with a lot of double bass pedals used and several tempo changes. Mr. Sammet is at the top of the mix together with Mr. Ludwig and Mr. Sauer’s razor sharp guitars. “DOWN TO THE DEVIL”, “KING OF FOOLS” (which was the preview song they released on the MCD) and “LAVATORY LOVE MACHINE” are a few more melodic power metal tracks with hints of heavy metal. The guitars create the more straight forward heavy metal feeling. “FOREVER” is the first ballad on the album. The first verse contains only Mr. Sammet and an acoustic guitar. Halfway into the verse come the strings before the rest of the band join in. The strings follow the whole song and Mr. Sammet has some help form a choir. The comedy track “LUCIFER IN LOVE” is an instrumental with only keyboard, it’s the shortest track, only 30 seconds and it transfers straight into the next song. “NAVIGATOR” is a melodic power/heavy metal track. The song is based on the heavy guitars and in some vocal lines Mr. Sammet sounds incredibly like Bruce Dickinson. “THE SPIRIT WILL REMAIN” is the second time on the album they have used strings. This track sounds like an abandoned song from Mr. Sammets metal opera “AVANTASIA” and it feels like it doesn’t really belong here. This track could fit in a Disney movie, not on an album by Edguy! That song closes the first edition of the record. The version I have is an album with bonus tracks. “CHILDREN OF STEEL” is the first bonus track and if you read the lyrics one can wonder if it’s about the guys themselves. It is typical German power/heavy metal - fast and straight in your face. This track is brilliant and should be on the album. The first track “MYSTERIA” comes again but now with a guest, Mille Petrozza from the German trash legends Kreator. Mille and Tobias do a really nice duet and it’s even better than the original version on the album. Besides the duet, they haven’t done anything different to the song.



HELLFIRE CLUB is totally brilliant, mind-blowing, power/heavy metal. I have only good things to say about this album. The material is well written, the musicians are qualified and competent, and the production is stunning. All of the songs are really good, but how could it go wrong with Mr. Sammet as the main songwriter? I can’t pick any favorites but the weaker songs are “LUCIFER IN LOVE” and “THE SPIRIT WILL REMAIN” they could have left those behind. But that’s the only minor criticisms I have to say about this album. This is power/heavy metal on the highest level there is and Edguy is one of the better bands in their genre.



The European Edguy tour has already begun…if they are coming to your town don’t you dare miss them.
Track Listing

Mysteria
The piper never dies
We don’t need a hero
Down to the devil
King of fools
Forever
Under the moon
Lavatory love machine
Rise of the morning glory
Lucifer in love
Navigator
The spirit will remain
Children of steel (bonus track)
Mysteria (bonus track)

Lineup

Tobias Sammet – lead vocals
Jens Ludwig – guitar
Dirk Sauer – guitar
Tobias “Eggi” Exxel – bass
Felix Bohnke – drums


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