Edguy – Space Police – Defenders Of the Crown (2014)

Edguy - Space Police - Defenders Of the Crown

“However, there’s more to Space Police… then just a slight rehash, another copy of Rocket Ride that’s not nearly as strong as the original. And just as another reviewer noted, with this album they make you remember that this was the same band who wrote Hellfire Club. Simply, they brought the metal elements back and in full-force. “Sabre & Torch” jumps right into fierce power metal riffs and memorable choruses, just like we recall from days of yore. There’s a little bit of spacey keyboards being used, but the song definitely still thrashes and it embarks upon a solo at that. “Space Police” brings back the feeling of Rocket Ride, but with more of those spacey keyboards, and even a Theremin! Not to mention that this one’s packed with an arena-sized chorus, which should go rather well with band staples like “Superheroes”, “Ministry Of Saints” and “Lavatory Love Machine.” Then “Defenders Of The Crown” comes barging in, with a fantasy atmosphere that reminds me of even earlier releases like Mandrake and The Savage Poetry. “Love Tyger” is the band’s hair metal throwback, and it sounds just like you’d expect it to. But damn, is it catchy.

Continuing on, we get to “The Realms Of Baba Yaga” which brings us right back to power metal territory. There’s definitely a Priestly vibe about this one, but I don’t feel that the chorus on it is all that powerful. Next we have the band’s cover of Falco’s “Rock Me Amadeus” which is actually one of the closest versions to the original track that I’ve heard. Edguy fans might actually wonder what in the heck this is and why Tobias sounds like he’s rapping, but if you’ve heard the original or one of the thousand other metal covers of this track; then you’ll understand the nature of the song. It won’t be everyone’s bag, but fans of the original should be impressed with the 1:1 quality given to the piece. It doesn’t sound so much like a cover, as it does an update of the original piece. “Do Me Like A Caveman” actually isn’t a joke song, surprisingly. It’s actually a heavy ballad with serious emotion and an ultimately memorable chorus. This is the kind of thing that we love from Edguy and it’s done just as we remember it. The real joke of this piece is the look on your face when you tell people that this is your favorite song on the album. “Shadow Eaters” begins with some rather impressive melodies, takes a while to get to an equally impressive chorus and then goes right into a piano-influenced piece. It seems like they’re attempting some structure here, but I don’t think it’s quite as memorable as earlier efforts. In a way, it sounds like the band is trying to pick back up on the more youthful sound of their past; but it appears they’re merely grasping at straws. “Alone In Myself” retains safety with a catchy chorus and a soft rock feel, as it prepares for the closing track “The Eternal Wayfarer” which sounds like it could have been on either an Avantasia or Edguy record, but still works as a powerful and slightly grandiose piece complete with some middle-eastern elements. The chorus on this piece is especially powerful and rounds it out as essential Edguy. For a record full of hits and misses, this track serves as a one-hundred percent direct hit to the ear drum, something that will reverberate through the concaves of the mind and get stuck there for quite a while. It’s been a long time since we’ve heard them sound this good, so make sure to let your ears on this special treat. Some might say that they’ve saved the best for last and I do wholeheartedly agree with that statement.

Continuing on, we get to “The Realms Of Baba Yaga” which brings us right back to power metal territory. There’s definitely a Priestly vibe about this one, but I don’t feel that the chorus on it is all that powerful. Next we have the band’s cover of Falco’s “Rock Me Amadeus” which is actually one of the closest versions to the original track that I’ve heard. Edguy fans might actually wonder what in the heck this is and why Tobias sounds like he’s rapping, but if you’ve heard the original or one of the thousand other metal covers of this track; then you’ll understand the nature of the song. It won’t be everyone’s bag, but fans of the original should be impressed with the 1:1 quality given to the piece. It doesn’t sound so much like a cover, as it does an update of the original piece. “Do Me Like A Caveman” actually isn’t a joke song, surprisingly. It’s actually a heavy ballad with serious emotion and an ultimately memorable chorus. This is the kind of thing that we love from Edguy and it’s done just as we remember it. The real joke of this piece is the look on your face when you tell people that this is your favorite song on the album. “Shadow Eaters” begins with some rather impressive melodies, takes a while to get to an equally impressive chorus and then goes right into a piano-influenced piece. It seems like they’re attempting some structure here, but I don’t think it’s quite as memorable as earlier efforts. In a way, it sounds like the band is trying to pick back up on the more youthful sound of their past; but it appears they’re merely grasping at straws. “Alone In Myself” retains safety with a catchy chorus and a soft rock feel, as it prepares for the closing track “The Eternal Wayfarer” which sounds like it could have been on either an Avantasia or Edguy record, but still works as a powerful and slightly grandiose piece complete with some middle-eastern elements. The chorus on this piece is especially powerful and rounds it out as essential Edguy. For a record full of hits and misses, this track serves as a one-hundred percent direct hit to the ear drum, something that will reverberate through the concaves of the mind and get stuck there for quite a while. It’s been a long time since we’ve heard them sound this good, so make sure to let your ears on this special treat. Some might say that they’ve saved the best for last and I do wholeheartedly agree with that statement…”

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