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Age of the Joker (2 CD, Digipack, Limited Edition) [Limited Edition]

Edguy Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (29 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B0059DOJGY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,101 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nine out of nine for Germany's finest. 29 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
Edguy had their work cut out producing a follow up to Tinnitus Sanctus, an album frontman Tobias Sammet proclaimed to be the finest of their career. Age of the Joker is certainly a worthy successor. Once again teaming up with producer Sascha Paeth, the band has put together another excellent set of songs that could justifiably escalate them into the company of metal's elite.

Tobias was very vocal about his distaste for the `loudness war' and this album does not fall foul to that unfortunate trend. Every instrument has room to breathe, with Tobias' soaring vocals giving more credence to his status as one of the finest singers in metal. The backing vocalists/choirs should also be acknowledged, as they do a terrific job and give a lot of power to the songs.

Things kick off with "Robin Hood", a song that gallops along like the titular hero on a trusty stead before a break that recalls Iron Maiden's "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son". "Rock of Cashel" revisits the Celtic influenced sound seen in tracks such as 2001's "Jerusalem", as well as Avantasia classics "Farewell" and "The Scarecrow". It features a beautiful, melodic break that most metal bands could only dream of producing. Tobias Sammet, jack of no trades, master of all it seems.

One of Edguy's greatest qualities has been the ability to assimilate new sounds and influences into their music, whilst still remaining undeniably Edguy. This is no more evident than on "Pandora's Box", which fuses country-esque riffs across a sprawling, atmospheric backdrop. The result is staggering.

A one two combo of "Breathe" and "Two Out of Seven" provides the albums knockout punch. They are massive, synth heavy rockers that modern Edguy does so well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Age of the Joker' is Outstanding!! 30 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
Edguy... I take my hat off to you guys! I was unsure about this album, as nothing can beat Rocket Ride for me personally. But I have to say, you have blown that album out of the water!

Tobias's lyrics are so fantastic and the guitars, base and drums are as outstanding as they have always been.

I got the 2 disk version, because you can never miss a chance to get some Edguy bonus tracks. I love the Slade cover, really made me giggle and have a bit of a dance. I've been playing this album since it arrived by post this morning, and even my mum was rocking along with me.

I really love the fact that even though Heavy Metal is usually a serious genre, these guys just come along and shake it up, giving us all a smile and brightening many peoples days. I'm just glad they are a band that goes along with the sound they enjoy writing and playing.

I recommend this album and band to pretty much everyone I know. If you're thinking about buying it but aren't sure... just do it! I promise you won't regret it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I liked Tinnitus Sanctus a lot more than some "fans" of the band, but I had one chief complaint: the guitar work was rather flat: despite the fact that I loved the vocal melodies and insanely catchy tunes heald within, the guitarwork was basic, only seeming to serve as a rather flat percussion: how Pleased I was to hear this latest one: the same variety, catchy, power meets hard rock sound of tinnitus, but with much more relevant, prominent guitarwork and bounce to it: it's obvious that the vocals and in some places the keyboards are the most important aspect to it all, but the guitarwork is good in places: to me it has a slightly mysteria like crunch in places, which to these ears sounds like a cool little callback to their earlier style on that album.

Further comparing to Tinnitus, this sounds SLIGHTLY staler in places, despite the heavier, bouncier sound: whilst each song on Tinnitus sounded different, and had a memorable quality or vocal, something recognisable to associate with it, Age of the Joker is in a sense, not quite as instantly memorable: it has a more unified sound and whilst good in a sense, some of the songs don't leave quite the same initial impression of classic Edguy, but seriously, let these songs bed in a wee bit: after a few more listens especially, they will start to reveal themselves properly: All that being said, this is still a great album, with a good deal of variety still in place, and a very catchy, bouncy overall sound, with Tobias's vocals as recognisable and effective as ever: so, if you are an edguy fan, obviously get this album, it has everything that has made the last couple of installments such succesfull melodic rock/metal opuses, and once the songs have bedded in, you may end up finding this to be the band's most consistent sounding one in a while.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edguy age of the joker 31 Aug 2011
By Peter
Format:Audio CD
I guess it is because I have heard such good stuff from Edguy in the past that I had real high hopes for this album.

If they were a new band airing their first album it would possibly be 4 stars from me and a band I would be looking out for in future.

If you are looking to buy your first Edguy album go for Rocket Ride, I could'nt put that CD down for weeks.

If you are already an Edguy fan, dont let my review put you off, its a good album, just not one of their best.

27th September 2012 - Having owned this album for a year now it has really grown on me, I have listened to it several times in the last few weeks and cant leave it alone, hence increased rating from 3 to 5 stars, funny how some CD's are instantly enjoyable and others take time to grow on me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poorist offering in recent times
Firstly I thought Id mention the two Edguy albums between age of a joker for a comparison. I believe most people will own all Edguy albums. Read more
Published 1 month ago by rugosapowermetalband
4.0 out of 5 stars As expected
A classic Edguy album.Nothing new,just good heavy metal listening.I recommend it to Eduy fans.Of course buy the vinyl version,its more classic.
Published 24 months ago by Ace Gear 7
1.0 out of 5 stars One word sums it up - BORING
Will the real Edguy ever stand up again or will it be more of the same dross dished out on "Tinnitus Sanctus" and now "Age of the Joker". Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2011 by Nightman
5.0 out of 5 stars Age Of The Joker: impressive
"Age of the Joker" is the newest album of Edguy, the German metal band that has been gaining more and more success worldwide since its birth on 1992. Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2011 by Monika
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Album
The album has great variety of good fun songs, ballards and typical Edguy songs. Have been an Edguy fan for a long time. Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2011 by RED- random 666
4.0 out of 5 stars Edguy age of the joker, very good but could do better!!
I preordered this album, it arrived i whacked it on and its a very good solid rocking album, but it lacks a killer edge, in places i thought the music could have been a touch... Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2011 by lenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Age of the Joker
I had great expectations about this album (from one of my favorite bands)and I have to say that I'm not disapoited at all! Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2011 by Marcos Roberto Pina
5.0 out of 5 stars Joker is in the scene
"Age of the Joker" is one more typical Edguy album with its unique creativity, good symphonies and well written lyrics. Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2011 by Margarida Costa
5.0 out of 5 stars Joker is after you - He's gonna get you...!
Little bit disappointed- the reason? Only 11 great songs and only 6 bonus tracks =D
No, actually, to be serious, before I got this album, I read reviews about it, the bad and... Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2011 by Oceanoffire
5.0 out of 5 stars If it was possible, this would be 11/10.
If you're looking for a typical Power Metal album, you'll probably be disappointed. But if you're looking for a catchy, epic and wide ranging album, then you'll be happy. Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2011 by Vikki Holding
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