Now I only discovered Edguy about a year ago and therefore am in a better position than long term fans to judge their new material compared to their older stuff as I haven't got caught in a pre determined mind set to what Edguy became known for up until Mandrake. Hellfire is their 6th album and the first to stray from their power metal roots and adopt a more hard rock approach whilst it does keep some power influences. The guitars are more heavy and not as fast in melody as previous outings, there are also fewer solos but the ones that there are pretty good and more hard rock sounding. Hellfire is a strong album although not perfect; no song here matches their best which IMO is `Tears of a Mandrake' and parts of some songs sound as if they could have been much better e.g. the solo in `King of Fools'. Tobias is strong on vocals and has more attitude than ever before and Jens is good on lead guitar although you feel as if he could have done slightly more during some parts and Felix Bohnke is great on drums. The other 2 are just as usual the foundations but nothing overly spectacular from Dirk or Eggi.
Ratings out of 10
1) Mysteria- 9.1
2) The Piper Never Dies- 9
3) We Don't Need A Hero- 8.9
4) Down to the Devil- 9.6
5) King of Fools- 9
6) Forever- 8.4
7) Under the Moon- 9.2
8) Lavatory Love Machine- 9.7
9) Rise of the Morning Glory- 8.8
10) Lucifer in Love- ? (Weirdness)
11) Navigator- 8.7
12) The Spirit Will Remain- 8.5
Overall this is a good album, better than the following Rocket Ride but maybe not quite as good as Mandrake, my opinion on this changes regularly but the best 2 are `Mandrake and `Hellfire Club'.