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Rocket Ride
Rocket Ride
Price: 9.07

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocket Riding into Outer Space, 26 Mar 2006
This review is from: Rocket Ride (Audio CD)
It seems the boys from Edguy can do no wrong. Every single album they have released has been exceptionally good power metal, or at least, until Hellfire Club. Power metal taking a very eighties hard rock twist? Who'd have ever thought of such a thing! However, it seems Tobias and the gang have found a musical direction that really suits them.
Rocket Ride is a stunning blend of power metal, hard rock and humour that appeals to just about everyone, yet it's hard to imagine that this is the same band that just a few years earlier released Vain Glory Opera, who are now releasing Bon Jovi-esque ballads (see: Save Me). However, this is not a bad thing in the slightest, they pull it off perfectly. Of course, there's the 'typical' Edguy song - on this particular album, it's Trinidad (working title: Unfunny - Chapter 42953).
Of course, "unfunny" is just what Edguy are not. Tobias Sammet has a certain way with words, his lyrics are both clever and touching, and the music never overpowers them, but it's never just in the background. The whole thing fits perfectly, from the frankly amazing opening track (Sacrifice), to the end.
Edguy are at the top of their game with this album, they have the capability to become the world's biggest power metal band, all they need is for the music press outside of Europe to sit up and take notice, and with this album they've probably done it.


The Metal Opera
The Metal Opera
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 10.74

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing, 25 Mar 2006
This review is from: The Metal Opera (Audio CD)
Power metal is a genre where you have to hunt around in the rough for quite some time, before coming across a diamond; and Avantasia: The Metal Opera pt 1 is one of these diamonds. Avantasia is an ambitious project headed by Edguy's Tobias Sammet, featuring a collaboration between some of the biggest names in metal, such as Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween), Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray, ex-Helloween), Andre Matos (Angra), Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation), Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius) and many others providing vocal work, and providing the music such names as Henjo Richter and Markus Großkopf of Gamma Ray and Helloween respectively.
With any lesser musicians, attempting something of this calibre simply would not work. Even with the line up, it shouldn't work, not with the story which frankly is too fantastic to be even remotely believable. However, it does. Maybe it's something to do with European power metal being able to get away with epic stories, and bombastic music, but Avantasia's Metal Opera pt 1 is truly a must have for fans of power metal.


Inhuman Rampage [Parental Advisory]
Inhuman Rampage [Parental Advisory]
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 6.67

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The album title couldn't be more fitting., 12 Jan 2006
Inhuman Rampage.. well. Where to start with it. Firstly, it's not as good as Sonic Firestorm. It's not as good as Valley of the Damned either, but don't let that put you off. It IS good. It takes a while to get into however. The first two albums are instantly listenable, while Inhuman Rampage is a lot more extreme, in terms of speed and of keyboards. Yes, keyboards.
DragonForce are known for the twin leads of Herman Li and Sam Totman, both excellent guitarists in themselves, but (whilst being a hit with the ladies - trust me on this) people seem to leave out keyboardist/pianist Vadim Pruzhanov. He has really come into his own on this album, having written many of the songs and helping to produce the album.
As far as the music goes, there's not a whole world of difference between this album and the previous two. Yes, it's faster, yes there are more keyboards. The general premise of the songs - the themes are the same, the sound is pretty much the same, but as they say, if it isn't broke, don't fix it. DragonForce are EXTREMELY talented at what they do, and I haven't even mentioned Dave or ZP. Both are on top form on this album. Dave Mackintosh is an astoundingly good drummer, and ZP.. well, DragonForce wouldn't be DragonForce if it wasn't for ZP Theart's glass-shatteringly high vocals.
In all, an album well worth getting. If you liked the first two, chances are you'll love this.


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