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Restrained, but solid
on 30 November 2008
If there is ever one musician that does not let the grass grow under his feet, then it has to be Edguy's founding member, Tobias Sammet. From his day job in Edguy, to Anastasia his side project, along with guesting on other musician's albums, he is one heck of a busy individual. For the most part, I have enjoyed every album that Edguy has released, however 2006's `Rocket Ride' sealed the deal for me, as it was kerosene fuelled power metal album with a razor sharp edge to it. The riffing was sublime, their song-writing prowess was top notch and even by today's standards, I still find pleasure in listening to `Rocket Ride'.
I was elated when news got to me that the new album `Tinnitus Sanctus' was in the making, but I wasn't too sure quite what to expect from Edguy in 2008. From the first listening session of `Tinnitus Sanctus', I knew we were in for something very different as this album has a more commercial and melodic side to it. Dare I say there might even be a few `radio friendly' songs on this album! Gone are the huge meaty riffs of yesteryear, to be replaced by straightforward guitar playing and the power metal elements (bar one track) have been replaced by hard rock. There are still some memorable guitar solos, but what is noticeable is the use of the double bass drum is virtually absent.
The overall feel of the album has a blissful vibe, journeying as mentioned into hard rock territory. However, the typical Edguy chorus' are still present and nothing has changed with regards to the vocals of Sammet, as he still sounds awesome. From a production standpoint, the services of esteemed German producer Sascha Paeth have been used and like always, the production and clarity are superb with each instrument being well represented in the mix. The production is comparable to anything that Kamelot has recorded in the last few years, which coincidently is another band that Paeth has produced during his career.
My favourite tracks are 'Ministry of Saints', which has a great recurring riff and is the only power metal number on the album, reminiscent of days past. Being the first song on the album, it did give a false sense of reality, as it is a fast-paced power metal number that worked at odds to the remainder of the album, which generally travels in hard rock territory. Other standout tracks are the epic tinged `Dragonfly' and the delectable ballad with a cheesy title `The thorn without a Rose'. Sammet relishes in his own sense of humour (or should I say toilet humour!) and again he has written a catchy song called `Aren't you a little pervert Too'?
I think the title says it all, with rather humorous lyrics as the album concludes on an upbeat note. I am wondering how this album is going to be received by the Edguy fan base? Personally, I believe that this album is a total grower and with repetitive listens, like a bottle of vintage wine, it will get better and better with time. The way to appreciate this album is not to compare it to previous material that Edguy have recorded, but rather view it as an individual album with a subtle difference. Yes, I would highly recommend this album to old and new fans alike, as the music has been written well and Edguy has shown us they are unafraid to take risks and still have plenty of diversity left in them to explore different avenues.