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Atypical for Edguy (But With a Few Hidden Gems)
on 7 September 2009
This is no doubts a good album, but not very typical of Edguy on the whole, as it is somewhat reminiscent of a hard-rock album -- on the other hand, it is very original in this sense, as this is only a relatively accurate description of the overall Style of the album, which to me is the most pleasant thing about it.
The definitive highlights of the album include
A) 'Ministry of Saints' (a killer track reminiscent of King of Fools, for instance)
B) 'Pride of Creation' (A Power-metal mid-tempo amalgam - interesting track
C) 'Dragonfly' - catchy chorus and with a really nice Overall rhythm (just as Ministry of Saints)
D) 'Thorn Without Roses' (A mid-tempo ballad amalgam - another interesting mix - though it may lack that last spark, so to speak - which some of the earlier ballads have.
The rest of the tracks in some way feel like fillers, although some of the melodies and intros are quite catchy.
Overall, I would give this album 3 (or maybe 3.5) stars. The average Edguy fan is likely to find at least something good in this album, but in my view there is reason not to expect quite as bombastic tunes as on Theater of Salvation, Mandrake and the next two albums by Edguy (2004 and 2006) -- on the whole it is a more or less successful attempt to offer a different kind of Edguy onto the metal scene, though:)