I have to admit. For some bizarre reason, I wanted this band to fail. I don't know why. Is it because they are getting to famous for my taste? Is some of the music to damn silly for me? I don't know for sure, but they have always given me a fine product. I know now what it is. It's those damn covers. I purposely avoided their E.P. "Superheroes" based solely on the shitty cartoon cover and wasn't sure what to think about this one. Well, I am proud to say that I have to eat those words.
"Rocket Ride" is a mother fucking jam and a half. "Sacrifice" starts the show in traditional EDGUY style complete with heavy keyboard work and a mid pace flair that has power. However, this one gets a little weird. It starts out with energy and then slows down to just a piano and Tobias singing and then the action picks up again. I really enjoy Toby's voice here as it's more manly. There is more oomph to his vocals and they have improved sharply. The grandiose background vocals are an extra kick in the ass to this song as well. I dig this one a lot and would love it even more if it didn't go back and forth because it does lose momentum. It's an epic number to say the least and I wouldn't have started the show with this eight minute composition, but it's addicting simply put. Now we're cooking!
The title track takes off even farther and higher than the opener. This Power Metal jam is fueled with high octane and the guitars on here are catchy as sin. This is the true EDGUY that all the fans have come to know and love them for. Hot damn, from the start to "The Asylum" each tune is crafted quite well making me stick with this record for a long while. We go from Power Metal to groove Rock to Hard Rock all rolled up onto one disc and it's infectious as hell. I have never been much of a ballad fan from these Germans because most of the time it sucked, but "Save Me" proved to be a worthy sentimental number.
Some of the comedic humor that has been incorporated into the music is still there with "Out Of Vogue" and "Trinidad." Some may like while millions more want them to stop, but it's all good especially on here. Bottom line, this is truly their best work yet and I will be hooked on this for a while. (Online July 19, 2006)