I’ve been a big fan of EDGUY ever since their second album “Vain Glory Opera”, so I’ve seen their rise to stardom, their change in style and a bigger tendency to take themselves anything but seriously in the lyrics as well. Especially the musical evolution is something that more than a fair share of their old fans has been viewing with some concern, as it seemed as if the humour was taking over as the main focus. I still had enjoyed both “Hellfire Club” and “Rocket Ride”, so when their latest effort “Tinnitus Sanctus” reached me, I was anxious to hear, what my old faves had concocted this time around.
Well, as Neil had already said in his review, in a scene, where way too many people are way too serious, the humour of Tobi Sammett is something refreshing and the good thing is that compared to many other “humourous” bands, well, EDGUY still write good songs, too. The vocal talents of Tobi are beyond reproach, this guy is an exceptional singer and he doesn’t hold back, so much is for sure, kicking things off with the crunchy stomper “Ministry Of Saints”, which has a healthy modern sound in the guitars (without becoming trendy in any way), culminating in a super-catchy chorus, making for an enticing opener that makes you want to hear more. If you’d imagine some up-tempo material with following “Sex Fire Religion”, no, more mid-tempo, more stomping, still catchy, but with a little less esprit, the first small “Hmm...” factor, wasn’t there more spark before?
“The Pride Of Creation” is one fire starter that definitely ignites, as it has the power and the verve of their early albums with swift double-bass (at least partially), soaring guitars and inspiring chorus, even though it, too, has this Hard Rock vibe swinging through that seems to have taken the place of the Power Metal that we’ve all (well, many of us) had grown to love so much. But I can’t blame for EDGUY to have radically changed their style, as this has been coming over several albums, so it is a more or less logical evolution and there is no denying that the songs are very well done and catchy as hell. “Dragonfly” is another excellent song, very epic, with choirs and what have you, which reminds me of earlier works despite being mostly mid-paced, while “Speedhoven”, well, seriously, what do you expect with a title like this? A sappy acoustic ballad? Nah, this is EDGUY at its maybe most energetic on this album, with the big chorus that actually kickstarts the song right at the beginning, and the Hammond organ adds a really nice touch as well.
Unfortunately not all of the songs manage to inspire as much, especially the closing duo doesn’t end the album on a high, “Dead Or Rock”, a somewhat energetic Rocker, that still does not explode and the usual fun song, this time nicely titled “Aren’t You A Little Pervert Too?”, where EDGUY are continuing to explore different styles (remember the Reggae of “Trinidad”?), this time around they are meddling with Country and it just does not work for me...
Is “Tinnitus Sanctus” a bad album? No, not by any means. Is it a disappointment? Well, it kind was to be expected that they would continue down the road they had turned on a few albums back, but some songs just lack the spark that had made EDGUY always so thoroughly enjoyable. You probably won’t make a mistake by getting this, but it just does not rank among their best works by quite a bit.
(Online March 5, 2009)