I’ve been following the EDGUY story for quite some time (partially because my brother quickly became obsessed with the band and bought up all he could of their material) and even though “Rocket Ride” was a disappointment for me I still had faith in the band. They are one of the most talented Power Metal bands in the scene today, but the Rock N Roll vibe of their last album just didn’t catch me like I had hoped. So when I had the chance to hear “Tinnitus Sanctus” I quickly nabbed it.
I should have known better but “Tinnitus Sanctus” is not the throw back album I was hoping it would be. Continuing on with their Rock N Roll influences, this latest album has EDGUY moving towards a more straightforward sound. Where there last album had a variety of sounding songs and different eclectic natures, their 9th album finds a center of sound and keeps that as a base for all of their tracks. Although it makes the album a lot more solid than their last, “Tinnitus Sanctus” still doesn’t quench my EDGUY thirst like their earlier work.
My brother referred to EDGUY’s modern sound as ‘Power VAN HALEN’ and his description is even more relevant on this release. Great fun energy makes the album a fun listen on its first or second time but after that I found myself somewhat bored with the songs and wanting to switch. Their fun tongue-in-cheek groove is quite catchy at times (“Nine Lives” and its keyboards is pretty danceable in fact) and all in all, this entire album accomplishes what it was striving for.
As for the band performances, this is still one of the most talented bands out there. They have taken back many of the great leads and solos from their guitarists though which is quite disappointing and focused mainly on the vocal/keyboard melodies and rhythm structures. But all the members play to the top of their game (as they always do), and even though I tend to dislike Tobias Sammet’s less majestic soaring vocals they do work well with the new musical direction for the album.
This album works on many levels but compared to some of the output even on their last effort, I felt as though the band seems to be moving farther and farther away from the Power Metal genre I enjoy so much. It rocks and it rolls with some great energy but “Tinnitus Sanctus” will not end up finding a place on my rotation very often.
Songs to check out: “Dragonfly”, “Ministry Of Saints”, “Nine Lives”.
(Online April 10, 2009)