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Edguy - Lavatory Love Machine (6/10) - Germany - 2004

Genre: Melodic Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Playing time: 16:49
Band homepage: Edguy

Tracklist:

  1. Lavatory Love Machine
  2. Lavatory Love Machine (Acoustic Version)
  3. I’ll Cry For You (EUROPE Cover, Acoustic Version)
  4. Reach Out
  5. Lavatory Love Machine (Video Clip)
Edguy - Lavatory Love Machine

Power Metal saw fit to cease being about epic melodies and grand tales and became a playground for those seeking to take a shot for the title of biggest clown in Metal, at least as far as bands like EDGUY saw it. Underscoring this transition on their checkered transitional album “Hellfire Club” is the title track of this single, which along with the large collection of sappy ballads now occupying the band’s recent string of releases, succeeds in being more grating than great. Tobias has, in spite of all the goofiness in his lyrics, maintained a fairly solid vocal presence, which has up until now kept the band’s albums from being an absolute crapshoot.

 

One thing that immediately becomes apparent when measuring this goofy yet harmless AOR joke of a song against its acoustic twin on here is that the latter sounds better as it lacks that really annoying Alternative Rock sounding note drone that’s digging into the arrangement like a mile high club hard on straight into the ear drums during the intro and chorus of the song. Tobias’ vocal performance is over the top on both versions, but on the acoustic version the novelty nature of the song makes it a little more fitting, while the electric version just screams recycled riffs from “The Savage Poetry” with about half the punch and lyrical buffoonery to try and compensate. The music video sort of walks a fine line between a knockoff of FOO FIGHTERS’ “Learning To Fly” and a slightly subdued version of WARRANT’S “Cherry Pie”. It’s funny the first few times, but it kind of loses its punch after repeated viewings.

 

The other two songs remaining on here take things a bit more seriously, as anymore slapstick out of Sammet would cross that threshold of good taste that HELLOWEEN established the boundaries for on “Rise And Fall”, but then proceeded to violate on “Pink Bubbles Go Ape”. “Reach Out” is a solid and catchy piano ballad from Tobias’ endless of well of MEATLOAF meets SAVATAGE emulations. It’s very poignant lyrically and has the best vocal performance heard since “Wash Away The Poison”, including everything done since this. Why “The Spirit Will Remain” and “Forever” beat this out for ballad slots on “Hellfire Club” is beyond me, but regardless, the album was much poorer for it. The EUROPE cover is essentially a stripped down rehash of the acoustic version of the song that the original band did for their best of album “1982-1992” and 2 other such compilations, having a guitar playing the main melody rather than a mandolin and Tobias doing about half as many lyrical ad lib slots at the end. Although not a very original remake, I do have to complement Tobias for putting a better backing vocal section than EUROPE did.

 

Although I wouldn’t qualify this as an essential purchase, it’s something that I could see a fan of 80s Rock/Metal parting with $4 to pick up, particularly since “Reach Out” can’t be found on any other releases put out by the band. Personally I’d recommend downloading everything via I-tunes except the title song, which is annoying at best and a total suck fest at worst, depending on how attached you are to EDGUY before 2004. Maybe one day these guys will start playing Metal again, but given the trend in the band’s releases up until now, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

(Online April 12, 2009)

Jonathan Smith



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