The third album of the German youngsters and so good already, I tell you, I've always been a big fan of Power Metal and "Vain Glory Opera" has fallen on truly fertile soil, all these there years ago.
Compared to "Kingdom Of Madness", the Gentlemen Sammet and Co. could add a big portion of quality and clearly show that they had been on a very clear way to finding their very own style, with a class that not many people really would have believed them capable of. The almost perfect balance between heavy guitars, grand melodies and hymnic character makes this album so fascinating, you can sing along almost immediately, but still discover new facets after many listens, it's just refreshing listening to these guys!
Within this album they cover the whole pallet of Power Metal, shredding double-bass-crackers ("Until We Rise Again" (very good), "Fairytale", "No More Foolin'"), mid- to fast paced tracks (the excellent "Vain Glory Opera", "How Many Miles", "Out Of Control") up to the obligatory ballads ("Scarlet Rose", which is good, but nothing really special and the brilliant "Tomorrow") you'll find everything that the banger's heart could wish for, with a freshness that just puts a fat smile on your face. And to round things up a brilliant Metal-version of the ULTRAVOX-classic "Hymn"... Excellent! Also the arrangement convince with their variability and flow, great!
Provided with a clear and powerful production by STRATOVARIUS-mainman Timo Tolkki, "Vain Glory Opera" contains a pretty impressive cut through the creative potential of EDGUY, where especially the vocals have to be mentioned. Tobi Sammet shows himself a lot improved to the predecessor and has been promoted to the top flight of vocalists, the choir-arrangements are bombastic and voluminous, but never exaggerated, and when you then still have a guest-vocalist of a calibre of Hansi Kürsch, what room for complaints does that leave?
"Vain Glory Opera" has been the foundation for the rise to stardom by EDGUY, who were catapulted to the German, eh, international fore-front of Power Metal in next to nothing. A small step for Power Metal, a giant leap for EDGUY!