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Edguy - Hellfire Club (7,5/10) - Germany - 2004

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Playing time: 61:12
Band homepage: Edguy

Tracklist:

  1. Mysteria
  2. The Piper Never Dies
  3. We Don't Need A Hero
  4. Down To The Devil
  5. King Of Fools >mp3
  6. Forever
  7. Under The Moon
  8. Lavatory Love Machine
  9. Rise Of The Morning Glory
  10. Lucifer In Love
  11. Navigator
  12. The Spirit Will Remain
Edguy - Hellfire Club

EDGUY has been an unstoppable force for the past five years now and it seems to be growing stronger everyday. The “King Of Fools“ E.P. showed a little of what was to come, but I wasn't sure if it would stack up to their previous releases. “Hellfire Club“ just keeps the momentum going. “Mysteria“ blazes like a bat of hell. This track is furious Power Metal at its best. Rip-roaring guitars along with sonic Power Metal drumming that has a varying tempo range from furious to just plain Metal. Tobias' voice remains powerful and memorable even though he has a tendency to sing in high notes here and there which can work your nerves after a while.

 

“The Piper Never Dies“ is their epic track clocking in at just over ten minutes and is crammed in right after track one. I am not quite sure if I would have placed it there. It would be better placed at the end or in the middle, but these guys change the rules and pop it in right after the sonic opener. This is a mid-tempo song that is still contains heavy drumming and memorable guitar licks while Tobias lets his voice soar through the sky and beyond. The atmosphere is slick, cool and laid back. The pacing is consistent and just like all their other epic tracks it's here to stay. The track may seem long, but when you hear it, it just picks up more and more as time goes on and is a real joy to hear. “We Don't Need A Hero“ continues with the ass kicking double bass drumming and God damn these guys keep the memorable riffs and hooks coming. The guitar solos that are on this track just run rampant and are furious.

 

EDGUY is not only good at writing good music, but they have a knack for adding intriguing atmosphere and inserting it in the right place to make the individual track stand out even more. You may want to take note on the intro to “Down To The Devil.“ You will understand it more when you do hear it. The one problem I do have with the band is that they can't write a good ballad. I have never been a fan of their ballads and “Forever“ is no exception. I think it's really hard to not only write a good ballad, but perform it equally as well is not easy to do and I just feel that there is a certain something missing. I think the composition is just a little flat and the vocals are a little too whiny for me and don't seem as heart felt when he sings it as opposed to when he sings his mid-tempo and faster tunes. That's just me though. The band has always been a little quirky, especially Tobias and “Lavatory Love Machine” proves it. This is just a goofy song with retarded lyrics talking about how he has the hots for a stewardess. You can take it from there. I don’t know why, but they always feel compelled to put on at least one goofy song per album. Perhaps they are better left for B-sides. Oh well.

 

The CD comes to a conclusion with “The Spirit Will Remain“ with the film orchestra Babelsberg. It's another less than desirable ballad, but the orchestration is great. This is another CD with everything you could expect from EDGUY, powerful vocals, awesome drum and guitar work and hooks that are infectious and will be tattooed into your brain for a long time to come. This is another fun CD that all Power Metal fans must grab. They may be a happy band, but they do what they do oh so well that you can't help, but love them. (Online June 7, 2004)

Joe Florez



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