The chaos troup from Fulda is back and after we became a member of the hellfire club, they now take us on a rocket ride: EDGUY. Many people think anyway that Tobi Sammett has been way out there ever since they started out, so fits, doesn’t it? I found EDGUY way back in 1998 with their “Vain Glory Opera“ album and loved them from the start and ever since I followed the evolution of the band, thus also the stylistic changes and with „Rocket Ride“, their seventh studio album by now, they continue what already had been heralded on “Hellfire Club”, a turn from their juvenile fresh Power Metal towards a bit more rocking compositions, which will cost them some older fans, but on the other hand also will bring in new listeners.
Purely technically EDGUY are on a good way to become more mature in their compositions, but on the other hand – who knows Mr Sammett knows that he will always remain childish, but more on that a little later. A very powerful production, excellent musicians, mature song writing, everything fits here, kicked off by the driving “Sacrifice“, which has an incredibly catchy and good chorus, not really Power Metal, but even that works with EDGUY these days. This is also shown with “Wasted Time“, which incorporates some Arena Rock influences and will be loved by fans live, guaranteed.
“Return To The Tribe“ most probably is closest to the old albums, with fat double-bass and a murder drive, before “The Asylum” takes out a lot of tempo. The album’s ballad? Nope, far from it, because after a few minutes they break through in mid-tempo and get pretty epic. “Catch Of The Century“ shows after nicely crunchy Melodic Metal, that EDGUY are not completely serious, for at the end Tobi goes completely nuts, but that is nothing against “Trinidad”, the ultimate symbiosis of Metal and hula Reggae, who takes this song seriously is beyond help. And at the very end we even get an exclusive bonus track for all limited and unlimited versions, titled “Fucking With Fire (Hair Force One)“.
“Rocket Ride“ shows that EDGUY don’t care about what people expect from them, but simply do what they want and they do this damn well. Who has hated EDGUY so far, will continue to hate them, but if you have humour, like very good Melodic Metal and also can handle at times weird irony, then you just can’t pass up EDGUY! (Online March 13, 2006)