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  EDGUY 'Space Police - Defenders Of The Crown'
(Nuclear Blast)
Release Date: 18/04/14

Ian Sutherland

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Tobias Sammet is a busy man! If he's not touring the world and selling loads of concert tickets with Avantasia, he's out doing the same with his original band Edguy. This is their tenth studio album and after two million album sales they already have an audience built up for their brand of melodic Heavy Metal anthems and tongue in cheek humour.

It is obvious from just reading the album title that the sense of humour is still going strong. Apparently they couldn't decide which song title to use as the album title so they used both! It could be said that Sammet is some kind of genius as he's managed to create a band which doesn't take itself too seriously and has its' tongue planted firmly in it's cheek but still writes anthemic heavy metal songs which are taken seriously by the industry and their fan base.

'Space Police' has a humourous sounding title but is a mid-paced rifferama with added keyboard touches and a serious sub text about freedom while still being catchy and anthemic. The other title track 'Defenders Of The Crown' is a Sabaton like battle anthem with chantalong chorus about defending Heavy Metal of course. The serious and the humourous check by jowl is how this band likes it.

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'Love Tyger' is a melodic metal celebration, a kind of throwback to the commercial metal sound of the '80s complete with a few cliches thrown in for fun. 'Do Me Like A Caveman' is obvious tongue in cheek Metal humour but has the bones of a good song to hold it all together. The cover of Falco's '80s hit 'Rock Me Amadeus' is a step too far for me in the humour stakes as it doesn't really work on either a comic or musical basis. I'm sure the band will have fun with the crowd playing it live though.

The most impressive parts of the album for me and when the jokes slide into the background and the true songwriting is allowed to come to the fore. 'The Realms Of Baba Yaga' is a heavy mini-epic superbly put together and sounds amazing(partly due to Sascha Paeth's production which is superb throughout the album). 'Shadow Eaters' has a great melodic guitar hookline over the double bass beats and riffing guitars and closing track 'The Eternal Wayfarer' is a nine minute epic about the search for the immortal soul sounding 'Kashmir'-like at some points and Def Leppard gone mad in others.

Verdict: I think this is an album which is really designed to preach to the converted. If you love Edguy stuff or Sammet in general then this is an album you will really enjoy. Personally I have a huge amount of time for the man and his bands and heavy metal really needs someone to raise a smile these days and not take itself too seriously but overall there aren't quite enough great songs on this album to warrant a higher rating. I'm sure the worldwide fan base will disagree with me though and I have to say I'd love to catch them live.

1. Sabre & Torch 5:00
2. Space Police 5:59
3. Defenders Of The Crown 5:39
4. Love Tyger 4:26
5. The Realms Of Baba Yaga 6:06
6. Rock Me Amadeus 3:19
7. Do Me Like A Caveman 4:09
8. Shadow Eaters 6:08
9. Alone In Myself 4:36
10. The Eternal Wayfarer 8:50

Line up:
Tobias Sammet | vocals
Jens Ludwig | lead- and rhythm guitar
Dirk Sauer | rhythm and lead guitar
Tobias "Eggi" Exxel | bass
Felix Bohnke | drums


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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

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We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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