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Edguy: 'Monuments'
Out Now (Nuclear Blast)

20th July 2017

jonathan churchill
Words: Jonathan Churchill


Heavy Metal comes in all sounds and styles and few are more eclectic than Edguy who are celebrating twenty-five years of 'doing their own thing' with their career-spanning new three CD/DVD release.

'Monuments' delivers a best-of twenty-two tracks from their ten studio albums, plus five new songs and one unreleased demo from way back at the start of their career.

With a long-standing line-up that has been in place for the last twenty years, Edguy have carved out a special niche within the world of Heavy Metal and this album has something for everyone. With a sound that is distinct yet entirely unpredictable, Edguy manage to capture big melodies and a huge sense of fun across their back catalogue.

Whether it's the trashy hard rock of 'Love Tyger', the 'Final Countdown' style keyboard intro to 'Vain Glory Opera' or the dumb lyrics of 'Lavatory Love Machine', there's no denying the diverse song-writing abilities of Tobias Sammet, or the power and musical chops of the band which is really evident on faster, heavier tracks like the epic 'Mysteria' or new tracks 'Landmarks' and 'The Mountaineer'.

It's not all good though – the bizarre 'Judas At The Opera' may have deeper meaning within its surreal lyrics but it takes the eclectic side of the band largely into parody; notwithstanding a childish, ill considered casual homophobic line in the song, which doesn't sit well. At other times though, to balance this, you can clearly hear the innovative and creative 'Avantasia' side of Sammet's writing in 'Holy Water' and 'Spooks In The Attic'.

The five new songs by comparison are surprisingly trad-Metal, particularly 'Open Sesame' and opener 'Ravenblack' which packs a serious melodic Metal punch. All five are well worth a listen though and a great addition to the band's repertoire as a whole.

Edguy may not be as well known in the UK as in their native Germany but 'Monuments' proves that there's far more to Metal than just the big few.

'Monuments’ comes as a three disc box-set including the five new songs, the classic material remastered, a DVD featuring a concert filmed in Sao Paulo from 2004 and all of the band's promo videos. The limited edition package also features a 160-page photo book covering the history of the band.

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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