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Edguy – Monuments (A 25 Year Tribute to Edguy)

Posted in Editorial/Opinionated, Review with tags , , , , , , , on 9th July 2017 by mickbirchy
Edguy
Monuments
Power Metal, Hard Rock, Progressive
Released: 14 July 2017
via Nuclear Blast

It’s been 25 years of Edguy. Yes, this band has been going as long as I’ve been alive on this earth. So, I thought that I would pay homage to one of the greatest metal bands that I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. What better way to do that than going through the newest release from them. Monuments is a carefully and passionately selected collection of the band’s greatest hits from the last 25 years. Not only that, but the release has five brand new songs from the band. Along with one previously unreleased recording. Mounting up to a staggering 28 track album that will be more than enough to indulge even the biggest fan of the band.

I first discovered Edguy back in 2008 with the album Tinnitus Sanctus. I bought it after reading about them in a Magazine calling this album “the strongest of their career yet”. At this time, the metal press was buzzing around them. I listened to the album and something stirred inside of me. I instantly wanted to hear more from them. So in very quick succession I looked their history in music. I was completely blown away and I think this was the start of my obsession with power metal. As listening to them got me into fellow contemporaries: Blind Guardian, Sonata Arctica and Hammerfall. I know I was a little behind but believe I’m caught up now with them all. Yet, there was something different about Edguy and it was all in frontman, Tobias Sammet’s vocals. He sang with such power and conviction still to this day his voice gives me goosebumps. If anyone ever asks me what a metal or rock vocalist should sound like I just turn and point to Tobias. Everyone has their own favourites that they immediately associate with the genre. He’s mine.

Yet, I don’t want to do a disservice to the band that back him up. Edguy has some incredible talent in there. Unlike a lot of bands that go this long; Edguy have had a pretty consistent line up having the same lineup from 1998 onwards. Giving them a fantastic consistency. This is reflected across all their albums. Jens Ludwig and Dirk Saur have been their from the very beginning on guitars. Always producing fantastic riffs and melodies that compliment the tone of whatever album. They were going in to. Be it the more power metal centric albums or the winding twisting more progressive sound. No matter how flamboyant or heavy the song. Ludwig and Saur really deliver in getting music stuck in your head. As for the rhythm section Tobias Exxel on bass and Felix Bohnke on drums has always given Eduy that weight and power to their tunes. There’s just such a commanding presence to their music. When Edguy plays, you listen.

Monuments, includes 5 brand new songs from the band. You’d think that they may get lost amongst all of the classic songs. They sort of do, I don’t necessarily see that as a band thing. I just see it as these songs just feel as good as their iconic work. Which can only be a good thing. All five of the songs are big triumphant anthems and their played with just as much conviction as the big hits. With massive sounding production and the tight musicianship that we’ve come to expect from Edguy by now. Is it any wonder that they sound this good! They fit so nicely on this package of their hits. They feels like songs that have always been here. I guess that’s the real strength of Edguy. Making songs that fit so well into the collective consciousness, making tunes that just sound right.

As for the unreleased song “Reborn In The Waste”. Recorded back in 1995, as part of the Savage Poetry recordings. Savage Poetry being one of their demo albums in the early 90’s. I can understand why it wasn’t included. I don’t think it’s wholly representative of the band’s skill or style. In all honesty I think it’s a pretty lackluster tune. It’s got a nice hook to it and I think if they remade the song today it might be better but I don’t know. I guess I like it just for the fact it’s another piece of Edguy nostalgia more than anything else.

In all honesty. This has been a fun one to look at. Just looking back through Edguy’s back catalogue and remembering the great tunes from yesteryear. They are certainly a band that has stood the test of time with 10 albums under their belts and some of the most enthusiastic fans I’ve ever met. Going through this greatest hits compilation has really made me appreciate how good this band really is. From the heavy hard rock tunes, to their soaring ballads they make some of the finest metal music around. They may not be on the same level as the all time greats of the genre, but they always hold a special place in my music library. I will always think back to the time I first heard them roar into gear with “Ministry of Saints”. If you have never given them a chance do yourself a favour grab Monuments and get acquainted with one of the best metal bands in the world. At least according to this reviewer. Yeah, this might read as a bit of a fluff piece or it could read as a little self-indulgent. I really don’t care. I just wanted to look back on one of my favourites to celebrate 25 years of this band.

5/5

Mick Birchall

Edguy – Space Police – Defenders of the Crown

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 11th May 2014 by mickbirchy

Edguy
“Space Police – Defenders Of The Crown”
Power metal
Released on 18th April 2014
via Nuclear Blast

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Edguy returns with their tenth studio album Space Police – Defenders of the Crown, and just a spoiler for the review ahead, it’s really damn good.  The long awaited follow-up to 2011’s Age of the Joker, Edguy delivers another excellent record that is sure to keep fans of both the band and heavy metal alike, happy.  This album is an enjoyable straight up heavy metal album from start to finish, as well as taking tropes from classic rock.  This album has everything from the fast paced belters to the catchy, riff and solo filled, sing alongs.

The album starts with the heavy and commanding Sabre & Torch, giving the album a spark of energy to start off with.  It was the best foot forward for the band as the this song shows off the vibe they wanted – a heavy, enduring, pure metal tune.  The next two songs Space Police and Defenders of the Crown are also well written and have some intense and interesting lyrics. These three songs back to back just kick the album into high gear, there’s no wonder the latter tracks are both “the title” of the album.  All throughout the album Tobias Sammet’s strong songwriting and excellent compositions are present, and provides all the songs so much emphasis and flaunts a striking presence.  There are so many good melodies, riffs and solos on this record, it makes every song sound big and definitely catches your attention.

One of the selling points of the album, for me at least, is their cover of Falco’s 1985 hit Rock Me Amadeus and… it’s one of the best covers I’ve heard in a long time.  It captures the spirit of the original but adds the heavier music and Edguy’s traditional light-hearted tone.  Around this cover, we have some of the best written songs on the album.  Love Tyger, The Realms of Baba Yaga, and Do Me Like A Caveman are fun filled, high octane songs that bring that old school rock energy.  They all bring that great sound that Tobias Sammet is always so good at creating for the metal world, and trust me once these catchy tunes are in your head they won’t be gone for a while.

In summary, as if you couldn’t guess already, this is an album well worth buying.  Edguy makes a staggering return to form and boast it.  The production, writing and the musicianship are well done, making the overall listening experience feel magnificent.  The whole album is easy to listen to and this is a must get for any true fan of metal.

4.5/5

Mick Birchall

Edguy to play 3 shows in the UK in September

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 9th March 2014 by Pieni

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Melodic power metal act Edguy have a new album – their 10th! – on its way, set to be released on the 21st of April via Nuclear Blast. The band will be promoting “Space Police – Defenders Of The Crown” through continental Europe starting in the second half of September, but first they’ll drop by the UK for the following three shows (click the links to purchase tickets):

12th September – Sound Control, Manchester
13th September – Queens Hall, Nuneaton 
14th September – Islington Academy, London

Skarlett Riot, the rock’n’roll outfit from North Lincolnshire, will be the support act for these shows.

“Space Police – Defenders Of The Crown” artwork and track-listing:
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1. Sabre & Torch
2. Space Police
3. Defenders of the Crown
4. Love Tyger
5. The Realms of Baba Yaga
6. Rock Me Amadeus
7. Do Me Like a Caveman
8. Shadow Eaters
9. Alone in Myself
10. The Eternal Wayfarer

edguy.net
facebook.com/edguy
nuclearblast.de/edguy

New Edguy album almost finished

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 13th January 2014 by Nico Davidson

Edguy sneaked into the studio a while back to record the follow-up album to their chart breaking album Age Of The Joker. Surprisingly, the band have been able to keep it all quiet up to now. The band has issued the following brief statement from the studio:

We have focused on what makes this band unique and recorded what we believe is going to be the strongest & heaviest album this band has ever recorded. We didn’t waste any time with updates or distractions. There is no doubt, that this album is going to be the album we’ll be measured against in the future. And it makes us proud to say that as a band that has been existing for over 22 years now, fully aware that the best is yet to come.

The album is in the mixing process right now and will be out in April. More details will be revealed soon.

Edguy online:

http://edguy.net
http://facebook.com/edguy

 

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Valk-Fest venue change plus final line-up details

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 4th October 2012 by Nico Davidson

Shades Nightclub in Bridlington will be the host for this year’s Valkyrian Festival, following the closure of The Lamp in Hull earlier this year. The annual event, organised by Bridlington-based webzine Valkyrian Music, is in aid of UK charity Autism Plus.

Valkyrian Festival will take place on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th November, with doors on the Friday night opening at 6pm and at 2:30 pm on the Saturday. Bridlington’s own deathcore titans in the making Sea Of Giants will headline the Friday night, with support from Riff-X, Illflower, Dead Pools and Gloomlurker, whom supported ex-Cradle of Filth backing vocalist Sarah Jezebel Deva, earlier this year in Grimsby.

Saturday will be headlined by Birmingham prop-power metallers Dakesis, who supported Edguy earlier this year and played an exclusive acoustic set at Bloodstock back in August. Joining them, as main support will be Ziyos and fresh from Bloodstock’s New Blood Stage, will be Hull’s premier misanthropic black metal outfit Infernal Creation, who blasted their way through Bloodstock this year on the New Blood Stage, along with special guests Sanguine,whom rocked Download back in June. North-west metal bands Nitronein and Shades of Avalon will also be joining Dakesis as supports, along with female fronted operatic metal outfit Aonia who will be playing a rare and exclusive acoustic set. Engraved in Blood and Organized K-Hos will be completing the line-up for Saturday, as well Apparition, who will be playing with their new frontwoman, following the break after their tour with ex-CoF backing vocalist Sarah Jezebel Deva.

Weekend tickets are priced at the low, low, low price of £4 and are available here. Day tickets will be available on the door. All proceeds will go to Autism Plus (Register charity no. 518591). The event is all ages, with alcohol available from the pub above the venue.

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Interview: Dakesis

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , on 3rd August 2012 by Nico Davidson

Following the announcement of their Bloodstock appearance on the Jagermeister Acoustic Stage and their UK tour with Axenstar and Ascension, Nico interviews Birmingham-based power-prog outfit Dakesis.

Nico: You’ve been confirmed for the Jagermeister Acoustic Stage at Bloodstock, how are you feeling about playing the UK’s biggest metal festival?

Adam: We have indeed, how could it feel anything other than amazing? Most of the band have been attending Bloodstock for many years; some of us even from the early days of Bloodstock Indoor, so to see our name on the bill is incredible. As you mentioned, we’ll be playing the Acoustic stage this year, so it’ll be Dakesis, but perhaps not as you know it!
Wayne: We’ve given some of our tracks a complete makeover for the occasion, and rehearsals are going very well, so we’re looking forward to showcasing a side of the band many people will be unfamiliar but pleasantly surprised with.

N: Aside from being booked for Bloodstock, what’s been the highlight of the year thus far for Dakesis?

A: We were very lucky to support Edguy at Birmingham’s HMV Institute in February. I think I’m right in saying we’re all pretty big fans of the band as well as Tobias’ other work, so to share a stage with a band as infamous as these was a great experience.
Matt: You never know what to expect when you meet your idols, but Edguy proved to be some of the most friendly and welcoming people we’ve met.

N: Are there any bands that you’re looking forward to seeing at this year’s Bloodstock?

A: Iced Earth and Dimmu Borgir will be highlights for me. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Grand Magus recently. ‘The Hunt’ is incredible; I’m looking forward to seeing this live.
W: We were also very proud to see Kataleptic triumph at M2TM, so we’ll be supporting them at the New Blood stage, and our good friends Triaxis will also be gracing the Acoustic stage.

N: So your debut album was released in November of last year; what was the writing process like for it and what were your feelings when you had finished writing it?

W: A lot of the songs on the album actually predate the start of the band, they’re songs I’d written some years ago. Each member has added their own signature to the tracks though.
A: It certainly felt good when we finally had the finished product in our hands.
M: The process for album two is been different. Having said that, there’s not really a specific writing process we stick to; some songs are written in two hours, some have taken two years.

N: Where do you see Dakesis in five years time?

W: DAKESIS!!! COMING SOON TO A WORKING MENS CLUB NEAR YOU!!!! Damn, I forgot my crystal ball! In all seriousness, I hope that Dakesis continues to go from strength to strength – we’re certainly going to continually work hard and push it as far as we can!

N: Given the chance to share the stage with any musician, living or dead, which one would you pick and why?

W: There are so many, a good few I have already had the privilege such as Nino Laurenne [Thunderstone] but if I was to pick one I would say Stéphan Forté [Adagio] as he has been a major influence in my playing style so far.
A: I’d love to go back to 1976 and win the Genesis gig! Also a drum battle with Brann Dailor [Mastodon] would be fun, although I’d get my ass kicked.

N: So, you’re touring with Axenstar later this year, how are you feeling about that?

A: I can’t wait! It’s gonna be a lot of travelling, but it’s all good fun.
Wayne: It will be great to hit the road again, especially with a band the calbibre of Axenstar. (I have a custom guitar lined up specially for this tour too!)

N: What are the band’s plans for the rest of the year, gig wise?

W: We have a lot of travelling on the cards. Aside from the tour, we’re also heading to Northampton, Cambridge, Hull, Tamworth and Manchester to name a few. We’re making huge strides towards album two as well, so in between the live shows there’s a lot going on towards preparation for the next record.

N: Aside from the UK, is there any country you’d love to tour in the future?

A: Hopefully Europe is on the cards at some point in the near future. We’d love to try our hand in Germany and Scandinavia. Our sound is influenced by a lot of European progressive and melodic metal acts.

N: If you could replace the soundtrack of any film with your own music, which one would you pick and why?

W: Sorry, could you repeat the question please?
A: Valhalla Rising. I spent the entire film waiting for some epic battle to start and it never did, so something from Trial By Fire might have spruced it up.

You can check out Dakesis at their official Facebook or at Bloodstock August 10th at 2:50pm over on at the Jagermeister Acoustic Stage.

Valkyrian Festival Updates

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 21st April 2012 by Nico Davidson

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Following the success of last year’s Valkyrian Festival at the Ringside in Hull, festival organiser and owner of Valkyrian Music Nick Taylor, commonly known by his pen name Nico Davidson, is proud to announce that Valkyrian Festival is set to go ahead again this year to raise money for Autism Plus. The event is set to take place at the Lamp in Hull on November 24th.

Headlining the festival will be Birmingham based power metal quintet Dakesis, who earlier this year supported the legendary Edguy. Joining them will be the likes of Sanguine, who are confirmed for both Download Festival and Ibiza’s Hard Rock Hell, along with Hull’s premier black metal act Infernal Creation, who later this year will be hitting up Bloodstock. Other confirmed acts include Incassum, Sea Of Giants, Nitronein, Ziyos and Aonia.

Sanguine guitarist, Nick Magee, commented "Sanguine are psyched to be playing Valkyrian 2012, make yourselves pretty, dust off your stomping boots and get ready for an invasion."

Incassum guitarist Chris Taylor had the following to say as well: "Incassum are stoked to play this year’s Valkyrian Festival at The Lamp, Hull. It’s going to be great sharing the stage with other bands representing a myriad of heavy music styles, not least Infernal Creation with whom we had the pleasure of headbanging with during our first date in Hull last winter.  The event is raising money for Autism Plus which is a really worthy cause, and another reason to get your asses down to The Lamp on the 24th of November. See you there!"

Like last year’s event, this year’s show will feature a raffle to help raise extra funds. Prizes will include goodies from the likes of Metal Blade Records, Napalm Records and Earache, as well merch donated by the bands and members of the Valkyrian Music team.

Wayne Dorman, frontman for Dakesis also commented: “It’s a real honour to be headlining Valkyrian Festival! We’ve a great relationship with the guys at Valkyrian Music – they were the very first publication to review our latest album “Trial by Fire” and they gave us top marks to boot, as well as being voted their band of the month in February – we can’t wait! Dakesis always have a great time when we play in Hull and the surrounding areas, so bring on the party, it’s going to be an amazing night!”

Tickets will be available on the door for a mere £3 and doors will open early in the day. For more info and updates, head over to the official Valkyrian Festival Facebook page here.

Line-up is subject to change.

Band Of The Month [February, 2012]: Dakesis

Posted in Band Of The Month with tags , , , , , , , on 1st February 2012 by Nico Davidson

And Dakesis are this month’s Band of the Month! Dakesis are a five piece prog-power metal outfit from the birthplace of metal… Birmingham. 2011 saw the release of their debut album Trial By Fire, which has been praised by critics and fans alike. This year is clearly the year for Dakesis as they will be supporting German power metal legends Edguy this coming Friday and headlining Valkyrian Festival on 24th November at the Lamp in Hull.

Dakesis are definitely one of the finest power metal bands on the scene and there are clearly big things in store of these guys and gals.

Dakesis to support EDGUY at HMV Institute, Birmingham

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 24th January 2012 by Nico Davidson

Birmingham prog-power metallers DAKESIS have been confirmed for the highly coveted opening slot with German metal legends EDGUY on the Birmingham date of their February UK Tour. This is no doubt another epic chapter to be written in the band’s ever growing saga.

Having been fans of EDGUY for many years, DAKESIS are understandably excited about the prospect of sharing a stage with their heroes. Front-man Wayne commented: “We’re just so overwhelmed to be given the opportunity to share a stage with a band as influential on our sound as EDGUY. We’re going to bring a great show to kick off what promises to be a truly memorable night!”

With DAKESIS recently releasing their début album [review can be found here], and planning a string of live dates, festivals and tours for 2012 [including the headlining slot at our very own Valkyrian Festival this year, which will be in aid of Autism Plus], this opportunity is a great way to kick off the year for one of the UK’s finest metal acts.

Dakesis are Wayne Dorman, Gemma Lawler, Matt Jones, Amie Chatterley and Adam Harris. The band’s web-page has photos, upcoming dates and bio information on the band
members.

Dakesis are also in the voting for February’s band of the month. You can vote for them here.

You can find their website at www.Dakesis.com.

Tickets for the event are available from http://www.kililive.com/gigs/edguy

For more information
www.Dakesis.com/Press
www.Edguy.net
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