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EDGUY SPACE POLICE DEFENDERS OF THE CROWN REVIEW 2014

 

EDGUY - SPACE POLICE DEFENDERS OF THE CROWN

NUCLEAR BLAST

APRIL 18 2014

 

 

There are surely only two types of people – those that love Edguy and those that haven’t heard them yet… OK maybe that’s an overstatement but whenever I hear of a new release my fists pump in the air of their own accord.
‘Space Police’ the latest album in an impressive catalogue is all you would expect from Edguy – huge Power Metal, gyrating, thrusting, fist-pumping anthems tempered by lighter moments, great humour and moments of sheer madness.


Opening with the storming ‘Sabre and Torch’ fans nerves will be immediately allayed as it is if anything trademark Edguy. And while (part) title track ‘Space Police’ sports a quirky title it’s a track that really exemplifies the melodic leanings of the Edguy sound; whereas the other half of the title track equation ‘Defenders of the Crown’ ups the ante and the power and the speed to deliver a soaring classic.


That leads us to first single ‘Love Tyger’ which is one of the most immediate songs here as well as being one of the catchiest melodic songs the band has surely ever written. It’s a great song, taking the template to a new end and adding an almost Journey meets Poison vibe. You can imagine the band looking over their shoulders wondering if they got away with it! They did…


There is probably no other band in the universe that after a riff-led and absurdly- titled and mildly progressive ‘The Realms of Baba Yoga’ would attempt a cover version of the Falco hit Rock Me Amadeus’, but then again we are talking Edguy. Whatever you think of the original this is strangely addictive and beautifully done.


The remainder of the album is just as quirky as you’d hope for with ‘Do Me Like a Caveman’ strangely melodic with compellingly intrusive keys; while ‘Shadow Eaters’ delivers a driving punch and ‘Alone in Myself’ adds a lower tempo balladic kick that is perfectly balanced by the driving chorus .


‘The Eternal Wayfarer’ that closes is a huge epic Zeppelinesque construct that both breaks the mould and asks a number of questions exploring immortality as it does. It’s not necessarily what you would expect, but hey that’s the beauty of Edguy. These guys get away with a lot and long may they continue to do so. One thing they never do is disappoint. Another winner!

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

EDGUY SPACE POLICE DEFENDERS OF THE CROWN REVIEW 2014