Edguy - Age Of The Joker

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Release date: 26 August 2011
Style: Power metal


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Disc I
01. Robin Hood
02. Nobody's Hero
03. Rock Of Cashel
04. Pandora's Box
05. Breathe
06. Two Out Of Seven
07. Faces In The Darkness
08. The Arcane Guild
09. Fire On The Downline
10. Behind The Gates To Midnight World
11. Every Night Without You

Disc II [Limited edition]
01. God Fallen Silent
02. Aleister Crowley Memorial Boogie
03. Cum On Feel The Noize [Slade cover]
04. Standing In The Rain
05. Robin Hood [Single version]
06. Two Out Of Seven [Single version]

Staff review by
Baz Anderson
German superstars Edguy return with album nine much in the same vein as the last three albums. It is common knowledge now that since 2006's Rocket Ride these Teutonic terrors have opted for a path of lukewarm heavy metal, while Tobi's dirty power metal urges have been kept locked away safely with Avantasia.

Although three years apart in the real world, Age Of The Joker and Tinnitus Sanctus in Edguy's universe aren't too different from each other. The German jesters are quite content sitting on their current format of slightly catchy, melodic heavy metal songs. The album has some great moments, "Nobody's Hero" is somewhat catchy, the folky last portion of "Rock Of Cashel" is pretty awesome, and "The Arcane Guild" offers a glimpse of power metal too.

published 06.10.2011 | Comments (18)

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12.10.2011 - 00:11
Rating: 9
To be honest I actually think I prefer newer Edguy prior to the old (except from terrible Tinnitus Sanctus). The old Edguy is good, but the new is more varied and way more complex.
30.05.2012 - 15:13
Rating: 8
Written by Stabby on 04.09.2011 at 21:12

I would rather that Edguy end their career many years from now with not a single trite and rehashed power metal album than to keep hammering out the same style over and over. There is only so many times you can do that Mandrake, Hellfire Club thing with Tobi's voice and the band setup before the new songs sound way too much like the old songs and it gets boring. Even if the new songs are awesome songs in themselves, it is still going to get boring because the songs will be rearranged versions of the older ones.

So I like what Edguy have done since Hellfire Club. It has been a consistent transition to a rockier sound that still stays true to the band's unique sound. You can do more with song structures like they have now without them getting old, it just takes good songwriting. Rocket Ride had it. Tinnitus Sanctus has bits and pieces of it, and this new one is the best of the three. Lots of fun, original songwriting, and all of the aspects that we loved Edguy for. Did we really love Edguy because they played fast with double-bass? Of course not, tons of other bands do that and aren't as interesting.

My one complaint is that Every Night Without You is pretty much Save Me rearranged and with different lyrics! Like I just mentioned above, if they had released ENWY on Rocket Ride in Save Me's place I would have no complaint, but it's a rehash. That's just nit-picking, though.

Great album. Edguy lives!

Good insight, mate! I'm glad to read a post with respect toward the band, rather then accusing and labeling their style because some "so called fans" think it's not "true power metal" anymore, and they can't bang their heads to walls listening to edguy! A great band stays true to itself doing music they like, not what some headbangers expect.
23.08.2012 - 23:04
Heaven Knight
I hate this album...finally lost my faith in Tobias there

only "Breathe" and part of "Rock Of Cashel" is worth something
So behold the flight of the sapphire dragon
soaring through the skies once again

06.12.2012 - 23:55
Mountain King
K i K o
I think it's a good album. A little far from their glorious days but way better than the shitty piece of crap called Tinnitus Sanctus. I would put this one on the level of Rocket Ride or maybe a little better...
30.01.2013 - 13:02
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An ok album, I will not complain about it being Rock instead of Metal sinse Edguys last pure Metal album was Hellfire, yet after he promised more double pedal and more speed I found it really disappointing and it was 2011's dissepointment of the year

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