Posts Tagged ‘Edguy’

Now my previous lists have been specific to genre, but this is my ultimate top 20 of the year. It’ll include some records that you won’t have seen in previous ones as, for example, I only really heard two good power metal records this year, so I can’t really make a list from it. Also, where do you categorise certain bands, like Triptykon, who cover a wide spread of genres? Anyhow, my top favourites of the year are as follows:

20. Killer Be Killed – S/T – A supergroup that combines equal parts of their bands to create awesome

19. Grand Magus – Triumph and Power – Riffs of stone and hooks of great magnitude, the title track alone is one of my favourite songs of the year.

18. Winterfylleth – The Divination of Antiquity – Another record of spellbinding black metal from England’s finest. Windswept and vast

17. Edguy – Space Police – Catchy as hell and stupidly anthemic, Tobias and the squad bring some RAWK to their power metal greatness

16. Electric Wizard – Time to Die – A suffocating, occult riddled drag down doom alley. Evil and heavy as fuck

15. Mastodon – Once More Round the Sun – A big improvement over The Hunter and Mastodon’s prog doom trip extends further

14. Mayhem – Esoteric Warfare – A follow up to ‘Ordo Ad Chao’ was always going to be difficult, but the True Mayhem brought out another stormer

13. At the Gates – At War With Reality – Thank fuck we finally have the follow up to ‘Slaughter of the Soul’. They put all copycats to shame.

12. EyeHateGod – EyeHateGod – NOLA sludge titans send Joey LaCaze off with one of their most superlative records yet. Angry, harsh and utterly devastating

11. Decapitated – Blood Mantra – Poland’s finest sons of death continue their streak of blinding records with yet another punishing exercise in tech death

10. Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum – Nasty, abrasive and skullfuckingly epic in parts, Anaal do things their way, and better than most

9. Inter Arma – The Cavern – A Spellbinding 45 minute trip through the mind of one of post metal and doom’s brightest sparks. Wonderful

8. Hour of Penance – Regicide – Always brutal and relentless, I’ve grown fonder and fonder of this record the longer the year has gone on. Death to all!

7. Dead Congregation – Promulgation of the Fall – Nasty, lurching death metal chaos, belching death and pestilence to all

6. Whalerider – Thanatos – A surprise late entry, and its been on constant rotation. A stormingly good rock record with doses of psych doom weirdness too

5. Panopticon – Road to the North – Soaring and scorching black metal, vast and hypnotic. Epic black metal is the theme this year, and its great

4. Sabaton – Heroes – I fucking love this band. No one writes more anthemic metal tunes than this. Fantastic record and catchy as hell

3. Mount Salem – Endless – A starkly beautiful trad doom record with perfect vocals and atmosphere. The fact it is third on my list is testament to its quality

2. Behemoth – The Satanist – The rebirth of a legend and a triumphant return. Any other year this would’ve been the best by a country mile

1. Triptykon – Melana Chasmata – Nothing could beat the pure misanthropy, despair and heaviness wrought from Tom G Warrior. A simply monumental release

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I plan to spend most of December catching up on as many records from 2014 that I’ve missed so that my end of year lists can be a bit more researched and accurate than they would be if I wrote them now. However, I know for a fact that this is a list I can put together now. There’s a definite number of records I keep coming back to from 2014, and many will feature again in lists in a month’s time. But for now, here are my most played records of 2014:

1. Mount Salem – Endless: A hauntingly brilliant doom record, and probably my favourite discovery of 2014. A full blown contender for my favourite record of this year, Mount Salem are something very special.

2. Killer Be Killed – S/T: A supergroup that matches the term in every way. ‘Wings of Feather and Wax’ is up there with my favourite songs of the year too

3. Mastodon – Once More Round the Sun: A storming comeback from the masters of prog doom

4. Behemoth – The Satanist: I see these guys in 10 days time for the first time, and the newest record has been one of 2014’s most astounding achievements

5. Triptykon – Melana Chasmata: Another harrowing trip into the darkness of Tom G Warrior. Bleak and beautiful

6. Edguy – Space Police: My girlfriend’s favourite record this year I believe, and ‘Love Tyger’ is the stupidest brilliant song of the year. It’s so FUCKING catchy. I love this record

7. Sabaton – Heroes: I see these guys in only 6 days’ time and I think their newest record has their strongest collection of anthems since The Art of War. ‘We saw crosses grow on Anzio!’

Power metal is a totally guilty pleasure of mine. I guess it’s the genre that got me more into proper metal from being a nu-metal kid. Bands like Blind Guardian and Iced Earth really got my interest growing and are still two of my favourite bands. While reviewing the newest Sonata Arctica release for the Metal Legions magazine, soon to be released(!), I figured I would try and put together my top 10 power metal records that I would defend to the grave if required. Prepare your invisible oranges people, we’ve got battles to fight!

1. Blind Guardian – Nightfall in Middle Earth

2. Iced Earth – Something Wicked This Way Comes

3. Lost Horizon – Awakening the World

4. Helloween – Keeper of the Seven Keys

5. Edguy – Mandrake

6. Grave Digger – Tunes of War

7. Rhapsody – Symphony of Enchanted Lands II

8. Kiuas – The Spirit of Ukko

9. Stratovarius – Visions

10. Hammerfall – Crimson Thunder

These are probably my favourites. No doubt I’ll have missed out on something great, but there you go. Maybe I’ll go back to being grim again after this.

Where do you start with Edguy? Combining power metal theatrics with cock rock anthems (‘power cock’ anyone?), the Germans have released album after album of solid and increasingly good heavy metal songs since breaking through with 2004’s ‘Hellfire Club’. That was where I first heard Edguy, their track ‘Mysteria’ becoming an all time favourite fist pumper. My girlfriend is a massive Edguy fan. Or just a Tobias Sammet fan, I’m not really sure. Fortunately it has pushed her into the metal realm so I’m alright with her man crush. Anyway, Edguy’s new record, with the unwieldy title of ‘Space Police – Defenders of the Crown’ is out this year, and I fucking love it. Sorry. SPOILER ALERT.

Starting with the supremely power metal ‘Sabre and Torch’, Edguy know how to write a crowd pleasing, gig starting song with choruses the size of skyscrapers and the obligatory ‘whoa oh’s. Following with the anthemic and super catchy ‘Space Police’ and the galloping ‘Defenders of the Crown’, it is a one two three punch that plays for the more traditional metal fan. Then comes ‘Love Tyger’. A rival for my favourite track of the year, it’s a ridiculously camp and singalong cock rock anthem. It’s also fucking brilliant. I defy you to not have it wedged in your brain for days after you hear it.

‘Realms of Baba Yaga’ is another driving power metal anthem, where Sammet does his best Dickinson impression in parts telling his tales of the Eastern European legend. The album delves into the daft with the Falco cover ‘Rock Me Amadeus’, which is both terrible and great. It’s totally out of place, but yet works with the tongue in cheek music that Edguy play. Heavy metal isn’t supposed to take itself so seriously sometimes, and Edguy are a perfect example of when it is done right. ‘Do Me Like a Caveman’ is not quite up the previous standards, falling short but still being a decent song.

‘Shadow Eaters’ has probably the only heavy metal/any genre reference to the use of safety glasses. I might be wrong but I’m pretty sure. Ending with the combination of ‘Alone in Myself’ and the epic ‘The Eternal Wayfarer’, where Sammet’s work with Avantasia shines through, ‘Space Police – Defenders of the Crown’ has got to be up there as one of the most FUN records of 2014. Remember when music was fun and not a constant competition to be the most kvlt, the most heavy, the most brutal? Then this is for you. Altogether now, ‘THEY CALL ME LOVE T-T-T-TYGER!’