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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B0059DOJAA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,749 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Robin Hood
2. Nobody's Hero
3. Rock the Cashel
4. Pandora's Box
5. Breathe
6. Two out of Seven
7. Faces in the Darkness
8. The Arcane Guild
9. Fire on the Downhill
10. Behind the Gates of Midnight World
11. Every Night Without You

Editorial Reviews

Tobias Sammet - a name standing for high-quality Heavy Metal. Whether it's with EDGUY, the band, that has been nobled as their prince royal by the two chief-scorpions Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker, as soon as the Scorpions - after all Germany's globally acknowledged rock export No.1 - will retire after their farewell tour. Or under the flag of Avantasia, the Rock-Musical project that originated in 1999

Customer Reviews

Age of the Joker (AOTJ) is another very good Edguy album and one worth listening.
Roberto M. Barros
It is not a perfect album by any means, in fact, you might not like it too much on the first play-through - so be prepared.
This album has it all--speed, melody, introspection, heavy guitars and over the top vocals.
TK Glenn

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeanette D. Jackson on September 6, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Not only is this a great Edguy CD, this is THE best CD of 2011. I can't stop listening to it. In the morning when I wake up it's already playing in my head. There is not one bad track on this CD and how many CDs have you heard lately that you can say THAT about? This is a great piece of music so expertly woven together that each track springs to life as the natural progression of the one before. It's an ornate tapestry of sound woven by a Master.
Catchy, melodic metal with brilliant lyrics, great guitar solos and beautiful choruses that will grab you by the ears and stay with you long after the CD has stopped playing. These are custom tailored rock and roll anthems of the highest caliber. It doesn't get much better than this. But knowing the creative genius of Tobias Sammet, it probably will in the future.
Robin Hood starts it all off with a flourish; a joyful rock and roll romp. A great song and an excellent choice for the first single. The video is filled with as much fun and laughter as the song - seriously, check it out.
Nobody's Hero picks right up where Robin Hood left off, another instantly recognizable anthem. This CD packs a 1-2 punch that will have you begging for more. The guitar solo is excellent and Toby's vocals could not be more spot-on.
Rock Of Cashel is another gem with haunting Celtic influences that reminds me of The Scarecrow by Avantasia but this song definitely stands on its own.
Pandora's Box, a country-blues rocker that shows off Edguy's versatility. Nice to hear that Toby can wail with the best of them - move over Steven Tyler!
Breathe: a keyboard tour d'force that gets better with every listen. Two Out Of Seven: down and dirty, nitty-gritty rock. Faces In The Darkness: old fashioned heavy metal with a distinctive Edguy twist.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Long on September 24, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I think all of you who continue to wish Edguy would "regress" back to the "olden days" should take a chill pill and enjoy their current output. This band from Hellfire Club to present has largely hit the nail on the head and whatever Tobias is trying to achieve these days, it certainly works for me. Bands often take what they have done early in their career and then refine it into something more concise and easier to digest with less repeated plays, and you know what? That's ok. Yes, I liked Tinnitus Sanctus, too. I'm just glad that while my favorites like Judas Priest and the Scorps are winding it down, Edguy is still revving it up. Age of the Joker absolutely ROCKS! I love this album. Don't listen to the naysayers...they just don't get it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe H. on September 18, 2011
Format: Audio CD
"Age of the Joker" is the 9th studio album from the venerable german metal band, Edguy. Still fairly young, it's almost surprising Edguy has been around this long and it feels even longer when you lump in Tobias Sammet's work with Avantasia as well. What started off as an almost Helloween clone back in the 90's has become a more straight forward and classic metal band in the same vein as Dio and The Scorpions but with modern production from the excellent Sascha Paeth.

It's hard to say when Edguy started trending this way, but I would say it started with 2004's "Hellfire Club" and ever since the power metal element of the band has been phased out nearly completely. The only classic sounding Edguy song on "Age of the Joker" is the speedy "The Arcane Guild" which finds Edguy in their safe zone occupied by other past tracks like "Fallen Angels" and "We Don't Need A Hero." The sound present on "Age of the Joker" could probably be described as a melding of the last three Edguy releases though it is an album that stands on its own. Heavier guitar tones like the ones from "Hellfire" and "Tinnitus" are joined with catchy synth work and anthemic choruses throughout. The production is quite slick without being overly glossy. When the album wants to rock it really rocks with the punchy "Nobody's Hero" or punishing "Fire on the Downline."

It's when the album tries to get too big that things stray. The opener "Robin Hood" really wants to be a big epic, but it also wants to be humorous which is a tough combo to pull off. The result is uneven and the song features some of Sammet's worst lyrics as the vocals struggle to fit in with the melody on the chorus. A disappointing dud to kick things off but the previously mentioned "Nobody's Hero" redeems the album quickly.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 13, 2011
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Age of the Joker is a pretty good name for this album, the ninth full-length release from German power metal veterans Edguy. Singer and main songwriter Tobias Sammet is a funny guy, and the last few Edguy releases have reflected more of his quirky sense of humor. It's like he's in his Pink Bubbles Go Ape phase, so instead of getting epic songs about ancient battles and faraway lands, we've been getting songs like "Lavatory Love Machine" and "Superheroes."

That trend continues on Age of the Joker, and to be honest it's getting a bit old. I get that Sammet is using his Avantasia project as his serious band, and just using Edguy to have fun and blow off steam, but it's hard to accept silly anthems like "Robin Hood" and "Two Out of Seven" from the band who gave us Theatre of Salvation and Vain Glory Opera, even if those songs are catchy as hell. Age of the Joker is full of catchy, upbeat melodic metal songs, almost none of which are worth hearing more than once. Sure, there are some good songs here. "Nobody's Hero" is a very catchy almost AOR song, and "Faces in the Darkness" and "The Arcane Guild" almost sound like vintage Edguy. Still, the best songs on Age of the Joker pale in comparison to the worst songs on the last Avantasia album.

I hate to be this harsh about a band whose music I used to really enjoy, but Edguy has been in a slump these last few albums, and they didn't break it here. If you like the direction the band has taken in the past few years, then by all means pick up Age of the Joker. If you like your power metal to be a bit more epic and, well, powerful, this is probably not the album for you. Oh well, there's always Avantasia.
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