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King of Fools Single

3.8 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 10, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B00018QK9Q
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,088 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
People only buy EPs for two reasons. The first is to preview an album that's coming out. The second is for unreleased material. Now, since the album this is foretelling has already come, the only reason to buy it now is for the latter reason. This is in fact, why I bought it(getting it along with Rhapsody's "Dark Secret" ep, $13 for enough music to equal a full album)

The first song is "King of Fools," first single from Hellfire Club and I'd say about the fourth best song on that album, as well as this one. The edit's in this version run smoothly and this song is still as fun to listen to, but you'll probably just skip it if you already have Edguy's full legnth release.

Next is "New Age Messiah." 3rd best song on this album. It has a very nice rythem and, excluding the title track, is the catchiest song on the album. Very nice riffs going on.

Then it's "The Savage Union," 2nd best of the ep. Some fast riffing going on, this song is very close to "We Don't Need a Hero" from Hellfire Club, which is to say, a typical Edguy song. Nothing wrong with that, in my opinion.

Then comes the jewel of this album. "Holy Water" is actually one of the best ballad's I've heard that has come from the past 5 years. Not only are the vocals and playing simply amazing, but the orchestra finds itself in a perfect spot. Not too overpowering so it takes over everything else, but the ambiance it sets in raises the song so much that it would be completely different without it.

Finally, there's "Life and Times of a Bonus Track." It's a fun novelty track, but gets old after hearing it a few times. The straight piano and vocals from Tobi also get kind of boring after a minute.
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It's a great EP, and an anticipation to the wonderful Hellfire Club (yep, it's way better than the great Mandrake).
Some people complained about the lyrics and the f-words. Others said the lyrics were nu-metal (still trying to figure out where). Finally some people said songs were simple.
I don't agree with these comments. The songs are catchy, melodic and relaxed, and that's great. All we see around are Helloween copycats, bands and fans taking everything too seriously. Come on, metal must have messages, but should also be fun. Edguy always mixed some seriousness with f-words. Vain Glory Opera had already songs with f-word and a punk cover. The live album is great to listen and funny to follow Tobi's interaction with the crowd. Edguy is a unique melodic metal band and by far the best, because they are not like everyone else. Iron Maiden was different from the other bands, Savatage was different, Sepultura and Angra were different.
About the KOF songs, King of Fools is aggressive, catchy, great chorus and a great videoclip (check Nuclear Blast's website). Despite the f*f*Jesus part (didn't like it either), New Messiah is what we expect from Edguy. Singalong melodies, catchy chorus. Savage Union has a longer chorus where you can hum along quite easily and a strategic (well) positioned f-word. Great. Holy Water is different, but it's emotional, somewhat dramatic. Another great chorus (4 in 4 so far). And...song #5, well, the funniest song I've heard in a while. The truth, the f*ing funny truth, all I can say.
Enough said, for those who didn't like King of Fools, Hellfire is quite different. No f-words, lots of aggression, speed, the usual great chorus, the usual Edguy's pussy balad, and the best 70's song written after 1979 (The Piper Never Dies).
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This is the first Edguy EP to date, I believe. I was anxious to hear new material from the band, so I picked it up. The first one is the radio-version of King of Fools, and while it is really enjoyable at first, I tired of listening to it after only a few days. I'm hoping the album version will include elements that make it a more lasting song. The second song is the best song on the album: New Age Messiah. This song is catchy (like King of Fools initially was) but it also has a lasting appeal to it. The chorus is really nice and the lyrical content is the best on the EP (One day oblivion will swallow up my fame; the common run of mankind will forget my name). As long as you're ready for the abrupt lyrical ending to the song, then you'll enjoy it. The Savage Union ranks among my least favorites of Edguy. It's too stereotypical and the parts that are supposed to sound really cool sound lame to me. I just don't like it, and it ranks down there with other songs I really disliked such as Land of a Miracle. Holy Water is an okay song. It's bombastic, and has a lot of majesty, and I know it will be the favorite of many, but I just don't enjoy it, despite all of these positive elements. It sounds too much like the song Avantasia (not the album, which I loved, but the song) in which there is a small verse, a chorus, a small verse, repeat, until the end. And the final song is really funny, and my second favorite of the album. The lyrics and the spoken interlude are great, and I especially love the lyrical part about the reality of piracy. Overall, while the album is good, it's still just the same stuff Edguy has been doing for years; nothing is really new or original.Read more ›
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