Space Police - Defenders of the Crown

April 29, 2014 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: April 29, 2014
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Copyright: (c) 2014 Nuclear Blast GmbH
  • Total Length: 1:29:06
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  • ASIN: B00JW3EVE2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,601 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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It's very fresh and original.
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I know this sounds overly enthusiastic, but this is what it feels like when one of your favorite bands releases a new album that exceeds your expectations.
Tobias said that this album would be good.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Paul on April 29, 2014
Format: Audio CD
It was by complete happenstance that I discovered EDGUY. I was a Production Executive on a sci-fi/horror film and looking for some interesting music to use for the closing credits. Nuclear Blast sent me a stack of CDs of bands I mostly recognized and amongst them was a promo copy of ROCKET RIDE. The cover intrigued me, but the band’s name didn’t exactly fill me with much confidence. But not wanting to judge a book by its cover I gave it a listen, expecting to stop after the first or second song.

It was to my complete surprise that not only was I instantly taken by the music and the lead singer’s voice, but also the band’s similarity to my favorite band of all time; IRON MAIDEN. I listened to every song on the album and it instantly went into heavy rotation in my car’s CD player. Unfortunately, we went with another band’s song for the movie, but EDGUY had a new fan.

Discovering that EDGUY had many other albums, I began working my way backwards in time buying HELLFIRE CLUB then MANDRAKE and so forth. I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t heard of this band before, as I’ve been a fan of power metal since I was young. EDGUY instantly rocketed (pun intended) to one of my favorite bands and I hungrily awaited the release of their next album (Discovering Tobias Sammet’s side project AVANTASIA in the meantime).

TINNITUS SANCTUS came and it was clear to me that EDGUY was only improving with each album. AGE OF THE JOKER though a bit of a dip for me, was still one of the better albums of the year it was released and still contained quite memorable songs.

I waited with eager anticipation when I heard news that a new album was in the works and April 2014 could not come fast enough (GAME OF THRONES and a new EDGUY album!).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 13, 2014
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Being a long time Edguy fan, I wasn't to sure about this album, since their land album blew, as well as the last Avantasia album, but still purchased it. I never really liked the transition away from melodic power metal towards hard rock which began around Hellfire Club, which didn't make a lot of sense, because the main reason I liked them was the rocker edge they've always had. Maybe the albums after Mandrake were just weaker than the earlier ones. My favorite of the latter albums was Rocket Ride, and my least favorite was definitely Age of the Joker. This album is a big improvement over Age, as well as Tinnitus Sanctus, I'm not sure yet if it's better than Rocket Ride, or Hellfire Club, but I think it's definitely on par.
Obviously it's not quite up there with Mandrake, which is my personal favorite of their's.

Space Police is overall a good listen, and I am happy with the direction the band is going if they can continue writing these types of songs. The music is awesome, although now Edguy is more a hair metal band with Power metal influences instead of the other way around. My only complaints are the rock me amadaus cover, while not terrible, I found it unnecessary, and the vocal arrangements we're a little off at times, and the lyrics a little too cheesy. But musically, this is one of their better albums. I like it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kjorteo on July 19, 2014
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Much like how Helloween has a crazed portion of their fandom that insists Michael Kiske is the only true singer and *still* rejects Andi Deris over two decades later, Edguy is always going to struggle with old-school purists who want nothing but Theater of Salvation and The Metal Opera. One look at the ridiculous cover art and title of this album makes it obvious that this is not that, and that they have instead doubled down on their new direction, full of glam, hair, and over-the-top rock star personae. Naturally, there are some who will stop the review right here, go back to asserting that Edguy is still dead to them forever, and walk away. However, for those who accept the change, there is depth, passion, and musical genius to be had here. "This isn't Vain Glory Opera, so what *is* it?" Those with a sufficiently open mind to ask this question and investigate further will find the answer to be something somewhere between Rocket Ride and Tinnitus Sanctus, as well as something truly outstanding. The new Edguy has had its ups and downs (Rocket Ride was phenomenal; Age of the Joker was a bit of a miss) but Space Police: Defenders of the Crown may just be one of their highest points yet.

"Space Police" the song is an excellent choice for a title track (well ... half of the title track, as "Defenders of the Crown" is another track, but I digress) as it is a bold identifying statement of who Edguy is, a defiant jab at their critics, and a just plain catchy and musically outstanding song in its own right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By teahead on July 21, 2014
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This album confused me since the very beginning. It is the most inconsistent Edguy album in their whole catalogue, and it varies from awesome gems to useless throwaways. Most songs sound like they belong on another Edguy album instead. Overall, the music is good and the production is good, but, in my opinion, their previous album, "Age of the Joker (2011)", was a bit stronger and definitely more "confident" in itself. I never do the song-by-song reviews because they are usually boring, but this album is SO inconsistent that it might actually benefit from a breakdown by tracks. I hope you find this useful in helping you decide whether to grab this record or not.

Sabre & Torch - great metal track, good opener. Cousin of "Mysteria" from "Hellfire Club".
Space Police - starts out strong, continues well... and completely dies around the time you realize there is NO guitar solo. WTF?
Defenders of the Crown - first of the three best tracks on the album. Simply awesome, classic Edguy. Sounds like it belongs on "Mandrake".
Love Tyger - simple, mediocre, average. Cousin of "Lavatory Love Machine" from "Hellfire Club".
The Realms of Baba Yaga - second of the three best tracks on the album. "Rocket Ride" material all the way. Great melodies, great guitar work, and quite addictive. Tobias' voice sounds superb in this one.
Rock Me Amadeus - it's a good cover overall, but here is the problem: when you only have 10 tracks on the album, it is unacceptable to make one of them a cover, because that doesn't leave enough original tracks on the record.
Do Me Like a Caveman - this sounds like it belongs on an Avantasia album instead of an Edguy one. Starts nicely, but loses you around the time of a pathetic 20 second short guitar solo. Come on, Tobi. Really?
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