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Vain Glory Opera Import, Extra tracks


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  • Audio CD (August 22, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Extra tracks
  • Label: Jvc Japan
  • ASIN: B00000DB1D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture
2. Until We Rise Again
3. How Many Miles
4. Scarlet Rose
5. Out Of Control
6. Vain Glory Opera
7. Fairytale
8. Walk On Fighting
9. Tomorrow
10. No More Foolin'
11. Hymn
12. But Here I Am

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Japanese Release featuring a Bonus Track.

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Sammet can write good songs , but they are all very similar.
dobbler
This is Edguy's heaviest and fastest album, and I believe it has the best songwriting as well.
Jason P. Sorens
Edguy are one of the best metal bands today and this album rocks!
oran

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 1998
Format: Audio CD
"The inofficial but until now only true successor of Helloween's 'Keeper Of The 7 Keys' - milestones whose success Helloween couldn't achieve again after recognizing that they were at a commercial dead-end." So far the latest prereview of EDGUY's "Kindom Of Madness" published in the German 'Evil Message Magazine'. But it would be very unfair to call those 4 guys from Fulda (Germany) a simple "Helloween-copy". With their ability to write catchy songs which will stick to the listener's ears, the 4 guys (average age: 18 years!) have already got something what many musicians will never achieve.
At the latest after listening to the 18-minute track "The Kingdom" which deals with the Inquisition and the suffering and burning of many innocent people, the slightest rise of critique is mortified. It's hard to imagine that 18-years old greenhorns would be capable of writing such a song. "The Kingdom" does not act boring or tiring, because it lives from fast, harmonized lead lines and also from expressive and emotional lead vocals.
The icing on the cake was the co-operation with "True Metal" defender Chris Boltendahl, vocalist of Grave Digger. Altogether the song provides a contrastive atmosphere, romantic on the one hand, medieval and gruesome on the other. Those bombastic songs should drive Metalfans crazy.
EDGUY are a refreshing young band who don't trim their sails to the wind and follow the roots of sounds that were topical in their kindergarten days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gergellor on July 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is the kind of album that none of the tracks are filler material, nor will make you bored. The real gem in EDGUY is the singer. He sounds as a mix of Dickinson, Kiske, Halford and Tate. Amazing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theobalt on February 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I read that a guy didn't like the song "Vain Glory Opera" because it reminded him of a Europe's song. Isn't this prejudism or what? Indeed the introduction is similar to the final countdown but the song has its own identity. As well as the album. It is probably the best album of Edguy second maybe only to Sammet's only other creation Avantasia part I. Great vocals, combining Dickinson, Defeis and Kiske, speedy solos, and suberb chorus. You will not regret purchasing this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "overture_al" on January 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Based on the strength of Avantasia (which in itself is pure brilliance), I decided to reach into the roots of Edguy. VGO isn't bad at all, although at times it can seem a little dated to say the least. For example, the title track 'Vain Glory Opera' reminds me of Europe's 'Final Countdown' with those same trumpet keyboard intro's, and it just makes me want to hit the 'skip' button on the CD player. Also, Tobias Sammet's singing style definatley changed later for Avantasia (where the similarity to Bruce Dickinson is even more obvious). On VGO however, his singing vibrato is a little more 'jagged' and so his unintentional impression of Fergal Sharkey (The Undertones) is rather hysterical. If you don't know The Undertones, think 'tropical bird mating call'.
Here is the key selling point though: "Out of Control". This is a great track that melds power crunch riffs with harmonious singing melodies. Of course the real treat on this track is the appearance of Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian) who, in my opinion, has the most unique voice out there in power metal. Amazingly, Hansi only sings one line in each chorus but it complements the song like you wouldn't believe. It is such a shame that Hansi did not return to appear on Avantasia...
In any case, VGO is ok, and some of the other tracks like 'Until We Rise Again' and 'Walk On Fighting' help carry things along. However, this album showcased the beginnings of the band, and fortunatley they've since improved. So if you wanted to hear Edguy or Tobias Sammet, go for the throat and get Avantasia - the 'Metal Opera' puts them in the same ranks as the big guns (Seventh Son, Mindcrime etc).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By oran on February 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is, in my opinion Edguy's greatest album. Edguy are one of the best metal bands today and this album rocks! songs like "vain glry opera" and "out of control" alone make it worth to buy the entire album. Ofcourse there are many more great songs in this one. The voice of the lead singer is excellent and reminds me of the good days of Bruce Dickenson(Iron Maiden's lead singer).Buy it now, and you won't regret it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is not an effort of discovering the lukewarm water or the black thread.It's pretty much the try of a young band to earn themselves a place in the metal scene.It's a good album(a better one than their previous effort,"Kingdom of Madness" and a better one too than the follow up "Theater of Salvation").This is Edguy at their 100%.Power,melody,good music,good lyrics,Sammett sings decently on this...an enjoyable album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason P. Sorens on August 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you're interested in trying out Edguy for the first time, I would recommend starting here. This is Edguy's heaviest and fastest album, and I believe it has the best songwriting as well. No, Edguy is not doing anything original, and others have pointed that out. But they have occupied a niche in power metal, and those who have a special affection for this genre, as do I, would do well to look into this band. I would describe this album as a cross between Helloween and Grave Digger (or maybe mid-period Blind Guardian). It has a thicker and heavier sound than Helloween or Gamma Ray ever had, but it's more complex and melodic than Grave Digger. Most of the songs on this album have something to offer, but I almost wish they had cut the album off at track 8 ("Walk on Fighting"). Track 9 is one of the cheesiest ballads I've ever heard, track 10 is full of profanity and really does not seem to fit in with anything Edguy has ever done, and track 11 is a cover of an 80s dance band (a good rendition, but nonetheless not quite fitting in). My favorite track has to be "Fairytale" with its excellent guitar work and a poignant chorus.
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