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Rocket Ride

January 1, 2005 | Format: MP3

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By Roberto M. Barros on January 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
What happens after a metal band delivers a perfect album? It depends. Iced Earth and Nevermore screwed badly on their following CDs. But like Iron Maiden with The Number and Piece of Mind, Edguy strikes a great album after the absolute Hellfire Club.

Rocket Ride is no Hellfire for sure, but it's an awesome, intriguing album that after a few listens will become one of your favourites. At first, what you will notice is the lack of agression, rawness, cohesion and overall quality that defined Hellfire, where everything seems to match perfectly.

But Rocket Ride has more melody, Edguy's unique humour, drama, variety and definitely risk. It definitely shows that Edguys in not your average metal band, because they can make something completely different from a perfect album, and still seems plausible and worth listening.

While some songs are among the best (if not the best) in Edguy's career, others will keep you thinking: what these ****ers had in mind? While I still believe that Hellfire is a better album, the fact that Edguy can leave the comfort zone and defy our senses make this album entirely worthwhile, because it's a**-kicking metal of best quality and notsomething you find on the usual Helloween-wannabe band of the week.

So let's go for the songs:

- SACRIFICE: non-traditional, 8-minute opener, takes you to a mix of opposite emotions you never felt in your life. Hope and despair, happiness and sadness, light and dark, challenge and defeat, aggression and subordination, it's all there. Listen to believe. One of the best ever.

- ROCKET RIDE: that silent, low guitar riff, Tobi's scream, a defying vocalization, some mid-song Megadeth-like guitar solos, a perfect bridge, all ending in a great Majestic chorus.
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I am a big Edguy fan. I love all of their albums and I was really excited when I heard that they had come out with a new cd. I looked around and read some rather mixed reviews of this album. So I was a little apprehensive when I bought it, then I listened to it...This album was quickly added to my list of favorite albums. One of the things some fans didn't like about it was that it drifted away from their power metal roots. In fact it did. This album is not power metal it is melodic metal. I don't think this change took anything away. I actually think that this is their best album. What I liked most about this album was that you could tell that the band enjoyed making every song, it was all so natural. There is an underlying humor throughout the whole thing, especially in Tobias' lyrics. So if you go into this expecting to hear another power metal album, then you will be disappointed. I recommend that you don't expect anything from this album but, a good time. Cheers to Edguy who continue to impress.
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Edguy's last full length, Hellfire Club, was absolutely a landmark and a breath of fresh air for metal. Rocket Ride continues in the same vein and is consistently good - if you heard the excellent Superheroes EP, you have a pretty good idea what to expect - and it's already gotten a lot of listens over the past month or so even though there isn't any one song on here that totally sends me through the roof like the very best ones on HC. I'd probably give this one 4.5 stars if I could.

Standout tracks for me are Wasting Time and Catch of the Century - two uptempo, shorter, and very catchy tunes, the sort of thing that Edguy is almost alone in doing these days - and The Asylum, a longer and more structurally varied track that's in the line of Mandrake and The Piper Never Dies. Superheroes is an instant classic with notably good lyrics. But while the diversity on the album is enormous (every track stands out, unlike so many totally homogenous power metal albums), the quality is also consistently high, and there isn't one throw-away track on the whole album, which is great. On the other hand, there isn't anything really fast and agressive, and I think the album would have been better for having something a little more violent for contrast.

With Rocket Ride, Edguy will continue to annoy folks who think that metal has to consist only of "epic" songs about dragons, kings, and steel; there's not a fantasy cliche in sight, and there's quite a lot of joking around. If Hellfire Club's "Lavatory Love Machine" wasn't your cup of tea, then Catch of the Century, Trinidad, and, ah, the Fire song aren't going to do it for you this time either, not to mention the cartoony cover art. But me, I'm glad there are some bands with this level of technical ability who are willing to just rock out and have fun - and when Tobi and the guys get out on tour for this one, don't miss it. You'll never have a better time at a show.
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Edguy have done it again - released an album of quality HR/HM tunes. Seriously, the third release in a row where this group have melded their talented songwriting to sturdy metal and good time hard rock. Some people have accused this release of being a touch too commercial, but what band obsessed by commercial recognition would start off an album with a track over 8 minutes long? Admittedtly the tunes are in general a touch less 'metal' but my gut instinct is that this just happens to be the tunes they chose on merit rather than a concerted decision on the bands part.

The melodies and the hooks the band are known for are still here - check out tunes like Wasted Time which rides a simple yet very effective riff. The solos are of course pretty darn nifty and everything is syncromeshed to perfection. Production by the band and Sascha Paeth is well done, but there is a slight lessening of the 'sheen' on this knob job, a tiny reduction of the polish in comparison to Hellfire Club. Which actually doesn't detract from the album at all.

And while we're comparing this to their previous album I'd have to admit that track for track this probably loses on points to both Hellfire Club and Tears of a Mandrake, despite this being quite a strong disc.

Another tiny gripeI have is this seems less of a team effort in terms of songwriting credits, all but one track being written by Mr Sammet - only Jens Ludwig gets a look in with a co-credit for the music of Out of Vogue.

Still these small gripes don't add up to too much - the album is full of the fun we've come to associate with Edguy and the aforementioned Sammet has again come up with a vocal performance many other metal singers would give their larynx for.
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