Edguy – Space Police – Defenders of the Crown

Nuclear Blast Records

Released 21 April 2014

Review by: Cat A

They call themselves European Metal, over here they’re known as the German Power Metal crew that have obtained quite a cult following in the UK. Famously not taking themselves too seriously with track titles such as Lavatory Love MachineEdguy are still able to strike an emotional note with the likes of the heartfelt Save me. In my house they’re on the playlist frequently, normally accompanied by my resident Viking running around in his boxers and socks, throwing the horns and yelling along in comic fashion.

Yes, that is what passes for normal around here (Lancashire… nuff said! – Ed).

The opener Sabre and Torch is a whirlwind headbanging anthem, riddled with catchy breaks and a singalong vibe that has you joining in before you quite realise what’s going on as you’re battered round the ears with a thrashy riff and solo, then you blink and it’s on to the first of the two tracks that make up the album title, Space Police that has a lot more keyboards and a more epic feel to it. Of course it’s followed by Defenders of the Crown to complete the title, and it’s simple chorus conjures images of a tight trousered Tobias stomping his foot and pumping his fist on stage as you’re dragged in by melodic hooks.

On the glam rock side of things, Love Tyger has a sound of Kiss to it and is so sickeningly catchy, bouncy and feel good that I dare you to not at least start tapping your foot. Cue the next song and there’s a more thrash influence in The Realms of Baba Yaga with a screaming guitar riff and soaring vocals. Rock Me Amadeus (yes, that one!) has a Faith No More kind of feel, it’s a well arranged cover and quite frankly I’m having trouble typing this because I’m dancing in my seat. I can’t help it.

Do Me Like a Caveman is the classic Edguy singalong sound, and a showcase for Sammett’s vocal talents when he’s not running around like a lunatic, and I’m still not sure if it’s a serious song or tongue in cheek, but you know, that’s part of the games that Edguy like to play with their fans.

Shadow Eaters goes back to the more up tempo stuff again, but once more listen to the lyrics before air-guitaring your way through the solo and into Alone in Myself which does happen to be one of the more serious offerings with an easy addition of a bit of groove to the mix. In the 80s this would have been the lighters in the air tune, and all too soon we’ve hit the finale of The Eternal Wayfarer. The only way I can describe the power behind the ending is to throw in a comparision to the almighty Dio on the vocal side.

Space Police… Defenders of the Crown is honestly a new height for Edguy; the tracks flow together well with not a single one feeling out of place. The artwork might be something from a cheesy 80s sci-fi film but don’t judge songs on their cover! This is a piece of proper power metal with all the hair whipping, fist clenching and foot stomping that comes with it. Go listen, and just be sure to remember that this is Edguy; don’t take them too seriously but don’t underestimate them!

Rating: *****/5

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