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   EDGUY
Hellfire Club
2004
Nuclear Blast
http://www.edguy.nu


rating: 4,5/5

1. Mysteria
2. The Piper Never Dies
3. We Don't Need A Hero
4. Down To The Devil
5. King Of Fools
6. Forever
7. Under The Moon
8. Lavatory Love Machine
9. Rise Of The Morning Glory
10. Lucifer In Love
11. Navigator
12. The Spirit Will Remain

"Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the freakshow!" That's how the new Edguy record starts off. The seventh studio album (re-recording of "Savage Poetry" included) "Hellfire Club" is indeed -just as singer and songwriter Tobi says- one of the best Edguy records ever! Heavy, innovative and playing next to the roots, typical Edguy music. The promo is kind of unusual because Tobi is commenting all the songs, but nevermind. A better way to describe the music, maybe in contrary to Tobi's statements.

Well, anyway, the opener "Mysteria" is a kick-ass song, very aggressive and still typical for Edguy, never loosing the melody, not at all getting boring. Especially the chorus one can sing along and really read the signature of the Hessian young band. Song number two "The Piper Never Dies" is in my opinion one of the best, if not THE best song, the band has ever written. A monumental piece of work, and Tobi tells us that there've been plenty of discussions within the band about this song, not to get too far away from the roots, but the influences of big rock bands such as Deep Purple, Rainbow or Uriah Heep are obvious. The song itself starts a bit slow, and the bridge and chorus are turning really heavy and getting right into the ear. The middle part is the heart of the song with bombastic and epic choires. Next song is "We Don't Need A Hero", a very typical song for Edguy, could be reflected on the whole band. Not knowing what Tobi says, I would say that the chorus ("we are falling to rise") describes the band-story throughout the years. Whatever they are doing, it seems to be the right thing, and they don't need a hero. A song that could've been on the other Edguy records as well. The little orchestral part in the middle is quite new for Edguy, they are using an orchestra for the first time, and the only promise was to stay metal, not to make another one of these metal-meets-classic-outputs; mission succeded! "Down To The Devil" starts with a quiet sound, but then is developping into a really heavy rock-song. THE typical Edguy song (again), and -as Tobi says- some people might call it "pussy-children's-metal", but that's what the band was playing in the past and will be playing in the future. "King Of Fools" is the single of this record, and it's the least heavy number of the album (excluding the ballads), a mid-tempo-song. Edguy was even on German TV (Top of the Pops), and Tobi's drawing parallels to Accept. The next number is "Forever", a pure and "cheesy" (Tobi) ballad, but with a nice chorus. The orchestra is really overwhelming by the way! After the little timeout for the neck, the headbangers get more food: "Under The Moon". A great uptempo-song with a cool refrain. Tobi says that they play it faster and in a higher tune on stage than in the studio, to make it more difficult for all of the band. "Lavatory Love Machine" (next single) is a very senseless song, but it is one to get in a good mood. I'd like to tell the story idea of this song as well. It was written on a flight to Brazil and Tobi thought what he would do if the plain crashed. Then he looked at the stewardess and well...;-) "Rise Of The Morning Glory" is another typical uptempo-song, nothing spezial though, cool stuff! Then there's "Lucifer In Love", a 30-second-kind of reprise of "Down To The Devil". The in my opinion weakest song is "Navigator". It is a midtempo-song, and maybe it's just my point of view, but it reminds me a bit of "Pharaoh" from the "Mandrake" album, and I didn't like that song either). "The Spirit Will Remain" is the final song of the "normal" version of the "Hellfire Club", and it is a pathetic and majestic ballad. Tobi is doing a great work on the vocals, he is only accomplished by the orchestra, nice.

Two songs are not on the usual CD, but on the limited edition. First one is "Children Of Steel", again a typical (*yawn* ;-)) uptempo song, nothing special but - well, usual. Finally there's another version of "Mystreria" with Mille Petrozza from Kreator as co-singer. Mille makes the song much more dirty and also a bit heavier, because he's singing in a total different way. All in all, the "Hellfire Club" is a great album! I can't tell if it's the best, but definitely in the top three (while "Mandrake" is not ;-p). A must-have for Edguy and other power-metal-fans!!!

submitted by Paddy 27.05.2004

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