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Edguy - Rocket Ride

Discussion in 'Metal Reviews' started by Rodrigo, Apr 10, 2006.

  1. Rodrigo

    Rodrigo Heat in 7

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    Edguy – Rocket Ride
    Nuclear Blast Records – NB 1615-2 – March 21, 2006
    By Rodrigo Escandon

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    Listening to Rocket Ride has been a frustrating experience. I have always been an advocate of band’s who constantly evolve, change and push new boundaries. However, that doesn’t mean that I have to like the new direction that a band takes and that is the case with Edguy. I really should have seen it coming with Superheroes and to a certain degree with Hellfire Club but to me Edguy has changed for the worst.

    One of the biggest problems I have had recently with Edguy is that usually you see a band mature through time and not grow more childish with each subsequent release as Edguy has done. Sure it started with “Save Us Now” in Mandrake but it continued with “King of Fools’, “Lavatory Love Machine”, “Superheroes” and now they provide us with more childish banter with “Fucking With Fire” and “Trinidad”, two songs that should be left as B-sides. It’s hard to believe that a band that once wrote a song against Christian doctrine with “Theater of Salvation” now writes songs about the sunshine and heat waves in Trinidad. To top it all off just like with Superheroes we get treated to another cartoonish cover.

    Ok fine, you may say that I lack a sense of humor and that I don’t “get” this new humorous side of Edguy but unfortunately the problems don’t end there. Do you miss the 80’s and arena rock bands? If you do then you will definitely enjoy Rocket Ride otherwise this is just a waste of talent. “Save Me” sounds like something Bon Jovi would have written years ago and "Catch of the Century” reminds me of the Scorpions and don't even get me started with the dumb ranting by Tobias at the end of this song. As if you haven’t noticed it, these songs now follow a hard rock pattern and songwriting wise all you get is intro/verse/chorus/verse. Again, I have to refer to past albums to emphasize that the members of Edguy have showcased their talent but now they seem to be happy stuck in this simplified style.

    This is truly unfortunate because there are a couple of instances where flashes of the old Edguy pop out. “Out of Vogue” is the speedy power metal song that we got used to hearing from this band and amazingly it includes some great guitar melodies, as opposed to a vocalized "guitar" solo in "Return to the Tribe". “Sacrifice” and “The Asylum” are the last two remaining solid songs but they sound too alike to “Navigator” and “The Piper Never Dies” in terms of song structure. I would rather hear those songs from Hellfire Club than these songs found in Rocket Ride.

    It’s really a shame to see one of your favorite bands go a path that you don’t want them to go on but this is what Edguy has decided to do. I don’t like it and so I choose not to take a ride on their rocket. See, I do have a sense of humor after all.

    5/10

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  2. JayKeeley

    JayKeeley Be still, O wand'rer!

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    Your review is on the money, although I'd give this a 3/10.

    Germans aren't exactly known for their sense of humour, so I'm not sure why Edguy are trying to exploit that in their music. What next, a cameo by David Hasselhoff?

    This is the same band that gave us Savage Poetry, Vain Glory Opera, Theater of Salvation, and Mandrake. This is an unbelievable step down, even from the lacklustre King of Fools.

    Now this is all moot of course if indeed they want to be regarded as that party 'joke band', along the lines of Andrew WK, Chumbawumba, or Soilwork.
     
  3. Dr. Abner Mality

    Dr. Abner Mality Primary Scare Physician

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    Ugh, what a weak, shiny piece of piffle! Not a bit of grit or real heaviness to be found...:puke:
     
  4. EVERLOSTINDEADETERNITY

    EVERLOSTINDEADETERNITY I hate wiener dogs. Dreadful creatures.

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    I bought this the same day as the new Cannibal Corpse and I thought both were great purchases. Trinidad and fucking With Fire are Acually my two favorites on the album. To each his own.
     
  5. s_a_o

    s_a_o The Face of Melinda

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    At Easter dinner my Uncle inquired as to what music I was listening to these days. I showed him the new Edguy album and he exclaimed that it sounded like many of the "disposable arena rock bands of the 80s that faded away after one hit song".

    Yeah, I definitely agree that the album is a disappointment. Edguy will always have a place in my heart, though. Just one of those things. Their older work is so much better though.
     
  6. IntoPhagist

    IntoPhagist FloriiiiiiiooooooOOO!

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    um this album, lets see is very catchy, lots of cool riffs, good production, very uplifting , maybe not as good as there older ones as many say and i own theater, vain glory and hellfire club, and i dont see anythign wrong with this album, if you want a fun listen , its damn good, happy heavymetal/rock

    i actually prefer mandrake and hellfire club to vgo and tos, thats just my opinion Rocket ride gets a 7/10 for me not amazing but in noway is this album bad, very listenable
     
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    First off good review - thought it was spot on.
    For me though, Edguy hasnt put out a good album since 'kingdom of madness' ecerything after that is average or worse, 'Mandrake' has some rocking tracks as does hell fire club. But you cant go past the '95 version of 'Savage poetry' - love it!
     

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