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Edguy
Tinnitus Sanctus
Type: CD
Company: Nuclear Blast
Release: 2008
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Frank Hill
Published: 3/27/2009
Edguy is coasting on cruise control here
I remember a half dozen years back when Edguy was one of the newer jewels of the Euro-power metal crown. Their rapid twin guitars, epic chorus harmonies, speedy drums, and the talented vocals of Tobias Sammet helped to put AFM Records on the map and into the company of Helloween, Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian and other stylist contemporaries like Stratovarius. Since then, they've moved to Nuclear Blast, become rock veterans, and morphed away from the youthful blasts of speed to a radio-friendly, hook-heavy style that fully bloomed on the fantastic 2006 release 'Rocket Ride'.

On the new 'Tinnitus Sanctus', the talent is there and the choruses are as big as ever, but I found the overall listen to be AOR adequate. "The Pride of Creation" and "Speedhoven" show a spark of craft and "Thorn Without A Rose" is quality, but the rest come across with a lackadaisical merit. Edguy still sounds like an energetic band, but as a listening experience Tobias and his merry crew have slid further into tepid commercial hard rock. Tinnitus plays okay in the car on a sunny day, but it's coasting on cruise control here. Edguy never takes their craft too seriously, but it says something about my state of interest when I start finding the bonus tracks the most memorable.
About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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