Edguy just keeps getting better and better! These German power-metallers have just unleashed the "Superheroes" EP, somewhat of a stop-gap release for the band as it comes between the great "Hellfire Club" album (Nuclear Blast 2004) and their new record "Rocket Ride" which is scheduled for release in early 2006. If you've never heard the band before, I would describe them and being somewhat similar to a mix of Pretty Maids, Stratovarius, and Angra, coupled with the vocal styling of singer Tobias Sammet, a man with a mighty presence who wields a voice that sounds like a cross between the mighty Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) and Geoff Tate (Queensryche).
The centerpiece and lead track off the EP is the title track "Superheroes" which will also be featured on the new record when it's released. The track is super-catchy and one of the most melodic and accessible songs that the band has offered to date. The signature Edguy heavy guitar tone is intact, but the track is supplemented with a simple keyboard fill that makes this tune irresistible!
Speaking of irresistible, you just may want to check out the music video for this song as it features some fine looking ladies who happen to reside in a place called ‘Bunnyville.’ If that sounds a bit strange, you'll get it when you see the video! The second track on the disc is "Spooks in the Attic" and again features the heavy guitar attack that the band has become famous for, but in this case is augmented by one of the most "catchy" choruses you'll hear this side of, well... Bunnyville!!! (You've just got to check out this video!)
The quality of the EP stays high with the moody and atmospheric "Blessing in Disguise.” The song is somewhat of a ballad, with an interesting arrangement that reminds me of Queensryche or even the more obscure Virgo (who just happened to feature "Superheroes" producer Sascha Paeth!). "Judas at the Opera" is a speedy track, a traditional Edguy epic which clocks in at over 7 minutes and gives the listener just about everything this band has to offer (including the tongue-in-check lyrics!). Also of interest on this track is some vocal help from former Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske.
The EP is rounded out with a cover of the Magnum semi-classic "The Spirit.” I thought that was an interesting choice for a cover...about as interesting as the band's decision to cover "I'll Cry For You" by the mighty Europe on a previous CD single from the "Hellfire Club" album... brilliant is all I have to say! The disc officially ends with an orchestrated piano/vocal version of "Superheroes.” Tobias Sammet gives a great heartfelt performance on the track and lends the song a sound and feel that is totally different from the electric version that leads off the EP. If you fancy some of the bands mentioned above, you should check this release out; you will probably want to track down the rest of their albums, too!
By the way, if I piqued your interest at all about the video for "Superheroes,” you can also check out a companion DVD which was released at the same time as this EP. It not only features this great video but also has several songs recorded live at a concert in South America on their most recent tour, along with the usual behind-the-scenes footage that you'll find on many DVDs these days.
- Tobias Sammet - vocals
- Jens Ludwig - guitars
- Dirk Sauer - guitars
- Tobias "Eggi" Exxel - bass
- Felix Bohnke - drums
- Spooks In The Attic
- Blessing in Disguise
- Judas At The Opera
- The Spirit
- Superheroes (Epic Version)