“Age of the Joker” is the first Edguy album that I have listened to in some time. I’ve heard a few scattered songs throughout the years and listened to one of the older albums, can’t remember which one. Ok but the point is this one is fresh on my mind and ready to be discussed. Let me start of by saying that I think Tobias Sammet is a god damn power metal genius. The man can stick any style of music with power metal and it works. Although, after listening to the entire album I realized that the differences between Edguy and his other project Avantasia is not really that different. But both are fucking good though.
The album starts out of with pounding “Robin Hood.” You know, if their was ever a song about Robin Hood this song is the definitive. The atmosphere the band creates behind Tobias Sammet’s vocals really fit the theme perfectly. Whimsical tales of helping poor people overcome adversity of the rich. Right after that the band jumps right into “Nobody’s Hero” which is the fastest song on the album, if not the fastest Edguy song yet. Let’s jump down to “Pandora’s Box” which is totally a Pandora’s Box of musical elements. It’s got that “down home” country feel to it. Almost a rockabilly guitar riff behind the power metal, but it works fucking wonderfully. Moving onto “Two out of Seven” the band seems to be having some fun on this track. The synth on it is catchy as fuck as well. “In your eyes, in your mind, I’m two out of seven. In your eyes, in your life, maybe two out of seven. In your eyes, in your mind, I’m three out of ten.” Not really sure what Tobias is singing about here, but again it is catchy as fuck.
On the bonus disc for the special edition we see two songs that are rather interesting. The first being the cover of the Slade classic(Yes, I said fucking SLADE) “Cum on Feel the Noise.” It’s not secret that I love cover songs, of any kind. This may be my favorite of any version of this song. It’s just as powerful as the original and Sammet’s vocals fit quite well. The other is the “Aleister Crowley Memorial Boogie” it’s another pretty damn good and fun song. Obviously, you know what the lyrical content is.
It’s a very good album. One of the better power metal releases this year and it continues to prove my point that Tobias Sammet is the modern day mastermind of Power Metal.