EDGUY

(GERMANY)

THEATER OF SALVATION

(1999)
LABEL:

AFM RECORDS

GENRE:

MELODIC METAL

TAGS:
High-pitched vocals
""Theater Of Salvation" succeeds in surpassing its excellent predecessor and proves to be the perfect entry point for anyone wishing to discover Edguy and Melodic Speed Metal."
NOISE (05.01.2010)  
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Exactly one year after "Vain Glory Opera", in January 1999, Edguy's third album is released. This new opus, which sees the arrival of Felix Bohnke on drums and Tobias Exxel on bass to create the band's current line-up, is to be the consecration of the German quintet. In particular, Edguy takes advantage of the now very favourable economic climate for its musical style, melodic speed metal, a genre that has returned to favor with the media and a young public, propelling the band to the top.

Artistically, "Theater Of Salvation" confirms the very high level already offered by "Vain Glory Opera", with a band that in barely 5 years of career has reached the summit of its art. Edguy still manages to progress and refine its style. There's still a certain freshness and naivety in the lyrics, something that will gradually disappear later on. The subtle blend of speed metal, calmer passages, unstoppable melodies and ambience of all kinds works wonders. The band have perfectly assimilated their influences, sounding like a formidable mix between Iron Maiden for the heavy side and the vocals, Scorpions for the sense of melody and of course Helloween for the pure speed metal aspect.

"Theater Of Salvation" showcases enormous class and perfect musical technique, particularly in Sammet's solos and vocals, which are monstrous in feeling, power and melody. Fans of the genre will be in heaven when they listen to 'Babylon', an excellent, powerful track with a highly effective chorus that's both posed and epic, 'Wake Up The King', a beautiful, fast symphonic track with a huge break, or 'Arrows Fly' with its typical heavy speed intro, perfect chorus and well-placed backing vocals. Other tracks include 'The Headless Game', in a more classic heavy vein, with another chorus and backing vocals made for the stage, 'The Unbeliever', a heavy, epic track with high-pitched Rob Halford-style vocals, and the eponymous title track, which over 10 minutes offers a number of rhythmic changes and moods, from epic to symphonic to heavy.

"Theater Of Salvation" succeeds in surpassing its excellent predecessor, and is undoubtedly the band's best record. It's also one of the best releases of its kind in many years, and a perfect gateway for anyone wishing to discover the style and Edguy.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. The Healing Vision (01:11)
02. Babylon (06:10)
03. The Headless Game (05:31)
04. Land Of The Miracle (06:32)
05. Wake Up The King (05:43)
06. Falling Down (04:36)
07. Arrows Fly (05:03)
08. Holy Shadows (04:30)
09. Another Time (04:07)
10. The Unbeliever (05:47)
11. Theater Of Salvation (12:25)

LINEUP:
Dirk Sauer: Guitares
Felix Bohnke: Batterie
Jens Ludwig: Guitares
Tobias Exxel: Basse
Tobias Sammet: Chant
   
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