"Space Police-Defenders Of The Crown"

By Colonel Angus

It has been a few years since Edguy unleashed any new material but like their last opus "Age Of The Joker", this one continues their sound in glorious fashion.  I have had friends and colleagues debate me on the merits of having humor in metal and at the end of the day, I feel that it doesn’t matter when the songs are as well-crafted and memorable as the tunes on "Space Police".  “Love Tyger” is a bit light-hearted and cheesey but damn it if I wasn’t humming it around the house for days (and not in an annoying way like some commercial jingles).  Further down the song list, “Do Me Like A Caveman” has a bit of that cheese factor also but it makes up for it in heaviness.  Aside from those two tunes and “Alone In Myself”, the album is pretty much pure metal.  Songs like “Sabre And Torch”, “The Realms Of Baba Yaga” and “Shadow Eaters” show off the heavier side of their musical palette so fans who gripe about the lighter fare have something to sink their teeth into.  Although I hear a lot of Judas Priest influences, Edguy have created a sound of their own and songs are instantly recognizable.

I have been a fan of the band for a while so I’m happy there is consistency in the line-up.  It’s been the same band for a decade and Nuclear Blast has been releasing their material for as long also.  I have been hearing rumors lately that Tobias Sammet has lost his voice but based on his performance on "Space Police", those rumors are definitely unfounded.  Jens Ludwig and Dirk Sauer are still present and still delivering a mix of energetic riffs and tasteful solos.  Tobias “Eggi” Exxel and Felix Bohnke have had many years to gel into a solid, making it a great foundation to build the songs upon.

There is one mis-step on "Space Police-Defenders Of The Crown" and this is the issue with having a cover song.  I know, they did “Cum On Feel The Noize” (Slade tune – if you say that it is a cover of Quiet Riot, you need to surrender your metal credentials) on "Age Of The Joker", but that was on the bonus disk.  Here, we get “Rock Me Amadeus” (cover of the 80’s Falco song) and although they do an admirable job, it is unnecessary.  The band did not add anything new to their version and they are great writers in their own rights so I would have rather had a new song.  That is a small complaint but one that I feel needs mentioning.  All in all, "Space Police" is a solid record by a unique band and anyone who has been following Edguy will find this disk very satisfying.