Music / Edguy
Edguy (Pronounced "Ed-gai") is a German power metal
band that was founded in 1992. Their music is heavily influenced by both Iron Maiden
, although they tend to have a more symphonic sound with greater use of keyboards.
Tobias Sammet also has a Rock Opera
side project, Avantasia
- Tobias Sammet (vocals, keyboards, bass until 1998)
- Jens Ludwig (guitar)
- Dirk Sauer (guitar)
- Tobias Exxel (bass)
- Felix Bohnke (drums)
- 1995 - Savage Poetry
- 1997 - Kingdom of Madness
- 1998 - Vain Glory Opera
- 1999 - Theater of Salvation
- 2000 - The Savage Poetry (re-recording)
- 2001 - Mandrake
- 2004 - Hellfire Club
- 2006 - Rocket Ride
- 2008 - Tinnitus Sanctus
- 2011 - Age of the Joker
- 2014 - Space Police: Defenders of the Crown
- 2017 - Monumentsnote
Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome to the Freakshow!
- All Drummers Are Animals: In this case, a highspeed alien drum bunny.
- Audience Participation Song: "This is the boring part of the show, the part where you have to sing along to whatever comes to my mind, allright?" makes for midtros or intros for many songs.
- Also, all of their choruses. Most notably, Tears of a Mandrake and Out of Control.
- Bound and Gagged: Tobi gets taped to a chair in the "All The Clowns" music video.
- Break-Up Song: "Trinidad". And it is awesome!
- Child Rockstar: They were 14 year old students when they formed the band and released their first demos two years later.
- Cluster F-Bomb: "New Age Messiah" and "Life and Times of a Bonus Track", and of course, "Fucking With Fire".
- Cover Version: "Hymn," which was originally an Ultravox song, and was turned into something awesome.
- Epic Rocking: "Eyes of the Tyrant," "The Pharaoh," "Theater of Salvation,", "The Piper Never Dies", "Speedhoven" and "Robin Hood". Their longest by far is "The Kingdom", which is over eighteen minutes long.
- Erotic Eating: In the "Superheroes" music video, some Playboy Bunnies eat carrots suggestively. So does Tobias.
- Faust: "The Devil and the Savant" is based on this.
- Greatest Hits Album: Monuments is a 2 CD set which also includes some new songs, rarer tracks from their EPs, a previously unreleased track. and a DVD featuring a show in Brazil from their Hellfire Club tour.
- Heavy Mithril: Several of their songs, though not as many as some other power metal bands.
- Intercourse with You: "Lavatory Love Machine" is rather obvious...
- Large Ham: In a genre practically defined by OTT, Tobias Sammet is unquestionably one of the largest hams in the business, arguably topped only by Fabio Lione.
- Lighter and Softer: The latest couple of albums have moved from power metal towards a more hard rock sound. Also, their later albums usually have at least one joke song.
- Lonely Piano Piece: "Standing In The Rain"
- Long Runner Lineup: The last line-up change was in 1998, and that was to add a full time bassist (Tobias Exxel) so that Tobias Sammet could focus on singing.
- Loudness War: Tinnitus Sanctus, badly. Might be intentional given the name, the cover, and the fact that the band describes the album as "a penetrating wall of sound."
- Mile-High Club: Again, "Lavatory Love Machine".
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Recent material is mostly in the 5-6 range, prior albums tended to vary between 6-7.
- Obligatory Bondage Song: "Sex, Fire, Religion" most explicitly, but also "Lavatory Love Machine" a bit.
- Playboy Bunnies: In the "Superheroes" music video.
- Power Ballad: "Scarlet Rose," "Holy Water," "Forever," "When A Hero Cries," "Save Me," and the incredibly awesome "The Spirit Will Remain."
- Religion Rant Song: They did a few of these on their early albums, most notably "The Kingdom" from Kingdom of Madness, the title track of Theater of Salvation (and arguably the entire album could count), and "Down to the Devil" from Hellfire Club. All of these are type 3. The first two Avantasia albums are Religion Rant Albums.
- Right Through the Wall: "Do Me Like a Caveman".
- Shout-Out: Given that the structure of the songs are almost identical, "Vain Glory Opera" commonly gets its first verse replaced by the first verse from The Final Countdown when performed live.
- Sexy Stewardess: In "Lavatory Love Machine".
- Take That!:
- "Judas At The Opera", while first appearing like a barrage of random lyrics, is actually an attack against the critics who accuse them of being too happy and upbeat with their music. Unsurprisingly, critics then attacked the song for being too cheerful and uptempo.
- "Catch Of The Century" is a Take That! to the record labels that refused to sign the band in their infancy and predicted that they would have no future.
- Sympathetic P.O.V.: Inverted in "Robin Hood"; as it shows that by taking away the POV from the eponymous character, you can easily turn the Lovable Rogue into The Dreaded.
- Tuckerization: The name "Edguy" is an affectionate epithet for Mr. Edgar Siedschlag, their math teacher from when they were young.
- Villain Song: "Robin Hood", as it portrays the eponymous character as The Dreaded... While still set to an incredibly heroic tune! (and some surprisingly humorous lyrics)
- Ye Olde Butchered English: In "Robin Hood," Tobi tells the audience to "bewareth."
While not necessarily reflected in lyrics...
- Monster Clown: A wicked looking jester seems to have become their mascot lately. One features prominently on the cover of Age of the Joker (seriously, what would you expect?), Mandrake, and Monuments.
- Slasher Smile: Also on the cover of Mandrake and Monuments.