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A superb retrospective.

There are basically two types of "Best Of..."/"Retrospective" releases in my book. The first is just a shameless cash in with little or no effort put in (regardless of whether it is supporting a landmark) – I understand yet another bloody Foreigner compilation is due – that ultimately amounts to nothing more than a cynical attempt to leverage yet more dosh out of the band's fans (Dick Turpin at least had the decency to stick a gun under your nose first!). The second is a genuine labour of love designed to celebrate some particular achievement or milestone event in a remarkable career; thankfully 'Monuments' falls into the second category.

Launched back in the dark days of the early nineties when the flannel shirt brigade ruled supreme, Edguy were the very antithesis of mainstream cool at the time, yet the very fact that we're celebrating their 25th anniversary with this release speaks volumes to the timeless durability of their music. I've always viewed them as Germany's answer to Iron Maiden (and yes, that's meant as a massive compliment!) with a nod to Helloween and a hint of Queensrÿche, their innate sense of fun balancing perfectly with an, at times, über sophisticated take on a modern Melodic Metal sound.

Released as a lavish 2CD/DVD set (you should see the limited edition version with the book!), 'Monuments' pulls together new songs, old songs and a never before released rarity from the early days... and that's just the CD's! Here you will find the stunning 'Tears Of A Mandrake' (Edguy at their sophisticated best in my opinion) next to tongue-in-cheek cuts like 'Lavatory Love Machine'. Album openers 'Ravenblack' and 'Wrestle The Devil' prove that, if anything, they're getting better moving forward (the former especially is one of the best new songs I've heard from them since the 'Mandrake' album).

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However, that's just the tip of the iceberg when you've got a jewel encrusted back catalogue to celebrate, with Edguy classics such as 'Vain Glory Opera', 'Babylon', the smouldering 'The Piper Never Dies' and 'Land Of The Miracle' showcasing the breadth of moods and styles that make up the collective psyche. Then there's the DVD ...

Pro shot on the South American leg of their 2004 'Hellfire Club' tour, it captures the awesome might of an Edguy show to perfection. "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the freak show!" screams front-man Tobias Sammet, the band then launching into a blistering version of 'Mysteria' with all the gusto of Judas Priest circa 'Painkiller'. Then just close your eyes and drink in the sweat-soaked atmosphere of a band borne aloft on the back of a totally partisan crowd... thrilling. Great camera angles, great sound and a mesmerising performance from the entire band make this a remarkable live DVD. As an added bonus, they've also tacked on a complete collection of video clips... ooh, spoilt we are!

A delicious conundrum, Edguy is one of the most significant additions to the Metal scene in the last twenty-five years and this superb retrospective is the perfect way to celebrate that... here's to the next twenty-five guys!

Dave Cockett

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