Evergrey is a progressive metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band was founded in 1995 and released its debut album, The Dark Discovery, in 1998. After a short hiatus the band returned with its ninth album Hymns for the Broken, released on September 2014. Evergrey's lyrics have always been of the darker sort, the same can be said of the band's imagery. While The Dark Discovery dealt with a variety of ideas, many albums have been concept albums, dealing with issues like self-reformation, alien abduction, child abuse and religion. Recreation Day is an album that covers many issues, ranging from death and mourning to general fear and sorrow, all of which contribute to a greater concept of re-creation of oneself; these ideas are explored from many different points of view, such as someone contemplating suicide, mourners after a funeral, dying people's looking back on their "unforgivable" sins. "Unforgivable" acted as a catalyst for the next album, which dealt with the same two issues described in the song: religion and child abuse.
On 4 April 2006 Evergrey released their sixth studio album, Monday Morning Apocalypse. The album was produced and mixed by Sanken Sandquist and Stefan Glauman, former producers of Rammstein, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard, among others. Tom S. Englund said, regarding the collaboration: "We feel honoured to work with such amazing producers. We are sure that they will succeed in making us sound better than before." The album debuted at No. 6 in Sweden. During summer 2006, Evergrey played at many festivals throughout Europe: among others, Sweden Rock Festival, Download Festival, Arvika Festival, Masters of Rock, Storsjöyran and Sziget Festival. From 5 to 30 May the band toured the United States with In Flames and Throwdown. On 15 September they headlined Prog Power VII in Georgia. On 24 October 2006 Evergrey started a new European tour, they were supported by fellow Swedish death metal band Avatar, they visited Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Sweden. Evergrey released their seventh studio album, Torn, in September 2008, continuing with their trademark lyrical themes of desperation and despair.
Jari Kainulainen permanently filled the role on 6 August 2007, who played bass on Torn. On 8 May 2008 Evergrey announced that they had signed a deal with Steamhammer/SPV; this included the release of the entire back catalogue. It was announced that the new album, would be released early in September 2008; as the deal includes the band's entire back catalog, there is the possibility of re-releases of previous Evergrey albums with the inclusion of added bonus material. In July 2008 Swedish/Danish band Amaranthe announced that keyboardist Rikard Zander, along with In Flames bassist Peter Iwers, would make a guest appearance on their upcoming album. In May 2010 it was announced that Jonas Ekdahl, Henrik Danhage and Jari Kainulainen have all left Evergrey by mutual decision because of problems with the band members interacting with each other, they called. An article posted on 13 November 2010 on Evergrey's blog contained dates for upcoming concerts as well as the confirmation of a new album titled Glorious Collision on 28 February 2011.
Via Facebook posts in November 2013, while writing the next Evergrey album due for release in 2014, the band first confirmed that drummer Hannes Van Dahl would be leaving the band to join Sabaton full-time, due to "problems working together" guitarist Marcus Jidell would be leaving. In August 2014 the release of the music video for King of Errors from the forthcoming Hymns For The Broken revealed that Henrik Danhage and Jonas Ekdahl had returned to the band. Evergrey, Line-Up at Rockharz 2018 The Dark Discovery Solitude, Tragedy In Search of Truth Recreation Day The Inner Circle Monday Morning Apocalypse Torn Glorious Collision Hymns for the Broken The Storm Within The Atlantic Official website Interview With Tom Englund
Engel is a metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. They are signed to Gain Records/Sony. Engel released their debut album Absolute Design through SPV GmbH/Steamhammer on October 31, 2007; the album was released in North America on May 20, 2008. Their second album, was finished by the end of 2008, but due to issues with their former label, SPV GmbH, the release was delayed. On April 7, 2010, Threnody was released in Japan through Trooper Entertainment; the album was released on the music streaming service Spotify on November 8, 2010, in Europe on the same date, through Season of Mist. Threnody was released in North America on January 11, 2011 through Season of Mist, their third album, Blood of Saints, was released in Japan on April 15, 2012, through Trooper Entertainment. It was released in Europe on May 18, 2012, in the United States through Frostbyte on September 25, 2012. On April 18, 2006, Robert Hakemo was replaced by Johan Andreassen. On August 5, 2006, Michael Håkansson became the new bass player.
On August 14, 2008, Håkansson left the band to pursue other opportunities. Steve Drennan took over playing bass during November 2008. During 2010, the band replaced their drummer, Daniel "Mojjo" Moilanen with Jimmy Olausson, who plays drums for Marionette. In June 2014, Jimmy Olausson was replaced with Oscar Nilsson. In mid-2012, Engel performed at several festivals in Europe, led their first headlining tour in Europe. In late 2012, Engel toured Finland. Engel recorded its fourth album in Creahate Studios in mid-2014. Which was released on November 26, 2014 through Gain Music/Sony in Europe and on January 27, 2015 in US and Canada. A video for the opening track Salvation was released at the same time; the band has shared the stage with Still Remains, toured Europe with Amon Amarth and Dimmu Borgir. They were part of Paradise Lost's "Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us" tour, along with Katatonia and Samael. Niclas Engelin – guitar Marcus Sunesson – guitar Steve Drennan – bass Mikael Sehlin – vocals Oscar Nilsson – drums Official website Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube MySpace
Mustasch is a heavy metal band from Sweden. They were formed in the fall of 1998 by Ralf Gyllenhammar, Hannes Hansson, Mats Hansson, Stam Johansson in Gothenburg. Mustasch was formed in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1998, recorded demos at "The Mustasch Farm" on the island Orust which were released through different record labels around the world in small numbers. In 2001 they released their first EP The True Sound of the New West, embarked on a tour, started to make a name for themselves in the Swedish metal scene, they chose. The band went on to release Above All in 2002 and Ratsafari in 2003, both of which were nominated for Swedish Grammies and helped the band to build their reputation; the band continued to tour hard, released Powerhouse in 2005 before switching record labels. The switch to Regain Records was made to get the proper channels to sell metal records and the fact that the label was based near Gothenburg. With their new record label, they were given complete creative control and in 2006 they released an EP entitled Parasite!.
It was soon followed up with their 2007 album, Latest Version of the Truth, which led to their first Swedish Grammy award after being nominated twice in the past. Following the album's release, the band postponed further recordings, instead favoring an extensive touring schedule to promote themselves. In June 2008, guitarist Hannes Hansson announced that he would leave the band due to family reasons: "It's been a fantastic period of ten years with the band, but now the band has grown so much with touring all over the world, it takes too much from my family and other things in life which I now want to put all my priority to."The band continued their scheduled tour with various replacements before David Johannesson from Swedish metal band Sparzanza was chosen as a permanent replacement. In late-spring 2009 Mustasch started to work on their new album announcing that drummer Mats'Dojan' Hansson had left the band because of arthritis. On August 19, 2009, the band announced that they had finished recording their new album, entitled Mustasch, that it will be released on September 30 in Finland and Sweden, October 5 in Denmark and Norway, the rest of the world in early 2010.
The first single from the album is entitled "Mine". In November 2011 the band made the song "The Challenger", it made a breakthrough in all of Scandinavia, will go global with their new world-tour. On 22 December 2015, Mustasch announced. Current members Ralf Gyllenhammar – vocals and rhythm guitars David Johannesson – lead guitar Stam Johansson – bass guitar Robban Bäck – drumsFormer members Hannes Hansson – rhythm guitars Mats'Dojan' Hansson – drums, percussion Danne Mckenzie – drums Jejo Perković – drums, percussionSessions members Kristian Laimaa – rhythm guitars Martin Boman – rhythm guitars Leif Larsson – bass guitar Danne McKenzie – drums Studio albums EPs Live recordings 2008 In the Night Compilation albums EPs 1999 Daredevil Magazine / Burn the Streets Vol. 1 1999 Molten Universe - Volume One 2000 Underdogma - Judge Not... 2000 Daredevil Magazine / Burned Down to Zero 2002 All Areas Volume 29 2003 All Areas Volume 44 2002 The Encyclopedia Of Swedish Hard Rock And Heavy Metal, Volume II 2003 Music Plato Mania Sampler Volume 1 2003 Off Road Tracks Vol. 65 2003 P3 Popstad 2003 Växjö 2007 Target Roskilde 07 Official Website Official MySpace German Website
Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, formed in 2000. The group is composed of Troy Sanders, Brent Hinds, Bill Kelliher, Brann Dailor. Mastodon has released seven studio albums, as well as a number of other releases; the band's 2002 debut album, garnered significant critical acclaim for its unique sound. Mastodon's second full-length release, Leviathan, is a concept album based on the novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. Three magazines awarded the record Album of the Year in 2004: Revolver, Kerrang! and Terrorizer. The song "Colony of Birchmen" from the band's third album, Blood Mountain, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2007. Blood Mountain was followed in 2009 by Crack the Skye, in 2011 by The Hunter, which debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 chart and achieved major commercial success in the United States. The Hunter features the song "Curl of the Burl", nominated for a Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance in 2012. Mastodon's 2014 album, Once More'Round the Sun, peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart and features the band's third Grammy-nominated song, "High Road".
The band's seventh album, Emperor of Sand, was released on March 31, 2017, features the band's most commercially successful song to date, "Show Yourself", which peaked at No. 4 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart in June 2017. The followup single, "Steambreather", peaked at number 18 on the same chart in October 2017; the album's opening track, "Sultan's Curse", earned the band their first Grammy award. Emperor of Sand was the band's first album to receive a Grammy nomination, it was nominated for Best Rock Album. Mastodon was formed on January 13, 2000, after drummer Brann Dailor and guitarist Bill Kelliher moved to Atlanta from Victor, New York, met bassist/singer Troy Sanders and guitarist/singer Brent Hinds at a High on Fire show, they discovered they had a mutual appreciation of sludge metal bands Melvins and Neurosis, heavy metal legends Iron Maiden, 1970s hard-rockers Thin Lizzy, shortly thereafter formed Mastodon. In an interview in 2009, Kelliher revealed that the first time Hinds attended a practice with the band, he "showed up so wasted he couldn't play".
The band recorded a demo in 2000. Saner left the band for personal reasons after just a couple of months. After recording a four-song demo and a 7-inch picture disc through Reptilian Records, Mastodon landed a record deal with Relapse Records in 2001. Mastodon released the EP Lifesblood in 2001, its first full-length album, Remission, in 2002, with the singles "March of the Fire Ants" and "Crusher/Destroyer". On each of Mastodon's first three full-length albums the last track was an instrumental composition with a title that related to the Elephant Man; the band's second full-length album, was released in 2004. It is a concept album loosely based on Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick; the band received critical acclaim for Leviathan and the record was named album of the year by Kerrang! and Terrorizer. "Blood and Thunder," which featured Clutch vocalist Neil Fallon, was chosen as one of the most important recordings of the decade by National Public Radio in November 2009, that the entire album epitomizes " a phenomenal decade for metal".
Leviathan ranked second in a list by Metal Hammer of the best albums of 2004. The band went on tour in support of the album, playing throughout North America and Europe in The Unholy Alliance tour along with Slayer and Lamb of God and on with Slipknot."Iron Tusk", the fifth track on the album, can be found on the soundtrack of the skateboarding video game Tony Hawk's American Wasteland and in 2K Sports video game NHL 2K9. "Blood and Thunder" is featured in the video games Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Project Gotham Racing 3, Saints Row. "Blood and Thunder" was added as a playable track on all instruments in Guitar Hero: Metallica and was featured in Japanese music games Drummania V2 and Guitarfreaks V2. It has been released as downloadable content for Rock Band 3, with Pro Guitar support available at extra cost. Leviathan was followed by the 2006 release of Call of the Mastodon, a remastered collection of the band's first nine songs, a DVD of interviews and concert footage called The Workhorse Chronicles that includes material from the band's early days as a five-piece.
The band has stated that "Call of the Mastodon" is their third studio album though the album is a compilation album. These two releases were the band's last for Relapse Records, as they would go on to sign with Warner Bros. Mastodon recorded a cover version of Metallica's "Orion" for a 2006 Kerrang! Tribute album marking the twentieth anniversary of the release of Master of Puppets, their third studio album, Blood Mountain, was released on September 12, 2006, followed by a tour to support the album along with Tool in Europe and Slayer in Australia and New Zealand. The Mars Volta frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala lent his vocals to the track "Siberian Divide". Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme contributed vocals for the song "Colony of Birchmen"; the band performed the song "Colony of Birchmen" on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien on November 1, their first appearance on network television, to a viewing audience of around 2.4 million people. This song was featured in the video games Saints Row 2 and Rock Band 2.
The band's first single off Blood Mountain, "Capillarian Crest," was ranked number 27 in Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 100 Songs of 2006. The album itself was ranked 9th in the magazine's best albums of the year chart; the UK's Metal Hammer voted it the best album of 2006 in its end of year critic
Meshuggah is a Swedish extreme metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. Meshuggah's line-up consists of founding members vocalist Jens Kidman and lead guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, drummer Tomas Haake, who joined in 1990, rhythm guitarist Mårten Hagström, who joined in 1993 and bassist Dick Lövgren since 2004. Meshuggah first attracted international attention with the 1995 release Destroy Erase Improve for its fusion of fast-tempo death metal, thrash metal, progressive metal and jazz fusion elements. Since its 2002 album Nothing, Meshuggah has switched from seven-string to downtuned eight-string guitars. Meshuggah has become known for their innovative musical style, polymetered song structures and polyrhythms. Meshuggah was labelled as one of the ten most important hard rock and heavy metal bands by Rolling Stone and as the most important band in metal by Alternative Press. Meshuggah is a significant act in extreme underground music, an influence for modern metal bands and has a cult following.
In the late 2000s, the band was an inspiration for the djent subgenre within progressive metal and in 2018, Meshuggah was nominated for a Grammy Award for their song "Clockworks" under the "Best Metal Performance" category. Since its formation, Meshuggah has released six EPs and eight music videos; the band has performed in various international festivals, including Ozzfest and Download, embarked on the obZen world tour from 2008 to 2010. In 2006 and 2009, the band was nominated for a Swedish Grammis Award. Nothing and the albums that followed have all charted on the Billboard 200. Meshuggah's latest studio album, The Violent Sleep of Reason, was released on 7 October 2016, debuting at number 17 in the US. In 1985, guitarist Fredrik Thordendal formed a band in Umeå, a college town in northern Sweden with a population of 105,000; the band named Metallien, recorded a number of demo tapes, after which it disbanded. Thordendal, continued playing under a different name with new band members. Meshuggah was formed in 1987 by vocalist and guitarist Jens Kidman, took the name Meshuggah from the Yiddish word for "crazy", derived from Hebrew word מְשֻׁגָּע.
The band recorded several demos before Kidman left. Kidman formed a new band, with guitarist Thordendal, bassist Peter Nordin and drummer Niklas Lundgren. Kidman, who played guitar, Thordendal decided to restore the name Meshuggah for the new band. On February 3, 1989, Meshuggah released the self-titled, three-song EP Meshuggah, known as Psykisk Testbild; this 12" vinyl EP had only 1,000 copies released, sold by local record store Garageland. The EP's back cover features the band members with cheese doodles on their faces. After replacing drummer Niklas Lundgren with Tomas Haake in 1990, Meshuggah signed a contract with German heavy metal record label Nuclear Blast and recorded its debut full-length album, Contradictions Collapse; the LP entitled Greed, was released on January 1, 1991. The album was not a commercial success. Soon after, Kidman decided to concentrate on vocals, rhythm guitarist Mårten Hagström, who had played in a band with Haake when they were in sixth grade, was recruited; the new lineup recorded the EP None at Tonteknik Recordings in Umeå in 1994 for release that year.
A Japanese version was released, including lyrics printed in Japanese. During this period, working as a carpenter, severed the tip of his left middle finger, while Haake injured his hand in a router accident; as a result, the band was unable to perform for several months. Thordendal's fingertip was reattached, he went on to make a full recovery; the Selfcaged EP was recorded in April and May 1994, but its release was delayed to in 1995 due to the accidents. In January 1995, Meshuggah undertook a short European tour organized by its record label Nuclear Blast. Afterwards, the band returned to the studio to record the album Destroy Erase Improve at Soundfront Studios in Uppsala, with Daniel Bergstrand as a producer. Shortly thereafter, the band went on a European tour supporting Machine Head for two months. During the tour, Nordin became experienced difficulties with his inner ear balance. Due to the resulting chronic dizziness and vertigo, Nordin was forced to leave the tour and travel to Sweden.
Machine Head's bassist Adam Duce offered to cover his absence. Sometimes Thordendal played bass. In this lineup, Hagström would use a pitch shifter to play his guitar at an octave lower than usual. Destroy Erase Improve was released in May 1995, with positive response from critics for the "heady tempos and abstract approach". Kidman described the album cover: "The title fits the pictures we cut out and stole from reference books in the library."In mid-1995, Meshuggah had a short tour with Swedish band Clawfinger in Scandinavia and Germany. Nordin had to leave the band because of his sickness and was replaced by bassist Gustaf Hielm during the tour. In late 1995, Meshuggah went on a month-long tour with Hypocrisy. During 1996 and 1997, Thordendal worked on his solo album Sol Niger Within, released in March 1997 in Scandinavia and in April in Japan, he hosted Mats/Morgan Band's debut. In 1997, Meshuggah recorded an unreleased demo and played a few concerts in its hometown. In May, Meshuggah moved to Stockholm to be closer to its management and the record industry in general.
The EP The True Human Design was recorded and released in late 1997. It contained one new song entitled "Sane", a
Rammstein are a German Neue Deutsche Härte band from Berlin, formed in 1994. Throughout their existence, their six-man lineup has remained unchanged — lead vocalist Till Lindemann, lead guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe, bassist Oliver "Ollie" Riedel, rhythm guitarist Paul H. Landers, keyboardist Christian "Flake" Lorenz and drummer Christoph "Doom" Schneider. All band members hail from the former East Germany. Prior to their formation, some members were involved with certain bands such as Feeling B, First Arsch, Die Firma. After winning a contest for amateur bands, Rammstein were able to record demo tapes and send them to different record labels. Working with producer Jacob Hellner, they released Herzeleid, their debut album, in 1995. Though it didn't sell well, they gained popularity through their live performances, their rise led to the release of their second album, two years later. It resulted in a worldwide tour that lasted nearly four years; the album spawned the successful singles "Engel" and "Du hast" and live album Live aus Berlin.
Following the expansive tour, Rammstein recorded and released Mutter in 2001. Six singles were released from all charting in multiple countries throughout Europe; the lead single, "Sonne", reached number two in Germany. After signing with major label Universal Music, they released Reise, Reise in 2004 and had two more singles reach number two in Germany; the following year saw the release of their fourth album, a live release, Völkerball, one year after. The band released their sixth album, Liebe ist für alle da, in 2009, with its lead single, "Pussy", becoming their first number-one hit in Germany, despite having a controversial music video. Afterward, the band entered a recording hiatus and instead toured for several years, releasing the Made in Germany greatest hits album as well as the Rammstein in Amerika and Rammstein: Paris live albums. Rammstein returned with new music in 2019 with the song "Deutschland", which debuted at number one in Germany, their untitled seventh album is due for release in May 2019.
Rammstein were one of the first Neue Deutsche Härte bands. Their style of music has had a positive reception from music critics. Commercially, the band have been successful, earning many number-one albums as well as gold and platinum certifications in countries around the world, their grand live performances, which feature pyrotechnics, have played a part in their popularity growth. Despite success, the band have been subject to some controversies, their overall image has been subject to criticism, the music video for "Pussy" was interspersed with scenes of hardcore pornography, the song "Ich tu dir weh" forced Liebe ist für alle da to be re-released in Germany with the song removed from the album due to its graphic lyrics about sex. In 1989, East German guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe escaped to West Berlin and started the band Orgasm Death Gimmick. At that time, he was influenced by American music that of rock group Kiss. After the Berlin Wall came down, he moved back home to Schwerin, where Till Lindemann worked as a basket-weaver and played drums in the band First Arsch.
At this time, Kruspe lived with Oliver Riedel of the Inchtabokatables and Christoph "Doom" Schneider of Die Firma. Kruspe had come to realize that the music he had created did not suit him, he envisioned something as well as the sound of hard guitars. Kruspe and Schneider started working together on a new project in 1993. Finding it difficult to write both music and lyrics, Kruspe persuaded Lindemann, whom he had overheard singing while he was working, to join the fledgling group; the band called. Guitarist Paul H. Landers said the spelling of Ramstein with the extra "m". After the band became popular, the bandmembers denied the connection to the air show disaster and said that their name was inspired by the giant doorstop-type devices found on old gates, called Rammsteine; the extra "m" in the band's name makes it translate as "ramming stone". A contest was held in Berlin for amateur bands in 1994, the winner of which would receive access to a professional recording studio for a whole week. Kruspe, Riedel and Lindemann entered and won the contest with a 4-track demo tape with demo versions of songs from Herzeleid, written in English.
This sparked Landers' attention. To complete their sound, Rammstein attempted to recruit Christian "Flake" Lorenz, who had played with Landers in Feeling B. Though hesitant, Lorenz agreed to join the band. Rammstein were signed by Motor Music. Rammstein began to record their first studio album, Herzeleid, in March 1995 with producer Jacob Hellner, they released their first single "Du riechst so gut" that August and released the album in September. That year, they toured with Clawfinger in Warsaw and Prague. Rammstein headlined a 17-show tour of Germany in December, which did much to boost the band's popularity and establish them as a credible live act, they went on several tours throughout early 1996, releasing their second single titled "Seemann" on 8 January. On 27 March 1996, Rammstein performed on MTV's Hanging Out in London, their first performance in the UK. Rammstein's first major boost in popularity outside Germany came when music director Trent Reznor chose two Rammstein songs, "Heirate mich" and "Rammstein", for Da
Edguy is a heavy metal band from Fulda, Germany, formed in 1992. Edguy was founded in 1992 by 14-year-old students Tobias Sammet, Jens Ludwig, Dominik Storch and Dirk Sauer; the name "Edguy" was an affectionate epithet for their math teacher at the time. In 1994, the band released Evil Minded and Children of Steel; these tapes were sent to many record labels, all of whom rejected the band, believing they would be unsuccessful in the music business. Undeterred, they self-released their ‘unofficial’ debut album, Savage Poetry, in 1995, they signed with AFM Records shortly after, who offered to re-release Savage Poetry with more widespread distribution. The band rejected this proposal in favour of recording a new album, Kingdom of Madness, released in 1997, but drummer Dominik Storch left the band shortly after. 1998 saw the release of their second album, Vain Glory Opera, with friend Frank Lindenthal filling in on drums. This album helped expose Edguy to a wider audience, thanks in part to guest appearances from Timo Tolkki and Hansi Kürsch.
The band was joined by new drummer Felix Bohnke and bassist Tobias ‘Eggi’ Exxel that year, allowing Tobias Sammet to focus on vocals. In 1999, Theater of Salvation was released; that same year frontman Tobias Sammet conceived the idea for the Avantasia project, a metal opera featuring well known vocalists and musicians from the rock and metal scene. While Tobias focused on Avantasia, the band took the opportunity to re-record Savage Poetry, to make it available to newer fans, as the original had become a much sought after rarity. Following The Savage Poetry re-recording was the band's fifth album, Mandrake, in 2001; the album was accompanied by their first promo video, for the track "All the Clowns", as well as the Painting on the Wall single. The Mandrake album led to the band's first headlining tour. Three shows were recorded in Europe and were the basis for Edguy's first live album, Burning Down the Opera – Live; the band's contract with AFM had expired by this point, which led to them signing with Nuclear Blast in late 2003.
Edguy's first release for Nuclear Blast was the King of Fools EP in 2004. This preceded the Hellfire Club album, released shortly after; the song "Lavatory Love Machine" was released as a single. The band's productivity continued into 2005 with the Superheroes EP and DVD, the latter featuring footage of the band live and in the studio, as well as a making of documentary for the video of the title track; this was followed by the full-length album Rocket Ride in January 2006. Sammet spent much of 2007 relaunching the Avantasia project. Edguy returned to the studio in 2008 and recorded Tinnitus Sanctus, with a video being shot for the track "Ministry of Saints" in Belgrade, Serbia. After a contract renewal with Nuclear Blast in late 2008, the band released their first live DVD, Fucking with Fire – Live, in 2009; this featured live footage of the band shot in São Paulo, Brazil, on their Rocket Ride world tour in 2006. The band supported Scorpions on the German dates of their farewell tour in 2010. Edguy released their ninth studio album, Age of the Joker, in August 2011.
The band toured Europe and South America in support of the record, including dates with Slash and Deep Purple, as well as an appearance on the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise. In a recent interview promoting the latest release from his Avantasia project, Sammet revealed that a new Edguy album had a release tentatively scheduled for mid-2014. On 28 January 2014, Edguy revealed that the album would be titled Space Police: Defenders of the Crown and released on 18 April. On March 13, 2017, 2-CD/DVD-package Monuments, consisting of both old and new material, was announced for release on July 14. In 2018, Edguy released a remastered version of their first album "Kingdom of Madness" as an Anniversary Edition. Edguy's lyrics are metaphorical, alluding to metaphysical or social themes: conformity, dictation by the church, dangers of modern civilization. To express such themes, Edguy sometimes use hermetic expressions, yet some of their songs are comedic. Edguy does not claim to represent any ideology. Hellfire Club revealed Edguy's interest in experimenting within music by integrating an orchestra into the production.
The album featured a variation on Edguy's style, with a less grandiose, more progressive metal approach being embraced. The band's album Rocket Ride features less power metal elements, is arguably more oriented towards hard rock, their next album, Tinnitus Sanctus, contains more hard rock oriented songs. When asked if the term "happy heavy metal band" applies to the band, Tobias rejected it and added: Current membersTobias Sammet – vocals, bass guitar Jens Ludwig – lead guitar, rhythm guitar, backing vocals Dirk Sauer – rhythm guitar, lead guitar, backing vocals Tobias Exxel – bass guitar, backing vocals Felix Bohnke – drums Former membersDominik Storch - drums Frank Lindenthal - drums Timeline Burning Down the Opera Fuckin