Age of the Joker

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Age of the Joker
Cover art by Dan Frazier
Studio album by Edguy
Released 26 August 2011
Recorded Peppermint-Park, Hannover
Gate Studio, Wolfsburg, Germany,
April-May 2011
Genre Power metal, hard rock
Length 65:34
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Sascha Paeth
Edguy chronology
Fucking with F*** – Live
(2009)
Age of the Joker
(2011)
Space Police: Defenders of the Crown
(2014)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Metal Critic 8.5/10 stars[2]
Metal Storm 7/10 stars[3]
Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles 7.5/10 stars[4]
Time For Metal Magazin (GER) 8.5/10 stars[5]
Metal Hammer (GER) 6/7 stars[6]
Blabbermouth.net 8/10 stars[7]

Age of the Joker is the ninth studio album by the German power metal band Edguy. It was released on 26 August 2011 through Nuclear Blast.

Alongside the normal release, a double disc digipak edition was also issued, featuring b-sides, single versions of two album songs, as well as a cover of the Slade hit "Cum on Feel the Noize".[8] A video was shot for "Robin Hood", featuring German comedian Bernhard Hoecker in a satirical take on The Adventures of Robin Hood movie.[9] The album also features a return to the power metal style whereas the previous two albums focused more towards a heavy metal/hard rock oriented style.

The album was listed at many charts throughout Europe, reaching No. 3 in Germany, No. 10 in Czech Republic, No. 13 in Switzerland, No. 30 in Austria and No. 63 in France.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Tobias Sammet except for "Cum on Feel the Noize" by Noddy Holder, all music composed by Tobias Sammet except for "God Fallen Silent" by Jens Ludwig and "Cum on Feel the Noize" by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea.

No. Title Length
1. "Robin Hood"   8:24
2. "Nobody's Hero"   4:31
3. "Rock of Cashel"   6:18
4. "Pandora's Box"   6:45
5. "Breathe"   5:03
6. "Two Out of Seven"   4:27
7. "Faces in the Darkness"   5:22
8. "The Arcane Guild"   4:58
9. "Fire on the Downline"   5:47
10. "Behind the Gates to Midnight World"   8:56
11. "Every Night Without You"   4:52
Total length:
65:34

Personnel[edit]

Band members
Additional musicians
Production
  • Sascha Paeth - producer, engineer, mixing, additional keyboards
  • Olaf Reitmeier - engineer
  • Simon Oberender - engineer, mastering

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[12] 30
Belgian Heatseekers (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 9
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 72
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[15] 15
French Albums (SNEP)[16] 98
German Albums (Official Top 100)[17] 3
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[18] 74
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[19] 29
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[20] 44
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 10
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 13
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[23] 35
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[24] 14
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[25] 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Brien, Jon. "Edguy Age of the Joker review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  2. ^ Burcherdt, Lundt (26 August 2011). "Edguy Age of the Joker review". The Metal Critic.com. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  3. ^ Anderson, Baz (6 October 2011). "Edguy - Age of the Joker". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  4. ^ Gromen, Mark. "Edguy - Age of the Joker". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  5. ^ Piety (14 September 2011). "Album: Edguy – Age Of The Joker" (in German). Time for Metal Magazin. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Edguy Metal Hammer Suchergebnis" (in German). Metal Hammer. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  7. ^ Anisoglu, Scott. "Edguy - Age of the Joker (Nuclear Blast)". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  8. ^ "EDGUY - Age Of The Joker Sneak Preview, Limited Edition Bonus Tracks Revealedr". News. Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  9. ^ "EDGUY Films 'Robin Hood' Videor". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  10. ^ "EDGUY: More 'Age Of The Joker' First-Week Chart Positions Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  11. ^ Hart, Josh (31 August 2011). "Interview: Edguy Talk 'Age of the Joker'". Guitar World.com. Guitar World. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  12. ^ "Edguy – Age Of The Joker" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  13. ^ "ultratop.be - Edguy - Age Of The Joker" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Edguy – Age Of The Joker" (in French). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  15. ^ "Edguy: Age Of The Joker" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  16. ^ "Edguy – Age Of The Joker". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  17. ^ "Edguy – Age Of The Joker". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  18. ^ エイジ・オヴ・ザ・ジョーカー (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Edguy – Age Of The Joker". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  20. ^ "Edguy – Age Of The Joker". Spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  21. ^ "Edguy – Age Of The Joker". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  22. ^ "Edguy – Age Of The Joker". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  23. ^ "09-10-2011 Top 40 Independent Albums Archive | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  24. ^ "09-10-2011 Top 40 Rock & Metal Albums Archive | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  25. ^ "Age of the Joker - Edguy Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 

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