Age of the Joker

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Age of the Joker
Edguy-Age of The Joker.jpg
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, progressive 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
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
The Metal Critic8.5/10 stars[2]
Metal Storm7/10 stars[3]
Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles7.5/10 stars[4]
Time For Metal Magazin (GER)8.5/10 stars[5]
Metal Hammer (GER)6/7 stars[6]
Blabbermouth.net8/10 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 music video was shot for "Robin Hood", featuring German comedian Bernhard Hoecker and parodying the film The Adventures of Robin Hood.[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.TitleLength
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 (Offizielle 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. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Edguy – Age Of The Joker" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  13. ^ "ultratop.be - Edguy - Age Of The Joker" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Edguy – Age Of The Joker" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  15. ^ "Edguy: Age Of The Joker" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  16. ^ "Lescharts.com – Edguy – Age Of The Joker". Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  17. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Edguy – Age Of The Joker". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  18. ^ エイジ・オヴ・ザ・ジョーカー (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Edguy – Age Of The Joker". Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  20. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Edguy – Age Of The Joker". Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Edguy – Age Of The Joker". Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Edguy – Age Of The Joker". Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  23. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". 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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