Vain Glory Opera

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Vain Glory Opera
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Studio album by
Released18 January 1998
Recorded1997, Toxic Beat Studio, Fulda, Germany
GenrePower metal
ProducerEdguy, Andy Allendörfer, Nils Wasko
Edguy chronology
Kingdom of Madness
Vain Glory Opera
Theater of Salvation
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Metal Hammer (GER)6/7 stars[2]

Vain Glory Opera is the third (or second "official") studio album by the German power metal band Edguy, released in 1998.[3] It was mixed by Stratovarius' Timo Tolkki, who also played additional lead guitar on "Out Of Control", and featured additional lead and backing vocals by Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian on "Out of Control" and the title track "Vain Glory Opera." Further choir vocals were supplied by Ralf Zdiarstek and Norman Meiritz. At the time of recording the album, Edguy had not yet chosen a permanent drummer to succeed Dominik Storch. So session musician Frank Lindenthal, a good friend of the band, was asked to play drums on the album.

"Hymn" is a cover version of the song from the album Quartet (1982) by the British new wave band Ultravox.

Track listing[edit]

Music and lyrics by Tobias Sammet, except where indicated

  1. "Overture" – 1:31
  2. "Until We Rise Again" – 4:28
  3. "How Many Miles" (Edguy, Sammet) – 5:39
  4. "Scarlet Rose" – 5:10
  5. "Out of Control" (Edguy, Sammet) – 5:04
  6. "Vain Glory Opera" – 6:08
  7. "Fairytale" (Edguy, Sammet) – 5:11
  8. "Walk on Fighting" (Edguy, Sammet) – 4:46
  9. "Tomorrow" – 3:53
  10. "No More Foolin'" (Edguy, Sammet) – 4:55
  11. "Hymn" (Midge Ure, Billy Currie, Chris Cross, Warren Cann) – 4:53 (Ultravox cover)
  12. "But Here I Am" - 4:33 (Japanese edition bonus track)


Band members
Additional musicians
  • Frank Lindenthal – drums
  • Ralf Zdiarstek, Norman Meiritz, Andy Allendörfer – backing vocals
  • Hansi Kürsch – additional vocals on tracks 5 and 6
  • Timo Tolkki – guitar solo on track 5
  • Andy Allendörfer, Nils Wasko - executive producers
  • Norman Meiritz - engineer
  • Timo Tolkki - mixing
  • Mika Jussila - mastering at Finnvox Studios, Helsinki


  1. ^ White, David. "Interview: Edguy Vain Glory Opera review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-10-07.
  2. ^ "Edguy Metal Hammer Suchergebnis". Metal Hammer (in German). March 1998. Retrieved 2012-10-07.
  3. ^ "Edguy - Vain Glory Opera". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2012-10-07.