Interview: Edguy guitarist Dirk Sauer talks about “Tinnitus Sanctus” and the band’s evolving brand of power metal


Edguy guitarist Dirk Sauer says the band’s new album, “Tinnitus Sanctus,” combines some of the “epic” power metal trademarks with a more straight-ahead rock approach.

The change is for the better, Sauer said, because the individual band members have grown as musicians.

When Edguy was formed in 1992, most of the band members were in their early teens. For a time, the “power metal” double-bass-drum approach was used to hide a lot of musical sins, Sauer said.

“In the early years, we played a lot of double-bass stuff. Epic is a trademark. But as you get older, you want to invent something new,” Sauer said.

“A lot of people complain that we don’t use the double-bass element (anymore). In the past, it was a good (device) to hide things we couldn’t really play.”

The band plays slower now, with an emphasis on musicianship rather than speed, Sauer said.

“With the new record, we tried to keep it to less tracks, but better played,” Sauer said.

Edguy have been extremely busy lately. In addition to releasing “Tinnitus Sanctus,” the band is preparing for its first U.S. tour in several years. In between touring, the band is preparing songs for a new album – and frontman Tobias Sammet is working on a new Avantasia album, which will be released later this year.

The band also has a new greatest hits album on the market, and their first live DVD, “F**cking With Fire,” will be released days before the U.S. tour begins in September.

“We started working on the DVD years ago” during the “Rocket Ride” tour, Sauer said. “Originally, it was the (record label) plan to put the DVD out before the new record … We said, ‘no, it’s much more important to have a new album out than a DVD.'”

“Tinnitus Sanctus” ranges from the epic (“Speedhoven,” “The Pride of Creation”) to hard rock (“Ministry of Saints,” “Sex Fire Religion” and “Dragonfly”), with even a skewed bit of country and western thrown in (“Aren’t You A Little Pervert, Too?”).

The band is satisfied with “Tinnitus Sanctus” and with evolving at least partially away from the traditional power metal sound, Sauer said.

“I think the main thing as a band and as musicians is we have to be proud and happy about what we do,” Sauer said. “First of all, we have to be happy with it and satisfy ourselves as musicians … but you have to keep the trademarks of the band.”

For “Tinnitus Sanctus,” the goal was to create songs that have a “live” sound, even on disc.

“The song has to (work) in the rehearsal room, with just two guitars, bass, drums and vocals,” Sauer said.

The “F**cking With Fire” concert was shot in San Paolo, Brazil. While metal fans are enthusiastic everywhere, the crowds in Brazil are awe-inspiring, Sauer said.

“There audience there is overwhelming,” he said. “It’s amazing to be there. It’s hard to describe in words … people just go crazy.”

The DVD “turned out quite well to my taste,” Sauer said. “That was our aim – to make it as close as possible to how you would feel (at the show) in South America.”

The plan said the plan is to begin recording the as-yet untitled new Edguy album next summer, Sauer said.

“We’re always collecting ideas,” he said. ” … Tobi is the main songwriter in the band, so he has the key ideas (but) we build the songs as band members. The arrangements are made by everybody.

“I’m looking forward to the U.S tour,” Sauer said. “We’re getting bigger and bigger every time we come over.”

Edguy’s U.S. and Canadian tour dates are:

Sep. 05 – The Opera House – Toronto, ON
Sep. 06 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC
Sep. 09 – The Blender Theater (at Gramercy) – New York, NY
Sep. 11 – Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
Sep. 12 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Sep. 13 – The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
Sep. 15 – Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
Sep. 16 – Royal Albert Arms – Winnipeg, MB
Sep. 17 – The Riddell Center (at Univ. of Regina) – Regina, SK
Sep. 19 – Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
Sep. 20 – Warehouse – Calgary, AB
Sep. 21 – Plaza Club – Vancouver, BC
Sep. 23 – Sugar Nightclub – Victoria, BC
Sep. 24 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Sep. 25 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
Sep. 27 – Slims – San Francisco, CA
Sep. 28 – Jumping Turtle – San Marcos, CA
Sep. 29 – The Key Club – Hollywood, CA

To hear full songs, visit Edguy’s MySpacepage. You can also read the Noise Pollution review of “Tinnitus Sanctus” here.


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