Jens Ludwig - Edguy
Edguy, those edgy bastards have returned. These never out of vogue superheroes rock and ride back into the starlight, playing their ear shattering metal. This hellfire club, a ministry of insanely vain glorious advocates of savage poetry, reignite the hall of flames and the theatre of evaluation.
This is the second time I enjoyed sitting down with guitarist - Jens Ludwig, while Edguy briefly toured America this fall. We were able to discuss the new CD - Tinnitus Sanctus. Jens is very excited about his work on this groundbreaking new heavy mettle - shock you drama. Enjoy their pride of creation...
MettleAngel: Well Brother, indeed, it is always an honour to sit and speak with you. If you recall, just over a year ago, last September, we did an interview.
MettleAngel: Thank you! We discussed your tour with Firewind, and the possibility of recording a new CD. Now, you have completed work on Tinnitus Sanctus, so let's discuss this. I'm a Latin scholar, but the translation seems a bit off, to me. Am I to assume you mean a "holy ear infection"?
MettleAngel: I understand, a metal earache, so to speak. Metal definitely can cause this. All men play on ten. If it's too loud, you're too old. I've stood next to the amplifier at many a concert, without earplugs. Yes, it does hurt, but in a good way. Almost, like a reminder of the moment you just shared in metal bliss. The loudspeaker can create a deafening tone, but that is metal; and I celebrate the mighty decibel.
MettleAngel: Yes, definitely. It is so original, and most befitting the Edguy motif. After having watched you perform this evening, I see how the title underscores the band's stage antics. You only played a handful of hits, but you gave it your all. Toby has so much alacrity and energy in his stage persona. The five of you all exhibit such undying enthusiasm. I know you are having so much fun. It is entertaining to watch Toby emulate David Lee Roth's faded glory, with the karate kicks, and all that jumping around.
MettleAngel: Songs like 'Lavatory Love Machine', 'Tears of A Mandrake', 'Sacrifice', and 'King Of Fools', definitely get the crowd going. Once you return to the States next September, you will have the new album to support, and the video for 'Ministry Of Saints', and probably more. Your fans will be so pumped for a headlining show.
MettleMaiden: With this new album, I have only heard one song, 'The Ministry Of Saints'. That song is great. I've heard that Tinnitus Sanctus is going to be dramatically different, and more dynamic than anything you have ever done. I intend to hear new nuances. I did not enjoy Rocket Ride, at first; but after repeated listens, it really grew on me. This is like the case with Lordi's new album Deadache. Now, I can state that Rocket Ride is my favorite CD. What can we expect to hear on the new album?
MettleAngel: I really enjoyed the new direction and commercialism of Rocket Ride. From what I understand, though, Tinnitus is a radical departure from this sound.
MettleAngel: Uh-oh! Don't tell me Edguy is going all modern!
MettleAngel: You mean Edguy has gone brutal, with clean vocals?
MettleAngel: You know, once again you are going to piss off more Edguy fans, but more power to you. I champion a band who has the integrity to write what is true to their inner being.
MettleAngel: That is radical honesty. Some may call it arrogance, but I consider it to be noble and true.
MettleAngel: I believe you, and I'm am so excited to hear it. This reminds me of my conversation with Toby earlier this year, when we discussed his Avantasia project. I admired his change in direction, and his remaining true to his inner calling. He writes and plays the music which most placates him, as a determined artist and musician. he is brutally honest with himself, and not concerned about pleasing others. This virtue of selfishness, is not ego driven; but soul enhanced.
MettleAngel: Every album you create is a logical progression, and a sonic evolution. You never get caught up in sticking to one formula. You spontaneous creativity allows for fluidity and freedom. This artistic expression is one of the reason why I am such a loyal fan. I know and recognize that the essence of Edguy is always in the music.
MettleAngel: With Edguy, you know how to have a good time. You may act crazy, but you take the music dead serious.
MettleAngel: Your lust for life is so admirable.
MettleAngel: Money, what money! Being into metal means being into service. Success is not about accumulation of wealth, but about experiencing joy in every moment of now.
MettleAngel: Like Martin Walkyier claims, "There are claws in the contracts we sign!" This explains why Edguy has held a consistent line-up for so long. The only dramatic change was when Toby gave up bass, and Felix joined as your drummer.
MettleAngel: I agree. I met a fan this evening who came to see Kamelot, but did not know who this 'Edgy' band were. At first I was confused, thinking, "To which edgy band is she referring?" Then it dawned on me that she meant Edguy. Edguy is an edgy act, as you are always on the edge, and the cusp of doing something different. Your refusal to conform is what makes you true mettle; even if you are still the "Midgets Of Metal", well at least Tobi is.
MettleAngel: The edgy guys who don't hide behind a disguise.
MettleAngel: Kamelot's Tour Manager - Taz, is a great guy. He has taken Edguy under his wing. I know you are now the band's acting Tour Manager, so how is this going for you?
MettleAngel: I am very grateful to hear this. I know how demanding it is to be a Tour Manager, as I am becoming one myself. You still have the music to concentrate on, but you have accepted the responsibilty of being in charge.
MettleAngel: Your performance tonight in Illinois, is a sure sign, that all is in order. Jens, thanks you again for your time and wisdom. I plan to review Tinnitus Sanctus for BW&BK, so I'll contact you once I do.
MettleAngel: I do, and I will remained open minded to the very end. If for some reason I dislike it, I won't hesitate to announce this. I will get it several spins before making a sound observation. I'm sure I'll champion it against much controversy.
MettleAngel: We will see you next fall!