Edguy/Advantasia vocalist Tobias Sammet was interviewed by Harmon Caldwell on Edguy’s official website (Edguy.net). He talked about the writing process behind the band’s forthcoming LP “Age of the Joker” (EU: 08/26/2011; NA: 09/13/2011).
When asked about the motivations for writing the LP’s first single “Robin Hood,” Sammet responded “Attila the Hun, Odin, the sons of Odin, Cinderella, Humpty Dumpty… I can hardly think of a more or less historically relevant swashbuckler who hasn’t been the main topic in a song, sung by Heavy Metal men in furry loin cloths. Except from Robin Hood, maybe the story of Robin Hood is too complex, haha! I just thought it is so over-the-top, it embraces everything that Rock and Metal are all about. It’s more Spinal Tap than Spinal Tap ever were.”
Sammet also responded to the mixed criticism the band received on previous LP “Tinnitus Sanctus,” stating “The fact that certain magazines bash whatever we do is no big news, we know what they’ll write even before we enter the studio. As a matter of fact, we don‘t fit in their scheme, but down the line it really doesn’t matter what some desk- or internet-hero writes. AGE OF THE JOKER seemingly has all our trademarks and is considered a back-to-the-roots album by some press guys, which theoretically could be a proof that we have our own signature sound which makes us proud, but nothing was forced. I also love TINNITUS SANCTUS, it is a great album, my favorite Edguy album to date. It’s sad some people didn’t understand it and I respect that. But this is not proof for inferior quality. What counts is that AGE OF THE JOKER is a great album, you know that, the EDGUYs know that, our producer Sascha Paeth knows that, and our fans will find out shortly. The rest of the world can kiss my ass!”