Ghost Cult Top Five- Steve Tovey



Every month Ghost Cult polls our staff to see what they are listening to at the moment. Sometimes it’s the latest underground album, and sometimes it’s an old favorite. Sometimes the music isn’t even metal, and that’s okay too. You can always find the Top Five list in our digital magazine, out monthly. This month UK Deputy Editor Steve Tovey shares with us what he is listening to right now. 


PyrrhonThe Mother Of Virtues

Picked up for review, but keep spinning it, with each listen a new challenge. Cracking this is harder than cracking the Enigma code. Incredible intensity taken to the very extreme boundary of what is still music.
Amon AmarthDeceiver Of The Gods

My favourite album of last year. Great for cardio! Stick this on, beast the first 20 mins, hit a good mid-tempo rhythm for 15 then amp it up for ‘Warriors of the North’ to round off your cardio work out.


SlayerShow No Mercy

Hadn’t listened for a while, stuck it on while working out – instant grin, instant extra 5%, instantly reminded what a great album this is, instantly listened again. Perfect mix of Maiden, Venom and Metallica and possibly my favourite Slayer album. Yep.

EdguySpace Police
I love a good bit of power metal, but I’m picky and most power metal albums fall short of my standards. This stands head and shoulders as best power metal album of last 2 years. All together now “Love T-T-T-Tyger!!!”


Whitesnake – Trouble
1987 is one of my all time favourite albums, but recently been dipping into the ‘snakes back cat a bit more, and this is timeless. Dave Trousersnake says he never stole another man’s woman but I find it hard to believe that…




Edguy – Space Police: Defenders Of The Crown


Tobias Sammet vocalist, composer, keyboard player and main man of Edguy (he also somehow finds time to do the same for Avantasia) recently stated that Space Police – Defenders of the Crown (Nuclear Blast) is “the album Edguy will be measured against in the future”. A bold statement considering not only do they have a hat-trick of genuine power metal classics in their ten-album canon (Vain Glory Opera, Theater of Salvation and Savage Poetry), but also bearing in mind the German power metal quintet have failed to reach those heights of recent years.

The dual title-tracks wade in early, setting the tone for the album; a bouncy keyboard-line with a hook the size of the Allianz Arena launches ‘Space Police’ bringing things to a great catchy chorus, off to a spacey Bowie inspired midsection; ‘Defenders Of The Crown’ picks up where things left off, a fists-in-the-air call to arms; ‘The Realms Of Baba Yaya’ continues with strong verse and even stronger chorus, all the time chugging guitars underpinning the melodies and hooks, while is ‘Do Me Like A Caveman’ (!) is, surprisingly, a quality Bon Jovi ‘In These Arms’ style semi-serious romantic rocker – those crazy Germans!

Sammet’s vocals are superb throughout, equal parts David Lee Roth, Biff Byford and Hansi Kursch, with an uncanny knack of delivering the silly, the serious, the epic and the cheesy with conviction and emotion, none more so than on ‘Alone In Myself’, a change of pace that wouldn’t be out of place on Magnum’s underrated ‘Wings of Heaven’.

The bar is raised even higher with closer ‘The Eternal Wayfarer’; the result of Sabaton covering Tony Martin era Black Sabbath, wading in with symphonic bombast, before opening its epic arms to bring the album home victorious.

Elsewhere, full credit has to go to the Van Halenesque ‘Love Tyger’, a simply great rock anthem that would have dominated MTV in years gone by and will stick in your head for years, while the cover of Falco’s ‘Rock Me Amadeus’ works better than it has any right to. 

While Helloween’s Keeper Of The Seven Keys albums may have been the starting point for power metal, Edguy have defined their own, more Hard Rock take on the sound and Space Police forces mouth muscles to grin and horns to be raised as it serves up a slew of hooks, choruses and a joie de vivre, a feeling of unashamed joy, all the way through. Sammet’s bold statement is more than backed up. Space Police is the best power metal album since Sabaton’s Carolus Rex, and Edguy’s best since Theater of Salvation.


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Steve Tovey