What more could you ask for when you're leading your fearless battalions to battle? Fast-forward a couple more years, and MySpace is suddenly booming and it's easier than ever to discover bands. Not that it's a bad quality album or anything like that, because it's certainly not, but I personally miss the times when Blind Guardian kicked some ass and didn't focus so much on choirs and orchestras. But heaven forbid a power metal band trying to get a bit of radio airplay! The Bard's Song The Hobbit. The Albums Year of Release: 2010 Number of songs 10 Total running time: 63min:58sec Year of Release: 2006 Number of songs 11 Total running time: 51min:31sec Year of Release: 2003 Number of songs 22 Total running time: 133min:50sec Year of Release: 2002 Number of songs 10 Total running time: 66min:59sec Year of Release: 1998 Number of songs 22 Total running time: 65min:29sec Year of Release: 1996 Number of songs 13 Total running time: 45min:24sec Year of Release: 1995 Number of songs 9 Total running time: 48min:56sec Year of Release: 1993 Number of songs 12 Total running time: 68min:1sec Year of Release: 1992 Number of songs 13 Total running time: 55min:4sec Year of Release: 1990 Number of songs 10 Total running time: 44min:2sec Year of Release: 1989 Number of songs 10 Total running time: 43min:2sec Year of Release: 1988 Number of songs 9 Total running time: 39min:1sec At the Edge of Time 01 9:17 : Sacred Worlds : 02 5:58 : Tanelorn : 03 6:30 : Road of No Release : 04 4:46 : Ride into Obsession : 05 5:52 : Curse my Name : 06 6:38 : Valkyries : 07 5:26 : Control the Divine : 08 4:55 : War of the Thrones Piano : 09 5:41 : A Voice in the Dark : 10 8:55 : Wheel of Time : Details European release date: July 30, 2010 North American release date: August 24, 2010 Song samples: 1. Born In A Mourning Hall. The songwriting never strays far from the speed metal clichés, and Hansi Kursch's vocals, normally a pleasure to listen to, have yet to reach their full maturity here. However, similar in style does not necessarily mean similar in quality, and this is unfortunately the case here.
Posted Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Review 1540069. A Past And Future Secret. Stylistically there are few surprises if you're familiar with the band's combination of power metal and symphonic metal with folk leanings. I also think it's an error not bringing the guitars more to the front of the mix, which would have made the album more sharper sounding. They shed their original speed metal roots a long time ago, and they've played the current style on quite a few releases now. Yes, the musicianship is more than competently displayed and gives a glimpse into the future but after all is said and done, these tracks are very interesting to listen to.
Each track relates an episode from the story of Middle-Earth, during a particular age. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in January 2015. A treasure in the land of symphonic epic metal! This has retrospectively been called speed metal but at the time it wasn't actually known as such. Songs like 'Another Stranger Me', 'Fly', 'Turn the Page', 'This Will Never End' and 'Straight Through the Mirror' are all great tracks that can easily go next to any of the bands bigger pieces without seeming out of place. Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Review 1909800 After the ridiculously ambitious albums 'Nightfall in Middle Earth' and 'A Night at the Opera', I think it's fair to say that Blind Guardian deserved a bit of a break, and so here we have 'A Twist in the Myth', a release that saw the band break away from the ten-minute songs brimming with multiple vocal harmonies and orchestrations, to instead, focus on more easily accessible compositions, that still maintain the bands signature sound. Nevertheless, the music is like no other and still remains impacting. There's still plenty of guitar harmonies and epic vocal performances, and the evident folk influences gives this record a more upbeat and energetic feel than previous releases.
Blind Guardian's trademark take on power and progressive metal is in full effect here, not being diminished by the more stripped-down and laid back approach. Sometimes the whole thing sounds a bit disjointed and the band and the orchestra seldom sound like they are in the same room playing which they in reality pretty surely don't either , but when everything melts together to an epic whole, it's quite breathtaking. After this disc, the band will craft their identity, step by step, by incorporating more sophisticated orchestrations and medieval elements to their music, but this is another bard story. While not quite deemed power metal at this point, there is more than enough evidence that a new sub genre of metal would soon gain hold as a distinct and powerful strain of the metal world. Time Stands Still At The Iron Hill. There was something going on in Germany in the 80s. How did I not get into this band the first time around?! Until now, this is nearly perfect.
Why this artist must be listed in www. It is also the bands most radio-friendly work, and as a result, is probably their most hated song too. The use of acoustic guitars, more intricate vocal melodies and Tolkien-inspired lyrical themes are all signs of where the band are going musically, but sadly it fails to distinguish anything of this album from its predecessors. Personally, I think it's a killer! They'd certainly develop a sound to call their own over the next few albums, but otherwise, 'Follow the Blind' is one I'd recommend solely to the collectors. However, the middle of the disc is its weak point. And that leads me right back to square one; this album is still pretty bland. The true gem of this record is no doubt 'Banished from Sanctuary', a song which remains a staple of any live set to this day.
Nonetheless, the music is on par with the superb cover art: majestic, elaborated, heroic, complex. A little less polish and more rawness and power would do the trick. The compositions are now complex and refined, with magnificent choirs, majestic soli and powerful orchestrations. It's not a terrible album, but if you're looking for some generic and bland 80's power metal, there's much better stuff out there. As it is now it simply sounds a bit overproduced and focusing more on the symphonic aspect of the band's sound an less on the power metal ditto.
Original, however a bit cheesy and out of place. As their debut effort, Hansi K'rsch's singing is a bit rough and the tracks can get a little messy at times, but these small youth flaws are compensated by energy and rage. I swiftly snapped up most of the groups back-catalogue, then set to work familiarizing myself with their discography. Run for the Night Live. Wheel of Time © Blind Guardian 2000-2007. The theatrical impression has been enhanced too, with multiple different atmospheres and instruments.
They have a very distinct sound. The rest is a bit rough and lacks catchy melodies. Although the music itself is not very original and the band has not crafted their identity yet, the compositions are direct, powerful and epic, without concessions or useless orchestration. Tanelorn Into the Void 3. Road of No Release 4. Some early fans can regret that the initial rage and direct approach present in the band's first compositions were left aside in favor of more polished sonorities and arrangements. While there are some very subtle orchestral elements dotted around here and there, a sign of where Blind Guardian would go with future releases, it's still a long way off from what would go on to become the bands defining sound.
Lost in the Twilight Hall. Hearing this powerful song really makes you want to brandish your double axe to battle against your enemies! It is apparent from the very first track of their very first album that these guys were all about quality and despite not exactly delivering a most original sound from the get go, they did exude a very confident delivery of their style that not only displayed their influences but also pointed to an early method of deviation thereof. It will be uploaded as soon as it is out. One of their better releases in recent years. Much like their previous albums, 'Tales from the Twilight World' may be held in higher regard by enthusiasts of the genre, and whilst I absolutely love Blind Guardian's later material, to me, this is just another generic power metal affair. Fortunately, inspiration comes back with the Maiden-esque title track, a ferocious fast composition with an efficient war hymn.
It's a good starting point for those who are deterred by serious, Tolkien-inspired concept albums. More theatrical, less direct than the former opuses, this disc may not instantly appeal to early 80's fans, but what the band lost in spontaneity has been gained in refinement. Didn't even have to think about what to do. Some songs are just breathtaking. The two bands were intent on keeping the melodic development of their music as the focus of their metal attack while other strains of the genre were deviating in several different directions. A Voice in the Dark 10. As always the listener is bombarded with walls of sound.