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A TWIST IN THE MYTH

Blind Guardian

 

Progressive Metal

3.10 | 112 ratings

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Gatot
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3 stars Once you know Blind Guardian's music, you will enjoy this album!

For me personally, I really enjoy the music of Blind Guardian, including this "A Twist In The Myth" which is even though less powerful than the band's best album (my view) "Nightfall in Middle Earth". I know the music of Blind Guardian is more on power metal than progressive metal but I do like how the Hansi Kursch sings especially when there is choir companion. In a way it reminds me to Gentle Giant, tken to the other extreme of power. The choirs also somewhat remind me to Uriah Heep. Secondly the music that accompanies vocal line sounds very dynamics with notes and chords that follow the melody line led by the vocal.

"This Will Never End" (5:07) opens the album with power metal scene dominated by guitar riffs. Compared to Nightfall, this track's melody is not that catchy. However the music flow makes the album interesting to enjoy. The rhythm section tends to be formed by combining guitar melody, choir and bass. It flows to the next track with similar style "Otherland" (5:14). I like "Turn the Page" (4:16) because it has good balance of rhythm section and guitar solo with unique sound. The uniqueness of guitar sound is one of the factors that I love the music of Blind Guardian. It reminds me to the unique sound of Uriah Heep's Mick Box. The music flows nicely to "Fly" (5:43) which starts with drum beats at the intro part. I also like how this track flows and provides great vocal line by Kursch. "Carry the Blessed Home" (4:03) brings the music down with mellow style. AGain, through this track Blind Guardian demonstrates the power of their vocal line and choirs.

"Straight Through the Mirror (5:48)" is a good track with symphonic style, moves dynamically in power metal vein. Again, this track indicates the unique sound of Blind Guardian. It is then followed beautifully with "Lionheart" (4:15) with its powerful riffs. It's a good track, really! "Skalds and Shadows" (3:13) brings the tone down with great acoustic guitar fills accompanying nice vocal line. It reminds me to the music of Nightfall. The continuing "The Edge" (4:27) is also a good track.

Overall, I do enjoy this album and in fact it's a very good one. For some people who don't get used to Blind Guardian's music, this might be not an enjoyable album. I do suggest you to start with "Nightfall in Middle Earth" album which I think it's a masterpiece album. AS far as this album, it has good composition, musicianship and production. This album lacks in melody if it's compared with "Nightfall in Middle Earth" album. My CD is a deluxe edition with Disc 2. It's a precious collection for me. Overall rating is 3.5 stars. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 3/5 |

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