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Blind Guardian


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3.20 | 100 ratings

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2 stars I only knew this album lately after I have been familiar with "the true music of Blind Guardian" i.e. those coming from "Nightfall in Middle-Earth" as well as "A Night at The Opera". For me the music from this album does not truly represent the unique sound of Blind Guardian. It's just like a power metal music like Helloween (Germany). I think in the beginning the band took a lot of influence from Helloween. The way drum performed is typical of any power metal album with its fast double pedal bass drum. The guitar works had not found its true sound of Blind Guardian. I think the guitar work is similar with those played by Michael Weikath of Helloween or Kai Hansen of Helloween.

The first two opening tracks "Majesty" and "Guardian of The Blind" are pure power metal music with heavy riffs and very fast tempo. "Try By The Archon" starts with electric guitar solo followed with marching drums. The music then flows in fast tempo. "Wizard's Crown" and "Run For The Night" still bring speed into music. "The Martyr" slows down the music with guitar riffs that are similar with Iron Maiden. "Batallions of Fear" brings back full power metal style. "Gandalf's Rebirth" is nice with guitar work that reminds me to the style of Yngwie Malmsteen. Looking at the title, this was the embryo of the band's journey into Tolkien based music.

Overall, this album is suitable only for collectors and especially those who favor Blind Guardian. Throughout the album I can hear clearly powerful and tight bass lines. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 2/5 |


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