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SOMEWHERE FAR BEYOND

Blind Guardian

 

Progressive Metal

3.67 | 144 ratings

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toolis
5 stars This is Blind Guardian's Magnum Opus. Somewhere Far Beyond takes their euro-teutonic power metal one step further from "Tales..", their previous also excellent album...

But, this time they managed to minimise their -more than obvious- Helloween influences and find a more personal sound. They managed to do so by adding even more Queen-like polyphonic parts, astouning melodies, mid-tempo tunes (Theatre Of Pain) etc... Once again, Kai Hansen (ex-Helloween/Gamma Ray) is a guest musician (Quest For Tanelorn) and with songs like Ashes To Ashes, Time What Is Time and Journey Through The Dark serve the one genre they so loyaly keep faith to, for decades now: POWER METAL.

However, the highlights of the album are the two Bard's Songs: a prog-power gem and a beautiful ballad that always perform live, being one of he fans' fave, and the s/t epic. And, also, the Queen cover "Spread Your Wings" taken from "News Of The World" album, is excellent, paying tribute to one of their fave bands.

P.S. a little trivia: "Somewhere Far Beyond" is in a way a concept album:all songs are about a well known fantasy story and the guys sitting around the fire on the cover are their authors (Tolkien, Moorcock etc) telling their stories to each other.

toolis | 5/5 |

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