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BATTALIONS OF FEAR

Blind Guardian

 

Progressive Metal

3.27 | 95 ratings

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UMUR
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2 stars Battalions of Fear is the debut album from one of the most influential and famous German metal bands ever Blind Guardian. This release is not the album that propelled them to the top of the european power metal elite, but there are signs of what´s to come on future releases.

The music is very influenced by the two biggest heavy metal bands at that time which were Iron Maiden and Helloween. The Iron Maiden influence is heard in the more classic heavy metal riffs and the overall melodic nature of the material while Helloween´s power metal approach is also a very big influence on Battalions of Fear which means extensive use of double bass pedal and pretty fast paced drumming. All songs are as such well composed, but they lack a bit of identity IMO and the album quickly turns out trivial. Hansi Kürsch is of course a very distinct vocalist but his vocal style was not fully developed at this early stage of Blind Guardian´s career. Try and compare his vocal on this album to his vocal style on Imaginations from the Other Side and you´ll hear an obvious difference. The fact that this album is twenty years old is quite funny IMO as Blind Guardian hasn´t really changed their general style much in all those years. They have just fine tuned the music.

The musicianship is surprisingly good. I didn´t expect Blind Guardian to be such good musicians this early on. Don´t get me wrong though because they are exceptional musicians and apparently they have been for a very long time.

The sound quality is a bit thin and lacks punch at times but besides that it´s actually pretty good for the time.

The coverart is typical fantasy power metal. It´s very well done IMO and the start of a series of fantasy covers on Blind Guardian´s albums.

Battalions of Fear is a much better album than I had expected but with that said they have done so much better on their later albums and I wouldn´t recommend this album to anyone else but the fans. This is a 2 star recording.

UMUR | 2/5 |

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