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TALES FROM THE TWILIGHT WORLD

Blind Guardian

 

Progressive Metal

3.26 | 76 ratings

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UMUR
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3 stars "Tales from the Twilight World" is the 3rd full-length studio album by German power/speed metal act Blind Guardian. The album was released through No Remorse Records in October 1990. "Tales from the Twilight World" was Recorded in March - May 1990 in Karo Studios with producer Kalle Trapp, who had also produced the bandīs first two studio albums.

The music on the album is power/speed metal done the teutonic way, which means that the music is epic and melodic in addition to being fast-played and raw. Thereīs been an evolution of sound since the more direct speed metal found on the two predecessors and up until then "Tales from the Twilight World" was by far Blind Guardianīs most epic sounding release. Compared to subsequent releases by the band this album is a rather stripped down affair though.

Hansi Kürsch distinct sounding voice and strong vocal delivery have always been some of the greatest assets to Blind Guardianīs sound and thatīs also the case here. Itīs not his best vocal performance though but my assumption is that much has to do with the dry and lifeless sound production. The band must have felt really comfortable with Kalle Trapp, because I doubt itīs his abilities as a sound producer that made them pick him for the job once again. I know many 80s albums sounded like this (empty and reverb laden), but this is a 1990 recording and I expect better. There are several good quality tracks on the album. The best example is probably the strong opener "Traveler in Time", but most tracks are of a good quality even though few reach excellence.

So while "Tales from the Twilight World" is certainly an improvement over the first two albums by the band, itīs not exactly the sound of a mature band either. Blind Guardian are skilled musicians and they were relatively skilled composers this early on too, but the overall quality of the product is lacking (especially as a consequence of the poor sound production). A 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is still deserved though.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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