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AT THE EDGE OF TIME

Blind Guardian

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3 stars When I heard Blind Guardian was making a new album, I was pretty excited...mainlt cause those guys rule the European metal roost.

And I saw the cover art...and was like WOW!

Then I got the album, opened it up, saw the artwork inside, and was OH MY GOD

Then today I heard the album and was like...meh!

Ok, I'm not going to be too overcritical, but Blind Guardian usually makes me feel happy downstairs...(yes...innuendo is allowed). This album just made me go, "yea, that was ok."

I don't know why, I really should love it, but I came to a conclusion, "BLIND GUARDIAN SOUND BETTER WITH FAST SONGS!"

Now I know their is some orchestral epics opening and closing the albums, and their ok, but the best songs are the one that make me want to bash the skull of a caveman.

I like this new direction, a more prog sound, but as a Blind Guardian fan...it doesn't compare to their earlier albums.

1. Sacred Worlds - Epic intro. Very dramatic and over the top. 9/10

2. Tanelorn (Into The Void) - Most epic vocals in a chorus ever. Obvious Queen influence. Incredibly kick ass. 10/10

3. Road Of No Release - Pretty interesting arrangement. Quite dramatic. 8/10

4. Ride Into Obsession - Pretty epic chorus with some cool twists and turns. 9/10

5. Curse My Name - Sounds like upbeat Enya. Interesting arrangement. 9/10

6. Valkyries - Doesn't sound anything like Blind Guardian. Some nice twists and turns with a cool chorus. 8/10

7. Control The Divine - Best song on the album. Amazing chorus with some great lyrics. 10/10

8. War Of The Thrones - Pretty odd for Blind Guardian. Nice arrangement. 8/10

9. A Voice In The Dark - Pretty kick ass. Perfect choice for a single. 9/10

10. Wheel Of Time - Epic at times with some great orchestration, but it's quite poor to be honest. 7/10

CONCLUSION: By far their best, and I haven't heard all their albums, but it could be their worst...Sorry Germany :(

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Send comments to arcane-beautiful (BETA) | Report this review (#355741)
Posted Friday, December 17, 2010 | Review Permalink
2 stars I read many very positive reviews about this new album of Blind Guardian and that's why I gave it a try. I think that the last record "A Twist In The Myth" had its strong moments but the last really convincing and intense album was "Imaginations from the other side", the only album of that which I really like and which has a really diversified song writing. Personally, I think that most of the band's albums are way too overloaded with hectical orchestra passages and that their speed metal doesn't give enough place to each instrument with a few exceptions.

This new album has the same problem. It is completely overloaded. Each time you might appreciate an intelligent orchestration, some folk elements or the touch of a little ballad, the band accelerates, plays its usual speed metal and pushes you out of your positive feelings. After the first four tracks I had to stop the album because I had a terrible headache and felt sick.

Sure thing, the musicians are very talented from an objective point of view, but they don't give enough place to the orchestrations and instruments to create magic moments. They are never looking for the power out of the tranquility and when they do it, they create average acoustic ballads. There is nothing innovating or intense about this album.

Those who liked "Nightfall In Middle-Earth" and similar stuff will appreciate this album. But everyone who wants to give this band another chance and did never really feel amazed about their style may bury their expectations that this band will ever change its style and try something fresh or new.

Originally published on www.metal-archives.com on October 6th of the year 2010.

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Send comments to kluseba (BETA) | Report this review (#381392)
Posted Sunday, January 16, 2011 | Review Permalink
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4 stars "At The Edge Of Time" is the 9th full-length studio album by German power metal act Blind Guardian. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in July 2010. The album is the first album release by Blind Guardian since "A Twist in the Myth (2006)".

"Sacred Worlds" opens the album in symphonic style and almost recalls the orchestral grandur and semi-progressive nature of the music on "A Night at the Opera (2002)" (and actually closes the album in a similar symphonic style with "Wheel of Time"), but the band have more things up their sleeve. "At The Edge Of Time" is actually quite the varied album with both epic symphonic tracks, faster paced speed/power metal tracks and folky tracks. In other words all the best from the Blind Guardian songwriting formula. Compared to "A Twist in the Myth (2006)", "At The Edge Of Time" features less hard rock elements and a more metal oriented sound. Blind Guardian occassionally visit their more raw early- to mid-90s speed/power metal style albeit in a more polished, less raw, and more epic and symphonic sounding format and it´s nice to hear that they haven´t forgotten how to play harder edged music yet.

"At The Edge Of Time" is a well produced affair even though I could have wished for at less dry and sterile drum production. The musicianship are impeccable as usual and the songwriting clever and intriguing. Personally I was slightly disappointed by "A Twist in the Myth (2006)" and I welcome the return to a more metal oriented sound on "At The Edge Of Time". I guess there are little here that will surprise anyone but it´s still a greatly enjoyable and high quality release deserving a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating.

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Send comments to UMUR (BETA) | Report this review (#611311)
Posted Tuesday, January 17, 2012 | Review Permalink

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