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3.08 | 77 ratings | 11 reviews | 8% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1988

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Majesty (7:31)
2. Guardian of the Blind (5:11)
3. Trial by the Archon (1:44)
4. Wizard's Crown (3:50)
5. Run for the Night (3:36)
6. The Martyr (6:17)
7. Battalions of Fear (6:08)
8. By the Gates of Moria (2:53)
9. Gandalf's Rebirth (2:10)

Total Time: 39:20


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Line-up / Musicians

- Hansi Kürsch / vocals, bass
- André Olbrich / guitars, vocals
- "Magnus" Armin Siepen / guitars, vocals
- Thomen "The Omen" Stauch / drums


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BLIND GUARDIAN Battalions of Fear ratings distribution


3.08
(77 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
8%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(30%)
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Review by Gatot
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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

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Posted Saturday, August 11, 2007

Review by CCVP
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4 stars When four kids get together to make some noise and end up creating the biggest power metal band ever

Initial thoughts:

First of all, i must start saying that this is the most underrated Blind Guardian album ever! And it is just because it is raw speed metal and metal is too aggressive to prog ears. Well, imagine what kind of reaction King Crimson would cause on medieval Europe, whose ears were used to bird singing, soft flutes, lute and choirs with their heavy and devilish playing. . . . Its just sad that such a good metal album is so unrated here but, well, its a prog site after all: you can't expect people to like metal.

Well, better change the subject before i get killed by prog extremists. This album right here, besides not being exactly proggy, as i said before deserves a fair rating, for the sake of music and for the sake of moderation and intelligent thinking! Simple and straightforward heavy music can be very enjoyable and pleasant to listen and, since this album marks the beginning of the carrier of four unexperienced youngsters, nothing more logical than a simple, raw and inexperienced album. Battalions of Fear also brings many things that would continue until the present stage o Blind Guardian, 20 years after its release: the fixation in myths, legends and Tolkien's books.

About the songs, musicianship and other features there are some thing i would like to state:

Because of their inexperience, most of the album is played only fast, with no kind of exceptional musicianship whatsoever. This album also featured Hansi playing bass, something that would only last though the early years of the band, when he had stamina enough to sing with his voice of thunder and play as fast as hell.

Songs are mostly straightforward speed metal, with the exception of Trial by the Anchor and Gandalf's Rebirth.

One interesting thing is that some material here on this album was recorded on the 2 demos made by the band named Lucifer's heritage, that would later change its name to Blind Guardian.

Grade and final thoughts:

OK, i must agree that this album is not exactly a masterpiece of anything, but to give it such low grades is just disrespectful to Blind Guardian and its members. A four star grade seem appropriate, since the album is GREAT, but not exactly a masterpiece of prog rock.

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Posted Friday, May 09, 2008

Review by 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.

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Posted Thursday, August 07, 2008

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Blind Guardian is a famous german speed metal band who was discovered in 1986 by Kai Hansen (the main guitarist and the lead composer of Helloween and later on Gamma Ray). While the first 3 albums of Blind Guardian has nothing in common with later releases, being rought and metal all the way, but good and very original in those times late '80's, the newer material is concentrate more on symphonic metal with a good touch of medieval elements and stunning musicianship as well. Battalions of fear is the first album by this german speed metal band release in summer of 1988. They manage to create with this album a good and solid reputation among metal bands of the late '80 's. They were unique not only in Germany , but also in the world, and that from the first album. Many bands aproaching this kind of music in those times, but some of them never reaches the solid musicianship or intelligent arrangement of Bind Guardian. They are still loved anywere in the world after 20 years of great music. Talking about this albums, is among my fav BG albums, is rough is great played, the twin guitars of Magnus Armin Siepen and André Olbrich are oni present delivering solid riffs and great solos. Another reason that they are so unique is the voice of Hansi Kürsch. Great and powerfull voice, rough , smooth when is needed, Kursch manage to creat something spacial with his voice. He is also the main composer of Demons and Wizards (solo project with the great guitarist of Iced Earth - Jon Schaffer). Now all the pieces stands as great to me, Majesty is classic piece of speed metal genre and is still played at concerts with great joy, and I think is the best from here. The rest are also good , rough but very plesent. The prog elements are missing in first 3 albums , but doesn't mean these 3 releases are bad, not by far, they are among the best in german metal and not only. So to Battalions of fear 4 stars for sure, very underrated album, quite good all the way, among their best, and surprisingly right from the start.

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars Blind Guardian's debut album may not be the most original thing they've ever released, the group still grasping towards their distinctive style, but shadows of the symphonic-influenced power metal powerhouse they would eventually become can be glimpsed here and there, and the band bring to the material they have here an energy and enthusiasm which is genuinely infectious. Maybe it is the case that the most classically-tinged track on here is a bonus track (Gandalf's Rebirth), but the thrash and speed-influenced material that makes up the rest of the album represents a more aggressive side of the band that would often be eclipsed later in their career, but which to me is no less compelling than their classic power metal style.

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4 stars "'Batallions', musically, was a tribute to Iron Maiden and the old Helloween on speed" - Hansi, Blind Guardian's vocalist. Except for the standard heavy metal track "Run For The Night" (not totally bad, but not progressive or relevant enough to rate as a good track here), Blind Guardian's ... (read more)

Report this review (#1053359) | Posted by VOTOMS | Friday, October 04, 2013 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Battalions of Fear ? 1988 (2/5) 8 ? Best Song: I don't particularly care. Is this some poorly enunciated joke? Am I to take this band seriously? Oh, the world of metal could be a very unforgiving place in the late 1980's. On one hand you had the immaculately processed MTV-ready radio pop meta ... (read more)

Report this review (#441405) | Posted by Alitare | Sunday, May 01, 2011 | Review Permanlink

2 stars I came across Blind Guardian randomly in a shop in Germany where they were selling 'Battalions of Fear' and 'Follow the Blind' very cheap. I bought them both to give them a chance as I had heard mention of the band numerous times and was curious to see what they're like. At first I wasn't too ke ... (read more)

Report this review (#212995) | Posted by Valarius | Wednesday, April 29, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars "Battalions of Fear", Blind Guardian's debut is also, together with their second opus, "Follow the Blind", the rawest and most aggressive album they ever put out. You're very wrong if you think that their first album also contains the symphonic/progressive elements that fill their latest offerin ... (read more)

Report this review (#182206) | Posted by Nhorf | Thursday, September 11, 2008 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This is the first album of Blind Guardian, dare to say the greatest Power Metal artists. Looking back from year 2007 one can say that there is nothing special about this album. At the same time when I first heard this album, (it was 1990 when Kai Hansen already left Helloween, if it tells anythi ... (read more)

Report this review (#141048) | Posted by Bratus | Saturday, September 29, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Battalions of fear has nothing to do with progressive rock at all, but is one of my favourites not only from the band, but as a metal album too. Blind guardian's fisrt album ,is a typical power/speed metal album of the german scene, full of energy and powerful but melodic riffs. The music ha ... (read more)

Report this review (#137749) | Posted by NICKAR | Tuesday, September 11, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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