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Blind Guardian


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3.64 | 50 ratings

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3 stars Am very happy to have Blind Guardian featured at this site because as far as I know, some of their albums were truly "prog" albums. My first attempt with the band was through a "provocation" by metal friend, Hengky, who consistently insisted me to give a try with the band's "A Night at The Opera" album. But I found "Nightfall in Middle Earth" album first in the format of cassette produced by PT Aquarius Musikindo (Indonesian label). Yeah! I fully agree with Hengky my friend because this band has something unique with their music and the album has become one of my all-time favorites. It's not because of the "Lord of The Rings" thing but it's more on the unique music these gentlemen in Blind Guardian deliver their music.

"Forgotten Tales" comprises tracks which previously unreleased and it also features cover version of Uriah Heep's "The Wizard" and Queen's "Spread Your Wings". Even though this is not the best album from the band but I do enjoy this one for couple of reasons. First, because I like the music delivered by Blind Guardian. The vocal line by Hansi Kürsch is quite unique - he sings in an operatic style with deep and sometime high register notes backed with a stream of choirs which sometimes remind me to Gentle Giant's choir. Second, it contains excellent interpretation of legend's song like "The Wizard" and "Spread Your Wings" and other cover version. Third, I like the cover artwork of faceless human being (?) which reminds me to the figure of Naszgul from the Lord of The Rings movie.

Overall, this is a very good compilation of good songs that I believe will not dissatisfy you especially if you like power metal music. My best recommendation is for you to start with "Nightfall in Middle Earth" album first because it's a concept album and it's a masterpiece. Just in case you see this CD at local store, grab it! Anyway ... keep on proggin' ..!

Of course .. I will review their albums .... all ....

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 3/5 |


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