MetalBite Review by Allan on 7/24/2002
Since they debuted in 1989 with “Battalions of Fear”
, Blind Guardian
has been a band that have progressed intensely. Not only did they push themselves to their limits every time, but they challenged the rest of the metal scene to keep up with them. With that progression they’ve lost and gained fans and created many mixed feelings amongst their following. Though, no matter what period in time, Blind Guardian
has always followed up to fan's expectations. “Tales From The Twilight World”
is no different, and maybe THE
highlight of the band's career and of the power genre. It holds something for everyone that listens. It is a piece of history that fans of new Blind Guardian
can look into, and an album that other Guardian fans can reminisce over.
There are an overwhelming number of excellent things about this album. One of the greatest things about “Tales From The Twilight World”
is that it’s just one hundred percent, pure, stripped down heavy metal. Nothing on this album is overdone and you won’t find one drop of the pretentiousness that clouds the bands latest efforts. The performance is bombastic, but it’s not like you’ll be spending a night at the opera. Few bands can walk into that studio space and create something that radiates with true emotion like it did when the band first heard it inside them. When Blind Guardian
went into the studio for “Tales...”
there was something special happening; no fan of Blind Guardian
will deny that. It was that emotion that was conveyed so strongly that pushed this album over the edge. Not only that, but the execution of the spectacular ideas made “Tales...”
meaningful. From start to finish, not a ripple will be seen on the surface. What it comes down to is that “Tales...”
is an album that is free of any excess rubbish, surprisingly well thought out, and a lot deeper than it may appear on the initial listen.
What truly makes Blind Guardian
work is the line-up. When Hansi Kursh sings out with his mid range vocals he wraps himself around the listener to create a presence that is memorable and ultimately nostalgic. Guitarists André Olbrich and Marcus Siepen perform amazingly. The rhythm is impeccable and was something that I saw as an old Guardian trademark. Combined with an astounding lead guitar player who writes some of the most amazing riffs and solos that bleed with feeling, this duo is unstoppable. After the smoke clears it comes down to this, and not one piece of the puzzle is missing.
I truly miss the old days of Blind Guardian
, but at least Blind Guardian
is progressing with style. “Tales From The Twilight World”
is a timeless gem that many people will never forget and it deserves a place in every metal fans collection.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
out of 10