Label: Nuclear Blast - NB ,Nuclear Blast - • Format: CD Album, Remastered CD Album All Media Deluxe Edition, Reissue Digipak • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Power Metal Blind Guardian - Nightfall In Middle-Earth (, CD) | Discogs/5(3). Label: Virgin - 8 2 6,Virgin - • Format: CD Album • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: Power Metal Blind Guardian - Nightfall In Middle-Earth (, CD) | Discogs Explore/5(5). May 25, · referencing Nightfall In Middle-Earth, CD, Album, RE, RM, 3 2 0 En mi opinión más subjetiva, el grupo Blind Guardian (seguido de muy cerca por Dragonforce) és de lo mejor del género power metal del momento/5().
Luckily, Blind Guardian have gotten pretty good at writing ballads, and not all of them suck - though even if they'd all been killer, five ballads do not a metal album make, and having that many definitely doesn't help their cause. The song also has a definite progression in the lyrics, as it tells a bit of the tale of the Silmarillion. It feels like a story song, which here actually works in its favor, with cool lines like "Never trust the northern winds Never turn your back on friends!
The vocal lines are great, the lead melodies are great, and the lyrics are great; possibly this is the best song on the album. Unfortunately, the other three ballads are pretty bad. If the album had had only the two aforementioned ballads, it would have been much better.
Now, I might be able to excuse the album for so many ballads if all of the other songs were absolutely killer; unfortunately that's not the case. While there are definitely some good songs, the stinkers are still there; "The Curse of Feanor", for one. The aggressive vocals are good, but the riffs are decent at best, and used a little too long.
And while "Time Stands Still At the Iron Hill " isn't bad, it's not particularly strong, either, with merely decent melodies and riffs. Also, given that the riffs are pretty buried, the songs tend to focus on the leads; while the heavier part of the album is still pretty solidly in metal territory, it does bring them closer to rock than they've ever come, and that's not a good thing. Luckily, for most of the songs, the leads and vocal lines are pretty strong. The album definitely has some fun moments, some epic moments, and a great overall vocal performance, but the interludes, ballads, and poor songwriting show their true colors often enough, and the song is just extremely inconsistent; decent by most standards, but ultimately a failure for Blind Guardian, possibly their worst release to date.
This album has been slammed by many for a mainly non-musical issue: interludes. Interludes on any album are an acquired taste. While I found the interludes to be a particularly nice touch, this is beside the point.
The metal on this album, its composition, and its crafting are BG's best. During their concerts, they are the songs people cheer for the most, and for a reason: if you read Tolkien's timeless epic, the Silmarillion which is the 'Old Testament' of the Lord of the Rings trilogythe interludes will make sense and will be appreciated for their addition because they help anchor the narrative of the concept in the mind of the listener.
Hansi and co. The singing is EVIL on 'Into the Storm', sorrowful on 'Nightfall', urgent on 'Mirror Mirror', and commanding on 'Thorn' and 'Time Stand Still'all backed by galloping drums and furious guitar interplay soaked in tasteful orchestral arrangements that give the majesty these songs need.
Melodies evoking ancient elven and dwarven realms and their folk remain in your head forever. There are no weak tracks, and every single song offers a new atmosphere while staying faithfully lodged within the main context of the Silmarillion epic.
The wide palette of feelings and atmospheres results in a brilliant slab of power metal and one of my top 10 best power metal albums ever. For Tolkien fans, it also serves as a tremendous tribute to the Silmarillion. We can argue endlessly about the 'cheesiness' of this album and even some have called it 'goofy'.
It's a matter of perspective: those who AREN'T interested in epic sagas translated into metal music will surely laugh this band off and this is really a matter of taste. Can't argue about tastes and colors. This is grade A epic power metal and for the fans of the genre, a must in their collection.
Amazon reviewer: Torquemada 'Sweating Demon'. What I can tell you now is that I ended up being less than impressed. Nightfall in Middle-Earth promises a whole, literal fantasy landscape and ends up throwing the listener a book almost literally with the ridiculous liner notes and telling them to work off that.
I'll start off with what irks me the most about this album: interludes! Too many fucking interludes! They take up around seven minutes of this album and occur right after almost all the real songs on here.
They are totally unnecessary and totally unwanted. I thought this was supposed to be power metal, not German time waste!
In fact, stupid shit like "The Minstrel" makes me want to do the exact opposite. I still don't have a clue. However, there are some really good tunes to be heard among the actual songs.
There's excellent songs here with catchy hooks and well crafted variations. When Blind Guardian get it right, they really produce some valuable pieces of gold. There is one song here though that really annoys me: "Noldor Dead Winter Reigns ". You know those slow power metal ballads that nobody really likes? This is by-far one of the worst ones I've listened to. I know these types of songs are supposed to be emotional and whatnot, but this is just unnecessary overkill.
It's in songs like these that Hansi's voice gets grating, wearing out my enthusiasm. With the interludes added alongside, the album seems to get old faster than it really should.
The Middle Earth vibe that seemed intriguing at first ultimately became too much for me and had me looking for something decidedly less nerdy by the end of the album. There are single songs or parts of songs that were really good in this album, but ultimately this isn't worth getting if you're just a casual power metal fan.
There's plenty of power metal material out there including other albums by Blind Guardian that isn't as tiring as 'Nightfall in Middle-Earth'. Go find them instead. Blind Guardian is a pretty big deal, and what's one more review of one of its albums to the masses?
Not much I suppose, but I've recently come to appreciate some of the band's earlier work for me, this means earlier than "A Twist in the Myth", Lammoth - Blind Guardian - Nightfall In Middle-Earth (CD, which was my introduction to the band much more than I used to. In revisiting these albums, I've been able to quickly peg a couple of favorites, with "Nightfall in Middle Earth" being one of them. This is helped of course, by the fact that I've been dearly in love with the work of Tolkien since reading his monumental trilogy at the age of eight.
While I sincerely feel that NiME is one off the finest homages to Tolkien that I've heard in metal, there is much more to this album than nostalgia and heroic lyricism. However, this is the Lammoth - Blind Guardian - Nightfall In Middle-Earth (CD of three main reasons that NiME is such a bloody fantastic piece of work.
The accuracy of conveying some of the events, characters, and conflicts of Tolkien's is quite stirring. Perhaps these don't come off quite the way that Tolkien would have liked them to, but the spirit of a great world and dark fantasy epic completely saturates every moment of this record. Secondly, and hand-in-hand with the first, is the musical atmosphere. In particular, the introductions and brief interludes that frequent this album are favorites of mine when the album is listened to in its entirety.
The various voices and sound effects that populate these brief pieces add credibility and interest to the album as a whole, as well as instilling the listener with great respect for the lengths to which Blind Guardian went to complete the experience. These aren't third rate Italian flower metal spoken interludes which are overly dramatic and absurdly cheesy, but rather very mixed and colorful spoken additions which are of particular note to those who grew up with the stories of Middle Earth.
Finally, and most importantly for a metal album, is the sheer songwriting strength of the songs on the album. I find it impossible to narrow even these tracks down any further in regards to favorites from the album, and the others that I haven't mentioned are not far behind. The choruses are all grand, striking, and epic in a special way that only Blind Guardian can achieve.
The band's rather unique guitar tone and arrangement, combined with the unmistakable voice of Hansi, makes for an musical voyage of wonder, malevolence, and rapture. Saying much more about the album is useless, as there are hundreds of good reviews of this work, and only one album itself. Most of you will have already listened to the stunning musical glory that is but one of the gems in the high-seated crown upon the throne of the Guardian, but any that have not ought to do it and do it soon.
This album, while not perfect in every way, and with much that some will inevitably and foolishly label as "filler", is a remarkable experience that any true devotee of the genre must at least experience. Originally written for www. Nightfall in The Middle Earth is not exactly loved by every Blind Guardian fan in the world, but it was supposed to be: the band put a lot of effort in order to come up with new material, Hansi recorded his vocals at least three hundred times in each song and the very idea of making an album entirely based on The Silmarillion sounds great by itself.
However, the band ended up with an album that was far from what most were expecting. The reason is simple: Blind Guardian is considered to be a pioneer band in terms of power metal, but their traditional music was far away from the extremities of the genre. In Nightfall in The Middle Earth, however, the band tried to come up with an album that would be completely over the top even if we take into count that it is power metal after alland the ZP Theart that Hansi found within himself displeasured most Blind Guardian fans.
The whole album is filled with some of the most epic leads, the cheesiest vocals and the most powerful choruses that I have ever seen. Blind Guardian, however, tried to make an artistic masterpiece out of a musical masterpiece, and filled the album with no less than eleven interludes. Nothing, however, prohibits you to simply skip the interludes and headbang to some of the most powerful metal that has been ever recorded. Everything here, from the folk leads to the one-thousand-layers vocals, seems to make you imagine huge fortresses, tall-as-fuck hills and battles with a larger body count than The Battle of Stalingrad.
In their desperation to make everything sound extremely epic, however, Blind Guardian made several mistakes. The band never runs out of riffs, the drums are rather impressive in terms of creativity and even the troublesome layered vocals are used in a way that made it possible to listen to both the lead guitar and the vocals at the same time. The solo is the single best solo that Blind Guardian ever came up with, being melodic and catchy and making you want to mosh the shit out of yourself probably because of the double bass that comes along with it.
Time Stands Still is another impressive song: it is, in fact, cheesy as hell, but it kicks ass nonetheless. This album is different from what Blind Guardian usually delivers, but it is a great album anyway. The theme kicks ass, the album has an ass-kicking masterpiece and even the guitars, which are sometimes weaker than you would like in a power metal album, are able to deliver rather impressive stuff. It is a must-have for Blind Guardian fans, it is definitely good for any power metal addicts and it is very interesting for anyone that likes metal a little.
First of all despite there being 22 tracks, there are only 11 songs. Dear Blind Guardian, if you ever read this, please work on giving me more less-than second interlude tracks. I know they are supposed exist to help the story along, but the story is that of J.
Problem with this is, to my knowledge only the big Tolkien fans give a shit about or even read The Silmarillion. Many of the rest just sound like rejects from Age of Empires II voiceover sessions. There is some quality songs, the problems is the way it was mixed.
The guitar is very low in the mix. Hansi is a great vocalist, and he gives 22 great vocal performances. Not one for each track, I just think he overdubbed his vocals about 22 times, because he made every chorus sound like a church choir.
Some sound like two or three church choirs. Some sound like 2 church choirs singing over each other. The vocals are great. So, disregarding the 10 short pieces, we are left with 11 tracks. Of the 10 songs, I consider 5 of them to be of great quality. Into the Storm, for all intents and purposes, kicks off the album, and is a great song to start it off.
The Eldar is an interesting mostly piano and vocal piece, and When Sorrow Sang, a decent headbanging track. Noldor Dead Winter Reigns is kind of in the middle for me. Specifically some of the distorted guitar parts and synthesizer parts, but the chorus is pretty cool. Also, this song is about 7 minutes long, and is the longest part of the album, which truly surprised me. But they decided to save it until Night at the Opera I guess. Which I think actually irritates me more than if there would have been.
That really means all the irritating interludes and the production brought down what could have been a much better album. Had the band taken the same 11 songs but gone about recording this album differently I could be giving this album an 86 instead of a In a way I feel like Blind Guardian fell into the same problem as their hero J.
There is some true genius in both somewhere, but while J. Tolkien had excellent ideas, he was shit at actually putting them on paper. And just like his wiring skills brought down his books, the production and need to make this project overly epic brought down the album. Both were strokes of genius that truly should have resulted in better final products. And both are also vastly overrated. And those flaws need to be understood to enjoy the album.
But once they are you have a fun album. As you look back over the career of Blind Guardian, it would seem something like Nightfall in Middle-Earth was only inevitable. Taking their well established love for the world of J. Tolkien to a new height, it stands as one of the best tributes metal has ever mustered for the pinnacle of popular epic fantasy outside of Summoning, who have a much bleaker outlook that I find most loyal to the writings.
But what's even more impressive is the specific material which the concept album is based upon The Silmarillion. And they do this extremely fucking well Now, before going further, I shall point out that 11 of these tracks are brief segues, intros and narrative pieces used to directly steer the course of the stories and set up the longer tracks. Most are less than a minute in length, and I have read a great many complaints over their presence here.
While my initial reaction to these many shorter pieces was mixed, they have aged well alongside the core metal tracks and I now consider them an essential part of the experience, assuming you are listening straight through this album and not just seeking a few classic Blind Guardian tracks to toss onto your iPod playlist.
I'm not dismissing the fact that a few of the voices recorded for the narrative can seem corny or contrived, but then, this is Blind Guardian, and they've always been that way arguably, so was Tolkien.
You may have also seen me complain about Andre Olbrich's guitar tone on the later Blind Guardian albums and Imaginations from the Other Side. Well, strangely enough, despite the same processed sound, the tone is absolutely stunning on this album, and I wouldn't have it any other way, as it gives the guitars a vibrancy and pop to stand out among the huge multi-tracked vocals and various instrumentation being used throughout most of the songs.
The stormy "Lammoth" intro sets up the gloom and balladry of "Nightfall", carefully wound into a chorus that feels as sharp as a blade, yet as soothing as breaking into an amusement park late at night and taking a solo ride on the carousel, the horses moving in steady rhythm and your mind reeling in reflection, drowned in the beauty of that stolen moment.
The solos really wail in this track, and I enjoy how they twist into the vocal hooks before Next you are "Captured" and whisked into the beauty of "Blood Tears", which strides past you like a river of lights at an Elven mourning rite, a procession of pain and remembrance that cannot stay solemn forever, and thus often rages out with a barely contained ballistic metal force.
Hansi is waxing his versatility here, as the popping acoustic funk of the guitar bridge transforms into a mounted rush into the slick, sultry dooming of the pre-chorus. This is a beautiful track which improves with each listen, until it clings heavily to your heart like the unforgiving snows of a deep winter. No Renaissance Faire is worthy of this song's traipsing, indispendable glories, as it leers to and from some of the best metal riffing this band has ever committed to disc.
The chorus alone is enough to cast me back thousands Album) years to a world that never was, but all of the dressings here point to perfection, and this is the one song in Blind Guardian's catalogue that has ever come close to unseating "Journey Through the Dark" as a personal favorite. It is stupefyingly, outrageously awesome, and if it doesn't make you break into song immediately That it stands among such high company makes it all that much more impressive, because after the mourning and rain of "The Dark Elf", "Thorn" arrives you exclaim that this record is far from finished.
Gorgeous acoustic melodies, calming vocals, and an immortal chorus. The brief and beautiful "Out on the Water" and the imminent damnation of "The Steadfast" lead into the album's final, full-blown metal track, "A Dark Passage", a proggish folk metal opus that yet again reminds me of a German Queen long lost to the mythology of the fantasy world they inhabit.
Nightfall in Middle-Earth is hands down my favorite Blind Guardian album in terms of sheer content and production values, not to mention the fluently executed concept.
Few would dare to touch The Silmarillion, yet Blind Guardian manages to take some of its more important moments and actually make them accessible. The writing is superb, complex enough to satisfy the more difficult metal fan, but loaded with big hooks for everyone. The entire band is on top of their game, seamlessly integrating each instrument into the more orchestral foundation. I did not care for the very end of the record, and there may have been a combined minutes throughout where the riffs weren't mesmerizing me, but even if you clipped away this excess fat, there is an hour of essential metal music comprising one of the best concept albums ever released for its genre.
I would very much like to hear the Germans produce another of its caliber some time in my life. Highlights: all of the music of the Ainur. In the beginning, their music was dominated by the furious riffing and by the fast drumming, all their songs were very thrashy and Hansi really sounded great with his raw vocal approach. Well, while this album still had lots of fast and aggressive songs, it also contained many new elements, the most important of them was the inclusion of choirs and also of some vocal layers.
The choruses sounded much more 'epic' and grandiose and, obviously, the band began to put more emphasis on them. This album really showed and confirmed that BG was no longer the speed metal act of old: the music is much more midpaced and less aggressive and there is an incredible amount of vocal layers and keyboard sounds to be found on almost every song of this piece. While I really love all those arrangements, there's a problem caused by them: the lack of power of the guitars.
The production clearly highlights the keyboards and the vocals and, during most of the times, we can't hear that well the riffs. Another problem regarding the production: the double bass pedals are almost inaudible which is a shame, since the drumming is very very good on this record.
On one moment he's playing soft beats, on the other one he is hitting his double bass pedals furiously, on the other one he's just smashing the cymbals Yeah, his performance is that varied. And this variety brings me to another important characteristic of this album: the strange structure many songs contain. Blind Guardian never were a progressive band But this time, almost every song is fairly complex: there's, again, an incredible emphasis on the vocals.
On some songs, Hansi is literally 'always' singing there are almost pages of lyrics on the booklet But don't get me wrong there are some really awesome instrumental passages to be found on some of the other tracks of this album. Its chorus is fantastic too, the same thing going for the intro.
Hansi's vocals are also perfect on this song: every fan of BG knows that he is among the most skilled metal singers, but his performance here is even better than what I've expected.
For every tune there is an interlude and while I don't really like interludes that much, I've got to say that they work fairly well on this piece. As for the actual 'songs', there are lots of winners to be found here.
All the tracks are very solid and the whole record is very consistent thanks to them. It's really hard to have so many good songs on just one album but, somehow, Blind Guardian did it with this opus. One of the best songs this band ever penned, no doubts about it.
Almost every song contains different movements and lots of melodic riffs, catchy keyboard lines and varied vocals. I've listened to this album for almost two years and it still remains interesting and don't bores me at all. The only two problems I have with this album is the production, which doesn't highlight the guitar work that much, and the presence of too many interludes, since they, after repeated listens, harm the whole listening experience.
Still, this album is simply awesome and one of my favourite metal records ever released. Bah, the perpetual flaws of the descendents of two orchid thieves! Here you are presented with power metal gold Pompous you say? Well, I for one didn't expect a conceptual piece based around the Tolkien book most people don't like to be a street-level thrasher. Maybe you were disconcerted as you specifically asked the clerk for Motorhead's 'Overkill' I for one don't know.
But to me, power metal is a sub-genre of much absurdly pompous moments and inherent silliness. But it can be joyous and to me, 'Nightfall Heavy metal revisionism, at times, has its place - 'Master of Puppets' is worthy of being knocked down a peg or twenty, it's not the masterpiece that has Metal Hammer tripping over their own boners each time you mention its name However, for every gargantuan monstrosity put in its box labelled soiled in big black marker, we have a hapless victim.
Celtic Frost's 'Into the Pandemonium' springs to mind, a fantastic record but subject to much flak since some fucker decided, "Whoa, this isn't Hellhammer! I suppose I'm just overprotective of 'Nightfall Anyway, 'Nightfall I remember fondly - being a sixteen year old, drunk on youthful exuberance, the smell of women's shoes and unsurprisingly, cheap bitter.
It was a warm July night, in that filler week between exams and the summer holidays I'd emerged from an awesome party into the still night air and in my CD player was a bootlegged copy of Nightfall. The track listing was fucked, some of it skipped Make no mistake about it 'Nightfall Can we make a night of it?
Why don't you listen to some sweet Bob Dylan records? Thankfully, all my kin was killed in a Yorkshire Tea plantation explosion and as such I'm an orphan, so I've haven't had this problem in years and 'Nightfall One thing that persists in surprising me about 'Nightfall Ten out of these eleven actual songs range from good, to great and then of course we have the tracks which had many a youth wishing to abandon his life as a high school outcast and take up residence in the Shire.
The vast majority of songs on here have numerous ideas that I find are interesting melodically, memorable and generally are very well composed. Only 'The Eldar' falls short and it's not bad by any means. However, it is a blatant Queen homage and I've never been a fan of Freddie Mercury.
Thankfully it's not 'Another Bites the Dust', it's a morose and slightly tacky ballad nothing truly repugnant but it doesn't really achieve much either. Others have a glaring obsession with the albums segues, to me they aren't really an important part of the album totaling to approximately seven minutes, which isn't really that much when you have just under an hour's worth of music excellent music as well!
In my opinion, the segues are generally quite well done and contribute to the Tolkien-esque atmosphere of the music. They add to the pompousness, certainly, I'll give you that but somehow it works. They tackle everything that could have gone wrong in the power metal genre, somehow manage to avoid the pitfalls and stay high and dry. A noteworthy achievement of this album if there ever was one. So yes, somewhat pompous though not using the word in a negative sense, despite its negative conations but not overblown.
This isn't the lost Rhapsody album! Both in terms of production and performance this is a very slick affair. But there is actual life and feel to these performances and the atmosphere has not been castrated as it is on 'A Twist in the Myth'.
Flemming Rasmussen is also giving a hand with production here, as he did on 'Imaginations Though not quite as strong as his previous BG production, this a great sounding album especially considering I've been listening to a downloaded copy for the last two or so years, I promise I'll buy the bloody thing one day. The only minor quibble I have is that I would of preferred a more pronounced rhythm guitar in the mix.
The most notable improvement in performance here is that Hansi has finally stopped playing bass! It only took about fifteen years of honky, godawful low end for him to come to the conclusion that he couldn't play bass Better still is that new session member Oliver Holzwarth is an excellent bassist - imaginative without being overpowering or flashy.
Elsewhere, Andre Olbrich does a commendable job on lead guitar. I hear flashes of Blackmore in his work in the vaguely eastern melodies and solos. Although quantity does not equal quality, Andre has a seemingly never ending slew of melodic leads Sure, your favourite sub-Yngwie shredder in Dragonhymen or Poop Deck may play faster, but Andre's leads are really something else. Even the album's detractors have to admit 'Nightfall It begins with a whole lotta heraldry, it screams grandeur, guitar upon guitar is layered and it sounds fucking immense.
It's a magical song with all the minstrelsy and fantasy you could want. The lead guitar duals at the end of the song are about as anthemic as guitar playing can be.
I love the brief stabs of harmony guitar in the chorus. The song moves along at an excellent pace, one really gets a sense of purpose from it. It really is a near perfect opener with a real sense of desperation to it. Another noteworthy, if unsung, song is 'When Sorrow Sang'. This is like a last hurrah for old school Blind Guardian, with its galloping pace and twiddling riffs.
Though it does share the same beautiful pathos as the rest of the album. Elsewhere we have the album's more controversial numbers. The title track is a sort of Blind Guardian power ballad and thankfully, it doesn't reek of "Oh shit, ballad time! Like much of the album, 'Nightfall' is a well crafted song with loads of great ideas, most notable of which is the seductive 'farewell Though, I would scorn the band for not ending the album on the impossibly grand 'Mirror Mirror' of course that would be ignoring the album's concept, like I care!
Vocally, the band really excel here with some near Gregorian harmonies and a bombastic chorus refrain. The whole thing screams "RPG nerds! To battle! But those are just a few highlights, this album is seldom less than stellar barring a certain sub-Queen ballad. So is 'Nightfall Is it sugary enough to give you diabetes? In the words of John Bush when asked to rejoin Anthrax, a resounding no. It's my guilty pleasure and hey, we've all got to have one of those.
Maybe you jerk off to daytime TV or dress up in your mum's clothes? I listen to this instead and for that I remain a slightly more functional member of society. Ah, Nightfall in Middle Earth. One of the most raved about power metal albums, and probably metal albums in general. It's hailed as one of the greatest adaptations of a story ever JRR Tolkien's Semarallion was the one adaptedBlind Guardian's magnum opus, and a whole lot of other things.
Unfortunately I got none of that. Plain and simple, Nightfall in Middle Earth is what I consider to be the band's only failure of an album. This album failed in so many aspects that it's not even funny. Not only is this not Blind Guardian's magnum opus, it's probably Blind Guardian's worst album ever.
There is simply no way I can believe people are raving about this album the way I have seen before. There is nothing on here to rave about. It is just a bad album. The main problem here is obviously the long time. Trying to be like Queensryche on Operation Mindcrime, Blind Guardian hired a bunch of voice actors to do some acting to help further along the story when necessary. Unfortunately, this effort falls flat on it's face.
No, I don't care if Blind Guardian had hired Pamela Moore or Anthony Valentine to do any of the voice acting on Nightfall in Middle Earth, the way they did it still would fail horribly.
The reason, the way Blind Guardian implemented the voice acting. Instead of integrating the voice acting into the songs like Queensryche, Hansi and company decide to just make a whole slew of filler tracks to put in for the acting and story pushing. This makes listening to Nightfall in Middle Earth a long and pretentious affair that I had a hard time doing. Admittedly, I did not listen to the whole album when I first got it.
I actually had to find a way to distract myself so I could listen to the whole thing, and if I have to do that for listening to a metal album, then that is not a good sign or listening experience at all. I really wish that Blind Guardian had either done what Queensryche did or just not at all had the voice acting, doing what many more concept album masters like King Diamond do. Just tell the story through the fucking songs!
There is no need for voice acting and fillers, and Nightfall in Middle Earth is part of that. That's not to say the album is total garbage. Nightfall still has a few at least decent tracks to offer among all the filler garbage. Easily the best is Into The Storm. It's melodic and catchy choruses as well as Hansi's use of vocals and Andre's harmony and lead work make it the best.
But the problem with many of these tracks is that they are very inconsistent. Many of them will start out good, and then get boring, and then get good, and then end on a painfully bad level. The only song that doesn't do this is Into The Storm, and that is why it is the best song on the album. I don't know why, but it's just boring. Andre Olbrich is not shredding anymore.
No more of his bursts of staccato and tremolo picking, he's now just playing "pagan" dance tunes. Alright, now I'm drawing the line. I know that this is what you typically do Andre, but now it's just boring.
Enough is enough. If he had actually shredded for real on Nightfall and not just played "pagan" dance tunes for his leads, I would actually have liked Nightfall in Middle Earth a lot more then I do now. That isn't the case though sadly.
Hansi's vocal performance is spectacular as always, as well as how he gets the story moving throughout each song. It's actually hard to tell if he's singing about the story when he goes through Nightfall, and that is a nice bonus considering the rest of the album is just above something more worthy of being in the trash rather then being in my record collection.
I don't know what went wrong here, but Nightfall in Middle Earth is just something that Blind Guardian should not have done at all. It's an album that I find boring, contrite, and just lame. Avoid it all together and go to other Blind Guardian releases, especially their material before this if you want to hear the band with their game together. Otherwise, ignore Nightfall in Middle Earth entirely. Blind Guardian, one of the greatest or at least most popular metal bands of all time.
Their influence upon up and coming youngsters with stars in their eyes is undeniable; and they have, without a doubt, crafted some of the most masterful power metal anthems of all time. So why? Why oh why did we let all of this get to Hansi's head? Why in the living fuck was this abomination allowed to be released? When I was still new to power metal, I was told to promptly check into Blind Guardian, specifically their opus Nightfall in Middle-Earth.
Thankfully, I also Lammoth - Blind Guardian - Nightfall In Middle-Earth (CD Follow the Blind and Imaginations from the Other Side at the same time, or else I would've only heard this overindulgent hunk of ass and just ignored the band forever. Let's get one thing straight, this album is the antithesis of a concept album done right. They don't move the story along at all. In fact, I have a hard time following any story here.
I could MAYBE understand if this came with a free copy of The Silmarillion, but the "story" is completely impossible to follow without any prior knowledge of the literature in question and makes all of the interludes come off as pointless delays They are.
Concept albums are done right when the story is told through the music, and the message is not only interesting, but captivating. Maybe it's because I loathe virtually everything Tolkien ever wrote with a vehement and burning fucking passion, but I don't give a rat's ass about this story. If you are going to devote half of the album to musicless tracks that "help carry the story", for the love of god don't make the story so goddamn ambiguous.
I have never read The Silmarillion, so at the very least don't alienate those fans who don't read garbage in their spare time. Okay, forget about the stupid interludes, let's get on to the actual music Album) we? Well, out of the 11 actual songs there are 22 tracks, just so you can get an idea of how little of the album is actually devoted to musicabout half of those are downtempo ballad type songs.
This is just unbelievably good, and frustratingly I can't quite put my finger on what makes it so. I've tried other power metal, I've tried other Blind Guardian, but nothing lives up to this masterpiece.
It's very unusual. The guitars are quite low in the mix, often out of focus. Placed front and centre are the huge, explosive choruses and frankly ridiculous vocal harmonies. I think what makes it so good is, while this album is epic and ambitious in scale, it retains a gritty, earthy toughness that elevates it beyond the often cheesy and wimpy sounds of their contemporaries. This is no harp-wielding bard music, prancing about a king's court, this is tankard-slamming tavern music, sung by soldiers.
Check out the swaying chorus of "Nightfall" or the bellowing chants of the stunning "Time Stands Still at the Iron Hill" to find out what I mean. Almost every single chorus on here makes me want to drink ale out of a huge metal tankard with one hand while groping a busty tavern-wench with the other. All of them make me want to stand tall with my hands on my hips and lead a group of warriors in bawdy singalongs.
And really, I can't recommend it more highly than that, can I? If anyone knows of an album that might be up my street in the same way this one is, I am all ears.
Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again. A power metal concept album based on The Silmarillion? That idea alone quite possibly makes Blind Guardian the geekiest metal band on the planet. The band don't even just take lyrical themes from the book but seem to be eager to retell the story from Tolkien's work as detailed as possible with interludes of actors and narrators doing scenes related to the songs.
However it never gets in the way of the music itself which is nothing short of excellent. Filled with memorable melodies and impeccable musicianship the album is as perfect a reimaging as one could possibly imagine. Not one song sounds like the other. From the fast paced opener Into The Storm to the emotionally intense semi ballad Blood Tears, Blind Guardian creates a wide spectrum of moods and emotions to make you feel like you are in Middle Earth during the War of Jewels.
The guitarwork of Andre Olbrich and Marcus Siepen is also some of the best in power metal, able to both make fast and furious riffs and beutifully sublte acoustic pieces. Even if you haven't read The Silmarillion you need this on your shelf if you even like power metal. Stunning album, never gets old. Good concept album. Will use again. Load more international reviews. Fantastic album start to finish!
This is not a album Translate review to English. Basado en el libro "The Silmarillion" de J. Sei es die dunkle haltlos klagende Stimmung in Blood Tears, die die ausweglose Situation und Rettung des gefangenen Elben darstellt.
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item 2 Blind Guardian/Nightfall IN Middle-earth (Virgin ) CD Album - Blind Guardian/Nightfall IN Middle-earth (Virgin ) CD Album $ Free shipping. black vinyl, gatefold, remixed & remastered , 3 bonustracks. Additional Information. SKU: ISBN: N/A: Envelope state: New: Release: Nightfall in Middle-Earth is a Concept album by heavy metal group Blind Guardian, released in It is Blind Guardian's sixth studio album. It is Blind Guardian's sixth studio album. The album is based upon J.R.R. Tolkien 's The Silmarillion, a book of tales from the First Age of Middle-earth, recounting the War of the Jewels.
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Nightfall in Middle-Earth was the first album by Blind Guardian to be released in the US. The sales encouraged Century Media to release their entire back catalog in the US in , at which point it was remastered and re-released, with an added bonus track. Nightfall in Middle-Earth is the sixth full-length studio album by German power metal band Blind Guardian. It was released on April 28, through Virgin Records.
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