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Release date: 1 March 2002
Style: Power metal


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01. Precious Jerusalem
02. Battlefield
03. Under The Ice
04. Sadly Sings Destiny
05. The Maiden And The Minstrel Knight
06. Wait For An Answer
07. The Soulforged
08. Age Of False Innocence
09. Punishment Divine
10. And Then There Was Silence
11. Harvest Of Sorrow [acoustic version] [Japanese bonus]
12. Mies Del Dolor [Spanish bonus]
13. La Cosecha Del Dolor [Argentinean bonus]
14. Frutto Del Buio [Italian bonus]
15. Moisson De Peine [French bonus]

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The album features the concepts and themes familiar to Blind Guardian fans, such as historical battles and religious references.

* "Precious Jerusalem" is based on the final days of Jesus of Nazareth
* "Battlefield" is based of the Hildebrandslied, an old German tale of a father and son who find themselves in a duel to the death.
* "Under The Ice" also has connections to the Iliad, but focuses more on Cassandra and what happened to her after the Trojan War, particularly from The Oresteia.
* "Sadly Sings Destiny" contains many references to Jesus, and seems to be told from the perspective of Pontius Pilate.
* "The Maiden and the Minstrel Knight" is about the story of Tristan und Isolde.
* "Wait for an Answer" is inspired by the situation in Germany during the Nazi reign.
* "The Soulforged" is based on the Dragonlance saga's tales of the mage Raistlin Majere.
* "Age of False Innocence" is about Galileo Galilei.
* "Punishment Divine" is about Nietzsche's decline into insanity.
* "And Then There Was Silence" is inspired by the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid.
* "Harvest of Sorrow" is based on Tolkien's tragic story of Túrin Turambar, which appears in the Silmarillion.

The album's title may be a reference to the Marx Brothers' 1935 film A Night at the Opera, or Queen's 1975 album A Night at the Opera.

"Harvest of Sorrow" has seven different versions in addition to two live versions: two in English, two in Spanish ("Mies Del Dolor, La Cosecha Del Dolor"), one in Italian ("Frutto Del Buio") , one in French ("Moisson de Peine"), and one in a mix of all of the versions except the English acoustic and Italian.

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They're back! Yes, finally we are getting more from Hansi and friends. Be warned, this album is brilliant but it takes some work to get into it. Going to the opera with Blind Guardian truly requires some effort on the part of the listener, so this is not something you want to play in the background!

Let me explain... Listening to the album for the first time, I knew I had just listened to something grand and outstanding, but I could not grasp onto anything. No song, melody, chorus, or guitar riff particularly stuck in my head to make me want to revisit that particular piece. However, being a loyal Blind Guardian fan, I just listened to the album whenever I could, and after about the third time around, things started to take shape, melodies and guitar work began to crystallize, and the album began to reveal its beauty.

published 02.09.2003 | Comments (20)

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qlacs - 02.05.2010 at 09:56  
Rating: 9 My favourite BG album so far!
qlacs - 12.06.2010 at 18:29  
Rating: 9 So fucking underrated!
Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk - 12.06.2010 at 19:53  
Rating: 9 It's underrated with 8.4? That's a fucking good rating
Maybe it's a tab bit less "accessible" than the other ones (NIME, or even IFTO), therefore a lover average rating, but still an awesome album.
mikeprado30 - 24.04.2011 at 23:48  
Rating: 10 The only trouble with this AMAZING GEM is the overproduction it had. If wouldn't had soooo many choruses, guitars overlapped and other stuff that make some songs almost imposible to perform it live, then most people would accept it.
jacut - 22.06.2011 at 23:44  
Rating: 10 My favourite metal album. I don't mind the overproduction at all
Dentura - 06.06.2012 at 09:22  
Rating: 10 My favorite Blind Guardian album, and one of my favorite albums of all time!
mikeprado30 - 06.12.2012 at 03:01  
Rating: 10
Written by jacut on 22.06.2011 at 23:44

My favourite metal album. I don't mind the overproduction at all

If more people would think as you Cause this album is great!
Iamawalker - 13.01.2013 at 03:01  
Rating: 10 I'm joining the choir, this album is incredible! I'd go even further, this is one of the greatest albums ever.
Ellrohir - 20.01.2013 at 13:04  
  "And Then There Was Silence" is their most complex and epic song ever
Rulatore - 27.02.2014 at 05:00  
Rating: 9 Quite underrated And then there was silence is epic.
fandango68 - 12.08.2014 at 20:29  
Rating: 10 I'm listening to this one again now, and I must admit, I really never get tired of it.... a symphonic power metal masterpiece...

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