Blind Guardian - A Night At The Opera


8.4 | 800 votes |
Release date: 1 March 2002
Style: Power metal

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946 have it
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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]

Additional info
Lyrical references

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.

Guest review by
Emalaith
Rating:
10
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.

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published 02.09.2003 | Comments (23)

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02.05.2010 - 09:56
Rating: 9
qlacs
"The Quaker"
My favourite BG album so far!
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12.06.2010 - 18:29
Rating: 9
qlacs
"The Quaker"
So fucking underrated!
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12.06.2010 - 19:53
Rating: 9
Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk
To Mega Therion
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.
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24.04.2011 - 23:48
Rating: 10
mikeprado30
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.
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BARDS WE ARE, BARDS WE WILL BE!
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22.06.2011 - 23:44
Rating: 10
jacut
My favourite metal album. I don't mind the overproduction at all
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06.06.2012 - 09:22
Rating: 10
Dentura
Shadow King
My favorite Blind Guardian album, and one of my favorite albums of all time!
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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06.12.2012 - 03:01
Rating: 10
mikeprado30
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!
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BARDS WE ARE, BARDS WE WILL BE!
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13.01.2013 - 03:01
Rating: 10
Patrick Andersen
I'm joining the choir, this album is incredible! I'd go even further, this is one of the greatest albums ever.
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20.01.2013 - 13:04
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
"And Then There Was Silence" is their most complex and epic song ever
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So behold the flight of the sapphire dragon
soaring through the skies once again


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27.02.2014 - 05:00
Rating: 9
Rulatore
Quite underrated And then there was silence is epic.
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12.08.2014 - 20:29
Rating: 10
fandango68
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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First gig was Manowar (loincloths 'n' all), Bristol Colston Hall in March 1983, on the 'Hail to England' tour. Tickets were £3.75, 300 in the audience, Mercyful Fate never showed, but my hearing still got seriously trashed..
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08.02.2015 - 02:45
Rating: 4
Bad English
Masterchief
So few comments

since band has new album out I already judged it in the place, now I decide listen all from this to last , well Euro PM yes, epic I don't know, well melodic yes, somehgow they play good, but it has no BG soul, all is lost , uinfprunatly magic what this band had in 80's is lost, maybe grow up is bad thing?
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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21.02.2015 - 05:08
Rating: 10
mikeprado30
Written by Bad English on 08.02.2015 at 02:45

So few comments

since band has new album out I already judged it in the place, now I decide listen all from this to last , well Euro PM yes, epic I don't know, well melodic yes, somehgow they play good, but it has no BG soul, all is lost , uinfprunatly magic what this band had in 80's is lost, maybe grow up is bad thing?

Or maybe you don't accept yet the band goes for another way in their musical style. Maybe this one doesn't fit into your tastes, but the work given for it (only ATTWS lasted THREE MONTHS to be recorded and produced) and the songwriting (at least for myself) makes it worth.

As nowadays is a trend, most of the albums are good for some people, and not good for another people. In my case this album is very worth (not in vain I got the Japan version )
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BARDS WE ARE, BARDS WE WILL BE!
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12.06.2015 - 21:16
Rating: 9
MeloMania
This is BG at their peak! This album could be a Greatest Hits all by itself.
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09.08.2016 - 18:47
Rating: 9
CakeTrolley
Yes this is their best album. They get every song right and it never feels choppy or filled up with mediocre stuff like pretty much every album before this one. Great lyrics and fantastic melodies all the way through.
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19.09.2016 - 13:28
Rating: 9
Ziom
Excellent, although -1 for overuse of layering which creates the "wall of sound" effect. Hansi's voice is good and he doesn't need this.
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