Blind Guardian - Tales From The Twilight World review


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Band: Blind Guardian
Album: Tales From The Twilight World
Release date: October 1990

01. Traveler In Time
02. Welcome To Dying
03. Weird Dreams
04. Lord Of The Rings
05. Goodbye My Friend
06. Lost In The Twilight Hall
07. Tommyknockers
08. Altair 4
09. The Last Candle
10. Run For The Night [live] [Japanese and re-release bonus]
11. Lost In The Twilight Hall [demo] [remastered edition bonus]
12. Tommytnockers [demo] [remastered edition bonus]

Talking about their musical level, this album probably isn't their best album, but I'm completely sure that this CD was the definitive change in their sound, when they changed from Speed Metal to making a more melodic, Power Metal sound. This change is obvious along all this album. We'll hear more melodic fragments but they haven't lost the intensity in their sound; it's a powerful CD. Blind Guardian changed their musical style with this CD and this change was introduced by the melodic fragments from some songs of the previous album "Follow The Blind." This is a better and more mature sound. After this, they would make some great masterpieces of Power Metal like "Imaginations From The Other Side" or "Nightfall in Middle-Earth" following the musical line made for this album.

The strong points of this CD are most importantly the way that they mix power with melody. That mix is the perfect mix for a Power Metal band, and they have it. I got proof of this with the song "Welcome To Dying," a really powerful song with an awesome and very melodic guitar solo; this song is one of my favourites of the CD. But my favourite song is "Lost In The Twilight Hall," there's no doubt about it as the best song of the CD. It has an incredibly catchy chorus and it's also really melodic. So, it's a masterpiece.

Obviously the album doesn't finish here. We have the great ballad "Lord Of The Rings," the perfect song for a Blind Guardian concert. "Tommyknockers" is a really strange song, but the members of the band are awesome in some parts of the song, I was really impressed when I heard this. The only problem with this CD is that it doesn't have any song that we can say it's a FUCKING masterpiece; it doesn't have the "super-song." The best song is "Lost In The Twilight Hall" but it probably isn't their most well-known song... However, we can't talk about weak points in this CD because it doesn't really have any. So, I can definitely say that this album is better than the previous one "Follow The Blind."

To sum up, good Blind Guardian release in which we can corroborate their musical improvement and this would be a good example of the sound they should make for their next releases. This band is the perfect example for a band that can do no wrong...

Highlights: "Welcome To Dying," "Lord Of The Rings," "Lost In The Twilight Hall"

Rating breakdown
Performance: 10
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 10
Production: 8

Written by hottercraft | 21.06.2007


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Comments: 5   Visited by: 111 users
22.06.2007 - 13:18
Angel of Lust
I agree, This album has great epic songs and here the power component is more relevant than the previous Thrashy ones... I love this album

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01.07.2007 - 23:41
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This is a great work, one of the best of Blind Guardian, with hyms of the Power Metal like "Traveller In Time" and "The Last Candle", and the amazing "Lost In The Twilight Hall" with Hansen.
22.04.2008 - 08:20
Liver Failure
I didnt like the previous albuns... prefer when they play as you said: from speed to power metal.. but always powerful

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16.05.2010 - 21:23
This is another great release of BG. Comparing to the first two releases, this one gets closer to the Power Metal genre. Its kind of a transition album, from one style to another. Highlights such as "Traveller in Time", "Welcome to the Dying", "The Last Candle" and the beautiful acoustic song "Lord of the Rings" makes this album a classic BG. And of course how can i forget the best song of the album and one of the hymns of BG "Lost in the Twilight Hall"? Its an incredible power metal song, with fast riffs and a wonderful chorus! So if you´re a fan of BG you can´t miss this one for sure! |m|
13.10.2016 - 01:35
Bad English
Well I think band was young amnd had some flame in their hearts , true believe about some Tolkey lyrics something what make this one doi not such, sad band lost flame and now sux
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