|Classic Review: Blind Guardian - Tales From The Twilight World|
|Tales From The Twilight World|
Label: Century Media
Year released: 1990
Genre: Speed/Power Metal
Review online: February 20, 2004
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
for:Tales From The Twilight World
Rated 4.19/5 (83.75%) (48 Votes)
What we have here is what Hall of The Mountain King was to Savatage, Rust In Peace to Megadeth, British Steel to Priest…and so forth…you get the idea….which is not necessarily the bands most successful work, but the one that brought them to the forefront, exposed them to its major fan base and without which they would not have been where they are today.
I find it disturbing that this album is actually quite underrated. The two previous ones (Battalions and Follow The Blind) aren't that 'rated' to begin with when compared to their entire catalog, but from amongst BG's 'greatest', this album hardly ever takes the cake for so many fans. Tales From The Twilight World is what defined BG's sound for future releases, and quite frankly, this is the best darn Blind Guardian album to date! All of the great capabilities of the band come together on this one and present a blazing platter of spine-tingling and unforgiving speed metal! For those unfamiliar with the bands older works but love their recent CDS, here is where Hansi Kursch discovered and came out with his grandiose vocal styles...Nightfall in Middle Earth and Imaginations From The Other Side, which are probably the most popular BG albums out there have much thanks to give to this album right here.
What is striking most about Twilight World is how well the overall music is played. The guitar and drum co-ordination on Lost In The Twilight Hall is just frightening! Traveler In Time, Welcome To Dying are just a few examples of the lightning drums, scorching guitars and Kursch's lethal vocals. The combination of speed, melody, power and intensity is just legendary. (PS: Shouting along to these choruses is normal. You are not weird if you feel inclined to do so;)! There is even a neo-classical touch to it which is the icing on the cake! Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray, Iron Savior, Helloween) makes his kingly appearance on the guitars and the mic as well which is the little cherry on top of the icing!! Hehe…yes it is corny, but it's true!
Overall, an excellent disc that only comes along once in a while. The only reason this album lost a quarter of a point is due to the last track which is….well…pretty much a pile of piss! Those are the kindest words I could think of since it always gets me wondering how such a poor live performance made it on an album of this quality. There! That's my share of being mean and critical of this album! Power Metal/Speed Metal fans must have Twilight World in order to complete their collection!
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