Sound — 10
One thing you'll immediately notice when listening to this CD, as well as previous Blind Guardian albums, is that there is a tremendous amount of guitar melody. Andre and Marcus, more so Andre deliver so much guitar melody with amazing and technical precision. They far surpass any metal band instrumentally since the golden era of Metallica. Thomas creates a solid foundation for many of the songs with his solid and non-stop brutal assault on drums. A constant hammering on the double bass is done in a very lively way. BG also breaks ties with just straight forward guitars and drums, like in their Somewhere Far Beyond, and uses a wide variety of instruments, adding a more epic sound. Perfectly constructed pieces include "Precious Jerusalem," "Battlefield" and "Under the Ice."
Lyrics — 10
BG has been known to be one of the top elite of power/epic metal, not just because of the music, but lead singer/writer Hansi knows how to pull out some intense song writing. His lyrics gives you the impression of something that is far beyond greater than just you or me. Lyrics from "Precious Jerusalem" and "Sadly Sings Destiny" gives listeners more than just the typical elf and dragon slayer stories that power metal offers. It reaches down into faith and the inevitable. Other than the guitars or drums, BG is probably best known for their frontman Hansi. Hansi has such a powerful and soothing operatic style of singing that you can't help but enjoy the album. He sings with much intensity and passion that truely gives the album that epic feel. Best example of this is in "Under The Ice." Hansi's voice is matched beautifully with the rest of the band, as well as choir members, it instantly produces a masterpiece. Hansi is indeed one of the best singers. His voice is at the top of the list joining Hetfield and Mercury.
Overall Impression — 10
A Night At The Opera is truely one of the great works of Blind Guardian (and even in metal itself) and is second only to their Nightfall In Middle Earth masterpiece. Hansi's masterd vocals coupled with Andre's impressive solos and Thomas' perfected drumming, have indeed raised the bar far beyond any of the more recent metal bands could dream of doing. Nile, Behemoth, Trivium and bands such as those can learn a thing or two from BG, great metal music doesn't come from super thick gutars with hardly any melody and vocals that hardly anyone can understand. But great metal music comes from a balance of all the members with in the group. A Night At The Opera contains nearly all perfect songs, minus a couple of strange arrangements, that can really challenge and make you re-think your own musical/guitar playing style. Blind Guardian - truely brilliant music.