Sound — 9
The third full length album by the wonderful Blind Guardian provides all the elements that Blind Guardian fans have come to love. In this album Blind Guardian started using the heavy choral work which has now became a staple to their power metal prowess. Shying away from other basic metal elements and further engrossing themselves in their characteristic power metal sound. This album, as all the others, is filled with literature references to where the band apparently draws much inspiration from. For those of you who are BG fans this album will provide no dissapointment as it delivers a spectacular performance and truly leaving every single track a gem to be found.
Lyrics — 10
When you listen to Blind Guardian you can expect lyrics none short of amazing. Hansi Kursch began implementing his choral works heavily on this album and it can be noticed on nearly every song. Hansi is no doubt the epitome of power metal singing in his lower range. Also featured is Kai Hansen (Helloween, Gamma Ray) on "Lost in the Twilight Hall" where he provides another track of vocals. "Run for the night(live)" also shows a more realistic side of Hansi's singing from a live perspective. Containing inferences to Stephen King on "Tommyknockers" and "Altair 4", to J.R.R. Tolkien on "Lord Of The Rings", and E.T. on "Goodbye My Friend." For single examples of profound singing listen to "Lord Of The Rings", "Lost In The Twilight Hall", and "Welcome To Dying."
Overall Impression — 10
This album by far is my favorite Blind Guardian album and provides the heavy riffs and the wonderful essence of power metal straight through your speakers and is a must for all BG fans. Several tracks no doubt show off Andre's technical prowess over the guitar and masterful composition like "Weird Dreams". Kai Hansen is also featured again with a guitar solo on "The Last Candle" and his efforts on the album, though minimal provide another great texture to the music. So if you love power metal, or just want to see what it is about give this album a listen because The Guardian of the Blind now and forever feels the curse of heaven.