10 Apr

Blind Guardian – A Night at the Opera Vinyl Album

I love Blind Guardian. They are one of my favorite bands. I was so excited when I picked this album up on vinyl. A Night at the Opera by Blind Guardian is a two disc set, and is a nod to Queen’s A Night at the Opera in style as well as name. There are a lot of layered and overdubbed vocals like Queen.

Blind Guardian - A Night at the Opera Vinyl Album

I am a big fan of power metal and progressive metal. And Blind Guardian fits right in there in those categories. This album was actually named the Best Metal Album of 2002 by Metal-Rules.com. Some people might call this intelligent metal, as it is not just guys playing three chords over and over. There are arrangements, styles, choirs and more to make this more than just a metal garage band. Plus, their lyrics are almost all based on much more than death or hate or anything like that.

Blind Guardian – A Night at the Opera Track Listing:

Side A

  1. Precious Jerusalem – About the final days of Jesus
  2. Battlefield – Based on the Song of Hildebrandt
  3. Under the Ice – About Cassandra in the Iliad

Side AA

  1. Sadly Sings Destiny – About the Messiah in the Old Testament and the Crucifixion

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  2. The Maiden and the Minstrel Knight – From Tristan und Isolde, a Wagner opera
  3. Wait for an Answer – a Story by Hansi Kürsch, the lead singer

Side B

  1. The Soulforged – From a Dragonlance fantasy novel
  2. Age of False Innocence – About Galileo Galilei
  3. Punishment Divine – About Nietzsche’s insanity

Side BB

  1. And Then There Was Silence – Based on Homer’s Iliad

You can see that the subject matter is so much more than your average metal band sings about. Hansi Kürsch sings with so much passion too, that it makes everything just sound awesome.

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