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Band
Blind Guardian
Title
At the Edge of the World
Type
LP/EP
Company
Metal Blade
YOR
2010
Style
Power
1/1/2015 - Review by: Eric Compton
A more metallic emphasis on songs and finesse
Just to give you an idea how complex the Blind Guardian recording process is think of it in terms of years instead of days or weeks. ‘At the Edge of the World’ was recorded over the course of two and a half years between Germany and Czech Republic. Not only did longtime producer Charlie Bauerfeind do the traditional mixing, mastering and production, but the band incorporates an entire orchestra that’s recording in a different location. This process requires orchestra conductors, additional engineers, and management to supervise. It’s like throwing the baby out with the bathwater. At what point does the band simply become another accessory? Regardless, this record welcomes back a more metallic emphasis on songs and finesse, an aspect that’s gone astray over the last few years. It’s a warm return that’s paid dividends according to press and fans. The album has garnered heaps of praise thus far and builds momentum for the Germans as they head into global touring. Songs like “Tanelorn” (Into the Void)” were sorely lacking in prior efforts and recalls the early days of the band's faster rhythm, harsher guitar tone, and epic chorus'. Lead-off single, “A Voice in the Dark”, is crunchy break-neck thrash with wicked hooks that crash into the familiar harmonized vocals that makes for their endearing signature. I’d like to see less symphony and some shorter tracks but I’ll take this heavy-minded attempt to recapture a portion of the original Blind Guardian sound.
  • 1 :REVIEW COUNT
    3.5 :AVE RATING

ALL REVIEWS FOR: BLIND GUARDIAN
TITLE
DOR
COMPANY
REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
A Twist in the Myth
2006
Nuclear Blast
Eric Compton1/1/2015
3
A Twist in the Myth
2006
Nuclear Blast
Frank Hill10/27/2006
-
At the Edge of the World
2010
Metal Blade
Eric Compton1/1/2015
3.5
At the Edge of Time
2010
Nuclear Blast
Frank Hill9/29/2010
4
Beyond the Red Mirror
2015
Nuclear Blast
Anthony Burke3/9/2015
3.5
Beyond the Red Mirror
2015
Nuclear Blast
Eric Compton2/22/2017
2.5
Fly
2006
Nuclear Blast
Etiam4/21/2006
2.5
Imaginations Through the Looking Glass
2004
Century Media
Frank Hill12/25/2004
5

ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: BLIND GUARDIAN
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