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Blind Guardian
A Twist in the Myth
Type: CD
Company: Metal Blade
Release: 2006
Genre: Power
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 1/1/2015
Progressive-power aficionados
Charlie Bauerfeind once again produces these progressive-power aficionados. ‘A Twist in the Myth’ is the first album to feature new skinsman Frederik Ehmke. Original drummer Thomen “The Omen” Stauch departed after the band’s last record, ‘A Night at the Opera’. It’s debatable on Stauch’s ratio of music/personal reasons for departing his long-time gig, but I’m guessing he really didn’t like the symphonic elements that have slowly eroded the original Blind Guardian sound. ‘A Night at the Opera’ never worked into heavy rotation for me and ‘A Twist in the Myth’ continues to disassociate itself from the speed picking that the band was built on. I like evolution, and Blind Guardian surely embrace it, but I think a lot of it is lost in translation here. The album was prefaced with single “Fly”, an average song at best with some abstract tribal elements and a loose presentation. The good--“This Will Never End”, “Otherland”, “Another Stranger Me”. These songs make my robust ‘Guardian playlist due partly because of the factory crisp of the strings. That higher treble and buzz is hard to reproduce and Ehmke does well to allow it plenty of room. The bad is when the orchestra and organic sounds turn on each other. I’m not sure tracks like “The Edge” are really that brilliant. Dimmer spark bogs down songs like “Straight Through the Mirror” and even the “bards” can’t find success with forest tunes like “Skalds & Shadows”. Hopefully at some point in the future this one will just sit side-ways on the shelf instead of falling off.
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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: BLIND GUARDIAN
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
A Twist in the MythBlind Guardian
2006
Eric Compton1/1/2015
A Twist in the MythBlind Guardian
2006
Frank Hill10/27/2006
At the Edge of the WorldBlind Guardian
2010
Eric Compton1/1/2015
FlyBlind Guardian
2006
Etiam4/21/2006
Imaginations Through the Looking GlassBlind Guardian
2004
Frank Hill12/23/2004


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: BLIND GUARDIAN
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
At the Edge of TimeBlind Guardian
2010
Frank Hill9/29/2010
Beyond the Red MirrorBlind Guardian
2015
Anthony Burke3/9/2015
Beyond the Red MirrorBlind Guardian
2015
Eric Compton2/22/2017


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