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A Review of the album "Tales From the Twilight World" by German speed metal band Blind Guardian
The album cover for Tales of the Twilight World
How did the band get this far?
German speed metal band Blind Guardian finished off the decade of the 1980’s in very strong fashion releasing Battalions of Fear and Follow the Blind. Their 3rd studio album called Tales from the Twilight World released in 1990-1991 is another very good album featuring the good harsh vocals of Hansi Kursch, the great guitar work by Marcus Siepen and Andre Olbrich, and the fast pounding drums that the band was known for early in their career. The producer for this album is once again Kalle Trapp.
Tales From the Twilight World: songs 1-5
The opening song Traveler in Time is one of the band’s best songs in their history. It is about a person that thinks that there is a place, there is a land that he has seen before, even though the place feels like an apparition. In his life, he seems to see this place again and again. He feels that he has to leave his body to return to the place that he loves. Every morning when he wakes up he feels pain and sorrow in his heart. This world has certain things in it that can bring us these negative feelings and make us feel like we have no hope and that there is only pain. But I can assure you that there is also much good in this world. The end of the song features some excellent melodic guitar play that is Iron Maiden influenced. It is one of the best musical parts the band has ever written. There is a short instrumental in this album called Weird Dreams. There’s not much to say about this song other than the fact that it is a fast song that lasts about a minute and 20 seconds. There is also a live version of the song Run for the Night on this album. The lyrical themes for the band’s songs are usually fantasy based and are influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Welcome to Dying has some backing vocals which make it interesting. It is about someone that comes in terrorize the inhabitants of a local town. He feels that his time is running out and that he must finish his job before that.
Tales From the Twilight World: songs 6-10
One major difference in style in this album compared to the band’s first two releases is the fact that we see Blind Guardian start to experiment with acoustic songs and softer sounds. One of the first examples of this is the song called Lord of the Rings. There are also no cover songs on this album. As we head into the second half of the album, the song Goodbye My Friend is about a dwarf who claims that he has the key to a better life but that he needs someone to help him get there because he is so far away from home. Lost in the Twilight Hall is another outstanding thrash metal track. It features another vocal contribution by Gamma Ray’s Kai Hansen. It is about a person who takes his last breath and dies, only to be led by a mysterious light that leads him into darkness. After a while he feels liberated because his spirit is free to fly away. He remembers about the children and wisdom of many lifetimes. But he wonders if this is the end of the journey and whether he will find that better place after all that traveling through the time and darkness. Death is an inevitable part of life for all of us but the band brings up the subject for thought. The last very outstanding song that I have really enjoyed over the years is Tommyknockers. We hear the fast, pounding drums by Thomen Stauch and Hansi’s vocals get even harsher but better. He deserves more credit than he may get.
An image of the CD Tales of the Twilight World
Conclusion about the album
Tales from the Twilight World is a good melodic, speed metal kind of album but it is not as good as the band’s first two albums. Even so, Hansi’s vocals have improved and the album has plenty of melody and hooks. This album still gets a very high score of 90 points out of 100. Blind Guardian can play fast, they can use melody to their advantage, and they prove to me that they are one of Germany’s elite metal bands. The strongest songs are Traveler in Time, Welcome to Dying, Lost in the Twilight Hall, Tommyknockers, and The Last Candle.