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Release date: 30 July 2010
Style: Power metal

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Disc I
01. Sacred Worlds
02. Tanelorn (Into The Void)
03. Road Of No Release
04. Ride Into Obsession
05. Curse My Name
06. Valkyries
07. Control The Divine
08. War Of The Thrones
09. A Voice In The Dark
10. Wheel Of Time

Disc II [bonus digipack CD]
01. Sacred Worlds [Pre-production version]
02. Wheel Of Time [Orchestral version]
03. You're The Voice [Radio Edit]
04. Tanelorn (Into The Void) [demo]
05. Curse My Name [demo]
06. A Voice In The Dark [demo]
+ Sacred Worlds [video]
+ A Journey To The Edge Of Time (Studio Documentary) [video]

The Best Power Metal Album Of 2010

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Staff review by
Demonic Tutor

Rating:
9.3
The bards have come out of the forest. Yes, the Blind Guardians are back baby! And did they ever do it in style. Surely one of the year's most anticipated albums, At The Edge Of Time is sure to rank high on personal lists for a while.

Hit in the face with the 9+ minute long opening masterpiece "Sacred World", I had to replay it for half an hour before being able to continue on with the rest of the album. Majestic orchestral intro, grand entrance killer riffs, and vocals to die for. The first thought that went through my head at that exact time "This is already better than the entire previous album". Hell, this is Blind Guardian with a renewed energy and a hint of progressive influences I only dreamt about in the past.

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published 21.09.2010 | Comments (86)

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Sword_Chant - 30.07.2010 at 17:19  
Rating: 10 Just listened to the whole thing through. It's a very good BG album, will probably be seen as one of their all time best releases, especially the concept and production. You can tell they worked hard on this. Good effort. I gave it a 9 on the vote, but overall I would actually give it 8.7. Might rate it higher though once it grows on me some more!
vezzy - 30.07.2010 at 17:29  
  Didn't expect this to beat ReKreatur. But meh, don't care about those ratings, I'll give it a listen myself and decide.
Dani5050 - 30.07.2010 at 17:52  
Rating: 9 I'm not a heavy/power metal fanatic myself but I found this album to be great, I was surprise by the quality, they worked hard on it indeed.
Bad English - 30.07.2010 at 19:04  
Rating: 5 I cant say much about it, its not disapointment, because we aready know thay never be like was in 1th 3 albums. Its not so bad how last one, but not ideal to, its so so album, whit 3 good songs, others bad, only whats from true real BG is Hans voice, otherwise its be total crap, but I wopnt buy it, I doubt I go watch band live, I stick whit classics till and encluding Nightfall
JÄY - 30.07.2010 at 19:30  
Rating: 9 05. Curse My Name
06. Valkyries
07. Control The Divine
08. War Of The Thrones

the middle of the album slumps a little, for me..not in quality, but speed/catchyness/fun
Angelic Storm - 30.07.2010 at 21:06  
Rating: 9 I still havent heard it yet...I dunno whether to listen to the leak or not.
Folkbill - 30.07.2010 at 22:30  
Rating: 8 Not bad, is it the last album for blind guardian?
Sword_Chant - 30.07.2010 at 22:43  
Rating: 10
Written by Folkbill on 30.07.2010 at 22:30

Not bad, is it the last album for blind guardian?


I highly doubt it!
Angelic Storm - 30.07.2010 at 22:47  
Rating: 9
Written by Folkbill on 30.07.2010 at 22:30

Not bad, is it the last album for blind guardian?


No. Not unless they split up between now and the next one.

What made you think it was the last album?
timgrimes - 31.07.2010 at 00:21  
  How good is this album really? i listened to the 3 songs offered online and I was not impressed, doesn't look like anything new from BG to me. Please prove me wrong and lets see how good these guys are on this project of theirs.
JÄY - 31.07.2010 at 00:49  
Rating: 9
Written by timgrimes on 31.07.2010 at 00:21

How good is this album really? i listened to the 3 songs offered online and I was not impressed, doesn't look like anything new from BG to me. Please prove me wrong and lets see how good these guys are on this project of theirs.


if you didnt like those 3, you most likely wont enjoy the album
Ag Fox - 31.07.2010 at 01:41  
Rating: 7 Those thinking this is the album of the year should broaden their horizons a bit ._.

that being said, this album is great. I need more listens, but right now it's either an 8 or a 9, which hasn't happened to me for a while for a Power Metal album.

I'm so happy that there's a song for the epic Wheel Of Time series instead of the usual Tolkein, better still, the track totally rocks
Hermann Langke - 31.07.2010 at 09:39  
Rating: 10
Written by Ellrohir on 30.07.2010 at 11:49

It leaked, so this evening will be great

Couldn't agree with you more.
Hermann Langke - 31.07.2010 at 09:40  
Rating: 10 It's cool!
Hermann Langke - 31.07.2010 at 09:47  
Rating: 10
Written by vezzy on 30.07.2010 at 17:29

Didn't expect this to beat ReKreatur. But meh, don't care about those ratings, I'll give it a listen myself and decide.

You should, you should!
Ellrohir - 31.07.2010 at 10:57  
 
Written by vezzy on 30.07.2010 at 17:29

Didn't expect this to beat ReKreatur.


i like Equilibrium too, but...*facepalm* to this statement...
vezzy - 31.07.2010 at 11:40  
 
Written by Ellrohir on 31.07.2010 at 10:57

Written by vezzy on 30.07.2010 at 17:29

Didn't expect this to beat ReKreatur.


i like Equilibrium too, but...*facepalm* to this statement...


Where did I suggest I liked the album?
Anibx - 31.07.2010 at 20:10  
Rating: 9
Written by Bad English on 30.07.2010 at 19:04

I cant say much about it, its not disapointment, because we aready know thay never be like was in 1th 3 albums. Its not so bad how last one, but not ideal to, its so so album, whit 3 good songs, others bad, only whats from true real BG is Hans voice, otherwise its be total crap, but I wopnt buy it, I doubt I go watch band live, I stick whit classics till and encluding Nightfall


I got a question, why do you even bother listen to new music? I mean, you allready know you don't going to like it, right? I see you comment on every new release and you say the same thing "no that good as the first albums" so be happy man, listen to classic and don't stress yourself.

I don't know what to make of this album. It sound good but I need more spin to make a judge.
Bad English - 31.07.2010 at 20:13  
Rating: 5
Written by Anibx on 31.07.2010 at 20:10

Written by Bad English on 30.07.2010 at 19:04

I cant say much about it, its not disapointment, because we aready know thay never be like was in 1th 3 albums. Its not so bad how last one, but not ideal to, its so so album, whit 3 good songs, others bad, only whats from true real BG is Hans voice, otherwise its be total crap, but I wopnt buy it, I doubt I go watch band live, I stick whit classics till and encluding Nightfall


I got a question, why do you even bother listen to new music? I mean, you allready know you don't going to like it, right? I see you comment on every new release and you say the same thing "no that good as the first albums" so be happy man, listen to classic and don't stress yourself.

I don't know what to make of this album. It sound good but I need more spin to make a judge.


Im not stresed at all and I was curiuss how this will sound
RavenKing - 31.07.2010 at 21:17  
 
Written by Anibx on 31.07.2010 at 20:10

I got a question, why do you even bother listen to new music? I mean, you allready know you don't going to like it, right? I see you comment on every new release and you say the same thing "no that good as the first albums" so be happy man, listen to classic and don't stress yourself.

I don't know what to make of this album. It sound good but I need more spin to make a judge.


I can't answer for Bad english but I can talk for myself. The reason I still check new albums, even though most of the time I'm sure in advance it won't beat the earlier material, is you never know. I mean, most bands improve for a time until they start to decline, so it's logical to expect you won't like the new material as much as the old but you can't be entirely sure. Sometimes (very rarely, but still) we have positive surprises.
I never expect something great when band members are around 35 year old or more, however. I have a theory that metal music, as far as performing and writing songs, is not made for people over 40.
And I never expect anything good from bands who took the downward spiral long ago (but in this case chances are high I won't even bother to waste my time checking the new material).

Concerning old vs new albums from metal bands, it's not a matter of being 'kvlt' or whatever but I nearly always prefer material that has been made in the 80s or 90s to something released after 2000.
I don't like the current metal scene and think it is overloaded by crap. And I hate the direction metal took in the last decade, as far as production goes. It sounds synthesized, artificial, fake and unsincere.
Soulless and boring.
Ellrohir - 31.07.2010 at 21:18  
  Ok, so far i like "Ride Into Obsession", "War Of The Thrones" and especially "Curse My Name"...and i think with more listening, more favorites will appear
Fat & Sassy! - 31.07.2010 at 21:49  
Rating: 7 Wwwwwaiting until the American release is PAINFUL.
RavenKing - 31.07.2010 at 21:51  
 
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 31.07.2010 at 21:49

Wwwwwaiting until the American release is PAINFUL.


Order it online.
Giok99 - 31.07.2010 at 22:53  
Rating: 10 Great great album, already listen to it three times, and Wheel of Time, A voice in the Dark and Ride into Obsession are my favorite. The whole album is awsome. Best buy of the year.
ZGoten - 31.07.2010 at 23:07  
Rating: 9 I just finished listening to it. Overall it was pretty good, but I expected a bit more of it, to be honest. The pacing of the album was generally quite fast, which isn't a bad thing, but I would have appreciated one or two slower tracks. Besides "A Voice In the Dark", there is nothing really outstanding imo. I'd have given this ablum a 7.5 if I had been able to, but this way I went for the 8.
Vikcen - 31.07.2010 at 23:17  
Rating: 10 Today I bought the album at last. And only I've heard the first three songs. At the moment the first song has not convinced me (bored me). And I get the feeling that they have wanted to do a kind of Nightfall In Middle-Earth, but badly. Let's see what happens when I have heard the whole album, and more times... .
worm_is_gloaming - 01.08.2010 at 06:12  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 30.07.2010 at 21:06

I still havent heard it yet...I dunno whether to listen to the leak or not.


Same dilemma here! Having the complete package and lyric booklet will put any album in its own artistic and aesthetic context for proper amount of enjoyment, but the question is of course self-control
bard - 01.08.2010 at 07:23  
Rating: 8 It's much more listenable than their previous, but still...not quite thrashy enough to make me climax.
Angelic Storm - 01.08.2010 at 11:52  
Rating: 9
Written by worm_is_gloaming on 01.08.2010 at 06:12
Same dilemma here! Having the complete package and lyric booklet will put any album in its own artistic and aesthetic context for proper amount of enjoyment, but the question is of course self-control


Totally agree!

I have so far managed to resist the temptation to listen to it. lol I'll be buying the album in the next day or two, so I'll give my opinion on it then.
qlacs - 01.08.2010 at 13:12  
Rating: 9 BG may not sound like in the "old times" and never be as classic as on Imaginations or A Night At The Opera (for some who prefer Nightfall In Middle Earth insert that here too) but still can deliver new things (Sacred Worlds for example) and tune you on the feeling of old albums like Somewhere Far Beyond. To me this album very similar to their older stuff (Imaginations and before) - fast songs, little epic melodies with a few background instruments, catchy choruses; though the sound is new so it may take time to discover this. At first 2 listening my rating was somewhere between 7-8, only on the 5th listen earned 8 or a bit more on me. Very good album, give it some time.
Vikcen - 01.08.2010 at 13:40  
Rating: 10 The same here, I had to restrain to listen any song before buy it.

I've heard the whole album two times, and for now, I think a disc without great melodies (instrumentally and sung), very uniform in this sense, without great moments, without great choruses, melodies that go unnoticed, without impact, without force, and the disc is too slow, without rhythm (definitely i miss Thomas Stauch with the battery) A boring album.

For now the album is a bit disappointing for me, the worst disc for me at the moment, and by far.

Ummm i like Tanelorn (Into the void) ... I'll keep listening .
BlankFile - 01.08.2010 at 21:23  
Rating: 10 So far from what i´ve heard of this CD, i think its a bit faster and less mid-tempo than their previous release ATITM. After 3 listenings the album is growing on me in a good rythm! At the moment i have 3 favourite songs that already blew my mind: "Sacred Worlds", "Tanelorn (Into the Void)" and my favourite of all so far " A Voice in the Dark" really spectacular song! The chorus is so fucking amazing! |m|
farfaramir - 01.08.2010 at 23:11  
Rating: 10 Good one, a good surprise for me... I didn't spect anything of this album and I was wrong, well done Blind Guardian.
Vikcen - 02.08.2010 at 06:50  
Rating: 10
Written by qlacs on 01.08.2010 at 13:12

though the sound is new so it may take time to discover this.



Until now, I only had listened the disc in my pc (Logitech 5.1, SoundMax) But since i have listened the album in my car (and well syntonized) my opinion has changed. It's curious, but this have happened me with all the blind guardian records, his records improves a lot if i listen it in the car (At the edge of time: treble +6, bass -4), for me the best place to listen music, is where it sounds better. Here I could listen all the melodies neatly , which there is behind the sound.

In a few words, I have discovered the sound of the album. Really great production , a disc very elaborate, difficult and complex, many times creating a symbiosis between the music of Blind Guardian and the orchestra really amazing (to give a couple of examples: Road Of No Release with the piano, faithful friend accompanying music masterfully from beginning to end. Or Curse My Name, with the flute. And obviously Sacred Worlds and Wheel Of Time, where the orchestra is protagonist really), demonstrating that they have worked hard to create such piece. It is true that the disc has something of each of his previous albums (a strategy similar to Metallica's Death Magnetic), in my opinion, this album is between the Nightfall In Middle-Earth and At Night Of The Opera, and something of ATITM . With this kind of music so recharged, it's worth syntonizing the sound in conditions, with a good equipment of music and with high volume, so you can appreciate this album in all its splendor.

For now, my favorites songs are: Tanelorn (Into The Void), Valkyries and Ride Into Obsession.
elseif - 02.08.2010 at 11:09  
Rating: 8 Nice album!

Sacred Worlds feels magic, Tanelorn is cool too!
Sword_Chant - 02.08.2010 at 16:20  
Rating: 10 I've listened to it enough times now to get fully into it. I like the majority of the songs, for me the only disappointment in the album is 'Valkyries'.

I don't know if anyone else gets this too? For me the fact it's put right in the middle of the album makes it seem never-ending. And it just seems less inspired than some of the first songs. If they gave that song something more, i'd have rated this album 10.
opeth771 - 03.08.2010 at 01:42  
  This is SO MUCH better than "A Twist In The Myth" which I absolutely hated. BG have finally came back to their roots!
Anibx - 03.08.2010 at 02:51  
Rating: 9 Road of No Release have the same intro as The Bard's Song (In the Forest) but with piano. Just for that I should give they a 5, for lack of originality.
RavenKing - 03.08.2010 at 04:33  
  I listened to all the songs today. I really don't dig their style after IFTOS. There's only 2-3 songs I moderately liked and only in parts, among the new ones. There's not a single song I like from start to end. What I so dislike is they have to put those fucking soft breaks in every song since NIME, even the uptempo ones. It destroys the pace and make the songs boring.

I'm currently listening to "Majesty" on Youtube just to hear the difference and there's a comment saying "This is speed metal not power. You can tell by it actually being good".
It might be a simplistic shortcut, but I can see where the guy is coming from.
JÄY - 03.08.2010 at 16:58  
Rating: 9
Written by RavenKing on 03.08.2010 at 04:33

I listened to all the songs today. I really don't dig their style after IFTOS. There's only 2-3 songs I moderately liked and only in parts, among the new ones. There's not a single song I like from start to end. What I so dislike is they have to put those fucking soft breaks in every song since NIME, even the uptempo ones. It destroys the pace and make the songs boring.

I'm currently listening to "Majesty" on Youtube just to hear the difference and there's a comment saying "This is speed metal not power. You can tell by it actually being good".
It might be a simplistic shortcut, but I can see where the guy is coming from.


ah, yeah they did used to be SPEED metal ... and this album has brought us a little closer to those glory days....thrashy, aggressive .... mostly a thing of the past for these old-timers.

I happen to like what they do now, too, though
3dd - 03.08.2010 at 22:21  
Rating: 9 Brilliant album, almost perfect!

After Nightfall this is trully a Blind Guardian album, with all the elements we enjoy of them: speed, technique and epicness.

The song "A Voice in the Dark" it's my favorite! The speed is brutal, and the Riffs before the chorus worth the loop. Also "Road of No Release" and "Wheel of Time" are great!!

One of the best albums of the year, for sure.
Andreas - 04.08.2010 at 01:17  
Rating: 10
Written by RavenKing on 03.08.2010 at 04:33

What I so dislike is they have to put those fucking soft breaks in every song since NIME, even the uptempo ones. It destroys the pace and make the songs boring.

Other people (like me) interpret that as variation, what makes the song actually far from boring

But everyone's entitled to his/her opinion of course
RavenKing - 04.08.2010 at 02:43  
  You can have variations by other means than boring soft parts. The kind of slow semi-acoustic parts BG are doing break the intensity.
Andreas - 05.08.2010 at 12:54  
Rating: 10
Written by RavenKing on 04.08.2010 at 02:43

You can have variations by other means than boring soft parts. The kind of slow semi-acoustic parts BG are doing break the intensity.

But what's boring to you, can be awesome to other people.
Angelic Storm - 05.08.2010 at 13:23  
Rating: 9
Written by Andreas on 05.08.2010 at 12:54
But what's boring to you, can be awesome to other people.


Yep. Soft parts are only boring to people who dont like soft parts.

Anyways, I finally bought the album, which Im just about to listen to now for the first time. lol xD
vezzy - 05.08.2010 at 14:12  
  Not necessarily. Some soft parts can be good, others just disrupt the flow.
Angelic Storm - 05.08.2010 at 14:19  
Rating: 9
Written by vezzy on 05.08.2010 at 14:12

Not necessarily. Some soft parts can be good, others just disrupt the flow.


Well, Ive heard Hidden_Dictator say he doesn't like ballads, so I think he just has a general dislike of soft parts. lol xD

For me, any part that changes in tack from the rest of the song is fine, so long as it fits. My main gripe with "Death Magnetic" for example, was a couple of songs had parts that didnt fit and disrupted the flow of the song. They sounded "bolted on".
RavenKing - 05.08.2010 at 14:33  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 05.08.2010 at 14:19

Well, Ive heard Hidden_Dictator say he doesn't like ballads, so I think he just has a general dislike of soft parts. lol xD


You're right. I don't like soft parts. And I'm the kind of listener who think ballads are a waste of space on a metal album.
Andreas - 05.08.2010 at 15:16  
Rating: 10
Written by RavenKing on 05.08.2010 at 14:33

Written by Angelic Storm on 05.08.2010 at 14:19

Well, Ive heard Hidden_Dictator say he doesn't like ballads, so I think he just has a general dislike of soft parts. lol xD


You're right. I don't like soft parts. And I'm the kind of listener who think ballads are a waste of space on a metal album.

So you're just trying to hide that you're actually very romantic? Doesn't matter, in time you will give in to your feelings
vezzy - 05.08.2010 at 16:23  
 
Written by Andreas on 05.08.2010 at 15:16

Written by RavenKing on 05.08.2010 at 14:33

Written by Angelic Storm on 05.08.2010 at 14:19

Well, Ive heard Hidden_Dictator say he doesn't like ballads, so I think he just has a general dislike of soft parts. lol xD


You're right. I don't like soft parts. And I'm the kind of listener who think ballads are a waste of space on a metal album.

So you're just trying to hide that you're actually very romantic? Doesn't matter, in time you will give in to your feelings


Not really. I used to be the same way. Only liked violent and heavy music and anything that was only moderately less so I ignored and disliked. Then I became more accepting of softer songs.

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