Blind Guardian - A Twist In The Myth
5 September 2006

01. This Will Never End
02. Otherland
03. Turn The Page
04. Fly
05. Carry The Blessed Home
06. Another Stranger Me
07. Straight Through The Mirror
08. Lionheart
09. Skalds And Shadows
10. The Edge
11. The New Order
12. All The King's Horses [Japanese bonus]
13. Dead Sound Of Misery [Japanese bonus]

After a couple of surprising moves - signing to label Nuclear Blast and quasi-unexplained firing of long time drummer Thomen Stauch - Blind Guardian is back with a new album entitled 'A Twist In The Myth'. Despite claims that this is a totally different direction for the band, the overall impression is very close to their previous opus, 'A Night At The Opera'. It is however more progressive and even a little more easy of access at times. The band also developped a brought up-to-date sound , which is obvious on songs like 'The Edge', 'Otherland' and 'Fly'.

This time, the lyric passages have been brought forth and it is obvious straight from the opener 'This Will Never End'. Listening to this track, it appears that the amazing vocal work that Hansi showcased with Demons & Wizards has now been transposed to Blind Guardian. But the first real thrill from this album is undeniably 'Otherland'. This one is halfway between their sound of 'Imaginations From The Other Side' era and their newest sound. It is sure to become one of their classics as it almost immediately reminded me of 'Born In A Mourning Hall'. With 'Turn The Page', we are back into the troubadour spirit that made Blind Guardian famous. However, it is also a testimony of a will to carry on their values and transpose them to a more current approach of their music as the song includes some unusual passages.

The single 'Fly', was already exposed to the critic and it got mostly positive reviews. It is a one of the kind composition for Blind Guardian. That's ironically why they actually have two songs made out of this: 'Fly' and a darker version named 'Dead Sound Of Misery' featuring a different set of lyrics. Which all things considered, is actually a smart way of closing this album. The mandatory ballad is called 'Carry The Blessed Home' and it has an unusual atmosphere for a band like Blind Guardian. It almost sounds like it could be a Dream Theater ballad. Overall, it is a fresh breeze for this album and it is a more complex song that it first appears.

The heart of 'A Twist In The Myth' is filled with splendid songs. 'Another Stranger Me' is the equivalent of what 'The Soulforged' was for their previous album, while 'Lionheart' and 'The Edge' are the most interesting tracks on the whole album in my opinion. 'The New Order' confirms once more that Hansi vocal abilities have soared in the past years. This is another strong hook of the album.

At the end of the day, Blind Guardian came up with a very interesting album, definitely worth your money. I have a very hard time picking out one song as my favorite track, which is usually a good sign. Just check it out, there is at least a little something for everybody.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Production: 9

Band profile: Blind Guardian
Album: A Twist In The Myth


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Hermann Langke - 18.10.2009 at 15:22  
Written by Götter on 05.11.2006 at 03:24

Definitely their worst. Okay, "Skalds and Shadows" is a good song, but that's it - their second worst, "Battalions of Fear" also has a good song, "Majesty".

This album is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING compared to ANATO. Well, unless you're a proghead or something like that. Which I'm not, only an old (ex-)Blind Guardian fan.

"And Then There Was Silence", hello?

no i do not agree with you.
Lord_Regnier - 18.10.2009 at 15:25  
Written by Hermann Langke on 18.10.2009 at 15:21

And which is your best????

When it comes to BG, I like only their old speed metal albums (from BOF to IFTOS incl). I don't really like anything this band has done since NIME.
Hermann Langke - 18.10.2009 at 15:28  
I agree their earlier stuffs were great.
Baz Anderson - 18.10.2009 at 15:41  
Yeh, this is their worst album by far.
Not saying it's a bad album, it is just their worst.
Lord_Regnier - 18.10.2009 at 15:51  
Written by Baz Anderson on 18.10.2009 at 15:41

Yeh, this is their worst album by far.

I believe the next one will be even worse.
The song "Sacred" is probably the worst BG song I ever heard and I read somewhere that Kursch said this song is representative of how the next album will sound. And it does not bode well at all, from my point of view.
Baz Anderson - 18.10.2009 at 16:04  
Well, if that is true - then I have to agree.

The Blind Guardian interview I did at Bloodstock this year - Andre said something interesting about the next album, I can't remember what though - but it made me interested in hearing it anyway.
Lord_Regnier - 18.10.2009 at 16:14  
We'll see in due time then. I have no idea when they plan to release the album.

I don't follow BG. I was only talking for talking this morning.
Not bashing the band but saying that I think their best is far behind them and I expect nothing exceptional from this band.
Like so many old PM bands, I think BG are on their decline and could well start to move away from PM, taking a more hard rock-ish or whatever direction.
Slayer666 - 18.10.2009 at 21:41  
Meh... A classic representative of today PM. Cheesy and comercial.
Not that I ever like Blind Guardian, or Power Metal at all, but the early stuff was worthy of respect. This? Nope.
Hermann Langke - 30.10.2009 at 16:20  
Written by Baz Anderson on 18.10.2009 at 15:41

Yeh, this is their worst album by far.
Not saying it's a bad album, it is just their worst.

Why do you think so?
BlankFile - 26.05.2010 at 21:04  
Its not their best, but its a good album anyway. More mid-tempo, more progressive comparing to other albums in my opinion. Songs such as "This Will Never End", "Otherland", "Another Stranger Me", "Lionheart" and "the Edge" are definitly the highlights of ATITM. Stay Metal!

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