There was a gripping, instantly gratifying speed and punch on the debut that was drowned out by the orchestrations by the time of Somewhere Far Beyond a few years later. It was a strong first step for Blind Guardian to make, and even if it doesn't carry the monumental artistic weight of their later achievements, it is woefully underrated, and undeservedly so. As their debut effort, Hansi K'rsch's singing is a bit rough and the tracks can get a little messy at times, but these small youth flaws are compensated by energy and rage.
As you can see with the songs names, Tolkien's mythology is already part of the band's universe, even if the compositions do not possess the refinement of "Nightfall in Middle Earth" yet. Do not rely on the circus music opening, the powerful "Majesty" is a thundering metal overture, with sharp guitar soli.
The dark "Guardian Of The Blind" also has a devastating riff and a catchy hymn. Very nice. Until now, this is nearly perfect. However, the middle of the disc is its weak point. Fortunately, inspiration comes back with the Maiden-esque title track, a ferocious fast composition with an efficient war hymn. Not excellent, but not bad either.
The other ending instrumental, "Gandalf's Rebirth", is more convincing and coherent, and concludes the record on an enchanting feel. Although the music itself is not very original and the band has not crafted their identity yet, the compositions are direct, powerful and epic, without concessions or useless orchestration. What more could you ask for when you're leading your fearless battalions to battle?
While the album starts off with a head scratching circus music keyboard riff it quickly blossoms into a full-fledged early power metal extravaganza titled "Majesty" complete with lightning fast riffage and neoclassical Iron Maiden inspired songwriting, but BLIND GUARDIAN were masters of their own destiny from the very start. It is apparent from the very first track of their very first album that these guys were all about quality and despite not exactly delivering a most original sound from the get go, they did exude a very confident delivery of their style that not only displayed their influences but also pointed to an early method of deviation thereof.
Yes, the musicianship is more than competently displayed and gives a glimpse into the future but after all is said and done, these tracks are very interesting to listen to. This has retrospectively been called speed metal but at the time it wasn't actually known as such. In thrash and progressive metal were just getting off the ground but a few German bands like BLIND GUARDIAN and Helloween were ramping up the melodic attributes of metal music and have since become two of the major forces in that particular strain of metal magic.
While it does exude a sense of sameness thru out the album, all of the tracks are quite catchy in a metal sense and deliver a passionate conveyance of metal energy.
While not quite deemed power metal at this point, there is more than enough evidence that a new sub genre of metal would soon gain hold as a distinct and powerful strain of the metal world. Me likey! These were just four other guys in a sea of late eighties hopefuls ready to take on the world armed with nothing but their instruments and at that they have succeeded.
Opener Majesty is still played today and is the most familiar song on this cd of hidden gems. Twin guitar leads steal the show in the former and the latter is mainly driven by multiple guitar riffs and a slick chorus. A frantic delivery of the verses climaxes with a gorgeous refrain that is backed up by little guitar licks that add just a dash of flavor to an already savory tune. It first appeared in , and the re-release is now available as a remixed double-CD edition in a digipak.
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This one was much better than the other. I really liked it, I listen to it when I run. Burn CD Burn your music and enjoy it everywhere. There is nothing to do. Guardian Of The Blind. Trial By The Archon.
Wizard's Crown. Run For The Night. Battalions Of Fear. By The Gates Of Moria. Gandalf's Rebirth.Battalions of Fear é o álbum de estreia da banda alemã Blind Guardian, lançado em O álbum é um cru e impolido trabalho de speed metal que carece de muitos dos floreios estilísticos que marcariam a música da banda em anos posteriores. A faixa de abertura "Majesty" permanece uma favorita entre os fãs e está frequentemente nas apresentações ao vivo da .