BLIND GUARDIAN

(GERMANY)

SOMEWHERE FAR BEYOND

(1992)
LABEL:

VIRGIN

GENRE:

HEAVY METAL

TAGS:
Epic, Hovering
"By gently evolving from classic speed metal to epic power with progressive and orchestral tendencies, "Somewhere Far Beyond" confirms Blind Guardian's status as a great melodic heavy metal band."
NOISE (04.12.2012)  
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"Tales From The Twilight World" was the revelation album for Blind Guardian. Despite a difficult musical period, the German band enjoyed a certain success in Europe and Japan, the promised land of melodic metal. Their 4th album, "Somewhere Far Beyond", arrives in June 1992, two years after its predecessor. Blind Guardian fine-tunes his approach and succeeds in producing an even better opus than his predecessor.

In 10 tracks, Kürsch and his band go far beyond melodic speed metal to create their sound through their musical universe. Like the cover with the Bard, who will soon become their emblem, the band takes us on a musical journey in which speed and power metal mingle with medieval and orchestral influences.

Hansi has made further progress on vocals, while his band-mates now offer beautiful riffs and solos, sometimes fast, sometimes more peaceful, but always timely. The work on melodies and backing vocals is particularly good on 'Time What Is Time' and 'Journey Through The Dark', two great melodic heavy songs with unstoppable choruses and, above all, grandiose vocal harmonies. After this opener, the album takes on its full dimension with a calmer, more progressive and orchestral 'Theater Of Pain', perfectly illustrating the musicians' technical progress. With 'The Quest For Tanelorn' and 'Somewhere Far Beyond', Blind Guardian offers us two epic power metal songs with unstoppable melodic choruses. Last but not least, there's the perfect hit with 'The Bard's Song', featuring a superb acoustic, medieval opening. Epic, catchy, moving and with a fairytale-like atmosphere, this track is a splendor destined to appear in the pantheon of the genre's greats.

With "Somewhere Far Beyond", Blind Guardian signs a great album that confirms his status as a great melodic heavy metal band. By slowly evolving from classic speed metal to epic power with progressive and orchestral tendencies, he has taken a new step in what promises to be a brilliant and exciting career.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Time What Is Time (05:46)
02. Journey Through The Dark (04:48)
03. Black Chamber (00:58)
04. Theatre Of Pain (04:17)
05. The Quest For Tanelorn (05:56)
06. Ashes To Ashes (06:01)
07. The Bard's Song (07:04)
08. The Piper's Calling (00:58)
09. Somewhere Far Beyond (07:30)
10. Spread Your Wings (04:15) (Bonus)
11. Trial By Fire (Bonus) (03:45)
12. Theatre Of Pain (Classic Version) (04:15)

LINEUP:
André Olbrich: Guitares
Hansi Kürsch: Chant / Basse
Marcus Siepen: Guitares
Thomen Stauch: Batterie
   
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