Blind Guardian
A Twist in the Myth

Release date: September 1st 2006
Nuclear Blast
Distribution: VME (Denmark)
Power Metal

Rating: 93/100
Reviewed by:
Kenn Jensen
July 17th 2006

"A Twist in the Myth" is off course the follow up to "A Night in the Opera" from 2002, and one of the most anticipated (power) metal albums this year. Perhaps THE most anticipated metal album in Germany!

Not much has changed in the Blind Guardian camp - OK in all fairness there has been a changing of the guards - Frederik Ehmke has replaced Thomen Stauch behind the drums, not that it has had that much influence on the overall sound...

When the mist clears and the guardians arrive on the metal battlefield ready to go into battle, armoured with a thunderous wall of guitars and drums, people know they are ready to fight with high intensity and energy.

Let the ring bearer from Krefeld take you on a journey down memory lane, because this album possesses the same magic that made albums like ”Tales from the Twilight World” and ”Somewhere far Beyond" power metal classics. Well defined song structures, excellent big and monumental choirs and choruses - like only Blind Guardian can write them, the best guitar work to date from André Olbrich and Marcus Siepen - the leads are outstanding and last but not least Hansi Kusch delivering his absolutely best vocal performance ever. The rhythm section is tight as a duck's ass and the production from Charlie Bauerfeind is great.

In my humble opinion this is the best Blind Guardian album since "Somewhere far Beyond", mainly because the sound has returned to a more basic sound - thankfully they have reduced the 1,000nd of layers of choirs and sounds to a more acceptable level - something I thought they have been over-doing on all of their albums from "Imaginations from the Other Side" onwards...

But the songs are general all a tad better than on their last few albums, with the exception of "Fly"! One the worst songs they've ever written, and a bad choice as first single for this album - it's not representative for the album at all...
They do flirt with some more modern sounding sounds on the album, and I feel they have incorporated them with success with exception of "Fly".

But don't worry, Blind Guardian is still Blind Guardian - and as a fan this is a very satisfying experience and I can strongly recommend power metal fans to grab this album the day it's released. IT ROCKS!