The Maiden And The Minstrel Knight - Blind Guardian - A Night At The Opera (CD, Album)
A Night at the Opera is the seventh studio album by the German power metal band Blind Guardian, released in It is named after the Queen album of the same name, which is itself named after the Marx brothers film of the same name.. This album continues a stylistic change from power metal into a more progressive sound, with multiple overlaid vocals, choirs, orchestral keys and guitar Genre: Progressive metal, power metal, symphonic metal. The Maiden And The Minstrel Knight This song is by Blind Guardian and appears on the album A Night At The Opera (). CD, Album, RemasteredCD, AlbumAll Media, Deluxe Edition, Reissue, Digipak CD1 Remix Precious Jerusalem Battlefield Under The Ice Sadly Sings Destiny The Maiden And The Minstrel Knight Wait For An Answer The Soulforged Age Of False Innocence Punishment D.
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Release Date March 19, Recording Date October, The Maiden And The Minstrel Knight - Blind Guardian - A Night At The Opera (CD December, Track Listing. This piece combines all the strengths of the album and produces simply the best song Blind Guardian have ever written; you'd be a fool not to check this out.
Of course, most listeners will find this album very overwhleming on first listens and claim it as terrible, but that's the beauty of the album - being amazed as you realise all the layers contain raw substance. If the album has one flaw it's the song 'Wait For An Answer' which lacks the spark of the other tracks, but it doesn't hinder the album enough for it not to get a perfect score. Long live BG.
How is the best way to put this? Every second of every song is packed with extensive arrangements and more orchestral flourishes than what can be fully comprehended with only one listen. Just about every song features commanding melodies, a variety of vocal theatrics, and choruses that will make you want to raise your invisible sword high and let out your battle cry.
Even the ballads such as "The Maiden and the Minstrel Knight" are packed with bombarding orchestrations that should make the listener drop their jaw in awe. Vocalist Hansi Kursch also shines on this album with his Freddie Mercury-esque layering and inspiring performances. Unfortunately, the guitars are often overshadowed and overcome by the surrounding orchestrations and effects are the songs do tend to sound slower and more plodding as a result.
Having said that, there are still a bunch of cool riffs to be found and the guitarists do get the occasional chance of shred. And of course, the bass is pretty much nowhere to be found. It really makes me feel bad for poor Oliver Blind Guardian was already a band that required an acquired taste to enjoy, and the numerous things going on in every song can make the album too overwhelming for some listeners. In fact, a few songs could probably benefit from a stripped down moments here and there.
This could be one of my favorite Blind Guardian albums. Pros: 1 Excellent drumming and amazing vocal layering 2 Strong epic atmosphere and cool orchestrations 3 Excellent songwriting and great song structures Cons: 1 May be too overwhelming for some listeners 2 Where did the guitars go? When listening to some bands, you have to be willing to embrace change. Blind Guardian is a band who, despite being referred to as consistent by some, has changed a few times since their formation in the eighties.
In reading reviews on this sight and elsewhere, opinions are obviously mixed. However, this was my first Blind Guardian experience, and upon a few very engaging listens to this album, I fell in love.
Those of you who have kept track of Blind Guardian over the years may question this, but this is my favorite Blind Guardian release of them all. I love all of them, really, but this takes the cake. One thing that really appeals to me about this album is how varied it is.
Each song offers so much to be heard, you really would think you are at an opera. This album carries a lot of bulk compared to the albums coming before it, offering a very good medieval — battlefield vibe, which never was lacking from the Blind Guardian sound. As for those choruses — those are easily my favorite part of the album.
Generally, a good chorus is what gets me to continue listening to a certain song, and from Album), the rest of the song grows on me. This album is so full of awesome choruses that I nearly shat the first few times I listened to this album. The chorus in Sadly Sings Destiny and the chorus in The Soulforged still both cause me to nearly release my bowels in excitement.
They are very catchy and epic, Hansi does some very good highs. Some of them make me wanna hold a sword up high in the air and scream. As a matter of fact, this entire album does. The guitar is even harder to distinguish this time, with the keyboards assuming the main role. Musically, this album, while containing many elements also present on the previous record, can be seen as a step forward, the band fully adopting a new symphonic sound.
While, yeah, the song may be epic as hell, Hansi is literally always singing on it and listening to a song clocking in at around 14 minutes with no instrumental sections bores me to death. There are a fair amount of guitar solos to be found on this record though, they are present on almost every tune but they are also too damn short.
The vocal layers and the presence of the choir are two other important elements of this epic little gem. The lyrics, while very romantic, fit well with the music and are fairly well written. The false ending of the tune is also among the best moments of the CD. Probably, the best song of the album. Those two tracks are also among the highlights of the album, both carrying amazing choruses. The catchy choruses are, indeed, present on almost every tune of the album and they kind of compensate, at times, the lack of instrumental sections.
Ah, and don't think I don't like that particular song because I don't like long tunes! The vocal lines aren't that strong and both are generally very forgettable. It is fairly enjoyable and interesting and bear in mind that I'm not a symphonic metal fan!
The speed metal elements are gone and there are no aggressive, ultra-fast tracks to be found here. On other hand, if you are a fan of progressive metal, you also can enjoy this piece, since the songs are fairly complex, intricate and original.
Among the less conventional BG songs we have a collection of tracks that are mostly guitar driven, yet call upon an unusual mix of ideas. Thomas Stauch is definitely among the more physically fit drummers out there by virtue of the material he has been given up to this point. I had already heard it when it was released as a single, but I still waited with anticipation when buying this album to get to the end to hear how it would function as a closer to this rather large album.
The lyrics are faithful to the original story of the Iliad, though obviously told from the point of view of the Trojans, whom are ultimately the more sympathetic in the story, regardless to their final end.
Even the most well conceived basic speed metal idea will eventually get old. I can understand why A night at the opera seems a bit dissapointing to the people who hail Blind Guardian for great speed metal releases like Battalions of Fear and Somewhere far beyond. I mean, the production is perhaps a little overdone and the overkill of choirs might scare people away, but in the end ANATO seems to have the best material the band ever produced in their entire existence.
I will start with the normal good songs: Precious Jerusalem, Sadly sings destiny and Age of false innocense which are really good, but definitly not the best songs on the album. Catchy as hell, but just not as catchy as the rest. Powerfull, just not that powerfull in comparison to the other tracks. The really great songs are: Battlefield great chorusUnder the Ice, Wait for an Answer, The Soulforged catchy as hell, you'll just want to sing along with this one and And then there was silence.
And then there was silence is the perfect example of how an epic power metal song should sound like. The lyrics are great and the band's performance is just awesome. The two songs that I like the best and haven't named before are first of all The maiden and the minstrell, which I like to refer as the best power metal ballad ever.
It's just a shame they haven't played it the times I saw them. The absolute best song is Punishment Divine. I have no other words to describe it then 'Divine'. The lyrics are concering with the philosopher Nietzsche who proclaimed God to be dead, but ended up mad and talking to God and Angels 'From far beyond I hear them sing: It's true, it's true, we don't exist'.
The drumintro is fast and powerfull and the chorus is awesome although I like the live version from 'Imaginations through the looking glass' even more. If you listen through the somewhat overbombastic production you'll still hear the old speed metal like riffs they used to play in the early days.
I myself have no problem whatsoever with the production however and have no problem with the use of choirs. Hansi's voice is beautiful as always and he managed to write some of the best BG songs in their entire history. Great lyrics, great solo's and brilliant artwork. In my opinion the best German powermetal album ever.
Blind Guardian has time and time again proven themselves to be amongst the greatest medieval power metal bands of all time if not the best. Blind Guardian's albums up through 'The Forgotten Tales' were straight up, face-ripping power metal, with speedy guitar riffs underneath Hansi's amazing vocal power. With their release of 'Nightfall In Middle-Earth', however, the band took a more epic turn, adding in a variety of instruments and often synthisizing orchestral hits and leads.
The musical circle was completed. With this release inBlind Guardian decided to up the keyboards and play much more on looping Hansi's voice to result in various harmonies and counter-melodies although they had a few guest vocalists for backups. While a fan of hardcore, old school 80's power metal may be disappointed, one who seeks something epic in today's power metal would not be ashamed of buying this cd.
Lyrically, Hansi is as talented at writing as he is at singing. However, sometimes it's somewhat difficult to understand the lyrics as the choirs are so loud and textured. It's quite obvious from the start that they are experimenting with a new style, with the detatched and almost metallic sounding effects at the beginning.
Like i've said before, Hansi comes through with the lyrics and singing, not only saving but making this song in my opinion. Once the choir comes in singing 'Rising up from the heart of the desert, rising up for Jerusalem', all my doubts were obliterated. The balance of all is almost to much to bare, as it would be orgasmic to listen to with a surround sound system. The band truly makes up for the fact that they do not have a stable bass player by encorporating lead synth lines in this song.
One other thing about this song that i realized; there is no set pattern, i. Blind Guardian does whatever the hell they feel like doing, going into several pre-choruses and bridges that are unlike anything else. I applaud, and feel this is among their greatest work. It's nice to have a good old fashioned power metal opening after the synth line of coarse. In a lot of ways this song is remenisent of earlier BG styles, relying much more on palm muted guitar than symphonies and choirs.
Not an evil way, but dark. Once again, keyboards are somewhat sparse, and the guitar plays eighth notes during the chorus, leaving it somewhat empty and missing something. The vocal harmonies are there The intro is exceptional. While most bands have a keyboard playing an entire orchestra as one instrument, this song distinctly has seperate parts for each instrument example; you can hear a basoon at one point.
The weakest part of the song is the cheesy synth line right before the heavy bridge into the distortion guitar part, but the rest of the song makes up for it. Overall this song is boring to listen to, i think. With this song we go back to a very 'Nightfall-ish' feel.
The intro is similar to 'Into the Storm', which is always a nice way to start out. Like 'Battlefield', they dont have a pattern and really go where they feel like it, but always come back to a main riff right before the chorus, making it complete. The solo's are uniquely Blind Guardian, as they have multipul parts going on at one, giving it harmony and a very cool sound.
On the live album this song kicked ass. Hansi uses his soft, somewhat bard-ish voice in the beginning to give a somewhat distorted feel to this obviously dark song. Once again, little keyboard, but the guitarists of Blind Guardian know how to make a kickass power metal ballad! Like the previous song, the solo has multiple parts under and above it, giving depth.
Not only is the instrumentation cool, but the chorus is so damn catchy! I've spent a very long time listening and vibing to this song. Its one of those that you might like late at night. Choir over orchestra The little opening line where Hansi chants over a very tribal percussion line adds a nice touch. Overall, this is possibly my favorite BG album to date. There are some aspects that may not make this album as appealing to some, as i've said, like the overly done keyboards at times.
Those people are not alone, as BG's drummer, Thomen Stauch, left the band due to his disatisfaction with the musical direction of the band. Personally its everything i could want in a CD, but i can definatly see where one would look down upon it. Thomen Stauch has left the band. But anyway, the concept is still BG a show of fantasy creatures, with Gandalf as audience, among othersand let us not judge this book by the cover, for its quite an orchestral ride, as the name implies.
Great start for the album. Battlefield — an orchestrated start lets the epic choir enter the song. This is to my ear the most bombastic song of the album with the possible exception of And then there was Silence.
Good song, the feeling definitely is established for the rest of the album. Under the Ice — entering with a sort of arabic sound effect and then with guitar and drums, I find it to be the least good song of the record.
The chorus is good though. Not bad, but its not a good song as the others. With a cool guitar tune, the song kicks in with anthem-like. The lyrics are about the crucifiction of Jesus. Good bridge, and great chorus, leading to an excellent song.
The Maiden and the Minstrel Knight — a medieval-like ballad. The orchestration gives it a great ambientation, as though being in the court of a king. The slow start is overpowered by a drum and guitar explosion about two minutes from the start. The ballad goes on great, and even leads to a fake ending as the song apparently is ended, but an blasts again with chanting and drum guitars, with the final lines, not bad but cheesy. Great ballad and song. Wait for an Answer — a direct start, back to heaviness.
The Soulforged — starts off like an anthem or a march, then the guitar plays a catchy tune, again as an anthem. The vocals, as in the rest of the album, are much more elaborate by overlapping; no wonder why did Hansi stopped playing the bass. The chorus is the most catchy of the album, not limiting the bombasticness in any way. This song in fact led me to read the DragonLance books, quite recommendable.
Excellent and most catchy song. Age of False Innocence — most different start, with piano and a bit of orchestration. After a bit of vocals, the drums kick in to a more aggressive tune than the others. There is also a good church-like chanting Sanctum Officium clocking at This song is less bombastic than the others, except for the chorus; but still the starting tune of piano definitely lures you in, and out since its also an ending tune… without piano but the tune is the same.
The guitar solo is excellent and drives good through the song. I feel it a bit different from the others, but the bombasticness lingers still. Punishment Divine — starting with weird sound effects, the drums again kick in. A minute from the start a fast part features Hansi doing great and rapid lines. Then the chorus retains the anthem like tune as in the beginning after the drum. This song is the most elaborate of all the album, and easily of all BG repertoire.
It has some great lines, and its about the Trojan War. It never gets boring, since the only repeated part is the chorus, the tunes and melodies are otherwise evolving throughout the song. And the first chorus gets in at just from the start. The bridge and chorus are truly memorable and catchy. There is also a sing along part near the ending, which in live shows is a call for the crowd definitely. Took me a while to digest, but now I truly love this song. Mies del Dolor — in my version of the album, there is Harvest of Sorrow sung in Spanish.
Since its my native tongue I could hear it fully, it feels like Hansi is resisting the urge to sing it in german, his pronunciation is not good at times. The translation is not bad but not exact, mostly for sake of keeping it along with the melody of the song. Not a bad version, gives me a chance to sing it in my tongue, but I prefer it in English, The Maiden And The Minstrel Knight - Blind Guardian - A Night At The Opera (CD.
This album is the most elaborate production of Blind Guardian, being fully orchestrated. Traces of this could be found in their previous album, NiME; but not in the same extent as in this one, obviously. All the songs are bombastic, although some like Battlefield to more extent than others. It certainly is the most produced album, and the sound is pretty different to the previous albums, although you can tell its Blind Guardian.
You really feel like there is a lot of instruments playing, although the orchestra is synthesized it sounds good, though I would love to hear Blind Guardian with a real full-orchestra. But you really need to let it grow with many listens. I thought "Precious Jerusalem" was really boring, but now I know its an excellent song. In the other hand I really was captured by "Battlefield" first, but now is not that great. The only slow song is "The maiden and the minstrel knight" which is an incredible ballad, very emotive.
Another great song is "Wait for an Answer", you never heard a song with so many choirs singing one over the other, hard to follow the lyrics. This song is just incredible, the chorus is grandiose, it has calm parts, some very emotional parts no hope, the blind leads the blind Its beautiful, and makes the 14 minutes pass as 3.
Then there is the bonus track, the version of "Harvest of Sorrow" sung in different languages, depending where you bought it, and probably with backing vocals by a local musician. Well, Blind Guardian fans should be happy for their band released an awesome album. Blind Guardian evolution is constant and noticeable. Blind Guardian is generally pretty 'out-there' and over-the-top, but this is a prime example of purposeful cacophony of the highest order.
Night is full of incredibly massive walls of choral singing and Hansi Kursch's vicious power metal vocal assault makes it worth the while. He has a very powerful voice, but I have a hard time taking him seriously. For the record, he sounds like a constipated minstrel. The minstrel part is ok, but when he puts such umph into it, it's a little grating. Unlike Nightfall, this doesn't have any mentally offsetting segues.
Each song is like a mini-epic, immersing the listener in a great adventurous story or battle, with your attention being drawn to each minute aspect of the song. Unfortunately, though, this formula wears thin with time. C'mon, BG. We know you have a talent for concocting wonderfully forward-thinking song structures, solid riffing, and strong vocals, but do you have to make it so painfully obvious? This showboat quality is something that makes it inferior to Nightfall in Middle-Earth; however, this better captures the spirit of medieval times IMO.
Whereas Nightfall was more of a concept album, this is more of a collection of songs that have various medieval themes. I can't pick out a single unifying theme here. Traces of BG's speed metal days are also apparent, especially on Punishment Divine. The title very aptly describes the songit's punishing. The epic song of the album, And Then There Was Silent, is great in retrospection primarily just immediate retrospectionbut the actual process of listening to it is harsh, as it scrambles from one thought to the other without having a clear focus.
The chorus is exceptionally huge, however, and will make up for all the wavering that prevents it from achieving it's highest potential. The bonus track, Mies del Delor, is a simple minstrel-like acoustic song sung in Spanish. Unfortunately, I can't translate the lyrics for you even though I've had three years of Spanishbut I can say that it's a nice way to close an adventure that will leave you panting and gasping for air; although I would've liked for there to have been just a little bit more of a Latin flavor on it.
In conclusion, it's an excellent album, but it's marred by misguided The Maiden And The Minstrel Knight - Blind Guardian - A Night At The Opera (CD and lackluster production. Still buy it when you have a chance though. If you had a choice between the two, would you want an overproduced album or an underproduced one? I don't know about you, but I'll choose this over Pure Fucking Armageddon any day.
This is an awesome Blind Guardian album with incredible riffage and power chords, supremely exciting drumming works, and yes, lots and lots of vocal work. Maybe, if you're afraid of getting swept off your feet almost constantly by this bitch. Precious Jerusalem is pretty good, but its opening rhythm part is noteworthy and should be familiar to thrash fans Refuse, Resist, anyone? Sadly Sings Destiny starts out with another guitar solo which progresses into a slightly less epic but still very cool choral line.
The Soulforged follows the same formula as the other highlights on here, but the sound is very unique and incredible catchy. This is exactly what the title says it's going to be--a collection of epic, symphonic tunes with incredible vocal work. Those who believe this to be boring have a screw loose somewhere; this is easily some of Blind Guardian's best work.
Reading press reviews, it seems the metal world has latched onto this as one of the greatest things to happen to music in the past decade; I, myself, can't stand it. A band that is very much in control of its own destiny, BLIND GUARDIAN have always believed in overseeing every little detail of the way their music is made and recorded, and when the group finally built their own recording studio a few years back, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for them to focus on their art with minimal distractions or interferences from others.
A seemingly impeccable scenario, the above set-up has also given the group the green light to indulge in some heavy-duty experimentation, particularly in terms of how their music is recorded. As a result, the band have gone overboard in layering their material with unnecessary enhancements that sound impressively huge at first but quickly lose much of their The Maiden And The Minstrel Knight - Blind Guardian - A Night At The Opera (CD as the sea of backing vocals and epic-like musical sections render the material unlistenable in anything but small doses.
Moreover, it's hard to fault A Night At The Opera 's technical brilliance or the band's incredible musicianship, which has never been more stunning than it is on this effort. As technically impressive as it is, A Night At The Opera is not an easy album to digest or sit through, and I, for one, hope that the band will return to a more basic format on their next release.
View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Cassette release of A Night At The Opera on Discogs. Label: Revers Records - RR MC • Format: Cassette Album, Unofficial Release • Country: Russia • Genre: Rock • Style: Symphonic Rock, Prog Rock, Heavy Metal Blind Guardian: A Night At The Opera (CD, Album, Promo. Nov 30, · Black Vinyl, Gatefold, comes with a 4-page insert. Remixed at the Twilight Hall, Grefrath, Germany in /, except for track D2 & D3 mixed in Blind Guardian "The Maiden And The Minstrel Knight": "The Maiden And The Minstrel Knight" lyrics. Blind Guardian Lyrics "The Maiden And The Minstrel Knight" The faithful crowd is gathered here Soon they'll appear The high and mighty show up the king album: "A Night At The Opera" () Precious Jerusalem. Battlefield. Under The Ice.
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album: "A Night At The Opera" () 1. Precious Jerusalem 2. Battlefield 3. Under The Ice 4. Sadly Sings Destiny 5. The Maiden And The Minstrel Knight 6. Wait For An Answer 7. The Soulforged 8. Age Of False Innocence 9. Punishment Divine And Then There Was Silence Mies Del Dolor Harvest Of Sorrow Frutto Del Buio La Cosecha. A Night at the Opera é o sétimo álbum de estúdio lançado pela banda alemã de power metal Blind viwitecompsedand.bepachardreneanortbrunidpotyskompma.co lançado em Apresenta temas diversos, como a disputa por Jerusalém, a Ilíada, Galileu Galilei, e as Lendas do Rei Arthur.O nome foi inspirado no álbum homônimo da banda Queen.. O álbum marcou também uma nova fase da banda, contando com uma influência mais progressiva [2.
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Oct 27, · This item: A Night at the Opera by Blind Guardian Audio CD $ Only 13 left in stock - order soon. The Maiden and the Minstrel Knight (Remastered ) The Maiden and the Minstrel Knight (Remastered ) questo cd è il settimo album dei blind guardian/5(). Probably the most adventurous disc of Blind Guardian's career (and that's saying something with this troupe), A Night at the Opera lives up to its name by channeling Queen's most symphonic arias through a dynamic prog metal background that makes Fate's Warning's most complex licks seem positively pedestrian in comparison with a glorious production that allows every nuance to literally explode.
Probably the most adventurous disc of Blind Guardian's career (and that's saying something with this troupe), A Night at the Opera lives up to its name by channeling Queen's most symphonic arias through a dynamic prog metal background that makes Fate's Warning's most complex licks seem positively pedestrian in comparison with a glorious production that allows every nuance to literally explode.
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