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Band
Blind Guardian
Title
Beyond the Red Mirror
Type
LP/EP
Company
Nuclear Blast
YOR
2015
Style
Power
2/22/2017 - Review by: Eric Compton
Driven mainly by the orchestra and symphony
Symphonic, progressive, power metal. It's all of these at once. There's no delusions that this is the Blind Guardian we are ultimately getting from here on out. The musicality continues to be driven mainly by the orchestra and symphony with a mere shell of what Blind Guardian originally was. For me personally, I've just lost the desire to delve any further into these songs to force myself into liking this arrangement or that lead. It's just too epic at this point with a flare to be overly dramatic. Maybe someday I'll appreciate the technical prowess of a band that kept pushing for a bigger sound.
PERSONAL BREAKDOWN:

ENJOYMENT
2.5
MUSIC
2.5
VOCALS
3
PRODUCTION
3.5
ARTWORK
4
LYRICS
3


3/9/2015 - Review by: Anthony Burke
Majestic, yet sometimes too epically busy with symphonic layers -
Germany's kings of the power mountain, Blind Guardian, are out with their tenth studio album--Beyond the Red Mirror. It's speed, power, precision, and a fair amount of really BIG orchestration. The group takes the listener on a musical journey that is often majestic, yet sometimes too epically busy with symphonic layers, taking away from Hansi and the band (The Throne is an example that isn't trying to outdo itself). For the most part, there are some filler tracks mixed with tracks of pure genius. Fans of older Blind Guardian, may want to pass on this. Fans that can hear and enjoy the band's progression over time will enjoy this immensely.
PERSONAL BREAKDOWN:

ENJOYMENT
MUSIC
VOCALS
PRODUCTION
ARTWORK
LYRICS


  • 2 :REVIEW COUNT
    3 :AVE RATING

ALL REVIEWS FOR: BLIND GUARDIAN
TITLE
DOR
COMPANY
REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
A Twist in the Myth
2006
Nuclear Blast
Eric Compton1/1/2015
3
A Twist in the Myth
2006
Nuclear Blast
Frank Hill10/27/2006
-
At the Edge of the World
2010
Metal Blade
Eric Compton1/1/2015
3.5
At the Edge of Time
2010
Nuclear Blast
Frank Hill9/29/2010
4
Beyond the Red Mirror
2015
Nuclear Blast
Anthony Burke3/9/2015
3.5
Beyond the Red Mirror
2015
Nuclear Blast
Eric Compton2/22/2017
2.5
Fly
2006
Nuclear Blast
Etiam4/21/2006
2.5
Imaginations Through the Looking Glass
2004
Century Media
Frank Hill12/25/2004
5

ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: BLIND GUARDIAN
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