A Twist in the Myth
1/1/2015 - Review by: Eric Compton
Charlie Bauerfeind once again produces these progressive-power aficionados. ‘A Twist in the Myth’ is the first album to feature new skinsman Frederik Ehmke. Original drummer Thomen “The Omen” Stauch departed after the band’s last record, ‘A Night at the Opera’. It’s debatable on Stauch’s ratio of music/personal reasons for departing his long-time gig, but I’m guessing he really didn’t like the symphonic elements that have slowly eroded the original Blind Guardian sound. ‘A Night at the Opera’ never worked into heavy rotation for me and ‘A Twist in the Myth’ continues to disassociate itself from the speed picking that the band was built on. I like evolution, and Blind Guardian surely embrace it, but I think a lot of it is lost in translation here. The album was prefaced with single “Fly”, an average song at best with some abstract tribal elements and a loose presentation. The good--“This Will Never End”, “Otherland”, “Another Stranger Me”. These songs make my robust ‘Guardian playlist due partly because of the factory crisp of the strings. That higher treble and buzz is hard to reproduce and Ehmke does well to allow it plenty of room. The bad is when the orchestra and organic sounds turn on each other. I’m not sure tracks like “The Edge” are really that brilliant. Dimmer spark bogs down songs like “Straight Through the Mirror” and even the “bards” can’t find success with forest tunes like “Skalds & Shadows”. Hopefully at some point in the future this one will just sit side-ways on the shelf instead of falling off.
10/27/2006 - Review by: Frank Hill
Blind Guardian - A Twist in the Myth - 2006 - Nuclear Blast
Bottom Line: Blind Guardian is still a relevant metal band and A Twist in the Myth would be a good starting point for any newcomer to get into the band.
Score: 8 of 10
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