It’s obvious and it goes almost without saying that everybody is entitled to his own opinion when it comes down to choosing his favorite album of a band. Nevertheless, there are some objective constants in order to reach some conclusions and not dwell into a never-ending conversation of relativity. For instance, I am sure that everybody fully acknowledges the importance of “The Number Of The Beast” or “Master Of Puppets”, right? But what’s the story with Blind Guardian? Which are the three most important and milestone records in their career? Let’s take a look at them…at least, from this writer’s perspective. I am sure that there will be quite a few Bards out there who will agree with me…or not!
The Good: “Tales From The Twilight World” (1990) – Some people think that this is the real beginning of Blind Guardian and quite honestly…they are right! The songs are tighter, the German outfit shows exactly where its sonic direction will be in the next few years and Kalle Trapp –despite his harsh approach- brings out the best of Guardian. Even Hansi and Andre themselves have admitted that this is the first real Blind Guardian record.
Highlight: “Lost In The Twilight World”
The Better: “Imaginations From The Other Side” (1995) – This is the record that established Blind Guardian in the European territory. “Imaginations…” is rightfully considered not only a great Guardian record but a great power metal in general. Producer Fleming Rasmussen chooses a different sonic landscape for the band and the end result is phenomenal. The tour stopped for the very first time in Greece and those of us who were present that night will always remember that show.
Highlight: “Mordred’s Song”
The Best: “Somewhere Far Beyond” (1992) – I know…some would put “Nightfall…” on this position. I get it. But “Somewhere…” is the one Guardian record that includes all their trademark elements of the band’s musical identity. In fact, if someone said to me that he hasn’t listened to a single Guardian song, this is the album that I’d give to him. After all, it includes Guardian’s most famous song…that’s something, isn’t it? It’s crazy and a wonder really that the German outfit doesn’t play more songs from that album on their live shows…
Highlight: “Time What Is Time”