Groundbreakers: Blind Guardian – Imaginations from the Other Side

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Join us in this quest to understand the secrets of this magic codex of the mighty bards.

Each genre’s aesthetics bring listeners to a certain mindset. Black metal, for example, evokes an individualistic mindset of obscure obsession embraced by majestic withered nature; or hardcore can make someone imagine a street scene of modern decadence. Power metal, on the other side of this spectrum, is ambivalent: hated or loved, this is a genre of clean sound production and more happy-sounding melodies, at least when compared to other sub-genres of extreme music. In this case, the unexpected artistic approach of some music composers is the one that can bring the difference to the listener. In a sea of conformity, some artists stand above others with major contributions to the development of each scene. Imaginations from the Other Side certainly stands tall in the realm of power metal

Blind Guardian is a name carved in stone. The bards have been touring and releasing albums since 1988, as well as been covered in magazines and personal lists as both an entrance to all of metal by some listeners or, even, innovators on their specific power metal style. Their first albums had a distinct metallic sound, but with the release of Somewhere Far Beyond in 1992 (through Virgin Records, a huge deal for them at the time), the mighty bards stopped upon the verge of a new era.

Their composing skills were evolving, and they introduced bagpipes, pianos, acoustics and a more extensive usage of multi-layered vocals. Overall, Somewhere Far Beyond had the inclusion of a more expansive sound, and the band experimented with different elements foreign to the traditional metal trifecta of guitar, bass and drums. The speed metal compositions probably started to look stale and rigid to them, and the progressive rock listening sessions made by the band had a direct influx on that nonconformity. Hansi Kürsch and company have name dropped extensively bands like Queen, Fates Warning, Sanctuary and Pretty Maids as complements to Helloween, Metallica and Judas Priest. Somewhere Far Beyond was, indeed, a pivotal moment to the band that led to a folkloric type of narrative blended with tempo changes and the traditional fast instrumentation. Eventually, the nervous moment of publishing this elaborate piece of music was rewarded because the band sold more than 100,000 copies, a truly impressive feat for a metal band.

And that is how they ended up at a crossroad. Blind Guardian did not want to repeat the structures and the basis of their sound; on the contrary, the progressive elements were a catalyst for the future of the band and they bet all their blood that this path should be followed.

To prove themselves and their fan base that they were not a dying cry, the metal bards booked an expensive stay in the inn of the Sweet Silence Studios around 1994, under the production and mixing of the audio wizard Flemming Rasmussen, who helped bands like Rainbow, Metallica and Morbid Angel develop inspirational sonic manifestos. The result was a pristine round piece of gold titled Imaginations from the Other Side.

Groundbreaker as it is, Imaginations from the Other Side involved the hard working ethic of the band on a whole new level. It is obvious that the Rasmussen touch of a more buffed up sound played a big role, but the compositions can shine by their own light too. According to interviews, the producer wanted to employ a folkloric background to the mix, and he certainly delivered on that end, producing a dynamic and warm sound.

The gloomy lyrics of Hansi Kürsch and, of course, his piercing vocal style embraced a darker tone. In this case, the high fantasy lyrical references in each song were replaced and toned down by a little with a cohesive conceptual framework. The lines recited by Kürsch tell a story about a boy travelling to an imaginative world through mirrors and how he engaged in an Alice in Wonderland-like twisted world and his sentiments regarding the situations surrounding him. This is perhaps the most emotive chapter of the Blind Guardian book, fully colored by the cozy and melancholic overtone of the history behind the poetry. I believe the lyrical aspect is not outdated, and it brings a different perspective of the role of imagination on the always present growing-up process of humanity as a whole and as individuals, and it can be discussed from a literary or a more personal side.

This quest starts with a title track, and compared to previous Blind Guardian albums is a different kick. The mid-tempo stomping power metal punch invokes the soulful heartbeat of the narrator losing the earthly perspective and engaging in a confuse entrance to the confines of an unlimited world. Kürsch shouts like a hurt lion, soothes with whispers and wails with anger; all of the band’s efforts, aided by 5 more vocalists to deliver a choral effect, are crowned by the majestic performance of the vocalist, uniting the album into a cinematic experience.

In this moment, this whole world with its own rulings, colors and deceptions opens with golden gates to the listener. “I’m Alive” and “The Script for My Requiem” are soaring paths to the different planes of existence with superb songwriting and catchy hooks; the speedy sonic rollercoasters of “Mordred’s Song”, “Born in a Mourning Hall” and “Another Holy War” invoke senses of danger and imminent darkness. Meanwhile the stellar cuts “A Past and Future Secret”, “Bright Eyes” and “The Story Ends” tie up the listening experience with the palpable melancholia of a character suffering because he wanders alone in a different place, with the touching final, hopeful moment related as the climax. I can only recommend you sit a while with lyrics in hand and a warm atmosphere to engage with the nameless person narrating this journey.

Of course, the musical aspect of the record is not overshadowed by Mr. Kürsch. André Olbrich and Marcus Siepen understood their playing and composed some wonderful and imaginative landscapes of harmonized dual melodies. Imaginations from the Other Side is completed by these soulful moments and is enhanced by the rhythmic tandem of Hansi Kürsch-Thomas Stauch. The progressive elements are subtle and effective, and they shine through the heart-beating moments on the slower and darker cuts, like in “Bright Eyes”, which is an excellent display of harmonization.

I understand that Nightfall in Middle-Earth was their commercial and critical groundbreaker, cited by modern power metal bands like Disforia, Persuader or Dragonland; but I nominate this piece for what they accomplished by themselves: they turned the screw on the power metal aesthetic and showed to everyone that the genre division’s boundaries could be defied and broken, delivering a dark slash of melancholy.

Imaginations from the Other Side held aloft the importance of precise musicianship, concise song structures engaged to the storytelling and the never-ending presence of the soulful progressive mind set to unveil to the world the different shades of imagination itself. It is a record that invites listeners to dream and fly away in thoughts but warns of the dangers of daydreaming.

Time to fly; let the bards guide you.


Groundbreakers is the Toilet ov Hell’s Hall ov Fame where we induct some of the most important and influential metal albums of all time. Catch up on previous entries into this hallowed bowl.

Neurosis – Souls at Zero
Death – Symbolic
Fear Factory Demanufacture
Voivod – Killing Technology
Today is the DayTemple of the Morning Star
Avenged Sevenfold – City of Evil
The Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed
Acid BathWhen the Kite String Pops
Ministry – The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste
Vulcano – Bloody Vengeance
Sleep Holy Mountain
Kreator – Pleasure to Kill
Kayo Dot – Choirs of the eye
Thin Lizzy – Thunder and Lightning
Type O NegativeBloody Kisses
BathoryHammerheart

Cover by Andreas Marschall.

  • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

    LINK!
    GUARDIAN GUARDIAN GUARDIAN OF THE BLIND!!!

    • tigeraid
    • SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE SOMEBODY’S OUT THERE

      • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

        I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY I FEEL THERE’S SOMEBODY

  • tigeraid

    Yesssss. HAIL, brother. A fine induction. And thank you for going with this, rather than their oldest offerings. This is where they hit peak Hansi-ness. It’s his vocal efforts that elevate BG over “Generic Power Metal Band.”

    A Past and Future Secret remains one of their greatest efforts. A personal fav.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    This style of metal isn’t something I can really enjoy. That being said, I know that technically there isn’t such thing as a “wrong opinion”, but someone who says that this album is bad music, is wrong.

    • tigeraid

      You know, I wish more non-Power-metal-fans had this sort of fair and balanced opinion of Power. While I weep with sorrow for your lost soul, I cannot in good conscience label you a poser.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Hahaha! I can’t stand bands such as Gloryhammer though. But bands such as Blind Guardian or Kamelot make music that’s extremely well composed, richly detailed and well executed. That’s why, when talking about these bands, I prefer to say “just not my cup of tea” instead of “sucks”.

        It’s just that I always get a huge “epic fantasy” vibe from music like this. And I’m just not much of an epic fantasy guy. I’m more drawn to the psychotic, cathartic…

        • JWEG

          Kamelot is solid cheese, but it’s a finely aged cheese I am drawn instantly to the moment I get near it. Though, being (as I am) mildly lactose intolerant slightly ruins the effectiveness of this metaphor.

          Or maybe adds dimension to it…

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Haha! Roy Khan was a solid fucking vocalist.

          • tigeraid

            Old Kamelot definitely had its moments. Ghost Opera was fun.

        • Eliza

          Glroryhammer is terrible.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        Power metal fans need to be put in a gulag.

        • tigeraid

          Tapir pls!

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          Siperia opettaa kulakille yhteiskuntakelpoisuutta.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Not fair!

    • Lots of “Shitty Opinions” though. I’m full of them.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Join the club.

      • Hubert

        My entire being is made out of shitty opinion.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Dude, don’t be so negative.

      • UNCLE BLACKBEARD

        shitface

  • Hubert

    This is gud.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    I could have sworn this was a Randall article but I was pleasantly surprised to see it was an article from my favorite half elf. Good job Link.

    • Do my articles leave a sour taste in your mouth?

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Grab a sword, good sir and FIGHT!

      • tigeraid

        They leave something in his mouth, alright.

        • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

          STEEL

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          Tigeraid plz!

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Not really.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        Everything you do does.

  • UNCLE BLACKBEARD

    BASK IN THE LIGHT OF 1000 HANSIS

  • Dubs

    Hansi’s voice is something special. Link, it’s obvious how much work you put into this piece. Well done.

  • HAIL, LINK! WARRIOR OF TRUE METAL

    • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

      TRUE WARRIOR LINK!

  • Waynecro

    I never got into this band, but I like this article a lot. Excellent work, Link!

    • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

      Mr. Waynecro, you enjoy Black Army Jacket, correct?

      • Waynecro

        I’ve been known to play their jams in the gym from time to time.

        • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

          I have a download code for 222, if you are interested.

          • Waynecro

            Hell yeah, man! If you’re not going to use it. Thanks oodles for thinking of me. Want my email address?

          • Waynecro

            The 69 in the address tells you that ladies love me.

          • Dubs

            And the aol tells them that you want to chat.

          • Waynecro

            Women love a man with a big stack of unopened AOL discs from the early 2000s.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Bro, do you even e-mail?

          • Waynecro

            Of course I do, man. I do the emails all the time. Mostly to hot international ladies who want to meet me and rich African kings who want to give me their money.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Make sure if they ask for any money, you say YES!

          • Waynecro

            You simply can’t make money without spending money. That’s business science, bro.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I think you figured it ALL out, bro!

          • Waynecro

            I totally know the score, hombre. You should see my stock portfolio. I have, like, 20 pieces of paper in that folder.

          • …and some Creedence tapes…

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            You have redeemed yourself, Sir McNulty

          • Waynecro

            Here’s some insider info for ya: Write something like “Boring Tax Documents” on your stocks portfolio. That way, enemies looking to steal your stocks won’t be able to identify your portfolio.

          • that’s what we resourceful individuals call “free internet 4 lyfe”

          • Waynecro

            In the future, the caveman-like remnants of the human race will use broken AOL discs to fashion crude weapons.

          • Dubs

            They’ll be like chakram in the hands of Xena, warrior princess.

          • Waynecro

            I remember thinking that show was really something when I was a kid.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            A/S/L BRO

          • Waynecro

            I will never stop laughing at that prompt.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross
          • UNCLE BLACKBEARD

            you guys are so predictable

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Eh, you can read me like a book.

          • UNCLE BLACKBEARD

            front page: Boss
            story: all things rhyming with boss
            epilogue: Ross

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Nailed it.

          • Dubs

            I was going to joke that I’m going to spam your address with butt pix, but then I realized I already have your email address. Lol.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Haha! BRING IT.

            Remember, I have your’s…

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    I’ll never fully get into shit like this, but I can appreciate the fuck out of it a lot more, than other “metal”.

    • Dubs

      The huge atmosphere is undeniable.

      • tigeraid

        Indeed. One only need watch this video to understand the atmosphere.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ_VFJn2kJM

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        That and the talent and keeping it fucking metal!

        • Dubs

          There aren’t a ton of power metal bands I do enjoy, but Blind Guardian is one of them.

          • Óðinn

            No!

            …ah, it’s okay.

          • Dubs

            In general, most power metal tends to be a bit too flowery for me. I like Iced Earth, Blind Guardian, Hammerfall, Cellador, and some others, tho.

          • Óðinn

            Same here. Just not my cup of tea in general. I won’t rule out liking every band though. I could be surprised.

          • Dubs

            I try to give stuff a fair shake, for sure. Even if it isn’t my cup of tea, I can respect it.

          • Óðinn

            That’s a positive attitude, W. Respek.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Iced Earth is one of the exceptions I really do enjoy. Burnt Offerings is an amazing album in my opinion.

          • Dubs

            Burnt Offerings is incredible. I’m probably going to do a lyrics corner for Dante’s Inferno one of these days.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Sounds sweet. That song kicks all kinds of butt.

          • UNCLE BLACKBEARD

            or get the best of both worlds with Demons & Wizards
            https://youtu.be/N1ZVN2Z2uzo

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Riot’s Thundersteel is just unbeatable.

          • Dubs

            What about Master Control?

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            LIEGE LORD!

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Never delved into Liege Lord, though of course I’ve heard the name.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      u d0n”t like OCeano ?

  • Rob M

    Power metal is just like any other genre..theres a whole lot of mediocrity with a few really good bands that pop up to the surface. Once youve gotten used to the cheesier aspects, it can be just as enjoyable as anything else

  • JWEG

    Knew about Blind Guardian through metal dudes met way before I discovered the Internet Metal community in general, but never quite explored them until the last few years.

    I actually got more into Blind Guardian through mention of it being among the influences of a local artist named Ryan Boc, who records as “Sequester”:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SDlGmEQaoI

    Previous TovH articles helped, though.

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      Pretty good!

  • Dubs

    I still think I prefer Nightfall in Middle-Earth, but this record is really good. In fact, i think I like pretty much all BG stuff except their most recent album.

    • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

      Can I ask why you didn’t enjoy it?

      • Dubs

        The tone just sounded all wrong to me, honestly. I know they changed their tuning, and it felt like it dragged Hansi’s vox down.

        • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

          Ah, okay. The production was definitely different on it.

          • Spear

            It’s just gross, and not in a good way. But I love the songs, so I still throw it on and grumpily enjoy it sometimes.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Haha, sounds about right.

          • COAL ROLL

            the mix on my copy sounds pretty murky

          • tigeraid

            See, fuck, I thought I was the only one. It took me a while to pin it down, then I listened to some youtubes of it and this and that, and realized every source sounded the same. It just sounded like cheap shit. Very odd. It somehow lacked the depth and power and clarity. But the songs are great. It was like, the extreme opposite of Fallujah’s last production.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            If it had the At the Edge of Time production, good golly miss molly

          • tigeraid

            You know what it reminds me of? Copying a cassette tape off a cassette tape.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Haha!

          • The best!

          • i was jamming a few samples, and you nailed it.
            it’s like the whole thing was run through a filter that cut off higher-frequencies and added a layer of white noise on top of EVERYTHING. like listening to it through crappy earplugs!

        • UNCLE BLACKBEARD

          YOU CANT DRAG A HANSI DOWN

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Nobody puts Hansi in a corner!

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          I was like everyone else, had very mixed feelings towards it when it came out. Ended up not loving it really (Masterlord was alone and an exception), but I came back to it sometime ago and it felt muchmuch better. Honestly much better than At The Edge Of Time, which was met with raving reviews and could be criticized mostly about the same things.

    • COAL ROLL

      this idiot bought that record

      • Dubs

        Did you pre-order?

        • COAL ROLL

          Honestly, I bought it just so I could try to fit in here with you nerds. I had never heard it before I took it home and played it.

          • Dubs

            I’m sorry you were led astray. I think most of the blame rests with Randall Thor.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Haha!

          • UNCLE BLACKBEARD

            im sure partly myself, too. but i still stand by the album

          • Dubs

            Ha, that’s fair. I can appreciate their songwriting, as always, but the record just sounds off to me.

          • UNCLE BLACKBEARD

            its also telling that this is my favorite track tho:
            https://youtu.be/jqSs03N_HNM

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Such a good song.

          • Rob M

            Im with you…in fact “Prophecies” may be one of my favorite BG tracks in long time

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1kTxfjjSu4

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Excellent choice! I really enjoy Sacred Mind.

          • COAL ROLL

            I am working on rectifying that decision by acquiring select back catalog releases that induce expansion for me

          • A) this is, among all your statements, especially funny
            B) if you had only heard their early albums, who could have blamed you for ordering it??

          • COAL ROLL

            B) apparently, everyone

      • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

        The actual vinyl?

        • COAL ROLL

          yes, do you want it? I will trade it

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            That’s probably why it’s so “murky”. That’s a100% digitally recorded album.

          • COAL ROLL

            FUCK I GOT SCAMMED BRO

          • UNCLE BLACKBEARD

            this shouldnt have much, if anything, to do w it

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            If an album is mixed with digital media as the main focus, then it would sound different on vinyl. At least, that’s my understanding. I could be wrong.

          • UNCLE BLACKBEARD

            its just a poor mix, in general

          • COAL ROLL

            I’m going to vote Uncle on this one…I’ve listened to it on my Spotify premium as well in effort to like it more, and the mix sounds comparable to the record

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            I am outnumbered

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            True.

        • COAL ROLL

          Red Mirror is the record in question, for clarification

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      I liked the new one, but it lacked oomph. I can’t put my finger on it, but it lacked something overall.

    • i jammed Follow the Blind hard in college, but wasn’t a fan of their Queen covers album Night at the Opera
      TL;DR: this non-poser needs to listen to more Blind Guardian

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    ‘Imaginations from the Other Side’ was the first Blind Gaurdian album I ever purchased. Good article Link. This album is overlooked by those who think ‘Nightfall in Middle-Earth’ is the go-to BG album. I like this album’s darker, trippier vibe. Classic.

    • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

      Oh wise and powerful nipple.

  • 365ChaosRiddenDays

    Some hours ago Stanley has posted a link for a song named “Unleash the Dogs” by Ragehammer, a poisonous tune from some Polish fiends and now you have the chance to listen their album “The Hammer Doctrine” via No Clean Singing, no jokes toileteers, this mix between Black and Thrash is full of infectious hooks, here: http://www.nocleansinging.com/2016/03/22/an-ncs-album-premiere-ragehammer-the-hammer-doctrine/#more-105878

  • COAL ROLL

    OFF TOPIC:

    Anyone have any idea what it should cost me for shipping on a record from Canada to the US?

  • Eliza

    I shed a tear while I was reading this. Beautiful!

  • Guppusmaximus

    While I respect the path that Blind Guardian has paved, I actually prefer the s/t from Demons & Wizards. It’s BG’s fault that the silly fast power metal genre is where it’s at today. Fricken Redonkulous!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5GUfepCLfM

    • UNCLE BLACKBEARD

      duhhhh

    • Children playing with death >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      Death playing the fiddle = I think they just had a Mago De Oz moment

    • tigeraid

      Always. My all-time fav band, even moreso than Iced Earth.

      Fiddler on the Green, Path of Glory, Seize the Day, Beneath These Waves.

      Down Where I Am is fucking metal as fuck song, even if it is a quiet ballad.

      • Guppusmaximus

        Yea, I wouldn’t call that a ballad. That’s a true Folk Metal song because it covers a pressing & challenging life scenario and it’s got a pretty heavy groove. Traditional Folk songs may have a quieter tone due to a lack of “electric” instruments but the lyrical content can be metal as fuck. When I think of a “ballad” I think of that overly-hyped, glam rock scene that occurred in the mid to late 80s.

        • tigeraid

          Fair enough.

  • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

    Absolute classic and excellent pick! Hail, and let us join Link in triumphant battle!

    https://33.media.tumblr.com/8fff61a224ba50b9af1ee8e4501f3a11/tumblr_mg4e0bdrNn1qdelmgo3_r1_500.gif

  • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

    Awesome cover of the title track from the late, great and vastly underrated Red Wine:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geqi4YbL89w

  • Pentagram Sam

    Huge Blind Guardian fan and I think this is def their peak, after this I like em but not near as much. For some reason I think that Hansi not playing bass anymore really impacted their sound / style. Old live vids, including this tour have a bunch of street looking dudes wearing whatever the fuck they want like jerseys and shit, but they still belt out this majestic music.

    That just seemed to add a youthful vibrant energy, and made a pretty cool juxtaposition when it came to fitting in the images of the music in your head to the onstage experience.

    FAST FACT: Ronnie Atkins from Pretty Maids does backing vocals

    ANOTHER FAST FACT: In an old ass issue of Metal Maniacs magazine, Hansi talked about wanting to do a cover of Pretty Maids’ Future World. It never happened though. Garrrrr

    • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

      They killed live on this tour.

      • Pentagram Sam

        Hell yea, wanted to see it but missed it. Only seen em twice which is kinda messed up since I dig the hell outta them. Prog Power III in 2002 and then in Austin at the old Emo’s in 06. They were damn good and I was singing along like crazy so hahahha no complaints. Shit, I hope they come back to the USA quicker than four fuckin years. That seems to be their track record (and album schedule) now. 2002 – 2006 -2010 – 2014. Or was it 15 when you saw em? WITH GRAVE DIGGER TOO! WHAT THE FUCK HOW’D I MISS THAT?

        • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

          ’15 with Grave Digger.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Mmmmaybe the best Bling Guardian album. Deservant of this title indeed.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Also, great job Lonk.

      • now i wish he had written “Blond Guardian” every instance

  • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

    Holy shit! In whole other news, RIP Rob Ford.
    Who would’ve thought that bastion of healthy living would’ve kicked over so soon?

  • Pentagram Sam

    Has anyone heard the remixed versions of A Night At The Opera and Nightfall w/o the interlude tracks that came out on that big ass box set they released a couple years ago? The remix of Night At The Opera is fucking great, and Nightfall doesn’t seem near as bloated without the interludes. Hard as fuck to find but worth it.

    Memmoriiiesss: In high school, my Dad would travel alot to Argentina and I gave him a list of albums to look out for. One day he told me he found Battalions, Tales From Twilight World, IMAGINATIONS!!!!!, Somewhere Far Beyond, and Tokyo Tales at a record store. When I got them in the mail they had all sorts of demo bonus tracks that never got released til years later. Imaginations esp had demos for I’m Alive, A Past And Future Secret, Script For My Requiem, the title track and Somewhere Far Beyond had a ton too. They were on NEMS, a French label that does distro in South America.

    FAST FACT: NEMS also released a South American version of Sonata Arctica’s Successor EP with like 5 bonus live tracks from the live at Provinnsrock show. THE ONLY TIME I’VE HEARD UNFUCKINOPENED LIVE!