At the Edge of Time

At the Edge of Time

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by Blind Guardian
     
 

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Over the years, metal has demonstrated that it can be quite flexible, incorporating everything from punk (thrash metal, death metal, black metal) to hip-hop (rap-metal) to goth-rock (gothic metal) to traditional European folk (folk-metal). And on At the Edge of Time, Blind Guardian's influences range from Euro-folk to classical to progressive rock; the end

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Over the years, metal has demonstrated that it can be quite flexible, incorporating everything from punk (thrash metal, death metal, black metal) to hip-hop (rap-metal) to goth-rock (gothic metal) to traditional European folk (folk-metal). And on At the Edge of Time, Blind Guardian's influences range from Euro-folk to classical to progressive rock; the end result is a fairly diverse album, which is not to say that the disc is groundbreaking by 21st century standards. These German power metal/progressive metal veterans have been around since the mid-'80s, and whether they are being influenced by Euro-classical or Euro-folk, At the Edge of Time maintains a stubbornly pre-'90s outlook -- both musically and lyrically. The lyrics are strictly fantasy-based, as were so many pre-'90s metal lyrics -- and when they incorporate Euro-folk on occasion, they don't do it in the black metal-ish or death metal-ish way that, say, Finntroll do. Blind Guardian continue to live and breath the '70s and '80s, reminding us that they enjoy the pomp of Queen as much as they enjoy the pomp of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Some will complain that this 63-minute CD sounds dated, but then, dated is exactly what Blind Guardian are going for; they don't run away from it, they embrace it. Besides, one man's dated is another man's classicist. Although not quite essential, At the Edge of Time is an engaging disc that not only achieves a fair amount of diversity within a power metal/prog-metal framework -- it is also one of the more consistent releases that Blind Guardian have provided in the 21st century.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2010
Label:
Nuclear Blast Americ
UPC:
0727361228729
catalogNumber:
12287
Rank:
73396

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blind Guardian   Primary Artist
Eberhard Hahn   Flute,Guest Appearance
Matthias Ulmer   Piano,Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Oliver Holzwarth   Bass,Guest Appearance
Hansi Kürsch   Vocals,Group Member
André Olbrich   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
Marcus Siepen   Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
Thomas Hackmann   Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Olaf Senkbeil   Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Adam Klemens   Conductor
Klaus Marquardt   Violin,Guest Appearance
FILMharmonic Orchestra Prague   Performing Ensemble
Jen Majura   Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Frederik Ehmke   Bagpipes,Flute,Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Stefan Schmidt   Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Bach Choir Bremerhaven   Guest Appearance
William "Billy" King   Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Dirim Ceseroglu   Violin,Guest Appearance
Choir Company   Guest Appearance
Irish Heartbeat   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Matthias Ulmer   Engineer,Orchestra Production
Charly Bauerfeind   Producer,Engineer,Orchestra Production
Blind Guardian   Producer
Carsten Heusmann   Orchestra Production
Jan Rubach   Bass Engineer
Felipe Machado Franco   Artwork,Cover Art,Booklet Design
Jan Kotzmann   Engineer
Oganalp Canatan   Engineer
Güney Özsan   Engineer
Herr Buchta   Photo Design

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