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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2010
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • UPC: 727361228729
  • Catalog Number: 12287
  • Sales rank: 27,113

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, 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
The Choir Company Guest Appearance
Irish Heartbeat Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Matthias Ulmer Engineer, Orchestra Production
Charly Bauerfeind Producer, Engineer, Mastering, 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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