BLIND GUARDIAN — Nightfall in Middle-Earth (review)

BLIND GUARDIAN — Nightfall in Middle-Earth album cover Album · 1998 · Power Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
Conor Fynes
'Nightfall In Middle-Earth' - Blind Guardian (8/10)

There is something special about this album. To take on a project as massive as transcribing a major work of Tolkien (The Simarrillion) into a work of music (and do it well) is quite the accomplishment. Blind Guardian have crafted a real classic with 'Nightfall In Middle Earth' and while it may not compare to the band's magnum opus 'Night At The Opera,' it still remains a classic album, and one that every fan of the band's work should have in their collection.

One of the main issues that most people seem to have with the album are the exorbitant amount of interludes and 'dialogue' moments in the album. While I can certainly see validity in the arguement against these plot elements, I think while it certainly does detract from the album on a song-to-song basis, it really helps put the album together as a single work. In other words, this in an album best listened to from start to finish.

If you're a fan of Tolkien's literary works, you'll find yourself enjoying this album alot more then someone who isn't into fantasy literature. I myself love the concept behind it, and appreciate the creative spirit behind it. It's a truly epic work of power-prog metal, and anyone with a taste for fantasy-based metal should certainly check this out. Not as good as 'Night At The Opera,' but certainly a masterpiece in it's own right.
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