BLIND GUARDIAN — Somewhere Far Beyond (review)

BLIND GUARDIAN — Somewhere Far Beyond album cover Album · 1992 · Power Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
5/5 ·
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Genre: power metal / speed metal

One of my favorite metal albums, "Somewhere Far Beyond" is a quite magnificent power metal album which successfully combines the epicness of power metal with the fast picking of speed metal; it is also, with its acoustic sections, compositional dynamics and semi-complex song structures, progressively inclined without really being a progressive metal album at all.

I really don't think that there are any weak moments on this album. There are some cheesy moments, but, hey, it's power metal. Anyway, it never becomes too cheesy (well, "Black Chamber" comes pretty close, though). There are several things that make this album interesting to listen too: catchy choruses, catchy guitar melodies, guitar riffs galore, Hansi Kursch's voice, unusual song structures, bagpipe sections and just the pure energy from the speed metal and thrash metal elements that are on this album.

As I said, I don't think there really are any weak moments, but there are a couple of songs that deserve to be highlighted such as "Time What is Time", "Journey Through the Dark", "Quest for Tanelorn", "Ashes to Ashes" and the title track, which are fast and epic speed/power metal tracks, and "Theatre of Pain" which is more melodic and more in the vein of traditional heavy metal.

This album should hit the spot for power metal fans, but I can imagine that some fans of traditional metal and thrash metal might also like it.
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