Review Summary: Blind Guardian's first true great album...
After Follow The Blind few could have foreseen or dare imagine the marked improvement in the quality of their next album, Tales From The Twilight World, especially when the same studio was used. Even the band complained, allowing a new studio to be built for the recording of their 1992 album. But I’ll get to that later…
The album starts with a fast-paced song called Traveller In Time (4 Stars), which has guitar-work which amazes, and vocals which simply never fail to disappoint. This 6-minute piece has a catchy chorus as always, and is followed by another catchy song, Welcome To Dying (4 Stars), which has a great guitar riff which is heard best in the outro of the song. Both of these seem to get the album off to a fantastic start.
Then things get a little weird, with an instrumental piece called Weird Dreams (3 Stars), before returning to normality with vengeance. The first power ballad by the band, Lord Of The Rings (5 Stars) is a classic with enough folk elements in it to make any Irishman blush with envy. It is a fan-favourite, and there are no other power ballad’s produced by Blind Guardian which seem to quite be able to match (though they have gotten close on a couple of occasions).
This masterpiece is followed by Goodbye My Friend (3 Stars), a more “speed metal”-orientated song which I don’t like too much. However, this is followed by another great song, Lost In The Twilight Hall (4 Stars), which, like Valhalla, is blessed with Kai Hansen’s guest vocals, which is up there with some of the band’s best songs.
Following this song is Tommyknockers (3 Stars), another average piece, and the brief song entitled Altair 4 (2 Stars), which does disappoint somewhat. However, like its predecessor, Tales From The Twilight World finishes on a high with the classic The Last Candle (4 Stars), which in the Coburg 2003 concert is treated somewhat similarly to Valhalla by the fans, with a two minute long encore singing of the outro lyrics.
The improvement in Tales From The Twilight World does not fully eradicate the few poor songs that were clearly filler material, but the excess of great tunes certainly make up for the few disappointments.