Blind Guardian
Imaginations from the Other Side


5.0
classic

Review

by Sincal96 USER (2 Reviews)
February 10th, 2013 | 9 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The climax of Blind Guardian's career, or just the beginning of something even more special...?

When Blind Guardian reached Imaginations From The Other Side in 1995, the band was already regarded as one of the best power metal acts in Europe. When the album was released, they were known to be the masters of the genre.

Strangely enough, the album has a feel of not quite slotting together. All of the songs are absolutely fantastic, but when you listen to the album as a whole there is some feeling that it doesn’t quite flow correctly. This may well be because of it’s more “heavy” metal orientation, rather than the fact any of the songs let the album down.

The album kicks off with a great piece in the 7-minute long title track. This song for me goes on that little bit too long (which is quite strange, as I generally love the long 6-minute plus Blind Guardian tracks!), mainly because it doesn’t offer anything new after the second chorus. The end of the second verse - “Do you know If Merlin did exist…” – is possibly one of the best pieces of songwriting in Blind Guardian’s vast repertoire, and sets the tone for the rest of the album. There are no poorly written songs throughout, and in fact it is perhaps fair to say that since this album there have only been a couple awful songs by Blind Guardian.

I’m Alive never fails to impress, with its powerful chorus and fantastic guitar solos, whilst A Past And Future Secret continues the much-loved power ballad sequence started by the magnificent Lord of the Rings (from Tales Of The Twilight World).

My personal favourites of the rest of the album are The Script For My Requiem, which features some of Hansi’s best vocals; Bright Eyes, which, despite the instruments not being harmonious in any regard whatsoever, every time makes me want to pick up a guitar and play along (if only I could!!); and finally my favourite from the album, And The Story Ends, which features the best of Hansi’s vocal abilities on the album, and two absolutely stupendous guitar solos which never fail to impress and amaze!

There is but one minor flaw in the album, Born In A Mourning Hall, but even this song has enough in it to be ranked as a middling Blind Guardian song. The song just doesn’t quite have the power or vocals of any of the others, and surrounded by such an incredible array of classics and masterpieces, it feels rather lonesome and tired.

This album is in my humble opinion the best Blind Guardian have ever been. Others would argue that Nightfall In Middle Earth is better, but for me the flaw of that album is the annoying interludes. Only their latest album can threaten Imaginations’ superiority as the pinnacle of their musical career. For me, it is Blind Guardian’s duty to match and better this album – and even if they cannot, they will always come up with some fantastic songs along the way!


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ViperAces
February 10th 2013


12504 Comments


i need to listen to power metal sometime

FrozenVain
February 10th 2013


2483 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Power metal rocks.
This review was a bit better than your last one, but keep this in mind: Try to post only one review per day or at least till your first review dissapears from the front page.

Poet
February 10th 2013


5935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is half awesome songs half meh songs.

InbredJed
February 10th 2013


6106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wtf I was just looking for this album today!

Nice review, although how does an album get 5 when all the songs don't slot together?

Sincal96
February 11th 2013


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The album as a whole doesn't quite seem to flow, but it has no sizable flaws in terms of songs in it - Born In A Mourning Hall isn't great, but is still decent, and there are no albums where every song is perfect! The "slot together" of the songs is the only minor criticism I can find for this perfect, and arguably the best, power metal album!

InbredJed
February 11th 2013


6106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I agree that this is a great album, and admittedly I don't listen to much power metal, but I make a pronounced effort not to rate an album 5 unless there isn't any single thing that I would change about it to make it better.

jopower
February 11th 2013


105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like most Blind Guardian's albums more than this. It's hard to determine Blind Guardian's best album because many of them are great.

InbredJed
February 11th 2013


6106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ya they seem to be pretty consistent from the little I've heard

InbredJed
February 11th 2013


6106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you ever check out Operation Mindcrime - Queensryche?




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