Blind Guardian
Imaginations from the Other Side



by Ace_of_Bass2112 USER (4 Reviews)
December 3rd, 2005 | 132 replies

Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Alright so let me give you an idea of what it is like in northern Illinois right now. Its snowing heavily and been snowing heavily for about 3 hours and will keep on snowing for about 3 hours more. So you know what that mean. REVIEW TIME YAAAAAAY.

Today on the chopping block is Blind Guardian ’s Imaginations from the Other Side, an epic masterpiece done in a point of the bands career right when they were turning the preverbal boat away from speed metal and more towards power metal. I picked this up on my search for something in BG’s earlier career and boy was I pleased. It gives us such great songs such as the title track Imaginations from the Other Side , the dark and mysteries Born in a Mourning Hall , and all around great song And the Story Ends .

Now if you are a fan of BG and heard ANATO or Night fall in Middle Earth then you’ll noctice that this sounds MUCH different from those later works. For one there is a bit more emphasis on the guitars then on Hansi’s voice which also sounds grittier, and since they were still heavily influenced by speed metal the music as at a faster pace and has more energy.

But I’m being rude let me introduce these goliaths of Power metal

Originally Posted by earlier review

Hansi Kürsch (vocals/bass) - In my mind the best vocalist sense Bruce Dickinson. He can sing anything between a low devilish growl and high pitched opera soprano. If I may seem like I’m praising him to much it is because he deserves every bit of praise he gets. The only downer is you cant hear his bass.

André Olbrich/Marcus Siepen (guitar) – Two more great musicians, with sweeping riffs and speed that not many can touch André Olbrich and Marcus Siepen are perfect at complimenting each others strength and hiding each others weaknesses (which there aren’t many of)

Thomen Stauch (drums) – Perfect drummer for this band. He brings the speed and power necessary for a power metal band, sadly though he left Blind Guardian in 2005.
Man I’m lazy

The Review

I guess I should start with the first great song on this album which also happens to be, coincidently, the first song on the album. Imaginations from the other Side starts off with a baron windy sound followed by some drums and chimes until the opening riff comes in, which is full of energy. The chorus sounds like one big breakdown, and we hear , what is that, Hansi scream oh hooray. It is dark and a power metal classic great opener to a CD. Skip ahead ‘cause I’m Alive tries to sound like the previous song but just doesn’t have the catchiness, but if you like cool. The next song of notice is the album’s semi-ballad A Past and Future Secret . Like most of BG earlier ballads this has a medieval feel to it. It stays calm and collected for about 2 minutes until a soft timpani roll brings us to the chorus.

Now next up is a triafecta of great power metal calassics. The Script for my Requiem , Mordred’s Song , and Bourn in a Mourning Hall is proably the best three song stretch I have ever heard. The Script for my Requiem is a song that is the deffination of what BG is all about. That would be super fast verses and choruses that get stuck in your head so you’ll be humming them all day. Now the instruments may seem like it should be a happy song but the lyrics and Hansi’s voice just make you sad and want to cry. The Script for my Requiem fades seemlsy into Mordred’s Song which is a bit softer but that doesn’t make it any less powerful. With superb guitar work by Olbrich, and Siepen this song is just oozing with emotion. You can especially feel it at the solo around 4:20 with Hansi moaning in the back round. They use the intro as the outro and it fades to silence. Now with those two songs I’ll feel pretty down cause they speak to me so. You know what I need an uplifting intro, and oh does Bourn in a Mourning Hall provide. During the chorus Hansi doesn’t blast you with his excellent voice but he mesmerizes you with the rhythm of it. Hansi combind with the light >tinking< of the ride symbal is enough to make you strip down and rub yourself with thousand island dressing, or…is…that just me???

Now your proably saying to yourself “well Ace this sounds fantastic why are you writing this and not listening to it again.” Sadly this album is not perfect L. The only flaw of this masterpiece is the song Bright Eyes . It is just dripping with fillerness (is fillerness even a word?) well any way it is. This song is just awkward. Like not getting caught with your pants down, but awkward like you go in for the kiss but the girl goes for the hug and your caught in this weird hug/kiss limbo. If Blind Guardian where chefs at a restaurant and I was a custermer and they brought me Bright Eyes as my main course I would take a bite and then have it sent back saying sorry but you put to much cheese on this song. Please do yourself a favor and skip this song.

The final two songs on this album seem to have a different…hmm tone I guess you could say. Another Holy War has everything you are looking for in a Blind Guardian song. Fast drumming, doubeled guitar solo’s, Hansi doing what he does, and a slow melodic break down to end the song. Ah here we have come to the crown achievement of IFOTS. Blind Guardian has always had a knack for ending there albums off on a strong note, and this one is no different. And the Story Ends is 5:57 minutes of pure power metal goodness. It starts off with drums marching you on, choirs entrancing you with their melodies, doubled guitars just doing want doubled guitars do which is sound cool. The verses of this song are in such a rhythm that I am sure that you could march to this song, march to this song all the way to the ends of the world. This song is uplifting yet depressing at the same time. It takes you to the highest of highs but all with a sense of knowing that it will be over soon. This song reminds of having to say goodbye to a good friend and trying to grasp the last fleeting moments with him/her. Simply a spectacular song.

- not as over produced as later works
- the speed and energy it brings
-And the Story Ends

-may all sound the same to the non power metal fan (via my sister)
-Bright Eyes

Another one in the bag, and a quick look out the window says we got about 4 inches and its still coming. AND THE REVIEW ENDS


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Comments:Add a Comment 
December 4th 2005


any comments are helpful and thankyou for reading

Storm In A Teacup
December 4th 2005


Really good review and I'm a fan of power metal so I think that I would like this.

:adds another thing to x-mas list:

December 4th 2005


to Kripes: this would proably be the best album to start off on BG... if you can find it

Storm In A Teacup
December 4th 2005


I just noticed that you mispelled the album name at the top.

December 4th 2005


thankyou for pointing that out.

December 4th 2005


Spell-check. "Bight" isn't a word. Still, good review for a band that my friends were heavy into while playing Magic: The Gathering back in the mid-to-late 90's.

December 27th 2005


What? Bright Eyes is an amazing songs, and atm one of my favourites (I did only get the album 2 days ago though)

Good review.

December 28th 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

I first listened to that album right after a long obsession period with Somewhere Far Beyond. Things to notice were the muddy production - contrary to SFB's crystal clear one - , Hansi's vocals sounding more aggressive/desperate/grittier -like the reviewer said - and the music itself being more complex in a slight prog sense.

It took me a while to get into this since I first found the songs forced and extremely forgettable, especially the vocal lines during the verses. After a while I caught myself singing I'm Alive -oh my god, how can you skip this song?!- and finally saw the light!

It gradually grew on me and eventually I got to appreciate all these little details/verse vocal lines I found dull and forgettable at first. Certainly worth listening!

March 12th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Great review,i found bright eyes one of the best tracks on this album.

March 13th 2006


I was very mad I couldn't go to the mall and get this this weekend.

The songs I've heard off of Live from this are some of my favorite BG songs, especially Imaginations From The Other Side. That chorus is immense.

March 15th 2006


What are the other songs you heard from it.

From Bright Eyes I love the riff the riff just afterthe everything is out of control part...and with Hansi screaming.


Love this album.

September 1st 2006


Bright Eyes is an excellent song! one of my favorites.

April 12th 2007


Album Rating: 5.0

Bright Eyes is the best track on here.

Godly stuff.

September 22nd 2007


Album Rating: 4.5

I want this album so fucking much. "The Script For My Requiem" and "and the Story Ends" are absolutely fantastic tracks. And i've heard the title track is even better. I can't wait till I actually get more money, then I'm immediately getting all four BG albums from Somewhere Far Beyond through A Night at the Opera.

September 18th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

just got into these guys. anyone got any recommendations for power metal? I know these guys, iced earth, and gamma ray. thats it.

September 18th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

great album btw. imaginations from the other side kicked ass!

September 18th 2008


Kamelot, Lost Horizon

then stop because most power metal is a waste of time

September 18th 2008


Album Rating: 3.5

then stop because most power metal is a waste of time


It took me a while to realize that, though there are still some solid power metal bands outside of my big four.

September 18th 2008


Album Rating: 4.5

Sonata Arctica, and though they're more progressive/symphonic metal, Symphony X too. That and the other power metal bands masscows said.

October 16th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

me loves symphony x, stratovarious, manowar, and helloween... thats about it for power metal. Ill just listen to them for a while.

I am starting to like somewhere far beyond more than this album actually.

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