Whooooaaaaaaa…..!!!!! Ampuuuuuuuun …….!!!
Belum apa-apa saya kok mendapat teror SMS-SMS dahzyat yang menanyakan kapan koleksi CD Blind Guardian saya lepas. Waduh ….. Jujur aja saya sebenarnya masih ragu apakah ini akan saya lepas atau tidak meski saya pernah “keprucut” (Astaghfirullah!) ngomong akan melepasnya. Tapi kok ya eman-eman to? Soalnya gini lho:
- Musik BG itu tergolong unik meski masuk dalam ranah power metal dengan sentuhan dikit di prog juga. Namun tetep aja menurut saya lebih ke power metal. Namun jangan salah lho, power metal yang gimana? Kalau lihat ‘jeg-e-jeg”nya sih ya pasti Anda setuju bahwa ini mah jelas “metal”. Namun coba Anda pikirkan lebih jauh lagi musiknya secara komprehensif …. Ada elemen apa yang menarik dari musik BG? Kalau di Rhapsody of Fire kelihatan kekhasan musiknya pada gitar solo Luca Turili yang suaranya kayak “laler” ijo itu, plus orkestrasinya yang mantab (coba simak album keduanya ‘Symphony of Enchanted Land’ nan perkasa itu. Nah …kalau BG menurut saya justru di vokalnya yang unik. Keunikannya dimana? Pada gaya nyanyinya yang penuh aksentuasi dan melodinya sejalan dengan musik yang mengiringi. Vokal seperti ini cocoknya buat bikin opera. Kebayang gak rock operanya Harry Roesli diaransir ulang oleh Blind Guardian ….whoooaaa…….dijamin kueren gemuren tuwenaaaaan ….!!! Tapi tentu gak hanya vokal yang bagus, namun memang komposisinya bulet banget dah. Ini band memang hebat!
- Album konsepnya bertajuk Nightfall on Middle-Earth yang pernah saya bahas di blog gemblunk tanpa tujuan jelas ini juga bisa dianggap MASTERPIECE. Gak tanggung2 …saya berani memberi review BINTANG LIMA bahkan mungkin sejajar dengan The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway tapi dalam ranah power metal. Wuiiih …..!!! ALbum ini conceptually brilliant! Pertama punya kasetnya (bukan rekaman Yess) trus beli CDnya ….. Huwebatttss!!! Yang gak setuju album ini mendapat bintang lima, maka hidupnya akan dilanda kecemasan luar biasa karena berselisih pendapat dengan saya … ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ….. Ojok percoyo rek! Wong dasare blog iki gemblunk, ora usah percoyo kamek omonganku … Soale kabeh nggladrah pol!
Dengan hanya dua fakat di atas, bantulah saya menjawab the following strategic question:
Perlukah saya melego koleksi Blind Guardian?
Mohon pencerahannya ….
Studio Album, released in 1998
Songs / Tracks Listing
1. War of Wrath (1:50)
2. Into the Storm (4:24)
3. Lammoth (0:28)
4. Nightfall (5:34)
5. The Minstrel (0:32)
6. The Curse of Feanor (5:41)
7. Captured (0:26)
8. Blood Tears (5:25)
9. Mirror Mirror (5:06)
10. Face the Truth (0:24)
11. Noldor (Dead Winter Reigns) (6:51)
12. Battle of Sudden Flame (0:44)
13. Time Stands Still (At the Iron Hill) (4:53)
14. The Dark Elf (0:23)
15. Thorn (6:19)
16. The Eldar (3:39)
17. Nom the Wise (0:33)
18. When Sorrow Sang (4:25)
19. Out on the Water (0:44)
20. The Steadfast (0:21)
21. A Dark Passage (6:01)
22. Final Chapter (Thus Ends…) (0:48)
Total Time: 65:31
Music tabs (tablatures)
Line-up / Musicians
- Hansi Kürsch / vocals
- André Olbrich / guitars, vocals
- “Magnus” Armin Siepen / guitars, vocals
- Thomen “The Omen” Stauch / drums
- Oliver Holzwarth / bass
Copyright and Produced 1998 by Virgin Schallplatten GmbH 724384593926.
Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
As human being, there is a tendency to review or evaluate something by making a reference to something else. So, when I listen to this album I made a reference to other music and since this is a concept album based on JRR Tolkien’s Silmarillion, I don’t know why, out of the blue the “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” by Genesis come into my mind. You might be wondeting WHY The Lamb? Isn’t totally different kind of music? How can you compare such legendary album by the seniors of prog music with the kids in Blind Guardian? Hold your thoughts for a second!
I have grown myself with such old school legendary prog bands like Genesis, Yes and the like. I adore them and as far as Genesis concern, The Lamb Lies Down is the band’s best album throughout their entire music career. I know, the album was created when the band was in shaky situation when Peter Gabriel tendered his resignation to pursue a solo career. But the music created was so wonderful. Even though the story was quite absurd and there were many different kind of interpretations to the lyrics, but the music sounds like telling a coherent story. I still love the album until now!
Is Nightfall as BIG as The Lamb?
Well, it depends .
If you are a die hard fan of old school prog music, you might say that the music that was created after the glory days of 70s is a repetition of what it was made in the 70s. And, it’s nothing wrong with that. I understand your situation and I respect it. There were strong elements of old prog music that are repeated in nowadays prog music. You might feel there is no new invention, musically, that the modern music delivers. I have a lot of friends who have this opinion firmly and they dare to say outloud that they hate what Marillion had done in 80s because it’s a rip off Genesis. Some of my friends even say that metal music is nonsense because there is no harmony, it’s just making LOUD music – that’s it. Even some of them say that Dream Theater and progressive metal music are not good at all – so boring. Well, are you in this box? If so, you should not own this album by Blind Guardian.
But, It’s not the case with me. Yes, I’m an adorer of old school prog – I even sometimes had tears in my eyes enjoying “Fly on A Windshiled” from Genesis The Lamb album. But in mid 90s started to know Dream Theater and later I liked the music delivered by Helloween, Sonata Arctica, Stratovarious, Royal Hunt, etc. and later I knew Kamelot. So, I have two sides of a coin: the prog site of old school prog and the metal side of modern music. Thanks God .. I enjoy both of them. In fact, I have tears in my eyes listening to Kamelot “Ghost Opera” as well as Blind Guardian’s “Nightfall in Middle Earth”.
So, right there deep in my heart I can compare this album by Blind Guardian at par excellent with old school The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis. It’s quite weird statement, isn’t it? But, believe me, I’m NOT a weirdo!
So why ..?
Story oriented music. Yes, I said above that this album is very anchored to the story line. You can hear the nuance where the lead vocalist Hansi Kursch sings – in a way like telling something in well designed story line. Look at how he emotionally deliver all lyrical passages with its strong accentuations, nuances of the story as well as the combination of ups and downs in register notes. The lyrical passages sound quite uplifting like during The Storm: “We are following the will of the one / Through the dark age and into the storm / And we are following the will of the one / Through the dark age and into the storm / Lord I’m mean” followed by wonderful music. It’s really uplifting.
Powerful storyline. Both The Lamb and Nightfall are pretty strong in storyline. In the case of Nightfall, it’s rooted in and inspired by JRR Tolkien’s Silmarillion. I have not read the book yet but from the lyrical point of view I can see that the beginning part of the story reminds me to the story of Lord of the Rings. Remember when Smeagle tok the ring from his friend by killing him at the opening of the movie? Basically, the music and the story blends nicely in this Nightfall album.
Tight composition. This album has a pretty tight composition with relatively high density of combined notes in relatively short period. Style wise, this is a prog album because it has many style changes and tempo changes. The choices of melody are also excellent because there are variations from one song to another with thematic bridges between songs.
Under the banner of Genesis The Lamb, I can have the title track, Fly on a Windshield, In The Cage The Lamia, Anyway, Carpet Crawlers as strong compositions. In nightfall, I have powerful tracks as well like Into The Storm, Nightfall, The Curse of Feanor, Blood Tears, Noldor, etc.
You might think I am exaggerating the matter. Honestly, NO. I just want to put thing into perspective that good creation does not necessarily mean something really new that has never been invented before. More importantly, I want to break the barriers or thoughts that generally say: “There is nothing special after the glory days of 70s” because Nightfall proves to be a wonderful album. In other word, good music can even be created under modern days. The old adage says: The great discovery does not lie on inventing new land but looking at existing land with different angle..
Keep on proggin’ .! And you MUST BUY this album man .!!