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Blind Guardian – Somewhere Far Beyond [taw w/OBI]


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Tawain pressing with OBI-strip. Somewhere Far Beyond has all the elements of classic Blind Guardian: fantasy and horror-story tracks inspired by the likes of J.R.R. Tolkein and Stephen King; speedy double-bass riffing; and searing melodic vocals punctuated by anthemic group choruses. Bassist/Vocalist Hansi Kursch seems to possess several different voices, which serves his band's dynamic purposes well. From regal tales of dragon warfare ("The Bard's Song — The Hobbit,") to minstrel ballads ("The Bard's Song — In the Forest,") to Blind Guardian's trademark early-'90s speed metal matrix of hyper riffs and melodic multi-voiced choruses ("Journey Through the Dark," "Ashes to Ashes," and "Somewhere Far Beyond,") every pompous, excessive base is covered. Practically unknown in America, Blind Guardian had grown into quite a formidable metal outfit by the time of this 1992 release. The coming worldwide revival of '80s-influenced European metal certainly did their bourgeoning career no harm and the group began penetrating the U.S. market. This delighted many old-school metal fans tired of the fake anger, pasty hip-hop posturing and overall uniformity of American "hard" music. With plenty of great performances, challenging material, and some wicked guitar playing, Somewhere Far Beyond is a cornerstone of Blind Guardian's sizable reputation. Track listing: 1. Time, What is Time 2. Journey Through The Dark 3. Black Chamber 4. Theatre of Pain 5. The Quest For Tanelorn 6. Ashes To Ashes 7. The Bard's Song – In The Forest 8. The Bard's Song – The Hobbit 9. The Piper's Calling 10. Somewhere Far Beyond 11. Spread Your Wings 12. Trial By Fire 13. Theatre of Pain (classic version)

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