Night at the Opera
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Let's start with the song by song review now...
Precious Jerusalem - Heavy, fast, and very cool vocals. A departure for Guardian with the more eastern feel, but an incredible way to start the album, especially with the very fast rhythm and singing about 50 seconds in. Wow. (10/10)
Battlefield - A great clean intro to this gets you anticipating the chaos that awaits. Great bass drumming throughout, good guitar leads, and a bridge and faster part that make you just want to, I don't know, go crazy. Great song. (10/10)
Under The Ice - Trippy intro, again with an eastern feel throughout the song. Back to the good old dark lyrical style. Great dark lyrics, even. A very singable chorus (if you can hit those higher notes). Great song, very emotional. (10/10)
Sadly Sings Destiny - Incredibly cool and bizarre intro to this one. The most upbeat track on the album, but with aggressive singing throughout the verses. It's a departure, and one of the best songs on the album. The lyrics are obscurely uplifting, and make you feel good. It's a fun song, with great instrumentals. Definitely a classic. (11/10)
The Maiden and the Minstrel Knight - Much slower than the rest so far, and very emotional.Read more ›
Being really taken with NIME as I was, I had mixed feelings about "A Night at the Opera". Generally speaking, the massive chorale layers are there still, as well as the cataclysmic drumming and strident, proud Brian-Mayish layered guitar-work. The fantasy themes with the veiled references to modern issues remain. (Some of the not-quite polished English remains: they've gotten a lot better over the years, but they could still use the input from a native-English speaker in crafting their lyrics.) But this album seems to have lost some of the bardic feel of their previous releases, with some exceptions granted for specific tracks. They are experimenting more in this album, and it shows in the complexity of the layering and the epic length work "And Then There Was Silence" As other reviewers have noted, however, something of the intimacy and emotion was lost.Read more ›
After spending some time rotating on my play list, I began to like this song, even love it. What before seemed busy noise became incredibally progressive power metal in my mind, with a level of complexity never before reached by Blind Guardian.
The album, after I purchased it, proved to be much the same. The title (not just one of many sly references to other musicians, in this case queen) it apropos. A night at the opera indeed! If you close your eyes while listening you could almost see Hansi and company acting out the stories they sing, ranging from bible stories to the Trojan War.
Opening with the clashy (but not thrashy) Precious Jerusalem and ending with the incrediblaly epic And Then There Was Silence, the album does not let up for a minute. Gone are the sorrowfull dirges and anthems of Nightfall in Middle Earth, the growly gutteral Power Metal of Tales from the Twilight World and the bands earlier Power/Thrash hybrid. It seems that while sticking to Power Metal the band has switched secondary genres many times, from Trash to borderline Death to their more popular midevil sound to something so prog that it's almost hard to still label them as Power Metal.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hailing from a more experimental time in the band's history, "A Night at the Opera" is usually one of those "hit or miss" albums with some fans. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Christopher McCurdy
Very good music, especially for moving around or relaxing even, I don't know why they aren't more popular.Published 14 months ago by Merc
It takes a few spins to get used to. It sounds a bit different than some of their other ones. Highly recommend getting this.Published 15 months ago by amazon customer
After many years listening to NIGHT AT THE OPERA from Blind Guardian i can say that i don’t really like this album.... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Fluminense Rio
Great album, has Blind Guardians best song battlefield and many other great ones, would suggest for any fan of the bandPublished on January 23, 2014 by schatz
Exactly what I wanted and my husband will love it as part of a anniversary gift. I will be buying more.Published on November 15, 2013 by Joanna Rhodes
I have been waiting for a long time to get a copy of this album and it was worth the wait. I have been listening to this album non stop for about a week now because every time I... Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by Zoso5189
I thought this was very good and a precursor to later outstanding efforts. Download Sacred Worlds for 99 cents or buy At The Edge Of Time if you want to hear this band at their... Read morePublished on September 25, 2012 by Tucson Ralph