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Nightfall in Middle Earth Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

4.7 out of 5 stars 238 customer reviews

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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, May 19, 2009
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. War of Wrath
  2. Into the Storm
  3. Nightfall
  4. The Minstrel
  5. The Curse of Feanor
  6. Blood Tears
  7. Mirror Mirror
  8. Noldor (Dead Winter Reigns)
  9. Battle of Sudden Flame
  10. Time Stands Still (At the Iron Hill)
  11. Thorn
  12. The Eldar
  13. Nom the Wise
  14. When Sorrow Sang
  15. Out on the Water
  16. A Dark Passage
  17. Final Chapter (Thus Ends...)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 19, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B0024RI72U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A Kid's Review on April 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Blind Guardian (particularly NFIME) is the perfect band for someone like me: a metal fan and a total Tolkien geek. This is definitely one of Blind Guardian's best albums, possibly their absolute best. Andre is an amazing guitarist and Hansi's vocals are unmatched. Blind Guardian blend metal with medieval and classical into perfection. The lyrics are just as astounding as the music. They beautifully document the first half or so of JRR Tolkien's masterpiece, the Silmarillion. Every track gets a 10/10 from me. Here are my comments on each song:

1. War of Wrath- A narration, opening with cool battle sounds. This is, as the title says, during the War of Wrath at the end of the Silmarillion. Morgoth is speaking with Sauron. The rest of the album is set before this.

2. Into the Storm- Great song. This is about the giant spider Ungoliant (for those of you who only know the LotR movies, Shelob's mother, who is much more evil and powerful) and her strife with Morgoth over the Silmarls.

3. Lammoth- A cry of pain. You will probably only understand the significance of this if you read the book. Echo.

4. Nightfall- One of my favourites. This is about the Noldor's anguish, and finally decision to leave led by Feanor, after the theft of the Silmarils and the murder of King Finwe. The part "Vala he is that's what you said... Finally you may follow me/ Farewell he said" is a great reference to the book, going back and forth between Feanor and those who oppose his decision to depart.

5. The Minstrel- A short medieval-sounding song. This is about Feanor speaking before the other Noldor. It is either from the point of view of Feanor or one of his sons, probably Maglor.

6. The Curse of Feanor- Another favourite.
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While Nightfall may not be Guardian's most consistently thrashy metal, it is perhaps their best ever released. It combines epic composition, more harmony, and more variation. It quite possibly is one of the best albums that I own. They are truly the masters of epic lyrics and epic songwriting. Here's the rundown.The War of Wrath: Battle noises, narrations. Utterly enjoyable.(9/10)Into the Storm: BAM! This track hits you without warning. Frantic and blister guitar riffs and keyboards!(9/10)Lammoth: Spooky wailing. Might have to read the book to understand its purpose.(7/10)Nightfall: Possibly the best sing-along chorus on the whole album.(8/10)The Minstrel: I really dig medieval fluting!(8/10)The Curse of Feanor: Some of the best lyrical content on here. Maybe not one of the most memorable songs.(7.5/10)Captured: Cool narrations.(7/10)Blood Tears: I don't know what instrument opens this song up, but it's damn cool! Great opener and a great song!(8.5/10)Mirror Mirror: Another great chorus. Is that surprising when talking about Blind Guardian? I think not.(8/10)Face the Truth: More narration.(7/10)Noldor(Dead Winter Reigns): Best song on here. Without a doubt. The opening is beautiful, very soulful. Another great chorus! (10/10)Battle of Sudden Flame: Another narration.(7.5/10)Time Stands Still(At the Iron Hill): The opening sounds like it could be used as music for a Squaresoft RPG. Then it blasts into more frantic guitars. A very catchy and fun chorus(with flutes!)(9/10)The Dark Elf: Monestary-esque chanting!(7.5/10)Thorn: A heavy track. Not as frantic as others, but pretty good. (8/10)The Eldar: Piano galore. Hansi shows his great vocal harmony on this one. But, I think I prefer him with some distortion.(7.Read more ›
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This is my second Blind Guardian album ("Somewhere Far Beyond" was the first), and each one I buy seems to bring me new levels of amazement. SFB was great, but this one is brilliance far beyond (no pun intended) that album. It's pretty different from anything the band has done before. It's not as consistently fast and hard as previous albums (although there is plenty of that), and there seems to be more melodic hooks, reminiscent of early Iron Maiden. There's also a keyboardist this time around, giving it a neo-classical, almost Dream Theater-ish sound. Basically, the music is unbelievably great. "Nightfall", "Blood Tears", "Thorn", and "Noldor (Dead Winter Reigns)" will blow you away. I hate to whip out the cliches here, but they do apply. This is a concept album, based on JRR Tolkien's "The Silmarillion". There are several brief narrations along the way, that sort of aid you in following the story. This is especially helpful if you've never read the book. I haven't read any of the Hobbit series at this time, so I was completely lost. I will read the books sometime in the near future, as it sounds like a very bizarre and interesting story. I recommend this album to metal fans and Hobbit fans alike. Even if you've heard all of BG's previous releases, you have no idea what to expect here. If you haven't heard the band at all, you're really in for a surprise. I'd say this is probably their best album, and one of the best albums ever made. You just can't go wrong here.
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