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At The Edge Of Time (Dlx Ed./2 CD Set) [Deluxe Edition]

Blind GuardianAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 24, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Nuclear Blast America
  • ASIN: B003TEO3EI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,211 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Sacred Worlds
2. Tanelorn (Into The Void)
3. Road Of No Release
4. Ride Into Obsession
5. Curse My Name
6. Valkyries
7. Control The Divine
8. War Of The Thrones (Piano Version)
9. A Voice In The Dark
10. Wheel Of Time
Disc: 2
1. Sacred Worlds (Extended "Sacred" Version)
2. Wheel of Time (Orchestral Version)
3. YouÂÂ're the Voice (Radio Edit)
4. Tanelorn (Into the Void) (Demo Version)
5. Curse my Name (Demo Version)
6. A Voice in the Dark (Demo Version)
7. Sacred (Video Clip)
8. Studio Documentary

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second only to Nightfall in Middle-Earth August 25, 2010
By Joe
Format:Audio CD
This is the greatest Blind Guardian release since "Nightfall in Middle-Earth" and ranks just behind it in greatness. EVERY song on this album is warrants repeated playbacks- a very unusual feat for ANY band of any genre. I have listened to this album over twenty times straight through since its release a month ago and I constantly feel the urge to give it yet another spin. If you're looking for the best metal album in years then you've found it.

"Sacred Worlds" - 9.75/10 - A truly epic track. I was somewhat wary of this song because it is a remake of the song "Sacred" they made a year back for the video game Sacred II which, frankly, was not exceptional. Fortunately, they pulled complete 180 with "Sacred Worlds"; a triumphantly eerie orchestral introduction fits perfectly with the meat of the song. This track may be over 9 minutes long but it certainly seems to go by quickly (because it is so good).

"Tanelorn (Into the Void)" - 10/10 - A very fast-tempo'd track concerning Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melniborne being denied entrance to the temporal city of Tanelorn. This song hearkens back to the classic thrashy Blind Guardian era but still sounds fresh and original like most of their recent material. The guitars on this track sound especially slick and deadly.

"Road of No Release" - 8/10 - This song starts maddeningly slow and proceeds with many ups and downs. Just when you think you've heard all this song is about it throws another twist at you. The track is the second weakest on the album but is still better than most bands can muster these days. The chorus, oddly, is the poorest part of the song- all the other lyrics are fine. I would have given it a higher rating but it simply overstays its welcome... the chorus really isn't clever enough to warrant a 6.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking and Inspiring September 1, 2010
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Let me start off by saying that I cannot choose a favorite Blind Guardian album. Ever since Somewhere Far Beyond came out, everything this band has released has held a special place in my heart. In fact, at my wedding 4 years ago, our bride & groom first dance was to "The Maiden and the Minstrel Knight" and it couldn't have been more beautiful.

Blind Guardian is more than a thrash/power metal band. Yes there are those elements to their music, but the main focus of their music is composition and in creating music that is cohesive, innovative, and extravagant. Over their past 3 albums, the compositions have gotten progressively more intricate and bombastic. Some critique them as "overdone" and that's a fair statement if you prefer raw metal. This is not raw metal however. You are listening to the wrong band if you want Blind Guardian to sound like they did in the 80's and 90's. In fact, if you're missing that style so much, skip this album and go purchase the latest Persuader or Savage Circus albums. They sound almost exactly like early Blind Guardian.

Before the song by song analysis, At The Edge of Time as a whole complete album is perhaps their best work. This album definitely has the most diversity out of all their previous works. Not one song sounds like it doesn't belong and while there are stronger songs than others, they complement each other perfectly. Case in point, a mid tempo, piano driven song ,"Road to No Release" is sandwiched between two of the fastest, guitar driven songs on the album. Then immediately following a blisteringly brilliant thrash song, you have one of Guardian's finest ballads.

Sacred Worlds (10/10) This may be one of my favorite BG songs of all time, second only to "And Then There was Silence".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless March 9, 2012
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I've seen many a metalhead give a mediocre response to this album. Initially mine was similar, but after given it a good few listens, I've been taken aback at how truly dynamic and and gorgeous this album is. The harmonization is executed flawlessly, to the point where the songs will stay with you long after you've finished listening, and I mean that in a good way. Listen carefully to all of the different instruments used and how well they interact with each other. I think most metalheads were expecting straight up riffs and solos, but honestly, that would've just been yet another metal album. What Blind Guardian has done here is imbued metal with a myriad of different styles of music and instruments. And it's perfect. In fact, I'd go so far to say is that it's not only one of Blind Guardian's best albums, but one of the best albums of all time. Take the time to experience every note and appreciate the amount of effort Blind Guardian has put into this work of art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album marred by production issues October 14, 2010
By Brett
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First off, I'd like to say that musically this album is fantastic. It's been a while since Blind Guardian has released something with this kind of intensity, and I love it. The live orchestra doesn't feel shoehorned into the album at all and adds a lot to the music. That's why it's such a pity that one of the songs is virtually ruined by some kind of error in the production. In "Curse My Name" there is a high pitched beeping noise that goes on for nearly a minute during one of the best parts of the song. Some people are unable to hear it because of how high it is, but for those of us who can hear it it is an extremely grating "nails on chalkboard" type sound that usually causes me to skip the otherwise awesome song.

Still, the rest of the album is good enough to get 4 stars, even down one song. It would have been a 5 if someone had caught the beep. You may want to wait on a remastered version if you are young and still are able to hear high-pitched noises like the beep.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars PIECE OF PURE MUSIC!!!!
AT THE EDGE OF TIME is a magic METAL trip through the magic world BLIND GUARDIAN created....By this time the band is formed by unbelievably skilled musicians and the singer is one... Read more
Published 11 days ago by FLUMINENSE
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good (and even more epic) power metal
If nothing else, Blind Guardian deserve props for at least being one of the earliest (and therefore one of the most influential) power metal bands of the Eighties, and being a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Stutheit
5.0 out of 5 stars WOOOO!
I simply LOVED every single song on the main track, and the second CD had some interesting content on it as well. Pristine condition, very nice quality.
Published 6 months ago by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars BG can't disappoint
For me Blind Guardian is the best in power metal, speed metal, and orchestral metal. While I consider their ANATO a masterpiece and that nothing can come close to that album, ATEOT... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Easily 4 Stars
This album doesn't compare with my favorite Night at the Opera, but with five solid long songs, it's well worth the investment.
Published 23 months ago by Connie Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Great power metal band, great CD
IMHO, this CD is great. I don't know if people who like Blind Guardian in their beginning phase would enjoy it so much, so I recommend you to do the same as I did: listen to a... Read more
Published on February 21, 2012 by Ricardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Can they do no wrong?
Of course they can do wrong, they are human. This album is good. It's got 2 songs I normally skip. The rest I gladly listen too.
Published on January 6, 2012 by Justin Higgs
4.0 out of 5 stars Return to Fantasy
With At the Edge of Time, Blind Guardian has managed to strike a balance between the heavily orchestrated approach of A Night at the Opera and the more straightforward power metal... Read more
Published on August 14, 2011 by Justin G.
4.0 out of 5 stars It's still BG, but...
I love pretty much everything Blind Guardian does, but they are moving further and further into symphonic metal, with the orchestra and huge chorus thing. Read more
Published on August 12, 2011 by Roo
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it except
Just bought the MP3 album and I love it so far. My only complaint is that track 5 (Curse My Name) has a strange high pitched whine that I've never noticed on any album before. Read more
Published on July 18, 2011 by Tom
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U.S. Release is when?
August 24 but you probably have figured that out now. :)
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