- Audio CD (27 Oct. 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Extra tracks, Import
- Label: Virgin
- ASIN: B000005RU0
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,710 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Imaginations From The Other Side Extra tracks, Import
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The Lyrics are pretty standard power metal fair. The over the top fanciful nature perseveres throughout, covering topics from Arturian myth, to portal fantasy to The New testament. Nearly every song here is utterly exemplary but the absolute best are 'Mordred's Song', the most mellow on the album, with archaic sounding acoustics dancing around strong vocals and 'I'm Alive' A speed metal anthem in the vein of Judas Preiest and Metallica. Also the album's astonising title track, which is roughly seven and a half minutes of prog metal perfection.
Fans of European power metal, as well as anyone who fondly looks on The 70s and 80s NWOBHM should definitly own this. Seriously. What are you doing still reading this??? just click add to basket1 Do it NOW!
Imaginations sees Blind Guardian at their peak, when the refinement observed in their previous albums (specially "Somewhere Far Beyond") was molded in an easily accessible and easy to take to the stage format, as opposed to later albums ("Nightfall in Middle Earth" springs to mind). The band had certainly come a long way since their "Battallions of Fear" days.
All the songs have an epic feel to them. Thomas Stauch's drumming is at his finest and Hansi Kurch's growl as powerful as ever, (but no death metal throat here lads), letting his more melodic side show off in the ballad "A Past and Future Secret".
Furhtermore, the album is produced by Fleming Rasmussen (yes, the guy from Metallica's "Master of Puppets"), so you kind of get an idea of that guitar sound, distorted but without getting painful to the ear.
I saw them live in 2003 when they didn't have much of an album to promote, and the set list included 7 tracks from "Imaginations...", so that shows a bit as well what the band think of their own albums.
If you have not heard Blind Guardian before, start here, and if you have but don't own this cd, do yourself a favour and buy it!
The album sees the band in a bit more of a progressive mood; with less difference between the fast, the slow and the acoustic songs in favour of complex tunes that merge all three. It’s a far cry from the Thrashy roots of Battalions Of Fear but still unmistakably Blind Guardian sounding at the same time. The band do a good job at writing more complex and sophisticated songs without making them feel pompous or disjointed… everything flows logically and you don’t really feel as if you’ve sat there listening to the same song for six or seven minutes. It whizzes by as you think about Peter Pan and Narnia etc. enjoying some of the genre's less-cheesy vocal melodies and some hard hitting Metallic music.
The standard of musicianship is immense, not just in terms of flashy virtuosity but also in more subtle ways and in terms of the actual performance captured here… this sounds like a masterpiece. You know when you get an album for the first time and just think “this sounds important” …this is such an album. Understandably it is now considered a classic of the genre and is justly recommended routinely to anyone interested in the band or this type of music in general and I would easily feel comfortable throwing out another voice in the crowd telling you to get your hands on a copy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the masters of heavy metal Blind Guardian produce catchy songs yet stay true to metal. This album has some great tracks and should be a good starting point for anyone... Read morePublished on 28 July 2013 by D. Wilson
Good album to listen to in general, not a big fan of power but there are some good stuff here.Published on 13 Sept. 2012 by Yaniv Riahi
I bought this purely for "A Past and Future Secret" which is my absolute favourite on this album. Hansi's voice is so beautiful, and the melody dreamy and almost ethereal. Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2009 by B. Giles
Blind guardian who hail from germany formed in the mid 80s as a speed metal band and moved their style in the years after to a more epic,prog like,operatic metal feel but... Read morePublished on 16 April 2008 by sean paul mccann
`Imaginations From the Other Side' represents when Blind Guardian stepped up from being speed metal hopefuls into the realms of truly great heavy metal. `Imaginations... Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2008 by Ed