Blind Guardian: A Voice in the Dark

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Power Metal
Nuclear Blast Records
July 20th, 2010
Release length: 15:47
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It’s becoming a tradition to release a CD single or EP prior to the next Blind Guardian release, and with A Voice in the Dark, that is the next case. Typically, the CD itself costs a lot of money and is geared towards the fanatics who cannot wait, and in this case it’s proven nicely. This CD single may be a bit costly, but it features the title track from the band’sninth full-length effort At the Edge of Time, as well as two previous unreleased bonus tracks. But, outside the avid collector, is it really worth spending the money on this release, or even the MP3s?

Typically, these singles and EPs don’t usually have a lot to offer for the money that one would shell out to have them in their collection and show their dedication to the band, which is essentially what happened during the big push of the band’s last album, A Twist in the Myth, just a few overpriced releases to promote the album that didn’t really offer much, and this Single is basically the same thing. The main lure of this release is the song “A Voice in the Dark”, which is a fantastic welcome to those who don’t enjoy the new Blind Guardian sound all too well, as the music picks up some of the speed and intensity from the band’s earlier Thrash days, but still retains some of their new signature Power Metal elements as far as the melody of the song goes. This nice mixture makes for a powerfully catchy song that eill have fans of Blind Guardian, old and new, headbanging along and chanting the lines to the chorus for time to come, as well as leave promises of a strong return to some of their roots through a rahter dark sounding song.

Clearly, “A Voice in the Dark” will be made available on the full-length album this release is to support, but there are two bonus tracks here that are worth checking out for the devoted fans. First up is the cover of “You’re the Voice”, originally created by John Farnham, and it’s quite a departure from traditional Blind Guardian style music. While the band is not stranger to performing songs that sound Irish or feel as though you should have a pint in your hand, this song is a bit more obscure thanks to the use of synthesizers that give it an eighties electronic feel, while keeping the whole Irish drinking song feel to it and putting a nice edge to the song that follows the band’s more Power Metal sound that they have been playing. This is an interesting song, but really won’t hold your attention too long past the initial shock value as far as the quality of the song goes on this single. However, the closing track, “War of the Thrones”, makes for another nice introduction to the upcoming album, as wsell as a nice little collectable piece for the fans. The song will be offered on the full-length, much like “A Voice in the Dark”, but this version is an acoustic rendition of the song that doesn’t appear on the album. Of course, the song is very well done and has a rather emotional vocal performance against a soft acoustic set that fits the mood of the lyrics perfectly.

So, while it may not be worth the epic price tag laid out for the final product from the label themselves, it’s at least worth buying on your favorite MP3 retailer. For fans of Blind Guardian, it’s a nice little momento that will wet your appetitie for more and get you ready for At the Edge of Time, but two impressive songs out of three, with one that will be made available when the album actually drops, leaves the decision of purchasing this, and how you would go about it, solely up to your preferences and budget.

01. A Voice in the Dark – 5:45
02. You’re the Voice (John Farnham cover)- 4:43
03. War of the Thrones (Acoustic Version) – 5:19
Overall Score: 6/10
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Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.