MetalBite Review by Allan on 3/25/2002
Before releasing their next record, ďA Night At The OperaĒ
, Blind Guardian
treated us to this two song EP. I wonít say much more about the second track, 'Harvest of Sorrow'
, except that it is a good track. But the real reason you want to listen to this EP is because of the song 'And Then There Was Silence'
. This is one of the most ambitious pieces of music that the band has ever written!
Some of you may have preferred early Blind Guardian
where there were humungous solos, but with the later Blind Guardian
, especially this track, they have grown in the ability to create a well-rounded and well-structured song. With its seamless transitions through all 14 minutes, ĎAnd Then There Was Silenceí
is full of huge choruses, rich vocal harmonies, excellently keyboards, and many other things. When I say huge choruses, I mean it! These are tremendous! The song takes you through a plethora of emotions that can sometimes be too much to handle, but I love it! Hansiís vocals are sung with so much strength and courage. He is the best vocalist in the power metal scene, and I stand by what I say. ďAnd Then Their Was SilenceĒ
showcases that band at their strongest as musicians and songwriters yet.
An epic adventure and preview of 2002ís ďA Night At The OperaĒ
. An excellent EP for fans of Blind Guardian
, but since it is an EP, probably not something to get unless you hated the rest of ďA Night At The OperaĒ
or are a collector of all things Blind Guardian
Categorical Rating Breakdown
out of 10