A Twist In The Myth
Quite unremarkable and uninspiring
For many, Germany's Blind Guardian are a band that need no introduction. For the better part of nearly 20 years they have been churning out albums that those in the Power Metal community praise beyond words. With my lack of interest in the genre I had never heard Blind Guardian before and was expecting a lot from this release due to the band's formidable reputation.
After working my way through the album several times I am left utterly baffled. I simply cannot fathom all of the praise that is heaped upon this band. Sure they are good musicians and all, but I can't see what is so special about them. A Twist In The Myth comes across as being just as formulaic as every other Power Metal album I have heard with the typical riff, riff, solo, riff kind of writing that everyone else does ad nauseam.
I found that A Twist In The Myth sounded tired and worn out with nothing particularly noteworthy to speak of to its credit. Or at least nothing to elevate it above any of the other albums I have heard in this genre recently. The production works against this album in that it sounds weak, empty and flat. Perhaps if it had more kick the album would hold a little more presence or charm but as it stands it sorely lacks strength and intensity.
Perhaps the biggest detractor is the lack of any strong hooks in the songs. I can safely say that after hearing the album several times I am hard pressed to recall any memorable moments from any of the songs. This lack of catchy riffs made A Twist In The Myth little more than a chore to listen to after a while, with each song beginning to drag within minutes of it beginning.
It is doubtful that Blind Guardian attained their high level of respect for no reason, so I can only imagine that A Twist In The Myth is simply an average album and is not the best place to start listening if you are unfamiliar with the band. If this is the case, then every band is entitled to a sub par album once in a while. Let's hope this is all it is.
(Nuclear Blast Records/Riot! Distributors)