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FOLLOW THE BLIND

Blind Guardian

 

Progressive Metal

2.84 | 85 ratings

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UMUR
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2 stars Follow the Blind is the second studio album from German power metal act Blind Guardian. In 1989 the german power metal scene were dominated by Helloween and their succesful Keeper of the Seven Keys albums. Blind Guardian are very influenced by Helloween on Follow the Blind and their later progressive tendencies are nowhere to be found on this album.

The music on Follow the Blind is generally fast euro power metal with lots of tremolo picking galloping guitar riffs ( and some thrashy ones too), double bass drums and lots of leads and guitar solos. Iron Maiden is another of Blind Guardianīs influences on Follow the Blind. I like the fast pace and when Blind Guardian slows down itīs unfortunately a bit too obvious that their material still lacked quality at this point in their career. Thatīs actually my biggest problem with this album. There are lots of melody but not many memorable lines that stick. Favorites are Banish From Sanctuary and Fast to Madness, but nothing really sticks out too much. Itīs a very consistent album. The only thing that does stick out is the cover of The Beach Boys Barbara Ann. What a strange choice for a cover song. Itīs a mood enhancer though and Iīm left smiling.

The musicianship is great. Hansi Kürsch still needed to fine tune his vocal style but his performance is allright here. The melodic leads are great too.

The production leaves a lot to be desired and in fact Iīm so annoyed by this thin and empty eighties production that Iīll have to withdrawn one star because of it. It simply destroys the enjoyment for me.

Follow the Blind is another fan only album from Blind Guardian and even though there are enjoyable moments on the album the overall feeling after listening is that itīs a 2 star album. If the production had been better I might have given Follow the Blind 3 stars though. Donīt start here if youīre new to Blind Guardian.

UMUR | 2/5 |

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