\»Beyond The Red Mirror\» and \»At the Edge of Time\» in many respects — twin brothers, until the construction of the track list with the epic opening and closing pompous compositions. And all the same, though not widespread, but very solid, weighty symphonic lumbering component, and various combinations of progressive, pauer- and even folk metal by specific formulas, but these Germans and driven. And once again the events of the album is more than enough: choir parts, diverse in scale and scope solo, quiet lyrical digressions, rhythmic swings … But still, as before, the main semantic filling most of the songs presented by the scheme is reduced to a verse-pripev- verse-chorus-solo-chorus, even the most hung Circuits-thingies, baroque decorations on the verge of redundancy. And the music, if they get to the very Essence (TM) easy, to say the \»clumsy\». Somewhere, it was fun and enjoyable in the past were those works of Blind Guardian, delve into that cut through the many subtexts and meanings. In calendar 1998 is not the first and not even 2002 minutes — now it is work, and do not necessarily adequately paid. \»The Throne\», \»Twilight Of The Gods\» or \»Ninth Wave\» is safely possible to promote to the masses, the other pieces of music more often honored in bewilderment, incredulous \»and it\’s … it?\».
There is an old rule of thumb when dealing with products that claim to intelligence, is to imagine them in the most simple scheme of presentation. For example, to build a scene of the film in chronological order, or outline the composition itself in \»radio format\»: distinct sequence of its basic semantic parts, without excessive violence of the musical. If such a product seem more successful — congratulations, with a high probability you stumble on a mediocre hack. With respect to \»Beyond The Red Mirror\», this rule is not yet working properly without the lush arrangements it would look in a wretchedly dull. On the other hand, so it is possible to reach the extreme — the moment when all the pleasure of the song performed by Blind Guardian will be reduced to, for example, sports poluminutnoy solo or joining a mighty symphony seconds commercials to seventy. I can not but admit that despite the fact that the newcomer still like me Pobol \»At the Edge of Time\», meaning pereslushivaniya many songs with his accusatory reduced to just such a pleasant — and non-binding, by and large — the smallest detail. And this is alarming. So the next release (so when there will bless him Aynur) would like to see more simple, but also more elaborated. And, preferably, the other team \»techies\» — sound of \»Red Mirrors\» to the contrary, expressionless.