Blind Guardian "Nightfall"
As the album title suggests, this album is based around JRR Tolkien's epic series. However, this is not a Lord of The Rings concept album, this is based around The Silmarillion. The collection of tales that narrates the history of Middle-Earth. Published posthumously by his son, The Silmarillion is a hard read as it is a collection of works mostly incomplete. Although this a difficult and often times boring read, it makes for a killer concept album.
The album is my favourite by Blind Guardian and when I caught then on tour when they first came to Canada the majority of the material they played was from this album. It was awesome! The song I chose to feature, while not my favourite, is the title track "Nightfall". The song has a very folky, yet theatrical sound all while remaining metal.
The guitar melodies are folky and run throughout the song and the keyboards add a majestic atmospheric all the while vocalist Hansi Kursch brings a theatrical performance which turns this song from progressive to epic. The song creeps in (like nightfall ... as the lyrics suggest) and builds into a crescendo of a chorus. My favourite part is the bridge around 2:30 minute mark leading into the solo. The song lacks a traditional structure, yet does not feel jarring or odd. It flows remarkably smoothly and gently creeps away again.