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Blind Guardian
Nightfall In Middle-Earth
Style: Power Metal. Year: 1998. Playtime: 65:38. Label: Virgin

MUSICA Soundcheck:
Average score: 7.9 of 10
Votes: 28

Муpлакотам (14.06.2012 10:50:41)
Score: 10 of 10
Последний альбом BG как королей и стиля и жанра.
Только Mirror Mirror осточертела вусмерть, те же Найтфолл или Нолдор гораздо больше радуют :)



Hessner (19.12.2009 12:01:16)
Score: 10 of 10
Мощнейшая работа...эталон жанра...и, увы, последний гениальный альбом группы.....дальше пошли эксперименты: удачные-Ночь в Опере, и не очень-последний на данный момент альбом...


Троценко (22.08.2008 15:38:01)
Score: 6 of 10
Рвано как-то звучит, если б выкинуть всё лишнее - получился б неплохой миник)


Андрей Исаев (21.08.2008 17:22:54)
Score: 6 of 10
Куча треков, а толку мало.


XY (29.03.2008 03:13:12)
Score: 10 of 10
Поставлю высшую оценку. чувствуется и мастерство, и вдохновение, и забой имеется, который, кстати, на этом альбоме не выпячивается в ущерб прочему. Зрелая профессиональная концептуальная работа. Соглашусь, что затем последовало не всем понятное увлечение экспериментами...


TRACKLIST:


1. War of Wrath (1.50)
2. Into the Storm (4.24)
3. Lammoth (0.28)
4. Nightfall (5.34)
5. The Minstrel (0.32)
6. The Curse of Feanor (5.41)
7. Captured (0.26)
8. Blood Tears (5.23)
9. Mirror Mirror (5.07)
10. Face the Truth (0.24)
11. Noldor (Dead Winter Reigns) (6.51)
12. Battle of Sudden Flame (0.44)
13. Time Stands Still (At the Iron Hill) (4.53)
14. The Dark Elf (0.23)
15. Thorn (6.18)
16. The Eldar (3.39)
17. Nom the Wise (0.33)
18. When Sorrow Sang (4.25)
19. Out on the Water (0.44)
20. The Steadfast (0.21)
21. A Dark Passage (6.01)
22. Final Chapter (Thus Ends...) (0.48)


Year of Release: 1998
Serial No.: 724384589929
Produced by Blind Guardian
Mixed by Flemming Rasmussen at Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen (Denmark)
Interludes mixed by Charlie Bauerfeind at Sweet Silence Studios
Mixing engineers: Flemming Rasmussen, Charlie Bauerfeind and Piet Sielck
All tracks published by B.G.Publishing
Cover and story paintings by Andreas Marschall
Photos by Thorsten Eichhorst

The choir company:
Billy King - Rolf Kuhler - Thomas Hackmann - Olaf Senkbeil

Guest musicians:
Oliver Holzwarth (bass guitar & fretless bass)
Mathias Wiesner (keyboards & orchestral effects)
Michael Schuren (grand piano)
Max Zelzner (flutes & alto-flute)

Narrators: Norman Eshley - Douglas Fielding

Based on the story 'The Silmarillion by J. R. R.Tolkien. This album is
dedicated to J. R. R.Tolkien

'N.I.M-E' was recorded at Twilight Hall Studios, Krefeld, Karo Musik
Studios, Brackel (HH, Germany) & Sweet Silence Studios (Copenhagen, DK) from
Sept. 1997 - March 1998 except Piano recorded at Vox Studios, HH, Germany in
Jan. '98 / Narration recorded at Air edel-Studios, London / Drums,
percussion, vocals & backing vocals, bass guitars, piano & interludes
recorded & engineered by Charlie Bauerfeind / Lead & rhythm guitars,
accoustic guitars, keyboard & orchestral effects recorded & engineered by
Piet Sielck / Vocals recorded & engineered by Flemming Rasmussen / Flutes &
alto-flute, vocals recorded & engineered by Cuny

All music written by Olbrich/Kursch except Track 6 written by
Olbrich/Kursch/Stauch/Siepen and track 16 written by Olbrich/Kursch/Schuren
/ All lyrics & concept stories written by H. Kursch

There is a Maglor's story in English for those who bought German release
(and as a result, booklet's story in German)


LYRICA:


1. War of Wrath

Sauron:
The field is lost
Everything is lost
The black one has fallen from the sky and the towers in ruins lie
The enemy is within, everywhere
And with him the light, soon they will be here
Go now, my lord, while there is time
There are places below

Morgoth:
And you know them too
I release thee, go
My servant you'll be for all time

Sauron:
As you command
My king

Morgoth:
I had a part in everything
Twice I destroyed the light and twice I failed
I left ruin behind me when I returned
But I also carried ruin with me
She, the mistress of her own lust



2. Into the Storm

Give it to me
I must have it
Precious treasure
I deserve it

Bridge:
Where can I run
How can I hide
The Silmarils
Gems of treelight
Their life belongs to me
Oh it's sweet how the
Darkness is floating around

Ref.:
We are following
The will of the one
Through the dark age
And into the storm
And we are following
The will of the one
Through the dark age
And into the storm
Lord I'm mean

Blackheart show me
What you hold in hand
I still hunger for more
Release me
>From my pain
Give it to me
How I need it
How I need it
How I need it

Bridge: Where can I run...

Ref.: We are following...

I did my part
Now it's your turn
And remember
What you've promissed

Bridge: Where can I run...

Ref.: We are following...



3. Lammoth

Morgoth:
Wowowowowwwwwww!



4. Nightfall

No sign of life did flicker
in floods of tears she cried
"All hope's lost it can't be undone
they're wasted and gone"

"Save me your speeches
I know what you want (They blinded us all)
you will take it away from me
take it and I know for sure
the light she once brought in
is gone forever more"

Like sorrowful seaguls they sang
"(We're) lost in the deep shades
the misty cloud brought
(A wailing when beauty was gone)
monstrous it covered the shore
fearful into the unknown"

Quietly it crept in new horror
insanity reigned
it spilled the first blood
when the old king was slain

Nightfall
quietly crept in and changed us all
Nightfall
quietly crept in and changed us all
Nightfall
Immortal land lies down in agony

"How long shall we mourn in the dark
the bliss and the beauty will not return
say farewell to sadness and grief
though long and hard the road may be"

But even in silence I heard the words
"An oath we shall swear by the name of the one
until the world's end
it can't be broken"

The doom of the Noldor drew near

The words of a banished king
"I swear revenge"
Filled with anger aflamed our hearts
full of hate full of pride
we screamed for revenge

Nightfall
quietly crept in and changed us all
Nightfall
quietly crept in and changed us all
Nightfall
Immortal land lies down in agony

"Valar he is that's what you said
then your oath's been sworn in vain
(so) never trust the northern winds
(and) never turn your back on friends"

"Oh I'm heir of the high lord!
(You better don't trust him)
the enemy of mine
isn't he of you kind and
finally you may follow me
farewell"
he said

Nightfall
quietly crept in and changed us all
Nightfall
quietly crept in and changed us all
Nightfall
Immortal land lies down in agony

Back to where it all began
back to where it all began



5. The Ministrel (Bardengesang)

So I stand still in front of the crowd
Excited faces
What will be next?
I still don't have a clue



6. The Curse of Feanor

Taken the long way
dark realms I went through
I arrived
my vision's so clear
in anger and pain
I left deep wounds behind
but I arrived
truth might be changed by victory

Beyond the void but deep within me
a swamp of filth exists
a lake it was of crystal beauty
but Arda's spring went by
I've heard the warning
well curse my name
I'll keep on laughing
no regret
no regret

Don't fear the eyes of the dark lord
Morgoth I cried
all hope is gone but I swear revenge
it's my oath
I will take part in your damned fate

I will always remember their cries
like a shadow which covers the light
I will always remember the time
but it's past
I cannot turn back the time
(I) don't look back
there's still smoke near the shore
but I arrived
revenge be mine

I will take part in your damned fate
Morgoth I cried
hear my oath
So don't fear the eyes of the dark lord

"Suddenly I realized
(Soon you will be free)
the prophecies
(Set your spirit free)
I've never believed in
my deeds were wrong
I've stained the land
and slain my kin
(Burning Soul)
there's no release from my sins
it hurts
(THE CURSE OF FEANOR RUNS LONG)
time and only time will tell us
tell, was I wrong or right?
when anger breaks through
I'll leave mercy behind"

I will take part in your damned fate
Morgoth I cried
hear my oath
So don't fear the eyes of the dark lord

I will always remember their cries
like a shadow they'll cover my life
but I'll also remember mine
(and) after all I'm still alive

Morgoth I cried
all hope is gone but I swear revenge
hear my oath
I will take part in your damned fate

he said



7. Captured

Morgoth:
You are now my guest, forever



8. Blood Tears

Welcome to my reign
We are both condemned to live
It's a dark fate
(I can hear your calls
I can hear your calls)
THE ETERNAL LIFE

I see it still burns
Each night I cry in pain

Alive
Through the end appears my friend

Ref.:
And blood tears I cry
You've searched and you've found
Cut off your old friends hand

My mind's in frozen dreams
The rotten flesh
Or bitter lies
Welcome to where time stands still
Noone leaves and noone ever will

Can't hold it
It burns
Each night I cry in pain

Ref.:
And blood tears I cry
Endless grief remained inside
And blood tears I cry
Endless grief remained inside

It seems so clearly
Bent the bow
Cause life in me is gone
And a cruel wind's blowing cold
And a cruel wind's blowing cold
In blame

And life it shall wane
Each night I cry in pain

Ref.:
And blood tears I cry
Endless grief remained inside
Cut off your old friends hand



9. Mirror Mirror

Far, far beyond the island
We dwelt in shades of twilight
Through dread and weary days
Through grief and endless pain

I lies unknown
The land of mine
A hidden gate
To save us from the shadow fall

The Lord of Water spoke
In the silence
Words of wisdom
I've seen the end of all
Be aware
The storm gets closer

Ref. (1):
Mirror, Mirror on the wall
True hope lies beyond the coast
You're a damned kind can't you see
That the winds will change
Mirror, Mirror on the wall
True hope lies beyond the coast
You're a damned kind can't you see
That tomorrow bears insanity

Gone is the wisdom of
A thousand years
A world in fire
In chains and fear
Leads me to a place so far
Deep down it lies
My secret vision
I'll better keep it safe

Shall I leave my friends alone
Hidden in my twilight hall
(I) know the world is lost in fire
Sure there is no way to turn it
Back to the old days
Of bliss and cheerful laughter
We're lost in barren lands
Caught in the running flames alone

Bridge:
How shall we leave the lost road
Time's getting short so follow me
A leader's task so clearly
To find a path out of the dark

Ref. (2):
Mirror, Mirror on the wall
True hope lies beyond the coast
You're a damned kind can't you see
That the winds will change
Mirror, Mirror on the wall
True hope lies beyond the coast
You're a damned kind can't you see
That the winds will change

Even though
The storm calmed down
The bitter end
Is just a matter of time
Shall we dare the dragon
Merciless he's poisoning our hearts
Our hearts

Bridge:
How shall we leave...

Ref. (2): Mirror, Mirror...



10. Face the Truth

Narrator:
The moon, the sign of hope
It appeared when we left the pain of the
ice-desert behind
We faced up to the curse and endured misery
Condemned we are
We brought hope, but also lies, and treachery



11. Noldor (Dead Winter Reigns)

Noldor
Blood is on your hands
Your band's
A tearful destiny

Black clouds will carry
Rain of blood
I've seen it rain

We were lost
On grinding ice
I fear and hunger
Dead winter reigned
In Araman

Prebridge:
(You) can't escape
From my damnation
(Nor) run away
From isolation

Bridge:
Guilty spoke the one
This deed can't be undone
Hear my words
Fear my curse

Ref.:
I know where the stars glow
(And the) sky's unclouded
Sweet the water runs my friends
(But) Noldor
Blood is on your hands
Tears unnumbered
You will shet and dwell in pain

Your homeless souls
Shall come to me
There's no release
Slain you might be
Slain you will be
Slain you will be

And lost
Who will not reach the
House of spirits
(Will) grow old and weary

Prebridge: (You) can't escape...

Bridge: Guilty spoke the one...

Ref.: I know where...

I've seen this bitter end
As I've foreseen
The storm and ice
And I could see it
(How) a million died
And I?
The blame's on me
Cause I was not there

Prebridge: (You) can't escape...

Bridge: Guilty spoke the one...

Ref.: I know where...

Dead winter reigns
And tomorrow's still unknown
Lies
Condemned and betrayed
Now everything is said
See my eyes
Are full of tears
And a cruel pride
We've paid
But still I can't claim
That I'm innocent

Lost



12. The Battle of Sudden Flame (Bardengesang)

Oh lord here I stand
Suddenly everything's gone for all Noldor
>From now on my life is my gift to you
Just lead my fate to the victory of elves



13. Time Stands Still (At the Iron Hill)

Light fails at dawn
The moon is gone
And deadly the right reigns

Deceit

Finally I've found myself
In these lands
Horror and madness I've seen here
For what I became a king of the lost?
Barren and lifeless the land lies

Bridge:
Lord of all Noldor
A star in the night
And a bearer of hope
He rides into his
Glorious battle alone
Farewell to the valiant warlord

Ref.:
The Fate of us all
Lies deep in the dark
When time stands still
At iron hill (2x)

I stand alone
Noone's by my side
I'll dare you
Come out
You coward
Now it's me or you

He gleams like a star
And the sound of his horn's
Like a raging storm
Proudly the high lord

Challenges the doom
Lord of slaves he cries

Slowly in fear
The dark lord appears
Welcome to my lands
You shall be damned

Bridge: Lord of all Noldor...

Ref.: The Fate of us all...

The iron crowned
Is getting closer
Swings his hammer
Down on him
Like a thunderstorm
He's crushing
Down the Noldor's
Proudest king

Under my foot
So hopeless it seems
You've troubled my day
Now fell the pain

Bridge: Lord of all Noldor...

Ref.: The Fate of us all...

The Elvenking's broken
He stumbles and falls
The most proud and most vailant
His spirit survives
Praise our king (4x)



14. The Dark Elf (Bardengesang)

A dark seed of evil is grown



15. Thorn

A black swan
Is born in that night
The misty pond
(Has) got a new king
Got a new king
So what can we do
With our lifes
When it all begins
It's hard and
It's cruel
Will grace die in pain?
Will light ever rise again?

I'm trapped in darkness
Still I reach out for the stars
I'm moving in silence
I leave it all far behind

Ref.:
Oh at dawn
I'll face the edge of thorns
Oh at dawn
I'll pray at the edge of thorns
Oh at dawn
I'll face the edge of thorns

Let us march on
To the fields of sacrifice
(I'm) wondering why
I'll carry on
Will I betray myself
To rise

In the silence
It's time to explain
(And) search for truth in lies
Useful lies
Needless love's damned

What can we do with our lifes
When it all begins

Come and follow me
And you will see
How it will be
When all the pain is gone away

Ref.: Oh at dawn...

Let us march on
Though there's no hope at our side
Let us be brave
Though by glory we are denied
But
Don't you think
It's time for us
To bring to an end
Come play the song of death
The wisdom in us both
Will make it
Special guaranteed
Play the song of death

I'm lost
In the depth of this eyes
I can't flee
Inner pain caused insanity
It's deep within
The fear and the hunger
Enslaved and denied
By my love and
My enemies
I'm the illgotten son

Ref.: Oh at dawn...



16. The Eldar

I've seen the moon
And the first sunrise
I'll leave it to the memories
And kiss the wind goodbye

Ref.:
For the Eldar
I'm trapped inside this dream
Of the Eldar's
Song of doom

I've tasted poison
When I drank the wine of fate
But fear was in my heart
I realized too late
The house of spirits' call

Ref.: For the Eldar...

High's the fee
Soon my spirit will return
Welcome dawn
Your light will take me home

I say farewell

Ref.:
To the Eldar
I'm trapped inside this dream
Of the Eldar's
Song of doom



17. Nom the Wise

Narrator (Beren?):
Thus he died
Nom the Wise
Lord of the caves and friend of man
Fair, and noble
Most beloved of the Noldor race
Paid the price, he redeemed the oath
Farewell my friend, farewell



18. When Sorrow Sang

So let me out of it
Out of the cold
To bring back light and hope far all

And so if I could yet you in
Just for a little while
Into my songs of sorrow
You might understand

Where am I now
Beyond the dawn
(Where) hope's turned to dust
At all

Immortal love's
Fooled by the hands of doom
That love means death
I realized too soon

Ref.:
Caught in the afterlife
I've gone too far
When sorrow sang softly and sweet
The air was filled with tears
Full of sadness and grief
When sorrow sang softly and sweet

I feel like screaming
But I can't breath in

Shall I wane right now
I will not leave this
World of living
Till she has said
Goodbye

Out in the cold
I still wait for her call
And her last kiss
It shall be release
I can't forget her
Her face will not leave
>From the depth of my soul
I long for her

Ref.: Caught in the afterlife...

So I heard all about it
Her voice's so clear
She's woven both themes in there
Moved me to tears
The world shall hear this sad song
Song of sorrow song of grief
Can't change the way of his kind
Can't change the way of her kind

Ref.: Caught in the afterlife...



19. Out on the Water(Bardengesang)

Out on the water
The island of the dead that live
There they dwelt until they left the world and
Still there deeds live forth in songs



20. The Steadfast

Morgoth:
Now truly I am king of the world
Master of fate
Damned shall thy house be
Thou shall not question my power
Nor shall thou defy me further



21. A Dark Passage

I feel cold
Facing the darkness
The light's gone away
Deep in his castle he said
All land'll be mine
There's one thing for sure
The triumph of shadow is near
Deep in his castle they sang
We shall not rest
Until all will be thyne

All land is mine
You can be sure
Don't dare me
the mighty one screamed

Chorus:
Smashed down the light
I will not rest till I'm king
Valinor's empty now
allied the elves and men
they shall be damned

Rise of Fall
a dark tale ends

just wondering how
in the darkness
they found their way
to the right place
children of the sun
second kindred
we call their race
treat them kindly
born in the east
(are the) nightfearer
they moved westwards
towards the sunshine
(they are) morning breath like
short's their life
(like) dawn passes by
when the day comes
the field was lost
(and) hope had passed away
the sun went down
beyond the sea
dark was the hour
but day shall come again

Chorus

Clean my wounds
wash away all fear
let courage be mine
noone hears me crying

no song no tale
which contains all the grief
(but)
renowned the deeds
and the victims of defeat

sit down on your chair
and look out for your kin
with my eyes you'll see
and with my ears you'll hear
you troubled my day
and you've questioned my strength
(but) don't mess
with the master of fate

Chorus

I smashed down the light
and dared Valinor
I smashed down the light
revenge will be mine

Slowly marching on
still we're marching on



22. Final Chapter (Thus Ends...)

Narrator:
Thus ends the fifth battle
By the treachery of men the field is lost
The night falls and great is the triumph of evil
The league is broken
The last vestige of hope lives in the hidden king
Only he troubles the dark one's mind
Only he could bring ruin to the black foe
Though the land lies down in agony and the curse lives on
A new star shall arise
And a new day shall come, again



Nightfall In Middle-Earth



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