At the Edge of Time

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At the Edge of Time
Studio album by Blind Guardian
Released July 30, 2010
(See release history)
Recorded 2009-2010
Genre Power metal, progressive metal
Length 63:54
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Charlie Bauerfeind
Blind Guardian chronology
A Twist in the Myth
(2006)
At the Edge of Time
(2010)
Beyond the Red Mirror
(2015)
Singles from At the Edge of Time
  1. "A Voice in the Dark"
    Released: June 25, 2010

At the Edge of Time is the ninth studio album by the German heavy metal band Blind Guardian. A two CD version of the album was released, with the second disc containing 8 tracks. The artwork for the album was created by Colombian artist Felipe Machado Franco.[1] The album was released in Europe on July 30, 2010. A music video for "A Voice in the Dark" was released on August 3, 2010.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All music by André Olbrich and Hansi Kürsch, except "You're the Voice" on the bonus CD, which was written by Andy Qunta, Keith Reid, Maggie Ryder and Chris Thompson

No. Title Length
1. "Sacred Worlds"   9:19
2. "Tanelorn (Into the Void)"   5:58
3. "Road of No Release"   6.30
4. "Ride into Obsession"   4.47
5. "Curse My Name"   5:49
6. "Valkyries"   6:34
7. "Control the Divine"   5:25
8. "War of the Thrones"   4:55
9. "A Voice in the Dark"   5:41
10. "Wheel of Time"   8:56
11. "Curse My Name (Original)" (Japanese bonus track) 5:13
12. "Valkyries (Extended)" (Japanese bonus track) 6:51
Digipack Bonus CD
No. Title Length
1. "Sacred Worlds (Pre-production Version)"   6:49
2. "Wheel of Time (Orchestral Version)"   8:55
3. "You're the Voice (Radio Edit)" (John Farnham cover) 3:36
4. "Tanelorn (Into the Void) (Demo Version)"   5:58
5. "Curse My Name (Demo Version)"   4:42
6. "A Voice in the Dark (Demo Version)"   5:40
7. "Sacred (Video Clip)"    
8. "A Journey to the Edge of Time (Studio Documentary)"    

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Metal1 (9.5/10)[4]
Lords of Metal (93/100)[5]
Danger Dog 4.5/5 stars[6]
Metal Express Radio (8/10)[7]
Metal Hammer (de) (6/7)[8]
Rock Hard (9/10)[9]

Album of the month August by Germany's Metal Hammer [8]

Song Information[edit]

  • Sacred Worlds

An edited version of the original song 'Sacred,' which has a new orchestral intro and outro. It was written by Blind Guardian for the video game Sacred 2: Fallen Angel.[10]

  • Tanelorn (Into the Void)

Based on Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion series.[11]

  • Road of No Release

Based on Peter S. Beagle's The Innkeeper's Song.

  • Ride Into Obsession

Based on Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.
(Hansi: "An introduction to the main characters, the Dragon Reborn and the Dark Lord Ba'alzamon.)

  • Curse My Name

Based on The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates, a political writing by John Milton where he legitimizes the killing of a king who didn't carry out his duties.

  • Valkyries

Inspired by Norse mythology, especially Valkyries, as well as the perception of time.

  • Control the Divine

Based on John Milton's Paradise Lost.

  • War of the Thrones

Based on George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series.

  • A Voice in the Dark

Based on George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. It tells the story of Bran Stark, a key character in the series. This track was the first single from the album.

  • Wheel of Time

Based on Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.

Personnel[edit]

Guest Musicians

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Certification Sales/
shipments[12]
German Albums Chart 2[13] - -
Greek Albums Chart 4[14] - -
Croatian Albums Chart 7[15] - -
European Albums Chart 7[16] - -
Austrian Albums Chart 9[17] - -
Swiss Albums Chart 14[18] - -
Finnish Albums Chart 18[19] - -
Italian Albums Chart 19[20] - -
Swedish Albums Chart 22[21] - -
Slovenian Albums Chart 25[22] - -
Japanese Albums Chart 29[23] - -
French Albums Chart 48[24] - -
Spanish Albums Chart 47[25] - -
Belgian Albums Chart 67[26] - -
Canadian Albums Chart 108[27] - -
US Billboard 200 108[28] - 14,000 (December 2010)
UK Albums Chart 197[16] - -

Release history[edit]

Country Release Date
Russia July 29, 2010 (2010-07-29)
Europe July 30, 2010 (2010-07-30)
United States August 24, 2010 (2010-08-24)
Japan August 28, 2010 (2010-08-28)

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "BLIND GUARDIAN: 'A Voice In The Dark' Video Released". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1948366
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  5. ^ "Blind Guardian - At The Edge Of Time | Review | Lords Of Metal metal E-zine - issue 105". Lordsofmetal.nl. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  6. ^ "Music Review : Blind Guardian At the Edge of Time : Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock, CD Album Music Review : Craig Hartranft". Dangerdog.com. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
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  9. ^ Rensen, Michael. "Rock Hard". issue 279. 
  10. ^ "Interview with Marcus Siepen". Metal Sound. Archived from the original on 21 June 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
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