Best Blind Guardian Albums


The Top Ten

1 Nightfall in Middle-Earth

The reversed chronological order in the storytelling simply works. It helps to build a sense of tragedy and a perspective to the road of the end of this once-great civilization & kingdom. There is a good mix of ballads and more traditional power metal, all of which are good in their own right and all tell aspect of the story. The album really captures the sense of Epic Tragedy about aspects of the story, I myself am partial to When Sorrow Sang as the raw emotion of the song rings and leaves an impression.
Truly an album not to be missed, for any fan of Power Metal in general let alone BG

Nightfall... obviously why.

Reading up on the story behind each of the songs really makes a difference and changes this album from a great album into pretty much the best album I've listened to. This is especially relevant to "When Sorrow Sang", which turns from anger into tragedy, if you do read up on it.

You have to listen to "Thorn". Seriously.

2 Somewhere Far Beyond

Simply the essence of the band.

To be honest, Somewhere Far Beyond and Imaginations from the Other Side were the highlights of Blind Guardian's musical career.

There was a comment under Blind Guardian, which I posted roughly a couple of months back on the best Power Metal Band list regarding Somewhere Far Beyond which was back then the very first album I listened to from the band and anticipated some other albums to eclipse its greatness...well! I've completed their entire discography now and no other album proved to be even half as impressive as this (barring Imaginations from the Other Side).. - Arhaan95

Better than the overrated NIME, it should be at the top.

3 At The Edge Of Time

This album just combines old and new blind guardian in a perfect way. The epic of a song like wheel of time is unique... Next to and then there was silence. But sacred worlds and other songs make this album also superior.

Nightfall in Middle-Earth was a half-decent album, but this album is plain boring to the core. Besides the first track, this album is devoid of any good and standout song/s. Undoubtedly their worst album followed by A Night At the Opera. - Vip3r

This album is At The Edge Of Perfection. - Metal_Treasure

Best album of the 21st century - christangrant

4 Imaginations From the Other Side

Art made metal.


@visitor RE "Nightfall is spoiled by those interludes". I disagree - Nightfall is a concept album with many progressive elements and these "interludes" are part of the whole story. Moreover, some "interludes" are the most beautiful pieces of music I've ever heard - Battle of Sudden Flame, The Minstrel, Out on the Water. I wish Blind Guardian made longer songs based on these tunes and music ideas because they are magical pieces of heaven. - Metal_Treasure

An absolute blast from start to finish. I think nightfall is better but this needed my vote.

5 Beyond the Red Mirror

It's this or Imaginations, but this I can hear seamlessly from start to end without even realizing it! So coherent, consistent and a blast to hear! I consider it, their best work!

What an underwhelming album, simply got tired after just one listen and never went back again to listen to it. It's sad after an average Nightfall, Blind Guardian took a nose dive and never recovered. - Vip3r

Wow, this album is defiantly Blind Guardian's biggest project, and while I am a big Tolkien, thus I am inclined to love Nightfall in Middle earth, I have to admit that Blind Guardian's work is getting larger and grander. In Beyond the Red Mirror, the band worked with three worldwide choirs and two full orchestras. If only they had the choirs and orchestras with them in Nightfall in Middle Earth

@Metal_Treasure, this album has been moving up my ranking of Blind Guardian albums since it came out. First it was #5, now it is my joint favourite with Night at the Opera. - IronSabbathPriest

6 Night at the Opera

Ranked way too low on this list. This album is very symphonic and its sound heavily relies on choirs, which takes some time getting used to. Once you start embracing the unique sound, a world of brilliant patterns and transitions unfolds in your head.

A very unique album, in metal and in music in general.

This is their most underrated. - IronSabbathPriest

This album and Somewhere Far Beyond are my two favorites. This has plenty of symphonic, classical/folk inspired bliss that takes you to worlds of your wildest dreams. Especially the closer, And Then There Was Silence, which is my favorite Blind Guardian song. - Caleb9000

Battlefield, Under the Ice, The Maiden and the Minstrel Knight, And Then There was Silence. Four amazing songs all on this one album.

7 Batallions of Fear

Majesty is an awesome song (with an amazingly misleading intro). The album looks like the band is dissing the band Manowar (Manowar's album covers look like those falling people). - PhoenixAura81

Majesty, Trial By The Archon, Run For The Night. Amazing.

Majesty is awesome guys. One of the best speed metal songs out there and of course, my personal favorite from this subgenre (alongside Banish From Sanctuary). - Metal_Treasure

I started listening to blind guardian yesterday, and I'm listening to this album right now.
It's very good! I like it.

8 Tales From the Twilight World

Lord of the Rings. Enough said.

How this can be below "A Twist in the Myth" is beyond my understanding. Lost in the Twilight Hall is one of the best songs in BG's discography, and many others from this album (Traveler in Time, The Last Candle, Lord of the Rings...) are up there as well. The music in it is unique, a mixture between the old and more speedy Blind Guardian and the progressive power metal we are familiar with nowadays. It marks the beginning of a change while being the change itself. This album is a masterpiece.

This album is a gem, and a grand improvement over the first two albums, which were good, but largely influenced by other bands. With Tales from the Twilight World Blind Guardian discovered their identity.

One of the most underrated albums of all time.

Every single song in this album is amazing.

9 Twist in the Myth

I've seen people say this is a bad album because of it's focus on vocals, but as someone who got into Blind Guardian, and metal in general, this album is great, maybe exactly because of its focus on good vocals.

This album isn't as bad as people say it is. It's actually pretty good in my opinion.

This album isn't bad at all - it is just softer than their usual stuff and this may have disappointed some fans, who prefer different types of Blind Guardian songs. The album is vocal-oriented and has some of the best vocals and vocal harmonies by Hansi, if not the best. Songs are very well writen and performed. I listen to this album for the vocals that are pure bliss. Hansi deserved an album focusing on his great vocals. - Metal_Treasure


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10 Follow the Blind

This album is extremely under rated; songs like banished from sanctity, and follow the blind, and don't brake the circle are particularly awesome. this album certainly deserves higher than last
(although the idea of putting a blind guardian album last for any thing should be a sin)

Banish From Sanctuary in one of my favorite BG songs - aggressive and fast. Love Hansi's raw voice and the solo is really amazing, too.
And don't forget Valhalla is on this album, too. - Metal_Treasure

Should be top 5 one of BG best

The Contenders

11 Symphonies of Doom
12 Battalions of Fear - Lucifer's Heritage

Just went downhill after the demos. - Ilovetoptens

13 Forgotten Tales

Gran album recopilatorio, con versiones especiales de canciones clasicas y muy buenos covers.

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