| 25 March 2002|
1 March 2002
Century Media Records
| January–December 2001 at Twilight Hall Studios, Grefrath and Hammer Music Studios, Hamburg, Germany|
A Twist in the Myth
Power metal, Progressive metal
Blind Guardian albums, Power metal albums
A Night at the Opera is a 2002 album by the German power metal band Blind Guardian. It is named after the 1975 Queen album of the same name, which is itself named after the Marx brothers film of the same name.
This album continues a stylistic change from power metal into a more progressive sound, with multiple overlaid vocals, choirs, orchestral keys and guitar leads and less emphasis on powerful guitar riffs and heavy rhythms. As a result, drummer Thomas Stauch would leave the group, citing dissatisfaction with the direction the group was going in.
There are seven different studio versions and two official live versions of "Harvest of Sorrow": two in English, two in Spanish ("Mies Del Dolor", "La Cosecha Del Dolor"), one in Italian ("Frutto Del Buio"), one in French ("Moisson de Peine"), and one in a mix of all of the versions except the English acoustic and Italian (also called "Harvest Of The World").
The song "Battlefield" is featured as the music in the heavy metal edition of the Adult Swim game, Robot Unicorn Attack.
All music written by Olbrich and Kürsch except where noted. All bonus tracks written by Marcus Siepen, Kürsch and Thomas "Thomen" Stauch. All lyrics written by Kürsch.Hansi Kürsch – lead and backing vocals
André Olbrich – lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars
Marcus Siepen – rhythm guitar
Thomas "Thomen" Stauch – drums & percussion
Oliver Holzwarth – bass guitar
Mathias Wiesner – keyboards & orchestral arrangements
Michael Schüren – piano on "Age of False Innocence"
Pad Bender, Boris Schmidt & Sascha Pierro – keyboards and sound effects
Rolf Köhler, Thomas Hackmann, Olaf Senkbeil & Billy King – The Choir Company
Charlie Bauerfeind – production, mixing, recording
Nordin Hammadi Amrani – assistant engineer, additional recordings
Clemens von Witte – recordings (backing vocals)
Detlef – recordings (backing vocals)
Paul Raymond Gregory – cover painting
André Olbrich – front cover concept
Dennis "Sir" Kostroman – booklet design
Axel Jusseit – photos
1Precious Jerusalem6:22A Night at the Opera (Blind Guardian album) Wikipedia
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