And it shows. The entirely orchestral compositions are as vividly realised, and dramatically breathtaking as anything Beethoven could have conjured. Not a moment feels wasted between the narrative interludes which propel the story and the operatic musical numbers. And yes, it is entirely orchestral.
There are no electric guitars here. Beyond The Red Mirror shows this off to the greatest degree, having incorporated two full-sized orchestras and three choirs into its majestic sweep. The use of orchestras is not unique to the band, of course, but an entirely orchestral album shows off just how delightful proper classical music performed by proper classical musicians can be.
There is, however, one problem. The story that forms the narrative core of Legacy of the Dark Lands is also the sequel to a book by celebrated German fantasy author Markus Heitz. At the time of writing, there is no English translation, and the only series of his that has been translated into English is The Dwarves.
This therefore makes the story of Legacy of the Dark Lands slightly less accessible for fans, casual or die-hard, and thus feels like an odd choice. Given that the band contributed to the soundtrack of a video game adapted from The Dwarveswhy not make this project a concept album set in that same universe? The main problem here is that a good story is one that its readers care about. Diving into a sequel makes that process more difficult for a given reader.
It would leave you cold. The language barrier for Die Dunklen Lande will be overcome when it is released in English, which is due to happen later in November. But crafting your first fully-orchestral project as a sequel to a book only Germans will have at this point read could risk alienating non-German fans.
But until we have all read the translation of Die Dunklen LandeLegacy of the Dark Lands has less of an impact as a story in its own right. This issue with the story is, however, a personal gripe. Die-hard fans will enjoy this album no matter what.
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The story at its core might not be the most widely accessible, but ultimately, who cares? Ultimately, Legacy of the Dark Lands is a treat. Firmly rooted in the discography of its parent band, it deserves your full attention, and exhibits plenty of beautiful flourishes that will delight fans both casual and long-term.
May there be many more in the future! Skip to content.These five classically trained Aussies recreate Ennio Morricone's most epic film themes by multi-tasking on a barrage of instruments the double bassist, for instance, switches from harmonica to mandolin to pennywhistle. Familiar themes are transposed for unorthodox instruments: Once Upon a Time in the West is rendered on the Theremin, Chi Mai on beer bottles. Although formerly known as the Ennio Morricone Experience, the band often owe more to Leone.
Just as Leone would meticulously plot out background noises before filming, the Spaghetti Western Orchestra illustrate classic western sequences as sonic vignettes, using random objects such as coat hangers, inhalers and duck calls. A gunfight is recreated by prodding a microphone into a Cornflakes box to simulate footsteps and a wooden clapper to provide the gunshot; a brawl is re-enacted using a rusty door-hinge, a balloon pump, a bottle, a rubber glove and a cabbage.
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The orchestra play and sing music from a variety of musical genres, ranging from pop, rock, punk to classical tunes, with humour long being a feature of their act.
The orchestra was formed insoon after George Hinchliffe bought co-founder and friend Kitty Lux a ukulele for her birthday. I thought we should go with it.
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The orchestra has had varying line-ups over the past two decades, but since has performed as an septet or octet seven or eight ukulele players, one of whom plays bass ukulele. The Orchestra also compose and perform their own pieces, as well as arranging medleys — for example, David Bowie's " Life on Mars? The group has shied away from featuring the music of George FormbyBritain's most famous ukulele musician; however, in recent years, they have included a version of his song " Leaning on a Lamppost ", performed in a Russian Cossack style.
The performance was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and received much critical acclaim. This concert included a version of Beethoven 's Ode to Joy in which at least audience members participated with Ukuleles. Often the orchestra will provide advance notice of an audience participation number.
They provide a link to the piece online so that those that wish to participate can come prepared. They have also, in andperformed Ukulelescope where they played music to accompany silent movies from the British Film Institute archives. Recordings from these shows were released in as the CD The Keeper. Into commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of The Great War, the orchestra presented When This Lousy War is Over which reflected a range of attitudes from the time; patriotic, pacifist and feminist, and drew from gipsy music, music hall, soldiers' songs and even a song from the then radical avante-garde Cabaret Voltaire in neutral Switzerland.
Their version of " Dy-na-mi-tee " with vocals by Hester Goodmanreached 81 in the UK singles charts in Also featured on the CD single were covers of the instrumental " Wonderful Land ", and of " Natural Woman ", the latter with male lead vocals provided by musical director George Hinchliffe. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.
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Breath of the Wild is a great game, possibly the best Zelda game ever made. The world is expansive and allows so much freedom, self-discovery, and experimentation. However, I felt that Nintendo really dropped the ball on the story and music. The Switch Presentation Trailer Nintendo showed gave me such hope for the epic music that would assault my ears, but sadly we were all misled. To me the soundtrack is only half-complete. The tracks are all atmospheric, and fit the setting really well, but ineffective in describing the context.
The whole world has been plunged into darkness. Ganon's calamity infects the landscape, and yet all the inhabitants feel like they're at peace with it. Link has woken up from a hundred year slumber, and the world barely reacts to his return. What I had hoped to see was Ganon reacting to Link's presence. As Link defeats each divine beast, there should be a great escalating response from the opposing forces.
But the world stays pretty much the same. The sense of adventure I felt in the beginning of the game sort of faded away. Instead the world felt more like just a playground for Link to play in until he decides to go save Zelda. The music for the enemies on the world map all have this playful silliness to it, which I felt was in contradiction to the context.
I referenced the tone of the trailer music heavily in trying to come up with my version. When encountering these for the first time, most players probably fail and die quickly. The thrill you get from defeating these for the first time is very exhilarating, and I wanted the music to convey that.
I borrowed the main theme of the game and injected it into the track to give it more emotion. Even though the end result is a lot more heavy highs and lows, I feel I still was able to keep the lightness of track intact. When you get unexpectatedly lasered from behind trying to scale a mountain with gear that provides no armor.
You forgot about Wario we dknt need that fat fuck stealing my coins anymore. Me and my brother are both zelda fans, and we own two pianos so we played the guardian theme together one person for each piano and we played at the same time it was quite epic.Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. I'm just going to get straight to the point. A band as influential and beloved as Blind Guardian has every right to hype up their upcoming releases; and fans, of course, have every right to expect a band who has consistently put out solid material to deliver on their reputation.
For the past month and a half, I've been eagerly anticipating the release of Legacy of the Dark Lands by the freshly-dubbed Blind Guardian Twilight Orchestra. I didn't listen to the singles released in advance, as I didn't want to spoil the surprise of what I expected to be an epic power metal masterpiece in the vein of the same band's Nightfall in Middle Earth from two decades prior.
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Instead, when I put this album on today, I was extraordinarily underwhelmed. This album is not a metal album in any way. There are no guitars, bass, or drums to be found anywhere on the release.
Unfortunately, without the accompanying piercing guitar harmonies and rapid double bass patterns that typically define Blind Guardian's sound, the whole album just feels strange.
While the orchestral parts are undeniably well-composed and thoroughly thought-out, they fail to be truly captivating and instead aim to create atmosphere. Production-wise, this album sounds great. The orchestra is mixed in a way that all instruments can be heard clearly yet all take a back seat when vocals are present.
Unfortunately, all of the songs blend together for the listener and are nearly indistinguishable due to the lack of any interesting riffs. All in all, Legacy of the Dark Lands is a more-or-less unforgivable release. It represents a near-total departure from anything Blind Guardian has released in the past, and is completely disappointing to any hopeful metalheads who had been pleased by the groups other more recent work.
I am glad I decided not to pre-order a physical copy of this album, as I'm sure if I had I would now be extremely angry at myself for wasting my money on such a useless and silly purchase.