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Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth (1998)

Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth (1998)

Tracklist front / back album covers

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 Fëanor"   5:41

7. "Captured"   0:26

8. "Blood Tears"   5:24

9. "Mirror Mirror"   5:06

10. "Face the Truth"   0:24

11. "Noldor (Dead Winter Reigns)"   6:51

12. "Battle of Sudden Flames"   0:44

13. "Time Stands Still (at the Iron Hill)"   4:53

14. "The Dark Elf"   0:23

15. "Thorn"   6:19

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

Japanese edition bonus tracks

23. "Nightfall" (orchestral version)   5:38

24. "A Dark Passage" (instrumental version)   6:06

2007 re-release bonus track

23. "Harvest of Sorrow"   3:39

2018 re-release bonus tracks

23. "Doom"   5:51

24. "Harvest of Sorrow"   3:41

25. "The Tides of War"   5:17

Blind Guardian Band Members / Musicians

Hansi Kürsch – lead and backing vocals

André Olbrich – lead, rhythm and acoustic guitar

Marcus Siepen – rhythm guitar

Thomas "Thomen" Stauch – drums

Oliver Holzwarth – bass

Mathias Weisner – keyboards, orchestral effects

Michael Schüren– grand piano

Max Zelzner – flutes, alto flute

Norman Eshley, Douglas Fielding – narration

Billy King, Rolf Köhler, Olaf Senkbeil, Thomas Hackmann – choir

Blind Guardian – producers

Flemming Rasmussen – mixing

Charlie Bauerfeind – mixing of interludes

Flemming Rasmussen, Charlie Bauerfeind and Piet Sielck – mixing engineers

Charlie Bauerfeind – recording and engineering of drums, percussion, lead and backing vocals, bass guitars, piano and interludes

Piet Sielck – recording and engineering of lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars, keyboards and orchestral effects

Flemming Rasmussen – recording and engineering of vocals

Cuny – recording and engineering of flutes, alto-flutes and vocals

Andreas Marshall – cover and story paintings

Thorsten Eichhorst – photos

Nightfall in Middle-Earth is the 6th studio album by German power metal band Blind Guardian. It was released on 28 April 1998 through Virgin Records. It is a concept album based upon J. R. R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion, a book of tales from the First Age of Middle-earth, recounting The War of the Jewels. The album contains not only songs but also spoken parts narrating parts of the story. The cover depicts Lúthien dancing in front of Morgoth.

Nightfall in Middle-Earth is widely regarded as one of Blind Guardian's most well-known and well-received albums in their discography. It is also the first album with Oliver Holzwarth as guest musician, playing bass guitar instead of Hansi Kürsch.

It was the first album by Blind Guardian to be released in the United States. The sales encouraged Century Media to release their entire back catalog in the US in 2007, at which point it was remastered and re-released, with an added bonus track.

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