Bands like Blind Guardian are the mid-2000s definition of "pop-metal" -- so much has their thirst for melody and song hooks overtaken their original desire to mosh! And releases like 2006's Fly EP only confirm this, thanks to a title track where keyboards share equal weight with the band's guitars and singer Hansi Kürsch's higher registers sound more like Dee Snider with each passing day. On the ensuing acoustic version of "Skalds and Shadows" (as if listeners needed an acoustic version of friggin' "Skalds and Shadows"!), the Teutonic torturers combine Queen's studio-assembled choir sections with the medieval folk fluffery of Blackmore's Night -- and the only good thing about Blind Guardian's heinously thrashy cover of Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" is that it mercifully lasts three minutes, not the original dinosaur's 17 (thank God for small favors). Some people love this stuff. Others may hope that the band brings back the Hobbit stories -- at least that would be a distraction from the actual music!
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AllMusic Review by Eduardo Rivadavia