Blind Guardian releases A Night at the Opera

A Night at the Opera is a 2002 album by the German power metal band Blind Guardian, named after the Queen album of the same name. named this the best metal album of 2002.

This album continues a stylistic change from power metal into a more progressive sound, with multiple overlayed 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.