BLIND GUARDIAN

Epic live splurge from Ger­many’s lords of power-pomp

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums -

There are many rea­sons why Blind Guardian tower over the ma­jor­ity of their power metal peers, but prin­ci­pal among them is the fact that hansi Kursch’s crew are both in­sanely am­bi­tious and con­sis­tently able to pull off even their most ex­trav­a­gant ideas. Over three hours in length, Live… works just as well as an elec­tri­fy­ing great­est hits com­pen­dium as it does as the band’s third live al­bum, but ei­ther way it’s one of the most ri­otously OTT metal records ever. Ex­plo­sive and im­mac­u­late, the per­for­mances are com­pelling. As the Ger­mans power their way through speed metal as­saults like Ban­ish From Sanc­tu­ary and lyri­cal epics like Night­fall and Imag­i­na­tions From The Other Side, out­ra­geous tech­ni­cal­ity and soul­ful grit col­lide, re­sult­ing in a vivid snap­shot of wise old metal masters at the peak of their pow­ers.

FOR FANS OF: Iced Earth, Manowar, Epica

DOM LAW­SON

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