Title: Live Beyond The SpheresLabel: Nuclear Blast Records
name of Blind Guardian is probably the epitome of Teutonic
Metal genre, than the other German Metal acts. Since
their inception back in 1984, their ability to mix the
traditional Heavy Metal with more progressive elements has
been at the forefront of the band’s sound, while never
being afraid to remain open-minded and adventurous.
in 2017 the band have captured the excitement of their live
shows in a 3 CD package entitled 'Live Beyond The Spheres'.
package consists of material from numerous shows recorded
during their European tour in 2015 and includes the classics
and more recent tracks, as well as songs that are very
rarely played live.
tracks over the 3 CD’s and for vinyl lovers, this is also
being made available on 4 discs for your delight.
up with the ten-minute epic ‘The Ninth Wave’, things
couldn’t get off to better start, as frontman Hansi Kursch
and rest of the band deliver what they do best.
though the songs were recorded at 10 different shows over
the tour, because of the bands ability to produce the goods
show after show, these separate records melt seamlessly into
each other, so much so that you could easily be listening to
one show in its entirety.
the likes of the ‘The Bard’s Song (In the Forest)’ and
‘Mirror Mirror’ still have the crowds in raptures, so do
the rarities such as ‘And Then There Was Silence’.
Although firm favourites off the album for me have to
the fifteen-minute splendour of ‘And There Was
Silence’. I’ve always said to bring such a track
to a live show is always a risk, as this dominates the set,
but Blind Guardian are one of those rare breeds of bands,
along with the likes of Rush and Dream Theater, than can get
away with such epics, as the songs have so many layers that
you are quickly engulfed in the songs splendour and time is
no longer important and the music is master.
think Kürsch puts it best "Sometimes there's something
at a show, let's call it 'MAGIC', that gives us all a shiver
up our spine. You can’t forecast such moments and
they’re not restricted to certain songs”
A must for fans of the band and those who like to indulge in a bit of grandiose power infused Metal.
Review by: Barry McMinn
Tracklisting - CD One:
Tracklisting - CD Two:
Lord Of The Rings
Tracklisting - CD Three:
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