Power Metal 101: Blind Guardian

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HAIL, WARRIORS!

The venerable Masterlord Steeldragon and I have had many a discussion about the most grandiose of all genres: power metal. Few genres have such a rich and varied history that can be so clearly explored and discussed. We also noticed a big problem: far too many of you nerds don’t seem to know anything about power metal. We’ve decided to try to educate you losers instead of slamming you into lockers over and over again. Let’s begin with, arguably, the biggest power metal band of them all. I will now present to you the highly revered power metal masters from Germany.

No pressure right? Where do you even start with an article about Blind Guardian? They’ve been around since 1984 (as Lucifer’s Heritage) and have never released a bad album. They’ve progressed with each release and have always represented the absolute best of the genre’s current trends. They are frequently praised for their brilliantly written lyrics focusing on multiple eras and genres of literature. They’re commonly associated with Lord of the Rings, as they dedicated an entire album (often considered their magnum opus) to focus on the story and concepts contained in Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. The only major change in lineup they’ve ever had to deal with was switching a drummer in 2005.

In short, Blind Guardian have a highly esteemed reputation.

I imagine the majority of you are already familiar with this band.  They’re one of the most popular metal bands out right now, especially in power metal.  I’m not going to try to write an article that meticulously details every bit of Blind Guardian’s sound, history, notable events, etc. This is just a basic outline of what to expect. Blind Guardian have also changed with each album, so in order for me to give any kind of helpful article on this band, I’m going to need to step through each album in their discography.

I highly recommend checking out the Wikipedia pages for each of these albums (which I shall provide). There you’ll find tidbits and trivia about the musical and lyrical themes throughout the albums. It should enrich your experience with the music.

Class: Sit down, and prepare for excellence.


Battalions of Fear

Blind Guardian wasn’t always the hugely bombastic band that we know and love them as today. They debuted with 1988’s Battalions of Fear, a speed metal album clearly influenced by their fellow countrymen Helloween, with whom they had a close relationship. If you’re more into speed/heavy metal than the whole “power” part, this is where you start. Fast songs, guitar solos and huge choruses are the name of the game here. Notably, Hansi’s voice wasn’t as unique and identifiable as it became on later albums. Here he sounds like a pretty typical power metal singer. The album opens with the song “Majesty,” which is still a fan favorite even today.

Wiki – Battalions of Fear
Listen – Majesty


Follow the Blind

Hansi’s voice finally begins to exhibit his iconic sound present on all following Blind Guardian releases. This album remains firmly seated in the speed metal genre, opening up to a bit more thrash and even some doom tendencies. They clearly show a massive jump in songwriting ability, pushing out an entire album of immediately memorable songs. “Valhalla” in particular is an extremely notable song. Featuring plenty of thrashier riffs and Helloween/Gamma Ray’s Kai Hansen, this song will have the chorus forever stuck in your head by the end of your first listen. It’s so infectious that, in the video provided below, the crowd refuses to let the band end the song and continues to chant the chorus long after the song actually ends.

Wiki – Follow the Blind
Listen – Valhalla (Live)


Tales from the Twilight World

This is where Blind Guardian begins to hint at the more melodic and majestic songwriting they would employ for the rest of their career. The music is still rife with speed/thrash metal influences, but Hansi begins to display his extraordinary layered vocal harmonization and choral talent. Again, Kai Hansen returns to loan some guest vocals and soaring high screams on “Lost in the Twilight Hall.”

Wiki – Tales from the Twilight World
Listen – Traveler in Time


Somewhere Far Beyond

Blind Guardian explodes into glory. Opening up with the impossibly catchy “Time What Is Time,” Blind Guardian drags you along on an adventure across multiple literary universes and themes. Though they retain many characteristics from their earlier speed metal days, the band has undoubtedly flourished into a full-fledged power metal band at this point.  Kai Hansen returns yet again for his final guest appearance, this time in the form of lead guitar on “The Quest For Tanelorn.” Singling out a single song from this album is incredibly difficult, but fortunately, Blind Guardian supplies us with the single greatest ballad in power metal history: “The Bard’s Song – In the Forest.”

Wiki – Somewhere Far Beyond
Listen – The Bard’s Song – In The Forest


Imaginations from the Other Side

Not content with sticking with a particular sound for long, Blind Guardian travel even further into the melodic realms of power metal with Imaginations from the Other Side. The iconic guitar tone of André Olbrich emerges in majestic fashion here, clearly influenced by the grandiose tone of Brian May. This album is 100% power metal. Expect bombastic choruses, choirs, and epic songwriting. This album marks the end of the “Speed Guardian” days.

Wiki – Imaginations from the Other Side
Listen – Bright Eyes


Nightfall in Middle Earth

Here it is, arguably the greatest power metal album of all time. This album single-handedly solidified BG’s reputation as “that Lord of the Rings power metal band.” Nightfall in Middle Earth is a massive concept album based on Tolkien’s The Silmarillion and takes an incredibly compelling approach to storytelling. Beyond using the lyrics to relay the story to the listener, we see the implementation of voice-acted characters narrating events in spoken word, background noise, sounds of battle, etc. across a number of tracks. On average, the tempo of the songs has slowed down quite a bit. Less speedy passages and more mid-tempo romps that sound perfect for exploring the adventures and history of Eä. I highly, highly recommend that you take the time to listen to this album as one piece instead of picking at it song by song.

Wiki – Nightfall in Middle Earth
Listen – Nightfall


A Night at the Opera

Creating one of the most symphonic and beautiful metal albums ever was just not enough for Blind Guardian. Named after Queen’s album of the same name, A Night at the Opera sees BG delving even further into the bombastic, symphonic style they had carved out for themselves with their last two albums. This album contains, by far, the most over-the-top symphonic flair in the band’s  entire career. Every song truly is an epic, and a majority of the tracks will be stuck in your brain within a listen or two. It also contains Blind Guardian’s longest song to date, “…And Then There Was Silence,” a massive piece that follows the story of Cassandraand her attempts to warn Troy of its impending doom. Thomen “The Omen” Stauch lays down some the most solid drums and dizzying fills of his career. Unfortunately, he would leave after this album, citing “musical differences” and dissatisfaction with the direction the band had headed. He would go on to focus on his side project, Savage Circus, to pursue a power/speed metal direction. If you’re more into symphonic/epic stuff (and somehow don’t know about Blind Guardian already), start here.

Wiki – A Night at the Opera
Listen – Battlefield


A Twist in the Myth

A Twist in the Myth was quite a surprise to many fans, moving in a direction that most were not expecting. Instead of pursuing the massive orchestral style of NatO, BG instead decided to take a few steps back, simplify things, and write a stripped down (though slightly progressive) metal album. The distinct lack of the signature symphonic element really upset a lot of fans, who often decry it as Blind Guardian’s worst. At the end of the day, it’s actually one of BG’s most unique and ambitious albums. The songwriting hasn’t gone anywhere and the songs are just as good as they’ve always been. A lot of people were turned off because Blind Guardian didn’t take the easy victory lap they had hoped for. What I really enjoy is the back-to-the-basics approach of the guitar, bass, drums, and 18 Hansi’s layered over each other. Stylistically it’s still a power metal album, with plenty of medieval/folk sounding melodies throughout. Most songs are a straight-forward 4-6 minute affair. Overall a fantastic power metal album, and not BG’s worst.

Wiki – A Twist in the Myth
Listen – This Will Never End


At the Edge of Time

After A Twist In The Myth, fans were either excited or concerned to hear what Blind Guardian would do next. Not one to disappoint, BG dropped At the Edge of Time on us and shattered everyone’s expectations in the best way possible. Reaching deep into different eras of their discography for influence, they created an album that managed to bring back the speedier/thrashier edge of the guitars and the bombastic, symphonic melody that catapulted them to legend status. The result is nothing short of stunning. The songwriting is easily their most mature to date, displaying an effective mix of power, speed, and progressive elements throughout. If you’re not sure where to start with BG, start here, as it deftly combines the majority of the history of Blind Guardian into one album.

Wiki – At the Edge of Time
Listen – A Voice in the Dark


What do you think of Blind Guardian? Are they the greatest power metal band of all time? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

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  • BOW BEFORE THE GREAT HANSI!
    Good lesson, Randall.

    • Randall Thor
      • Dammit, Randall. Now I have to watch the trilogy back to back to back this weekend.

        Who am I kidding, I was going to do that anyway.

        • Xan

          Extended edition and all the behind the scenes or gtfo. Seriously though, it took me about six days to get through all that.

    • Scrimm

      Sorry, I only bow to one man.

      • neil degrasse tyson?

        • Scrimm

          Now you’re going too far.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            the mockery of bruce , he is on thin ice, thin ice i say.

          • Scrimm

            There he is!

          • my fault. disqus didn’t show the pic when i replied.
            i agree with your sentiment now.

          • Scrimm

            Ahhhh it all makes sense now. No worries the ice is solid again.

        • Metaphysical Anus

          Yes!

  • As a metal nerd i can get behind dragons and stuff, but i like my dragons and wizards to be a sludgey and shit. Just not a fan of power metal. I will apologize for nothing.

    • Randall Thor

      An honorable warrior will stand by his creed even when it is false, or may lead to death. I respect you, but one day we must face one another in battle, and I will not hold my sword.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        That’s pretty fucking cheesy.

      • Gorgasm must be BANISHED… FROM SANCTUARY!!!

        • Can i at least pack my things first?

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          are we talking a logan’s run reference here.

          • I took it as a Diablo reference.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            i will have to look that up , what we have here is a classic generation gap as far as trivia goes.

          • Yea…i’ve been meaning to watch that. i’ve been told Logan’s Run is a sci-fi sclassic.

          • JWG

            I certainly hope so. Logan’s Run isn’t great sci-fi, but it’s excellent use of Jenny Agutter.

            …who’s not actually looking bad for 60ish. But definitely was in peak condition in ’76.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            indeed, very ethereal in logans run. Not a classic beauty but still very sexy and unique. The second photo is from early in the 70’s i think.

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            As we age Crom do you find the 70’s to be more and more attractive? The cars, the clothes, the buildings the language the movies the whole enchilada?

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            we are on the same wavelength on that. My favorite car is still the general lee 69 charger from the same year i was born. Dukes of hazzard was my introduction to the american south. I was in love with daisy. Then star wars, i was in love with carrie fisher, king kong 76, i was in love with jessica lange, hahhahh. The saturday morning cartoons were better, i liked the shows more, the toys were better, i don’t know if you remember the mego figures. They were about 8 inches tall and they made all the superheros as well as planet of the apes, chips and starsky and hutch. As i grew older and got into music in 81 i slowly started getting into the 70’s band which was easy to do because the 80’s bands lifted so much from zeppelin. Moreso than any band at that time. That’s why i get pissed off when people say led zeppellin stole music. Yea, they stole the words to whole lotta love, it wasn’t right and they know it now, but the music was original. Talk about stealing, zeppelin is the most ripped off band in history, there isn’t one hard rock/metal band from the 80’s with the exception of thrash and death metal that didn’t steal outright from the mighty zepp.
            As far as movies go, for me anyways at this point all my favorite movies are from the 70’s with a few exceptions here and there like conan and the road warrior and some horror movies here and there. I always thought hippies were cool too, peaceful , all the girls had the long hair, i liked the way women looked in the 70’s, way less fake boobs, the natural look. I like straight hair because it is timeless, it never looks bad. Just like the ramones, jeans, a white shirt and a leather jacket, that is in style today. It’s a great decade, it’s like the establishment were so tired from the chaos of the 60’s they were just like let’s cut society and the music and movie industry some slack. Thats why music and movies got more cutting edge in that 10 years. As the 80’s wore on the conservatives were censoring music and movies like it was the 50’s again. People say movies are so full of nudity and violence today, i say look at a horror movie from the 70’s or the early 80’s, the stuff in those movies would get an x rating today. Basically i wish i was born in 59 instead of 69, then i would have been there for the zeppelin debut and the first sabbath. Also the first rush in 74, i think my life would be a lot better today if that had been the case. Oh, well , i did enjoy parts of the 80’s but it was no 70’s , not by a long shot. The 90’s were a dissapointment for me as has been every decade since. As fun as the internet is i would give it up in a second if i could start my life again in 1959. A long answer to a short question. A resounding yes is my answer , the 70’s is the greatest decade without a doubt.

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            Great post…ahhhh the great memories!

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        How can power metal NOT be CROM approved. I feel that the roots of power metal derive deepest from the very soul of metal itself RJD. From rainbow to his transformation of sabbath at the turn of the 80’s into his epic lyrical sojourns of the 80’s what is he if not power metal incarnate. Power metal – just the 2 words alone – power and metal – one needs power to lift a sword & a sword must be crafted of metal. It is complete in it’s simplicity and ability to inspire the greatness in all our souls.

        • Truly beautiful. I’m featuring this.

          • Randall Thor

            I would fight you if you didn’t

        • ah, evening has officially started! hi Conan!

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            got up a bit earlier today after a full day of heavy duty trolling. My trolling boat actually sprung a leak and i was bailing water out most of the night. I fought the good fight for true metal against steel panter. The actual steel panther article had 10 comments. But i dovetailed ( more like hammered a square block into a round hole) SP into the BVB article rustling jimmies to a fever pitch by declaring BVB were a better band because they played from the heart and did not use the bands of the past to produce musical mockery. Needless to say this caused a firestorm of controvery which is still smoking like burning fires. I have lobbed 2 more grenades into a tom g warrior and exodus article so i have my work cut out for me. I am actually breaking a sweat laying down CROM’s word on this digital papyrus we call the internet.

          • You’re on a god damned roll, brother from the north. I swear, funniest shit for a while…

        • Xan

          ^.^

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            reminds me of upcoming event on oct. 5th. Would AA be considered an extreme form of power metal meeting death metal somewhere in the middle ?

          • Xan

            Stylistically, they’re melodic death metal but the lyrical themes can tie into power metal. Pretty much anything to do with mythology can be tied into them.

      • Xan

        We shall do battle side-by-side with the pipes of the dragon in hand. Death to all but metal!

      • TrickleDownTacoRiff

        I respect your conviction my good sir. Your dedication makes me want to try harder to like this genre.

    • Tyree

      No more edits!!!

    • Edit: M Shadows!

    • Then you should listen the bard’s song
      http://youtu.be/Zklqr1xj32Q

      Also, an almost never mentioned album from blind guardian it’s The Tokyo Tales album, what I like the most about this live & edited album is the Hansi voice at it best and also every song speedier than the album version.

  • Tyree

    The only genre of music that I like that has the word “Power” in it is Power Violence. I think my mom bought me a Blind Gaurdian album for Christmas one year back in high school. I think she just saw the artwork and assumed that it was going to be something I liked. It was not unfortunately. I was all like thanks mom, how did you fucking know!

    • Metaphysical Anus

      You don’t like power electronics?

      • Tyree

        What the hell is that?

        • Metaphysical Anus

          Wait for Christian and let him enlighten you.

    • YOUR MOM IS SMARTER THAN YOU, TYREE.

      • Randall Thor

        TYREE, YOUR MOTHER WAS A TRUE WARRIOR TRYING TO RAISE YOU IN THE LIGHT, BUT YOU REJECTED HER FOR THE GUTTER.

        • Metaphysical Anus

          Calm down guys!

          • Tyree

            Nah, this is fucking great dude. I’m just letting this play its course.

        • i love envisioning your comments being read by the narrator from Soul Calibur

          • Randall Thor

            No need to imagine, I sound like that IRL

          • Xan

            I always imagined you with an Ian McKellen playing Gandalf voice.

          • Randall Thor

            More Future Flusher meal videos are coming, so you can be soothed by my voice

        • Xan

          I WISH MY MOTHER BOUGHT ME AMAZING POWER METAL WHEN I WAS A WEE WARRIOR!

      • Tyree

        You know what else I got for Christmas? Oh, it was a banner fucking year at the old Tyree house. I got a carton of cigarettes. The old lady grabbed me and said, “Hey, smoke up Tyree.” All right!?!

        • KJM

          “What if your dope was on fire?”

          “Impossible, Sir. It’s in Randall’s underwear.”

          • Tyree

            Why do you need a fake ID?

            To vote.

    • did you give her a Brutal Truth album for mother’s day?

  • W.

    In case y’all didn’t know, Battleground is the song that drives you to glory in Robot Unicorn Attack: heavy Metal. http://games.adultswim.com/robot-unicorn-attack-heavy-metal-twitchy-online-game.html

  • Ferris Mueller

    Classic PM, though some is Blind Guardian songs are (much) better than others.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    If being a true warrior means that I have to listen to fucking power metal, I’d rather not be a true warrior.

    • You’re in no danger of ever being a true warrior, don’t worry.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        Resorting to insults is the only thing you guys can do to defend yourselves?

        • Would you prefer being slain with steel?

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I doubt you nerds can even lift a steel sword.

          • I doubt you’re even a real imaginary anus…

          • Metaphysical Anus

            What a shocker!

          • Tongue-in-cheek isn’t your strong suit.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Maybe it ain’t, mate.

          • Fucker probably likes clubs. Trve warriors like spades.

          • Scrimm

            I have a huge broadsword I lift just fine.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Prove it, nerd!

          • God

            I named my penis “huge broadsword”

          • Metaphysical Anus
          • So do your boners coincide with tornadoes?

          • God

            Those are my holy farts

          • Well I see someone has indigestion issues.

          • God

            Thats the last time I get indian food.

          • Scrimm

            Sorry no pictures the magic in my sword makes it invisible to film. Pretty sure all my military training prevents me from being a nerd, at least the weakling kind.

          • God

            Nerds are the best kind of people.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            People with military training can be nerds. Most men in Finland have a military training due to it being mandatory.

          • God

            Silly anus, Finland doesn’t exist.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Look who is talking about things not existing!

          • Scrimm

            Didn’t say I wasn’t a nerd. I fully embrace it. I’m just a pretty strong one.

          • Randall Thor
          • Metaphysical Anus

            But it ain’t you.

          • Randall Thor

            I lift silver broadswords of +5 chinese food to mouth

          • Metaphysical Anus

            All I hear is words, but I don’t see proof!

          • No fire enchantment? The Fuck man?!

          • This is the best comment in this entire thread.
            A winner is you!

          • Guest

            You hath won the comment award of Lord Xan for this day.

          • Xan

            You have won the comment award of the day from Lord Xan.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            You’re Winner!

          • W.

            Good lord, that guy is yoked.

          • Randall Thor

            He is exactly the opposite of what I expected a member of Rhapsody to look like

          • W.

            No joke. I honestly expect most power metal types to be the harmless, D&D style dungeon dwellers who hold stable day jobs.

          • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

            hey I resemble that comment

          • not me dude, not after seeing pics of manowar… that accidentally showed up in my web browser.

          • Xan

            Most of them are. Then there are the dungeon dwellers and then the men worthy of Manowar. I hope to someday leave the dungeons of Dol Guldor into the light of Mirkwood.

          • he must be swolling to the jammiez

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            methinks he be roiding heavily.

          • Xan

            I am “that” power metal nerd. I have about ten swords mounted on my walls. Come at me robbers!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            What does each one of them compensate?

          • Xan

            Nothing. I really like collecting prop swords from The Lord of the Rings.

        • God

          If you don’t have power metal you can’t be a true warrior. It’s just a fact man

        • Tis fun

    • KJM

      You should appreciate music that deals with mythical subjects, being from an imaginary country and all…

      • Metaphysical Anus

        Maybe that’s one of the reasons I don’t like it.

    • Ok so imagine you are in a life or death situation, you can choose between power metal or pop. You have to pick one or die. Which do u choose.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        Death. I’ll choose death.

        • I’m sorry, the correct answer was Archspire. RIP

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I’d rather die than listen to Archspire.

          • In death you are submitted to a never-ending live version of Archspire. What do u choose now.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I’ll fucking cease to exist!

          • KJM

            You are eaten by a Grue.

          • Doesn’t count you are already metaphysical. Are you trying to say you are a closet suicide silence fan?

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I never said that! I hate Sucide Silence.

          • Mmm hmmm

          • This thread reminds me of those old ass text based games.

          • do your students make you mix CD’s?

          • Metaphysical Anus

            No. I teach them. Does that happen in the USA?

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            He’s probably a closet ICP fan.

        • behold… the flush… and the power it holds!!!

    • JWG

      Listen to chiptunes instead: be a True Wario.

  • W.

    Randall, Blind Guardian follow the path of the beam, and for that, I salute them and you for heralding their glory. This post has redeemed your previous indiscretions.

    • Randall Thor

      Long days and pleasant nights

  • Wizard Aura

    The most concrete memory I have of my trip to Greece is when this dude I was drinking with told me: “I listen to hip-hop and pop music around people, but when I’m at home I listen to Blind Guardian.” I don’t even remember what the fucking Acropolis looks like, just the one conversation I had about metal.

    • Bob Nühart

      Yeah, we all like power metal. But: no, it’s nothing you play for people at parties.

      PLZ DONT SLAY ME

      • Randall Thor

        I don’t know what parties you’re going to, but at my parties, I purposely blast power metal

        • Bob Nühart

          There is always a certain time of the night when the call to PLAY SOME GERMAN WIZARD-METAL is appropriate.

      • I was playing my old music for my friends party recently and decided to fuck with them and blast some cattle decap. Shit was priceless. One guy actually liked it and started moshing but eventually moshed into the wall and took a nap. 20/10 would do again.

        • I just heartily lol’d at this. At work. I’m the worst employee.

          • It’s always fun being the sober person watching all the drunk people make fools of themselves and then teasing them about shit they don’t remember the next day.

          • thanks to the Toilet, i don’t get work done at work anymore!

          • Good. That means we can be unemployed homeless metalheads together! <3

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I’m employed and I have no intention of screwing it up. I have my job orientation today at 11. I’m happy to be employed because I now make money. I can buy tickets to see Opeth and In Flames, the Xbox One I want, Destiny, WWE 2K15, a nice TV to play it on and Red Dragon Cartel tickets as they’re coming to my town.

          • It’s a proven fact that productivity is overrated and that procrastination is where it’s at.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I’m glad that I’m already done with my work long time before shit stats coming here.

          • shit mang, your bedtime is coming up soon!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            You’re right. I need to enlighten people with the wonders of science tomorrow

        • Xan

          I was doing some charity work at a nursing home back in 10th grade and I was in charge of the music. I accidently had added a Napalm Death song to the playlist. The volume was low but I still caused about half of the people in the room to almost fall out of their seats. I might be responsible for the death of a horde of senior citizens.

      • play Oasis at parties.

  • Bob Nühart

    Finally, music that teaches The Youth POSITIVE VALUES such as ‘valor’ and ‘trembling before the majesty of puissant warlords’. I was getting sick of all the raps music that only teaches ‘rudeness to hos’.

  • God

    POWER METAL CRUSHES!!! Blind Guardian, Persuader, Adagio, Powerquest, etc, I love it all.

    • Randall Thor

      GOD IS ON OUR SIDE!

      • “i have an army”
        “we have a god”

        • Just one?

          • God

            The best one Jack. The best one.

          • if i had to pick betwixt you and Satan, i dunno.

          • God

            I’ll give you a cookie.

          • i hate sweets. Satan just won.
            (make it a jalapeno popper and you’ll be good for life)

          • God

            I meant Jalepeno Popper!

          • Betwixt…Goddamnit now I need to play dark souls

          • God

            Dark Souls is never a bad idea. Praise the motherfucking sun!

          • you’re a braver man than me. i still can’t beat Stonefang Tunnel on NG+ on Demon’s Souls.

          • I do not possess a ps3 and therefore have never tried that one

          • God

            Demons Souls is probably my favorite souls game hands down. More punishing and unforgiving than any of the others.

          • for reals man? dark souls is less difficult? that goes against everything i’ve heard. maybe i need to pick it up

          • God

            Dark souls was at least less difficult for me. Up until the artorias of the abyss dlc. That shit beat me down.

          • Honestly, once u get the mechanics down it’s easy. Then it really just becomes about patience.

          • and stay away from the booze (me, not you). that game requires 100% motor skills.

          • Xan

            You can bring down the walls of city by using our plebeian voices. Imagine what you could do with Hansi’s voice.

    • Your God has spoken.

    • Scrimm
      • Randall Thor

        He’s God, of course He’s going to love a great power metal band who also sings about Him

        • God

          Question: I like dragonforce. Does that make me less of a warrior or have no bearing on my warrior-ness?

          • Randall Thor

            A true warrior stands for his beliefs

          • God

            That’s why I’ve never been quiet about liking some bands that are pretty much disliked by most. I have no shame.

          • Randall Thor

            The new Dragonforce is one of my favorite releases this year

          • God

            Amen to that. I never get tired of them.

          • W.

            We often give each other the razz here, but it’s all in good fun. Heck, we mercilessly deride Jack for his undying devotion to Archspire.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I sold that new Archspire CD to my friend. It got old very quick.

          • jack’s having a tough time right now, you aren’t helping.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            What do you mean by “tough time”?

          • broke up with his girlfriend of four years. he roll’d coal on her!!!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Ahhh, ok. I’m sorry but I can’t relate to the feeling of losing someone you love.

          • God

            you don’t have to relate to be sympathetic.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Honestly, I’ve never felt sympathy towards other humans.

          • that’s pretty cocky: assuming you’ll never lose me.
            ah who am i kidding, you won’t!!!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I can relate to that feeling. I can relate to it all too well.

          • I’m trying to count your comments but it’s tough because they keep showing up

          • 1/0… approaches infinity

          • Mmmmmmm archspire, arghghghghghgh

          • God

            Make sure you clean up after yourself Jack.

          • That’s chloes job but she had to go and be a emo stupid face

          • Seriously though, scream feeding is helping with the breakup I’m going though tremendously. I don’t know or care why it helps but it does.

          • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

            so whatever went down a few weeks ago was a prelude to something going down for real, huh? bummer bro. just head on down to bdubs, slam some BL’s and crush some waitress tail

          • Yea, feels like I wasted 4 years lol. I don’t do bdubs. Interrogated some dude there once and I’m no longer welcome.

          • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

            As the wise W once said, sever ties, don’t look back. Only move forward with the new.

          • W.

            Gotta sever the wicked hand, dude.

          • God

            That would make a killer song name.

            edit: oh shit it is one. duh

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBRuOni6gMo

          • but… dose wing special tuesdays and dat mango habanero wing sauce

          • I got portillos. Don’t need no bdubs brah.

          • shit son, you just dropped mic on me

          • dat asian zing sauce rustled my jimmies so good.

          • can you imagine how hilarious it would be if a bunch of us met up at a BWW and bro’d it up?

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I prefer Hurricane. They have good boneless wings and they have all you can eat boneless wings on Wednesdays. I do like BDubs though.

          • Jormungandr

            You’re a man after my heart McNulty

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I tried their hottest sauce once and it had a aftertaste that tasted like chemicals or some sort of poison. I love the Parmesan garlic wings as well as the desert heat ones though.

          • Virgil the Ghost Poet

            That poor bastard.

          • crazytaco_12

            Dude, they opened with that when I saw them the other week. Trying to polish up my review and get in on the Toilet by this week

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            You’re going through a breakup? I’m sorry to hear that. Here’s some advice on what not to do when you break up with someone: Try to forget them completely.

          • I wish it was that simple. I broke up with her because she was extremely depressed and it was taking it’s toll on me after trying to help in a ton of different ways. I still care about her but I fell out of love.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I had to make a decision that still pains me involving one of my best friends. We had feelings for each other but it never turned into anything and having to leave her behind pains me and always will. I’ve also tried dating people that were similar to me. That culminated in me dating a bipolar girl because she was beautiful. I regret that to this day and will do so for the rest of my life. The two of us were meant to destroy each other and that is exactly what happened. She went on to become addicted to drugs and has sobered up since and is now pregnant. I became a paranoid, hatred filled husk of what I once was. I used to be a social icon beloved by everyone I knew. Now all I feel is depression and a self loathing that will never go away.

          • Virgil the Ghost Poet

            Loving someone with mental illness is hard. Its hard on everybody. I’m sorry agent. And i hope she can get the help that she needs. Please don’t go off in a rage and torture and kill a bunch of people because you are a bad mother fucker. In all seriousness take care.

          • Thanks man.

          • Randall Thor

            Seriously, power metal article and dudes first comment HONES RIGHT IN on someone mentioning Archspire

          • After spending ten minutes trying to get your videos to work I turned on my tech detector.

          • Randall Thor

            They aren’t working?

          • Not for me but im on mobile

          • God

            One of the many reasons I love it here.

          • interrogation room!

          • Won’t work. I told metaphysical anus to go in there but now I can’t find the guy. Need to prevent him from bringing Finland through the rift. Interrogation room is off limits until this is resolved.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I won’t be bringing Finland through the rift. Fucking Putin is waiting.

      • God

        Hell yeah! Theocracy is some prime cheesy/awesome power metal.

        • Scrimm

          Yes I just recently discovered them.

          • God

            You may also like Adiastasia. They got me into a lot of power metal (plus they sound like they could be on the soundtrack to a dynasty warriors game).
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77f1jW787js

          • Scrimm

            This is nice. I also heard of one named Northern Flame. haent heard the whole album, but the couple tracks online sound alright. Kinda got a blind guardianness to the vocals, with occasianal deathly backups https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYAsoiz-K-c

          • God

            This made me want to rush into the nearest battlefield and die honorably in a blaze of glory.

          • Scrimm

            Yeah I’ve been thinking about picking this up. There’s only a few copies made though, 25 regular and 50 deluxe

    • dudebro, have you heard Axel Rudi Pell? or seen the videos? or seen live footage? please, please watch live ARP videos.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        Axl Rosenberg? I think I have heard of him. He plays some standard metal, right?

        • i recommend booze, Lauri. lots of it.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Not gonna start it mate!

        • Leave the hall.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I have been outside the hall for eternity, Jack!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Don’t you have your own hall? Why don’t you just enjoy that hall instead of the one that has everybody in it?

        • Xan

      • God

        Love me some ARP!

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        He is amazing. He is above Malmsteen in my opinion but not at the level of Tony MacAlpine or Michael Angelo Batio who are my favorite guitar shredders.

  • TrickleDownTacoRiff

    Well, I guess I need to pony up and listen to some Blind Fucking Guardian!

    • as a non-power metal nerd, i recommend banish from sanctuary. i could listen to it on loop for hours.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        Jimmy, why have you forsaken me?

        • Nicki Minaj >>>>>> power metal
          but it’s not enough to come between us, bby

          • Metaphysical Anus

            You changed your name?

      • TrickleDownTacoRiff

        why thank u ! I’m all over it bruh!

  • nbm02ss

    I don’t really follow many power metal bands, but Blind Guardian are the exception:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBx9h-6vV4o

  • God
    • nbm02ss

      I enjoy Edguy, too, but I feel that they’re more hit and miss these days. They still put out gems, though:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddWbfgzKtpU

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      these guys are fun, and not in a mockery of metal way, eccentric in a cool way.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        They did a cover of Rock Me Amadeus on their album from this year and I love it.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      I enjoy these guys but they have one album with a cover that terrifies me. From what i remember the album is called Age of the Joker.

  • Jack, looks like we’re going to need a bigger locker.

    http://www.iq.usp.br/encontropg/wp-content/uploads/summit_nerds.jpg

  • Xan

    Blind Guardian is definitely in my top 10 favorite bands of all time. Never before has a band achieved a status where I instantly start headbanging, understand the lyrics, can sing with them, and instill me with a “fuck yeah!” feeling. One of my favorite things about them (to tie back into an earlier post) is the album covers. Every single one of them encapsulates the feeling of the album and are epic as all fuck. I turn into a feverish nerd when I find someone who declares their love for the power metal masters. I can’t wait for their next album. I shall leave you all with some of my favorite tracks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga-q0F7oWnU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFZ_Uyqbr4k https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AfNOKQdY-U https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoyToHOWSV8

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      I enjoy Blind Guardian’s kind of power metal much more than other styles of power metal.

      • Xan

        I’ve always considered there to be three forms of power metal. 1) Power metal with a more traditional heavy metal sound like Grave Digger. 2) Glorious power metal that have a style like Blind Guardian. 3) Manowar.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          I like Grave Digger. Stuff like Blind Guardian and Rhapsody are good. Manowar is Manowar as I cannot really describe them.

        • Randall Thor

          Late reply, sorry, but Blind Guardian have the uncanny ability to simultaneously make balls to the wall epic power metal and take their music extremely seriously (outside of their covers) while not ever coming off as weirdos or dorks like a lot of other power metal bands.

          • Xan

            Indeed they do. To me, Blind Guardian has no element of cheese. Their stuff propounds itself upon the listener leaving them devastated yet enchanted.

    • Randall Thor

      Mirror Mirror is possibly my favorite BG song

  • NDNOvHell

    I need more Blind Guardian in my life.

    Killer post. Will slay the unbelievers.

    CHARGE WITH ARMORED STEEDS

  • JWG

    When I think of ‘that Lord of the Rings power metal band’, I think of Wuthering Heights.

    I was not introduced to BG until much later. In the last few years in fact. Ryan Boc, aka Sequester, who I found in 2008-ish listed them as one of his major influences. I went for the LOTR album first then kind of got stuck there…

    • JWG

      [EDIT as REPLY] What I mean by that, is that I was not introduced to BG until much later than I was WH. “Much later” being in the last few years, in fact:

      Ryan Boc, aka Sequester, who I found in 2008-ish listed Blind Guardian as one of his major influences. I went for the Silmarillion/LOTR album first, and I have not yet explored further. But I should…

      [EDIT of EDIT] Also: I just found a cover that R. Boc did of pre-BG demo tune-age: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_songInfo.cfm?bandID=481743&songID=7024961

    • Love that band! It’s been ages since I listened to them though. The singer always really really reminded me of Dio.

  • Just finished the first spin of Yob’s new one…i’m all warm and fuzzy inside, or it could just be the beer.

    It’s a damn good listen and worthy of the official Gorgasm stamp of approval (trademarked)

  • MoshOff

    Funny, I just gave Follow the Blind a listen for the first time last week. A lot better than what I expected.

    Good post!

    • Randall Thor

      If you dug that album, definitely stick around their earlier material!

  • Baby Metal > ‘Power’ Metal

  • Guppusmaximus

    Sorry but “Revenge of The Nerds” was a far better movie than “Heavy Metal”…

  • J.R.

    I Wikipedia’d the “Wheel of TIme” series (before Sanderson took over) to see when the next books were coming out, and saw at the bottom of the article that Blind Guardian wrote two songs covering Jordan’s novels. That is how I was introduced to Blind Guardian.

    I smiled a little, then, when I saw who wrote this article.

    Also, was looking up a fitting Old Tongue response, and discovered that “Al’cair Dal” means “The Golden Bowl”.

    • Randall Thor

      I’m on book 5 right now, and I’m completely entranced by the series!

      • J.R.

        Tor.com actually sent me a pre-publishing roll of the final book’s artwork before the books shipped out to stores.

        Some people say the series slows down in the middle (nah) but the payoff is so good.

      • J.R.

        Tor.com actually sent me a pre-publishing roll of the final book’s artwork before the books shipped out to stores.

        Some people say the series slows down in the middle (nah) but the payoff is so good.

        sorry if this replies twice. the system is acting very lamely

        • Randall Thor

          I’ve only had one thing spoiled for me so far (cleansing something that is tainted) but otherwise I’m loving the direction it’s going. Also, I HATE NYNAEVE

          • J.R.

            Book 5 is Fires of Heaven, right? The next book, if I am remembering correctly, (now I have to get up and look I hate you) contains on of my favorite lines, but it is all the way at the end.
            I could probably talk about the series for ever if given the chance. Getting up to hunt for that passage, I almost flipped to the beginning of the book and started anew. The draw, so sweet, so tantilizing, but the taint of unfinished homework and unstudied notes is enough to drive a man insane.

          • Randall Thor

            I am loving watching Elayne/Egwene shit all over Nynaeve right now, it is SO SATISFYING

          • J.R.

            Elayne I’m pretty sure is my favorite, right along with Min. Birgitte always makes me smile, too. I cant talk to you about aaaaanything because I forget what is known by book 5. Nyneave is only cool because of Lan, and Lan is an indomitable beast of steel and flesh. She also gets a few really amazing fight scenes and is, in general, a great asset the Team Light in the later books.
            But she is annoying (from what I recall) in the earlier books. all the sniffing and braid tugging.

    • You can actually get the whole series on audiobook from Youtube. It’s pretty fucking long though, so it’ll probably take you about a week or so minimum to get through it all (the whole set I DL’d is about 160 hours altogether).

      • J.R.

        I have heard that the narrators for those do a pretty good job! next time I go on a 160 hour car ride I will do just that!

        • That they do! One of them I think also does the narration for the audiobook of ‘100 Years Of Solitude’ (one of my top five favorite books).

          • J.R.

            I have heard of that book before. I just looked it up and I know I have looked it up before. Sounds interesting! The “cyclical time” motif is kind of cool. I know when we had to read the Popol Vuh a lot of the stories involved times cyclical nature. I’m trying to form a comparison between ancient Mayan beliefs and how they have carried through in “modern” literature, but it is late. That is all.

      • Randall Thor

        I’m using “Audible” to listen to the audiobooks, and the narrators are pretty good. Dude for dude chapters, lady for lady chapters, both sound great and put a lot into it, although they don’t go all out or anything. It’s really nice since I drive at least 1.5 hours a day, and don’t have time to read once I get home.

  • Saw BG live years back and fucking loved them! They were the first power metal band I really got into, though it did take me a while I finally nerd up enough to really get into them and branch out into more PM bands. Once it hit me though, it had me hooked like a crackhead on payday!

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  • Jason Phillips

    Surprised that an author called Randall Thor wouldn’t choose Wheel of Time as the track to listen to from At the Edge of Time. But still, Blind Guardian rule.

    • I wanted something that represented as much of the album’s sound as possible, and I think Voice in the Dark does a bit better than Wheel of Time, even though WOT is possibly my favorite BG song ever

  • Mikko Ojanen

    You folks forgot to mention that in addition to their awe-inspiring majestic power metal anthems, Blind Guardian have also made some very dignified and tasteful covers of classic golden oldies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDIbQL79QrA

    And yeah they pretty much are one of the very best bands out there.

  • Bob

    No flush. Flush axl

  • headovmetal

    Blind Guardian old and new, I love it all!

  • Bruckethead

    my favorite of prower metal band in all the dng world!

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