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6 minutes ago, baldoooo said:

The first bands that I really got into was maiden,Testament and Blind Guardian. Two years straight I dropped everything I was listening to and my playlist only consisted of albums/songs from these bands. The nostalgia everytime I listen to one of their songs makes every second of it more epic.

They have that effect. I only got into Blind Guardian a couple of years ago as I used to think they were lame, but once I caught the bug I went crazy, bingeing for months. They're so good. 

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Blind Guardian are a fun band. At its core I think power metal is a fun sub-genre. Sure some bands take themselves a little more seriously, are a bit darker, and whatever else but overall it's good times metal. Blind Guardian do that better then most imo. The energetic riffs, memorable melodies, catchy sing-a-long choruses and Tolkien inspired lyrics make for quite the package. Plus Hansi has some serious range in his vocals.

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Blind Guardian are a fun band. At its core I think power metal is a fun sub-genre. Sure some bands take themselves a little more seriously, are a bit darker, and whatever else but overall it's good times metal. Blind Guardian do that better then most imo. The energetic riffs, memorable melodies, catchy sing-a-long choruses and Tolkien inspired lyrics make for quite the package. Plus Hansi has some serious range in his vocals.
Agreed on all counts. Power metal is pretty fun and upbeat overall, even the darker bands tend to fit that style. Blind Guardian has long been one of the best the genre had to offer, and their live performance that I caught last year did plenty to reinforce that belief for me.

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15 hours ago, BlutAusNerd said:

Agreed on all counts. Power metal is pretty fun and upbeat overall, even the darker bands tend to fit that style. Blind Guardian has long been one of the best the genre had to offer, and their live performance that I caught last year did plenty to reinforce that belief for me.

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I'd love to see them live. 

I really only got into power metal when I started to actively look for more 'fun' music, too. I was tired of the dark stuff a few years back and thought I'd finally see what all the fuss was about with these bands. Glad I did. 

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I'd love to see them live. 
I really only got into power metal when I started to actively look for more 'fun' music, too. I was tired of the dark stuff a few years back and thought I'd finally see what all the fuss was about with these bands. Glad I did. 
I got into it when I was working at a record store that specialized in power, gothic, progressive, and melodic/symphonic black and death metal. The kind of place that sells incense, dragon sculptures, and sex toys along with their metal is a strange place indeed, but I did get into a lot of metal that I wasn't exposed to prior to then. Blind Guardian was my way in because of the riffs. I wasn't looking for anything fun, but I loved how they mixed those killer melodies and vocals with awesome speed metal guitars.

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This band has taken some getting used to but Im starting to dig them now. Currently own Nightfall in Middle Earth
Several people point to that album as their high water mark. It's a great one, but I feel like they peaked with their prior album, Imaginations From the Other Side. Don't skip that one or Somewhere Far Beyond.

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6 minutes ago, BlutAusNerd said:

Several people point to that album as their high water mark. It's a great one, but I feel like they peaked with their prior album, Imaginations From the Other Side. Don't skip that one or Somewhere Far Beyond.

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Will do. Im going to head to zia next check and i will see what i can find.

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Will do. Im going to head to zia next check and i will see what i can find.
Here's a sample from the album in question, which is probably my favorite Blind Guardian song from one of power metal's perfect albums.



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3 hours ago, BlutAusNerd said:

Here's a sample from the album in question, which is probably my favorite Blind Guardian song from one of power metal's perfect albums.
 

 


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I definitely see what you mean when you talk about the incorporation of different subgenres within the power metal. Im liking these guys more and more.

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On 06/04/2018 at 11:18 PM, BlutAusNerd said:

I got into it when I was working at a record store that specialized in power, gothic, progressive, and melodic/symphonic black and death metal. The kind of place that sells incense, dragon sculptures, and sex toys along with their metal is a strange place indeed, but I did get into a lot of metal that I wasn't exposed to prior to then. Blind Guardian was my way in because of the riffs. I wasn't looking for anything fun, but I loved how they mixed those killer melodies and vocals with awesome speed metal guitars.

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I’d love to hear some anecdotes from your time in the store. I bet a place like that would produce a few stories. 

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I definitely see what you mean when you talk about the incorporation of different subgenres within the power metal. Im liking these guys more and more.
At this point, they were pretty standard power/speed metal, albeit a lot more epic and aggressive than most of their contemporaries. They added symphonic and progressive elements later, but this is the sound I prefer from them. Seeing this album played live start to finish was a highlight of my time listening to metal, they were flawless.

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1 hour ago, BlutAusNerd said:

At this point, they were pretty standard power/speed metal, albeit a lot more epic and aggressive than most of their contemporaries. They added symphonic and progressive elements later, but this is the sound I prefer from them. Seeing this album played live start to finish was a highlight of my time listening to metal, they were flawless.

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Dude that sounds like such an experience. As i get older I am less interested in jumping into the pit at shows and more interested in experiencing the music from a sonic perspective.

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Dude that sounds like such an experience. As i get older I am less interested in jumping into the pit at shows and more interested in experiencing the music from a sonic perspective.
Other than being drunk and getting tossed around during Obituary's set at MDF a few years ago, it's probably been about 10 years since I've moshed. I always felt like I was missing the show, and I'll headbang if I'm really getting into it, but otherwise I just prefer to take it all in and watch the performance. Since it's a classic/iconic album, and Blind Guardian has a pretty devoted following, the whole venue sang their asses off with Hansi during those huge choruses. I've never really felt the whole "metal unity/brotherhood" concept that many seem to espouse, but that feeling of everyone singing together was really cool. Their performance was on another level, absolutely stunning.

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22 minutes ago, BlutAusNerd said:

Other than being drunk and getting tossed around during Obituary's set at MDF a few years ago, it's probably been about 10 years since I've moshed. I always felt like I was missing the show, and I'll headbang if I'm really getting into it, but otherwise I just prefer to take it all in and watch the performance. Since it's a classic/iconic album, and Blind Guardian has a pretty devoted following, the whole venue sang their asses off with Hansi during those huge choruses. I've never really felt the whole "metal unity/brotherhood" concept that many seem to espouse, but that feeling of everyone singing together was really cool. Their performance was on another level, absolutely stunning.

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I definitely share that sentiment. I feel like it was okay when I was mainly going to punk shows because moshing is just a big part of that. But i feel like metal, to me, is something i want to be present for.

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