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Blind Guardian "Imaginations Through the Looking Glass" - Century Media - 2004 --Nailer

Track Listing
War Of Wrath
Time Stands Still
Banish From Sanctuary
Nightfall
The Script For My Requiem
Valhalla
A Past And Future Secret
Punishment Divine
Mordred’s Song
The Last Candle
Bright Eyes
Lord Of The Rings
I’m Alive
Another Holy War
And Then There Was Silence
Somewhere Far Beyond
The Bard’s Song (In The Forest)
Imaginations From The Other Side
And The Story Ends
Mirror Mirror

Bonus Songs:
Majesty
Into The Storm
Welcome To Dying
Lost In The Twilight Hall
Aside from those metal grandfathers Maiden and Priest, I'd say that Blind Guardian is the biggest Euro-styled power metal band in the world. These Teutonic titans have passed up Helloween, Gamma Ray and all the others to the top of the mountain and this CD is a must have for fans of the style.

Taking place at the Blind Guardian festival in Coburg, Germany, on June 13th and 14th, 2003, with 12 overhead cameras, the band paces itself perfectly through 20 songs with a running time of 140 minutes. Whether it's from the raging rhythm guitars, the squeely-squelch lead melodies, the extra length of the songs or the incredible vocal harmonies, after I listen to the CDs from these guys, my ears feel like they've been given a heavy workout and I was worried that their dense sonics wouldn't translate over to the live show, but I was completely wrong. They still come across with the powerful feel of their records.

The guitarists and bass player usually stick around the same areas so Hansi Kursch in the forward center is the minstril-mage that gets most of the cameras' focus. Though he's not very imposing physically, he's spot-on with the vocals right from the start. The band tears through the opening numbers with all the glory and majesty of their catalog with the added heightening of the tremendous crowd backing them up. By the middle of the show, the concert pace is slowed down with some sit-down guitar work and the epic numbers give you a chance to breath. Then it's back to raging for the final numbers. The only thing I missed in the selection was the recent song "The Soulforged" off of the last CD.

The stage is mainly draped in white allowing for the lights to give it color. Pyro is used a bit in the middle and a good bit with explosions toward the end. The emphasis is always on the band, the music and the crowd interplay. What a sight to see 50,000 fists in the air and voices all in unison!

The second disc is 100 more minutes of mainly the putting together of the festival, behind-the-scenes stuff and some nice stuff with the fans who like to have a good time (drinking and grilling mostly) without being overtly rowdy. There's also 4 extra songs from 2002 to finish it out.

The packaging on this DVD is exquisite. Not one to set aside the Lord of the Rings fantasy stuff, they've used colorful outer artwork that would have the band the center attraction of a concert in Middle Earth with all the creatures coming to attend. The video pieces use background illustrations done on old parchement similar to the LotR DVDs that have been out. Each section of the two DVDs is mapped out for easy navigation.

The great thing about this DVD set is that it doesn't feel like any corners have been cut from the sound, the video, the art, the packaging, etc. It's a testament to their success and these guys deserve to be where they are as masters of their genre.

Bottom Line: One of the Top Metal DVDs of the Year

Score: 9 of 10

--Nailer 12.25.04
About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: BLIND GUARDIAN
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REVIEWER DATE
A Twist in the MythBlind Guardian
2006
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A Twist in the MythBlind Guardian
2006
Frank Hill10/27/2006
At the Edge of the WorldBlind Guardian
2010
Eric Compton1/1/2015
FlyBlind Guardian
2006
Etiam4/21/2006
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2004
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