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Blind Guardian
Live From The Spheres
August 2017
Released: 2017, Nuclear Blast
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: John Haseltine

There is really no need to get into a bio or back history of Blind Guardian. You either know them, love them, or are missing out. Simply put, Blind Guardian has become one of the most regarded power metal bands on the planet. Over their almost 30 year career, they have inspired many up and comers and are always mentioned in comparisons to other veteran acts releases.

I was a bit of a late bloomer to listen to Blind Guardian myself. I was in the ‘missing out’ category. That has changed over the years. I have with each of their past few albums become more and more of a fan. And that’s where this album kills me. I have yet to be able to catch Blind Guardian on tour. I will get there. Soon!

I have only the luxury of the Mp3’s of this album so far. I have not been to pick up a physical copy yet. From what I see at the Nuclear Blast website, it is pretty freakin’ cool. It is a 3-disc set packed full with a 16 page color booklet and 22 tracks. Yep, almost 3 hours of music. LIVE BEYOND THE SPHERES was not one single show. It is comprised of selections recorded throughout their 2015 BEYOND THE RED MIRROE tour. I am not sure how many different shows this set is comprised of, but then again, I don’t care. And as you can see from the track listing, there is enough of a selection of tracks spanning their career to please fans of old and new.

I was happy to hear a couple of my favorites “Tanelorn”, “Twilight Of The Gods”, “Sacred Worlds”, and “Mirror Mirror”. Really, I was happy to have been able to listen to the whole thing a few times now. Sound wise, it is done very well. Blind Guardian is a truly great live band.

For those of you who have or get the chance to see Blind Guardian, congrats to you. For the rest of us, we now have LIVE FROM THE SPHERES. It is not the real thing, but it is as close as we get.
Track Listing

1. The Ninth Wave
2. Banish from Sanctuary
3. Nightfall
4. Prophecies
5. Tanelorn
6. The Last Candle
7. And Then There Was Silence

Disc 2
1. The Lord of the Rings
2. Fly
3. Bright Eyes
4. Lost in the Twilight Hall
5. Imaginations from the Other Side
6. Into the Storm
7. Twilight of the Gods
8. A Past and Future Secret
9. And the Story Ends

Disc 3
1. Sacred Worlds
2. The Bard's Song (In the Forest)
3. Valhalla
4. Wheel of Time
5. Majesty
6. Mirror Mirror


Hansi Kürsch Vocals
André Olbrich Guitar
Marcus Siepen Guitar
Frederik Ehmke Drums



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