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Blind Guardian: Dragon Age

Persevering through three decades of music, Blind Guardian have survived the fall of kingdoms and slain their enemies to become one of metal’s most respected and enduringly successful orders.

Once upon a time, before the miracles of next-day-delivery online shopping and instant album streaming, there was a perilous dark age. Scattered denizens of Albion who yearned to hearken to the epic strains of Blind Guardian were forced to embark upon a gruelling quest to the overpriced import section of Tower Records in London’s Piccadilly Circus, heavily laden with gold coins.

For those who dimly recall this prehistoric 90s wasteland, the German power metal pioneers’ recent ascent to stardom on these shores is a pleasant surprise. Co-founding frontman Hansi Kürsch happily agrees that 27 years after their Battalions Of Fear debut – and in the aftermath of their biggest UK show at London’s Forum this month – Britain is finally waking up to the jubilant heroism of Blind Guardian, powerfully reasserted on their 10th LP, Beyond The Red Mirror. And Hansi reckons he knows exactly what took us so long.

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