JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

December 14, 2010
Trees
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Andy Laudano
Photos by Andy Laudano

Blind Guardian

It had been eight years since Germany's mighty Blind Guardian last graced a stage in Dallas, and local metal fans were rabid for their triumphant return. The show began with two solid opening acts. Seven Kingdoms, a female-fronted power metal band from Florida, got the crowd warmed up and had many in the audience chanting and clapping along with their set. California's Holy Grail had a ton of energy and the first (but not last) mosh pit of the night broke out as they played. It really was nice for a change to see a concert where the openers style matched that of the headliner. Too many recent power metal tours have been plagued with a bunch of metalcore openers that do nothing to enhance the overall experience. This particular night was enjoyable from top to bottom.

Blind Guardian took the stage by force, opening with "Sacred Worlds" from their latest album, At the Edge of Time. Vocalist Hansi Kursch's stage presence is every bit as powerful as his voice. He had the crowd right in the palm of his hands as they sang along to the fist pumping, anthemic choruses of favorites "Welcome to Dying," "Born In A Mourning Hall," "Nightfall" and "Time Stands Still (At the Iron Hill)." Things slowed down for a bit as the modern day minstrels played one of their most popular numbers, the J.R.R. Tolkien inspired "Lord of the Rings." A surprise treat was the song "Bright Eyes," which Kursch explained was added to the set as a request from a fan he had met that afternoon. Another killer new song, Tanelorn (Into the Void) and the 14:06 minute epic "And Then Their Was Silence" from 2002's A Night At the Opera ended the set. The show's highlight came during the encore when guitarists Andre Olbrich and Marcus Siepen got out the acoustic guitars for "The Bard's Song (In the Forest)" and the entire audience sang along, trading off verses with Kursch. From there the Guardians drove the frenzied crowd over the edge with the closing numbers, "Valhalla" and "Mirror Mirror." This was easily one of the best concerts of the year and showed once again why Blind Guardian is one of the top power metal acts in the world. Let's just hope it won't take another eight years for them to return.

Set List:
Sacred Worlds
Welcome to Dying
Born in a Mourning Hall
Nightfall
Fly
Time Stands Still (at the Iron Hill)
Lord of the Rings
Banish from Sanctuary
Bright Eyes
Tanelorn (Into the Void)
And Then There Was Silence
Encore:
Wheel of Time
The Bard's Song - In the Forest
Valhalla
Mirror Mirror