Where to beginning to describe how great is the new Blind Guardian album, the first words that come to mind might be epic or fantastic, but those are fairly enough to define what this band had created with Beyond The Red Mirror. One of the things about Blind Guardian‘s new album is not only how great it sounds, but all the work that was put behind the creation of it, and how it was put together. After all gathering the recordings from two full symphonic orchestras and three full choirs, add them to the album, and mix them with power metal wasn’t an easy task, which adds value to the album itself, so at the end, the wait of almost five years for a new Blind Guardian album was worth it.
Beyond The Red Mirror has amazing moments, songs like The Nine Gate, The Grand Parade, Twilight Of The Gods or Miracle Mirror, are some of those moments. This album delivers flashbacks to the early era of the band as some of the songs have a soundtrack effect (again, I don’t know or understand why Peter Jackson never took on the work to approach Blind Guardian in order to used any of their songs for his adaptations of Lord Of The Rings or The Hobbit).
The album besides keeping the traditional sound of the band, it also enhances their music by adding the orchestral and choir factors, which results on the epic effect of the album. We can say that Blind Guardian with Beyond The Red Mirror reaches a whole new musical level, I am really excited to see what they can do on their upcoming orchestral album.
The Age Of Metal had recently the chance to speak with Hansi Kürsch vocalist of Blind Guardian about Beyond The Red Mirror, working with different orchestras and choirs, their new bass player Barend Courbois, Demons & Wizards, and their plans to tour North America.