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Blind Guardian - The God Machine



8.2 | 340 votes |
Release date: 2 September 2022
Style: Power metal

Owners:

122 have it
38 want it


01. Deliver Us From Evil
02. Damnation
03. Secrets Of The American Gods
04. Violent Shadows
05. Life Beyond The Spheres [feat. Joost van den Broek]
06. Architects Of Doom
07. Let It Be No More
08. Blood Of The Elves
09. Destiny

Top 20 albums of 2022: 13

Line-up
Hansi Kürsch - vocals
Marcus Siepen - guitars
André Olbrich - guitars
Frederik Ehmke - drums

Session musicians
Thomas Geiger - keyboards
Barend Courbois - bass

Guest musicians
Joost Van Den Broek - keyboards

Additional info
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Staff review by
musclassia
Rating:
8.2
Helloween made all kinds of waves last year with their jubilant trip down memory lane; not one to be outdone, Blind Guardian have swiftly popped up to remind everyone why they both were and still are the cream of the crop in power metal.

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published 07.09.2022 | Comments (13)

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04.09.2022 - 16:44
Rating: 9
giok99

Written by mikeprado30 on 03.09.2022 at 01:33


My favorite song ever from this gem is Secrets of the American Gods (funny fact, when it was released as a single didn't impress me so much, but now listening the album as a whole did become my most beloved one out of them all).


Same feeling here, great song and great album (but ANATO still second in my list, this one is third)
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04.09.2022 - 19:14
Rating: 8
Novas

It sounds really good. They toned down the classical music a little bit. Which was good because the previous "Beyond the Mirror" was such a great album, but they produced it to be more classical driven, and you couldn't hear the drums, the bass, too much mid tone, not enough treble. Just horrible production. So this is nice & solid. And the songs are pretty solid. I say it's as heavy as "Imaginations"
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05.09.2022 - 05:56
Rating: 9
WorpeX
Made of Metal
Haven't given it too many spins yet, but so far I'm really loving it! I wasn't high on American Gods as a single and honestly, I still kinda think its weak. But holy hell, Architects Of Doom and Violent Shadows are AWESOME! As a whole, the album is way better than Red Mirror and that orchestral abomination.

Edit: Absolutely loving this album. As with all great BG albums, the more you listen to it the better it gets! Highlights for me would be Deliver us From Evil, Damnation and Violent Shadows. Though, there really isn't a bad track on this album.
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05.09.2022 - 08:20
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Tage Westerlund
Deliver Us From Evil and American Gods was best songs. To me its their best after Nightfall album ...killer riffs, chorus, energy, melodies.
PS worst album artwork what any power metal band has ever chose.
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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06.09.2022 - 02:23
Rating: 10
4look4rd
The Sasquatch
Album of the year.
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06.09.2022 - 17:34
Rating: 8
musclassia

Wow, this is a proper Blind Guardian album! I can't think of a time they've sounded this close to their 90s sound since, well, the 90s. Only on my first listen, but I'm digging how much bite there is here
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07.09.2022 - 13:08
Rating: 8
JoHn DoE

This is a pleasant surprise, it's a fun listen, a more stripped down, heavy BG. I enjoyed this quite a bit, I also think this one is their best since the 90s.
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I thought the two primary purposes for the internet were cat memes and overreactions.
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07.09.2022 - 21:25
Rating: 8
Crème fraiche

Written by A Real Monkey on 03.09.2022 at 03:06

These guys haven't released anything worth listening to since the 90s.


At the Edge of Time and A Night At The Opera are very much worth listening to but that's just my opinion.
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08.09.2022 - 02:00
Rating: 8
Uxküll

Another great album from the masters. Cover art is literally a mass production EVA with the Spear of Longinus, designer must be a massive Evangelion fan.
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"Nullum unquam exstitit magnum igenium sine aliqua dementia [there was never great genius without some madness]."

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08.09.2022 - 02:22
Rating: 8
ZGoten

This is a strong return to form after two underwhelming records, in my opinion. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Secret of the American Gods, Blood of the Elves and Destiny are all really strong and the rest of the album is nothing to scoff at either. I'm really happy with this offering.
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08.09.2022 - 08:04
Rating: 8
HypnoChook

Really liked the direction of this album. A notch less operatic than BtRM, and a few extra notches of power. Drums in particular were really punchy, and the guitar-work cut through more than past BG, in my opinion. Felt like the production of a Testament album more than BG, but all in a good way!

Highlight: Blood of the Elves
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10.09.2022 - 10:42
Andreas

This is really high quality stuff, I love the fact that there are more fast songs on this one than any other BG album this millennium. Yet I miss a sort of emotional spark that I felt with all previous albums, even with their orchestral album. But well, I'm sure it'll grow on me.
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10.09.2022 - 12:34
Rating: 6
lust

Meh this one just not for me. sorry
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11.09.2022 - 22:45
Rating: 10
mikeprado30

Written by Uxküll on 08.09.2022 at 02:00

Another great album from the masters. Cover art is literally a mass production EVA with the Spear of Longinus, designer must be a massive Evangelion fan.

Well, Peter Mohrbacher has stated he was very interested in Evangelion when he made that cover.

Written by Novas on 04.09.2022 at 19:14

It sounds really good. They toned down the classical music a little bit. Which was good because the previous "Beyond the Mirror" was such a great album, but they produced it to be more classical driven, and you couldn't hear the drums, the bass, too much mid tone, not enough treble. Just horrible production. So this is nice & solid. And the songs are pretty solid. I say it's as heavy as "Imaginations"

Luckily for this chance, BG didn't charge all the production, mixing and mastering stuff in Charlie Bauerfeind's hands (THANKS GOD!), but those works were made by different people (Tommy Geiger in engineering, Joost van den Broek and Joos Driessen in mixing, and mastering by Jaakko Viitalähde).
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BARDS WE ARE, BARDS WE WILL BE!
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14.09.2022 - 22:17
Rating: 6
Redel

I am surprised by how well received this is.
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20.09.2022 - 17:03
IronAngel

Yet to listen, but damn that's some ugly cover art!
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20.09.2022 - 22:34
Rating: 8
Alex_Pendragon

Imo probably one of the best albums they have put out since A Night At The Opera
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06.10.2022 - 09:50
Rating: 8
Tom Muller

Gets stronger after a couple of listenings
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Les vampires
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08.10.2022 - 21:37
Rating: 10
mikeprado30

Written by IronAngel on 20.09.2022 at 17:03

Yet to listen, but damn that's some ugly cover art!

Have you seen the limited boxset cover? It's a better one
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BARDS WE ARE, BARDS WE WILL BE!
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30.11.2022 - 02:06
Rating: 8
tintinb

Not a fan of power metal yet this is some quality punchy stuff. Love how it's not overtly melodic, quite heavy, has that metal feel about it. Some of the songs are really well written.
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