BLIND GUARDIAN – The God Machine

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Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release date: September 2, 2022

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8.17/10 (3 votes)

Make Way For The God Machine!

German Heavy Metal legends Blind Guardian have returned with their 12th full-length studio release on Nuclear Blast records, tiled The God Machine, and it’s a show stopper, head banger, and fantastic release. One of the most stable lineups from any 80s metal bands, and still going stronger than ever with Hansi Kürsch displaying his incredible vocal talents. The twin guitars of André Olbrich and Marcus Siepen are razor tight, while Frederik Ehmke’s drumming is lightning fast, yet not overplayed.

Speed Metal Evolution

After the last two orchestral heavy releases, Blind Guardian has returned a little closer to their roots with this album. The band and producer Charlie Bauerfeind wanted to emphasize the band in its essence, and the result is nothing but absolutely mind-blowing. Kürsch: “We didn’t want to rehash our qualities from 1995, but didn’t want to continue down this complex path forever either. The God Machine is a new beginning for us. We’ve set a new course and gone back to certain things that we’ve neglected a bit on the last few albums.” Favorite tracks for this reviewer in essence include the entire record, but to name a few to start with the opener “Deliver Us From Evil,” the awesome “Violent Shadows,” the hypnotic “Life beyond The Spheres,” and the epic closing track “Destiny.”

Final Notes

This album is packed with great songs, killer melodies, fantastic vocals and slick production that all add up to a top notch release. It’s always a pleasure to listen to an older, legendary band that not only still has it, but keeps finding new ways to turn it up a notch. With The God Machine they have reached a pinnacle that will be hard to top, but it’ll be great to see what’s next for Blind Guardian. Fans of Power Metal, Speed Metal and all Heavy Metal that rips and tears with a melodic vocal will delight in this album. Don’t waste a moment, pick up a copy today, you’ll be so glad you did!

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Lineup

Hansi Kürsch – vocals
André Olbrich – lead guitar, acoustic guitar, rhythm guitar
Marcus Siepen – rhythm guitar and acoustic guitar
Frederik Ehmke – drums

The God Machine – Tracklist

01. Deliver Us from Evil
02. Damnation
03. Secrets of the American Gods
04. Violent Shadows
05. Life Beyond the Spheres
06. Architects of Doom
07. Let It Be No More
08. Blood of the Elves
09. Destiny

Author

  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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