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Blind Guardian and Gloryhammer

The Academy, Dublin

May 19th

CRAFT. Craft beer, craft bread, craft whiskey, craft everything these days – seeming to mean, small and specialised. But it has another meaning, the ability to produce highly refined products and materials.

When symphonic/power metal extravaganza came to Dublin’s Academy on Thursday, May 19th, it was clear to all that Blind Guardian and Gloryhammer have perfected their craft.

The sold-out venue heralded Gloryhammer to the stage. And, if most were not aware of the band before hand they quickly warmed to them, largely as a result of Thomas Winkler’s energetic performance as frontman and vocalist.

Of course, Gloryhammer play on the power metal schtick with the mythos of the valiant battles of Angus McFife against the evil sorcerer Zargothrax across the lands of Scotland, and latterly in inter-dimensional space…

Some might take the comedy part of what they sing about with a sniff of disdain, but that misses the point. Christopher Bowes (keyboards and Zargothrax) knows his Euro metal, symphonic metal, power metal and all sub-genres well.

When they sing ‘Hail to Crail’, ‘Angus McFife’, and ‘Legend of the Astral Hammer’ it is not satire, it is with genuine affection and a self-deprecating humour – after all Winkler raises a giant hammer…

And, when they close with the wonderous ‘The Unicorn Invasion of Dundee’ any doubters there may have been in the crowd rose in acclaim, united in applause, grinning from the proverbial ear to ear.

That Bowes is also the mastermind behind Alestorm matters not a jot – Gloryhammer may have similar humourous intent, but they can play and perform at a higher level than most can dream of.

As the house lights dimmed to herald Blind Guardian’s arrival the roar of acclamation made it clear that this Irish show was long anticipated.

From the moment that André and Marcus hit the opening chords that Blind Guardian were on top form. Hansi is a commanding focal point, interacting with the crowd without ever losing focus.

What Blind Guardian did with masterful ease was to pace their set, from the opening duo of tracks, ‘The Ninth Wave’ and ‘Time Stands Still’ through the differing paces of ‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘Journey Through the Dark’ and ‘Prophecis’ made sure there was no sense of predictability about what was to come.

What was clear that despite the perfect performance from all members of Blind Guardian there was a genuine sense of enthusiasm, a clear sense of enjoyment at being on stage.

What delighted hardcore fans was Guardian introducing ‘Wheel of Time’ into the encores. As the strains of ‘Mirror Mirror’ closed the set it was clear that the band’s fanbase from all parts of Ireland left satisfied. That’s a band’s job, and Blind Guardian performed their job over and beyond what could be expected.

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