For me, Blind Guardian, have never been able to reach the successful heights of their 1995 release "Imaginations From The Other Side", a true masterpiece.
Their subsequent albums have always been acceptable, all containing 2 or 3 great tracks, but overall, fairly average.
(Some people may disagree about "Nightfall ...)
Orchestral movement starts, Gothic choirs accompany and then the storming guitar riffs and double bass drums of the opening track, you know that Blind Guardian are definitely back.
All tracks are thumping power metal, with the exception of Curse My Name and War Of The Throngs, where they move into their trademark medieval folk style, with Hansi Kursch, once again, showing that he is the vocal master in this genre.
All songs are strong and no fillers.
Favourite tracks are probably Road Of No Release and Valkyries.
They have come very close, on this occasion, of matching that timeless 1995 classic.