The German masters of power metal return to Chicago after a five-year absence in support of their new album, Beyond the Red Mirror.

A packed house stomped, cheered and sang along wholeheartedly as a duo de force of German Heavy Metal came to Chicago’s Concord Music Hall.

Grave Digger took to the stage first. In the band’s 30-year existence, they have only played one show in the United States. Their performance showed no sign of hesitation for being on North American soil. Eager fans headbanged and fist-pumped along with every riff, reaching a crescendo as the band played the mighty, “Excalibur.”

Blind Guardian greeted the crowd with the enthusiastic announcement that the evening’s show would not only maintain a lengthy duration but would also be recorded for what will be the band’s next live release! Their performance lasted over two hours spanning their entire discography and included a double encore. Fan favorites such as “Mirror Mirror,” “The Bard’s Song,” and the always necessary “Valhalla” blasted off the amps to a fanfare that knew every word.

Even on a Sunday evening, exuberant Midwestern metalheads raged along with wanton abandon.

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