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Some things just need time. Rome, for example, wasn't built in a day. Also a certain professor Tolkien didn't write "The Lord of the Rings" over a weekend in Oxford. Blind Guardian are very well aware of this fact. Known for their tendency to brood over their refined concept albums like a dragon over its treasure, they manage to surpass themselves in terms of bombast, depth and grandeur every single time. Thus, if such a fantasy metal icon is announcing a gargantuan project of unseen proportions, we had better be ready for a storm.

A storm, mind you, that has been brewing for 20 years. Now it's here and is carrying a new era with it. This is their Rome, their "The Lord of the Rings". A watershed moment. Blind Guardian Twilight Orchestra has awakened, and the world of symphonic metal will never be the same again. This is rather remarkable for a record that is not even a metal album in the classic sense. Heedful Blind Guardian experts will long have divined what is all about. "Legacy of the Dark Lands" indeed is the fabled, long planned monumental orchestra album of one of Germany's most successful, most legendary and most influential metal bands ever. Hard to believe, yet true: one of the most ambitious, most elaborate and quite possibly most megalomaniac projects in the history of heavy metal has become a reality.

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