Blind Guardian is a band that it took me a long time to get into. Power metal was really the last genre I started listening to frequently. I do not really understand why that is. My best friend was into it far earlier than I was. I guess I did not see the same level of aggression in it as thrash and death metal. Blind Guardian is one of the first power metal bands I listened to though. Their sound is epic and glorious. The band focuses on fantasy themes, including doing a concept album on Tolkien's The Silmarillion. But they bring enough aggression into the mix to avoid falling into the same traps as fellow European power metal bands like Rhapsody of Fire, Stratovarius, and the like.
FAVORITE ALBUM: IMAGINATIONS FROM THE OTHER SIDE