Miracle Machine by Blind Guardian

Blind Guardian, the epic folk metal band, just cut yet another incredible album, Beyond the Red Mirror.

“Miracle Machine” is track ten. (Lyrics)

The following lines appear to counter one another:

We must believe in something
That I would call a miracle
The grail will break the final seal
We must believe in something
A miracle, a miracle machine
We just hide it secretly

For they are coming
Give us guidance

VS.

They don’t belong here
Though they claim they’re right
Let it grow

Turn off the light
Let reason grow

They will set it on fire
They come to fool us all

They are slaves to the Fire, you know

Their fire must grow
They have to feed it

If I’m interpreting the song correctly, it is similar to their song “Valhalla” with its line that, “No, no, we can’t live without Gods”. You have modernism attempting to eradicate all irrational ties, and you have attempts at surviving the onslaught.

The RadTrad position is in essence that man must serve something, particular ties and faith, piety to God and ancestors; that Reason alone falls to relativity and is a false substitute that cannot sustain a civilisation, only help destroy one, that Tradition often takes more into account than we realise and thus should not be readily opposed. Blind Guardian seems to have declared its allegiance to RadTrad in opposition to modernism, if ever there were any doubt. Such is the conclusion I come to anyway. Blind Guardian is also the band that “made Lord of the Rings cool” with a special album just for the book.

Update: From wikipedia:

In the Elseworlds story “Castles in the Air” (Legionnaires Annual #1, 1994), a subplot involves a group of Legionnaires on a quest for the Miracle Machine, only to discover it was destroyed by Mordru. (The story is a pastiche of the story of King Arthur, with the Miracle Machine serving the role of the Holy Grail).

Nevertheless, I believe this song is intended to hold a deeper meaning as well. I’m not well-versed in comic books and graphic novels, I must admit. However, a solid concept could certainly stem from there as well as from anywhere else.

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