Top 10 German Metal Songs Longer than 8 Minutes

What are the most epic examples of the German metal epicness?

The Top Ten

1 And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian

A song of 2002 that contains 14:06 epic minutes with symphonic orchestration and impressive multi-layered (overdubbed) vox resembling a choir but there's no choir. It's just the lead singer singing his head off on numerous vocal tracks to create those vocal harmonies and choir effects.
The recording of this song required as much production time as the rest of the album. No wonder - the song is quite long, quite intricate and has so many tracks.

The song has 3 studio versions - I like the most the re-recorded version of 2012. Geez, they even re-recorded this monster song (10 years later). - Metal_Treasure

2 Keeper of the Seven Keys - Helloween

13:38 minutes of excellent metal (1988) - Metal_Treasure

3 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian

Symphonic metal done right. - Metal_Treasure

4 Sacred Worlds - Blind Guardian

Man, doesn't this sound really epic? - Metal_Treasure

5 Rebellion in Dreamland - Gamma Ray

08:44 minutes of classic German power metal - Metal_Treasure

6 Halloween - Helloween
7 Sacrifice - Edguy

This is perhaps the best vocal performance by Tobias Sammet. - Metal_Treasure

8 The Scarecrow - Avantasia

I love this song (11:11 minutes long) - Metal_Treasure

9 Mana - Equilibrium

Awesome instrumental (16:23) - Metal_Treasure

10 Weltseele - Obscura

I put this song at #10 only because it's extreme metal and not because it doesn't deserve to be higher. It's 15:12 minute long (progressive death metal). People who like this subgenre would appreciate the song.
It's safe to play the sample even if you aren't a metal fan because it features a soft and beautiful section. - Metal_Treasure

Honorable mentions close to 8 minutes (by Obscura):
Aevum / 07:51
Centric Flow / 07:25
Septuagint / 07:18 - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Kurzes Epos - Equilibrium

"Kurzes Epos" means Short Epic.'s 13:02 minutes long - Metal_Treasure

12 The Pharaoh - Edguy
13 The Eternal Wayfarer - Edguy
14 Grand Parade - Blind Guardian

The entire song sounds epic but the section from 6:20-7:40 is one of the most epic things I've ever heard - so intense, so powerful, so epic. Great build up. - Metal_Treasure

15 The Ninth Wave - Blind Guardian
16 Armageddon - Gamma Ray
17 Let the Storm Descend Upon You - Avantasia
18 The Piper Never Dies - Edguy

I like that intro scream by Tobias Sammet (sample features it) - Metal_Treasure

19 Aus ferner Zeit - Equilibrium
20 The Seven Angels - Avantasia
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