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Blind Guardian

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Band Photo: Blind Guardian (?)

Formed: 1985
From: Krefeld, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Background

As one of the most popular power metal bands in the world, Blind Guardian have become known as a musical group who have their music written with vivid imagination has attracted fans of all types. Originally formed as a Helloween like band, they have evolved into a unique sound of power metal.

Incorporating classic fantasy novels, such as the Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien, Blind Guardian have been able to attract the fans of the famous books. Blind Guardian have influenced a wide range of power metal bands. Their newest albums, containing orchestral arrangements along with plenty of vocal harmonies, clearly show express the fantasy and medieval elements in their music.

Latest Blind Guardian News

Below is our complete Blind Guardian news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Blind Guardian Answers More Fan Questions

Blind Guardian has posted a third video entry online in the "Guardian TV" series, in which the band answers fan submitted questions. Check out the clip below. The band also commented:

"2012 is Blind Guardian's 25th anniversary. One way to celebrate this special occasion is the release of 'Memories of a Time to Come' in January 2012.

"Leading up to the release we would like to introduce you to Guardian TV. The third episode features Hansi and André talking about song selection and remixes."

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Shadowside Confirmed For Metal Open Air

Brazilian metal band Shadowside is scheduled to perform at the Metal Open Air festival that takes place in São Luís, Brazil from April 20th to 22nd. The lineup consists of bands such as Anthrax, Blind Guardian, Megadeth, Venom, Symphony X, Andre Matos, Korzus, Torture Squad and many others.

Lead singer Dani Nolden recorded a message inviting all fans to visit Metal Open Air. Check it out below. Tickets are available at Ticket Brasil and on the festival's official website. More...

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"Monsters Of Metal - Vol. 8" Release Pushed Back

The release date for the upcoming compilation “Monsters of Metal - Vol. 8” on DVD/Blu-Ray with 90 music videos and over 400 minutes of pure metal is postponed until March 16th, 2012.

The compilation includes two DVDs and one Blu-ray with clips from bands like Nightwish, Edguy, Dimmu Borgir, Amorphis, Hammerfall, Accept, Blind Guardian, Avantasia, Deathstars, Monster Magnet, Leaves' Eyes, Tristania, Nevermore, Lacuna Coil, Arch Enemy, Machine Head, Opeth and more.

The track list is as follows:

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01 Nightwish - Storytime
02 Deathstars - Metal
03 Pain - The Great Pretender
04 Amorphis - You I Need
05 Opeth - The Devils Orchard
06 Lacuna Coil - Within Me
07 Therion - Kali Yuga Part 3: Autumn Of The Aeons
08 Leaves Eyes - Take The Devil In Me
09 Tristania - Year Of The Rat
10 Draconian - The Last Hour Of Ancient Sunlight
11 Saltatio Mortis - Hochzeitstanz
12 Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - Dr. Pest
13 Monster Magnet - Gods & Punks
14 Graveyard - Hisingen Blues
15 Seventh Void - Heaven Is Gone
16 Chrome Division - Bulldogs Unleashed
17 Dream Theater - On The Backs Of Angels
18 Gotthard - Remember Its Me
19 Edguy - Robin Hood
20 Blind Guardian A Voice In The Dark
21 Accept - Pandemic
22 Sabaton - Screaming Eagles
23 Hammerfall - One More Time
24 Rhapsody Of Fire - Sea Of Fate
25 Avantasia - Dying For An Angel
26 Powerwolf - We Drink Your Blood
27 Grave Digger - Rebellion Live@Wacken
28 Hell - On Earth As It Is In Hell
29 Tarot - Wings OfDarkness
30 Bullet - Stay Wild
31 Steelwing - The Illusion
32 Enforcer - Midnight Vice
33 Skullfist - Head Of The Pack
34 White Wizzard - Over The Top
35 Cauldron - Chained Up In Chains
36 Huntress - Eight Of Swords
37 Battle Beast - Into The Metalworld
38 Armored Saint - Left Hook From Right Field
39 Nevermore - Born
40 Alestorm - Shipwrecked
41 Turisas - Stand Up And Fight
42 Heidevolk - Nehalennia
43 Trollfest - Die VerdammteHungersnot
44. Milking The Goatmachine -The Wolf Is Dead More...

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Blind Guardian Posts Re-Recording Teaser

Blind Guardian has posted a teaser online for the re-recorded version of "Valhalla," which will be available on "Memories of a Time to Come" released on January 20th, 2012. The band also commented:

"Tomorrow is the big day, the day when 'Memories of a Time to Come,' Blind Guardian's first best of CD, is going to be released. We want to give you a little taste of what to expect and at the same time prove that Blind Guardian and Kai Hansen both still have what it takes to rock!"

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Blind Guardian Posts Episode 2 Of Guardian TV

German symphonic/progressive metal band Blind Guardian will be celebrating the band's 25th Anniversary in 2012. The band is releasing the compilation "Memories of a Time To Come" on January 20, 2012 through Virgin/EMI Records, the full details of which can be found at this location.

In the days leading up to the release of the compilation, the band has launched "Guardian TV," a series of videos. Episode 2 of the series can be seen here:

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Blind Guardian Posts Ep 1 Of Guardian TV

German symphonic/progressive metal band Blind Guardian will be celebrating the band's 25th Anniversary in 2012. The band is releasing the compilation "Memories of a Time To Come" on January 20, 2012 through Virgin/EMI Records, the full details of which can be found at this location.

In the days leading up to the release of the compilation, the band has launched "Guardian TV," a series of videos. Episode 1 of the series can be seen here:

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Blind Guardian Posts Orchestral Preview

Blind Guardian has posted a preview online of the orchestral version of "The Bard’s Song – In the Forest," which will appear on the upcoming "Memories of a Time to Come" release, due out January 20th, 2012. The band also commented:

"‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the Twilight Hall Santa Guardian and his band of dark elves put the finishing touches on a gift for all the bad boys and girls in Blind Guardian land. Santa Guardian thought it was unfair that 'The Bard’s Song – The Hobbit' was re-recorded for Memories of a Time to Come but “The Bard’s Song – In the Forest” didn’t get any special treatment.

"Using his own special brand of persuasion, Santa Guardian 'convinced' the band to make an orchestral version of 'The Bard’s Song – In the Forest' for inclusion on Memories of a Time to Come. Santa’s gift to every Blind Guardian fan is a 95 second preview of this song.

"The whole Blind Guardian family wishes you and yours a very happy holiday season. See you in 2012!"

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Christmas Metal Festival Lineup Announced

Napalm Records has issued the following statement about the upcoming Christmas Metal Festival in Germany:

"Metal fans who would like to rock out before the holidays, should make sure to visit Germany's biggest indoor festival. The festival takes place at the Eventhalle in Geiselwind. Besides Napalm artists like Grave Digger and Van Canto, an illustrious line-up including Blind Guardian, Iced Earth, Morbid Angel, and Arch Enemy, will guarantee raised fists and sore throats.

"Furthermore, the Napalm merchandise booth will offer a wide range of items just waiting to become part of your personal collection. Be sure to say 'hello' to our mailorder team! All details concerning the festival are available here. The official festival trailer may be watched below!"

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Blind Guardian Announces New Compilation Details

Blind Guardian announced details of an upcoming compilation release entitled "Memories of a Time to Come." The three disc album contains remixed, re-worked and re-recorded classics from the band's 25 year existence and is scheduled for release on January 20, 2012 through Virgin/EMI Records.

The official announcement reads:

"Finally, after all these years, we have found the time to gather our most worthy songs into a best of compilation, representative of our career’s first 25 years. From the very beginning it was important for us to undertake this project only if we could put the necessary time and attention to detail into it. With overwhelming nostalgia we have looked back on 25 years and came up with 'Memories of a Time to Come', an organic mixture of some of our greatest songs.

"With the exception of 'Sacred Worlds', all songs on 'Memories of a Time to Come' have been remixed while 'The Bard’s Song – The Hobbit', 'Valhalla' as well as 'And Then There Was Silence' have been re-recorded. This album contains some very pleasant surprises for the die-hard Blind Guardian fan and delivers a perfect image of our musical spirit to those who are not, or just loosely, familiar with the band. 'Memories of a Time to Come' precisely defines our progression and the long-standing dedication to our music. We are proud to present an album that will take the listener on a musical voyage. This year’s Christmas will be in January!

" 'Memories of a Time to Come', the ultimate collection of Blind Guardian music from 1987 to 2011, will be released on January 20, 2012 via Virgin/EMI. It will be available as a double CD, 3 CD deluxe limited edition including the legendary Lucifer’s Heritage demos and as download."

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Death Angel Confirmed For Metalfest 2012

Death Angel has just confirmed its participation in Metalfest 2012 and will raise hell by performing a song selection of the '87 classic “The Ultra Violence." Of course there are some more members of the Nuclear Blast family who are going to play at Metalfest 2012. You can look forward to:

Blind Guardian (not playing Metalfest Dessau)
Kreator
Hypocrisy
Vader

Dates are as follows:

31.05.-02.06.2012 Mining, Metalfest Austria
31.05.-02.06.2012 Dessau, Metalfest Germany/East
01.06.-03.06.2012 Jaworzno, Metalfest Poland
02.06.-05.06.2012 Zadar, Metalfest Croatia
05.06.-07.06.2012 Milan, Metalfest Italy
07.06.-09.06.2012 Loreley, Metalfest Germany/West
07.06.-10.06.2012 Pratteln, Metalfest Switzerland
08.06.-10.06.2012 Plzen, Metalfest Czech Republic

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Blind Guardian Video Interview Available

Metal From Finland has posted a two-part video interview online with Hansi Kursch of Blind Guardian, which was conducted at this year's Tuska Festival. You can check out the first part below and the second clip is available after the jump.

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Kreator To Headline Metalfest In 2012

Kreator announced it will be headlining Metalfest 2012 in June 2012. The announcement reads:

"We're proudly announcing, that Kreator are confirmed as one of the headliners for the 'Metalfest' festivals in 2012.

"In addition to the five locations from this year, there will be Metalfests in Italy, Poland and Croatia, with a second Metalfest in Germany set to take place in Loreley.

"Kreator will share the stage with Blind Guardian, Hypocrisy, Ensiferum and many more."

The confirmed dates:

May 31 - June 2, 2012 - Mining, Metalfest Austria
May 31 - June 2, 2012 - Dessau, Metalfest Germany/East
June 1 - June 3, 2012 - Jaworzno, Metalfest Poland
June 3 - June 5, 2012 - Zadar, Metalfest Croatia
June 5 - June 7, 2012 - Milan, Metalfest Italy
June 7 - June 9, 2012 - Loreley, Metalfest Germany/West
June 7 - June 10, 2012 - Pratteln, Metalfest Switzerland
June 9 - June 10, 2012 - Plzen, Metalfest Czech Republic"

The complete schedule will be available in 2012.

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Blind Guardian Teams Up With Fantasy Author

German power metal favourites Blind Guardian has announced that they have teamed up with author Markus Heitz, known for his "The Dwarves" books, to create the concept for the band's next album. A mesage from frontman Hansi Kürsch reads as follows:

"Busy seasons are usually harbingers of great things to come. Festivals, regular studio work and, above all, the orchestral album are making this a very exciting summer for us. Let's keep the focus on the orchestral album one more time. We have spectacular news!

"Every orchestral project needs a concept and such a concept demands a great story. To get a story that fits together perfectly with our majestic music, we are joining forces with Germany's best fantasy author Markus Heitz; check out his Die Zwerge (The Dwarves) series. Markus is one of my favorite writers of 'high fantasy.' I have been really amazed by several of his books over the last years but was finally and completely convinced about him being the perfect choice for our project by Gerechter Zorn (Righteous Wrath) — the first part of his newest trilogy, Die Legenden der Albae (Legends Of The Albae). The way he weaves in different aspects to his splendid universe immediately told me that the quest for the one to come up with the right story for our music was over. Although the final completion of this quite unusual cooperation most probably will keep us busy until 2013, things nonetheless become clearer the more we exchange ideas. The creation of a great new storyboard and the involvement of such a suitable concept are the perfect frame for this soundtrack/musical-like anthems we have come up with over the years. It is absolutely great that Markus is willing to follow us on such an ambitious voyage. More...

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Blind Guardian Frontman Posts Tour Recap

Hansi Kürsch, the frontman of German power metal outfit Blind Guardian has posted a message online discussing the band's recent tour. He also discusses the future of his side project, Demonds & Wizards. His message reads as follows:

"Another year, another message. Here, as promised a little while ago, the ultimate report about what we were dealing with the past few months and what to expect for the upcoming year. I assume everyone reading these lines has had a chance to discover At the Edge of Time and hopefully still enjoys it as much as we do. The very positive feedback we have gotten worldwide is of course a strong motivation for us. As said at other places before, we consider this album as the perfect connection between new and old. It contains a little bit of everything but still has a strong musical thread running throughout and offers us many options for our next projects.

"It is no surprise when I tell you that the next journey will certainly lead us into an even more classical direction. There will be a few more trips to Prague necessary to finalize all orchestral recordings for our classical project but all things must come to an end eventually. The result of the stuff we have already recorded keeps me in a very good and optimistic mood, even though I consider the wait until the project’s completion very painful. Charlie (Bauerfeind) and I nonetheless will start working on the first vocal recordings during the next days. Since we will be interrupted by quite a lot of upcoming shows I would be happy if I were to find myself in a position to finish the first five songs vocalwise before the year is over. It is challenging stuff for everyone. One fine day, all of a sudden, when no one expects it, I will announce its completion. Certainly not within the next twelve months, but one very, very fine day.
From one long-term project to another. As we had time to share some serious moments with each other during the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise (somewhere on the oceans of time) Jon (Schaffer; Iced Earth) and I had finally found the chance to put our minds together for a possible next Demons & Wizards album. We cheerfully simultaneously announced our wish to start working on it as quickly as possible. Although time is an issue for both of us we nonetheless decided to start songwriting together during the European summer festival season when Jon will be in Europe for Iced Earth performances. During that season we will use every possible moment to complete as much material as possible. To guarantee a good-mood-songwriting feeling I have already saved some good bottles of red wine and a smaller amount of Johnny Walker black label in our studio. Things are still in the mist but we are about to recognize structures of a busy future. More...

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Powerwolf To Play Metalcamp

Powerwolf has issued the following brief announcement about appearing at the upcoming Metalcamp festival:

"The Wolves will hold the sermon of steel at this year's Metalcamp on July 15th. Can't wait to sanctify this wonderful place with wolfish metal."

Other confirmed acts include Evile, Moonspell, The Ocean, Arch Enemy, Blind Guardian, Zonaria, Alestorm, Accept, and many more. Additional details on the festival are available at this location.

Powerwolf also recently announced additional festival appearances this year at Masters of Rock and Rock Harz Open Air.

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Bejelit Announces Metal Camp Appearance

Italy's Bejelit has checked in with the following update about playing Metal Camp 2011:

"Bejelit are pleased to announce that they will be one of the few bands to hold high the banner of the Italian Metal at Metal Camp 2011, the prestigious Festival which will take place from the 11th to the 17th July in Tolmin, Slovenia, for its eighth edition.

"This year Metalcamp will host names such as Airborne, Blind Guardian, In Extremo, Slayer, Moonspell, and many many others. Bejelit already participated to the festival in 2008. The precise date and all the information about the gig will be announced shortly."

You can find more information on Metal Camp through the festival's website at this location.

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"Nuclear Blast Clips Vol. 1" Teaser Trailer Posted

On February 11th the "Nuclear Blast Clips Vol.1" clip compilation will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital download. A teaser trailer for the compilation, which features over 40 clips and 190 minutes running time, can be viewed below.

The track listing is as follows: More...

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Metalcamp 2011 Lineup Announced

Zonaria is the latest act to be confirmed for this year's edition of the Metalcamp festival, which is set to take place from July 11th - 16th, 2011 in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

ABINCHOVA
ACCEPT
ACHREN
AIRBOURNE
ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ARCH ENEMY
ARKONA
AVA INFERI
BLIND GUARDIAN
BRAINSTORM
BREZNO
BULLDOZER
DEATH ANGEL
DEICIDE
DIE APOKALYPTISCHE REITE
HATE
HEAVEN'S GREY
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ
IN EXTREMO
IN SOLITUDE
KALMAH
KATATONIA
KREATOR
KYLESA
MERCENARY
MOONSORROW
MOONSPELL
OBSCURA
OCTOBER FILE
RISING DREAM
SERENITY
SUICIDAL ANGELS
TAAKE
THAUROROD
THE OCEAN
VANDERBUYST
VIRGIN STEELE
WATAIN
WINTERSUN
ZONARIA

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Onslaught Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught have been added to the bill for this year's edition of Germany's famous Wacken Open Air festival. Also newly confirmed is Venomin James. The event will take place in the town of Wacken, Germany from August 4th-6th 2011.

The lineup is now as follows:

Accuser
Alberlour's
Apocalyptica
As I Lay Dying
Avantasia
Battle Beast
Blaas Of Glory
Blind Guardian
Blowsight
Bulent Ceylan
Children Of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Devildriver
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Exodus
Hail Of Bullets
The Haunted
Hayseed Dixie
Heaven Shall Burn
Hellsaw
Horch
Iced Earth
In Solitude
Judas Priest
Khold
Knorkator
Kreator More...

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Nuclear Blast Clips Vol. 1 Release Date Postponed

Nuclear Blast has announced that the forthcoming "Nuclear Blast Clips Vol.1" DVD / Bluray compilation has been postponed to February 11th, 2011. The track listing is as follows:

1. Accept - Teutonic Terror
2. Sabaton – Uprising
3. Blind Guardian - A Voice In The Dark
4. Dimmu Borgir - Dimmu Borgir
5. Immortal - All Shall Fall
6. Death Angel - Truce
7. Avantasia - Dying For An Angel
8. Sonic Syndicate - Turn It Up
9. Filter - The Inevitable Relapse
10. Soilwork - Deliverance Is Mine
11. Exodus - Downfall
12. Kataklysm - Push The Venom
13. Overkill - Bring Me The Night
14. Eluveitie - Thousandfold
15. Equilibrium - Der Ewige Sieg
16. Ex Deo - The Final War
17. Suicidal Angels - Beyond The Laws Of Church
18. Arsis - Forced To Rock
19. Mnemic - Diesel Uterus
20. Tarot - I Walk Forever
21. Indica - Islands Of Light
22. Callejon - Sommer, Liebe, Kokain
23. Scar Symmetry - The Iconoclast
24. Filter - No Love
25. All Ends - Generation Disgrace
26. Rhapsody Of Fire - Sea Of Fate
27. Decrepit Birth - The Resonance
28. Suffocation - Cataclysmic Purification
29. Nile - Permitting The Noble Dead To Descend To The Underworld
30. Behemoth - Alas, Lord Is Upon Me (censored) More...

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