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Blind Guardian

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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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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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Visions Of Atlantis To Play Metalcamp Festival

Visions of Atlantis has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming 2011 edition of the Metalcamp festival:

"Hey out there! Visions of Atlantis will be playing on Metalcamp 2011 which takes Place in Tolmin/SLO from the 11th to 17th of July 2011.

"VoA will perform among other great bands like Blind Guardian, Arch Enemy, Accept, Kreator, In Extremo, Amorphis, etc. Be sure to check your tickets fast!"

Additional details on the Metalcamp Festival can be found at this location.

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Arch Enemy Confirms Festival Appearance

Swedish melodic death metal act Arch Enemy has been confirmed for this year's edition of the Metalcamp festival, set to take place between July 11th and 16th, 2011 in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The confirmed line-up includes:

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

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Devildriver To Play Wacken Open Air

Santa Barbara, California metal act Devildriver has confirmed that it will be taking part in the forthcoming edition of the legendary Wacken Open Air festival. Wacken 2011 is set to take place between August 4th, 5th and 6th, 2011 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

The confirmed line-up now includes:

ACCU§ER
APOCALYPTICA
AS I LAY DYING
AVANTASIA
BLAAS OF GLORY
BLIND GUARDIAN
BLOWSIGHT
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CRADLE OF FILTH
DEVILDRIVER
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
EXODUS
HAYSEED DIXIE
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
HELLSAW
ICED EARTH
IN SOLITUDE
JUDAS PRIEST
KHOLD
KNORKATOR
KREATOR
MAYHEM
MORBID ANGEL
MORGOTH
MOTÖRHEAD
OZZY OSBOURNE
PRIMAL FEAR
RHAPSODY OF FIRE
RUSSKAJA
SEPULTURA
SIRENIA
SKÁLMÖLD
SKI KING
SMACK BALLZ
SODOM
STIER
SUBWAY TO SALLY
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
TAUTHR
THE HAUNTED
THE PROPHECY²³
TOKYO BLADE
TRIVIUM
TSJUDER
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS
VOLCANO
VREID
WARRANT

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Thaurorod To Play Metalcamp Festival

Thaurorod has issued the following announcement about performing at the 2011 edition of the Metalcamp festival:

"Thaurorod is confirmed to play at Metalcamp 2011. It is absolutely great to play on this amazing festival with beautiful location in Tolmin Slovenia together with all the great bands as Blind Guardian, Accept, Kreator, Amorphis, Death Angel, Wintersun, Alestorm, Kalmah and many many more...

"We hope we can give something totally outrageous for the audience coming to see us to boost even more your mood on these headbangers holidays! Until then... take a listen to the new track 'Morning Lake' we just posted from the album! Thaurorod wishes you a magnificent year 2011!"

Additional details on the Metalcamp festival can be found at this location.

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Blind Guardian Video Interview Available

Metal Warzone has posted a new video interview online with Blind Guardian's Hansi Kursch, which took place in Hollywood on December 9th, 2010. Footage from the interview can be viewed below.

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Sepultura Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2011

Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura have been confirmed as the latest band for next year's edition of Germany's famous Wacken Open Air festival, which will take place fom August 4th-6th. The lineup is now as follows:

Apocalyptica
Avantasia
Blind Guardian
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Khold
Mayhem
Ozzy Osbourne
Sepultura
Suicidal Tendencies
Warrant (Ger)

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Blind Guardian Conquers Everything In Chicago

After I bought my ticket to the Sacred Worlds and Songs Divine Tour I realized I had never seen Blind Guardian play live, which in turn sparked some questions: would I have to recite Gimli’s entire family tree to get my ticket from will call? Would the audience be acting out the grand tales Blind Guardian spins in real-time? Would I need a suit of armor? A battle axe? Should I ride my war horse or would my lighter travelling mare be better suited to the evening? Fortunately all my questions would be answered by the great bards…

I arrived just as opening act Seven Kingdoms was getting rolling. Hailing from Orlando, Florida these power and speed metal troubadours have the chops and desire to be quite good, even though silky vocalist Sabrina V could use a couple semesters in the Angela Gossow School of Stage Presence for Women. The songs ranged from overwrought to outstanding; set closer “Seven Kingdoms” was the standout as the eponymous tune was Maiden-meets-Yngwie-meets-Doro fun, and Seven Kingdoms was warmly appreciated by the already full house. More...

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Sunday Old School: Blind Guardian

When going through the Sunday Old School archives, it struck me as rather strange that while over sixty bands have been covered thus far, there has yet to be an article on a true power metal band. So today I make amends for that as we take a look at one of the most loved bands in the genre, Germany’s Blind Guardian. The band formed in 1984 under the original moniker, Lucifer’s Heritage in the town of Krefeld by singing bassist Hansi Kürsch and guitarist Andre Olbrich.

After going numerous lineup changes, the band signed a deal with No Remorse Records and decided to change their name to avoid accusations of Satanism and to stop them being lumped in with the emerging black metal bands at the time such as Mercyful Fate and Celtic Frost. Through No Remorse, the band released their debut album, “Battalions Of Fear” in 1988, which was predominantly a speed metal album in which the influence of countrymen Helloween shined through. The album was well received and a sophomore full length, “Follow The Blind” was released the next year, which featured a guest performance from Helloween founder Kai Hansen. More...

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Ozzy Osbourne Confirmed For Wacken 2011

Heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne has been confirmed for a headlining performance at next year's edition of Germany's famous Wacken Open Air festival. Ozzy will be headlining on thursday the 22nd of August, which is the first day of the event. Other bands confirmed for the festival so far include Suicidal Tendencies, Blind Guardian, Apocalyptica, Mayhem and Avantasia.

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Seven Kingdoms To Support Blind Guardian

Florida's Seven Kingdoms has issued the following brief announcement about touring alongside Blind Guardian: "We are beyond excited to be a part of the Sacred Worlds And Songs Divine North American tour with Holy Grail and Blind Guardian!" The currently announced dates are as follows:

11/19 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
11/20 - Nokia Theatre - New York, NY
11/21 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
11/23 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC - Canada
11/25 - Theatre Capitole - Quebec City, QC - Canada
11/26 - Kool Haus - Toronto, ON - Canada
11/27 - Royal Oak Music Theatre - Royal Oak, MI
11/29 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
11/30 - The Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
12/01 - The Garrick Centre - Winnipeg, MB - Canada
12/03 - MacEwan Hall Ballroom - Calgary, AB - Canada
12/04 - The Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB - Canada
12/06 - Showbox at The Market - Seattle, WA
12/08 - The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
12/09 - Henry Fonda Theatre / The Music Box - Los Angeles, CA
12/10 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
12/11 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
12/12 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
12/14 - Trees - Dallas, TX
12/15 - Scout Bar - Houston, TX
12/17 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
12/18 - The State Theatre - St. Petersburg, FL (Florida Power Fest)
12/19 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
12/21 - Lincoln Theatre - Raleigh, NC
12/22 - Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA

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Blind Guardian Tops Billboard Chart

"At The Edge Of Time," the latest studio album from German power metallers Blind Guardian, has topped the Billboard Heatseekers Chart with sales in the United States of over 4,500 copies. This is the highest charting position and highest number of first week sales for the band in the U.S. since thier inception in 1984. "At The Edge Of Time" also debuted at number 108 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

"At The Edge Of Time" tracklisting:
1. Sacred Worlds
2. Tanelorn
3. Road Of No Release
4. Ride Into Obsession
5. Curse My Name
6. Valkyries
7. Control The Divine
8. War Of The Thrones
9. A Voice In The Dark
10. Wheel Of Time

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First Bands Confirmed For Wacken 2011

Although this year's edition of Germany's famous Wacken Open Air festival only finished yesterday, the first bands have been confirmed for next year's event. Crossover legends Suicidal Tendencies will be performing at the festival, as will Finland's Apocalyptica and German power metal outfit Avantasia. Not only that, but Blind Guardian will also be performing their only German show of 2011 at Wacken. Stay tuned for more information and more confirmations.

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Blind Guardian Releases New Music Video

Blind Guardian has released their music video for "A Voice In The Dark," the first single off of their new album, "At The Edge of Time." The album is out now in Europe and due out August 24, 2010 in North America as regular jewel case and digi-pak versions. The track listings follow:

Regular jewel case version:
1. Sacred Worlds (9:17)
2. Tanelorn (5:58)
3. Road Of No Release (6:30)
4. Ride Into Obsession (4:46)
5. Curse My Name (5:52)
6. Valkyries (6:38)
7. Control The Divine (5:26)
8. War Of The Thrones (4:55)
9. A Voice In The Dark (5:41)
10. Wheel Of Time (8:55)

The digi-pak version will include a unique download code where fans can gain access to a password-protected page for exclusive BLIND GUARDIAN content.

Digi-pak Bonus CD track listing:
1. Sacred Worlds (Extended "Sacred" version)
2. Wheel Of Time (Orchestral version)
3. You're The Voice (Radio edit)
4. Tanelorn (Into the Void) (Demo version)
5. Curse My Name (Demo version)
6. A Voice In The Dark (Demo version)
Enhanced Part:
7. Sacred (Video clip)
8. Studio documentary

Check out the "A Voice In The Dark" music video below:

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Download Enforcer's New Album For Free

Swedish heavy metal band ENFORCER has been confirmed to appear at the SONISPHERE FESTIVAL on Saturday July 31st in Knebworth, England, sharing the stage with the likes of IRON MAIDEN, SLAYER, MOTLEY CRUE and ALICE COOPER amongst many others. To celebrate ENFORCER’s appearance at the festival, HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS is offering a free download of the band’s recently released sophomore album "Diamonds" (reviewed here) for one day only from 5:00pm EST Wednesday, July 28th to 5:00 pm EST Thursday July 29th. "Diamonds" can be downloaded for free at this location.

Catch ENFORCER live on the following tour dates:

July 31st Knebworth, United Kingdom @ Sonisphere UK
August 13th Catton Hall, United Kingdom @ Bloodstock Open Air
August 26th Bergen, Norway @ Hole in the Sky

Supporting Blind Guardian:

September 24th Tilburg, Netherlands @ 013
September 25th Deinze, Belgium @ Brielport
September 26th London, United Kingdom @ Sheperd's Bush
September 28th Paris, France @ Elysee Montmartre
October 1st Ludwigsburg, Germany @ Arena
October 2nd Trier, Germany @ Arena
October 3rd Langen, Germany @ Stadhalle
October 5th Bremen, Germany @ Pier 2
October 6th Hamburg, Germany @ Sporthalle
October 8th Bamberg, Germany @ Jako Arena
October 9th Dusseldorf, Germany @ Philippshalle
October 10th Munchen, Germany @ Zenith
October 12th Rome, Italy @ Atlantico
October 13th Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz
October 15th Pratteln, Czech Republic @ 27
October 16th Wien, Austria @ Gasometer
October 17th Brno, Czech Republic @ Fleda
October 19th Warsaw, Poland @ Stodola
October 20th Berlin, Germany @ Huxley's
October 21st Osnabruck, Germany @ Halle Gartlage
October 22nd Goteborg, Sweden @ Brew House
October 23rd Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben

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Blind Guardian Posts Sixth Studio Video Online

German progressive power metal band Blind Guardian recently uploaded the sixth new album, "At The Edge Of Time," trailer with material filmed at January 2010 at the Rudolfinum in Prague, Czech Republic. The video contains excerpts from "A Voice in the Dark" and "Wheel of Time." Each of these teaser videos features a band member or a guest musician(s) taking part in the recording of the new Blind Guardian album coming out in 2010. This video focuses on orchestral recordings.

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Blind Guardian Posts New Album E-Card

Blind Guardian has posted a new e-card online for the band's upcoming album "At The Edge of Time," which includes sound clips and information about the album. The e-card can be found here. "At The Edge of Time" is set to be released in Europe on July 30 and in North American on August 24.

The track listing for "At The Edge of Time" is as follows:

1. Sacred Worlds
2. Tanelorn
3. Road of No Release
4. Ride into Obsession
5. Curse my Name
6. Valkyries
7. Control the Divine
8. War of the Thrones (Piano)
9. A Voice in the Dark
10. Wheel of Time

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Blind Guardian Posts New Album Samples Online

German progressive power metal band Blind Guardian has posted 30-second samples of each song from their upcoming album, "At the Edge of Time," on their website. The album will be released in Europe on July 30 and in North American on August 24.

The tracklisting for "At The Edge of Time" is as follows:

01. Sacred Worlds
02. Tanelorn
03. Road of No Release
04. Ride into Obsession
05. Curse my Name
06. Valkyries
07. Control the Divine
08. War of the Thrones (Piano)
09. A Voice in the Dark
10. Wheel of Time

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