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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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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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Blind Guardian Reveals New Album Release Date

Blind Guardian will release their tenth studio album, "At The Edge Of Time," in North America on August 24th. A deluxe edition digi-pak with a bonus CD (6 songs, 1 video, and a documentary) plus a code for exclusive content at a special fan-only site will also be available.

Artwork for the new album was created by Colombian artist Felipe Machado Franco (Iced Earth, At Vance, Axel Rudi Pell).

As previously reported, the track listing for "At The Edge Of Time" is as follows:

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)

A single, "A Voice In The Dark," will be released in Europe on June 25th. The track listing is:

1. A Voice In The Dark (5:45)
2. You're The Voice (4:43)
3. War Of The Thrones (5:20)

A 30-second trailer to the song “A Voice In The Dark” is available on the band’s homepage. View all BLIND GUARDIAN in-studio video teasers here (#1), here (#2), and here (#3).

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Blind Guardian Reveals New Album Tracklisting

German power metal veterans Blind Guardian has revealed the tracklisting for their forthcoming new studio album, "At The Edge Of Time," which is scheduled to be released sometime this Summer through Nuclear Blast Records. The first single from the album will be the song, "A Voice In The Dark," which will be released on June 25th.

The tracklisting is as follows:

"Sacred Worlds"
"Tanelorn"
"Road Of No Release"
"Ride Into Obsession"
"Curse My Name"
"Valkyries"
"Control The Divine"
"War Of The Thrones"
"A Voice In The Dark"
"Wheel Of Time"

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Blind Guardian Posts Third Album Trailer Online

German power metal band Blind Guardian has posted the third teaser trailer for the upcoming album, "At the Edge of Time." This trailer features all the guest musicians on the album.

"At the Edge of Time" is scheduled to be released sometime this summer via Nuclear Blast Records. The first single from the album, "A Voice In The Dark," will be released June 25th, 2010.

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Blind Guardian Reveals New Album Title

German power metal veterans Blind Guardian has revealed that the name of their new studio album will be, "At The Edge Of Time." The record is scheduled to be released sometime this summer through Nuclear Blast Records. The band has also announced that the first single from the album will be the song, "A Voice In The Dark," with a release date of June 25th.

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Blind Guardian Posts New Album Trailer Online

BLIND GUARDIAN recently uploaded the second trailer with material filmed at the "Twilight Hall Studio", where the Germans are working on their new album right now. It also contains extracts of the tracks "A Voice In The Dark" and "Wheel Of Time".

Hansi Kürsch comments, "We didn't want that the time till the release in summer feels too long, so we've posted the second part of our little documentation about the studio on YouTube today. Just watch it, see how Marcus has to suffer and be happy about it! The third part will be released in May. "

Watch part two below:

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Blind Guardian Announces Single Release Date

German power metal band Blind Guardian has revealed the first single from the new album to be "A Voice in the Dark." The single will contain the songs "War of the Thrones" and "You're the Voice" (a John Farnham song). The release date is June 25, 2010 for Germany. More details to be confirmed.

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