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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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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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Blind Guardian Posts Studio Video Footage Online

German progressive power metal band Blind Guardian has posted studio footage of the recording of their upcoming album online. The video was recorded October 2009 at the Twilight Hall studio. Contains excerpts from "A Voice in the Dark" (intro/outro) and "Wheel of Time" (demo versions). Watch the video below:

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Sinbreed Reveals Debut Album Details

German power metal band SINBREED will release their debut album, "When Worlds Collide," on March 26th in Europe through Ulterium Records. Release dates for Japan and North America will be announced shortly.

Sinbreed's lineup is as follows:

Herbie Langhans [Seventh Avenue] - Vocals
Frederik Ehmke [Blind Guardian] - Drums
Alexander Schulz - Bass
Flo Laurin - Guitars, Keys More...

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Blind Guardian Announces 2010 European Tour Dates

German progressive power metal band Blind Guardian has announced the following European tour dates for 2010:

2010-09-24 - Holland - Tilburg - O13
2010-09-25 - Belgium - Deinze - Brielpoort
2010-09-26 - England - London - Sheperd's Bush
2010-09-28 - France - Paris - Elysee Montmartre
2010-10-01 - Germany - Ludwigsburg - Arena
2010-10-02 - Germany - Trier - Arena
2010-10-03 - Germany - Langen - Stadthalle
2010-10-05 - Germany - Bremen - Pier 2
2010-10-06 - Germany - Hamburg - Sporthalle
2010-10-08 - Germany - Bamberg - Jako Arena
2010-10-09 - Germany - Duesseldorf - Philippshalle
2010-10-10 - Germany - Munich - Zenith
2010-10-12 - Italy - Rome - Atlantico
2010-10-13 - Italy - Milan - Alcatraz
2010-10-15 - Switzerland - Pratteln - Z7
2010-10-16 - Austria - Vienna - Gasometer
2010-10-17 - Czech Republic - Brno - Fleda
2010-10-20 - Germany - Berlin - Huxley's
2010-10-21 - Germany - Osnabrueck - Halle Gartlage
2010-10-30 - Russia - St. Petersburg - Glav Club
2010-10-31 - Russia - Moscow - B1-Maximum Club
2010-11-05 - Spain - Madrid - La Riviera
2010-11-06 - Spain - Barcelona - St. Jordi Club More...

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Oliver Holzwarth Joins Leaves' Eyes On Tour

Leaves' Eyes has issued the following update about bassist Oliver Holzwarth joining them on tour:

"Blind Guardian / Tarja bassist Oliver Holzwarth jumps in for Alla Fedynitch playing in Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity for the rest of the year. The first concert with Leaves' Eyes and Oliver Holzwarth on bass already took place on Halloween in Triora at the '3rd Autunnonero Halloeen Gothic Fest' including 6000 visitors. A big Thank You goes out to all the people responsible, all staff members and the great audience in Triora for giving us such a great tour start for the 'Njord' album!"

The upcoming dates for the Beauty and the Beast tour are as follows:

13.11.2009 DE – Lichtenfels, Stadthalle
14.11.2009 NL – Sneek, Bolwerk
15.11.2009 LUX – Esch, Rockhal
16.11.2009 CH – Pratteln, Z7
17.11.2009 DE – Essen, Turock
18.11.2009 NL – Zandaam, DeKade
19.11.2009 NL – Dordrecht, Bibelot
20.11.2009 BE – Vosselaar, Biebob
21.11.2009 DE – Leipzig, Hellraiser
22.11.2009 F – Strasbourg, La Laiterie
23.11.2009 F – Paris, Le Glaz'Art
24.11.2009 DE – Köln, LMH
25.11.2009 DE – Berlin, K17
26.11.2009 DE – München, Backstage
27.11.2009 HU – Budapest, Diesel
28.11.2009 CZ – Zlin, Novesta / Winter Masters of Rock Festival
20.12.2009 D - Ludwigsburg Rockfabrik / Christmas Festival with Powerwolf, Kissin Dynamite, Elevate, Metusa, Maradona

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Nightmare Confirmed For Ilha Do Ermal Festival

French metallers Nightmare have issued the following update about making an appearance at the Ilha Do Ermal Festival in Portugal:

"The 2009 Ilha Do Ermal Festival is scheduled for August 28th - 30th in Vieira do Minho, Portugal. NIGHTMARE will be on stage the Sunday 30th, on the mainstage at the end of afternoon"

Other bands confirmed for the festival include: More...

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Belphegor Added To Metalcamp Festival 2009

The Metalcamp Festival 2009 will take place in Tolmin, Slovenia from July 2nd-8th. Austrian metallers Belphegor have issued the following brief announcement about playing at the festival:

"BELPHEGOR are proud to announce that they are confirmed to appear at the METALCAMP open air in Tolmin, Slovenia on July 4, 2009."

The currently confirmed line up for the festival is as follows: More...

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Firewind Confirmed for Festival Ilha do Ermal

Firewind will be appearing at the Festival Ilha do Ermal in Vieira do Minho, Portugal on August 29.

Bands scheduled to perform at the festival include Blind Guardian, Sepultura, Obituary and more. For more info on the festival, visit www.myspace.com/festivalilhadoermal.

Catch Firewind at the following festivals this summer:

June 26 Dessel, BEL - Graspop Metal Meeting
June 27 Helsinki, FIN - Tuska Festival
July 11 Chania, GR - Creta Festival
July 19 Istanbul, TR - Uni Rock Festival
Aug. 14 Dinkelsbühl, GER - Summer Breeze Festival
Aug. 29 Vieira do Minho, PT - Festival Ilha do Ermal

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Arsames Confirmed For Metal Camp 2009

Iranian thrash/death metal act ARSAMES has been confirmed for Metal Camp 2009 - talents stage (DARK DOG STAGE BANDS) set to take place July 2-8, 2009 in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The Metal Camp festival billing is shaping up as follows:

ABORTED
ALESTORM
AMON AMARTH
BLIND GUARDIAN
DEATH ANGEL
DEATHSTARS
DESTRUCTION
DIE APOKALYPTSCHEN REITER
DIMMU BORGIR
DOWN
DRAGONFORCE
EDGUY
EQUILIBRIUM
EXTREMA
GRAVEWORM
HACKNEYED
HATEBREED
HOLLENTHON
KATAKLYSM
KEEP OF KALESSIN
KREATOR
LAMB OF GOD
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
SATYRICON
SODOM
SONIC SYNDICATE
SUIDAKRA
TESTAMENT
VADER
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS

For more info, check the Metal Camp website at metalcamp.com.

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Five Blind Guardian Remasters Out Today

The biggest BLIND GUARDIAN re-issue campaign ever! All tracks have been re-mastered from the original master tapes and each album contains updated layout & graphics. Plus most contain bonus tracks / alternate mixes. The re-issue campaign helps to celebrates the 20th Anniversary of BLIND GUARDIAN. Be sure to pick up your copy at CMDistro.com, iTunes, or any place albums are sold!

Available now:
BLIND GUARDIAN - Follow The Blind
BLIND GUARDIAN - Tales From the Twilight World
BLIND GUARDIAN - Imaginations From the Other Side
BLIND GUARDIAN - The Forgotten Tales
BLIND GUARDIAN - Nightfall In Middle-Earth

Plus don't forget to pick up the other three remasters that were released last month:

BLIND GUARDIAN - Somewhere Far Beyond
BLIND GUARDIAN - Battalions Of Fear
BLIND GUARDIAN - Tokyo Tales

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Cradle Of Filth To Co-Headline Bloodstock 2009

Cradle of Filth and Blind Guardian have been confirmed for the 2009 Bloodstock Festival. The organizers of the festival have issued the following statement:

"The Bloodstock team are delighted to announce that both BLIND GUARDIAN and CRADLE OF FILTH have been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Air 2009. The pair will co-headline one day of the festival and the event will mark the ONLY UK shows of 2009 for both bands!

"Following Blind Guardian’s unfortunate cancellation in 2007, the Bloodstock Open Air team have responded to constant demand from the festival’s core fans and brought the band back to Bloodstock at the earliest possible opportunity.

"Neither Cradle Of Filth nor Blind Guardian will need any introduction to metal fans. Both are leaders in their genres, and both have built long and successful careers through hard work, dedication, a refusal to compromise and, of course, some very fine metal music along the way."

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Blind Guardian Completes Eight Songs For New Album

Power metal band Blind Guardian has been working on their brand new studio album. A message from lead vocalist Hansi Kürsch reads as follows:

"We have already accomplished eight new songs. What can I say about these songs? They rule, of course. You want a more precise description? Impossible. All I can say is that each and every song is 100% Blind Guardian, which naturally means there is a wild bunch of different things going on from time to time (always?). According to atmospheres: we have everything from the more Nightfallish 'Curse My Name', to the Scriptish 'Wheel Of Time'. In comparison to A Twist In The Myth the lyrical direction will be more on the fantasy side as you most probably can figure out by these titles. The song 'Sacred' will give you an idea about the quality and the direction of the songs. We have mixed modern elements with traditional ones throughout the whole songs. We may need two or three more tracks before we can call it a complete album, but being that far in the song-writing process we nevertheless have made first plans for a production start in September or October 2009. Apart from song-writing we will be heavily engaged in preproduction activities and in playing festivals during the next months. As a majority of the new songs seem to demand a sort of 'live' atmosphere, we consider it to be good idea breathing in some real 'live' air before we will finally get lost in the Twilight Hall Studios again. In accordance to these events I can promise you some surprising songs (though most probably no new ones) and a nice stage set up. In total we are not going to play more than ten shows, I would think. I am sure they all will turn out to be a great blast and a unique experience for everyone joining us."

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Blind Guardian Posts New Video Game Clip Online

Blind Guardian has posted the third and final video documenting their work on the video game Sacred 2 online. You can check it out below. This video centres around the motion capture process the band underwent to become part of the game. More...

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Exodus Confirmed For Bang Your Head Open Air 2009

Germany's Bang Your Head Open Air Festival 2009 has confirmed Exodus as the latest band to play. The show is set to take place on June 26th and 27th at Messegelände Balingen. Other confirmed bands include Blind Guardian, W.A.S.P., Sodom, Voivod, Powerwolf, Alestorm, and Sacred Reich.

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Slipknot, Down And More Added To Graspop 2009

The organizers of this years Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium has announced some more bands for the festival in the form of Slipknot, Down, Exodus, Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, Motley Crue, Gojira, The Gathering, Buckcherry, Marilyn Manson, Jon Olivia's Pain, Pestilence and August Burns Red.

The lineup is now as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Motley Crue
Slipknot
Marilyn Manson
Down
Exodus
Lacuna Coil
Dream Theater
Disturbed
Hatebreed
God Forbid
Anthrax
Sacred Reich
Mastodon
Gojira
Buckcherry
Pestilence
August Burns Red
Papa Roach
Jon Olivia's Pain
Volbeat
W.A.S.P.
Trivium
Devildriver
Epica
Blind Guardian
Wolves In The Throne Room
Legion of The Damned
Laaz Rockit
Scar Symmetry
Kataklysm
Firewind
Parkway Drive
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Eths
Negura Bunget

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Lacuna Coil Confirmed For Graspop 2009

Italian goth metallers Lacuna Coil has announced that they are the latest band to be confirmed for this years edition of Graspop Metal Meeting which will be held from June 26th-28th in Dessel, Belgium.

The lineup is now as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Lacuna Coil
Dream Theater
Disturbed
God Forbid
Anthrax
Sacred Reich
Papa Roach
Volbeat
W.A.S.P.
Trivium
Devildriver
Epica
Blind Guardian
Wolves In The Throne Room
Legion of The Damned
Laaz Rockit
Scar Symmetry
Kataklysm
Firewind
Parkway Drive
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Eths
Negura Bunget

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Dream Theater Confirmed For Graspop

Progressive metal legends Dream Theater are the latest act to be confirmed for Belgium's biggest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting. The festival takes place in the town of Dessel between June 26th-28th.

The lineup so far is as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Dream Theater
Disturbed
Volbeat
Papa Roach
Blind Guardian
Anthrax
Trivium
W.A.S.P.
Sacred Reich
DevilDriver
Epica
Legion Of The Damned
Parkway Drive
God Forbid
Kataklysm
Firewind
Laaz Rockit
Keep Of Kalessin
Scar Symmetry
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Negura Bunget
Wolves In The Throne Room
Eths

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First Bands Announced For Graspop 2009

The first batch of bands for Belgium's premiere metal festival, Graspop has been revealed. The event will take place on June 26th-28th in Dessel.

The initial bands are as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Disturbed
Volbeat
Papa Roach
Blind Guardian
Anthrax
Trivium
W.A.S.P.
Sacred Reich
DevilDriver
Epica
Legion Of The Damned
Parkway Drive
God Forbid
Kataklysm
Firewind
Laaz Rockit
Keep Of Kalessin
Scar Symmetry
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Negura Bunget
Wolves In The Throne Room
Eths

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