Band Photo: Blind Guardian (?)
From: Krefeld, Germany
Last Known Status: Active
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.
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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
LORDI and MENDEED are the latest acts confirmed for the Wacken Open Air 2007 (www.wacken.com) is scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.
Acts on the bill now include: 1349, AMORPHIS, BELPHEGOR, BENEDICTUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BLACK MAJESTY, BLIND GUARDIAN, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CHTHONIC, COMMUNIC, DESTRUCTION, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, DIMMU BORGIR, DISILLUSION, ENSLAVED, FALCONER, GRAVE DIGGER, HAGGARD, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, J.B.O., KAMPFAR, LACUNA COIL, LETZTE INSTANZ, LORDI, MENDEED, MOONSORROW, MOONSPELL, MUNICIPAL WASTE, NAPALM DEATH, NEAERA, NORTHER, RAGE & LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTER, SACRED REICH, SAMAEL, SAXON, SCHANDMAUL, SODOM, SONIC SYNDICATE, STORMWARRIOR (featuring GAMMA RAY's Kai Hansen), STRATOVARIUS, SWALLOW THE SUN, THE VISION BLEAK, THERION, TYR, UNHEILIG, VADER and VOLBEAT.
More details as they become available.
According to a posting on DREAM THEATER's official web site, SYMPHONY X, ANATHEMA, PORCUPINE TREE, SADIST and DGM have also been confirmed to appear at this year's Gods of Metal festival, which will take place in two separate installments at Idroscalo in Milan, Italy. The first part of the festival will be held on June 2-3 and will feature the following artists (with more to be confirmed):
HEAVEN AND HELL
The second installment of Gods of Metal will take place June 30 and will feature OZZY OSBOURNE (headliner), MEGADETH and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, among others.
There will be eight bands performing each day (a total of 24 artists over the three days). Tickets go on sale January 26.
VREID, the Norwegian band formed by former WINDIR members Hváll (bass), Steingrim (drums) and Sture (vocals, guitar), has been confirmed for the Metalcamp 2007 festival, set to take place July 16-21, 2007 in Tolmin, Slovenia. More than 80 bands will perform on two stages over the course of five days of live music. VREID will play on the main stage on July 18. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...
Finnish melodic death/doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): More...
LEAVES' EYES have returned home from a very successful USA/Canada/Mexico tour with German power metallers BLIND GUARDIAN.
Lead vocalist Liv Kristine comments: "The tour was amazing, especially the audience! We would like to thank the fans for their fantastic support. Moreover, it was a pleasure to tour with BLIND GUARDIAN and the entire crew. Thank you for making this tour such a special event!"
Vocalist Alex Krull adds: "The shows have been a blast! We really hope to come back again in the near future. It seems the American Metal scene is stronger than ever. Yes! We met so many wonderful people every night and it was just brilliant to play shows in front of such a great audience! Thanks again to everybody!"
British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH have been confirmed for the Hellfest summer open-air 2007 festival, set to take place June 22-24 in Clisson, France. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
For more information, visit Hellfest.fr.
It was a surprisingly warm but torrential first December day. This evening I made an extra effort to get to Worcester on time because Leaves' Eyes were opening. I've been an ardent admirer of Liv Kristine since, naturally, her Theatre Of Tragedy days and I'll always regret not seeing her with them. Several years ago, she and her former mates were accumulating hordes of devoted fans around Europe, but after Liv was gone the fairytale came to an abrupt stop and the band pretty much fell into oblivion. Luckily, Liv didn't let her talent go unused and formed a new band with all of Atrocity's members.
The show started at 9 as there were only two bands tonight. By that time the Palladium was full of beaming and mostly teenage fans. As usual, I was sceptical about the local reception, dreading Leaves' Eyes wouldn't get half of the recognition they deserve as they are not necessarily well known around here, at least for now. I'm glad to report that my fears were banished as the audience quickly warmed up to their sound and even though there were no sing-alongs, the front rows really got into it. But then again, who can resist the utterly charming Liv Kristine? Clad in a fetching red dress topped with a corset (think album cover attire), her serene and mesmerizing voice paired with Atrocity's heavy guitars brought about an emotional, almost intimate atmosphere. You could see she was sincerely into the lyrics, trying to convey the feeling through her theatrically expressive face and gestures. More...
On Thursday November 30th I went to see Blind Guardian at B.B.Kings in New York City, NY. Four years ago, I had seen Blind Guardian at the Birch Hill, a venue that used to be in Old Bridge, NJ. I expected to be further amazed by them this time, especially with the quality sound set up B.B.Kings has to offer. By the time I arrived, I saw a line of metal heads across the block anxiously waiting to get in. This is something I don’t see too often at B.B.Kings for a metal show. The show had obviously sold out the 1000+ capacity venue, yet I saw people hoping to still get tickets. One person drove from Buffalo, NY to see them and he didn’t even have a ticket. More...
Blind Guardian will return to the UK in 2007 to do an EXCLUSIVE UK show performing at Bloodstock Open Air on Saturday 7th July. This will be Blind Guardian’s first ever outdoor show in the UK and a welcome return following their last and first appearance at Bloodstock in 2002. For more info go to the Bloodstock band line-up page here.
On the 18th of November LEAVES' EYES will play at the Monterrey Metal Fest in Mexico. These are the updated tourdates with BLIND GUARDIAN:
08.11.2006 USA - Tempe, AZ / Marquee Theatre
09.11.2006 USA - San Diego, CA / House of Blues
10.11.2006 USA - Santa Ana, CA / Galaxy Theatre
11.11.2006 USA - Los Angeles, CA / The Avalon
12.11.2006 USA - San Francisco, CA / The Fillmore
14.11.2006 CAN - Vancouver, BC / Commodere Ballroom
15.11.2006 USA - Seattle, WA / El Corazon
18.11.2006 MEX - Monterrey / Monterrey Metal Fest
20.11.2006 USA - Englewood, CO / Gothic Theatre
22.11.2006 USA - Minneapolis, MN / The Quest
23.11.2006 USA - Chicago, IL / House of Blues
24.11.2006 USA - Cleveland, OH / Agora Theatre
25.11.2006 USA - Detroit, MI / Harpo's Concert Theatre
26.11.2006 CAN - Toronto, ON / Opera House
28.11.2006 CAN - Sainte-Foy, QC / Salle Albert-Rousseau
29.11.2006 CAN - Montreal, QC / Le Medley
30.11.2006 USA - New York, NY / B.B. Kings Blues Club
01.12.2006 USA - Worcester, MA / The Palladium
02.12.2006 USA - Philadelphia, PA / Trocadero
04.12.2006 USA - West Springfield, VA / Jaxx
05.12.2006 USA - Charlotte, NC / Tremont Music Hall
07.12.2006 USA - Lake Buena Vista, FL / House of Blues
08.12.2006 USA - Atlanta, GA / Roxy Theatre
09.12.2006 USA - New Orleans, LA / House of Blues
10.12.2006 USA - Houston, TX / Meridian
11.12.2006 USA - Austin, TX / Emo's
An 11-minute audio interview with LEAVES' EYES frontwoman Liv Kristine, conducted recently by Andrew Haug of Triple J's "Full Metal Racket" (based in Australia), can be downloaded at this location (5.2 MB).
LEAVES' EYES' latest EP, "Legend Land", entered the German chart at position No. 75. The album was released in North America on July 28 via Napalm Records.
LEAVES' EYES has been confirmed as the support act for BLIND GUARDIAN on their upcoming North American tour beginning on November 8 in Tempe, Arizona.
CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, RAGE, TYR, JBO and AMORPHIS have been confirmed for next year's installment of the cult Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): More...
First week sales of BLIND GUARDIAN's A Twist In The Myth in the U.S. have generated the following activity for Germany's favorite sons: #21 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and #288 on Billboard's Top Albums chart.
BLIND GUARDIAN are currently on tour in Europe and will be arriving on North American shores in early November for a headlining tour with support from Leaves' Eyes. For North American tour dates, click here
AOL Music has full music streams of three new metal albums coming out this week:
- Iron Maiden "A Matter of Life and Death"
- Blind Guardian "A Twist In The Myth"
- Goatwhore "A Haunting Curse"
In the first listening party partnership between Nuclear Blast Records and AOL Music, BLIND GUARDIAN's new release, A Twist In The Myth, will be available for streaming in its entirety for seven days beginning Monday, September 4th at 12 Midnight Pacific / 3 a.m. Eastern at the following link.
This event is a chance for die-hard BLIND GUARDIAN fans to get a sneak preview of the band's first studio album in four years, which is scheduled for North American release on September 5th. More...
'Otherland' is an exclusive pre-release track from BLIND GUARDIAN' upcoming album A Twist In The Myth.
'Otherland gives you a sneak preview of the album, which really salvages the key to the gates of another reality – a reality in which musical borders are blurred and compensated by innovative perfection.
Only available for download exclusively until September 1st at www.NuclearBlast-Musicshop.de.
BLIND GUARDIAN members Hansi Kürsch and André Olbrich will host a listening party for their new album, A Twist In The Myth, at Lit Lounge (93 Second Avenue - between 5th & 6th Streets) in New York City on Monday, August 21st. Scheduled for North American release on September 5th, A Twist In The Myth will be played in its entirety on the Main Floor between 9 and 11 p.m. A 21 & over event, admission is FREE and 33" x 23" posters will be distributed to all fans in attendance.
To celebrate BLIND GUARDIAN's first studio album in four years plus their upcoming, second-ever North American tour (set to launch on November 8th with Leaves Eyes), Nuclear Blast Records has teamed up with Gibson Guitars to give away a black Les Paul autographed by the band members. Enter the contest by clicking here Deadline for entries is November 30th, 2006. More...
BLIND GUARDIAN, SAXON, STRATOVARIUS, GRAVE DIGGER, THERION, SAMAEL and SCHANDMAUL have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. Also scheduled to perform at the festival is the reunited Norwegian black metal band IMMORTAL, who will make its only German appearance at Wacken.
The first of September will be a truly special day for all fans of Symphonic Progressive Metal with a fantasy touch: The masters themselves, BLIND GUARDIAN, will release their sophomore masterpiece "A Twist In The Myth" on Nuclear Blast! Of course we have a soft spot for all those of you who can´t stand weeks of waiting. Just click here and join our exclusive pre-listening! You can check out various tracks - more tracks will be added the closer the releasedate gets, so make sure you return soon!
BLIND GUARDIAN's video for the track "Another Stranger Me" has been posted online at YouTube.com. The clip is the group's first to feature drummer Frederik Ehmke, who replaced Thomen Stauch in 2005.
As previously reported, BLIND GUARDIAN have confirmed "A Twist in the Myth" as the title of their new album, due on September 4 via Nuclear Blast Records (September 1 in Germany).
"A Twist in the Myth" track listing:
01. This Will Never End (5:07)
02. Otherland (5:14)
03. Turn the Page (4:16)
04. Fly (5:43)
05. Carry the Blessed Home (4:03)
06. Another Stranger Me (4:36)
07. Straight through the Mirror (5:48)
08. Lionheart (4:15)
09. Skalds and Shadows (3:13)
10. The Edge (4:27)
11. The New Order (4:49)