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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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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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Blind Guardian To Play New Song at RPG Convention

BLIND GUARDIAN frontman Hansi Kürsch has checked in with the following update:

"We will be attending the upcoming role-playing game convention in Münster, Germany (April 26th, 27th). The role-playing game convention is something like an Eldorado for fans of these kinds of games. And, because we are such game fans ourselves, it is a privilege to be able to introduce the song we have recorded for Sacred 2 - Fallen Angel (aptly named 'Sacred') to this like-minded crowd. Because for us the song shows a perfect mix of mystical pathos and orchestral bombast we are sure that the presentation of the song in combination with selected visual sequences from the game with be a highlight of the convention. See you there."

For more information and details go to this location and here.

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Hansi Kursch Comments On Neverland Appearance

As previously reported, BLIND GUARDIAN frontman Hansi Kürsch appears on the NEVERLAND debut album, "Reversing Time", on the track 'To Lose The Sun'. He has issued the following statement:

"Hi there,"

"I suppose some of you have already noticed my appearance on the upcoming Neverland album Reversing Time, which is going to be released by AFM Records on February 29th. Neverland is an interesting project by our Turkish friends DREAMTONE and the great Greek vocalist Iris Mavraki. So it is no surprise, that on the album there is some great stuff to discover. Check it out.""

"Hansi"

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Watch Blind Guardian Concert Footage Online

Fan-filmed video footage of BLIND GUARDIAN's hometown show on November 10, 2007 at Königspalast in Krefeld, Germany can be viewed here.

In other news, BLIND GUARDIAN frontman Hansi Kürsch recently issued the following update:

"We are happy to inform you about our musical participation in the upcoming blockbuster computer game 'Sacred 2 – Fallen Angel'. The PC and Xbox 360 game designed and invented by Ascaron will be in stores somewhere at the beginning of 2008. 'Sacred 1' is the best selling German fantasy/adventure computer game to date."

"Though we are still do shows we have started writing songs for this particular occasion and will produce one song especially featured in the game as a videoclip. In case we will be able to come up with more songs during the next weeks we are going to release a 'Sacred – Fallen Angel' EP in the spring. This is a great opportunity for us and we are really enthusiastic about the game and our actual creative activities for it. Soon we are going to set up an infopage to keep you informed. There's more to come..." More...

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"20 Years Of Nuclear Blast" Trailer Posted Online

A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.

The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:

01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
11. MALEVOLENT CREATION - Assasin Squad
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
34. ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - So Grim, So True, So Real
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
40. SONATA ARCTICA - Caleb
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
52. NIGHTWISH - Eva
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
67. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - Riders On The Storm
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...

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Blind Guardian Contribute Song to Fantasy Movie

BLIND GUARDIAN have contributed a song to the new action/fantasy movie In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (directed by Uwe Boll).

In support of the movie’s release, the band will hold a signing session at a special premiere screening on November 29th. This event kicks off at 7pm in the UCI Kinowelt Ruhr Park with a signing session, followed by the film’s premier at 8pm.

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Edguy Bassist To Perform With Blind Guardian

EDGUY's Tobias "Eggi" Exxel will play bass for one evening with BLIND GUARDIAN on October 13 in Pretoria, South Africa.

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet recently underwent appendix surgery.

The group's North American tour, which is set to kick off on September 11 in Hartford, Connecticut, will go ahead as scheduled.

EDGUY filmed a live DVD on November 3, 2006 at the Credicard Hall in São Paulo, Brazil.

The band's latest album, "Rocket Ride", entered the German national album chart at position No. 8 upon its release in late January 2006. The CD also came in at No. 8 in Sweden, No. 25 in Finland, No. 32 in Hungary, No. 48 in Japan, No. 50 in Switzerland, No. 50 in Austria, No. 79 in Norway and No. 81 in Italy.

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Astral Doors Post New Song Online

Swedish metallers ASTRAL DOORS, who feature in their ranks LION'S SHARE vocalist Patrik Johansson, have posted the title track of their new album, "New Revelation", on their MySpace page. Due in Europe and the USA on September 14 via Locomotive Music and in Japan in October through King Records, the CD was recorded at Big Turn Studio and at The Darkside in Borlänge, Sweden and was mixed at the Abyss Studios in Sweden by Peter Tägtgren and ASTRAL DOORS.

"New Revelation" (view cover at this location) track listing:

01. New Revelation
02. Freedom War
03. Pentecostal Bound
04. Bastard Son
05. Waiting for the Master
06. Planet Earth
07. Quisling
08. Cold War Survivor
09. The Gates of Light
10. Shores of Solitude
11. Mercenary Man
12. Lament of the East (bonus track Japan)
13. 21st Century Medieval (bonus track Japan) * More...

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Breaking News

Watch Wacken Open Air Live Online 8/3-8/4

For those of you missing Wacken Open Air, several band performances, interviews, and other footage is being streamed online during festival hours. Keep in mind that Germany is 6 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time, so make appropriate adjustments when arranging to watch your favorite band.

Intended Stream Schedule (subject to change)

Extended Schedules, including the Headbangers Ballroom, can be found at the following locations:

Friday, Aug 3
Black Stage
23:00-00:15 DIMMU BORGIR
02:00-03:00 APO.REITER

True Metal Stage
21:15-22:45 BLIND GUARDIAN
00:30-01:45 ICED EARTH

Party Stage
(4am EST)11:00-11:45 BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
23:00-00:15 SCHANDMAUL
02:00-03:00 SAMAEL

Saturday Aug 4
Black Stage
(5am EST)12:00-12:45 SONIC SYNDICATE
13:55-14:40 MOONSPELL
16:00-17:00 DIR EN GREY
18:45-20:00 DESTRUCTION + guests
21:45-23:00 IMMORTAL
00:45-01:45 CANNIBAL CORPSE

True Metal Stage
12:50-13:50 SACRED REICH
14:45-15:45 STRATOVARIUS
17:15-18:30 RAGE
20:15-21:30 TYPE O NEGATIVE
23:15-00:30 IN FLAMES
02:00-03:00 SUBWAY TO SALLY

Party Stage
12:00-12:45 DISILLUSION
13:55-14:40 HEAVEN SHALL BURN
16:00-17:00 DIMENSION ZERO
18:45-19:45 NORTHER
21:45-23:00 STORMWARRIOR feat.Kai Hansen
00:45-01:45 HAGGARD

Headbanger's Ballroom Notable mentions:
18:10-18:40 SWALLOW THE SUN
21:25-22:10 MOONSORROW

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