Blind Guardian

Blind Guardian

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Blind Guardian is a german speed metal/power metal band from Krefeld, Germany. They are credited as being among the most influential artists of the genre. While early Blind Guardian belongs to speed metal style, in later releases the band has moved towards epic power metal. Look for further news at www.blind-guardian.com
or go to their label's Blind Guardian profile at www.nuclearblast.de/de/label/music/band/about/71036.blind-guardian.html More Info »

Top Albums

  • Somewhere Far Beyond
    Somewhere Far Beyond
  • A Night At The Opera
    A Night At The Opera
  • Nightfall in Middle-Earth
    Nightfall in Middle-Earth
  • At the Edge of Time
    At the Edge of Time
  • The Forgotten Tales
    The Forgotten Tales
  • A Twist in the Myth
    A Twist in the Myth
  • Imaginations From The Other Side
    Imaginations From The Other Side
  • Tales From The Twilight World
    Tales From The Twilight World
  • Nightfall in Middle Earth
    Nightfall in Middle Earth
  • Follow The Blind
    Follow The Blind
  • Battalions Of Fear
    Battalions Of Fear
  • Tokyo Tales
    Tokyo Tales
  • Live
    Live
  • Memories of a Time to Come - Best Of
    Memories of a Time to Come - Best Of
  • Live Album 2003
    Live Album 2003
  • Fly
    Fly
  • Another Stranger Me
    Another Stranger Me
  • The Bard's Song (In the Forest)
    The Bard's Song (In the Forest)
  • Mr. Sandman
    Mr. Sandman
  • Return of the Elven Kings (disc 2)
    Return of the Elven Kings (disc 2)
  • Mirror Mirror
    Mirror Mirror
  • A Past and Future Secret
    A Past and Future Secret
  • A Voice In The Dark
    A Voice In The Dark
  • Bright Eyes
    Bright Eyes
  • Nightfall In Middle-Earth (Remastered)
    Nightfall In Middle-Earth (Remastered)
  • Lucifer's Heritage
    Lucifer's Heritage
  • 2003-06-14: Coburg, Germany (disc 1)
    2003-06-14: Coburg, Germany (disc 1)
  • Batallions of Fear
    Batallions of Fear
  • At The Edge Of Time (Deluxe Version)
    At The Edge Of Time (Deluxe Version)
  • Blind Guardian
    Blind Guardian
  • Somewhere Far Beyond (Remastered)
    Somewhere Far Beyond (Remastered)
  • The Forgotten Tales.
    The Forgotten Tales.
  • Imaginations From The Other Side (Remastered)
    Imaginations From The Other Side (Remastered)
  • Best From the Mystery Side
    Best From the Mystery Side
  • Tales From The Twilight World (Remastered)
    Tales From The Twilight World (Remastered)
  • The Forgotten Tales (Remastered)
    The Forgotten Tales (Remastered)
  • Follow The Blind (Remastered)
    Follow The Blind (Remastered)
  • Tales From the Dark Side
    Tales From the Dark Side
  • 1989-06-17: Berlin, Germany
    1989-06-17: Berlin, Germany
  • Battalions Of Fear (Remastered)
    Battalions Of Fear (Remastered)
  • Live '98 (disc 2)
    Live '98 (disc 2)
  • Symphonies of Doom
    Symphonies of Doom
  • Tokyo Tales (Remastered)
    Tokyo Tales (Remastered)
  • Otherland
    Otherland
  • Tokyo Tales - Live (Remastered)
    Tokyo Tales - Live (Remastered)
  • Nightfall in the East (disc 2)
    Nightfall in the East (disc 2)
  • Live '98 (disc 1)
    Live '98 (disc 1)
  • Return of the Elven Kings (disc 1)
    Return of the Elven Kings (disc 1)

Blind Guardian. Artist Bio

Blind Guardian is a german speed metal/power metal band from Krefeld, Germany. They are credited as being among the most influential artists of the genre. While early Blind Guardian belongs to speed metal style, in later releases the band has moved towards epic power metal.

Look for further news at www.blind-guardian.com
or go to their label's Blind Guardian profile at www.nuclearblast.de/de/label/music/band/about/71036.blind-guardian.html

Blind Guardian was founded in 1984 by André Olbrich (guitar), Hansi Kürsch (vocals, bass), Marcus Siepen (guitar) and Thomen Stauch (drums), (left the band in 2005, replaced by Frederik Ehmke). Before calling themselves Blind Guardian, the band released two demos under the name Lucifer's Heritage in 1985 and 1986.

Blind Guardian has always been inspired by the fictional worlds of fantasy writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Michael Moorcock, Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman as well as traditional legends and epics. Stephen King's Dark Tower series has also been an influence on the band, evident in "Somewhere Far Beyond" as well as numerous Demons & Wizards songs. Over the years, a running theme has developed associating the band members with traveling bards.

The line-up has been the same since 1988, but in 2005 the drummer, Thomas Stauch, left the band due to the direction the band was taking in their last studio albums, "Nightfall In Middle-Earth" and "A Night at the Opera". He was replaced by Frederik Ehmke.

Recently, Blind Guardian released a new studio album named "A Twist in the Myth". The band continues to push the limits with the new album, making "A Twist in the Myth" one of the most diverse Blind Guardian albums yet. An official music video has also been released for "Another Stranger Me".

In November 2006 they were the headliners at the Monterrey Metal Fest in Mexico.

In 2007 Blind Guardian went to the Wacken Open Air.

The band has also teamed up with the creators of the video game "Sacred 2" to make an in-game concert sequence featuring renditions of the band members playing an as-of-yet unreleased song "live".

For now they took a small vacation and won't be playing any tours: "As for touring activities I doubt we are going to play any concerts up to the end of 2009. Any earlier appearance would be a big surprise, but you never know..." -Hansi's words

Their latest album was released in 2010.

Line-Up:
Hansi Kürsch - Vocals (and Bass on the Studio-Albums and live before 1998) - He is the also the singer of the Band Demons & Wizards (Together with Iced Earth's Jon Schaffer).

André Olbrich - Lead Guitar

Marcus Siepen - Rhythm Guitar

Frederik Ehmke - Drums - He plays the Drums, Percussion,
Bagpipe and Vocals in a Band called Schattentantz (Medieval Times, Folklore, Ancient Gods).

Live there is also:
Oliver Holzwarth - Bass - He plays bass as a session musician, though he tours with the band. The primary reason he isn't the official bassist is that the band doesn't want to have to fire him, should Hansi ever decide to pick the bass up again. He's also in the Bands Coldseed, Sieges Even and he was a member of Paradox and Val' Paraiso. Oliver is a brother to Rhapsody drummer Alex Holzwarth.

Micheal Schüren - Keyboard - He's a member of Coldseed.

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