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PostSubject: Blind Guardian   Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:40 pm



How it started...

Commonly the development of any band is judged by the means of their studio albums. But in case of Blind Guardian it's definitely worth it to cast a glance at the dimensions of the live activities in order to appraise the development of the musicians. And these have no peer, not only in Germany!

Already the first live shows of the quartet, which was founded in 1984, showed one thing: Blind Guardian has entertainment qualities, which quickly became a trademark.

Spontaneous acting builds a contrast to all the bands that try hard to deliver their studied ballet. Logically the first big tour took place shortly after the release of the debut album "BATTALIONS OF FEAR" (1988).

From this first tour on, the guys from Krefeld already had between 150 and 300 fans an evening. After the release of the second album "FOLLOW THE BLIND" (1989) an appendix operation put singer (and at that time also bass player) Hansi Kursch out of action. The consequence: reluctantly, the band had to abandon their plans to tour again. But in the following years Blind Guardian caught up on the missed tours with an impressive intensity. Especially because the third output "TALES FROM THE TWILIGHT WORLD" (1990) came as a real bombshell, the interest in concerts of the band got bigger and bigger. In Germany Blind Guardian toured three weeks and each concert was attended by 500 to 800 people. Shortly after this the first external commitment was possible. "SOMEWHERE FAR BEYOND" (1992) then fuelled the flames of success for the four guys: For the first time in the history of Blind Guardian one of their albums was on top of the international charts – the guys became stars in Japan overnight. The first trip to the Far East was also the highlight of the career of the band so far: in Japan, the quartet played in front of 4,000 enthused fans and was able to taste the mega rock star atmosphere for the first time.

The impressions that the first live album "TOKYO TALES" (1993) gave the fans also showed how strong and special the relationship between the band and audience is. A unique symbiosis, which makes every Blind Guardian concert magical.

After the release of "IMAGINATIONS FROM THE OTHER SIDE" (1995) the band toured in all of Europe – some countries were even visited several times. In some large cities up to 3,000 fans came to see the show. "In Japan, we gave one concert more than on the last tour. On the way back, we had the next culture shock as we were the third Heavy Metal band after Metallica and Bon Jovi to play in Thailand. Right after we left the plane, we got some sort of Hawaiian flower necklaces from the salutation committee. On our drive from the airport into town the police escorted us. Our bus had a stereo outside, so that everyone in the streets could hear our music. We felt like gods on earth!" guitar player Olbrich remembers.

On the entertaining "THE FORGOTTEN TALES" (1996) album Blind Guardian made good for something they forgot on "TOKYO TALES": For the first time the ineffable atmosphere of the classic "The Bard's Song – In The Forest" was presented in a live version.

In 1998 the triumphal procession continued with "NIGHTFALL IN MIDDLE-EARTH". In Europe the band toured even more then before. For the first time the fans chorused "Nightfall" and "Mirror Mirror" like battle hymns. But the peak of the tour was the trip to Central and South America (Mexico, Brazil and Argentina).

Nevertheless the tentative high point in the career of Blind Guardian was the "A NIGHT AT THE OPERA" crusade. Andre Olbrich: "In Germany we had an average of 2,000 guests an evening, whereas the gig in the Phillipshalle (Dusseldorf), attended by over 6,000 fans, was the most touching moment to date. After we played "The Bard's Song", the traditional highlight of our program, Hansi wasn’t able to communicate with the audience for about five minutes because the jubilation was so loud."

This scene is evidenced by the live documentation simply called "LIVE". The Guardian-mania was spread all over the globe: in Turkey and Chile the band debuted in front of more than 3,000 spectators. The first concert in the capital of Russia, Moscow, went so off so terrific that the local publicist obliged the band for another concert after the official end of the tour. In England – normally a tricky terrain for traditional Metal bands, especially if they are from Germany – Blind Guardian were engaged as headliner for the Bloodstock festival. And even the first trip to North America was more successful than expected: "In big towns like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago or Montreal, 1,500 to 2,000 maniacs came to our shows!"

In 2003 the fresh founded Blind Guardian Open Air Festival – which took place near Coburg – was the triumphal ending of the tour activities for "A NIGHT AT THE OPERA". For the first time, the band was responsible for the complete realization of a festival. More than 6,000 enthusiastic "die hard" bards attended the festival in June, which wrote music history. Highlights full of atmosphere of these ultimate Blind Guardian shows can be watched on the live DVD "IMAGINATIONS THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS" (2004). Even classics like "The Bard's Song" redefine themselves because of the innovative camera perspectives and the tasteful used tracking shots sliding over the audience, which gives the songs a mystical depth. The strongest effect is caused by the 13 minute long opus "And Then There Was Silence" (from "A NIGHT AT THE OPERA"): The perfect assembly of light and camera causes endless gooseflesh atmosphere.

Before the phenomenal crusade in music business can write the next chapters, as is generally known, the gods placed the sweat. After the departure from their longstanding record company Virgin in 2004, Blind Guardian was able to find the perfect partner for worldwide cooperation in Nuclear Blast. Despite the split with drummer Thomen Stauch, the band is the final phase of song writing for the follower of "A NIGHT AT THE OPERA". The new songs can described as a further development of the predecessors. The outstanding qualities of the music of Blind Guardian: bombast, flexibility, dynamics, epos, hardness and a high amount of catchy melodies are descriptions of every song to be found on the new album, which is expected for April 2006. In brief the band will start the recordings with producer Charlie Bauerfeind...



Line up:
Hansi Kursch – vocals
Marcus Siepen – guitar
Andre Olbrich – guitar
Frederik Ehmke – drums


Discography:
1988 Battalions of Fear (Virgin)
1989 Follow the Blind (Virgin)
1990 Tales from the Twilight World (Virgin)
1992 Somewhere far Beyond (Virgin)
1993 Tokyo Tales (Virgin)
1995 A Past and Future Secret (Single) (Virgin)
1995 Imaginations from the other Side (Virgin)
1996 Mr. Sandman (Single)(Virgin)
1996 The Forgotten Tales (Virgin)
1998 Mirror Mirror (Single) (Virgin)
1998 Nightfall in Middle-Earth (Virgin)
2001 And then there was Silence (Single)
2002 A Night at the Opera (Virgin)
2003 The Bard's Song (Single) (Virgin)
2003 Live (Virgin)
2004 Imaginations through the Looking Glass (Virgin)



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Their debut is great melodic thrash, rest is great PM.
Nothing negitive to say about them.... (except for the fact that the lastest album sucked)
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PostSubject: Re: Blind Guardian   Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:35 am

Fantastic Power Metal. I would have to say Imaginations From The Other Side is my favorite.
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PostSubject: Re: Blind Guardian   Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:40 am

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Nothing negitive to say about them.... (except for the fact that the lastest album sucked)
true, the latest album sounds like BG, but without the things everyone likes about them. i cant really tell what it is....
and hansi kürsch lisps somehow.
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PostSubject: Re: Blind Guardian   Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:17 pm

A Twist in the Myth has my favorite BG song: Otherland.
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PostSubject: Re: Blind Guardian   Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:45 am

I used to like them a lot more in the past than nowadays, but especially Imaginations From The Other Side is a great album. I also really like the acoustic versions and some covers (To France) on The Forgotten Tales album.
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PostSubject: Re: Blind Guardian   Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:36 pm

First 4 albums are untouchable Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Blind Guardian   Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:49 pm

I like the lyrical themes and I like the music, but I can't stand the singer...
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PostSubject: Re: Blind Guardian   Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:40 pm

Voggis wrote:
I like the lyrical themes and I like the music, but I can't stand the singer...

I can understand that.

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PostSubject: Re: Blind Guardian   Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:46 am

The music is great! Especially guitar solos. As a fantasy fan I'm also pleased with the lyrical side of Blind Guardian and finally they are a power metal band with a vocalist who isn't simple rip off from Micheal Kiske, or Rob Halford. My favourite BG release is "Somewhere Far Beyond"
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PostSubject: Re: Blind Guardian   Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:33 am

I must admit that I like the band mainly for the music and vocal melodies and think that some of their lyrics are a bit cheesy. scratch
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PostSubject: Re: Blind Guardian   Sat Apr 25, 2009 6:59 am

My favourite band... they're great, I love them.
Every cd and every song is ingenious.

Imo the best album is "Nightfall in Middle-Earth", because it's a concept cd about the Silmarillion from Tolkien.

I'm looking forward to their new stuff...
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PostSubject: Re: Blind Guardian   Sun Nov 15, 2009 9:49 am

Blind Guardian is now in the recording process of producing their 9th studio album for a possible release summer 2010.
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PostSubject: Re: Blind Guardian   Sun Jan 24, 2010 12:49 pm

Battalions Of Fear is my favorite by them so far...but I've only heard three or four albums by them....
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PostSubject: Re: Blind Guardian   Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:33 pm

Well I suggest Imaginations From The Other Side for ya then ^^ (don't know did you hear about it but you may like it Very Happy)
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PostSubject: Re: Blind Guardian   Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:13 pm

You should hear all the first five albums Vogg!

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PostSubject: Re: Blind Guardian   Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:15 pm

First 3 albums are the best IMO

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PostSubject: Re: Blind Guardian   Thu Jul 29, 2010 4:15 pm

New album has some good songs, some absolute shit songs.

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PostSubject: Re: Blind Guardian   Thu Jul 29, 2010 5:01 pm

I just got it. I'll post it in a bit. I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet but I'm not a huge BG fan.
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PostSubject: Re: Blind Guardian   Thu Jul 29, 2010 5:18 pm

Actually most of the songs are shit.... a couple are ok

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PostSubject: Re: Blind Guardian   Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:46 pm

Not my thing. I got to the 2nd song.
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PostSubject: Re: Blind Guardian   Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:15 pm

I just got a copy of Nightfall In Middle-Earth. Even tho I get constantly nervous breakdowns 'cause of the singer, it's still a really good album..

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