BLIND GUARDIAN

Power Metal / Speed Metal / Non-Metal • Germany
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Blind Guardian is a German power metal band from Krefeld / Meerbusch. They are commonly counted among the most influential artists of the genre, as well as one of the earliest acts to play the so called European style of power metal. Like with genre pioneers Helloween, Blind Guardian began life as a speed metal band.

Blind Guardian were originally known as Lucifer's Heritage. The band was active between 1984 - 1986 and in that time released two demos, Symphonies of Doom (1985) and Battalions of Fear (1986). The band originally consisted of Hansi Kürsch (vocals, bass), André Olbrich (lead guitars), Marcus Dork (rhythm guitars, additional vocals) and Thomen Stauch (drums). An additional lead voclaist, Thomas Kelleners, was also involved at one point but never recorded with the band. On the second demo Dork was replaced by Christoph Theissen (R.I.P. 2013) and Stauch by Hans-Peter Frey. Following this demo Lucifer's
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BLIND GUARDIAN Battalions of Fear album cover 3.46 | 43 ratings
Battalions of Fear
Speed Metal 1988
BLIND GUARDIAN Follow the Blind album cover 3.19 | 42 ratings
Follow the Blind
Speed Metal 1989
BLIND GUARDIAN Tales From the Twilight World album cover 3.89 | 49 ratings
Tales From the Twilight World
Power Metal 1990
BLIND GUARDIAN Somewhere Far Beyond album cover 4.33 | 53 ratings
Somewhere Far Beyond
Power Metal 1992
BLIND GUARDIAN Imaginations From the Other Side album cover 4.33 | 76 ratings
Imaginations From the Other Side
Power Metal 1995
BLIND GUARDIAN Nightfall in Middle-Earth album cover 3.99 | 62 ratings
Nightfall in Middle-Earth
Power Metal 1998
BLIND GUARDIAN A Night at the Opera album cover 4.10 | 57 ratings
A Night at the Opera
Power Metal 2002
BLIND GUARDIAN A Twist in the Myth album cover 3.67 | 37 ratings
A Twist in the Myth
Power Metal 2006
BLIND GUARDIAN At The Edge Of Time album cover 3.73 | 43 ratings
At The Edge Of Time
Power Metal 2010
BLIND GUARDIAN Beyond the Red Mirror album cover 4.25 | 21 ratings
Beyond the Red Mirror
Power Metal 2015
BLIND GUARDIAN Twilight Orchestra: Legacy of the Dark Lands album cover 3.92 | 2 ratings
Twilight Orchestra: Legacy of the Dark Lands
Non-Metal 2019

BLIND GUARDIAN EPs & splits

BLIND GUARDIAN live albums

BLIND GUARDIAN Tokyo Tales album cover 3.20 | 11 ratings
Tokyo Tales
Power Metal 1993
BLIND GUARDIAN Live album cover 4.40 | 5 ratings
Live
Power Metal 2003
BLIND GUARDIAN Live Beyond the Spheres album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Live Beyond the Spheres
Power Metal 2017

BLIND GUARDIAN demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

BLIND GUARDIAN Live Promo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Promo
Speed Metal 1989
BLIND GUARDIAN Banish from Sanctuary album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Banish from Sanctuary
Speed Metal 1989
BLIND GUARDIAN Tales from the Twilight World album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tales from the Twilight World
Power Metal 1990
BLIND GUARDIAN Demo 1990 - Preproduction album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo 1990 - Preproduction
Power Metal 1990
BLIND GUARDIAN Demo IV album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo IV
Power Metal 1991
BLIND GUARDIAN Blind Guardian Plays Beach Boys album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blind Guardian Plays Beach Boys
Power Metal 1996
BLIND GUARDIAN Guardians of the Rings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Guardians of the Rings
Power Metal 1998
BLIND GUARDIAN The Sacred Worlds and Songs Divine Tour 2010 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Sacred Worlds and Songs Divine Tour 2010
Power Metal 2010

BLIND GUARDIAN re-issues & compilations

BLIND GUARDIAN The Forgotten Tales album cover 3.82 | 11 ratings
The Forgotten Tales
Power Metal 1996
BLIND GUARDIAN Memories of a Time to Come album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Memories of a Time to Come
Power Metal 2012

BLIND GUARDIAN singles (10)

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4.00 | 1 ratings
A Past and Future Secret
Power Metal 1995
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Bright Eyes
Power Metal 1995
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3.29 | 3 ratings
Mr. Sandman
Power Metal 1996
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3.25 | 2 ratings
Mirror Mirror
Power Metal 1998
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4.50 | 1 ratings
And Then There Was Silence
Power Metal 2001
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0.00 | 0 ratings
The Bard's Song (In the Forest)
Power Metal 2003
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Fly
Power Metal 2006
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Another Stranger Me
Power Metal 2007
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4.00 | 3 ratings
A Voice In The Dark
Power Metal 2010
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4.50 | 1 ratings
Twilight Of The Gods
Power Metal 2014

BLIND GUARDIAN movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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4.80 | 5 ratings
Imaginations Through the Looking Glass
Power Metal 2004

BLIND GUARDIAN Reviews

BLIND GUARDIAN Twilight Orchestra: Legacy of the Dark Lands

Album · 2019 · Non-Metal
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Kev Rowland
This release is the brainchild of guitarist André Olbrich and singer Hansi Kürsch, who decided to take their music to a logical extreme and release a Blind Guardian album with only Kürsch appearing on it from the band. The other aspect which may be rather concerning for fans of the power metal act is that there are no guitars. Working with German bestselling author Markus Heitz, a storyline was developed, regarding the mercenary Nicolas and his involvement in the Thirty Years' War. Heitz starts the story off in his book ‘Die Dunklen Lande’ and the band followed with the album, ‘Legacy Of The Dark Lands’. Here, André Olbrich and Hansi Kürsch fulfill their long-time wish of emphasizing imposing choral singing and classical orchestral arrangements. But what will fans think of it?

Given the way the band have been developing their sound over the last 20 years or so, in many ways this is a logical step, and without the need to include rock instruments there is far more freedom and space within the music. This feels far more like a musical than a concept album, and there are sound effects and actors taking their parts to drive the story along. Musically the songs are often huge, showstoppers in many ways. One can easily imagine the crowd sat in their best finery sat in the theatre and clapping wildly after the “Dark Cloud’s Rising” which sound like the end of an Act to me. Kürsch has a great voice, and the result is an album which is rapidly becoming one of my favourites from the band. Is it metal? No, of course not, this is orchestral musical cinematic storytelling which one can easily imagine on the big screen.

The question I guess for many fans though, is does this mean that Blind Guardian as they were known have ended and this is a new direction, or is it a one-off? I think it is more likely it is the latter as this has not been released as a Blind Guardian album as such, even though they have kept the logo, and I would rather think of this as a project. Whatever it is, whether it is the future of the band or simply something they had to get out of their system, I have found it infinitely more interesting than some of their other albums.

BLIND GUARDIAN Beyond the Red Mirror

Album · 2015 · Power Metal
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Kev Rowland
This 2015 album was the tenth studio release from Blind Guardian, and the first since ‘At The Edge of Time’ some five years earlier and is a concept and sequel to 1995’s ‘Imaginations From The Other Side’. Although Blind Guardian made their name initially in the same speed metal area as fellow countrymen Helloween, over the years they had moved both into power metal and in producing bombastic albums with a series of guests. This is no different, in that outside the core quartet of Hansi Kürsch (vocals), André Olbrich (guitars), Marcus Siepen (guitars) and Frederik Ehmke (drums) they not only have a new session bassist in Barend Courbois but also have two orchestras, three choirs and more.

The result is something which is massively over the top, bombastic, but also for some reason feels quite compressed. There is a lot going on at times, but one does not really get the epic feel that Blind Guardian are looking for as instead there is the feeling of everything being squashed together. It can be quite smothering at times as there is just no space for movement. I have heard quite a lot of Blind Guardian over the years and while never being a huge fan have never really disliked their music either, and that is the case again with this one. It is interesting, but there just is not enough freedom in the music for it ever to be anything special as it has been produced to within an inch of its life. Some people have stylised this as symphonic metal, but it certainly isn’t that, it is bombastic power metal which is attempting to become ever more so. That it does not reach the heights it is reaching for is another matter altogether. Possibly looking at it from five years on as opposed to reviewing it after there had been such a long gap between albums had some impact on my feelings, but there again maybe not.

BLIND GUARDIAN Tokyo Tales

Live album · 1993 · Power Metal
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martindavey87
Released in 1993, ‘Tokyo Tales’ is the first official live album by German power metal legends Blind Guardian. Having been a long-time fan of the band, I’ve always swayed more towards their later, more progressive and “epic” albums, whilst finding their earlier, speed metal days a little too repetitive for my liking.

Recorded whilst touring for 1992’s ‘Somewhere Far Beyond’, it was at this point that the band would begin to incorporate a wider range of influences in their music and focus on concept albums, more ambitious arrangements and lavish orchestrations. However, while ‘Tokyo Tales’ covers pretty much all the best songs those early albums have to offer, it’s still a bit too samey for my tastes.

With songs like ‘Banish from Sanctuary’, ‘Majesty’, ‘Welcome to Dying’ and ‘Lost in the Twilight Hall’, the set list is pretty good. The sound is great, and is pretty similar to the studio albums, and the audience is truly alive and loving every minute of it. But ultimately this comes down to taste. I’d rather listen to the studio counterparts of these tracks, and even then, I think I’d prefer to listen to ‘Nightfall in Middle Earth’ or ‘A Twist in the Myth’ than anything from those early albums.

BLIND GUARDIAN Somewhere Far Beyond

Album · 1992 · Power Metal
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martindavey87
Blind Guardian’s fourth studio album, ‘Somewhere Far Beyond’, was released in 1992, and follows on from the bands previous three albums, in which this is mostly generic power/speed metal, but with outside influences creeping in. Prior to this the band had dabbled with folk and Gaelic influences, and here the band incorporates subtle medieval and pop influences.

Overall however, this is still very much a power metal album, and much like the bands prior efforts, I struggle to really pick out many highlights. The production has been improved, making the music heavier and giving it more clarity and depth, but the writing overall is still pretty lacking, with most songs having uninspired guitar riffs and bland melodies throughout.

Now, I know this is sacrilegious, but hear me out! I swear, I do love Blind Guardian! But this is a simple matter of taste. I love the bands later material, the epic, orchestral and progressive stuff. So perhaps this is what these earlier albums are missing? Because all I’m hearing here is one speed riff after another.

If I had to pick out any highlights, opening track ‘Time What is Time?’ is decent enough, and ‘Theatre of Pain’ introduces some of the more orchestral elements that the band would really excel at, but ultimately, probably the most memorable track from this album is a cover of Queen’s ‘Spread Your Wings’, which, while Blind Guardian do a great job of this, truly making it sound like one of their own songs, it also speaks volumes about the quality of their own material, at this point, anyway.

To any fans that are furious at my blasphemy, I swear, I love this band, I really do! But it would just seem that these earlier, straight-up power metal albums just aren’t for me. Bring on the concept albums and orchestras!

BLIND GUARDIAN Another Stranger Me

Single · 2007 · Power Metal
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martindavey87
'Another Stranger Me' is the second single from Blind Guardian's 2006 album 'A Twist in the Myth', and is the only track from that record to receive a promo video. It is also the bands most radio-friendly work, and as a result, is probably their most hated song too.

Personally, I think it's a killer! There's nothing wrong with trying to appeal to a bigger audience, and all the ingredients of a great Blind Guardian track are here. There's plenty of tasteful guitar harmonies and lead breaks, Hansi Kursch's powerful vocals, epic keyboards and some intense drumming. It's all here! But heaven forbid a power metal band trying to get a bit of radio airplay! Can't have that now, can we?

Along with the title track, there's two EP exclusives; the haunting 'All the King's Horses' and a cover of Ozzie Nelsons, or Wayne Kings (do the research and come to your own conclusion), 'Dream a Little Dream of Me'. Blind Guardian seem to have a knack for giving these oldies songs their own makeover, but with that said, this song is pretty dire and uninteresting, completely missing the magic the band showed on their versions of 'Mr. Sandman' and 'Surfin' USA'.

Also included are two demos of 'Lionheart' and 'The Edge', both are featured on 'A Twist in the Myth', and like so many countless singles and EP's that come with demo versions, they're decent for collectors, but otherwise best to stick with the finished product, and in this regard, said product is actually a fantastic and highly underrated album.

Overall, as is always the case, this is one for hardcore fans. 'Another Stranger Me' is a solid track, but that alone won't save this EP from getting anything more than two stars.

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more than 2 years ago
I agree that the albums are more speed metal than power metal. However they are still more power metal than thrash metal (which they aren't at all). If speed metal cannot be selected (why?) then they should say power metal like everything else. Calling them thrash metal is just plain wrong. Speed metal is closer to power metal than thrash metal in any case.
adg211288 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
The early releases of Blind Guardian (and Helloween for that matter) are considered to be more speed metal than power metal. Here on MMA speed metal is an inclusive genre with our thrash metal sub, which is why early Blind Guardian releases are tagged as thrash metal.
Unitron wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Maybe not in the traditional sense, but many early power metal bands (Helloween, Helstar, Gamma Ray, etc.) had thrash metal elements on their early releases.
more than 2 years ago
Thrash metal? There is not one note of thrash metal on any Blind Guardian release.
666sharon666 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
There are definitely some top quality albums in the MMA power metal chart right now, a few surprising ones too, but Imaginations From the Other Side is better than all of them. :P
adg211288 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
I hate that none of their albums currently appear in the top albums on the power metal page. :(

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