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BLIND GUARDIAN were founded in the mid 1980s in Krefeld, Germany as an "ordinary" speed/power metal band. Beginning with their third album, "Tales from the Twilight World", they expanded their musical vocabulary and would eventually create their very own style which is still rooted in speed/power metal, but is also very orchestral and epic, with rich arrangements of guitar lines and vocals and an ever-present medieval/folky presence. Lyrically the band - or rather singer Hansi Kürsch who writes most songs and lyrics - always had a faible for fantasy stories ... "Imaginations from the Other Side" for example is - among other things - picking up elements from the King Arthur myth (Merlin, Mordred etc), and their 1998 grand opus "Nightfall in Middle-Earth" is even a concept album based on J.R.R. Tolkien's "Silmarillion". Having said all this it has to be noted that their style is not really similar to that of the genre's "top dogs" - DREAM THEATER, PAIN OF SALVATION or TOOL for example sound nothing like BLIND GUARDIAN. Maybe it's because the usual obvious "prog traits" like frequent time signature changes or exceedingly complex structure are rarely used by BLIND GUARDIAN ... this may make them a little bit difficult to accept by prog "hardliners", but it also makes them a very refreshing diversion for the more adventurous prog fans out there.



Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
The band was cleared for addition by the prog metal team. When discussing their prog status it's important to know that they had a prog phase which mainly consists of the albums Imaginations from the Other Side, Nightfall in Middle-Earth and A Night at the Opera.



Discography:
Battalions of Fear (1988)
Follow the Blind (1989)
Tales from the Twilight World (1990)
Somewhere Far Beyond (1992)
Tokyo Tales (1993)
Imaginations from the Other Side (1995)
The Forgotten Tales (1996)
Nightfall in Middle-Earth (1998)
A Night at the Opera (2002)
Live (2003)
A Twist in the Myth (2003)

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BLIND GUARDIAN shows & tickets


  • See Rock Festival on 1 Aug 2014
  • Metal Hammer Awards 2014 on 12 Sep 2014
  • 70000 Tons of Metal 2015 on 22 Jan 2015
  • Blind Guardian + Orphaned Land at Effenaar, Eindhoven on 10 Apr 2015
  • Blind Guardian + Orphaned Land at Muziekcentrum TRIX, Antwerpen on 11 Apr 2015
  • Blind Guardian + Orphaned Land at The Forum, London on 12 Apr 2015
  • Blind Guardian + Orphaned Land at Bataclan, Paris on 14 Apr 2015
  • Blind Guardian + Orphaned Land at La Laiterie, Strasbourg on 15 Apr 2015
  • Blind Guardian + Orphaned Land at Santana 27, Bilbao on 17 Apr 2015
  • Blind Guardian + Orphaned Land at Sant Jordi Club, Barcelona on 18 Apr 2015
  • Blind Guardian + Orphaned Land at La Riviera, Madrid on 19 Apr 2015
  • Blind Guardian + Orphaned Land at Europahalle, Trier on 23 Apr 2015
  • Blind Guardian + Orphaned Land at Batschkapp, Frankfurt-Seckbach on 24 Apr 2015
  • Blind Guardian + Orphaned Land at Mitsubishi Electric Halle, Düsseldorf on 25 Apr 2015
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  • Blind Guardian on 1 May 2015
  • Blind Guardian - o2 World HAMBURG 02.05.15 on 2 May 2015
  • Blind Guardian at Alcatraz, Milano on 6 May 2015
  • Blind Guardian at TBA, Athens on 9 May 2015
  • Blind Guardian at Maçka Küçükçiftlik Park, Maçka on 14 May 2015
  • Blind Guardian at TBA, Sofia on 16 May 2015
  • Romanian Rock Meeting on 17 May 2015
  • Blind Guardian at Masters of Rock Cafe, Zlín on 24 May 2015
  • Blind Guardian at Progresja Music Zone, Warszawa on 26 May 2015
  • Blind Guardian on 29 May 2015
  • Blind Guardian at Nosturi, Helsinki on 2 Jun 2015

BLIND GUARDIAN discography


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BLIND GUARDIAN top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.08 | 78 ratings
Battalions of Fear
1988
2.93 | 69 ratings
Follow the Blind
1989
3.27 | 73 ratings
Tales from the Twilight World
1990
3.60 | 100 ratings
Somewhere Far Beyond
1992
3.95 | 145 ratings
Imaginations from the Other Side
1995
3.99 | 198 ratings
Nightfall in Middle-Earth
1998
3.98 | 151 ratings
A Night at the Opera
2002
3.01 | 74 ratings
A Twist in the Myth
2006
3.54 | 86 ratings
At The Edge Of Time
2010

BLIND GUARDIAN Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.61 | 22 ratings
Tokyo Tales
1993
3.54 | 28 ratings
Live
2003

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4.36 | 19 ratings
Imaginations Through The Looking Glass
2004

BLIND GUARDIAN Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.51 | 40 ratings
The Forgotten Tales
1996
3.38 | 13 ratings
Memories of a Time to Come
2012

BLIND GUARDIAN Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 2 ratings
Symphonies of Doom
1985
3.50 | 2 ratings
Battalions of Fear
1986
3.70 | 10 ratings
A Past and Future Secret
1995
3.39 | 9 ratings
Mr. Sandman
1996
4.00 | 11 ratings
Mirror Mirror
1998
3.38 | 15 ratings
And Then There Was Silence
2001
3.80 | 10 ratings
The Bard's Song (In the Forest)
2003
2.86 | 7 ratings
Fly
2006
3.56 | 9 ratings
Another Stranger Me
2007
2.43 | 9 ratings
A Voice In The Dark
2010

BLIND GUARDIAN Reviews


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 Battalions of Fear by BLIND GUARDIAN album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.08 | 78 ratings

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Battalions of Fear
Blind Guardian Progressive Metal

Review by VOTOMS

4 stars "'Batallions', musically, was a tribute to Iron Maiden and the old Helloween on speed" - Hansi, Blind Guardian's vocalist.

Except for the standard heavy metal track "Run For The Night" (not totally bad, but not progressive or relevant enough to rate as a good track here), Blind Guardian's debut, what came from the ashes of Lucicer's Heritage, a youth speed/power metal, developed into a truely classic for the genre, and it could be really interesting to listen to Battalions of Fear analizing it's progressive side, since the band had no interest in writing progressive rock yet (I think so). Actually, this album is very different than Blind Guardian major stuff, this is pure metal oriented. Lucifer's Heritage changed their name to Blind Guardian looking forward to their fans: they won't be found beside black metal and lyrically and conceptually "extreme" music including satanic themes, since their music focus on medieval tales, rpg, Tolkien and mythical literature. That's a good start for a bunch of teenagers. But the band weren't so mature as you think they were. They used to get drunk inside the studios, and according to the band, some of them used to know very well the floor's carpet after a little vomit.

But if you are expecting a common heavy metal from their darkest days, you are totally wrong. Actually, even trying to sound like Iron Maiden, these guys did an awesome job. They were the pioneers of Tolkien-oriented metal, following the steps of Camel suites like Nimrodel/The Procession/The White Rider. Somehow better than what you will get from three guitars playing Fear of The Dark. Majesty, exceeding the line of seven minutes, is the album opener. The track starts with a merry-go-round music, suddenly broken by a thunder, and then comes the first guitar riff. The track is full of different musical phrases and passages, there's nothing actually regular in the track, or riff sequences looping. When a riff or chorus is repeated, it almost never appears in the same obvious place. That's a trademark of Blind Guardian, and one of the facts which made them progressive, even in the early ways. The whole album took the same vein, and the vocal melodies are pretty catchy for me.

Battalions of Fear recording is raw, not as any Blind Guardian highly rated album. Hansi vocals are not professional yet. I mean, it has some flaws. These kind of details could easily withdrawn this album from the list of many. Together with the fact that their songwriting are "epic" and more complex than almost every raw teenager heavy metal band, the album is easily hard listening even for Blind Guardian fanatics. I "follow the blind" since their past times, and I myself had sort of difficulty to swallow this one. But this is what makes the music fun: the secrets hidden within an album that you had in your own hands, but didn't dug the treasure X. Music has no map to treasures. So I keep digging and finding new stuff, even in the apparently worst albums, changing my view from time to time.

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 The Forgotten Tales by BLIND GUARDIAN album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1996
3.51 | 40 ratings

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The Forgotten Tales
Blind Guardian Progressive Metal

Review by 1967/ 1976

5 stars A GREAT EXAMPLE OF PROGRESSIVE METAL: In my opinion, "The Forgotten Tales" is a compilation that features 13 songs of which 5 are new versions, 1 is live recording, 2 were from singles, 3 are new songs (they are covers). But this does not mean anything. What is important is the fact that "The Forgotten Tales" is a beautiful masterpiece of Progressive Metal. What is surprising is that the Teutonic Metal (mix of Speed ​​ Metal, Power Metal, Hard Rock, Classic Metal and Symphonic Metal) Blind Guardian is not present here. It may seem strange, but "The Bard Song" sounds like a folk song! "Barbara Ann / Long Tall Sally" sounds like a pure example of Rockabilly. For the rest of this album is amazing in "The Wizars" (Uriah Heep cover) is an extreme example of Power Metal. But it is acoustic and orchestral versions in that this album is a winner. Not so much in "A Past and Future Secret" but in "Bright Eyes" you can feel a magic really impressive. "To France", a Mike Oldfield song, emits vibrations as the original version could not convey. "Theatre of Pain" is another immense pearl.

DEFECTS OF THIS ALBUM: As always criticize the vocals of Hansi Kursch is the least you can do. It must be said that I realized that this is a fault common to the modern Teutonic Metal and Power Metal. There is nothing to do. Another point of criticism (and at the same time value) is the extremely clean recordings: digital technology helps, but at the same time, makes Blind Guardian, a bit 'prissy band. Another flaw in the years that has been associated with bands like Scorpions, just as an example.

ADVANTAGES OF THIS ALBUM: The acoustic version and the orchestral versions are geat. This shows that not serve electric instruments and dose of aggressiveness to play Heavy Metal. Another merit is the fact that this album shows us that often classify a band into a certain genre is wrong. Often the bands that go down in history have been inspired by various genres, and often have moved in real genres, so much so that in a site Prog Blind Guardian are we ever classify as Prog Metal.

IN CONCLUSION: "The Forgotten Tales" probably is one of my preferred Prog Metal albums. But probably "The Forgotten Tales" is one of my preferred Prog albums. "The Forgotten Tales" is an album that vibrates, moves, leaving bewildered. If it were released in 70's could rewrite the history of Progressive and Rock in general.

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 A Night at the Opera by BLIND GUARDIAN album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.98 | 151 ratings

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A Night at the Opera
Blind Guardian Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
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3 stars I guess it's no surprise Blind Guardian named this album after Queen's most critically acclaimed one (though it is a bit presumptuous) - after all, the main difference between this one and its predecessors is the band's deliberate use of decidedly Queen-like vocal harmonies, Queen-like mass overdubs, and a thorough injection of Queen-like pomp rock. To be honest, it doesn't make Blind Guardian's latter-day musical approach any more palatable to me, but I guess if you're really into power metal and really into Queen then it'll probably appeal to you. To be honest, I'd rather just listen to the better tracks off the original Night at the Opera again.

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 Nightfall in Middle-Earth by BLIND GUARDIAN album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.99 | 198 ratings

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Nightfall in Middle-Earth
Blind Guardian Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Blind Guardian's Nightfall In Middle-Earth finds the band moving out of their comfort zone and doing something a little ambitious - a lavish concept album drawing on the narrative of the Silmarillion, the body of myth and legend penned by Tolkien which forms the backstory to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Whilst many artists find that the concept album format helps add focus and direction to their music, I feel Blind Guardian stumble here.

Firstly, they inject the album with far too many narrative interludes, ruining the flow of the music; secondly, even with the narrative interludes, the plot is extremely hard to follow unless you're already very familiar with the story. In retrospect, they might have had a bit more success if they'd honed things down to focus on a particular story from the Silmarillion rather than trying to take in as much of the whole narrative as they could.

Finally, when it gets right down to it the music on this album is much the same as on any other Blind Guardian album from this period in their career - cheesy power metal with stirring vocal harmonies are the order of the day and there really aren't that many surprises. In short, what you get here is an alright Blind Guardian album bogged down by the band's attempt to add narrative structure.

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 Imaginations from the Other Side by BLIND GUARDIAN album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.95 | 145 ratings

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Blind Guardian Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Blind Guardian's Imaginations From the Other Side is a forceful power metal album of the sort we've all come to expect from Blind Guardian... and that, in a way, is part of the reason why I feel it's a rather middling release from them. The performances are decent enough, but they and the songwriting are all more or less exactly along the lines we expect from power metal these days. The end product is clearly a highly polished one - but it's polished to the point of sounding sterile and artificial to my ears, an exercise in setting out a blueprint for Dragonforce and a horde of other super-fast power metal bands in the coming years as opposed to a creation of something genuine and sincere.

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 At The Edge Of Time by BLIND GUARDIAN album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.54 | 86 ratings

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At The Edge Of Time
Blind Guardian Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "At The Edge Of Time" is the 9th full-length studio album by German power metal act Blind Guardian. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in July 2010. The album is the first album release by Blind Guardian since "A Twist in the Myth (2006)".

"Sacred Worlds" opens the album in symphonic style and almost recalls the orchestral grandur and semi-progressive nature of the music on "A Night at the Opera (2002)" (and actually closes the album in a similar symphonic style with "Wheel of Time"), but the band have more things up their sleeve. "At The Edge Of Time" is actually quite the varied album with both epic symphonic tracks, faster paced speed/power metal tracks and folky tracks. In other words all the best from the Blind Guardian songwriting formula. Compared to "A Twist in the Myth", "At The Edge Of Time" features less hard rock elements and more of a metal sound. They occassionally visit their more raw early- to mid- nineties speed/power metal style albeit in a more polished, less raw and more epic and symphonic sounding format and it´s nice to hear that they haven´t forgotten how to play harder edged music yet.

"At The Edge Of Time" is a well produced affair even though I could have wished for at less dry and sterile drum production. The musicianship is of course impeccable and the songwriting clever. Personally I was slightly disappointed by "A Twist in the Myth" and I welcome the return to a more metal oriented sound on "At The Edge Of Time". I guess there are little here that will surprise anyone but it´s still a greatly enjoyable and high quality release deserving a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating.

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 Somewhere Far Beyond by BLIND GUARDIAN album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.60 | 100 ratings

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Somewhere Far Beyond
Blind Guardian Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Somewhere far beyond takes the approach of Tales From the Twilight World, diversifies the sound a little, and continues down the usual Blind Guardian path of endearingly dorky fantasy fiction references wrapped in power metal riffs. This time around, the band sound more confident than ever - perhaps at points verging on the pretentious, but power metal is one of those genres which benefits from time to time from a little bit of megalomania - and the inclusion of some elements of folk metal makes it a bit less homogeneous than previous albums from the group. On the whole, the early 1990s was a very exciting time to be a Blind Guardian fan, thanks precisely to albums like this.

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 Tales from the Twilight World by BLIND GUARDIAN album cover Studio Album, 1990
3.27 | 73 ratings

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Tales from the Twilight World
Blind Guardian Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Tales From the Twilight World catches Blind Guardian in the midst of their transformation from a power metal-flavoured hybrid of speed and thrash metal to masters of purebred power metal. With lyrical subjects drawn from a range of genre fiction touchstones, the album is the band's most confident of their first three, and whilst the album may be unabashedly dorky at points (such as at the chorus of Tommyknockers), it's almost impossible not to get into the spirit of things, particularly when the band play such a tight and exciting set. Not for all tastes by any means, but power metal fans will find a lot to love here.

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 Follow the Blind by BLIND GUARDIAN album cover Studio Album, 1989
2.93 | 69 ratings

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Follow the Blind
Blind Guardian Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Blind Guardian's second album continues in much the same vein as the first, with a guest appearance from Helloween veteran Kai Hansen underlining their position at the heart of the European power metal and speed metal scenes. Still thrashier and angrier than the sound they'd develop later in their career, the band prove the diverse range of their abilities by rounding the album off with a cover of NWOBHM standard Don't Break the Circle (originally by Demon) as well as showing their sense of humour with a thrashed-up cover of the surf rock classic Barbara Ann. On balance, there isn't a whole lot of musical development shown over the debut album, but aside from that this is another enjoyable disc.

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 Battalions of Fear by BLIND GUARDIAN album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.08 | 78 ratings

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Battalions of Fear
Blind Guardian Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Blind Guardian's debut album may not be the most original thing they've ever released, the group still grasping towards their distinctive style, but shadows of the symphonic-influenced power metal powerhouse they would eventually become can be glimpsed here and there, and the band bring to the material they have here an energy and enthusiasm which is genuinely infectious. Maybe it is the case that the most classically-tinged track on here is a bonus track (Gandalf's Rebirth), but the thrash and speed-influenced material that makes up the rest of the album represents a more aggressive side of the band that would often be eclipsed later in their career, but which to me is no less compelling than their classic power metal style.

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