German power metallers Blind Guardian have announced a new compilation album entitled Memories Of A Time To Come due out January 27th, 2012, via Nuclear Blast Records. The compilation album will feature re-recorded and remixed songs from the band's entire discography.
Blind Guardian is also working on a new concept orchestral album with fantasy author Markus Heitz also due out in 2012.
Vocalist Hansi Kürsch of German power metallers Blind Guardian has issued the following update on a new orchestral album:
"Busy seasons are usually harbingers of great things to come. Festivals, regular studio work and, above all, the orchestral album are making this a very exciting summer for us. Let's keep the focus on the orchestral album one more time. We have spectacular news!
Every orchestral project needs a concept and such a concept demands a great story. To get a story that fits together perfectly with our majestic music, we are joining forces with Germany's best fantasy author Markus Heitz (check out his "Die Zwerge" series). Markus is one of my favorite writers of "high fantasy". I have been really amazed by several of his books over the last years but was finally and completely convinced about him being the perfect choice for our project by 'Gerechter Zorn' ('Righteous Wrath') — the first part of his newest trilogy, "Die Legenden der Albae" ("Legends of the Albae").
Blind Guardian has released the following press statement:
"Triumphantly returning to North American shores in support of the Billboard-charting new album At The Edge Of Time, we are pleased to announce the western hemisphere's portion of the Sacred Worlds And Songs Divine 2010 World Tour, commencing on November 19th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and concluding on December 22nd in West Springfield, Virginia. Support acts are California's Holy Grail and Florida's Seven Kingdoms.
Hansi checks in from the secret Blind Guardian bunker about the upcoming trek: "Christmas will be a little earlier this year, 'cause The Guardian is coming to town in November and December! The band is really excited to announce this upcoming tour. Finally, we will get the chance to preach our Sacred Words and play our Songs Divine somewhere near your neighborhood. We have prepared a nice package of music and bands for our Northern American followers. Our friends from Holy Grail and Seven Kingdoms will join us on this glorious mission and will have their part in these magical nights to come. Both bands are underground now, but I can feel that the future is theirs. They really carry the spirit of a new American Power Metal generation. Touring the U.S. and Canada does always means a tremendous amount of fun, so we are really anxious to see if the people in Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, and Albuquerque - where we have not played before - can scream as loud as their brothers and sisters in New York, Quebec, Toronto, or Hollywood. We'll soon find out when we meet you at the edge of time."
The new Blind Guardian video for the song "A Voice In The Dark" in now available online. The track is taken from the band's highly anticipated new album At The Edge Of Time, released in Europe last week (July 30), and is still to be released in the United States (August 24) via Nuclear Blast.
The long wait is almost over, Blind Guardian's new opus At the Edge of Time will be released in Europe on July 30th. The band states: "You have all been so nice and patient, therefore we have decided to share 3 full length tracks from the album with you. So, brush up a little on the writings of Michael Moorcock and George R.R. Martin and enjoy the following tracks "Tanelorn (Into the Void)", "War of the Thrones", and "A Voice in the Dark". Head over to this location to check them out!
Blind Guardian will be releasing a new single, called A Voice In The Dark on June 25, 2010, through Nuclear Blast. The single will contain three songs, of which only the title track will appear on the forthcoming new album. More news about that new album is expected to be announced soon.
A Voice In The Dark cover art] tracklist:
01. A Voice In The Dark
02. War Of The Thrones
03. You're The Voice (John Farnham Cover)
UPDATED (thanks to OpenMind)
Blind Guardian have revealed the breathtaking cover artwork for their upcoming single release A Voice In The Dark. Click here to check it out.
German metallers Blind Guardian have issued the following update on their official website:
"The tour section of the homepage has been updated with the first confirmed dates of the Blind Guardian World Tour 2010/2011. The tickets for the German shows will go on sale December 9th at 12:00. And for all you early buyers there is a special X-Mas deal for the German shows: a reduced price of 30 euros per ticket when you purchase them before January 10th from Metal-Tix or Eventim. A limited number of Hard-Tix for the German shows are also available.
Opening band for the tour will be Steelwing and another special guest which will be announced later.
As usual keep an eye on the tour page for new dates as they are confirmed."
A few days ago, Blind Guardian's Hansi Kürsch posted the following update on the band's official webpage:
"To keep this one a short but essential one: we finally have started the production of Blind Guardian studio album number nine. Frederik is literally rushing through the songs already. Who knows, this time we may deliver the finished master prior to the ultimate deadline (set by an about-to-get-insane record company after thousands of broken promises to finally deliver the new record within the next days). Well Frederik isn't Marcus, who isn't André, who most certainly is not Hansi. So there still lies trouble (i.e. delays) ahead.
Back to Frederik, back to the production: We started sometime last week and Frederik accomplished drums for some seriously tricky tracks. If I am correct he has two more tracks to go and should be finished during the next days. Altogether there are 11 songs to work on. As mentioned last time, we do have a strong amount of heavy Guardian hymns, which come along with such a harsh intensity that I am sometimes surprised myself. There is a fine balance of extremely fast songs and ultimate epic stuff. "Wheel of Time" would be one example for the last mentioned. The song contains many surprises - I am deadly honest about that, so mark my words here. Lyrically I am of course tempted to deal with Robert Jordan's great "Wheel of Time" story, one of the best fantasy series ever. If you asked me with which song the number could be compared I most probably would say "The Script for my Requiem" or "And then there was Silence". This tune does really have the potential to mess with these two songs.
"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.
"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.
On their official website, vocalist Hansi Kürsch has posted a couple of updates for news-hungry fans. The band recently played at the Kobesatonik festival in Bilbao, Spain, and enjoyed it thoroughly, describing the show as "a real blast... a pity we could not play longer." After the show, the band watched an impressive Kiss show and apparently picked up some pyrotechnic tips for their next tours. They enjoyed the Spanish experience so much, in fact, that they have announced two more shows there in September, with a possible third coming in October. The confirmed dates for the September shows are:
A trailer for "Sacred 2" including some new Blind Guardian music has been posted at http://www.gametrailers.com. The direct link to the high definition version is HERE and to that of the standard definition version HERE.
A more detailed explanation is given at this location. All info on http://www.blind-guardian.com.
Legendary Fantasy Metal band Blind Guardian have contributed the main song to the new action/fantasy movie "In The Name Of The King - Dungeon Siege". On this occasion, Blind Guardian will hold a signing session at a special premiere screening of the movie on the 29th of November.
This special event begins at 19.00 CET in the "UCI Kinowelt Ruhr Park" with the signing session; the movie begins at 20.00.
Additionally, the band have announced their participation in the soundtrack of a computer game, due for release in 2008. Vocalist Hansi Kürsch has posted the following on the band's site:
"We are happy to inform you about our musical participation in the upcoming blockbuster computer game "Sacred 2 - Fallen Angel". The PC and X-Box 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.