"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.
The following message has been posted on the Bloodstock Open Air website:
We are proud to announce that Blind Guardian will return to our shores in 2007 to do an EXCLUSIVE UK show performing at Bloodstock Open Air on Saturday 7th July. This will be Blind Guardian's first ever outdoor show in the UK and a welcome return following their last and first appearance at Bloodstock in 2002.
Recently launching a North American tour with Leaves' Eyes in support of "A Twist In The Myth", their Billboard-charting album (#21 on the Top Independent Albums chart and #288 on Billboard's Top Albums chart), Blind Guardian's German roots are never far behind. Featured in the "Betcha Can't Play This" section on Page 34 of the Holiday 2006 issue of Guitar World and on the DVD insert, guitarist André Olbrich explains how being exposed to classical music during childhood has made a definite impression on him as an adult musician, but not everything is composed with classically-tinged trills.
Eager to demonstrate the age-old adage of "All work and no play makes jack a dull boy," vocalist Hansi Kürsch and Olbrich stopped by the Revolver Magazine offices in August to record an impromptu song in two hours. To hear their resulting 40-second opus, go to http://www.revolvermag.com/theunit/index.html and scrolll down to "Click below to hear the entire song!" Additional information is available on Page 44 in the current issue of Revolver.
Finally, it has been officially confirmed: Blind Guardian will come to Australia!
Blind Guardian have started selling tickets for their shows on the 16th and 17th of February, 2007 at the Forum Theater, Melbourne. They are available online at http://premier.ticketek.com.au and Metal Mayhem in Melbourne.
Australian radio station Triple J, on their 'Full Metal Racket' metal program, have conducted an audio interview with Kreator frontman Mille Petrozza and Blind Guardian vocallist Hansi Kürsch. The interview was conducted by Full Metal Racket host Andrew Haug.
You can download the Kreator interview in mp3 format from here. The Blind Guardian one can be heard here.
Also, you can stream the entire latest Full Metal Racket program here.
AOL music have uploaded the new albums for Blind Guardian, Iron Maiden and Goatwhore. All three albums are available to listen to via streaming. There are also links for buying each album. All three albums have just been released in the last few days.
Here are the links to the albums:
To listen to Blind Guardian - A Twist In The Myth, click here.
To listen to Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death, click here.
To listen to Goatwhore - A Haunting Curse, click here.
Blind Guardian, Saxon, Stratovarius, Grave Digger, Therion, Samael and Schandmaul have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. Also scheduled to perform at the festival is the reunited Norwegian black metal band Immortal, who will make its only German appearance at Wacken.
The organizers of the festival also extended their thanks to "the fans for making Wacken 2006 the success that it was that caused Wacken to sell out for the first time ever!"
You can now listen to samples from all songs on the new album Blind Guardian album, A Twist In The Myth. The samples can be found on the Nuclear Blast website: http://www.nuclearblast-musicshop.de/album_info.php?album_id=136442
Blind Guardian will be guests at this year's Earthshaker Fest. Due to release their new album "A Twist In The Myth" in the fall (on September 1, 2006), some of the band's new songs will be premiered over the PA for everyone in attendance to hear. The band will also be holding an autograph session on Friday night; more details will be announced soon.
In any case, it is confirmed that there will be a massive giveaway for the fans in attendance:
1st Prize - a Meet & Greet session for 10 people with Blind Guardian at the Earthshaker Fest 2006. The winner will receive a big fan package containing a CD, DVD, shirt and a commemorative photo with the band.
2nd Prize - 20 people will have the chance to participate in soccer goal target practice against Blind Guardian. Each person who wins against Blind Guardian will receive a special Earthshaker package that includes a t-shirt, poster and CD sampler.
Veteran Power Metallers Blind Guardian have been invited, and have accepted to be this year's special guest appearance at Earthshaker Fest 2006. Earthershaker will be on 21st and 22nd of July this year. It will be held at Kreuth, Rieden in Germany. They will be playing some new songs from their upcoming album 'A Twist In The Myth' and will be holding a one hour autograph session on the first day of the festival. For more information about the actual festival, visit the Earthshaker link below.
Leaves' Eyes will be joining Blind Guardian on their North American tour this fall. Dates as follows:
08.11. USA Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theatre
09.11. USA San Diego, CA House of Blues
10.11. USA Santa Ana, CA Galaxy
11.11. USA Los Angeles, CA Avalon
12.11. USA San Francisco, CA Fillmore
14.11. CAN Vancouver Commodore
15.11. USA Seattle, WA El Corezon
17.11. USA Salt Lake City, UT Avalon
18.11. USA Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
19.11. USA Lawrence, KS Granada
22.11. USA Minneapolis, MN The Quest
23.11. USA Chicago, IL House of Blues
24.11. USA Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre
25.11. USA Detroit, MI Harpo's
26.11. CAN Toronto Opera House
28.11. CAN Quebec City, QE Salle Albert-Rousseau
29.11. CAN Montreal Medley