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Blind Guardian

Blind Guardian is a german speed metal/power metal band from Krefeld / Meerbusch. They are credited as being among themostinfluentialartists of the genre. While early Blind Guardian’s work belongs to speed metal style, in latest releases the band moved towardsepicpower metal.

Blind Guardian was founded in 1984 by André Olbrich (guitar), Hansi Kürsch (vocals, bass), Marcus Siepen (guitar) and Thomas“Thomen”Stauch(drums), (left the band in 2005, replaced by Frederik Ehmke). Before calling themselves Blind Guardian, the band released twodemosunder the nameLucifer ...read more

Blind Guardian is a german speed metal/power metal band from Krefeld / Meerbusch. They are credited as being among themostinfluentialartists of the genre. While early Blind Guardian’s work belongs to speed metal style, in latest releases the band moved towardsepicpower metal.

Blind Guardian was founded in 1984 by André Olbrich (guitar), Hansi Kürsch (vocals, bass), Marcus Siepen (guitar) and Thomas“Thomen”Stauch(drums), (left the band in 2005, replaced by Frederik Ehmke). Before calling themselves Blind Guardian, the band released twodemosunder the nameLucifer’s Heritage in 1985 and 1986.

Blind Guardian has always been inspired by the fictional worlds of fantasy writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Michael Moorcock, MargaretWeis,TracyHickman as well as traditional legends and epics. Stephen King’s Dark Tower series has also been an influence on the band, evidentinSomewhereFar Beyond as well as numerous Demons and Wizards songs. Over the years, a running theme has developedassociating theband memberswith travelling bards.

The line-up has been the same since 1988, but in 2005 the drummer, Thomas Stauch, left the band due to the direction the band was takingintheirlast studio albums, Nightfall In Middle-Earth and A Night at the Opera. He was replaced by Frederik Ehmke.

The group's most recent studio album at this point is 2006's A Twist in the Myth, but they will release a brand new one called At TheEdgeofTime later this summer. The album's lead single, 'A Voice in the Dark', will be released June 25. « hide

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LPs
At the Edge of Time
2010

4
366 Votes
A Twist in the Myth
2006

3.6
432 Votes
A Night at the Opera
2002

4
444 Votes
Nightfall in Middle-Earth
1998

4.3
707 Votes
Imaginations from the Other Side
1995

4.3
500 Votes
Somewhere Far Beyond
1992

4.2
449 Votes
Tales from the Twilight World
1990

3.9
296 Votes
Follow the Blind
1989

3.5
274 Votes
Battalions of Fear
1988

3.5
261 Votes
Live Albums
The Sacred Worlds and Songs Divine Tour
2010

3.6
7 Votes
Imaginations Through the Looking Glass
2004

4
4 Votes
Live
2003

4.2
101 Votes
Tokyo Tales
1993

3.8
52 Votes
Compilations
A Traveler's Guide to Space and Time
01/28/2013

4
1 Votes
Memories of a Time to Come
01/20/2012

4
23 Votes
The Forgotten Tales
1996

3.5
69 Votes

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