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Blind Guardian

Forming in the small German town of Krefeld, Blind Guardian perfected a fusion of gothic- and fantasy-tinged European power metal with the velocity and technical precision of speed metal. Members Hansi Kürsch (vocals, bass), Marcus Siepen (guitar), André Olbrich (guitar), and Thomen Stauch (drums) initially called themselves Lucifer's Heritage, but elected to change it when a 1986 demo tape began to achieve underground popularity. They signed with the No Remorse label and issued Battalions of Fear in 1988, following it with Follow the Blind a year later, which helped make a name for the ...read more

Forming in the small German town of Krefeld, Blind Guardian perfected a fusion of gothic- and fantasy-tinged European power metal with the velocity and technical precision of speed metal. Members Hansi Kürsch (vocals, bass), Marcus Siepen (guitar), André Olbrich (guitar), and Thomen Stauch (drums) initially called themselves Lucifer's Heritage, but elected to change it when a 1986 demo tape began to achieve underground popularity. They signed with the No Remorse label and issued Battalions of Fear in 1988, following it with Follow the Blind a year later, which helped make a name for the band in Japan. Released in 1990, Tales from the Twilight World became an underground hit in Germany and led to a deal with that country's division of Virgin Records; their major-label debut, Somewhere Far Beyond, was released in 1992. After 1993's live Tokyo Tales, Blind Guardian hooked up with former Metallica producer Flemming Rasmussen for 1995's Imaginations from the Other Side. Issued in 1996, The Forgotten Tales was a collection of covers and alternate versions, setting the stage for 1998's Nightfall in Middle. Earth, a Tolkien-inspired concept album that finally became the band's first American release a year later. Century Media began reissuing portions of the band's back catalog in the U.S. the same year. In 2002, the band released A Night at the Opera, and followed up four years later with A Twist in the Myth. The German power metal quartet released its ninth studio album, At the Edge of Time, in 2010 followed by a compilation of re-recorded and remixed songs called Memories of a Time to Come in 2012. « hide

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LPs
Beyond the Red Mirror
2015

3.7
111 Votes
At the Edge of Time
2010

3.9
408 Votes
A Twist in the Myth
2006

3.6
467 Votes
A Night at the Opera
2002

4
480 Votes
Nightfall in Middle-Earth
1998

4.3
785 Votes
Imaginations from the Other Side
1995

4.3
555 Votes
Somewhere Far Beyond
1992

4.2
501 Votes
Tales from the Twilight World
1990

3.9
338 Votes
Follow the Blind
1989

3.4
306 Votes
Battalions of Fear
1988

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

3.5
6 Votes
Imaginations Through the Looking Glass
2004

4.1
6 Votes
Live
2003

4.2
108 Votes
Tokyo Tales
1993

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

4.6
4 Votes
Memories of a Time to Come
01/20/2012

4
28 Votes
The Forgotten Tales
1996

3.4
73 Votes

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