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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 the mostinfluentialartists of the genre. While early Blind Guardian’s work belongs to speed metal style, in latest releases the band moved towardsepic power 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 twodemos under the name ...read more

Blind Guardian is a german speed metal/power metal band from Krefeld / Meerbusch. They are credited as being among the mostinfluentialartists of the genre. While early Blind Guardian’s work belongs to speed metal style, in latest releases the band moved towardsepic power 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 twodemos under 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, Margaret Weis,TracyHickman as well as traditional legends and epics. Stephen King’s Dark Tower series has also been an influence on the band, evident inSomewhereFar Beyond as well as numerous Demons and Wizards songs. Over the years, a running theme has developedassociating the band 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 takingin theirlast 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 TheEdge ofTime 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
357 Votes
A Twist in the Myth
2006

3.6
427 Votes
A Night at the Opera
2002

4
436 Votes
Nightfall in Middle-Earth
1998

4.3
692 Votes
Imaginations from the Other Side
1995

4.3
486 Votes
Somewhere Far Beyond
1992

4.2
436 Votes
Tales from the Twilight World
1990

3.9
293 Votes
Follow the Blind
1989

3.5
271 Votes
Battalions of Fear
1988

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

3.7
6 Votes
Imaginations Through the Looking Glass
2004

4.1
4 Votes
Live
2003

4.2
97 Votes
Tokyo Tales
1993

3.8
51 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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