This is the band to listen to when the apocalypse happens. And now, the power metal quartet is coming to deliver two earth-shattering shows.
Blind Guardian. Photo Courtesy of www.blind-guardian.com, the official site.
Blind Guardian are returning to our shores on their At the Edge of Time Australia Tour 2011 in support of their ninth studio album, "At the Edge of Time." Released in 2010, its a fantastical orchestral and heavy metal assault, a treasure-trove of catchy melodies and Álfheimr-like imageries.
The music is so mystically addictive that it builds castles in the sky, where the fans actually move in.
Given the title of "Album of the Month" by Metal Hammer's August issue, it debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Charts, peaked at #2 on German Media Control Charts, and #11 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums. The first track, "Sacred Worlds," is a nine minute epic once again featuring their signature style: the beautiful paradox between a movie soundtrack and progressive metal. Written for the video game "Sacred 2: Fallen Angel," it is a modern means of escapism through the medium of music. "A Voice in the Dark" is the first official single off the record.
Blind Guardian's "Sacred Worlds." Experience beauty in sound-form.
The four musical bards, hailing from Germany, are a demonstration of composing and performing with emotion. While vocalist Hansi Kürsch humbly avers, "with every release, we want to define ourselves on a new level," critics everywhere else not only agree, but praise the band's impact. They are said to be "one of the few bands that consistently create 10-plus minute epics that never bore" by Metal Maniacs, and praised for their "larger-than-life sound, which incorporates the harmonies and drama of Queen with an aggressive, modern sensibility" by Billboard Magazine.
Blind Guardian at Gods of Metal, 2009. Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Since their first record, "Battalions of Fear" in 1988, every album released after that achieved a fresh sound radiating an immortal burst of creativity. Each record sounds like a unique quest, set in the same magical imagination.
They signed with Virgin Records in 1992, becoming one of the few power metal bands on a major record label. Released in 1995 "Imaginations from the Other Side" is largely inspired by the works of T.H. White., C.S Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. In fact, their 1998 concept album "Nightfall in Middle-Earth" is based on Tolkien's "The Silmarillion". In 2002, "A Night at the Opera" debuted at #37 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums Charts and in 2006, the single "Fly" secured the #1 position in Japan, #4 in Spain and Hungary and #29 in Sweden.
Blind Guardian's "Fly". A rhythmical wonder.
Blind Guardian are not only personal music-masters in the hearts of their fans, but also professional composers in the recording industry. One of their many side projects includes an independent orchestral soundtrack for Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, (for the novels, and not the films). In 2008, they recorded the main theme for Uwe Boll's "In the Name of the King: a Dungeon Siege Tale" fantasy film.
Blind Guardian in Malmo, Sweden. September 21, 2006. L-R are: André Olbrich (guitar), Frederik Ehmke (drums), Hansi Kürsch (vocals), Marcus Siepen (guitar), Michael Schüren (keyboards), Oliver Holzwarth (bass guitar). Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia.
According to Metal Edge, the band has "reinvented classic metal for a younger audience." And they are supported by the next generation of power metal bands hailing right from our own country.
Black Majesty have been featured in Europe's heavy metal festival "Wacken Open Air," and "Masters of Rock." Their latest studio album, "In Your Honour" was released in 2010 on German-based LMP Records, after winning a five-album contract deal with them.
Eyefear will be celebrating their new album. "The Inception of Darkness" will be released around late September or early October. Their music displays amazing precision of instrumental technique, and vocals laden with power and a perfect vibrato.