Blind Guardian Share Trailer For “Legacy Of The Dark Lands” Orchestral Album

Blind Guardian have shared a trailer for their new orchestral album “Legacy Of The Dark Lands,” which is set to be released on November 1. You can check that out below:

A press release offered more information on the effort:

Promising to be one of the most ambitious projects in metal’s history, Blind Guardian’s upcoming release will be well worth the wait. The idea to record an orchestral album originally formed in the minds of the two leading lights of the BLIND GUARDIAN universe – guitarist André Olbrich and singer Hansi Kürsch – during the 1990s when BLIND GUARDIAN started to use orchestral elements to enhance their opulent sound.

In recent years the giant project started to take shape, and parallel to epic sound cascades, the lyrical concept was developed. For this, BLIND GUARDIAN was able to find support in German bestselling author Markus Heitz, whose new novel “Die Dunklen Lande” is being released today (March 1st). The book is set in 1629 and contains the prequel to BLIND GUARDIAN’s opus “Legacy Of The Dark Lands”, which will be released November 1st.

“It’s incredible, that after 20 years we can actually finish this really exciting project. I am so happy and more than satisfied with it. Every single track unveils spectacular worlds and tells its very own story. With this album our biggest creative dream finally becomes reality.” says front man/singer Hansi Kürsch whose favorite author was equally excited about the collaboration: „It’s really crazy: As Pen&Paper role players we used to listen to BLIND GUARDIAN whilst playing. And years later I get to work together with the band, which was incredible. It’s amazing, the things that can happen sometimes,“ Markus remembers. “Of course I immediately agreed to join! This creative collaboration is very special for me.“

The two protagonists have actively cultivated their creative exchange over the last five years. “Markus is a great story teller; with “Die Dunklen Lande” he created the perfect setting and with the mysterious Nicolas the perfect character for our complex works. His inventiveness seems to be almost infinite. Absolutely impressive and very inspiring” praises Hansi Kürsch regarding the fruitful cooperation with the highly renowned fantasy author.

Both sides tell in their own way the story of the mercenary Nicolas and his involvement in the Thirty Years’ War. Author Markus Heitz starts the story off in his book and BLIND GUARDIAN follow suit with “Legacy Of The Dark Lands”.

What is the secret surrounding Nicolas? Will he be able to cast off the chains of war and how will his loved ones fare? On “Legacy Of The Dark Lands” via BLIND GUARDIAN’s Twilight Orchestra, André Olbrich and Hansi Kürsch fulfill their long-time wish of emphasizing imposing choral singing and classical orchestral arrangements. It promises to be an opus unlike any other that the German quartet has ever released, or rather: an opus, as has never been heard ever before.

Pre-Orders for “Legacy Of The Dark Lands” will start June, 2019

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Blind Guardian Post “The Ninth Wave” Live Video From “Live Beyond The Spheres”

Blind Guardian have posted a new live video for “The Ninth Wave.” This performance is featured on the band’s new live album “Live Beyond The Spheres” which was released today (July 7).

Blind Guardian Post “Twilight Of The Gods” Live Video From “Live Beyond The Spheres”

Blind Guardian have posted a new live video for “Twilight Of The Gods.” This performance will be featured on the band’s new live album “Live Beyond The Spheres,” which will be released on July 7.

Blind Guardian Post “Prophecies” Live Video From “Live Beyond The Spheres”

Blind Guardian have posted a new live video for “Prophecies.” This performance will be featured on the band’s new live album “Live Beyond The Spheres,” which will be released on July 7.

Blind Guardian Post “Mirror Mirror” Live Video From “Live Beyond The Spheres”

Blind Guardian have posted a new live video for “Mirror Mirror.” This performance will be featured on the band’s new live album “Live Beyond The Spheres,” which will be released on July 7.

Blind Guardian To Release “Live Beyond The Spheres” In July

Blind Guardian have announced that they will releasing a new live album titled “Live Beyond The Spheres” on July 7. It will come as either a 3-CD or 4-LP set , and it will contain tracks recorded at shows during the band’s 2015 European tour.

Hansi Kürsch commented:

“In general I would say that we’ve had a really good run on this tour and that nearly every show was perfect. But at the end of the day, after every band member has checked each and every song and concert of those 30 shows again and again, there were only like two or three versions of each song being suitable to be used for an album. We then had to decide between those last remaining versions, which would have been the most impressive one. This was a nearly endless task!”

“The songs finally chosen reveal such an energy, that possible smaller mistakes appeared to be totally unimportant for the evaluation. As soon as you have listened to the songs, you will know what I mean, they feel alive”

“There is always something happening at each show, let’s call it ‘MAGIC’, that is giving us all the creeps. We are really satisfied when the people sing with us, have a good time and go back home happy.”

Track Listing:

CD 1:

01. The Ninth Wave
02. Banish From Sanctuary
03. Nightfall
04. Prophecies
05. Tanelorn
06. The Last Candle
07. And Then There Was Silence

CD 2:

01. The Lord Of The Rings
02. Fly
03. Bright Eyes
04. Lost In The Twilight Hall
05. Imaginations From The Other Side
06. Into The Storm
07. Twilight Of The Gods
08. A Past And Future Secret
09. And The Story Ends

CD 3:

01. Sacred Worlds
02. The Bard’s Song (In The Forest)
03. Valhalla
04. Wheel Of Time
05. Majesty
06. Mirror Mirror

Blind Guardian To Perform “Imaginations From The Other Side” In Full On Upcoming North American Tour

Blind Guardian have revealed that they will be performing their 1995 album, “Imaginations From The Other Side,” in its entirety on their upcoming North American tour with Grave Digger. Check out the dates below.

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Tour Dates:

09/09 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
09/10 Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL
09/12 Ziggy’s By The Sea – Wilmington, NC
09/13 Cats Cradle – Chapel Hill, NC
09/15 Webster Hall – New York, NY
09/16 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
09/19 London Music Hall – London, ON
09/20 The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
09/22 Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE
09/23 The Rave II – Milwaukee, WI
09/24 Pierre’s Entertainment Center – Fort Wayne, IN
09/26 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
09/27 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
09/29 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
09/30 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
10/01 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
10/02 Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA
10/04 The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles
10/05 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA