Hansi Kürsch On Upcoming Blind Guardian Album: “It Is By Far The Most Intense Album We Did In A Very, Very Long Time”

During a recent interview with Rock Hard Greece, Hansi Kürsch discussed the upcoming Blind Guardian album. According to him, the effort “is by far the most intense album [they have done] in a very, very long time.”

Kürsch said the following:

“As of today, we finally decided who’s going to do the mastering, which means we have finished the mixing. And I wanna hand in at least the audio stuff to the record company within the next two weeks.”

He also added:

“It is by far the most intense album we did in a very, very long time. It is, in every measure, a roller-coaster ride. There is a lot of let-your-hair-down stuff — more than I expected. There are some typical surprising BLIND GUARDIAN elements.

I’m just curious to see, really, or to hear what people will think about it. I think it’s a very, very strong album. It will surprise a lot of people.

It is straight-forward in the sense of BLIND GUARDIAN, so don’t expect a straight-forward album if you compare it to anything else. It’s not a straight-forward album at all, but it’s very straight-forward for BLIND GUARDIAN. It’s very aggressive, it’s very dark.

The composing mostly has been accomplished before corona started to happen, but you can feel that there is a lot of anger in the album. It really delivers also very catchy and positive vibes, but there is a very raw energy you will feel.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Blind Guardian Team Up With 19Grams For “Majesty Roast” Coffee

Blind Guardian have joined forces with 19Grams to create “Majesty Roast” coffee. Fans can purchase that HERE. 19Grams commented:

“Beforehand, we had an intensive discussion about what makes a good coffee. It is important to Blind Guardian and us, as roasters, that the coffee not only tastes great, but that it is also produced responsibly. That’s why we chose a specialty coffee where the origin is clear, where the farmers are paid fairly and where the soil is not depleted. And here it is: the Majesty Roast. The Bourbon Beans have been sourced from India and bring flavours of chocolate, hazelnut, almond and spices to your cup, which gives the coffee the taste and the kick that you expect from a brilliant espresso. Crafted like a long guitar solo, roasted with skill and perseverance, this espresso is now your perfect start to the day, an after-dinner treat or a little kick whenever you want.”

Blind Guardian Premiere Video For Cover Of Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everybody”

Blind Guardian have premiered a new video for their cover of Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everybody.” Hansi Kürsch commented:

“In my opinion, Slade created the ultimate Christmas song with ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’, a timeless, jolly tune with the perfect dose of cheesiness and almost untouchable in its greatness. Usually, it is prohibited in the Kürsch household to play Christmas songs prior to the Advent season, but as it’s mid-November now, and I am just out of the studio doing this cover, I guess I’m breaking a tradition. What you are about to hear now, is our attempt at paying tribute to the glam rock Santa Clauses Slade, and while the original version is just perfect, its chorus was tailor-made for Blind Guardian as we do understand quite well how to go big. So, why have sausages with potato salad when you can have the Xmas goose? Well, check it out yourselves and Merry Xmas Everybody!”

Blind Guardian Premiere “Another Holy War” Live Video

Blind Guardian have premiered a new live video for their song “Another Holy War.” This news comes as the band officially released their 25th anniversary edition of “Imaginations From The Other Side” today (December 11).

Hansi Kürsch commented:

“There are songs that carry albums and others that are seen more as a filler. At least that’s the case for most bands, so they say. But there are always exceptions to the rule; one of which is Blind Guardian and ‘Imaginations From The Other Side’ is the ultimate exception. It is all killer, no filler. The thing I can say about ‘Another Holy War’ can be said for all of the songs on the album, which is that the song is awesome. Period.

It’s funny how during the recording of Imaginations …, every band member underestimated the song in terms of its complexity – severely underestimated! We thought of ‘Another Holy War’ as a rather simple song, which was a typical error of judgement. At the same time, we thought of ourselves as flawless. That too was an error of judgement, at least in some parts. The price we had to pay for our juvenile arrogance was blisters on our hands, strained fingers and worn-out vocal cords. Still, we pulled it together in the end, and its thanks to Flemming Rasmussen you can’t hear our issues in the final result. I’m repeating myself here, but ‘Another Holy War’ is awesome. Seriously. The song isn’t only challenging because of its speed, and 25 years later not much has changed about that. But you grow with your challenges. Give us another 25 years and we’ll master it just perfectly. I promise.”

Blind Guardian Premiere “Bright Eyes” Live Video

Blind Guardian have premiered a new live video for their song “Bright Eyes.” You can check that out below. This news comes after the band previously announced that they will be releasing a 25th anniversary edition of “Imaginations From The Other Side” on December 11.

Hansi Kürsch commented:

“‘Bright Eyes’ is a godsend. The piece was composed during an unexpected forced break in production. When we were able to continue recording the album, André and I were not entirely happy with the composition, but luckily Marcus and Thomen had recognised the song’s potential straight away, so it landed in its raw form on the album without any further intervention on our part. We put it on the album and then it surprisingly turned out to be one of the absolute highlights of the record, or perhaps even our entire career. I have no idea, nowadays, what we did not like back then. The songwriting for Imaginations… was long finished and we were already recording the album, when André got severe problems with his fingers and had to undertake a critical surgery, which as we know now, was fortunately successful. ‘Bright Eyes’ is without any doubt one of the band’s and the audience’s favourite songs, especially when it comes to live shows. One of the ultimate singalongs and therefore one of the absolute highlights in a Blind Guardian concert. Check it out.”

Blind Guardian Release Live Single “Violent Shadows”

As previously reported, Blind Guardian performed a new song titled “Violent Shadows” during their set for the Wacken World Wide digital festival. Now, the band have decided to release the live version of the track as a digital single. Hansi Kürsch commented:

“Your wish is our command! So we have heeded the call, or in other words, we observed your many requests and wanted to oblige. Here it comes, today we proudly present you with our glorious, virtual Wacken live version of ‘Violent Shadows’ as a digital single. Enjoy this vicious ride and scream along with us. Stay tuned for more, and come to meet your violent shadows.”

Blind Guardian To Release 25th Anniversary Edition Of “Imaginations From The Other Side”

Blind Guardian will be releasing a 25th anniversary edition of “Imaginations From The Other Side” on December 11. Pre-orders can be found HERE and a new live video for “Born In A Mourning Hall” can be found below. Hansi Kürsch commented:

“What can I say? A brilliant album celebrates its 25th anniversary. It is great to celebrate this in such a bombastic manner. Luckily we filmed our 2016 show in Oberhausen when we performed the entire album live. This is the perfect moment for us to present this master piece in so many different facets. An ideal resurrection of precious memories long gone by, but not, yet, forgotten. This album is made for eternity, … I hope. Enjoy.”

Here’s the available formats:

– CD
– Earbook (40p Earbook LiveCD, RemixedCD, original instrumental/demos CD, Blu-ray – limited to 2000)
– CD-Boxset (Box incl. 40p Earbook (LiveCD, RemixedCD, original instrumental/demos CD, Blu-ray) + puzzle – limited to 1000)
– 2LP BLACK VINYL
– 2PIC-LP PICTURE VINYL (limited to 1000)
– 2LP BURGUNDY VINYL (limited to 500)
– 2LP PEARL WHITE VINYL (limited to 500)
– 2LP BRONZE VINYL BAND EXCL. (limited to 300)

The following track listings were also shared:

CD: Live in Oberhausen Track Listing:

01. Imaginations from the Other Side 8:26
02. I’m Alive 5:40
03. A Past and Future Secret 4:13
04. The Script for My Requiem 6:32
05. Mordred’s Song 5:20
06. Born in a Mourning Hall 5:37
07. Bright Eyes 5:41
08. Another Holy War 5:02
09. And The Story Ends 7:18

2LP Track Listing:

Side A:

01. Imaginations from the Other Side 8:26
02. I’m Alive 5:40
03. A Past and Future Secret 4:13

Side B:

01. The Script for My Requiem 6:32
02. Mordred’s Song 5:20
03. Born in a Mourning Hall 5:37

Side C:

01. Bright Eyes 5:41
02. Another Holy War 5:02
03. And the Story Ends 7:18

Side D:

01. Imaginations from the Other Side (Demo)
02. I’m Alive (Demo)
03. A Past and Future Secret (Demo)
04. The Script for My Requiem (Demo)

Earbook Track Listing:

Disc 1 / CD: Live in Oberhausen:

01. Imaginations from the Other Side 8:26
02. I’m Alive 5:40
03. A Past and Future Secret 4:13
04. The Script for My Requiem 6:32
05. Mordred’s Song 5:20
06. Born in a Mourning Hall 5:37
07. Bright Eyes 5:41
08. Another Holy War 5:02
09. And The Story Ends 7:18

Disc 2 / CD: Album 2012 Remix and Remaster:

01. Imaginations from the Other Side 7:11
02. I’m Alive 5:32
03. A Past and Future Secret 3:44
04. The Script for My Requiem 6:55
05. Mordred’s Song 5:28
06. Born in a Mourning Hall 5:15
07. Bright Eyes 5:15
08. Another Holy War 4:36
09. And the Story Ends 5:58
10. The Wizard 3:20
11. System’s Failing 4:25

Disc 3 / CD: Album Instrumental & Bonus:

01. Imaginations from the Other Side 7:20
02. I’m Alive 5:33
03. A Past and Future Secret 3:49
04. The Script for My Requiem 6:10
05. Mordred’s Song 5:30
06. Born in a Mourning Hall 5:16
07. Bright Eyes 5:18
08. Another Holy War 4:34
09. And the Story Ends 6:01
10. Imaginations from the Other Side (Demo)
11. I’m Alive (Demo)
12. A Past and Future Secret (Demo)
13. The Script for My Requiem (Demo)
14. A Past and Future Secret (Orchestral Version) – Single version

Disc 4 / Blu-ray: Live in Oberhausen:

01. Imaginations from the Other Side 8:26
02. I’m Alive 5:40
03. A Past and Future Secret 4:13
04. The Script for My Requiem 6:32
05. Mordred’s Song 5:20
06. Born in a Mourning Hall 5:37
07. Bright Eyes 5:41
08. Another Holy War 5:02
09. And the Story Ends 7:18

Blind Guardian To Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of “Somewhere Far Beyond” On 2021 Germany/Switzerland Tour

Blind Guardian will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of “Somewhere Far Beyond” by performing it in full on a 2021 tour in Germany/Switzerland. Here’s the dates:

09/16 Saarbrücken, Germany – Garage
09/17 München, Germany – Backstage Werk
09/18 Memmingen, Germany – Kaminwerk
09/20 Pratteln, Switzerland – Konzertfabrik Z7
09/22 Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp
09/23 Stuttgart, Germany – LKA-Longhorn
09/24 Stuttgart, Germany – LKA-Longhorn
09/25 Dresden, Germany – Alter Schlachthof
09/28 Köln, Germany – E-Werk
09/29 Oberhausen, Germany – Turbinenhalle
09/30 Berlin, Germany – Columbia Theater
10/01 Neuruppin, Germany – Kulturhaus
10/02 Osnabrück, Germany – Hyde Park

Blind Guardian Planning To Start Pre-Production For New Album This Month

During a recent interview with France’s Loud TV, Hansi Kürsch offered an update on Blind Guardian’s next album. He said the following:

“The other guys used the time when I was working on ‘Legacy Of The Dark Lands’ and provided me with material, which I already have come up with vocal ideas. So we are ready to hit the studio. We start pre-production at the end of January, and the real production for the album will start around April. And what we have in mind is mixing in November. So, I would guess that this album will be released in the first half of 2021. And after that, it’s very obvious that we are going to hit the road again.”

[via Blabbermouth]