Hansi Kürsch Exits Demons & Wizards

Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) has officially announced his departure from Demons & Wizards. The frontman’s exit comes after his bandmate Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) was arrested due to his involvement in the treasonous pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Kürsch told RockHard the following:

“I told Jon and Century Media on Monday that I was leaving the Demons & Wizards project with immediate effect. My collaboration with Jon in Demons & Wizards is over.”

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.”

Megadeth, Anthrax, Etc. Members Cover Deep Purple’s “Burn” For “Metal For Kids United”

The “Metal For Kids United – All-Star Charity Jam” is celebrating its fifth anniversary by releasing an all-star cover of Deep Purple’s “Burn” in support of the Peter Pan Association. 25 musicians took part including David Ellefson (Megadeth), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Brian O’Connor (ex-Vicious Rumors), Rafael Bittencourt (Angra), Thomen Stauch (ex-Blind Guardian), Jens Ludwig (Edguy), and more.

Fabrizio Troiano, president of “Metal For Kids United,” commented:

“Due to sudden spread of the coronavirus pandemic, we were forced to cancel the 2020 edition of the annual benefit show booked in Rome for April. During the spring lockdown period, we asked old and new friends of ‘Metal For Kids United’ to jam together from their own place to celebrate our fifth anniversary and keep the promise made to the association.”

He also added:

“We are very proud of the achievements over the years and we hope, despite the impossibility of making a physical event as in our tradition, we can once again share fun together, raise funds for the kids in need and give the chance to the people from all over the world to experience the ‘Metal For Kids United’ spirit of solidarity Don’t forget to play it loud, make metal horns, headbang and share the video.”

Fans can donate HERE.

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

Music From DragonForce, Helloween, Sebastian Bach, Etc. To Be Featured On “Heavy Metal” Pinball Machine

As previously reported, Stern Pinball, Inc. will be releasing a limited edition pinball machine based on Heavy Metal magazine later this year. The soundtrack for that game has since been revealed and it can be found below along with a new teaser video:

Soundtrack:

01. “Veteran Of The Psychic Wars” – Blue Öyster Cult
02. “Takin A Ride (Heavy Metal)” – Soundswitch
03. “World Of Fantasy” – Helloween
04. “Cosmic Power Of The Infinite Shred Machine” – DragonForce
05. “Heavy Metal” – Justice
06. “Midnight Flyer” – The Night Flight Orchestra
07. “I Must Be Dreamin'” – Cheap Trick
08. “Heavy Metal” – Sebastian Bach (feat. Brendon Small)
09. “At The Edge Of Time” – Blind Guardian
10. “Space Police” – Edguy
11. “Sky Is Mine” – Amorphis
12. “Lightyears From Home” – Primal Fear

The machine can be pre-ordered HERE and a description of it can be found below:

“The Heavy Metal pinball machine commemorates the 300th issue of Heavy Metal, which has been running since 1977 and inspired the 1981 animated movie of the same name. An exclusive variant cover edition of issue 300 will be included with every machine.

The original art created for the Heavy Metal pinball machine art pays tribute to characters and worlds from the magazine’s storied history. New additions from its upcoming publications join this shared universe for the first time. Gameplay revolves around the warrior heroine, Taarna and the undead tailgunner, Nelson. Both, will speak for the first time ever, supporting the in-game narrative.

EXCLUSIVE HEAVY METAL SOUNDTRACK! Featuring Sebastian Bach, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Brendon Small, and more.

Original hand drawn Heavy Metal artwork
Exclusive custom painted heavy Metal Action Figures
DMD display
Commercial Quality
Coin Operated
First ever Chameleon paint armor kit
Technical Specifications :
LED LIGHTING
2 STEEL RAMPS AND RAILS
PASSIVE TWO BALL LOCK
3 POP BUMPERS
OPTO SPINNER
3 DROP TARGETS
Dimensions :
Boxed -H: 56” D: 31” W: 31” Weight 280 LBS.
Unboxed – H: 75.5” D: 55” W: 27” Weight 250 LBS.”