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Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.
From British Columbia Canada comes Leah, a singer that released her second album KINGS AND QUEENS early this year. Her music is best described as symphonic metal influenced by world, Celtic, and middle eastern music. A few of the topics we handled include: the new album, her new label, the guest musicians (Tim Somers, Sander Zoer and Barend Courbois), her background, and why she hasn’t toured. Leah has gained a big fanbase with huge internet support from fans and I’m sure that the fans wants to see her live. Leah’s label has also re-released her debut album OF EARTH AND ANGELS. Enjoy.
Tags: Barend Courbois, BLIND GUARDIAN, DELAIN, Eric Peterson, Inner Wound Recordings, Jan Yrlund, KINGS AND QUEENS, Leah, Leah McHenry, OF EARTH AND ANGELS, OTHERWORLD, Sander Zoer, Timo Somers
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Blind Guardian + Orphaned Land
@ The Forum
12th of April 2015
Review & videos by Oliver M.
Photography by Nikki Ryan
5 years. That’s the time Blind Guardian British fans had to wait to see their idols on stage again since the 2010 Sacred Worlds and Songs Divine European tour. Released in the same year, “At the Edge of Time” was a commercial success but perhaps didn’t reach the level of its predecessor “A Twist in the Myth”, which was a pure masterpiece. This time, the bards have highlighted the symphonic side on their new offering “Beyond the Red Mirror” by collaborating with three different orchestras and choirs (from Budapest, Prague and Boston). Concerning the folkloric elements, they have been completely removed. Some old fans may not appreciate this change of musical direction, but it is still a great Blind Guardian album that confirms their status of symphonic power metal masters.
Interview with guitarist Marcus Siepen
12th of April @ The Forum, London
Interviewed by Oliver M.
Photos by Nikki Ryan
Five years after the commercially successful “At the Edge of Time”, Blind Guardian is back in 2015 with the new symphonic power metal jewel “Beyond the Red Mirror”. They’re currently on tour throughout Europe and we have taken the opportunity to meet one of the bards before the beginning of their nearly sold out gig in London (the only date in the UK!). We were planning to meet Hansi Kürsch but he had to cancel all his interviews in order to preserve his voice for the show. In the end, we interviewed guitarist Marcus Siepen who didn’t hesitate to express his passion for touring.
Once again, the fans have spoken.
With the support of one of the most loyal fan bases in the worldwide heavy metal community, Beyond The Red Mirror, the tenth studio album by epic metal’s most exalted storytellers BLIND GUARDIAN, has attained the highest first-week U.S. sales numbers for the band in the history of their existence and has debuted at #132 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, and #6 on the Top Hard Music chart. In Canada, BLIND GUARDIAN nearly doubled their first-week numbers from 2010, resulting in Beyond The Red Mirror debuts at #49 on the Top 200 and #4 on the Top Hard Music charts.
The German power metal squad Blind Guardian is going to unleash their 10th album called BEYOND THE RED MIRROR. The band’s vocalist Hansi Kürsch and the guitarist André Olbrich visited Finland on the long promotional trip and sat down to talk about the forthcoming album as well as the upcoming massive orchestral album. Of course we talked about their progression over these years.
Interview and pictures by Arto Lehtinen
The wait is over! Blind Guardian is back! The world’s most popular fantasy metal band gives us Twilight of the Gods; the first single from their long-awaited new album, to be unleashed upon the world in January 2015.
“Twilight of the Gods”, the first creation of the Krefeld, Germany based band in more than four years will be released on December 5, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. Blind Guardian vocalist Hansi Kürsch assures, “this song is a statement about Blind Guardian. The pure definition of all that the band stands for: it is innovative, melodic and brutal.” And thus a perfect choice to get fans into the proper mood for the upcoming album.
“Twilight of the Gods” is a “neck breaker” in the true tradition of Blind Guardian “that will captivate you with the most epic and catchy chorus we’ve ever written,” says Kürsch.
In “Twilight of the Gods” Blind Guardian is singing about the deities’ waning power; no such times are in sight for the band. Blind Guardian is back with a vengeance; with an impressive single from an overwhelming record!
In his 2013 New Year’s Address recently posted on the band’s website, BLIND GUARDIAN frontman Hansi Kürsch offers an update on: a) the long-promised orchestral album, and b) the new studio album. Some excerpts:
“…[T]hroughout the last 18 months we have recorded 7 songs in Prague. There probably is a handful of additional songs to record during this year, but they are also already finalized with regard to composition. In theory we do not need any further songs for this album but ideas simply seem to flow endlessly… The reason why this album is still far from being released is partly based on the regular album, which we definitely would like to release first. At this point in time I am in a very tricky situation. How to continue from here? I think it is probably easiest to simply continue by telling you something about the regular album since this would be next anyway. Keep in mind that ‘next’ is relative!
“…[W]e have started working on four songs and already were able to finish two songs musically. The working titles are ‘Encrypted Time’ (I think this title is inspired by André’s passion for World of Warcraft or so – I can only guess…) and ‘The Ocean’ (here, André has been inspired by my undefined mumbling in the song). ‘Encrypted Time’ is a modern speed metal song with some tribal aspects and some ‘70s inspirations, while ‘The Ocean’ is a very progressive (this time I talk about ELP meets Savatage art rock when I say progressive) orchestra dominated song which will give you a further glimpse of what to expect from the orchestral album. I am clueless about the right story board for ‘Encrypted Time’ but ‘The Ocean’ could be used as a theme opener for the orchestral project. We will see… The other four songs seem to turn out very special and obviously very different. Working titles: ‘The Irish Hill,’ ‘Prophecies,’ ‘Soundtrack 2,’ and ‘Midtempo Song.’ I cannot tell you exactly about how many times we have had a song over the years which was first called ‘Midtempo Song.’ I am pretty sure we are not the only band abusing this spectacular title over and over again. Thank God, the title is not copyright protected, yet. We would be in trouble then. Maybe it is and that’s the reason why it barely ever ended up as a title on the album.”
To read the post in its entirety, visit: http://www.blind-guardian.com/
Greatly inspired by life experience, world myths, and legends, BLIND GUARDIAN was founded in 1984 in Krefeld, Germany. Known for combining majestic orchestral sequences with quieter, Renaissance-styled acoustic arrangements, the merits of the band’s emotion-packed music quickly spread via word-of-mouth and laid the foundation for a very rabid fan base that has continued to support the band throughout their career.
In 2010, BLIND GUARDIAN’s tenth studio album, At The Edge Of Time, attained the highest first-week sales numbers in the United States in the history of the band’s existence and secured the #1 position on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. It also debuted at #108 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. In Canada, At The Edge Of Time debuted at #18 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart and #108 on the Top 200 chart according to Nielsen Canadian Soundscan.
View the video for “A Voice In The Dark” – directed by Ivan Colic and produced by Stanimir “Staca” Lukic – on YouTube: http://youtu.be/1px6jEHWzfw
Download the free BLIND GUARDIAN iPhone / iTouch app from the Apple App store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/
Visit BLIND GUARDIAN online at:
A traveller’s Guide to Space and Time’ includes pearls of the BLIND GUARDIAN Catalogue, completely new mixed and re-mastered. This boxset will only be released physically, no digital release and will be a one off limited edition. Includes 7 studio albums – all remastered & 3 live albums – all remastered.
Imaginations Through the Looking Glass is available on CD for the first time. CD 15 is a new compilation of rarities and previously unreleased tracks”. This boxset will be released on January 28th 2013 by Virgin/EMI. The boxset comes with individually numbered artprint and guitar plectrum.
CD 1 – Battalions of Fear
1. Majesty (2012 – Remaster)
2. Guardian of the Blind (2012 – Remaster)
3. Trial By the Archon (2012 – Remaster)
4. Wizard’s Crown (2012 – Remaster)
5. Run for the Night. (2012 – Remaster)
6. The Martyr (2012 – Remaster)
7. Battalions of Fear (2012 – Remaster)
8. By the Gates of Moria (2012 – Remaster)
9. Gandalf’s Rebirth (2012 – Remixed)
CD 2 Follow The Blind
1. Inquisition (2012 – Remaster)
2. Banish from Sanctuary (2012 – Remaster)
3. Damned for All Time (2012 – Remaster)
4. Follow the Blind (2012 – Remaster)
5. Hall of the King (2012 – Remaster)
6. Fast to Madness (2012 – Remaster)
7. Beyond the Ice (2012 – Remaster)
8. Valhalla (2012 – Remaster)
9. Don’t Break the Circle (2012 – Remaster)
10. Barbara Ann (2012-Remaster)
CD 3 – Tales from Twilight
1. Traveler in Time (2012 – Remixed)
2. Welcome to Dying (2012 – Remixed)
3. Weird Dreams (2012 – Remixed)
4. Lord of the Rings (2012 – Remixed)
5. Goodbye My Friends (2012 – Remixed)
6. Lost in the Twilight Hall (2012 – Remixed)
7. Tommyknockers (2012 – Remixed)
8. Altair 4 (2012 – Remixed)
9. The Last Candle (2012 – Remixed)
10. Run For The Night (Remastered)
CD 4 – Somewhere Far Beyond
1. Time What Is Time (2012 – Remixed)
2. Journey Through the Dark (2012 – Remixed)
3. Black Chamber (2012 – Remixed)
4. Theatre of Pain (2012 – Remixed)
5. The Quest for Tanelorn (2012 – Remixed)
6. Ashes to Ashes (2012 – Remixed)
7. The Bard’s Song – In the Forest (2012 – Remixed)
8. The Bard’s Song – The Hobbit (2012 – Remixed)
9. The Piper’s Calling (2012 – Remixed)
10. Somewhere Far Beyond (2012 – Remixed)
11. Spread Your Wings (2012 – Remixed)
12. Trial By Fire (2012 – Remixed)
13. Theatre of Pain (Classic Version) [2012 – Remixed]
CD 5 – Tokyo Tales
1. Inquisition – Live (2012 – Remaster)
2. Banish from Sanctuary – Live (2012 – Remaster)
3. Journey Through the Dark – Live (2012 – Remaster)
4. Traveler in Time – Live (2012 – Remaster)
5. The Quest for Tanelorn – Live (2012 – Remaster)
6. Goodbye My Friend – Live (2012 – Remaster)
7. Time What Is Time – Live (2012 – Remaster)
8. Majesty – Live (2012 – Remaster)
9. Valhalla – Live (2012 – Remaster)
10. Welcome to Dying – Live (2012 – Remaster)
11. Lost in the Twilight Hall – Live (2012 – Remaster)
12. Barbara Ann – Live (2012 – Remaster)
CD 6 – Imaginations from the Other Side
1. Imaginations from the Other Side (2012 – Remixed)
2. I’m Alive (2012 – Remixed)
3. A Past and Future Secret (2012 – Remixed)
4. The Script for My Requiem (2012 – Remixed)
5. Mordred’s Song (2012 – Remixed)
6. Born in a Mourning Hall (2012 – Remixed)
7. Bright Eyes (2012 – Remixed)
8. Another Holy War (2012 – Remixed)
9. And the Story Ends (2012 – Remixed)
CD 7 – The Forgotten Tales
1. Mister Sandman (2012 – Remaster)
2. Surfin’ USA (2012 – Remaster)
3. Bright Eyes (2012 – Remaster)
4. Lord of the Rings (2012 – Remaster)
5. The Wizard (2012 – Remaster)
6. Spread Your Wings (2012 – Remaster)
7. Mordred’s Song (2012 – Remaster)
8. Black Chamber (2012 – Remaster)
9. The Bard’s Song (In the Forest) [2012 – Remaster]
10. Barbara Ann (2012 – Remaster)
11. A Past and Future Secret (2012 – Remaster)
12. To France (2012 – Remaster)
13. Theatre of Pain (2012 – Remaster)
CD 8 – Nightfall in Middle Earth
1. War of Wrath (2012 – Remaster)
2. Into the Storm (2012 Remix and Remaster)
3. Lammoth (2012 – Remaster)
4. Nightfall (2012 Remix and Remaster)
5. The Minstrel (2012 – Remaster)
6. The Curse of Feanor (2012 Remix and Remaster)
7. Captured (2012 – Remaster)
8. Blood Tears (2012 Remix and Remaster)
9. Mirror, Mirror (2012 Remix and Remaster)
10. Face the Truth (2012 – Remaster)
11. Noldor (Dead Winter Reigns) [2012 Remix and Remaster]
12. Battle of Sudden Flames (2012 – Remaster)
13. Time Stands Still (At the Iron Hill) [2012 Remixed and Remaster]
14. The Dark Elf (2012 – Remaster)
15. Thorn (2012 Remix and Remaster)
16. The Eldar (2012 Remix and Remaster)
17. Nom the Wise (2012 – Remaster)
18. When Sorrow Sang (2012 Remix and Remaster)
19. Out on the Water (2012 – Remaster)
20. The Steadfast (2012 – Remaster)
21. A Dark Passage (2012 Remix and Remaster)
22. Final Chapter (Thus Ends) (2012 – Remaster)
CD 9 – A Night at the Opera
1. Precious Jerusalem (2012 Remix and Remaster)
2. Battlefield (2012 Remix and Remaster)
3. Under the Ice (2012 Remix and Remaster)
4. Sadly Sings Destiny (2012 Remix and Remaster)
5. The Maiden and the Minstrel Knight (2012 Remix and Remaster)
6. Wait for an Answer (2012 Remix and Remaster)
7. The Soulforged (2012 Remix and Remaster)
8. Age of False Innocence (2012 Remix and Remaster)
9. Punishment Divine (2012 Remix and Remaster)
10. And Then There Was Silence (2012 Remix and Remaster)
CD 10 – LIVE
1. War of Wrath (Live) [2012 – Remaster]
2. Into the Storm (Live) [2012 – Remaster]
3. Welcome to Dying (Live) [2012 – Remaster]
4. Nightfall (Live) [2012 – Remaster]
5. The Script for My Requiem (Live) [2012 – Remaster]
6. Harvest of Sorrow (Live) [2012 – Remaster]
7. The Soulforged (Live) [2012 – Remaster]
8. Valhalla (Live) [2012 – Remaster]
9. Majesty (Live) [2012 – Remaster]
10. Mordred’s Song (Live) [2012 – Remaster]
11. Born in a Mourning Hall (Live) [2012 – Remaster]
CD 11 – LIVE continued
1. Under the Ice (Live) [2012 – Remaster]
2. Bright Eyes (Live) [2012 – Remaster]
3. Punishment Divine (Live) [2012 – Remaster]
4. The Bard’s Song – In The Forest (Live) [2012 – Remaster]
5. Imaginations from the Other Side (Live) [2012 – Remaster]
6. Lost in the Twilight Hall (Live) [2012 – Remaster]
7. A Past and Future Secret (Live) [2012 – Remaster]
8. Time Stands Still (At the Iron Hill) [Live] [2012 – Remaster]
9. Journey Through The Dark (Live) [2012 – Remaster]
10. Lord of the Rings (Live) [2012 – Remaster]
11. Mirror, Mirror (Live) [2012 – Remaster]
CD 12 – Imaginations Through the Looking Glass
1. War of Wrath (Remaster 2012)
2. Time Stands Still (At the Iron Hill) (Remaster 2012)
3. Banish from Sanctuary (Remaster 2012)
4. Nightfall (Remaster 2012)
5. The Script for My Requiem (Remaster 2012)
6. Valhalla (Remaster 2012)
7. A Past and Future Secret (Remaster 2012)
8. Punishment Divine (Remaster 2012)
9. Mordred’s Song (Remaster 2012)
10. The Last Candle (Remaster 2012)
11. Bright Eyes (Remaster 2012)
CD 13 – Imaginations Through the Looking Glass Continued
1. Lord of the Rings (Remaster 2012)
2. I’m Alive (Remaster 2012)
3. Another Holy War (Remaster 2012)
4. And Then There Was Silence (Remaster 2012)
5. Somewhere Far Beyond (Remaster 2012)
6. The Bard’s Song – In The Forest (Remaster 2012)
7. Imaginations from the Other Side (Remaster 2012)
8. And the Story Ends (Remaster 2012)
9. Mirror, Mirror (Remaster 2012)
CD 14 – Nightfall in Middle Earth (special)
1. Into the Storm (2012 – Remixed)
2. Nightfall (Remaster 2012)
3. The Curse of Feanor (Remaster 2012)
4. Blood Tears (Vocal Remix) This is a new vocal mix
5. Mirror, Mirror (2012 Remaster)
6. Noldor (Dead Winter Reigns) [2012 Remaster]
7. Time Stands Still (At the Iron Hill) (2012 Remaster)
8. Thorn (2012 Remaster)
9. The Eldar (2012 Remaster)
10. When Sorrow Sang (2012 Remaster)
11. A Dark Passage (2012 Remaster)
CD 15 – An extraordinary Tale includes unreleased curiosities
1. Welcome to Dying (Demo)
2. Lord of the Rings (Demo)
3. The Bard’s Song – In The Forest (Demo)
4. The Bard’s Song – The Hobbit (Demo)
5. Theatre of Pain (Demo)
6. Trial By Fire (Demo)
7. The Quest for Tanelorn (Extended Version)
8. Harvest Of Sorrow (2007 Digital Remaster)
9. I’m Alive (Demo)
Vocalist Hansi Kürsch
Interviewed by EvilG
Blind Guardian are easily one of my favorite bands thanks to their complex symphonic/power/thrash/folk mixture, imagery, lyrics, storytelling etc. They have it all. Vocalist Hansi Kürsch has lead the band from the beginning in the late 80’s. Hansi spoke with us about the band’s latest best of entitled MEMORIES OF A TIME TO COME, an update on what the band is doing, and where the band is heading, along with a couple of quick questions on other things that fans will be interested in. Enjoy!
German power metallers Blind Guardian have released this statement on their official site concerning the upcoming compilation album Memories Of A Time To Come: “Finally, after all these years, we have found the time to gather our most worthy songs into a best of compilation, representative of our career’s first 25 years. From the very beginning it was important for us to undertake this project only if we could put the necessary time and attention to detail into it. With overwhelming nostalgia we have looked back on 25 years and came up with Memories Of A Time To Come, an organic mixture of some of our greatest songs.”
“With the exception of “Sacred Worlds”, all songs on Memories Of A Time To Come have been remixed while “The Bard’s Song – The Hobbit”, “Valhalla” as well as “And Then There Was Silence” have been re-recorded. This album contains some very pleasant surprises for the die-hard Blind Guardian fan and delivers a perfect image of our musical spirit to those who are not, or just loosely, familiar with the band. Memories Of A Time To Come precisely defines our progression and the long-standing dedication to our music. We are proud to present an album that will take the listener on a musical voyage. This year’s Christmas will be in January!”
Memories Of A Time To Come, the ultimate collection of Blind Guardian music from 1987 to 2011, will be released on January 20th, 2012 via Virgin/EMI. It will be available as a double CD, 3 CD deluxe limited edition including the legendary Lucifer’s Heritage demos and as download.
01. Imaginations From The Other Side (7:11) *
02. Nightfall (5:34) *
03 Ride Into Obsession (4:46) *
04. Somewhere Far Beyond (7:32) *
05. Majesty (7:29) *
06. Traveler In Time (6:01) *
07. Follow The Blind (7:11) *
08. The Last Candle (6:03) *
01. Sacred Worlds (9:17)
02. This Will Never End (5:07) *
03. Valhalla (5:13) **
04. Bright Eyes (5:15) *
05. Mirror Mirror (5:09) *
06. The Bard’s Song (In The Forest) (3:26) *
07. The Bard’s Song (The Hobbit) (3:41) **
08. And Then There Was Silence (14:06) **
CD III: (only available with the deluxe limited edition)
01. Brian ***
02. Halloween (The Wizard’s Crown) ***
03. Lucifer’s Heritage ***
04. Symphonies Of Doom ***
05. Dead Of The Night ***
07. Trial By The Archon
08. Battalions Of Fear
09. Run For The Night
10. Lost In The Twilight Hall
12. Ashes To Ashes
13. Time What Is Time
14. A Past And Future Secret
15. The Script For My Requiem
* Remixed 2011
** Re-recorded 2011
*** Re-worked 2011
Tuska Open Air 2011
Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland
July 22-24, 2011
Review by Arto Lehtinen, Petri Seppänen Da Costa
Pics by Arto Lehtinen, Sini Huotari
The Tuska Open Air Festival has become one kind of institution amongst all metal festivals in Europe. Tuska was previously arranged in the heart of Helsinki in the central park Kaisaniemi during the past 10 years. The park underwent construction to have a better environment and other mandatory improvements. The organization of Tuska didn’t have a choice but to find and switch the whole festival to a new area. This new area is still located in Helsinki, but only a few kilometers away, to a place called Suvilahti. Having this area was definitely a big part of the whole idea and concept of Tuska. The Kaisaniemi park brought an intimate picnic and park feeling with the grass and trees. Whereas Suvilahti was more like an industrial environment with the burning and redhot asphalt under the feet.
Another thing forcing Tuska to make a change was the date. Originally the festival was supposed to be in the beginning of July, but another big more international based festival took over the date and Tuska was postponed until three weeks later. Well at least some people got pissed off at the changed date. Obviously a few band negotiations needed to start all over. Hopefully Tuska will return back to the original date. However, the line-up looked amazing after all. Morbid Angel and Amon Amarth were headliners, so was Devin Townsend once again. Cult metal bands like Hell, Bulldozer and then something type of stuff such as Jex Thoth, Church Of Misery. The festival was an utter success although the event wasn’t sold out. All in all 28000 people visited Tuska during three days.
Metal-Rules.com was present to check out a lot of bands and check out the new Tuska area.
Hansi Kürsch, lead singer for Germany’s beloved sons BLIND GUARDIAN, has issued the following band update:
“A long, long time ago we promised additional material for the ones who bought the digi-pak version of At the Edge Of Time. As usual, things take far longer than expected, but at the very end, we keep our promise. This is just another perfect example. Enjoy our alternate mixing ideas for ‘Curse My Name’ and ‘Wheel Of Time.’ One appears a little heavier, the other a little more ‘Riverdance-ish.’ 🙂 Enjoy music, enjoy life.”
Check your digi-pak for access codes and more information about how to access the bonus material.
BLIND GUARDIAN recently announced they are teaming up with German fantasy author Markus Heitz to work on a monumental concept album.
Their tenth studio album, At The Edge Of Time, attained the highest first-week sales numbers in the United States in the history of the band’s existence. With sales of over 4,500 units, At The Edge Of Time secured the #1 position on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and also debuted at #108 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. In Canada, the album debuted at #18 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart and #108 on the Top 200 chart according to Nielsen Canadian Soundscan.
View the video for “A Voice In The Dark” – directed by Ivan Colic and produced by Stanimir “Staca” Lukic – here.
Download the free BLIND GUARDIAN iPhone / iTouch app from this link.
“Busy seasons are usually harbingers of great things to come. Festivals, regular studio work, and, above all, the orchestral album are making this a very exciting summer for us. Let’s keep the focus on the orchestral album one more time. We have spectacular news!
“Every orchestral project needs a concept and such a concept demands a great story. To get a story that fits together perfectly with our majestic music, we are joining forces with Germany’s best fantasy author Markus Heitz (check out his Die Zwerge [The Dwarves] series). Markus is one of my favorite writers of ‘high fantasy.’ I have been really amazed by several of his books over the last years, but was finally and completely convinced about him being the perfect choice for our project by Gerechter Zorn [Righteous Wrath] – the first part of his newest trilogy, Die Legenden der Albae [Legends of the Albae]. The way he weaves in different aspects to his splendid universe immediately told me that the quest for the one to come up with the right story for our music was over. Although the final completion of this quite unusual cooperation most probably will keep us busy until 2013, things nonetheless become clearer the more we exchange ideas. The creation of a great new storyboard and the involvement of such a suitable concept are the perfect frame for this ‘soundtrack/musical-like’ anthems we have come up with over the years. It is absolutely great that Markus is willing to follow us on such an ambitious voyage.
“One very interesting aspect certainly is the definite intention to combine the identity of our music (in a quite different shape) with one of Markus’ most famous, but not completely discovered, worlds and its heroes. I have no doubt that we will design great new images and come up with nothing but pure magic. Luckily, Markus was very familiar with our band and music. Since he has been part of the fantasy scene almost as long as we have, he grew up with our music when he was a die-hard fantasy role-playing gamer in the ’80s and ’90s. This, of course, makes my life far easier in exchanging ideas and in explaining what we need to complete a perfect conceptual album. There is so much interaction: At one point it is the music dictating the story; at other points, it is the story having an ultimate impact on the album’s completion. Pure creativity! In addition, Markus is a very nice and down-to-earth person who has a very special view on things. Last but not least, he has been very pleased with the pieces of music we provided him with. By now I can feel a certain jealousy coming up within you. We will keep you updated. The journey has just begun.”
BLIND GUARDIAN’s tenth studio album, At The Edge Of Time, attained the highest first-week sales numbers for the band in the United States in the history of their existence. With sales of over 4,500 units, At The Edge Of Time secured the #1 position on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and also debuted at #108 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. In Canada, the album debuted at #18 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart and #108 on the Top 200 chart according to Nielsen Canadian Soundscan.
View the video for “A Voice In The Dark” – directed by Ivan Colic and produced by Stanimir “Staca” Lukic – here.
Download the free BLIND GUARDIAN iPhone / iTouch app from this link.
Another year, another message. Here, as promised a little while ago, the ultimate report about what we were dealing with the past few months and what to expect for the upcoming year.
I assume everyone reading these lines has had a chance to discover At the Edge of Timeand hopefully still enjoys it as much as we do. The very positive feedback we have gotten worldwide is of course a strong motivation for us. As said at other places before, we consider this album as the perfect connection between new and old. It contains a little bit of everything but still has a strong musical thread running throughout and offers us many options for our next projects.
It is no surprise when I tell you that the next journey will certainly lead us into an even more classical direction. There will be a few more trips to Prague necessary to finalize all orchestral recordings for our classical project but all things must come to an end eventually. The result of the stuff we have already recorded keeps me in a very good and optimistic mood, even though I consider the wait until the project’s completion very painful. Charlie [Bauerfeind] and I nonetheless will start working on the first vocal recordings during the next days. Since we will be interrupted by quite a lot of upcoming shows I would be happy if I were to find myself in a position to finish the first five songs vocalwise before the year is over. It is challenging stuff for everyone. One fine day, all of a sudden, when no one expects it, I will announce its completion. Certainly not within the next twelve months, but one very, very fine day.
From one long-term project to another. As we had time to share some serious moments with each other during the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise (somewhere on the oceans of time) Jon [Schaffer; Iced Earth & Sons of Liberty] and I had finally found the chance to put our minds together for a possible next Demons & Wizards album. We cheerfully simultaneously announced our wish to start working on it as quickly as possible. Although time is an issue for both of us we nonetheless decided to start songwriting together during the European summer festival season when Jon will be in Europe for Iced Earth performances. During that season we will use every possible moment to complete as much material as possible. To guarantee a good-mood-songwriting feeling I have already saved some good bottles of red wine and a smaller amount of Johnny Walker black label in our studio. Things are still in the mist but we are about to recognize structures of a busy future.
As for the people who have bought the limited edition and may have started wondering about the promised additional stuff on the connected media page I can, one more time, promise that your waiting will soon be over and all your doubts about the value of having such questionable access will be erased. We have several things we are about to accomplish during the next days. Once finished we will make an official announcement telling you when the material will be available for download.
Apart from having worked on some remixes of the new stuff we obviously were able to catch a lot of impressions from our time on the road during the last months. Touring in all these European and Northern American venues was a definite blast and we cannot wait to hit the next countries and cities fairly soon. As we recorded most of the shows we have played so far, I can tell you that there have been a number of outstanding magic moments. I mostly was impressed by the great response the new stuff has gotten. Even when we toured in the early nineties it usually took one round to establish new material. But that is not the case with any of the new ones we played. They immediately got very significant responses each night. Another approval for their quality, I dare to say. Of course, we will try to come up with more new songs for the shows we are going to play during the next months. Since we have some time to waste until then we have decided to work on even more songs to be performed for these shows. I will keep it a secret which songs we are working on… though it won ‘t be many, I have to confess. Yes, I know how to spoil a story. It ‘s one of my best qualities – apart from looking cool while sitting on a chair.