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Encyclopedia > Blind Guardian

Background information
Origin Krefeld, Germany
Genre(s) Power metal
Speed metal
Years active 1984 - Present
Label(s) No Remorse Records
Virgin
Century Media
Nuclear Blast
Website Official Homepage
Members
Hansi Kürsch
André Olbrich
Marcus Siepen
Frederik Ehmke
Former members
Thomas "Thomen" Stauch
Markus Dörk
Christof Theissen
Hans-Peter Frey

Blind Guardian is a German power metal band which formed in the mid-1980s in Krefeld, Germany. Before calling themselves Blind Guardian, the band released two demos under the name Lucifer's Heritage in 1985 and 1986. Image File history File links Blind_Guardian. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 670 × 600 pixels Full resolution (2956 × 2645 pixel, file size: 1. ... Krefeld is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... It has been suggested that True metal be merged into this article or section. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... Century Media Records is an independant metal record label with offices in the USA, Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom. ... Nuclear Blast is an independent record label and mail order record distributor with subsidiaries in Germany, the United States and Brazil. ... Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch (born August 10, 1966 in Lank-Latum, Germany) is the lead vocalist of metal band Blind Guardian. ... André Olbrich is one of two guitarists (and usually lead) in the German Power Metal band Blind Guardian. ... Marcus Siepen is one of two guitarists in the German Power Metal band Blind Guardian. ... Frederik was born in Malsch, Germany, in June of 1978. ... Until April of 2005 Thomen Stauch was the drummer for German Power Metal act Blind Guardian. ... It has been suggested that True metal be merged into this article or section. ... This article cites very few or no references or sources. ... Krefeld is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


From the beginning, Blind Guardian has been inspired by the fiction of authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien, Stephen King, and Michael Moorcock, as well as traditional legends and epics. Over the years, a running theme has developed associating the band members with traveling bards. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE (January 3, 1892 – September 2, 1973) was an English philologist, writer and university professor, best known as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. ... Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of over 200 stories including over 50 bestselling horror novels. ... Michael John Moorcock (born December 18, 1939, in London, England) is a prolific English writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy who has also published a number of literary novels. ... Look up Legend in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The epic is a broadly defined genre of poetry, and one of the major forms of narrative literature. ... The Bard (ca. ...

Contents

Bio

Blind Guardian was formed in 1984 as Lucifer's Heritage. They released two demos entitled Symphonies of Doom (1985) and Battalions of Fear (1986). Their first studio album, Battalions of Fear, was released in 1988. The band's first tour took place shortly after its release. At this point the band had between 150 and 300 fans at their shows. Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Symphonies of Doom was the first official release of Blind Guardian, then going under the name Lucifers Heritage. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Line-up Hansi Kürsch - vocals & bass André Olbrich - guitar Christoph Theissen - guitar Hans-Peter Frey - drums Track listing Majesty (7:28) Trial by the Archon (1:41) Battalions of Fear (6:06) Gandalfs Rebirth (2:10) Run for the Night (3:33) Categories: | | | | ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Battalions of Fear is the debut album by German metal band Blind Guardian. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In contrast, when the international chart-topper Somewhere Far Beyond was released, Blind Guardian achieved comparatively great success. For the first time, the band played in Japan to a crowd of 4000 fans. Somewhere Far Beyond is the fourth studio-album by German Power/Speed-Metal act Blind Guardian. ...


Musical Style

Blind Guardian's first two albums, Battalions of Fear and Follow the Blind, were more in the style of speed metal than their following works. Beginning with their third album Tales from the Twilight World, Blind Guardian gradually turned to a more sophisticated sound, including vast use of choirs and sometimes orchestral arrangements. Battalions of Fear is the debut album by German metal band Blind Guardian. ... Follow the Blind is the second full-length album from the German metal band Blind Guardian, released in 1989. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Tales from the Twilight World is an album that was released in 1990 by Blind Guardian. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Blind Guardian's music features the staccato guitars and double bass drumming characteristic of power metal, as well as the use of overdubs to create a dense, "epic" sound. This technique, especially notable in the guitar and vocal tracks, creates the impression of a vast army of musicians playing in unison and singing in harmony. In musical notation, staccato indicates that notes are sounded in a detached and distinctly separate manner with their lengths shortened; that is, a short silence should be between the notes, without affecting the rhythm. ... Left: Rosa Hurricane, a heavy metal-style solid body guitar. ... A bass drum is a large drum that produces a note of low definite or indefinite pitch. ... Les Paul, a pioneer of multi-track recording. ...


Side Projects

Together with Jon Schaffer (the leader and founder of Iced Earth) Kürsch is the lead singer of a side project called Demons & Wizards. Jon Ryan Schaffer (born March 15, 1968 in Franklin, Indiana) is a heavy metal guitarist and songwriter. ... Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band that combines influences from thrash metal, power metal, progressive metal and NWOBHM. In 1999 their leader and songwriter Jon Schaffer teamed up with Blind Guardian vocalist Hansi Kürsch to form a side project called Demons & Wizards. ... Demons & Wizards is a power metal recording project conceived as a side-project of the metal bands Blind Guardian and Iced Earth. ...


Hansi has been working on and off for 8 years on an orchestral project writing music about The Lord of the Rings (negotiations failed to be included on the famous The Lord of the Rings film trilogy as the soundtrack). The album will be released in 2008, and although it will not be a power metal album (meaning that there won't be any drums or electric guitars and bass), it will be published under the name of Blind Guardian because it matches the theme of the band's lyrics, according to Hansi.[citation needed] The Lord of the Rings film trilogy comprises three live action fantasy epic films; The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). ...


Line-up

Band members

Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch (born August 10, 1966 in Lank-Latum, Germany) is the lead vocalist of metal band Blind Guardian. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is an electrically-amplified string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... André Olbrich is one of two guitarists (and usually lead) in the German Power Metal band Blind Guardian. ... Lead guitar refers to a role within a band, that provides melody or melodic material, as opposed to the rhythm of the rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. ... Marcus Siepen is one of two guitarists in the German Power Metal band Blind Guardian. ... Rhythm guitar is a guitar that is primarily used to provide rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment for a singer or for other instruments in an ensemble. ... Frederik was born in Malsch, Germany, in June of 1978. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ... The flute is a musical instrument of the woodwind family. ... A piper playing the Great Highland Bagpipe. ...

Former members

Until April of 2005 Thomen Stauch was the drummer for German Power Metal act Blind Guardian. ... // Lead & Rhythm Guitar described the position of a musician who performed the lead guitar parts in a rock band, namely guitar solos or sometimes just lead parts. ... // Lead & Rhythm Guitar described the position of a musician who performed the lead guitar parts in a rock band, namely guitar solos or sometimes just lead parts. ...

Guest musicians

  • Oliver Holzwarth — Bass (touring/studio) (1997–)[3]
  • Alex Holzwarth — Drums (live) (2002–2003)[4]
  • Mathias Wiesner — Keyboards (studio) (1989–)
  • Michael Schüren — Keyboards (live) & Grand Piano (studio) (1997–)
  • Kai Hansen — Vocals & Guitar Solos (1989–1992)[5]
  • Rolf Köhler, Thomas Hackmann — backing vocals (1989–)
  • Olaf Senkbeil, Billy King — backing vocals (1990–)

Alex Holzwarth Alex Holzwarth (born 4th October, 1968 in Landshut, Germany) is the drummer of the Italian symphonic metal band Rhapsody Of Fire. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... Kai Hansen during a show in Barcelona. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

Discography

The Discography for the Power Metal band Blind Guardian. ...

Studio Albums

Battalions of Fear is the debut album by German metal band Blind Guardian. ... Follow the Blind is the second full-length album from the German metal band Blind Guardian, released in 1989. ... Tales from the Twilight World is an album that was released in 1990 by Blind Guardian. ... Somewhere Far Beyond is the fourth studio-album by German Power/Speed-Metal act Blind Guardian. ... Imaginations from the Other Side is an album by Blind Guardian that was released in 1995. ... Nightfall in Middle-Earth is a concept album by Blind Guardian, released in 1998. ... A Night at the Opera is a 2002 by the German metal band Blind Guardian. ... A Twist in the Myth is the eighth studio album by the German power metal band Blind Guardian. ...

Live Albums

Tokyo Tales is the first live album by the German metal band Blind Guardian. ... Live is the second live album by the band Blind Guardian. ...

Compilation Albums

The Forgotten Tales is a unique compilation album by Blind Guardian. ...

Singles

Lineup Vocals And Bass : Hansi Kürsch Lead Guitar : Andrè Olbrich Rythm Guitar : Marcus Siepen Drums : Thomas `Thomen` Stauch Track Listing A Past and Future Secret 3:47 Imaginations from the Other Side 7:18 The Wizard 3:17 A Past and Future Secret (Orchestra Mix) 3:48 External Links... Lineup Vocals And Bass : Hansi Kürsch Lead Guitar : Andrè Olbrich Rythm Guitar : Marcus Siepen Drums : Thomas `Thomen` Stauch Track Listing Mr. ... Lineup Vocals : Hansi Kürsch Lead Guitar : Andrè Olbrich Rythm Guitar : Marcus Siepen Drums : Thomas `Thomen` Stauch Track listing Mirror, Mirror 5:07 And the Story Ends (live) 6:47 Imaginations from the Other Side (Live) 8:23 Beyond the Realms of Death 7:02 External Links Lyrics at Kiwilyrics... Band members Vocals and backing vocals: Hansi Kürsch Lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars: André Olbrich Rhythm guitars: Marcus Siepen Drums and percussions: Thomas Thomen Stauch Track listing And then there was Silence (14:07) Harvest of Sorrow (3:39) Multi Media Track: Born in a Mourning Hall (5:17... The Bards Song (in the Forest) is a single by the German power metal band Blind Guardian, released in 2003. ... Fly is a single by Blind Guardian from their upcoming 2006 release, A Twist in the Myth. ... Another Stranger Me is a single taken from their 2006 album, A Twist In The Myth. ...

Videos

Front Cover Blind Guardian intended to record a DVD since early 1998, however, due to the bands high requirements, no existing metal festival had been considered suitable. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Blind Guardian is relatively unique in that until April of 2005 (a twenty year period), the band's original line-up had not changed. However, due to differing musical preference, in April their long time drummer Thomen Stauch left the band to continue his work in Savage Circus, the band he formed to perform more straight-forward music like older Blind Guardian.
  2. ^ Lucifer's Heritage played only one show with Thomas Kelleners in vocals and the band has stated that that particular show still belongs in their top-5 of worst band performances ever.
  3. ^ In 1997, Hansi decided that a different bassist would allow for more complex parts, and allow himself to further his vocal technique both live and in the studio. Oliver Holzwarth was hired as a bassist for the album and for the tour. He is not a full member of the band, because Hansi may decide to play bass again, and has said he does not have the heart to put Oliver in the position that he may be fired.
  4. ^ During the A Night at the Opera tour bands drummer Thomas Stauch had an injury. Alex Holzwarth (brother to Oliver Holzwarth) replaced him in few shows so that the band could still keep their tour going.
  5. ^ On Blind Guardian's second and third studio albums, Kai Hansen, formerly of Helloween, and currently in Gamma Ray, performed guest vocals on a few songs and a guest guitar solo. He also performed backing vocals on albums 2-4.

This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Helloween is a German power/speed metal band founded in the early 1980s by members of Iron Fist and Powerfool. ... Gamma Ray is a power metal band from north of Germany, founded by former Helloween guitarist, singer and songwriter Kai Hansen. ...

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