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About Blind Guardian

Formed in the small German town of Krefeld, Blind Guardian have perfected a fusion of gothic- and fantasy-tinged European power metal with the velocity and technical precision of speed metal.

Members Hansi Kürsch (vocals, bass), Marcus Siepen (guitar), André Olbrich (guitar) and Thomen Stauch (drums) initially called themselves Lucifer’s Heritage, but elected to change it when a 1986 demo tape began to achieve underground popularity. They signed with the No Remorse label and released Battalions of Fear in 1988.

In 1990, Tales from the Twilight World became an underground hit in Germany and led to a deal with that country’s division of Virgin Records. Their major label debut, Somewhere Far Beyond, was issued in 1992. The Tolkien-inspired concept album, Nightfall in Middle-Earth, came out in 1998 and became the band’s first American release a year later.

The German power metal quartet have recorded 10 albums. Blind Guardian’s most recent release is 2015’s Beyond the Red Mirror, a concept album and sequel to 1995’s Imaginations from the Other Side.