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Krefeld, Germany (1984 – present)

Blind Guardian is a / band from Krefeld, Germany. They are credited as being among the most influential artists of the genre. While early Blind Guardian belongs to style, in later releases the band has moved towards .

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Blind Guardian was founded in 1984 by André Olbrich (guitar), Hansi Kürsch (vocals, bass), Marcus Siepen (guitar) and Thomen Stauch (drums), (left the band in 2005, replaced by Frederik Ehmke). Before calling themselves Blind Guardian, the band released two demos under the name Lucifer’s Heritage in 1985 and 1986.

Blind Guardian has always been inspired by the fictional worlds of fantasy writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Michael Moorcock, Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman as well as traditional legends and epics. Stephen King’s Dark Tower series has also been an influence on the band, evident in “Somewhere Far Beyond” as well as numerous Demons & Wizards songs. Over the years, a running theme has developed associating the band members with traveling bards.

The line-up has been the same since 1988, but in 2005 the drummer, Thomas Stauch, left the band due to the direction the band was taking in their last studio albums, “Nightfall In Middle-Earth” and “A Night at the Opera”. He was replaced by Frederik Ehmke.


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  • ChokitoBranco

    I still love them since my first listen in 2001. I mean, is it even possible to not like those incredible guys?

    24 Aug 4:09am Reply
  • Qhalo

    Into the Storm and Carry the Blessed Home <3 Blind Guardian - best band on Earth.

    22 Aug 7:34am Reply
  • DarkVictim

    And Then There Was Silence > All

    21 Aug 1:43am Reply
  • ElHuevas1428574

    ⌠↑ಠ_ಠ ←:D→ ಥ_ಥ↓⌡

    20 Aug 1:22pm Reply
  • nobodyhome

    16 Aug 5:01pm Reply
  • Harmonia-Mundi

    Blind Guardian is easily my favorite band these days

    15 Aug 5:12am Reply
  • steh_lvern

    My favorite bards :D miss them in live..♥

    14 Aug 3:38am Reply
  • jeffncosta

    Mirror Mirror é a melhor

    6 Aug 6:07pm Reply
  • RagnarokStein


    28 Jul 1:18pm Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    Exactly Piske81, it's been in the works for half of their career ;)

    23 Jul 6:00pm Reply
  • ScaryTundra

    Their new album will be released 16th January! =)

    22 Jul 8:44pm Reply
  • Piske81

    First time I heard about the orchestral album was 1998!

    21 Jul 12:44am Reply
  • LuxusPL

    There's a chance to hear it. They're working on two albums at the same time - new Blind Guardian album and this orchestral project. They've announced a lot of gigs for next year and it will be promo tour for their upcoming BG album, so soon they should release it and some time after that we should get this orchestral album because some songs from it are already recorded.

    12 Jul 1:41pm Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    any chance of hearing this orchestral record? It's only been, oh I've lost track now...over a decade that they've been talking about it ;)

    8 Jul 8:24pm Reply
  • Elowson

    Follow the Blind <3

    7 Jul 6:57pm Reply
  • weedestmonkey

    I still don't understand why these fuckers aren't on the soundtracks of LotR and The Hobbit

    5 Jul 11:57pm Reply
  • FlorioWork

    We need new BG, been listening to Compilation album from 2011, love every second of it.

    27 Jun 5:44pm Reply
  • allef_oliveira

    Hansi >>> Kratos

    26 Jun 9:02pm Reply
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    25 Jun 9:51pm Reply
  • krisswinter

    Hansi is a god and Blind Guardian is the most epic band on Earth.

    22 Jun 10:53am Reply
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