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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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  • crispolly

    Hansi >>>> god [4]

    6 Apr 5:49am Reply
  • Arkrotep

    Hansi >>>> god [3]

    4 Apr 3:32pm Reply
  • krissthewinter

    Hansi >>> god [2]

    2 Apr 12:12pm Reply
  • Romulus666

    A voice in the dark always gets me pumped up

    31 Mar 7:06pm Reply
  • ilovemusix

    Imaginations from the Other Side=PERFECTION

    31 Mar 12:34am Reply
  • kivilife

    I can say with absolute confidence that And Then There Was Silence is their BEST song, and one of the best songs that've ever been written in the history of music. Since it's about the fall of Troy the song has an amazing background and lyrics. Along with the truly magnificent music, i think it's safe to say that, it's a masterpiece. No no, it's the definition of masterpiece.

    30 Mar 10:08am Reply
  • aGabed

    Hansi >>> god

    29 Mar 1:54am Reply
  • elitist_jerk

    imaginations is pretty much the peak of euro power metal, yeah. the song structures are just mindblowing genius, and the production is about as busy and epic as it can be without being distracting

    27 Mar 1:55am Reply
  • microtesla

    Imaginations from the Other Side is their peak IMHO. I love all their albums though and I am convinced they have no bad albums.

    26 Mar 4:40am Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    @Naurbereth Tokyo Tales '93, their best Live !! @Sarguer As Hansi said 'A Night At Their Opera' is their peak work. And not Nightfall. Though NIME comes close, but it's less complex

    19 Mar 3:40pm Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    @Naurbereth Tokyo Tales '93, their best Live !!

    19 Mar 3:37pm Reply
  • kasicA0804

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    13 Mar 11:33am Reply
  • Naurbereth

    Addicted to the live albums <3

    10 Mar 6:51pm Reply
  • opethryche

    Spotify has 3 of the remasters as 'explicit'. WTF?

    10 Mar 2:48pm Reply
  • Sarguer

    I think this band only got better (in some ways) as they aged, although Nightfall remains their peak effort. Some things about A Twist In The Myth are a bit dodgy, but I listen it for the lead guitar work.

    23 Feb 4:13pm Reply
  • stephanielvern

    amo ♥

    20 Feb 1:29am Reply
  • persian_note

    14 Feb 10:16am Reply
  • MorgulLord

    Прекрасная группа, прекрасные песни. [2]

    12 Feb 8:19pm Reply
  • Russian_Wolf

    я б не был так категоричен насчет их гениальности)

    12 Feb 4:42pm Reply
  • Anymarrie

    Blind Guardian ah ah ah son geniales me encanta xD muy buenos me quedo!!!!!

    9 Feb 5:32pm Reply
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