Follow The Blind

Label
Virgin Germany
Release date
15 Jun 2007
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
65:11

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Inquisition (2007 Digital Remaster) 0:43 128
2 Banish From Sanctuary (2007 Digital Remaster) 5:30 149
3 Damned For All Time (2007 Digital Remaster) 4:59 127
4 Follow The Blind (2007 Digital Remaster) 7:11 141
5 Hall of the King (Remastered) 4:18 77
6 Fast To Madness (Remastered) 6:00 76
7 Beyond the Ice (Remastered) 3:30 73
8 Valhalla (2007 Digital Remaster) 4:57 513
9 Don't Break The Circle (2007 Digital Remaster) 4:21 124
10 Barbara Ann. (2007 Digital Remaster) 1:43 122
11 Majesty (Demo) 7:16 2,036
12 Trial By The Archon (Demo) 3:53 1,680
13 Battalions Of Fear (Demo) 6:21 1,703
14 Run For The Night (Demo) 4:29 1,763

About this album

Follow the Blind is the second full-length album from the German metal band Blind Guardian, released in 1989. The album is more in the vein of speed metal, compared to the style that would later define the band’s unique sound. According to Markus Siepen, “When we were doing “Follow the Blind” we were listening to a lot of thrash metal bands like Testament or Forbidden, and that’s why “Follow the Blind” was a bit heavier”.

The opening track “Inquisition” is a repetition of the Latin phrase Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem (O sweet Lord Jesus, grant them rest in English) chanted as it would be by monks. The phrase forms part of the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass, and is also identical to that which is chanted by the monks in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Kai Hansen of Gamma Ray and ex-Helloween sings in the song Valhalla.

Remastered, remixed and re-released on 15 June 2007, with the whole second demo tape, Battalions Of Fear, of the band (at the time called Lucifer’s Heritage) as part of the bonus tracks.

Track listing:
1. “Inquisition” – 0:40
2. “Banish from Sanctuary” – 5:27
3. “Damned for All Time” – 4:57
4. “Follow the Blind” – 7:10
5. “Hall of the King” – 4:16
6. “Fast to Madness” – 5:57
7. “Beyond the Ice” – 3:28
8. “Valhalla” – 4:56
9. “Barbara Ann” (The Regents and Beach Boys cover) – 1:43

Bonus Track:
10. “Don’t Break the Circle” (Demon cover) – 3:28

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