Follow The Blind

Virgin Germany
Release date
15 Jun 2007
Running length
14 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Inquisition (2007 Digital Remaster) 0:43 162
2 Banish From Sanctuary (2007 Digital Remaster) 5:30 207
3 Damned For All Time (2007 Digital Remaster) 4:59 166
4 Follow The Blind (2007 Digital Remaster) 7:11 179
5 Hall of the King (Remastered) 4:18 117
6 Fast To Madness (Remastered) 6:00 111
7 Beyond the Ice (Remastered) 3:30 110
8 Valhalla (2007 Digital Remaster) 4:57 586
9 Don't Break The Circle (2007 Digital Remaster) 4:21 154
10 Barbara Ann. (2007 Digital Remaster) 1:43 152
11 Majesty (Demo) 7:16 2,127
12 Trial By The Archon (Demo) 3:53 1,760
13 Battalions Of Fear (Demo) 6:21 1,779
14 Run For The Night (Demo) 4:29 1,831

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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  • Alice_North

    amazing album, speed metal at its best

    12 Jul 7:12am Reply
  • Stefunal

    Saw them live a while ago, completely changed my opinion about the first two albums. This thing is actually awesome.

    3 Jul 7:46am Reply
  • Peace_Sells86

    People saying its boring need new ears. Speed metal albums of theirs are great.

    18 May 10:17am Reply
  • spineshank155

    An amazing speed metal album, quite impressed by this! :)

    3 Apr 9:18pm Reply
  • Stefunal

    Don't get this album. Boring and repetitive. Every album that follows up this one is far better.

    26 Feb 3:40pm Reply
  • Jakeukalane

    too repetitive.

    7 Feb 5:19pm Reply
  • Elowson

    This is their best album in my opinion! ;P

    1 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Romulus666

    Possibly one of their better albums. Pretty fucking sweet

    22 Dec 2012 Reply
  • KK-Warslut

    hansi kursh is a pussy but his music is not

    21 May 2012 Reply
  • Elkman75

    My first BG album! Still consider it as their best [2]

    4 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ArcTheseus

    fucking great

    10 Nov 2011 Reply
  • hammerstrikebg

    Great speed metal :)

    13 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Daniel-xD

    Don't Break The Circle \o/

    15 Jan 2011 Reply
  • michciu4

    their best along with BOF

    12 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Colony666

    @Cheetos, Inquisition is also on the Tokyo Tales album, Dont Break the Circle isnt

    20 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Oniren

    Not the BG sound that I love, but it's an improvement over Battalions of Fear. Banish From Sanctuary, Valhalla, and Don't Break the Circle are the standouts for me.

    11 Oct 2010 Reply
  • lenapocalypse

    this is my fav also

    25 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Metalwilly1

    this is my favorite album with Blind Guardian:D \m/ valhalla

    22 Jun 2010 Reply
  • SilverBarron

    Damn looking at the album art you wouldn't think this album is aggressive!

    1 Jun 2010 Reply
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