Blind Guardian

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Released two demos as Lucifer’s Heritage.

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Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in Krefeld, West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Nine musicians have been a part of the band's line-up in its history, which has consisted of singer Hansi Kürsch, guitarists André Olbrich and Marcus Siepen, and drummer Frederik Ehmke since 2005.

Blind Guardian is a part of the German heavy metal scene that emerged in the mid-1980s. They formed in 1984 as Lucifer's Heritage by Kürsch (then also bass guitarist), Olbrich, other guitarist Markus Dörk and drummer Thomas Stauch. Dörk and Stauch both left the following year, and were replaced by Christof Theißen and Hans-Peter Frey respectively, who left as well before the end of the year. In 1987, Siepen joined and Stauch returned; under this line-up, which lasted 18 years (the longest in the band's history), the band changed their name to Blind Guardian and released their first album, Battalions of Fear, in 1988.

Over the releases, Blind Guardian established themselves as a notable successful band and as pioneers of the power metal movement. In 1996, Kürsch stopped acting as the band's bass guitarist to focus on vocals. Various session members replaced him, mainly Oliver Holzwarth. However in 2005, Stauch left the band, disapproving of Blind Guardian's transition into a more complex progressive sound with a heavy use of backing vocals, and was replaced by Ehmke.

Most of Blind Guardian's albums were well received by fans and critics alike: Somewhere Far Beyond (1992), Imaginations from the Other Side (1995), and Nightfall in Middle-Earth (1998), are especially seen as influential works. The music is mostly composed by Kürsch and Olbrich together, and the lyrics, written by Kürsch, are mostly inspired by the fiction of fantasy authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien, Michael Moorcock, Robert Jordan, Stephen King and George R. R. Martin as well as traditional legends and epics. Over the years a theme has developed which personifies the band members as travelling storytellers, leading fans to refer to the band affectionately as "The Bards".

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1988 Battalions of Fear 3.65 6
1989 Follow the Blind 3 8
1990 Tales From the Twilight World 3.5 6
1992 Somewhere Far Beyond 4.5 8
1995 Imaginations From the Other Side 4 6
1998 Nightfall in Middle-Earth 4.5 5
2002 A Night at the Opera 4.65 8
2006 A Twist in the Myth 3 10
2010 At the Edge of Time 4.5 5
2015 Beyond the Red Mirror 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1996 The Forgotten Tales 4 4
2010 Blind Guardian 2
2012 Memories of a Time to Come 1
2013 A Traveler’s Guide to Space and Time 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1993 Tokyo Tales 5 3
2003 Live 2

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1995 A Past and Future Secret 4 1
1995 Bright Eyes 5 1
1998 Mirror Mirror 5 1
2001 And Then There Was Silence 5 2
2002 A Night at the Opera 2
2003 The Bard's Song (In the Forest) 4 1
2006 Fly 4 1
2007 Another Stranger Me 3 1
2010 A Voice in the Dark 5 2
2014 Twilight of the Gods 1

EP

Year Title RatingReleases
1996 Mr. Sandman 4 1

EP + Demo

Year Title RatingReleases
1990 1990 Demo 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
Lucifer's Heritage 1

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