Origin: Germany
Genres: Power Metal
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Blind Guardian  


Blind Guardian rank with Helloween and Stratovarius as the main innovators of the Germanic speed/power metal style that has been massively popular in Europe for the past several years. Originally known as Lucifer's Heritage, Blind Guardian themselves did derive from Helloween early in their career, but took that style to a new level, with advanced musicianship and folk/fantasy-based lyrical themes predominating much of their work. Following the release of And Then There Was Silence is the band's first album in four years, entitled A Night At The Opera, released in March of 2002.

After almost twenty years with the same foursome, drummer Thomas Stauch has left the band. He is now devoting his time to Savage Circus, a new project/band featuring members of Persuader and Soilwork, and who plan to release an album in late summer 2005.

Current Members

Hansi Kürsch

bass/vocals (Demons & Wizards)

Marcus Siepen

guitars

Andre Olbrich

guitars

Frederik Ehmke

drums

Former Members/Guests

Thomas Stauch

drums (Coldseed, Iron Savior, Savage Circus)


Discography



Battalions Of Fear 
1988 No Remorse
  1. Majesty
  2. Guardian of the Blind
  3. Trial by the Archon
  4. Wizard's Crown
  5. Run for the Night
  6. The Martyr
  7. Battalions of Fear
  8. By the Gates of Moria
  9. Gandalf's Rebirth
  • Hansi Kürsch
  • Marcus Siepen
  • Andre Olbrich
  • Thomas Stauch

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Follow The Blind 
1989 No Remorse
  1. Inquisition
  2. Banish from sanctuary
  3. Damned for all time
  4. Follow the blind
  5. Hall of the king
  6. Fast to madness
  7. Beyond the ice
  8. Valhalla
  9. Don't break the circle
  10. Barbara Ann
  • Hansi Kürsch
  • Marcus Siepen
  • Andre Olbrich
  • Thomas Stauch

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Tales From The Twilight World 
1990 No Remorse
  1. Traveler in Time
  2. Welcome To Dying
  3. Weird Dreams
  4. Lord of the Rings
  5. Goodbye My Friend
  6. Lost In the Twilight Hall
  7. Tommyknockers
  8. Altair 4
  9. The Last Candle
  10. Run For The Night (Live)
  • Hansi Kürsch
  • Marcus Siepen
  • Andre Olbrich
  • Thomas Stauch

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Somewhere Far Beyond 
1992 Virgin
  1. Time What Is Time
  2. Journey Through The Dark
  3. Black Chamber
  4. Theatre of Pain
  5. The Quest For Tanelorn
  6. Ashes To Ashes
  7. The Bard's Song- In The Forest
  8. The Bard's Song- The Hobbit
  9. The Piper's Calling
  10. Somewhere Far Beyond
  11. Spread Your Wings
  12. Trial By Fire; Theatre of Pain
  • Hansi Kürsch
  • Marcus Siepen
  • Andre Olbrich
  • Thomas Stauch

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Tokyo Tales  LIVE
1993 Virgin
  • Hansi Kürsch
  • Marcus Siepen
  • Andre Olbrich
  • Thomas Stauch




(EP) A Past And Future Secret 
1995 Virgin
  1. A Past and Future Secret
  2. Imaginations from the Other Side
  3. The Wizard
  4. A Past and Future Secret (Orchestra Mix)
  • Hansi Kürsch
  • Marcus Siepen
  • Andre Olbrich
  • Thomas Stauch




Imaginations From The Other Side 
1995 Virgin
  1. Imaginations From the Other Side
  2. I'm Alive
  3. A Past and Future Secret
  4. The Script For My Requiem
  5. Mordred's Song
  6. Born in a Mourning Hall
  7. Bright Eyes
  8. Another Holy War
  9. ....And the Story Ends
  • Hansi Kürsch
  • Marcus Siepen
  • Andre Olbrich
  • Thomas Stauch
1995 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



(EP) Bright Eyes 
1995 Virgin
  1. Bright Eyes (edit)
  2. Mr. Sandman
  3. Hallelujah
  4. Imaginations from the Other Side (demo version)
  5. A Past and Future Secret (demo version)
  • Hansi Kürsch
  • Marcus Siepen
  • Andre Olbrich
  • Thomas Stauch




The Forgotten Tales 
1996 Virgin
  1. Mr. Sandman
  2. Surfin'USA
  3. Bright Eyes
  4. Lord of the Rings
  5. The Wizard
  6. Spread Your Wings
  7. Mordred's Song
  8. Black Chamber
  9. The Bard's song (live)
  10. Barbara Ann / Long Tall Sally
  11. A Past and Future Secret
  12. To France
  13. Theatre of Pain
  • Hansi Kürsch
  • Marcus Siepen
  • Andre Olbrich
  • Thomas Stauch




Nightfall In Middle Earth 
1998 Virgin
  1. War of wrath
  2. Into the storm
  3. Lammoth
  4. Nightfall
  5. The minstrel
  6. The curse of feanor
  7. Captured
  8. Blood tears
  9. Mirror mirror
  10. Face the truth
  11. Noldor (Dead winter reigns)
  12. Battle of sudden flame
  13. Time stands still (At the iron hill)
  14. The dark elf
  15. Thorn
  16. The eldar
  17. Nom the wise
  18. When sorrow sang
  19. Out on the water
  20. The steadfast
  21. A dark passage
  22. Final chapter (Thus ends...)
  • Hansi Kürsch
  • Marcus Siepen
  • Andre Olbrich
  • Thomas Stauch
1998 Internet Top Ten album




(EP) And There Was Silence 
2001 Century Media
  1. And then there was Silence
  2. Harvest of Sorrow
  3. (multimedia track)
  • Hansi Kürsch
  • Marcus Siepen
  • Andre Olbrich
  • Thomas Stauch




A Night At The Opera 
2002 Century Media
  1. Precious Jerusalem
  2. Battlefield
  3. Under The Ice
  4. Sadly Sings Destiny
  5. The Maiden And The Minstrel Night
  6. Wait For An Answer
  7. The Soulforged
  8. Age Of False Innocence
  9. Punishment Divine
  10. And Then There Was Silence
  • Hansi Kürsch
  • Marcus Siepen
  • Andre Olbrich
  • Thomas Stauch
2002 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Live  LIVE
2003 Virgin
  1. War Of Wrath
  2. Into The Storm
  3. Welcome To Dying
  4. Nightfall
  5. The Script For My Requiem
  6. Harvest Of Sorrow
  7. The Soulforged
  8. Valhalla
  9. Majesty
  10. Mordred.s Song
  11. Born In A Mourning Hall
  12. Under The Ice
  13. Bright Eyes
  14. Punishment Divine
  15. The Bard.s Song (In The Forest)
  16. Imaginations From The Other Side
  17. Lost In The Twilight Hall
  18. A Past And Future Secret
  19. Time Stands Still (At The Iron Hill)
  20. Journey Through The Dark
  21. Lord Of The Rings
  22. Mirror Mirror
  • Hansi Kürsch
  • Marcus Siepen
  • Andre Olbrich
  • Thomas Stauch

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal 



Imaginations Through The Looking Glass 
2004 Virgin

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal 



A Twist In The Myth 
2006 Nuclear Blast
  1. This Will Never End
  2. Otherland
  3. Turn the Page
  4. Fly
  5. Carry the Blessed Home
  6. Another Stranger Me
  7. Straight Through the Mirror
  8. Lionheart
  9. Skalds and Shadows
  10. The Edge
  11. The New Order
  • Hansi Kürsch
  • Marcus Siepen
  • Andre Olbrich
  • Frederik Ehmke
2006 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



The Sacred Worlds And Songs Divine Tour 2010  LIVE
2010 Metal Hammer
  1. Sacred Worlds ()
  2. Tanelorn ()
  3. Road Of No Release ()
  4. Ride Into Obsession ()
  5. Curse My Name ()
  6. Valkyries ()
  7. Control The Divine ()
  8. War Of The Thrones ()
  9. A Voice In The Dark ()
  10. Wheel Of Time ()
  11. Sacred Worlds (Metal Hammer edit)
  12. War Of Wrath (Live @ Wacken 2007 - Metal Hammer edit)
  13. Into the Storm (Live @ Wacken 2007 - Metal Hammer edit)
  14. Born In A Mourning Hall (Live @ Wacken 2007 - Metal Hammer edit)
  15. Nightfall (Live @ Wacken 2007 - Metal Hammer edit)
  16. Fly (Live @ Wacken 2007 - Metal Hammer edit)
  17. Valhalla (Live @ Wacken 2007 - Metal Hammer edit)
  18. The Bard's Song (In The Forest) (Live @ Wacken 2007 - Metal Hammer edit)
  19. Mirror Mirror (Live @ Wacken 2007 - Metal Hammer edit)
  • Hansi Kürsch
  • Marcus Siepen
  • Andre Olbrich
  • Frederik Ehmke




At The Edge Of Time 
2010 Nuclear Blast
  • Hansi Kürsch
  • Marcus Siepen
  • Andre Olbrich
  • Frederik Ehmke
2010 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Underground  Metal Observer  Angry Metal Guy 



Memories Of A Time To Come  COMPILATION
2012 Virgin
  1. Imaginations from the Other Side
  2. Nightfall
  3. Ride into Obsession
  4. Somewhere Far Beyond
  5. Majesty
  6. Traveler in Time
  7. Follow the Blind
  8. The Last Candle
  9. Sacred Worlds
  10. This Will Never End
  11. Valhalla
  12. Bright Eyes
  13. Mirror Mirror
  14. The Bard’s Song (In the Forest)
  15. The Bard’s Song (The Hobbit)
  16. And Then There Was Silence
  17. Brian
  18. Halloween (The Wizard's Crown)
  19. Lucifer’s Heritage
  20. Symphonies of Doom
  21. Dead of the Night
  22. Majesty
  23. Trial by the Archon
  24. Battalions of Fear
  25. Run for the Night
  26. Lost in the Twilight Hall
  27. Tommyknockers
  28. Ashes to Ashes
  29. Time What Is Time
  30. A Past and Future Secret
  31. The Script for My Requiem


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