Check out Blind Guardian at Palladium Time Square on Sunday May 12th!
Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed by musicians Hansi Kürsch and Andre Olbrich. Created in 1984, the band is known for being the pioneers of the power metal/heavy metal movement of Germany in the 80s. Originally known as Lucifer’s Heritage, members decided to change their name in 1988 to Blind Guardian to avoid being linked to Satanism. Their music is far from the dark demonic sub-genres of rock and roll, though.
Blind Guardian has had a steady stream of releases since their beginnings, starting with 1988’s Battalions of Fear. Their more influential work comes from their 90s releases: Somewhere Far Beyond, Imaginations from the Other Side, and Nightfall in Middle-Earth. The band takes lyrical inspiration from fantasy novelists such as J. R. R. Tolkien, George R. R. Martin, and Stephen King as well as prominent heavy metal bands Iron Maiden and Metallica.
Their songs have been thought of as progressive rock alongside their typical metal sound, with choruses, spoken word, and Odyssey-like Epic storytelling throughout. Blind Guardian members are considered travelling storytellers, with their fans lovingly referring to them as “The Bards.” They have even been ranked alongside power metal bands such as Sabaton, DragonForce, and Helloween.
The band has worked together countless times to raise money for various causes throughout the years, primarily stemming from natural disasters. The band managed to raise over 1,000 British pounds for an auction to send relief to the people in Japan after the 2011 tsunami.
There have been a few rotating members throughout the years, but the current lineup includes Hansi Kürsch, guitarists André Olbrich and Marcus Siepen, and Frederik Ehmke on the drums. Blind Guardian has released twelve studio albums since the late eighties and their most recent album, The God Machine, was released in 2022. Blind Guardian is currently touring world-wide across several countries.
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