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Blind Guardian returned to Mordor

April 20 2006

Team Blind Guardian was founded in 1985 in the small town of Krefeld in the west of Germany. The founders of the team are Andre Olbrich and Hansi Kursch. His first demo «Symphonies of Doom» they released in the same 1985. Over the next year the group has found a stable composition, came Christoff Theissen - guitar and Hans-Peter Frey - drums.

The new structure was recorded the second demo «Battalions Of Fear». The tape was more successful than the debut «Symphonies of Doom» and allowed a young team to get their first contract. Under pressure from the label's cacophonous name Lucifer's Heritage guys changed to Blind Guardian. Meanwhile, inside the group itself once again been changes in the composition - the rhythm guitarist Marcus Siepen, and the drums sat Thomas Stauch. Since then a BG has never changed. Their debut album was recorded based on the last demo and was named in the same way - «Battalions Of Fear».

1989 saw the release of the second disk group, «Follow the Blind». But this edition has not brought the desired success of the group. A watershed in the history of Blind Guardian was their third album - «Tales From The Twilight World», released in mid-1990. After this album, the group talked about as one of the brightest representatives of the German metal scene. Inspired by creativity, RR Tolkien «BG» continued to write more new songs, focusing on the adventures of Frodo, Gandalf and the other inhabitants of Middle Earth. Almost immediately after TFTTW took place and signing a large contract with a major record company «Virgin Records».

In 1995 he saw the light of the long-awaited «Imaginations From The Other Side». The album became Flemming Rasmussen, known for his work with the likes of the stage as Metallica. Album leaves and warm feeling was received with enthusiasm. On an album full potential as a singer Hans: a couple of years, he took singing lessons. Just a year Blind Guardian released their «The Forgotten Tales». The whole album consists of cover versions (To France, Barbara Ann, Mr. Sandman) and orchestral treatments of major hits (Lord Of The Rings, The Wizard, Mordred's Song, Black Chamber, and The Bard's Song). Fans rather ambiguously embraced this release, and not having understood his idea. However, for those unfamiliar with the early works of the team is a peculiar «The Best of Blind Guardian».

Released in 1998 album «Nightfall In Middle-Earth» shot to fame of the concept album and had a huge success. He was distinguished by the fact that Hans finally concentrated on singing, shifting bass duties on a session musician (Oliver Holtzwarth of Sieges Even). Soon joined the band and keyboardist of the same Sieges Even - Michael Shuren. Surprisingly, over 8 years of these musicians had not recorded in the official structure. The reason is that the composition remained unchanged for twenty years. As Hans said: «Blind Guardian - it's four of us!» - Hansi Kursch, Andre Olbrich, Marcus Siepen and Thomas Stauch.

Constant touring, a few Live DVD, own studio and was wildly popular among fans of "power metal". These results were compared to 2002. First «BG» presented to the world «A Night At The Opera» - an album that marked the biggest tour group. Then the musicians first toured over 15 countries, including visiting and Russia. As a result of the concert tour was recorded a double album «Live». All songs were recorded at concerts in cities such as: Tokyo, Stockholm, Venice, Düsseldorf, Milan, Florence, Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, Valencia, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Moscow and others.img hspace = "10" src = "/ img/12774.jpeg" align = "right" border = "1" />

The most recent news is worth noting that in 2005 took a historic collapse of four. By vzimnogmu agreement, the group decided to leave the drummer Thomas Stauch. Replacement found pretty quickly: Frederik Ehmke ideally joined the team. Against this background, the signing of long-term contract with the label «NUCLEAR BLAST!» Passed absolutely unnoticed. Since 2006 started a huge world tour in support of the Jubilee 10th studio work. Supported by an already released single «Fly» program presentations will consist of only one hit. And, of course, the main gift for fans in Russia will be a memorable concert in the walls of the legendary "Gorbushka.

Васильева Камилла

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