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Beyond The Red Mirror


On November 07th, 2014

Beyond The Red Mirror
Beyond The Red Mirror
Beyond The Red Mirror
Beyond The Red Mirror (Earbook)

Beyond The Red Mirror will be the title of the highly-anticipated tenth studio album by Germany's favorite sons and metal's most epic storytellers Blind Guardian.  Prepare to have your senses overwhelmed.

Four-and-a-half years in the making, the follow-up to 2010's At The Edge Of Time (which debuted at #2 on the German album charts and at #1 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart and #108 on the American Billboard Top 200 Albums chart) is scheduled for release in Europe on January 30, 2015 and February 3, 2015 in North America.

Recorded at Twilight Hall Studio in Grefrath, Germany and produced by Charlie Bauerfeind (Saxon, Hammerfall, Helloween), Beyond The Red Mirror showcases Blind Guardian's long-awaited collaborative work with three different classical choirs: one from the Czech Republic (Prague), one from Hungary (Budapest), and one from the United States (Boston).  Two grand orchestras - each featuring 90 musicians - also lend their brilliant talents to the new recordings with absolutely spellbinding results.

Transporting listeners via a mysteriously powerful red mirror into an otherworldly dimension that includes tyrants, gods, and the Holy Grail, the ten songs comprising Beyond The Red Mirror's story lines revolve around the young protagonist we first met twenty years ago in the 1995 tracks Bright Eyes and And The Story Ends.

"A story between science fiction and fantasy," explains Blind Guardian vocalist and lyricist Hansi Kürsch. "The story begins with our 1995 album, Imaginations From The Other Side. The two worlds described therein have changed dramatically for the worse since then. While there used to be several passages between the worlds, there is only one gate left now: The Red Mirror. It has to be found at any cost."

Asked to describe the band's guiding principles for the creation of this new release, Blind Guardian guitarist André Olbrich shares: "We want to surprise and impress with our music. Nowadays, music tends to be arbitrary and predictable. But we want to keep developing our music."

Opening with a tidal wave of surging emotion courtesy of a spine-tingling choir Beyond The Red Mirror unleashes its first gem, The Ninth Wave, a consciousness-expanding palette of landscapes and moods bearing the message of an urgent mission still seeking resolution. Closing with an explosion of heroic harmonies and choral glories with a nine-and-a-half minute, self-contained saga Grand Parade (called "the best song we have ever written" by Olbrich), the grandiose, uplifting, and ingenious storytelling in Beyond The Red Mirror is guaranteed to leave you breathless.

Come 2015, you will soon experience why Blind Guardian are so influential in their genre and without equal in the pantheon of heavy metal music.

It will be released on January 30, 2015 and will be edited in 14 versions which are:

  • CD
  • CD digipack
  • 2 LP
  • 2 LP picture
  • 2 LP red
  • 2 LP yellow
  • 2 LP blue
  • 2 LP green
  • 2 LP white
  • 2 LP orange
  • 2 LP silver
  • 2 LP splatter
  • Earbook
  • Deluxe Earbook

I remind you the tracklist:

  1. The Ninth Wave
  2. Twilight Of The Gods
  3. Prophecies
  4. At The Edge Of Time
  5. Ashes Of Eternity
  6. Distant Memories (Bonus track on limited edition digi-pack version)
  7. The Holy Grail
  8. The Throne
  9. Sacred Mind
  10. Miracle Machine
  11. Grand Parade
  12. Doom (Bonus track on EarBook version)

A gallery of promotional pictures for Beyond The Red Mirror just been added to the photo gallery of en.Blind-Guardian.fr: Promotional pictures for Beyond The Red Mirror.

Remember Twilight Of The Gods will be released this Friday December 5th! The group also promised a surprise via its Facebook page that day, don't hesitate to stay connected, the information will be relayed here as soon as possible!

A date is also added to the 2015 European tour with Belarus for June 11th.

Blind Guardian AMA
Blind Guardian AMA

Hansi Kürsch and André Olbrich will be answering your questions at Reddit Music on Thursday, February 5th!

The AMA will be on Thursday, February 5th 8PM CET.

An account on Reddit is required for asking questions, the Q/A will be in English.

Blind Guardian will also be doing two signings session for their new album Beyond The Red Mirror at Saturn Düsseldorf and Hamburg

Saturn Düsseldorf - January 30 at 6PM CET, address: Königsallee 56, 40212 Düsseldorf.

Saturn Hamburg - February 4 at 6PM CET, address: Mönckebergstraße 1, 20095 Hamburg.

Beyond The Red Mirror is out NOW in Europe! Hopefully you have your copy already. Here is trailer #7 with André and Hansi guiding you through the album. Enjoy!

For those who want to meet and greet the band in person, there will be three dates to check: Vocalist Hansi Kürsch and guitarist Marcus Siepen will be around for the signing session at the Saturn stores in Düsseldorf and Cologne and guitarist André Olbrich will join in Hansi and Marcus for the third session at Saturn Hamburg.

Saturn Düsseldorf - January 30 at 6PM CET, address: Königsallee 56, 40212 Düsseldorf.

Saturn Köln Hansaring - February 03 at 18 CET, address: Maybachstraße 115, 50670 Köln

Saturn Hamburg - February 4 at 6PM CET, address: Mönckebergstraße 1, 20095 Hamburg.

Red Mirror Merlot


On February 02nd, 2015

Red Mirror Merlot
Red Mirror Merlot

Remember, in 2012, Blind Guardian has released their own wine: the Blind Guardian Syrah.

Today, the group changed its grape variety and the Merlot is used for the Red Mirror Merlot 2012.

Well known to fans of great wines, especially the Saint-Emilion, Merlot is a grape variety recognized as such since the 18th century.

Huge fan of red wine, Hansi says "we are all passionate red-wine drinkers, and the Red Mirror Merlot has a fantastic taste".

You need to live in Germany to order a bottle of 70cl for 16€ on the Nuclear Blast website.

The Red Mirror Merlot is scheduled for February the 6th.

Beyond The Red Mirror #1 on iTunes!


On February 04th, 2015

Beyond The Red Mirror on iTunes
Beyond The Red Mirror on iTunes

Less than one week after it official release in Europ and the day after the world release, Beyond The Red Mirror goes up to the top of metal albums on iTunes!

We need to wait some days to have more charts for the europe and the world but we can think the sales of Beyond The Red Mirror will be very good!

For more details of the album you can check the dedicated page on our website. The lyrics will following very soon!

Don't forget, you can ask your questions to Hansi and André on Reddit, on February 5th at 8PM CET.