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Today Hansi has posted a lengthy news about the new album on the official website! Here is what he says:

Some important words right at the beginning: A small step for mankind, but a gigantic one for me. "It is finished" as people with a more pathetic attitude probably would say. For the first time in my long life I finally managed to complete a computer game!!! I have to admit that I more or less only assisted my son throughout the whole journey and all in all was of little help, but that's of minor importance I have to say. Brave and courageous I stood by his side throughout the whole quest. Such complexity, such passion, such grandeur and beauty all in one story... What an overwhelming feeling, after all. Why didn't anyone tell me before? Yes, André and Marcus tried to convince me here and there, but they should have tried harder!!! Very soon they will taste my revenge, I tell you. I am intending to play "Guitar Hero" next and once I am better than Marcus and André (shouldn't take too long) ... they are history. The game which got me hooked? "Rabbids Go Home" of course. Who needs "WOW"?

For those who are not interested in computer games (even though I doubt the existence of such silly people) I also would like to tell you what is going in the Guardian camp. We are progressing quickly! Even I, who is always last in line, can sense the end of the recording session is close at hand. Maybe another four weeks and we should be done with all recordings.

Apart from some minor guitar, bass, percussion, flutes and effect parts the time mainly will be used for vocals. I have to sing two more songs, which would be "Curse my Name" and "Song 12". As some of you figured already this hardly will be the title of the song once vocals are finished, even though we have had a live album, which carries the provoking title "Live"...

Back to "Song 12". After counting all songs (and I did that again and again) I finally figured we only have worked on eleven in total. Don't blame me, blame André. He has called it "Song 12". What can I do? Well, I do have two choices. I either call it "Song 11" from today on or I keep it as it is. To create no further confusion I call it the "Eleventh song which is called Song 12" for now. It is another nice one, to say that much.

To finish the "still- to-do-list": We will end up recordings with some gigantic choir sessions, which will take some time to be completed. :-) Anyway, the stuff so far turned out even better than expected. Keep in mind it is me saying that and I partly have been involved. By now I assume it is no secret anymore that we twice have traveled to Prague during the last months for orchestral recordings. What can I say? It sounds brilliant. We have heavily used orchestration in "Sacred" (yes, the song will be on the album in an even longer and certainly better version) and naturally for "Wheel of Time" as well as in some other parts on the album. As probably said before, this will be our most bombastic and epic album so far. Whether there will be 8 or 9 songs on the album I do not know, by now. But each and every song has a completely different approach in comparison to each other and one compliments the other in a perfect way. Except probably for "Song 5" and "Song 10". Or was it "Song 10" and "Song 8"? I can't remember. So it won't matter, right? September you will know what I mean. :-) We may show mercy and provide you with some small samples, before. If I don't forget. What was I talking about?

As you may have noticed we have finally started to establish our Facebook profile. For us it is the easiest way to provide you with current information in a constant mode. The page is now run by our webmasters who do have the privilege to get some first hand information directly from the studio while accompanying us or directly communicating with us via Skype (yes, I do know this modern tool, too). For us it is really impressive to see how many people have joined us within such a short amount of time. Thanks for supporting us.

We, of course, still check the forum to see what is going on there. As there were many questions about where and when we play which country on the next upcoming world tour I can only say this much: The announced shows will only be the beginning of an extensive tour marathon. Our intention for sure will be to play all continents, again. I am very positive about a Northern American tour in late 2010. But nothing is yet confirmed. As usual you will find all necessary information with regard to tour dates once they are confirmed on the homepage. As for our friends in these European countries where no shows are announced for 2010: Patience is a virtue! Do not worry we will come by in 2011. That's for sure. We of course will do everything possible to visit our friends in Asia, South America , Australia and Africa sometime in 2011 as well. But unfortunately you will have to wait for announcements a little longer, I suppose. It's just a matter of time, I promise. As for the set list and the general live production I can promise this much: we will perform a lot of stuff from the new album and we are working on some very spectacular visual effects. To be more precise: We have people working on visual effects. :-)

Album title and album cover? We worry when we get there...

That's it from my side. Next infos will be provided by André.....just joking.

Hansi

Oh, by the way, did I say "A Happy New Year"? It's not too late, now, is it? "A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU"

In addition, the band will be hosting a meeting and a listening today for people of Nuclear Blast


One week ago, the titles of some songs from the upcoming album are starting to be unveiled (Some songs of the forthcoming album are unveiled!), it's the turn of the orchestral project to begin to reveal its secrets!

The first song that Hansi and Charlie work has therefore the provoking title of Moria! Obviously the list of songs to be unveiled will be updated here so you don't miss anything about this.

For memory, the project will not be release until 2012, it goes without saying that we have much time before we had more concrete news!


Last year Hans was invited to celebrate the twenty-five years anniversary of Rage at Wacken Open Air (Hansi with Rage at Wacken Open Air), this year it's the turn of Grave Digger to celebrate his thirtieth years on the same festival. For the occasion, the German heavy metal band will play their album Tunes Of War entirely. Hansi who has participated to this album, will be invited by the group for play with them on stage.

It will not the only guest, Doro Pesch and Van Canto are also part of the guests!

On the news for the future album of Blind Guardian, I remind you that the news which listing the songs that will probably appear on it is regularly updated, so feel free to follow the site ;)


The group had announced few days ago, a trailer for the next album would be released early this week. Here it's finally online, so it's three minutes of recording of the future album of Blind Guardian due out in September that we can discover in this video which contains excerpts from A Voice In The Dark (intro/outro) and Wheel Of Time (demo versions):

I remind you that the news which listing the songs that will probably appear on it is regularly updated, so feel free to follow the site ;)

Concerning the world tour, the tickets for Göteborg and London are avaible; check the topic on the forum for the rest of the entire tour.


The Sacred Worlds And Songs Divine Tour, here is how to call the tour 2010 / 2011 of Blind Guardian!

The Sacred Worlds And Songs Divine Tour

Now, does the album title is The Sacred Worlds And Songs Divine? We don't know yet but this way to say is too easy for the group (just see some updates on their Facebook status for understand they aren't doing in the simplicity) so, we can wait some few surprises!


It was confirmed today, A Voice In The Dark will be the first single of the upcoming album and it comes out next June 25 via Nuclear Blast!

The cover is unknown but we know the tracklist of it, it will contain two unreleased songs and:

  1. A Voice In The Dark
  2. War Of The Thrones
  3. You're The Voice (a cover of John Farnham)

You can pre-order it on the webshop of Nuclear Blast: A Voice In The Dark


Blind Guardian has recently made profiles on Facebook and Twitter to post daily news on their progress on the upcoming album (you can also follow the latest Facebook messages on the right column, to insert "Live from Twilight Hall Studios")and it's good for us because we must admit that the official site isn't updated frequently. And now a high-quality news for fans that we are has been posted because it contains two new song titles!

We'll list here all the titles that will be announced and the news will be updated whenever necessary! Here are the titles:

  • Sacred (a longer version, that's Hansi says)
  • Curse My Name
  • Wheel Of Time
  • Cry For Tanelorn (Into The Void)
  • Valcyries
  • A Voice In The Dark
  • War Of The Thrones
  • Control The Divine
  • Ride Into Obsession
  • The Road Of No Release (Pale Reign Of Misery)
  • You're The Voice, a cover of John Farnham

Another new for the orchestral project this time, it will not be completed until 2012 at least! Three songs are finished yet and Hansi says they are awesome.

Update on march 31st, 2010


A month ago, the first trailer from the upcoming album of Blind Guardian was posted on their YouTube page (The Sacred Wheel Of Time Cannot Erase The Medieval Song - First part) and we could listen two short extracts from A Voice In The Dark which will be the first single from the new album (A Voice In The Dark is the next single) and Wheel Of Time. We could also see the work of Frederik on drums.

Today, with the second part of this series, The Sacred Wheel Of Time Cannot Erase The Medieval Song, we can have an overview of the work of Marcus and again some extracts of A Voice In The Dark (intro/outro) and Wheel Of Time.


The German metal band Van Canto who is familiar with Blind Guardian since some years since it had resumed "The Bard's Song (In The Forest)" and Hansi had also participated in the album on which it appears, album recorded at Twilight Hall Studios, will perform several dates with the group in Germany:

  • october 1st 2010 in Ludwigsburg
  • october 2nd 2010 in Trier
  • october 3rd 2010 in Langen
  • october 8th 2010 in Bamberg
  • october 9th 2010 in Düsseldorf
  • october 10th 2010 in Munich
  • october 20th 2010 in Berlin
  • october 21st 2010 in Osnabrück

The running order on these nights (from first to last) is then: Steelwing, Enforcer, Van Canto and Blind Guardian.



Today and exclusively on en.Blind-Guardian.fr we offer you an extract of A Voice In The Dark, the first single to be released June 25, 2010 via Nuclear Blast.

Furthermore, the name of the next album will be released Monday morning probably on facebook group page: Facebook of Blind Guardian, and the site, meanwhile, will be updated in early afternoon if the listing has already been made.

But without further ado, here is the excerpt from the song of the single:


At The Edge Of Time

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On May 10th, 2010

At The Edge Of Time, this will be the name of the upcoming album of Blind Guardian which is planned to be released on September 4th, 2010 by Nuclear Blast.

The order of the complete tracklist of the album is still unknown but you can still see the songs on the news list them all: Some songs of the forthcoming album are unveiled!

And finally, I remind you that you can hear an excerpt of A Voice In The Dark on our site and it's exclusive to en.Blind-Guardian.fr!


After the first and second part of their studio documentary series called The Sacred Wheel Of Time Cannot Erase The Medieval Song, here is the third part of it with lot of musicians invited by the band in the front of the stage.

And for this special teaser, we have some extracts of A Voice In The Dark, Wheel Of Time, Curse My Name and Road Of No Release.

Discussions grow up everywhere on the net about this, so it became necessary to explain: the similarities between the cover of A Voice In The Dark (you can see it in one of the previous news: A Voice In The Dark single details) and the cover of the last album of Rhapsody Of Fire, The Frozen Tears Of Angels, (you can see it on the dedicated subject to the band in the forum: Rhapsody Of Fire) are due to the fact that this is the same artist for each of the two: a Colombian named Felipe Machado (his site speaks for itself elsewhere: Felipe Machado). It was he also who made the flyer for the tour The Sacred Worlds And Songs Divine Tour.


The final tracklist of At The Edge Of Time has been unveiled just few minutes ago by the group!

So here its entirety and the final order:

  1. Sacred Worlds (9:17)
  2. Tanelorn (5:58)
  3. Road Of No Release (6:30)
  4. Ride Into Obsession (4:46)
  5. Curse My Name (5:52)
  6. Valkyries (6:38)
  7. Control The Divine (5:26)
  8. War Of The Thrones (Piano) (4:55)
  9. A Voice In The Dark (Extract) (5:41)
  10. Wheel Of Time (8:55)

Here are the 10 songs that compose the new album of Blind Guardian for a total of 63 minutes and 58 seconds and whose cover is still unknown yet. Note that the longest song that will be Sacred Worlds with 9 minutes and some seconds.

You can pre-order it on the webshop of Nuclear Blast and the big surprise is the date of release, it was changed fort july 30th, 2010: At The Edge Of Time.


Cover of At The Edge Of Time!

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On May 18th, 2010

And here is what we needed to have all information about At The Edge Of Time, the cover:

At The Edge Of Time
At The Edge Of Time

I remind you the tracklist of this album which will be released next the July 30th, via Nuclear Blast:

  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 (Piano)
  9. A Voice In The Dark (Extract)
  10. Wheel Of Time

The digipack version and the limited version will includes a bonus CD with:

  1. Sacred Worlds (Extended "Sacred" Version)
  2. Wheel Of Time (Orchestral Version)
  3. You're The Voice (Radio Edit)
  4. Tanelorn (Into The Void) (Demo Version)
  5. Curse My Name (Demo Version)
  6. A Voice In The Dark (Demo Version)
  • Sacred (Video Clip)
  • Studio documentary

You can pre-order it on the webshop of Nuclear Blast: At The Edge Of Time.