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Metal Hammer contest!


On October 21st, 2010

The German magazine Metal Hammer and Blind Guardian are organizing a contest where you can win a number of October's Metal Hammer magazine and CD Sacred Worlds & Live In Wacken.

Blind Guardian CD for Metal Hammer October 2010 Metal Hammer
  1. Sacred Worlds (Metal Hammer edit)
  2. War Of Wrath (Live @ Wacken 2007 - Metal Hammer edit)
  3. Into The Storm (Live @ Wacken 2007 - Metal Hammer edit)
  4. Born In A Mourning Hall (Live @ Wacken 2007 - Metal Hammer edit)
  5. Nightfall (Live @ Wacken 2007 - Metal Hammer edit)
  6. Fly (Live @ Wacken 2007 - Metal Hammer edit)
  7. Valhalla (Live @ Wacken 2007 - Metal Hammer edit)
  8. The Bard's Song (In The Forest) (Live @ Wacken 2007 - Metal Hammer edit)
  9. Mirror Mirror (Live @ Wacken 2007 - Metal Hammer edit)

To enter this contest simply fill out 3 conditions:

  • Have a mailing address in Europe.
  • Email contest@blind-guardian.com with your name and complete address.
  • Return all before October 31, 2010.

Twenty lucky winners will be drawn randomly from all entries. Winners will be notified via e-mail and/or announced on the official website. Good luck!

Little news to share, the group received a Metal Skull Award by the people of Wacken Open Air after their concert in Hamburg on 6 October.

And for those interested, you can see on the official site a few photos of the winners of the Meet & Greet contest.

André as you've never seen!


On October 23rd, 2010

In addition to be the talented lead guitarist of Blind Guardian, Olbrich André has also enjoyed success as a child in the 70s. Indeed, his mother being a photographer, she took pictures of him that have served for a fashion catalog for kids!


Born into a family of artists, Andrew has quickly had a passion for hard work: "From my mother I inherited the inexhaustible energy to be creative. And my father gave me the musicality in the cradle." confides André.

Imagine a luxurious cruise to the Caribbean on a boat of dream with ... 2 000 metalheads!

You dreamed? 70 000 Tons Of Metal has done! 4 days of sound on a turquoise ocean with 40 bands to delight your eyes and especially your ears.

And that I think that is a first for Blind Guardian to participate in such an event! Our Bards will sail on the ocean the next 24 to 28 January on a luxury liner.

The price for such an event is the weak point, I'll let you judge for yourself on the official site for this extraordinary festival: 70 000 Tons Of Metal.

Who says new tour said necessarily new bootlegs that start to bloom everywhere on the net, for those who do not know what it is, I recall that the bootlegs are mostly unofficial live recordings made by fans and the sound quality is less good than a live.

We update our section with bootlegs of The Sacred Songs And Divine Worlds Tour and it's here that you can access: Bootlegs of The Sacred Songs And Divine Worlds Tour.

New bootlegs will be added as and when they arise so feel free to visit the page regularly!

We remind you that they are not propers albums and their audio quality could be very random. We certainly don't encourage you to buy them.

Some news of Blind Guardian ...


On December 14th, 2010

The band is on tour, nothing really exciting is revealed at this time; Facebook's addicts can track their dates in real time via the group page but otherwise it's dead calm!

However, various interviews are given here and there and we'll relay them here even though there is nothing really new in these:

Hansi interviewed by Metal Assault:

Hansi interviewed by Metal Warzone:

Frederik interviewed by X-Plosive Metal

Regarding the site, the videography has been finally updated with information about A Voice In The Dark.

Hansi will appears on the upcoming DVD of Grave Digger, "The Clans Are Still Marching", and more specifically the song Rebellion. Remember, he was invited this summer to participate in their thirty years on stage at the Wacken Open Air (Hansi in guest-star of Grave Digger at Wacken Open Air!).

The concert has been filmed and will be released on DVD March 7, 2011. So here's the cover and the tracklist:

The Clans Are Still Marching
The Clans Are Still Marching
  1. Intro: Scotland The Brave (feat. Bauluy Muluy Pipes & Drums Band)
  2. Scotland United
  3. The Dark Of The Sun
  4. William Wallace (Braveheart)
  5. The Bruce
  6. The Battle Of Flodden
  7. The Ballad Of Mary (feat. Doro)
  8. The Truth
  9. Cry For Freedom
  10. Killing Time
  11. Rebellion (feat. Hansi Kürsch)
  12. Culloden Muir
  13. Ballad Of A Hangman
  14. Excalibur
  15. Heavy Metal Breakdown

And if you want a glimpse of the performance of the group and its guests, you can view the video posted on the site this summer.

Merry X-Mas to all of you dear Bards!


On December 24th, 2010

Santa Guardian and his band of dark elves would like to wish you a Merry X-mas!

Santa Guardian

Holidays are also arrived for Blind Guardian, the U.S. tour ended on December 22, our dear friends have gone home to enjoy the holiday season with their family for come back in better shape in January!

The clip of A Voice In The Dark, last single by Blind Guardian from the album At The Edge Of Time, will appears on the compilation "Nuclear Blast Clips - Vol. 1" to be released on January 28, 2011! On this DVD (or Blu-Ray) you will find 42 clips for more than 3 hours of metal! You'll also find bands like Accept, Soilwork, Scar Symmetry, Rhapsody Of Fire, etc. ...

Here is the tracklist and the cover of this compilation:

Nuclear Blast Clips - Vol. 1
Nuclear Blast Clips Vol.1
  1. Accept - Teutonic Terror
  2. Sabaton - Uprising
  3. Blind Guardian - A Voice In The Dark
  4. Dimmu Borgir - Dimmu Borgir
  5. Immortal - All Shall Fall
  6. Death Angel - Truce
  7. Avantasia - Dying For An Angel
  8. Sonic Syndicate - Turn It Up
  9. Filter - The Inevitable Relapse
  10. Soilwork - Deliverance Is Mine
  11. Exodus - Downfall
  12. Kataklysm - Push The Venom
  13. Overkill - Bring Me The Night
  14. Eluveitie - Thousandfold
  15. Equilibrium - Der Ewige Sieg
  16. Ex Deo - The Final War
  17. Suicidal Angels - Beyond The Laws Of Church
  18. Arsis - Forced To Rock
  19. Mnemic - Diesel Uterus
  20. Tarot - I Walk Forever
  21. Indica - Islands Of Light
  22. Callejon - Sommer, Liebe, Kokain
  23. Scar Symmetry - The Iconoclast
  24. Filter - No Love
  25. All Ends - Generation Disgrace
  26. Rhapsody Of Fire - Sea Of Fate
  27. Decrepit Birth - The Resonance
  28. Suffocation - Cataclysmic Purification
  29. Nile - Permitting The Noble Dead To Descend To The Underworld
  30. Behemoth - Alas, Lord Is Upon Me (censored)

Bonus clips:

  1. Dimmu Borgir - Gateways
  2. Sonic Syndicate - My Own Life
  3. Sonic Syndicate - Revolution, Baby
  4. Nightwish - The Islander
  5. Behemoth - Ov Fire And The Void (censored)

Bonus live clips

  1. Exodus - Children Of A Worthless God (live)
  2. Meshuggah - Straws Pulled At Random (live)
  3. Amorphis - The Castaway (live)
  4. Behemoth - Ov Fire And The Void (live)
  5. Doro - Rock You Like A Hurricane (live)
  6. Candlemass - The Bleeding Baroness (live)
  7. Immortal - Tyrants (live)

Feel free to pre-order this compilation on the shop of Nuclear Blast.

Blind-Guardian.fr presents to you and yours the best for 2011 :-)

Wishing you everything you could want for the new year but mainly full of Blind Guardian! We hope for many concerts during this year!

Again, Happy New Year 2011 to all of you dear bards!

The confirmations for the summer festivals are beginning and it's for the Metalcamp that Blind Guardian has confirmed its coming.

The group has already participated in 2009 (the pictures of the show) and it's 2 years later and still in Tolmin in Slovenia they come back for 2011.

The festival take place from July 11-16, 2011 and a score of groups in addition to our bards have already been confirmed! For more information, visit the official website of the festival and you can already pre-order your tickets if you wish.

Hansi will appears on the upcoming album of german power metallers Solar Fragment. For next April, "In Our Hands" will be the second album from this young band formed in 2004 and the song where Hansi, who "wanted to join the boys to add extra flavor to the voice of Robert Leger" will appears is called Inside The Circle.

For more information about the band, you can visit his official website: Solar Fragment.

The first dates of the South American tour have been announced! For the moment there are only two dates in Chile and Argentina, but others are to be confirmed soon!

Note that these dates are for the end of the summer festivals so others will surely be confirmed also for the months of July and August!

Find all the Sacred World And Divine Songs Tour dates on the tour page!

Istanbul date changed


On January 20th, 2011

The date of the gig in Istanbul has been changed from April 2nd, 2011 to May 4th, 2011. The venue remains the same. This show is 100% confirmed. The Guardians look forward to their return to Turkey in May.

Five more dates in South America will be announced on Tuesday. Keep an eye out for them.