Blind Guardian

Blind Guardian
Event on 2016-09-19 19:00:00
with Grave Digger
Even before the dawn of our space age, humanity had the audacity to conceive of ourselves as a life form not bound to the planet that birthed us. More than anything, leaving terrafirma required all of our amassed knowledge, talent, and imagination. Such is the case with BLIND GUARDIAN, a band from Krefeld, Germany that refuses to be bound to the genre ofmusic that spawned them and whose accumulated knowledge, talent, and imagination havecreated portals into senses beyond the five we experience in common, ordinary life.With that background established, prepare yourself for a trip that will overwhelm all yourknown senses and reveal something truly extraordinary.Greatly inspired by life experience, world myths, legends, and their own fervent creativity,metals most epic storytellers BLIND GUARDIAN continually aspire to define themselves on awhole new level. With their highlyanticipated, orchestral tenth studio album Beyond TheRed Mirror, they have successfully captured the scope of their essence with unprecedentedaccuracy.By far, the most important fact about the new album is this: there are no compromises. Notone.This is not a typical soundtrack or musical or rock opera. It is, simply, typical BLINDGUARDIAN. Set for release in early 2015, Beyond The Red Mirror has raised the bar onthe gold standard trajectory the band had set themselves on when they first formed.Contemplating the bands extremely successful thirtyyear career when asked to describe the bands guiding principles for the creation of this new release, BLIND GUARDIAN guitarist Andr 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. Thisstrategy has been followed to the letter and there will be nothing comparable to thisanywhere in the panorama of music until BLIND GUARDIAN decides to record again.Its been over fourandahalf years since the release of 2010s worldrenowned At TheEdge Of Time album (which debuted at #2 on the German album charts and at #1 on theAmerican Billboard Heatseekers chart & #108 on the American Billboard Top 200 Albumschart). In October of 2012, the band settled into Twilight Hall Studios in Grefrath, Germanywith producer Charlie Bauerfeind (SAXON, HAMMERFALL, HELLOWEEN) to begin recordingBeyond The Red Mirror. For the next two years, the band worked relentlessly at infusingtheir inimitable, emotionrich music with classical orchestrations within and throughout.Seeing how orchestra songs come alive is a very special and intense moment for us,confesses BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist & lyricist Hansi Krsch. Thanks to Sacred Worlds andWheel Of Time [from 2010s At The Edge Of Time album], I can say that we have learneda lot about scoring, recording, and mixing when it comes to such music. You will notice agreat improvement when you listen to the final result of this adventurous trip we havestarted so long ago.Working with three different classical choirs one from Prague (the Czech Republic), onefrom Budapest (Hungary), and one from Boston (United States) plus two grand orchestrasfeaturing 90 musicians each, the brilliant, cumulative talents captured on Beyond The RedMirror have generated absolutely spellbinding results that at key moments mimic thefeeling of flying, making this new album everything BLIND GUARDIAN fans have been hopingfor.Gracing the cover and pages of this musical masterpiece is artwork by longtime collaboratorFelipe Machado. I have never worked with an artist who is so much into things and who isso quick on the uptake at the same time, Hansi reveals. He truly is a magician. Whenever Ithrow in a few mumbling words, he comes back with art. It is amazing.These ten new tracks will transport the listeners via a mysteriously powerful red mirror into an otherworldly dimension that includes tyrants, gods, and the Holy Grail. And its nocoincidence that Beyond The Red Mirror bears strong lyrical ties to 1995s ImaginationsFrom The Other Side, for we are reunited with the young protagonist we first met twentyyears ago in the songs Bright Eyes and And The Story Ends who stood before a magicdoor, unsure whether to make the leap into a new, unknown world or to stay in hisown. Now an adult, the impact of this important moment in the protagonists life is the launching point for the entire album.Opening with a surging tidal wave of emotion created by a spinetingling choir and a full orchestra is Beyond The Red Mirrors first gem, the nineandahalf minute Ninth Wave a consciousnessexpanding palette of landscapes and moods bearing the message of an urgent mission still desperately searching for a resolution. A story between science fiction and fantasy, explains Hansi. The story begins with our1995 album, Imaginations From The Other Side. The two worlds described therein havechanged dramatically for the worse since then. While there used to be several passagesbetween the worlds, there is only one gate left now: The Red Mirror. It has to be found at anycost.An endeavour demanding that attention be paid to the lyrics as much as to the music, whatfollows is a desperate search for truth, an exploration of the relativities of good and evil, theconsequences of lost opportunities, a glimpse into a distant universes dystopian society, aprophecy, a promise of revolution, a plot for revenge, and a miracle machine with powers farbeyond what mere mortals could have dreamed possible.Closing with an explosion of heroic harmonies & choral glories with a second nineandahalfminute, selfcontained saga named Grand Parade (cited as the best song we have everwritten by Olbrich), BLIND GUARDIANs grandiose, uplifting, and ingenious storytelling isguaranteed to leave you breathless.With Beyond The Red Mirror, you will experience why BLIND GUARDIAN is so undeniablyinfluential and absolutely without equal in the pantheon of heavy metal music.

at London Music Hall
185 Queens Street
London, Canada

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