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Blind Guardian is a power metal band started in the mid-1980s in Krefeld, Germany. Before calling themselves Blind Guardian, the band released two demos under the name Lucifer's Heritage in 1986 and 1987.
Blind Guardian's popularity has continued to grow from an initial following in Europe and Japan to one of the most well-known power metal bands in the world. The single for "And Then There Was Silence", for instance, reached #1 in Spain and #7 in Canada, despite its fourteen-minute length. Blind Guardian's latest album is entitled A Twist in the Myth.
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Blind Guardian's first two albums, Battalions of Fear and Follow the Blind, were much more in the style of speed metal than their following works. Beginning with their third album, Tales from the Twilight World, Blind Guardian gradually turned to a more sophisticated sound, including vast use of choirs and sometimes orchestral arrangements.
Blind Guardian's music is characterized by the classic fast guitars and double bass drumming of power metal, but is relatively unique in its use of overdubs to create an extremely dense, "epic" sound. This technique, especially notable in the guitar and vocal tracks, creates the impression of a vast army of musicians playing in unison and singing in harmony. Considering the already anthemic and singalong quality of Blind Guardian's choruses, it is unsurprising that the band's 2003 live album, Live, sounded much like their studio recordings. Although the overdubs of vocalist Hansi Kursch were lost, the live audience reproduced them faithfully and enthusiastically. On several occasions the audience has been known to sing along even to Andre Olbrich's guitar solos.
From the beginning, Blind Guardian have been inspired by the fictional worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien and other fantasy authors, like Michael Moorcock, as well as traditional legends and epics. Over the years, a running theme has developed associating the band members with traveling bards.