Promising to be one of the most ambitious projects in metal history, BLIND GUARDIAN‘s upcoming release will be well worth the wait. The idea of recording an orchestral album originally formed in the minds of the two leading lights of the BLIND GUARDIAN universe – guitarist André Olbrich and singer Hansi Kürsch – during the 1990’s when BLIND GUARDIAN started to use orchestral elements to enhance their opulent sound. The monumental project started to take shape over recent years, and mirroring its epic sound cascades, the lyrical concept was developed. To create the concept, André and Hansi worked alongside German bestselling author Markus Heitz, whose latest novel »Die dunklen Lande« was released on March 1st, 2019. The book is set in 1629 and contains the prequel to BLIND GUARDIAN TWILIGHT ORCHESTRA‘s opus »Legacy Of The Dark Lands,« which will be out on November 8th, 2019.
Today the band unleash their 7″ vinyl single titled »This Storm«, which can be ordered in various colours (clear, gold, red/black splattered) here.
Also watch the new lyric video for ‘This Storm’, here:
»This Storm« 7″ Vinyl Single – Track Listing:
Side A: This Storm
Side B: This Storm (Instrumental)
Hansi states, “A storm will come and it will change us all. So here it is our first good old fashioned 7inch release for „Legacy of the Dark Lands“. ‘This Storm’ for sure will take no prisoners and it won’t calm down until all secrets of the Dark Lands will be revealed on November 8. Back in 1997 we started the adventure of soundtrack composing with this piece of music. The arrangement and the melodies have not been changed ever since. With this tune you will get the chance to listen to the pure origin of this exciting project. To us ‘This Storm’ has always delivered a very strong metal approach into the classical soundtrack world and it certainly has changed our perspective on music. Enjoy the song and its epic lyric video. I may repeat myself here: Be prepared, for there is so much more to come. This is just the beginning.”
Pre-order »Legacy Of The Dark Lands« here:
Pre-order digitally to receive ‘Point Of No Return’ instantly (via amazon and iTunesonly!) or pre-save the album now via Spotify, Apple Music & Deezer:
Listen to ‘Point Of No Return’ in the NB New Releases Playlists:
http://nblast.de/SpotifyNewReleases / http://nblast.de/AppleMusicNewReleases
More on »Legacy Of The Dark Lands«:
‘Point Of No Return’ (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIP3tbE-gXA
Teaser Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW8zzTlp03I
Trailer #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5381LBJmI8
Trailer #2: https://youtu.be/OUqLsIQWABU – filmed by Dirk Behlau.
»Legacy Of The Dark Lands« – Track Listing:
01. 1618 Ouverture
02. The Gathering
03. War Feeds War
04. Comets And Prophecies
05. Dark Cloud’s Rising
06. The Ritual
07. In The Underworld
08. A Secret Society
09. The Great Ordeal
11. In The Red Dwarf’s Tower
12. Into The Battle
14. Between The Realms
15. Point Of No Return
16. The White Horseman
18. Trial And Coronation
19. Harvester Of Souls
20. Conquest Is Over
21. This Storm
22. The Great Assault
23. Beyond The Wall
24. A New Beginning
“It’s incredible, that after 20 years we can actually finish this really exciting project. I am so happy and more than satisfied with it. Every single track unveils spectacular worlds and tells its very own story. With this album our biggest creative dream finally becomes reality,“ says frontman/singer Hansi Kürsch whose favourite author was equally excited about the collaboration: “It’s really crazy: As pen & paper role-players we used to listen to BLIND GUARDIAN whilst playing. And years later I get to work together with the band, which was incredible. It’s amazing, the things that can happen sometimes,” Markus Heitz remembers. “Of course, I immediately agreed to join! This creative collaboration is very special for me.”
The two protagonists have actively cultivated their creative exchange over the last five years. “Markus is a great story teller; with »Die dunklen Lande« he created the perfect setting and with the mysterious Nicolas, the perfect character for our complex works. His inventiveness seems to be almost infinite. Absolutely impressive and very inspiring,” praises Hansi Kürsch regarding the fruitful cooperation with the highly renowned fantasy author.
Both sides tell in their own way the story of the mercenary Nicolas and his involvement in the Thirty Years’ War. Author Markus Heitz starts the story off in his book and BLIND GUARDIAN follow suit with »Legacy Of The Dark Lands.« What is the secret surrounding Nicolas? Will he be able to cast off the chains of war and how will his loved ones fare? On »Legacy Of The Dark Lands« via BLIND GUARDIAN TWILIGHT ORCHESTRA, André Olbrich and Hansi Kürsch fulfill their long-time wish of emphasizing imposing choral singing and classical orchestral arrangements. It promises to be an opus unlike any other that the German quartet has ever released, or rather: an opus, as has never been heard ever before.