BLIND GUARDIAN TWILIGHT ORCHESTRA – “The Dark Lands” by Markus Heitz now available as E-Book

Behold! The Dark Lands are here!
To english reading fans, believe it or not: as an english ebook – hell, hell, hooray.
An adventuress, dark forces, gunpowder, steel and magic: Aenlin Kane is searching for the heritage of her father, Solomon Kane in The Dark Lands!

1629. The Thirty Years’ War with its conflicts shakes Europe and rages particularly mercilessly in Germany. The young adventuress Aenlin Kane travels to the neutral city of Hamburg to explore the legacy of her famous father, Solomon Kane. Together with her friend Tahmina, a Persian mystic, she is drawn into the turmoil of the war.
They accept a momentous mission from the West Indian Company: A motley crew is supposed to fight its way behind enemy lines to the Southern German town of Bamberg, where the stakes are already burning for most cruel witch trials – however, things take an unexpected turn. That cannot be a coincidence!
Aenlin and Tahmina know about the evil and the demons that walk the earth and use the turmoil of war to their advantage. Soon, it will be more than just another mission from the Company. For Nicolas, the leader of the troupe, has a dark secret – more about that in “Legacy Of The Dark Lands”!

On November 8th the matching album “Legacy Of The Dark Lands” from the band BLIND GUARDIAN and BLIND GUARDIAN AND THE TWILIGHT ORCHESTRA will be released via Nuclear Blast.
And now: Have much dark fun with the novel! 
And the album…

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.

Recently, the band unleashed 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)

Pre-order »Legacy Of The Dark Lands« here:
Pre-order digitally to receive ‘Point Of No Return’ and ‘This Storm’ instantly (via amazon and iTunes only!) or pre-save the album now via SpotifyApple Music & Deezer:
Listen to ‘Point Of No Return’ in the NB New Releases Playlists: /

»Legacy Of The Dark Lands« will be available in the following formats:

– 2CD Digipak
– 2LP Gatefold (different colours, picture)
– 3CD Earbook (album, instrumental, no interludes version)
– 4CD Earbook (album, instrumental, no interludes version, audiobook) *SOLD OUT*
– 5LP Box (album 2LP, instrumental 2LP, audiobook LP)

More on »Legacy Of The Dark Lands«:

‘Point Of No Return’ (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO):

Teaser Trailer:
Trailer #1:
Trailer #2:  – filmed by Dirk Behlau.
Trailer #3:
Trailer #4:

»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
10. Bez
11. In The Red Dwarf’s Tower
12. Into The Battle
13. Treason
14. Between The Realms
15. Point Of No Return
16. The White Horseman
17. Nephilim
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,”MarkusHeitz 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 GUARDIANTWILIGHT ORCHESTRAAndré 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.

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