The most ambitious project of metal history of BLIND GUARDIAN just came out: “Legacy Of The Dark Lands”! 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.
Today, the band release the last out of five album trailers, about Hansi revealing more details about the castle recordings.
Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/32lJ5M-ESOU
Hansi states: “There’s no doubt about it, we are geeks. For those of you who still question it, even after the release of „Legacy of the Dark Lands“, you can find the ultimate proof in this video clip. To me it’s always great fun returning to the origins of my childhood. Burg Linn is definitely worth a visit. check it out.”
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More on »Legacy Of The Dark Lands«:
‘Point Of No Return’ (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIP3tbE-gXA
‘War Feeds War’ (OFFICIAL VIDEO): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bZjrn6IhOw
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.
Trailer #3: https://youtu.be/FNtYn_wWsYc
Trailer #4: https://youtu.be/KqbjNhr7RKs
»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,”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 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.