Following the release of their highly acclaimed new album The God Machine and a successful club tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their groundbreaking masterpiece Somewhere Far Beyond, German metal legends BLIND GUARDIAN have another ace up their sleeve: Today, the band releases an artistic new video for the song ‘Life Beyond The Spheres’.
Playing with stunning visual effects and a retro-futuristic setting, the music video for ‘Life Beyond The Spheres’, taken from The God Machine is a remarkable eyecatcher that you can discover here:
Guitarist André Olbrich states about the song:
“I’m a big supporter of innovation, to bring the whole music genre forward to something else. Maybe even find a new something that wasn’t there before, I think with ‘Life Beyond the Spheres,’ I knew I wanted to go somewhere in the soundtrack direction. At that time, I was playing cyberpunk, so my inspiration was a little bit cyberpunkish. I tried to bring in a metal soundtrack in a cyberpunk direction, more spacey than we ever did before. Hansi grabbed that feeling and I think now we have a song we never did before, not even close to that kind of genre. I like that, that is a very innovative song, I’m proud of this too.”
Singer Hansi Kürsch adds:
“‘Life Beyond the Spheres’ leads us to spaces unknown and places where no man has gone before. It certainly delivers music that is not from this world. There is always hope. This is what the song means to me.”
The God Machine marks another pinnacle in BLIND GUARDIAN’s impressive discography by not attempting to pretend it is still the nineties yet instead successfully relying on the muscle memory of this period. It is a gripping, addictive and brilliantly arranged album in the tradition of records with which BLIND GUARDIAN reached for the stars in the 90’s; yet, by no means, is it a throwback. The God Machine represents the heart and soul of BLIND GUARDIAN’s timeless metal in the here and now, unifying the bards’ past, present and future secrets in one consistent, well thought out masterpiece.
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About BLIND GUARDIAN
In 1992, BLIND GUARDIAN released Somewhere Far Beyond, a legendary milestone of German speed metal. Three decades later, their latest offering, The God Machine, shows how to awaken the fury of youth to magical new life. As if they had paid a long overdue visit to the numerous highlights of their career, BLIND GUARDIAN appear to be in touch with the ghosts of their own past more than ever. “We’ve picked up a lot from our own history and built a new era upon this foundation,” vocalist Hansi Kürsch explains. This new era begins right now. Seven years after Beyond The Red Mirror and almost three after the orchestralopus Blind Guardian Twilight Orchestra: Legacy of the Dark Lands, Hansi Kürsch (vocals), André Olbrich (lead guitar, acoustic guitar, rhythm guitar), Marcus Siepen (rhythm guitar and acoustic guitar) and Frederik Ehmke (drums) invite you to their personal twilight of the gods. “After ‘Beyond The Red Mirror’ and ‘Legacy Of The Dark Lands’, we knew we couldn’t push the orchestral side of Blind Guardian any further,” Kürsch says. The new directive while creating The God Machine was fairly straight-forward but ever so welcome: “Less orchestration, more punch.” In 2022, the opulent arrangements and powerful choirs still exist; yet they are used in a much more selective, focussed and resonant manner.
This link is overtly present on the stunning, apocalyptic cover art by American fantasy icon Peter Mohrbacher, which teases a panopticon of fantastic tales and rather bleak prospects. “You have to look with a magnifying glass to find some hope on the album. But it’s there,” smiles Hansi Kürsch. “My lyrics have several levels. Some of them even I can only explore much later.” Perhaps The God Machine is his most personal album since Somewhere Far Beyond.