After their triumphant return to stage with their Somewhere Far Beyond Tour this year, the breathtaking story of BLINDGUARDIAN‘s latest masterpiece The God Machine goes on. Today, the German metal legends have announced a string of tour dates for 2023, so they can present these new songs to their hungry audience, showing fans the likes of ‘Deliver Us From Evil’, leading them to the ‘Violent Shadows’ and introducing them to the ’Secrets of the American Gods’
Starting their journey on September 22nd in Saarbrücken, Germany, BLIND GUARDIAN will kick off for a run of spectacular shows in autumn and winter 2023.
Singer Hansi Kürsch states:
“We are so excited to announce these first shows for next year‘s „The God Machine Tour“. There is certainly more to come. Don’t miss pure magic when the Guardian comes to town. Or in the words of the one and only David Bowie: The God Machine is coming down and we’re gonna have a party! Who am I to deny it? It is about time.”
Tickets for Germany are now on sale, find first tour dates below:
22.09. DE Saarbrücken, Garage
23.09. DE Frankfurt, Batschkapp
28.09. DE Berlin, Huxleys
29.09. DE Stuttgart, Liederhalle Beethoven
30.09. DE Lichtenfels, Stadthalle
02.10. DE Cologne, E-Werk
03.10. IT Milan, Alcatraz
04.10. IT Rom, Atlantico
07.10. GR Athens, Floyd
13.10. DE Hamburg, Große Freiheit
14.10. DE Dresden, Alter Schlachthof
15.10. DE Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
16.10. DE Munich, Backstage
18.10. AT Vienna, Gasometer
20.10. DE Coesfeld, Fabrik
21.10. DE Osnabrück, Hyde Park
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.
Order the album here: http://nblast.de/BG-TheGodMachine
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.