89.7 The River Presents:
with Grave Digger
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Even before the dawn of our space age, humanity had the audacity to conceive of ourselves as a life form not bound to the planet that birthed us. More than anything, leaving terra firma required all of our amassed knowledge, talent, and imagination. Such is the case with BLIND GUARDIAN, a band from Krefeld, Germany that refuses to be bound to the genre of music that spawned them and whose accumulated knowledge, talent, and imagination have created portals into senses beyond the five we experience in common, ordinary life.
With that background established, prepare yourself for a trip that will overwhelm all your known senses and reveal something truly extraordinary. Greatly inspired by life experience, world myths, legends, and their own fervent creativity, metal's most epic storytellers BLIND GUARDIAN continually aspire to define themselves on a whole new level. With their highly‐anticipated, orchestral tenth studio album >>Beyond The Red Mirror
By far, the most important fact about the new album is this: there are no compromises. Not one.
This is not a typical soundtrack or musical or rock opera. It is, simply, typical BLIND GUARDIAN. Set for release in early 2015, >>Beyond The Red Mirror
It's been over four‐and‐a‐half years since the release of 2010's world‐renowned >>At The Edge Of Time>Beyond The Red Mirror
"Seeing how orchestra songs come alive is a very special and intense moment for us," confesses BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist & lyricist Hansi Kürsch. "Thanks to 'Sacred Worlds" and 'Wheel Of Time' [from 2010's >>At The Edge Of Time
Working with three different classical choirs - one from Prague (the Czech Republic), one from Budapest (Hungary), and one from Boston (United States) - plus two grand orchestras featuring 90 musicians each, the brilliant, cumulative talents captured on >>Beyond The Red Mirror
Gracing the cover and pages of this musical masterpiece is artwork by long‐time collaborator Felipe Machado. "I have never worked with an artist who is so much into things and who is so quick on the uptake at the same time," Hansi reveals. "He truly is a magician. Whenever I throw in a few mumbling words, he comes back with art. It is amazing."
These ten new tracks will transport the listeners ‐ via a mysteriously powerful red mirror - into an otherworldly dimension that includes tyrants, gods, and the Holy Grail. And it's no coincidence that >>Beyond The Red Mirror
Opening with a surging tidal wave of emotion created by a spine‐tingling choir and a full orchestra is >>Beyond The Red Mirror
"A story between science fiction and fantasy," explains Hansi. "The story begins with our 1995 album, >>Imaginations From The Other Side
An endeavour demanding that attention be paid to the lyrics as much as to the music, what follows is a desperate search for truth, an exploration of the relativities of good and evil, the consequences of lost opportunities, a glimpse into a distant universe's dystopian society, a prophecy, a promise of revolution, a plot for revenge, and a miracle machine with powers far beyond what mere mortals could have dreamed possible.
Closing with an explosion of heroic harmonies & choral glories with a second nine‐and‐a‐half minute, self‐contained saga named 'Grand Parade' (cited as "the best song we have ever written" by Olbrich), BLIND GUARDIAN's grandiose, uplifting, and ingenious storytelling is guaranteed to leave you breathless.
With >>Beyond The Red Mirror