Blind Guardian har siden midten av 90-tallet hatt en idé om et orkester-album, men det var ikke før i 2018 at albumet tok form og innspillingen begynte. Nå kan bandet endelig bekrefte at albumet kommer – og det i løpet av 2019.

Blind Guardian confirms release date of the long awaited orchestral album, Legacy Of The Dark Lands.

Blind Guardians orkester-album, Legacy Of The Dark Lands, er spådd å være et av de mest ambisiøse prosjektene innen sjangeren noensinne. Ideen bak albumet ble smidd på midten av 90-tallet av vokalist Hansi Kürsch og gitarist André Olbrich, når Blind Guardian begynte å bruke orkesterelementer i musikken.

The idea to record 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 1990s when Blind Guardian started to use orchestral elements to enhance their opulent sound.

Etter flere år med kun tanken, ble prosjektet stadig mer en realitet de siste årene, og i fjor sommer kunne Kürsch bekrefte at innspillingen var i gang. Tekstene og konseptet er utviklet i tett samarbeid med den tyske forfatteren Markus Heitz, som slipper sin nye bok Die Dunklen Lande i dag. Historien i boken er en forløper til historien i Legacy Of The Dark Lands.

In recent years the giant project started to take shape, and parallel to epic sound cascades, the lyrical concept was developed. For this, Blind Guardian was able to find support in German bestselling author Markus Heitz, whose new novel “Die Dunklen Lande” is being released today (March 1st). The book is set in 1629 and contains the prequel to Blind Guardian’s opus “Legacy Of The Dark Lands”

Hansi Kürsch sier at med dette albumet har den største kreative drømmen kommet i oppfyllelse:

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.

Kürsch favorittforfatter, Markus Heitz, er også en meget fornøyd mann:

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. Of course I immediately agreed to join! This creative collaboration is very special for me.

Samarbeidet mellom Kürsch og Heitz har faktisk pågått i fem år, og Hansi lovpriser samarbeidet:

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”

Begge tekstforfatterne forteller, på hver sin måte, om leiesoldaten Nicolas og hans involvering i Trettiårskrigen:

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.

Legacy Of The Dark Lands slippes 1. november, men forhåndsbestillingen begynner i juni.

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