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[[caption-width-right:321: See? Just like the medieval bards.]]

%%Accept him as your spiritual liege. You know you want to.
Blind Guardian is a German Music/HeavyMetal band formed in 1987 (or in 1984 if you count its earlier incarnation, "Lucifer's Heritage"). Though their first few albums sounded a lot like Music/{{Helloween}} (Kai Hansen, Helloween's former guitarist, actually guested on them), they quickly developed their own style and have become one of the most influential power metal bands. The band members are fans of Music/{{Queen}}--one of their albums is actually called ''A Night at the Opera'' after [[Music/ANightAtTheOpera the Queen album]] ([[OlderThanTheyThink itself named for]] [[Film/ANightAtTheOpera a movie]])--and their sound is strongly influenced by Queen. Their vocalist uses doubletracking in similar ways as Freddie Mercury. They are known for their epic sound, bombastic choruses, and pseudo-medieval/Celtic ballads. Many of their songs are [[HeavyMithril based on fantasy and mythology]].

You may know them as the band that did [[DarthWiki/RobotUnicornAttack "Battlefield"]].

They now have an iPhone app devoted entirely to themselves.


Band Members:
* Hansi Kürsch - vocals, bass until 1996
* Andre Olbrich - lead guitar
* Marcus Siepen - rhythm guitar
* Frederik Ehmke - drums, percussion, flute, and bagpipes

Former Member:
* Thomas Stauch - drums/percussion until 2005

Albums:
* 1988 - Battalions of Fear
* 1989 - Follow the Blind
* 1990 - Tales from the Twilight World
* 1992 - Somewhere Far Beyond
* 1993 - Tokyo Tales (live)
* 1995 - Imaginations from the Other Side
* 1996 - The Forgotten Tales (covers and alternate versions of songs)
* 1998 - Nightfall in Middle-Earth
* 2002 - A Night at the Opera
* 2003 - [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Live (live)]]
* 2006 - A Twist in the Myth
* 2010 - At the Edge of Time
* 2012 - Memories of a Time to Come (compilation album)

Notable Blind Guardian songs include:
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIoqvSP6Uk0 Majesty]] (from ''Battalions of Fear'')
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwJYxxP_EzE Valhalla]] (from ''Follow the Blind'')
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNS79HE3ZE0 Lost in the Twilight Hall]] (from ''Tales from the Twilight World'')
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_tORtmKIjE The Bard's Song (In the Forest)]] (from ''Somewhere Far Beyond'')
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8Cxyd3VxbQ Imaginations from the Other Side]] (from ''[[TitleDrop Imaginations from the Other Side]]'')
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RBNFPebGoU Nightfall]] (from ''Nightfall in Middle-Earth'')
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CP4bzlLXDo Mirror Mirror]] (from ''Nightfall in Middle-Earth'')
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snwvpJ7DxyY And Then There Was Silence]] (from ''A Night at the Opera'')
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6oNE2lT8R4 Fly]] (from ''A Twist in the Myth'')
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv-Nn-yNpAQ Another Stranger Me]] (from ''A Twist in the Myth'')
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_ts8cPScXM Wheel of Time]] (from ''At the Edge of Time'')
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIZNb96EQJ8 Voice in the Dark]] (from ''At the Edge of Time'')
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50aHxGI2WkI Under the Ice]] (from "A Night at the Opera")

Hansi Kürsch also has a side project called DemonsAndWizards with IcedEarth's leader Jon Schaffer. He frequently guests on other speed/power/progressive metal bands' albums, including {{Ayreon}}'s 01011001, Music/GammaRay's "Land of the Free" and "[[PowerBallad Farewell]]", and Music/{{Edguy}}'s "Vain Glory Opera" and "Out Of Control".

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They provide examples of:
* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle: "The Quest For Tanelorn":
---> He tries to conQUER it...
* AmbiguousSyntax: A Blind Guardian is apparently someone who guards the blind, not a guardian who is blind.
* AndIMustScream: "Blood Tears."
** If you know your [[TheSilmarillion Silmarillion]], you know the guy'll be saved. It'll cost him a hand, but he'll be okay for the entire First Age.
* AudienceParticipationSong: Most of their songs, but "The Bard's Song" is sung mostly by the audience, "Valhalla" and "The Last Candle" involve the audience chanting the chorus (or in "The Last Candle"'s case, the outro) for as long as possible after the song ends, and "And Then There Was Silence" actually has a part that goes "la-la-la", representing thousands of excited, celebratory people. They ''say'' that they don't plan for people to sing along...
** Ever seen a theater full of people all riled up [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYFFivxw56A to defend Troy against the Greek menace?]]
** Not to mention that the non-"la la la" lyrics include "Come join in our singing ..."
* BadassBaritone: Hansi's high baritone is absolutely unmistakable.
* BraggingThemeTune: ''Time Stands Still at the Iron Hill,'' towards Fingolfin.
* CallBack: A couple:
** "The Last Candle" from ''Tales from the Twilight World'' begins with the repeated line "[[TitleDrop Guardian, guardian, guardian of the blind]]", which previously appeared in the appropriately-titled "Guardian of the Blind" from ''Battalions of Fear''.
** ''At the Edge of Time'' is named after a line from "And the Story Ends" from ''Imaginations from the Other Side''.
* ConceptAlbum: Nightfall in Middle-earth is based on Creator/JRRTolkien's ''TheSilmarillion''. Every later album has common theme (faith in Night at the Opera, fairy-tales and legends in Another Twist in the Myth, control and rebellion in At the Edge of Time) but songs aren't connected.
* ConceptVideo: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIZNb96EQJ8 ''A Voice In The Dark'']] is apparently about the Mayans. Who knew?
* CoverVersion: [[Music/TheBeachBoys "Barbara Ann", "Surfin' USA"]], "Long Tall Sally," "Mr. Sandman," "[[Music/RonnieJamesDio Don't Talk to Strangers]]," "[[Music/IronButterfly In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida]]", "Dream a Little Dream," "[[Music/DeepPurple Hallelujah]]," "[[Music/UriahHeep The Wizard]]," "To France," "[[Music/{{Queen}} Spread Your Wings]]," "Trial by Fire", "Don't Break the Circle", "You're the Voice" and "[[Music/JudasPriest Beyond the Realms of Death]]".
* DevelopmentHell: Their planned instrumental/orchestral album based on Lord of the Rings has been hinted at for quite some time but has missed every target date ever set for it.
* DoubleEntendre: Non-sexual; in the close of ''And Then There Was Silence'', the lyrics "the nightmare shall be over now, there's nothing more to fear" can refer both to the Trojans' expectation of final victory, and what [[TrojanHorse actually]] [[KillEmAll happened]].
* DownerEnding: "Final Chapter (Thus Ends...)," concluding Morgoth's conquest.
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "Sacred Worlds" rocks out instrumentally for 2:10 (in a song that's about 9:15 total) before the lyrics start.
* EpicRocking: ''And Then There Was Silence'' is not only 14 minutes long, the full version was released as a single.
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: The track "Piper's Calling" from ''Somewhere Far Beyond'' is an entire track of nothing but bagpipes. The next track, "Somewhere Far Beyond," also features a pipe section, as does their cover of John Farnham's "You're the Voice."
* EvilLaugh: There's a classic one from Morgoth in the ''Nightfall in Middle-Earth'' interlude "Captured", and Hansi has taken to doing an insane-sounding laugh in "Valhalla".
* FanNickname: The Bards.
* FilkSong: Many of their songs.
* HeavyMithril: Obviously...
* IAmSong: ''Wheel of Time,'' which is from the perspective of the hero of [[Literature/WheelOfTime the titular series]], Rand al' Thor.
--> ''I'm The Dragon Reborn, and in madness I soon shall prevail!''
* LargeHam: While he may not be one for this sort of thing live(unlike [[Music/{{Edguy}} some]]), the vast majority of Hansi's lyrics may as well be written in all caps. Even some of the ones for their slow, acoustic ballads.
* TheLastDance: "Thorn."
* LongRunnerLineUp: The band boasted the exact same lineup for about 20 years before Thomas Stauch left.
* LoudnessWar: Everything after ''Nightfall In Middle-Earth'', but ''A Night At The Opera'' is easily the worst offender of them all.
* LustObject: The Silmarils in "Into the Storm"
* LyricalDissonance: "Curse my name" from ''At The Edge Of Time'': an upbeat semi-ballade about bloody rebellion. These lines don't quite fit with the music at first:
--> ''Let him curse my name''
--> ''On these bloodstained pages of misery''
** The entirety of "A Night at the Opera fits this trope. Despite being the band's lightest album musically, all of the lyrics deal with themes of despair or failure in some shape or form.
* {{Mayincatec}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIZNb96EQJ8 Their latest video]] has them in one with very Caucasian inhabitants.
* MetalScream: There are usually a few per album. Hansi does them well.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Generally a solid 7, with some of their singles being closer to 6. Their purely acoustic folk songs and (unpowered) ballads are generally in the 1 to 4 range. Some of their thrashier songs go up to a soft 8.
* NewSoundAlbum: "A Twist in the Myth" included more progressive metal elements than previous albums and toned down the band's overdubbing somewhat. Its influence can still be heard on "At the Edge of Time," though many of the more traditional elements have returned as well.
* OminousLatinChanting: "Quest for Tanelorn".
** Also "Inquisition", though once you recognize the [[MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail source]] it's not so ominous.
* OneOfUs: They're all geeks. Most of the band members are WorldOfWarcraft fans, and Hansi Kürsch is a book geek. Hansi even openly admitted in an interview about being included in Sacred 2 that they've been trying to get their work into video games for years.
* PerspectiveFlip: A lot of their songs are from the villain's point of view. For example, "Under the Ice" is from the viewpoint of [[Literature/TheIliad Clytemnestra]], who was responsible for murdering Agamemnon and Cassandra. And don't get us started on their Sauron tributes.
* ProtestSong: "Battalions of Fear" criticizes UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan.
* RockMeAmadeus: "By the Gates of Moria"
* SelfBackingVocalist: This is Hansi Kursch's trademark.
* ShoutOut: Many, both to bands and writers.
** Possibly a reverse shout out; in the last Wheel of Time novel, A Memory of Light, chapter 23 is called At the Edge of Time, the same name as the Blind Guardian album which featured two songs about the book series.
* SopranoAndGravel: Though Kürsch's voice is usually fairly rough, he does also switch between clear, frequently high singing and even rougher singing, particularly in the studio versions of songs.
* ShownTheirWork: Their songs based on on the many fantasy tales are very accurate.
* AStormIsComing: "Mirror Mirror", "Into the Storm", "And Then There Was Silence", several others.
* SympatheticPOV: "Mordred's Song", "Thorn" (about Maeglin), "Under the Ice" (about Clytemnestra), and, to some extent, "The Curse of Fëanor" (about, well, [[CaptainObvious Fëanor]]), "Curse My Name" (King John), and "The Soulforged" (about Raistlin Majere). Several Demons & Wizards songs also fit this.
* SymphonicMetal: They have more elements of this from ''Nightfall in Middle-Earth'' onwards, but "Sacred Worlds" and "Wheel of Time" are definitely this, being performed with a full orchestra.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: ''Mordred's Song''
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: "Imaginations From The Other Side" is about this.
* VillainSong: ''Ride Into Obsession'' is half this or more, it's hard to tell which lines are from Lews Therin and which are from Moridin.
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: "Curse My Name"

An incomplete list of stories, events, and people that they have songs about:
* ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' (referenced in "Imaginations from the Other Side")
* ''Literature/TheBible'' ("The Martyr", "Banish From Sanctuary", "Another Holy War", "Precious Jerusalem", "Sadly Sings Destiny", "The Edge")
* ''Film/BladeRunner'' ("Time, What is Time?")
* CelticMythology ("Turn the Page")
* TheCrusades ("The Script for My Requiem")
* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' and other Stephen King novels ("Somewhere Far Beyond", "Carry the Blessed Home", "Tommyknockers", "Altair 4")
* ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'' ("I'm Alive")
* {{Dragonlance}} ("The Last Candle", "The Soulforged", fan-requested topic)
* {{Dune}} ("Traveler in Time")
* TheElricSaga and other Michael Moorcock novels ("Fast to Madness", "Journey through the Dark", "The Quest for Tanelorn", "Tanelorn")
* The EnglishCivilWar ("Curse my Name")
* Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial ("Goodbye My Friend")
* Floating Dragon ("Welcome to Dying")
* Creator/FriedrichNietzsche ("Punishment Divine")
* Galileo Galilei ("Age of False Innocence")
* Literature/TheHobbit ("The Bard's Song - The Hobbit")
* Literature/TheIliad ("And Then There Was Silence", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYFFivxw56A Under The Ice]]")
* KingArthur ("A Past and Future Secret", "Mordred's Song", "All the King's Horses")
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' ("Majesty", "Lord of the Rings", "By the Gates of Moria," "Gandalf's Rebirth," "Lost in the Twilight Hall")
* NorseMythology ("Valhalla," "Valkyries")
* ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' ("Lionheart")
* Literature/{{Otherland}} ("Otherland", arguably "Another Stranger Me")
* Literature/ParadiseLost ("Control the Divine")
* Literature/PeterPan ("Fly", referenced in "Born in a Mourning Hall" and "Imaginations from the Other Side")
* Politics ("Battalions of Fear" is an attack on the Strategic Defense Initiative of Ronald Reagan; "Wait For An Answer" is a fable written by Hansi when he was still in school about an unusual friendship between a hare and a fox who try to stop some sort of holocaust planned by crows. Can be interpreted as being about UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's rise to power.)
* Creator/RichardWagner's [[Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung Der Ring des Nibelungen]] ("Skalds and Shadows")
* TheSilmarillion (all of ''Nightfall in Middle-Earth'' plus "Harvest of Sorrow")
* Song of Hildebrandt ("Battlefield")
* ASongOfIceAndFire ("A Voice in the Dark", "War of the Thrones")
* Tristan und Isolde ("The Maiden and the Minstrel Knight")
* A Wild Ride through the Night ("This Will Never End")
* Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz (referenced in "Imaginations from the Other Side")
* TheWheelOfTime ("Wheel of Time," "Ride into Obsession")
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