Four-and-a-half years in the making, the follow-up to 2010â€™s At The Edge Of Time (which debuted at #2 on the German album charts and at #1 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart & #108 on the American Billboard Top 200 Albums chart) is scheduled for release in Europe on January 30th, 2015 and February 3rd, 2015 in North America.
Recorded at Twilight Hall Studio in Grefrath, Germany and produced by Charlie Bauerfeind (SAXON, HAMMERFALL, HELLOWEEN), Beyond The Red Mirror showcases BLIND GUARDIANâ€™s long-awaited collaborative work with three different classical choirs: one from the Czech Republic (Prague), one from Hungary (Budapest), and one from the United States (Boston). Two grand orchestras – each featuring 90 musicians â€“ also lend their brilliant talents to the new recordings with absolutely spellbinding results.
Transporting listeners via a mysteriously powerful red mirror into an otherworldly dimension that includes tyrants, gods, and the Holy Grail, the ten songs comprising Beyond The Red Mirrorâ€™s story lines revolve around the young protagonist we first met twenty years ago in the 1995 tracks â€œBright Eyesâ€ and â€œAnd The Story Ends.â€
â€œA story between science fiction and fantasy,â€ explains BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist & lyricist Hansi KÃ¼rsch. â€œThe story begins with our 1995 album, Imaginations From The Other Side. The two worlds described therein have changed dramatically for the worse since then. While there used to be several passages between the worlds, there is only one gate left now: The Red Mirror. It has to be found at any cost.â€
Asked to describe the bandâ€™s guiding principles for the creation of this new release, BLIND GUARDIAN guitarist AndrÃ© Olbrich shares: â€œWe want to surprise and impress with our music. Nowadays, music tends to be arbitrary and predictable. But we want to keep developing our music.â€
Opening with a tidal wave of surging emotion courtesy of a spine-tingling choir, Beyond The Red Mirror unleashes its first gem, â€œNinth Wave,â€ a consciousness-expanding palette of landscapes and moods bearing the message of an urgent mission still seeking resolution. Closing with an explosion of heroic harmonies & choral glories with a nine-and-a-half minute, self-contained saga â€œGrand Paradeâ€ (called â€œthe best song we have ever writtenâ€ by Olbrich), the grandiose, uplifting, and ingenious storytelling in Beyond The Red Mirror is guaranteed to leave you breathless.
Come 2015, you will soon experience why BLIND GUARDIAN is so influential in their genre and without equal in the pantheon of heavy metal music.
Featuring artwork by long-time collaborator Felipe Machado, Beyond The Red Mirror will be available in the following formats:
Â· Jewel Case (10 songs)
Â· Limited Edition Digi-Pak / Digi-Book (11 songs)
Â· Double LP gatefold vinyl (11 songs)
Â· EarBook (12 songs plus illustrations, photos, and liner notes)
Â· Exclusive Limited Edition NB Mail-Order Earbook (12 songs plus illustrations, photos, liner notes + bonus 10â€)
01. Ninth Wave
02. Twilight Of The Gods
04. At The Edge Of Time
05. Ashes Of Eternity
06. Distant Memories (bonus track on limited editions + vinyl)
07. Holy Grail
08. The Throne
09. Sacred Mind
10. Miracle Machine
11. Grand Parade
Hansi calls the albumâ€™s first single, â€œTwilight Of The Gods,â€ â€œA neck breaker . . . The pure definition of all that the band stands for: it is innovative, melodic and brutal.â€ The mini-CD single includes two live tracks recorded at 2011â€™s Wacken Open Air festival in Germany and can be pre-ordered as a digi-pak or in blue or white vinyl from this location.
01. Twilight Of The Gods
02. Time Stands Still (At The Iron Hill) – Live at Wacken 2011
03. The Bard’s Song (In The Forest) – Live at Wacken 2011