Judging from all the collaborations the album will feature, I can tell that this will probably be Blind Guardian's most epic album to date. The album will also feature the band's long-awaited collaborative work with three different classical choirs from three different countries: one from Prague, Czech Republic, one from Budapest, Hungary and one from Boston, Massachusetts. If that's not enough, there will also be two grand orchestras, each consisting of 90 musicians, laying down their talents to the album. 90 musicians each? HOLY COW!
Frontman Hansi Kursch talks about the concept of the album: "A story between science fiction and fantasy. The 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."
Guitarist Andre Olbrich describes the band's principles for the creation of the new album: "We want to surprise and impress our music. Nowadays, music tends to be arbitrary and predictable. But we want to keep developing our music."
Blog author: Alex Stojanovic
As we are nearing the end of 2014, we're getting many announcements on new releases scheduled for release in 2015. One of those new releases will be the long awaited new studio album from Blind Guardian, which the band have revealed the details of, including the title, TWO cover artworks, release date and track listing.
The album's title will be Beyond The Red Mirror, and is the follow-up to 2010's At The Edge Of Time. It will be released on January 30, 2015 in Europe and February 3, 2015 in North America on Nuclear Blast Records. The album was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind, who has previously worked with bands such as Saxon, HammerFall and Helloween.
Beyond The Red Mirror track listing
01. The Ninth Wave
02. Twilight Of The Gods
04. At The Edge Of Time
05. Ashes Of Eternity
06. Distant Memories (Bonus track on digi-pack version)
07. The Holy Grail
08. The Throne
09. Sacred Mind
10. Miracle Machine
11. Grand Parade
12. Doom (Bonus track on Earbook version)
The album will be available in the following formats:
- Jewel Case (10 songs)
- Limited Edition Digi-Pack (11 songs)
- Double LP Gatefold Vinyl
- Earbook (12 songs + illustrations, photos and liner notes)
- NB-Mailorder-Earbook (12 songs + illustrations, photos, liner notes + bonus 10")