A distant mechanical sound is getting louder from afar and heralds the arrival of exciting happenings – throwing their shadows on this fateful day of September 2nd. It’s the day that the metal legend BLIND GUARDIAN will release their eleventh studio album The God Machine via Nuclear Blast and erects a new monument of their outstanding career.Hansi Kürsch comments, “We didn’t want to rehash our qualities from 1995, but didn’t want to continue down this complex path forever either. The God Machine is a new beginning for us. We’ve set a new course and gone back to certain things that we’ve neglected a bit on the last few albums.”The God Machine marks another pinnacle in BLIND GUARDIAN’s impressive discography by not attempting to pretend it is still the nineties yet instead successfully relying on the muscle memory of this period. It is a gripping, addictive, and brilliantly arranged album in the tradition of records with which BLIND GUARDIAN reached for the stars in the 90s; yet, by no means, is it a throwback. The God Machine represents the heart and soul of BLIND GUARDIAN’s timeless metal in the here and now, unifying the bards’ past, present, and future secrets in one consistent, well-thought-out masterpiece.Pre-order the album here: with the announcement, the band shares a video for their new raging single ‘Blood Of The Elves’, a galloping anthem that is destined to become a live staple.
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WATCH: Blood Of The Elves” Music Video 
Singer Hansi Kürsch comments:“‘Blood Of The Elves’ features a pretty heavy side that the avid fan of BLIND GUARDIAN hopefully enjoys. More than enjoys, I’d guess. Instrumentally, the track has some kind of an early nineties appeal that blends well into the vocal parts of the opera/twist era and catapults both epochs into a new era for the band. A perfect hybrid. The chorus has some very strong sing-along vibes, despite its complexity. What else do you need? Inspired by the ‘The Witcher’ computer game series, the lyrics even reinforce the power of this banger and the clip by Dirk Behlau fits perfectly to the whole setting. Let me tell you: The God Machine has even more to offer. And that’s no promise – that’s the ultimate truth. Stay tuned.” BLIND GUARDIAN live:04.06. DE Gelsenkirchen – Rockhard Festival11.06. ES Zamora – Z! Live Rock Fest 202223.06. CZ Spálené Poříčí – Basinfire Festival24.06. IT Verona – Rock the Castle25.06. FR Clisson – Hellfest01.07. ES Barcelona – Rock Fest Barcelona14.07. AT Leoben – AREA 53 Open Air 202215.07. DE Neukirchen-Vluyn – Dong Open Air16.07. LX Esch-sur-Alzette – Rockhal21.07. GR Athens – Release Athens 202231.07. UK Durham – Dominion Festival05.08. ES Villena (Alicante) – Leyendas del Rock XV07.08. RO Râșnov – Rockstadt Extreme Fest19.08. DE Giessen – Giessener Kultursommer20.08. DE Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze Festival02.09. DE Saarbrücken – Garage03.09. DE Memmingen – Kaminwerk04.09. CH Pratteln – Z705.09. DE Frankfurt am Main – Batschkapp06.09. DE Stuttgart – KA08.09. DE München – Backstage09.09. DE Dresden – Alter Schlachthof10.09. DE Neuruppin – Kulturhaus11.09. DE Berlin – Huxleys Neue Welt13.09. DE Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle14.09. DE Köln – E-Werk16.09. DE Osnabrück – Hyde Park17.09. DE Osnabrück – Hyde Park10.-17.10. ES Barca Trencada – Full Metal Holiday @ Iberostar Club Cala Barca12.10. NL Sittard – Poppodium Volt13.10. DE Hamburg –

About BLIND GUARDIANIn 1992, BLIND GUARDIAN released Somewhere Far Beyond, a legendary milestone in German speed metal. Three decades later, their latest offering, The God Machine, shows how to awaken the fury of youth to magical new life. As if they had paid a long overdue visit to the numerous highlights of their career, BLIND GUARDIAN appears to be in touch with the ghosts of their own past more than ever. “We’ve picked up a lot from our own history and built a new era upon this foundation,” vocalist Hansi Kürsch explains. This new era begins right now. Seven years after Beyond The Red Mirror and almost three after the orchestral opus Blind Guardian Twilight Orchestra: Legacy of the Dark LandsHansi Kürsch (vocals), André Olbrich (lead guitar, acoustic guitar, rhythm guitar), Marcus Siepen (rhythm guitar and acoustic guitar) and Frederik Ehmke(drums) invite you to their personal twilight of the gods. “After ‘Beyond The Red Mirror’ and ‘Legacy Of The DarkLands’,  we knew we couldn’t push the orchestral side of BlindGuardian any further,” Kürsch says. The new directive while creating The God Machine was fairly straightforward but ever so welcome: “Less orchestration, more punch.” In 2022, the opulent arrangements and powerful choirs still exist; yet they are used in a much more selective, focussed, and resonant manner.This link is overtly present on the stunning, apocalyptic cover art by American fantasy icon Peter Mohrbacher, which teases a panopticon of fantastic tales and rather bleak prospects.“You have to look with a magnifying glass to find some hope on the album. But it’s there,” smiles Hansi Kürsch“My lyrics have several levels. Some of them even I can only explore much later.” Perhaps The God Machine is his most personal album since Somewhere Far Beyond.

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