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Blind Guardian – a power metal band
ГОУ СПО Томь-Усинский
энерготранспортный техникум
Специальность: Электрические
станции, сети и системы
2 курс
Ногин Никита Владимирович
Руководитель проекта: Кукушкина
Елена Николаевна
1) Foreword. About genres metal and
power metal
2) Blind Guardian
3) History of the group
4) The cast of the group
5) Conclusion. My attitude
Metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early
1970s, largely in the United Kingdom and the United States. With roots in
blues rock and psychedelic rock, the bands that created metal developed a
thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended
guitar solos, emphatic beats and overall loudness. Metal has a large enough
number of styles and one of them is a power metal.
Power metal is characterized by a higher speed of execution than the «classic»
heavy metal and larger melody than the speed metal and the thrash metal.
Main attributes of the genre are speed, complexity and melody guitar, clean
high vocals (sometimes with inserts of screaming) and backing vocals. Lyrics
in this genre are often devoted to science fiction, fantasy and the Middle Ages.
Power metal is very prevalent in Europe, especially in Germany and Finland.
I want to tell about one of my favorite and one of the most popular bands in
power metal. Blind Guardian is a German band that performs songs in English
and formed in Krefeld in 1984. In 2011it was nominated for the Echo Awards
as "Best National Rock / alternative band".
The band's style has undergone the influence of classic rock bands such as
Queen and Jethro Tull, and modern groups of metal, especially Helloween,
Metallica and Iron Maiden. In the early albums Blind Guardian played music
in the style of speed metal: it is rapid, hard and aggressive. The vocals of Hansi
Kürsch were harsh and hoarse. Hansi used technique, known as «splitting of
the vocal cords» which allows creating a more harsh sound. Frequent rhythm
of drums and melodic guitar interludes between verses were also part of the
style of the band during that period. With further development, Blind Guardian
made their hallmark choral backing vocals and polyphonic vocal harmonies.
Besides, the group has been influenced by folk music.
From the very first album Blind Guardian showed interest in science fiction as
well as mythology and religion. Songs in their repertoire were based on tens of
different works. The novels of science fiction writers, mystical stories and
mythological epics of the Middle Ages are among them. The theme of
Christianity often appears in the texts of Blind Guardian. Hansi Kürsch is the
author of most texts, traditionally they are written in English.
Originally the band was called Lucifer’s Heritage, but it was decided to change
the name to avoid association with Satanism. Replacing several options,
musicians settled on the name Blind Guardian for their own song «Guardian of
the Blind». «In my imagination «blind guardian» is a man which is responsible
for other people and leads them. He is a superior to the others, in spite of his
physical handicap, » - says Hansi.
In 1988, they released their first album in the style of speed metal «Battalions
of Fear», and a year later the second – «Follow the Blind». And only in the
album «Tales from the Twilight World» the band's style began to shift in the
direction of power metal.
Since then, the band's popularity began to grow steadily. In 1998 the sixth
album «Nightfall in Middle-Earth» came considered one of the best. The songs
are dedicated to the product J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Silmarillion". The lyric of
the album has narrative tone bards of ancient times.
In the early 2000s Blind Guardian made a world tour, culminating in a sold-out
final concert in Düsseldorf, which gathered about 6,000 spectators.
The group continues to delight fans with their creativity today. January 30,
2015 the tenth studio album «Beyond the Red Mirror» came.
The cast of the group changed several times. At the moment, the group
consists of vocalist Hansi Kürsch, guitarists André Olbrich and Marcus Siepen
and drummer Frederik Ehmke.
I really like this group. Their music combines as unusual melody as energy and
might of metal. Lyrics often allow a new way to look at favorite product, and
in some cases even help me to understand their own feelings, reflecting
different aspects of the human soul. I hope that Blind Guardian, despite of
«blindness», will continue to lead their fans to light for a long time.
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