Blind Guardian will release Blind Guardian and The Twilight Orchestra – The Legacy of The Dark Lands will release on November 1st 2019 via Nuclear Blast. The pre-orders go live on July 19th. Check out the cover art below. Promising to be one of the most ambitious projects in metal history, their upcoming release will be well worth the wait. The idea of recording an orchestral album originally formed in the minds of the two leading lights of the Blind Guardian universe – guitarist André Olbrich and singer Hansi Kürsch – during the 1990s. Check out the trailer and the artwork.
Today, they reveal the album’s amazing cover artwork, which was created by the renowned artist Gyula Havancsák.
Hansi Kürsch comments: “The cover artwork by Gyula Havancsák just perfectly fits our upcoming project and I think it’s a true masterpiece. Gulya’s love for details is incredible and his ability to see behind complex stories and reproduce them in art is amazing. We are more than happy since he could absolutely capture the monumental atmosphere of the music. Literally a perfect match!”
“It’s incredible, that after 20 years we can actually finish this really exciting project. I am so happy and more than satisfied with it. Every single track unveils spectacular worlds and tells its very own story. With this album our biggest creative dream finally becomes reality. ” says front man/singer Hansi Kürsch whose favorite author was equally excited about the collaboration: “It’s really crazy: As Pen&Paper role players we used to listen to BLIND GUARDIAN whilst playing. And years later I get to work together with the band, which was incredible. It’s amazing, the things that can happen sometimes“, Markus remembers. “Of course I immediately agreed to join! This creative collaboration is very special for me.“
The two protagonists have actively cultivated their creative exchange over the last five years. “Markus is a great story teller; with “Die Dunklen Lande” he created the perfect setting and with the mysterious Nicolas, the perfect character for our complex works. His inventiveness seems to be almost infinite. Absolutely impressive and very inspiring” praisesHansi Kürsch regarding the fruitful cooperation with the highly renowned fantasy author.
The Novel “Die Dunklen Lande” is available starting today.