Follow the Blind is the second full-length album from the German metal band Blind Guardian. It was released in 1989 and is more in the vein of speed metal, compared to the style that would later define the band's unique sound. According to guitarist Marcus Siepen, "When we were doing Follow the Blind we were listening to a lot of thrash metal bands like Testament or Forbidden, and that's why Follow the Blind was a bit heavier".[6] The album was remastered, remixed and re-released on 15 June 2007, with the whole second demo tape, Battalions of Fear, of the band (at the time called Lucifer's Heritage) as part of the bonus tracks. The album was again re-released as part of the A Traveler's Guide to Space and Time boxset with minor adjustments to the mixing and with new mastering. "Banish from Sanctuary" was released as a single to promote this album.

Follow the Blind
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Studio album by
Released14 April 1989[1]
RecordedJanuary-February 1989 at Karo Studios, Münster, West Germany
Genre
Length42:00
LabelNo Remorse, Virgin, Century Media
ProducerKalle Trapp
Blind Guardian chronology
Battalions of Fear
(1988)
Follow the Blind
(1989)
Tales From the Twilight World
(1990)
Singles from Follow the Blind
  1. "Banish from Sanctuary"
    Released: 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[3]
Rock Hard(7.5/10)[4]
Metal1(7.5/10)[5]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Inquisition"N/AHansi Kürsch, André Olbrich, Marcus Siepen, Thomas Stauch0:40
2."Banish from Sanctuary"KürschKürsch, Olbrich, Siepen, Stauch5:27
3."Damned for All Time"KürschKürsch, Olbrich, Siepen, Stauch4:57
4."Follow the Blind"KürschKürsch, Olbrich, Siepen, Stauch7:10
5."Hall of the King"KürschKürsch, Olbrich, Siepen, Stauch4:16
6."Fast to Madness"KürschKürsch, Olbrich, Siepen, Stauch5:57
7."Beyond the Ice"N/AKürsch, Olbrich, Siepen, Stauch3:28
8."Valhalla (ft. Kai Hansen, Gamma Ray, ex-Helloween)"KürschKürsch, Olbrich, Siepen, Stauch4:56
9."Don't Break the Circle" (Demon cover)Mal Spooner, Dave HillSpooner, Hill4:28
10."Barbara Ann" (The Regents and Beach Boys cover. Transitions into a cover of Long Tall Sally by Little Richard from 1:06 to the end.)Fred FassertFred Fassert1:43
2007 re-release bonus tracks
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
11."Majesty (Demo Version)"KürschKürsch, Olbrich, Siepen, Stauch7:16
12."Trial by the Archon (Demo Version)"(instrumental)Kürsch, Olbrich, Siepen, Stauch3:53
13."Battalions of Fear (Demo Version)"KürschKürsch, Olbrich, Siepen, Stauch6:21
14."Run for the Night (Demo Version)"KürschKürsch, Olbrich, Siepen, Stauch4:29

^† "Don't Break the Circle" was not featured on the vinyl LP release. As such, "Barbara Ann" appears track number 9 on the LP version.

LineupEdit

BandEdit

Guest musiciansEdit

  • Kai Hansen - vocals and guitar solo on "Valhalla", guitar solo on "Hall of the King"
  • Mathias Wiesner - keyboards
  • Kalle Trapp - lead guitar and vocals on "Barbara Ann"
  • Thomas Hackmann - backing vocals
  • Rolf Köhler - backing vocals and lead vocals on "Barbara Ann"
  • Aman Malek - backing vocals

PersonnelEdit

  • Kalle Trapp – recording, mixing and producing
  • van Waay Design – cover art

ChartsEdit

Chart (2018) Peak
position
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[7] 51

Lyrical referencesEdit

  • "Inquisition" is a version of the Latin phrase Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem (english: O sweet Lord Jesus, grant them rest) chanted as it would be by monks. The phrase forms part of the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass, and is also identical to that which is chanted by the monks in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • "Damned for All Time" and "Fast to Madness" are based on Michael Moorcock's characters from Eternal Champion series.
  • "Banish from Sanctuary" is based on the life of John the Baptist.
  • "Follow the Blind" is based on Stephen King & Peter Straub's The Talisman.
  • "Hall of the King" is about the faith and being faithful.
  • "Valhalla" references the Mythological Valhalla, and the song is about a wizard who deplores the loss of his people's mythology, hinting at the historical shift from the Norse pagan religion to Christianity.
  • "Fast to Madness" contains reference to Elric of Melniboné, the doomed albino Emperor of Melniboné, who finds Stormbringer, a sword created by Chaos, which causes him to be alienated from his close friends and his family, taking souls from each of them, eventually even taking his own soul for fulfilling the hunger of Stormbringer

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Blind Guardian - Follow the Blind". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  2. ^ DiVita, Joe (July 5, 2017). "Top 25 Power Metal Albums of All Time". Loudwire. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  3. ^ Anderson, Jason. Follow the Blind at AllMusic. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  4. ^ Trojan, Frank. "Rock Hard". issue 32. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2012-05-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ MetalKings.com interview with Markus
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Blind Guardian – Follow the Blind" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 21 September 2018.