Blind Guardian rank with Helloween and Stratovarius as one of the innovators of the melodic Germanic Speed/Power/Thrash Metal style that has been massively popular in Europe for the past several years. Blind Guardian's style originated from Helloween early in their career, but took that style to a new level, with advanced musical styles and folk/fantasy-based lyrical themes dominating much of their work. Boasting a refreshingly stable line up through their entire career, Hansi Kursch(ex-Demons And Wizards; bass/vocals), Marcus Siepen (guitar), Andre Olbrich (guitar) and Thomas Stauch(ex-Iron Savior; drums) would release their debut Battalions Of Fear in 1988. A year later they would release Follow The Blind.
Proving they were a prolific act and increasing in popularity, they left the indie No Remorse' and moved to a major deal on Virgin' to open 1990 with Tales From The Twilight World then followed it up with Somewhere Far Beyond (1992), Tokyo Tales (a live effort; 1993), A Past And Future Secret EP (1995), Imaginations From The Other Side (1995), Bright Eyes EP (1995), The Forgotten Tales (1996), Mirror Mirror (1997), NightfallIn Middle Earth (1998). And There Was Silence EP (2001) and A Night At The Opera (2002) saw them off Virgin' and on the slightly lesser retirement label Century Media' for a time that saw them leaving their classic era; the former album being their first in four years.
After almost twenty years with the same foursome, drummer Thomas Stauch then left the band. He would go on to now devoting his time to Savage Circus, a new project band featuring members of Persuader and Soilwork, and who plan to release an album in late summer 2005.
Frederik Ehmke would replace Stauch in 2003 when the live set Live was released, an album followed up by A Twist In The Myth (2006) on 'Nuclear Blast'.