BLIND GUARDIAN recently announced that they are going to release a live album entitled, ‘Live Beyond The Spheres‘ after just two years of releasing their last studio album, ‘Beyond The Red Mirror’ in 2015. The live album will actually be a compilation of their best tracks into one show taken from 40 different concerts recorded during their European Tour in 2015, which surprisingly also happens to be the first BLIND GUARDIAN live album in almost 15 years. It promises to be an exhilarating indulgence in what could possibly turn out to be one of the best power metal live albums. The live album will contain 22 tracks, encompassing timeless hits like ‘The Bard’s Song (In The Forest)‘, ‘Valhalla‘ and ‘Mirror Mirror‘, to rather rarely performed songs like ‘And There Was Silence’. The record will be purchasable as a 3CD-digipak as well as a 4LP-box-set.
BLIND GUARDIAN release their second live music video of the song ‘Prophecies‘ from the live record after ‘Mirror Mirror‘. This video holds a special value as it was shot by none other than by drummer Frederik Ehmke himself on his own personal camera which is a GoPro. The video looks excellent, drawing in moments from every show on the tour.
Read Frederiks statement below to find out more about the production of this clip:
“Being a fan of the potential of the camera for my private use I decided to take my Hero4 Silver with me on our worldwide tour and recorded all of the shows. First, I started with only angles around my drum-kit cause they are pretty hard to get with common cameras and therefore special – then I had the idea of creating a video clip to one song using the footage from all the different shows shot with this only one single camera and tried to find more different varying positions for my GoPro to record the show each night. The camera stayed basically in the same spot for the whole show and I moved it to try another position for the next show. Hereby I collected a huge amount of shows which I could pick from to put this video together. All toured territories and continents are finally represented. But there is no light without shade. Since I usually mounted my GoPro on a regular microphone stand, I asked every day for the stand and if I could put the camera in my desired spot without being in the way for anyone. I guess that annoyed some people of the crew – especially when on a busy day they forgot to have the stand ready for me and had to crawl into dark cases to get it. But I m happy to have insisted, because the video now shows some very rare and special angles – views direct and close to the band that you never saw before. It benefits from the GoPro´s ability to capture wide and narrow fields in a high resolution and especially high frame rate, which are absolutely necessary in the stage environment, that quickly changes from gloomy to sun bright and on top comes with fast movements. The camera itself is small and therefore not blocking the view for the audience, but at the same time can be placed very close to the performing musician.”
He also goes on to add why they chose ‘Prophecies‘:
“‘Prophecies‘ was the perfect choice for the song. It is an enjoyable one for us to perform and I guess that gets pretty obvious when you watch our stage acting. From the beginning it was very well received by the fans too, which always gives us a lot of the energy back that we put into our shows. And of course it represents the latest studio output of the band and is an important step in the saga of the Red Mirror. Watching the video brings back nice memories of the many venues and crowds we played for on this long tour.”
‘Live Beyond The Spheres’ track listing:
01. The Ninth Wave
02. Banish From Sanctuary
06. The Last Candle
07. And Then There Was Silence
01. The Lord Of The Rings
03. Bright Eyes
04. Lost In The Twilight Hall
05. Imaginations From The Other Side
06. Into The Storm
07. Twilight Of The Gods
08. A Past And Future Secret
09. And The Story Ends
01. Sacred Worlds
02. The Bard’s Song (In The Forest)
04. Wheel Of Time
06. Mirror Mirror
Pre-order your copy of ‘Live Beyond The Spheres‘ here.
Or you can also order the digital version here.