With a steady evolution from their early days as a speed metal band to their current, renowned musical alchemy of glory, drama, and grandiosity, Germany's Blind Guardian have long since made their mark as the world's definitive melodic/progressive rock band. Called everything from heavy metal bards to modern-day minstrels, Blind Guardian possess the ability to transport their legions of fans to new landscapes with their majestic songwriting, fantastically themed lyrics, and their meticulous, emotion-packed music. September 2018 sees the band reissue remixed and remastered editions of their first four studio albums via Nuclear Blast including Battalions of Fear (1988), Follow the Blind (1989), Tales from the Twilight World (1990) and Somewhere Far Beyond (1992).
Produced by Kalle Trapp (Saxon, Grave Digger), their debut, Battalions Of Fear, displayed a heavy Iron Maiden and Helloween influence. On Follow The Blind (also produced by Trapp), they leaned more toward Testament's musical direction, but also experimented with orchestral parts for the first time. The band's reputation continued to grow with the release of Tales From The Twilight World. Not only had the band become better musicians and songwriters; they also developed a very distinct sound in the process, and record labels across Europe began courting them. Signing with Virgin Records in 1992, they were one of the very few metal bands to be signed to a major label. Their Virgin debut, Somewhere Far Beyond, served as a career highlight, selling over 130,000 copies and entering the international charts.