Progressive power metallers Blind Guardian recently announced the release of a 22 song package, entitled “Live Beyond The Spheres,” which will available in a variety of formats including a 3CD Digipack as well as a 4LP Box.
The new live offering will be in stores on July 7th, 2017 and includes all-time classics such as “The Bard’s Song (In The Forest),” “Valhalla,” and “Mirror Mirror,” as well as some rarely performed tracks like “And Then There Was Silence.”
Guitarist André Olbrich commments: “We compiled one ‘show’ out of the best tracks from more than 40 live performances, recorded during our European tour in 2015. That’s how we pinned down the most beautiful and atmospheric moments on this medium.”
Today, Blind Guardian unveils a live video for “Prophecies.” The video was created by drummer Frederik Ehmke using material shot with one single camera, which he had set up and recording at each show of the tour Check it out below.
Frederik commented on the production of the video: “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 videoclip 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 explained the choice of song: “‘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.”