What is most important, for all of you Im sure, is when will Blind Guardian release a new album. According to Hansi it will be out possibly sometime in 2001, and it probably wont be a concept album, as Nightfall In Middle-Earth was, but it will have Tolkien-related songs. Also it will probably contain some songs from the EP that was canceled. The album, as Hansi says is 60% ready, having 7-8 songs ready and wanting 5 more to complete it. The album will be produced by Charlie Bauerfeind and Andre Olbrich. One of their older songs that will be probably included in the new album will be Harvest Of Sorrow. Musically it will be something between Imaginations From The Other Side and Nightfall In Middle-Earth.
Hansi also spoke about their orchestral project, which is currently on hold, but it is about 50% ready. As Hansi said, it will have two parts and that the first part is ready. It will probably be released after 2002. Also after doing their regular album, they will consider doing a second live one.
As you may have heard, there were rumors, or at least wishes, that Blind Guardian will be featured on the Lord Of The Rings movie soundtrack. Hansi was asked about this too, and as expected he dismissed the rumors. But as he said, he would pay to see (hear better!) the song Lord Of The Rings to be the main motif of the movie. He also said, that if they were asked they could provide classical music for the soundtrack of the movie.
Some fans asked Hansi about the lyrics he writes. He said that he would like to write about the Rheingold (Wagner, you know) saga, but Andre refused doing that. When he was asked if he was considering to write lyrics about themes other than fantasy, he said that fantasy is the only thing he is good in!
When asked about Blind Guardians influences over the time, Hansi said that Queen and Iron Maiden are, and maybe Metallica. His favorite singer is Ronnie James Dio, but he thinks that Rob Halford is the best metal vocalist ever. Other singers he likes are Peter Gabriel, Freddie Mercury, Ian Gillan and Geoff Tate. His first touches with metal/rock were with Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and other legendary metal bands, as he said. Hes also a great 70s rock fan and he thinks than nowadays there are too many bands copying each other. Hes also a classical music lover and his favorite composer is Mozart.
The fans also asked him a lot of other questions, which vary from personal ones, to trivial and funny ones! So if you want to see these, go check the transcripts!
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