And Then There Was Silence

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"And Then There Was Silence"
Single by Blind Guardian
from the album A Night at the Opera
Released 12 November 2001
Recorded Twilight Hall Studios, Grefrath (Germany)
Genre Power metal, progressive metal, symphonic metal
Length 23:03
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Hans Jürgen Kürsch, André Olbrich
Producer(s) Charlie Bauerfeind
Blind Guardian singles chronology
"Mirror Mirror"
(1998)
"And Then There Was Silence"
(2001)
"The Bard's Song (In the Forest)"
(2003)

"And Then There Was Silence" is a song by the German power metal band Blind Guardian. It was released in November 2001 as the lead single from their album, A Night at the Opera.

Written by singer Hansi Kürsch and composed by Kürsch and guitarist André Olbrich, the song is based on The Iliad by Homer and on the Aeneid by Virgil, and narrates the final days of Troy, as foreseen by Cassandra, daughter of the king of the destroyed city who foresaw the event.

The song is so intricate and long with so many tracks that it alone required as much production time as the rest of the A Night at the Opera album. At over 14 minutes, it is the longest track recorded by Blind Guardian. It was re-recorded into a new version in 2012 as a part of the compilation album Memories of a Time to Come.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "And Then There Was Silence" – 14:08
  2. "Harvest of Sorrow" – 3:40
  3. "Born in a Mourning Hall" (multimedia track) – 5:17

Lineup[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Germany (Official German Charts)[1] 41
Spain (AFYVE)[2] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[3] 41

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Musicline.de – Blind Guardian Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  2. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  3. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Blind Guardian – And Then There Was Silence". Singles Top 100.