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
Released12 November 2001
RecordedTwilight Hall Studios, Grefrath (Germany)
Songwriter(s)Hans Jürgen Kürsch, André Olbrich
Producer(s)Charlie Bauerfeind
Blind Guardian singles chronology
"Mirror Mirror"
"And Then There Was Silence"
"The Bard's Song (In the Forest)"

"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" – 14:06
  2. "Harvest of Sorrow" – 3:40
  3. "Born in a Mourning Hall" (multimedia track) – 5:17



Chart (2001) Peak
Germany (Official German Charts)[2] 41
Spain (AFYVE)[3] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[4] 41



  1. ^ Terich, Jeff; Hickman, Langdon; Davis, Cody (September 22, 2017). "10 more of the best metal albums of the millennium". Treble. Retrieved April 4, 2019. The 14-minute closer, a progressive metal epic about the Trojan War that doesn’t hit its first go-around of the chorus until just past the four-minute mark...
  2. ^ " – Blind Guardian – And Then There Was Silence". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  3. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  4. ^ " – Blind Guardian – And Then There Was Silence". Singles Top 100.