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, rock opera
Length 23:03
Label Virgin
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 album. 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.

The song is so intricate and features so many tracks that it alone required as much production time as the rest of the A Night at the Opera album.

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



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



  1. ^ " – 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. ^ " – Blind Guardian – And Then There Was Silence". Singles Top 60.