Somewhere Far Beyond

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Somewhere Far Beyond
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Studio album by
Released30 June 1992
RecordedFebruary-May 1992
StudioKaro Studios
GenreSpeed metal, power metal
LabelVirgin/Century Media
ProducerKalle Trapp
Blind Guardian chronology
Tales from the Twilight World
Somewhere Far Beyond
Imaginations from the Other Side
Singles from Somewhere Far Beyond
  1. "The Bard's Song (In the Forest)"
    Released: May 5, 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Rock Hard(9.5/10)[2]

Somewhere Far Beyond is the fourth studio album by German power metal band Blind Guardian. It was released in 1992 and produced by Kalle Trapp. The cover artwork was created by Andreas Marschall, who drew the artwork for other Blind Guardian's releases (Tales from the Twilight World, Nightfall in Middle-Earth, etc.). The album saw the band creating its own original sound, while still employing most of their speed/power metal techniques.

The cover art and the two "Bard's Songs" gave the band its nickname "The Bards". The use of the nickname has been also extended to the fans of the group, Circle of the Bards being the now defunct fan club and Hansi frequently calling the fans Bards.

"The Piper's Calling" contains the first 3 parts of the Great Highland Bagpipe 2/4 March, "The 79th's Farewell to Gibraltar", written by Pipe Major John MacDonald of the 79th Regiment of Foot (Cameronian Volunteers). Part of this composition also appears as a section of the title track, this time played on a different type of bagpipe.

The album was acclaimed by power metal fans all across Europe and especially Japan, allowing them to tour for the first time outside Germany. The tour in the Far East led to the band's first live album, Tokyo Tales.

It was remastered and re-released on 15 June 2007, with bonus tracks. The album was again re-released and also remixed and remastered as part of A Traveler's Guide to Space and Time boxset.

Track listing[edit]

1."Time What Is Time"Hansi Kürsch, André Olbrich5:42
2."Journey Through the Dark"Kürsch, Olbrich4:45
3."Black Chamber"Kürsch0:56
4."Theatre of Pain"Kürsch, Olbrich4:15
5."The Quest for Tanelorn"Kürsch, Olbrich, Marcus Siepen, Kai Hansen[3]5:53
6."Ashes to Ashes"Kürsch, Olbrich5:58
7."The Bard's Song – In the Forest"Kürsch, Olbrich3:09
8."The Bard's Song – The Hobbit"Kürsch, Olbrich3:52
9."The Piper's Calling"Kürsch, Olbrich0:58
10."Somewhere Far Beyond"Kürsch, Olbrich7:28
Bonus tracks
11."Spread Your Wings" (Queen cover)John Deacon4:13
12."Trial by Fire" (Satan cover)Russ Tippins3:42
13."Theatre of Pain (Classic version)"Kürsch, Olbrich, Mathias Wiesner4:13
2007 re-release bonus tracks
14."Ashes to Ashes (Demo version)"Kürsch, Olbrich5:51
15."Time What is Time (Demo version)"Kürsch, Olbrich5:35

^† The first set of bonus tracks are featured on all releases other than the vinyl LP. The 2007 re-release includes all of these tracks, although they are not listed as bonus tracks. It does not include the original re-release bonus tracks.


Blind Guardian[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

  • Piet Sielck –effects, guitars
  • Mathias Wiesner – effects, keyboards and bass on "Spread Your Wings"
  • Rolf Köhler, Billy King and Kalle Trapp – backing vocals
  • Stefan Will – piano
  • Peter Rübsam – Scottish and Irish bagpipes
  • Kai Hansen – lead guitar on "The Quest for Tanelorn"

Production and design[edit]

  • Kalle Trapp – producing, mixing, recording
  • Piet Sielck – second engineer
  • Andreas Marschall/Becker — Derouet Hamburg – cover art
  • Tom Nagy – photo
  • a•r•t•p•o•o•l – graphics


Chart (2018) Peak
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[4] 36

Cover versions[edit]

Lyrical references[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Albrecht, Frank. "Rock Hard". issue 63. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  3. ^ 2013 re-release linernotes
  4. ^ " – Blind Guardian – Somewhere Far Beyond" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  5. ^, Vedat Kamer -. "Blind Guardian Interview".
  6. ^ Staff, Gamespot (2 May 2008). "Q&A: Blind Guardian on music in games".