Somewhere Far Beyond is the fourth studio album by 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.
Track 9 contains the first 3 parts of the Great Highland Bagpipes 2/4 March, "The 79ths Farewell to Gibraltar", written by Pipe Major John MacDonald of the 79th Regiment of Foot (Cameronian Volunteers).
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.
- "Time What Is Time" - 5:42
- "Journey Through the Dark" - 4:45
- "Black Chamber" - 0:56
- "Theatre of Pain" - 4:15
- "The Quest for Tanelorn" - 5:53
- "Ashes to Ashes" - 5:58
- "The Bard's Song (In the Forest)" - 3:09
- "The Bard's Song: The Hobbit" - 3:52
- "The Piper's Calling" - 0:58
- "Somewhere Far Beyond" - 7:28
- "Spread Your Wings" (Queen cover) - 4:13
- "Trial by Fire" (Satan cover) - 3:42
- "Theatre of Pain (Classic version)" - 4:13
2007 re-release bonus tracksEdit
- "Ashes to Ashes (Demo version)" - 5:51
- "Time What is Time (Demo version)" - 5:35
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