Blind Guardian has announced new guitarist Barend Courbois, who makes his first appearance with the band on the upcoming opus, The Red Mirror. In the course of his career he had played over 4,000 shows and recorded over 60 albums. He worked together with musicians like Adrian Vandenberg (Whitesnake), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne) and Atma Anur (Journey).
"This was the longest production I have ever been involved in”, the Dutch musician explains. "As we all know, the recordings took a total of two years. The music is so versatile, which is just what makes the style of Blind Guardian so unique."
Regarding his own style, Courbois is quite confident: "I play in a very powerful, but also melodic way," he explains. “You could compare me to John Deacon. Something that Queen-fans Hansi Kürsch and Gitarrist André Olbrich really like."
Frontman Hansi Kürsch confirms: "Barend is top. He is the ideal bass player for us and has a lot of musical understanding. He is variable and multifaceted, but still able to create all the power we need. And the fact that Krefeld is so close to the Dutch border makes our liaison really easy."