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
. 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,
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.