BLIND GUARDIAN Confirmed For Next Year’s ‘Sweden Rock Cruise’

German power metallers BLIND GUARDIAN are the first confirmed band for the Sweden Rock Cruise 2012.

The ship Tallink Silja Galaxy will depart from Stockholm, Sweden on March 29 and make a round trip to Turku, Finland to return to Stockholm 23 hours later (March 30).

Five more acts will be announced during the coming months.

BLIND GUARDIAN is currently collaborating with Germany’s best fantasy author Markus Heitz on an orchestral album which is expected to be released in 2012.

“At The Edge Of Time”, the tenth studio album from BLIND GUARDIAN, sold around 4,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 108 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 1 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

BLIND GUARDIAN‘s previous CD, “A Twist In The Myth”, opened with 3,000 units back in September 2006.

“At The Edge Of Time” entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 2 — the band’s strongest chart showing ever in its home country.