Paradox (German band)

Paradox is a German power/thrash metal band formed in 1986.[1]

Paradox
OriginWürzburg, Germany
GenresThrash metal, power metal,[1] speed metal[1]
Years active1986–1991, 1998–present
LabelsAFM Records
MembersCharly Steinhauer
Tilen Hudrap
Kostas Milonas
Gus Drax

HistoryEdit

The group was formed in Würzburg, Germany, in 1986 by two young musicians, Charly Steinhauer and Axel Blaha. Both of them were founding members of German cover bands of Overkill, Venom and Warhead since 1981. In February 1986, Markus Spyth joined on guitar and Roland Stahl on bass.

In July 1986, the band recorded a demo, drawing the attention of Roadrunner Records who went on to produce their first two albums. In 1987, their second demo "Mystery" was a success for the band, the German press calling it the best demo of the year. In the same year the band started recording their first album Product of Imagination,[2] which contained 10 songs and lasted 40 minutes. It was a success in Germany, with the music magazine Metal Hammer recognising it as the best German debut after Walls of Jericho by Helloween.

A year before releasing their second album, Roland Stahl left the band to be replaced by Matthias 'Kater' Schmitt. Shortly afterwards Spyth Markus also decided to leave the band and was replaced by Dieter Roth. In November 1989, Paradox released their second album Heresy.[2] The international acclaim received by the album helped to bring a worldwide fanbase to Paradox. In 1990, Markus Spyth was replaced by Kai Pasemann. From this year on, the band remained on hold for personal reasons of the members, and continuing line-up changes did not help their activity.

The band was inactive for almost ten years. In 1998, Charly Steinhauer had plans to reform Paradox. The new line-up featured Kai Pasemann on guitar and brothers Oliver and Alex Holzwarth on bass and drums respectively. In May 2000, Paradox signed with AFM Records and released their third album Collision Course. Once again the album received positive reviews. After this album the band again went on hiatus, this time because Charly Steinhauer contracted a serious intestinal disease. In September 2005, Steinhauer again reassembled the band with Roland Jahoda on drums and Olly Keller on bass.

In January 2008, Paradox released their fourth album, Electrify, which became a success especially in Japan.

In October 2009, the band released its fifth album, Riot Squad, the album's main themes concerning the problems and violence present in civilization. The artwork was designed by Italian artist / Chile Claudio Bergamin who had also created the artwork for Electrify. On December 14, 2012, they released Tales of the Weird.

In late 2013, Paradox began working on a new album,[3] which was said to be a concept album and a sequel to the band's 1989 album Heresy.[4] However, the band stated on their Facebook page that their new album was not going to be called Heresy II;[5] instead it was titled Pangea. Slovenian bass player Tilen Hudrap joined the band in 2015 and recorded the bass for Pangea. The album was released on June 3, 2016, and received great reviews all over the world.[6]

MembersEdit

Past membersEdit

GuitarEdit

  • Achim Hömerlein "Daxx"
  • Martin Buchmann
  • Andreas "Wuschi" Meyer
  • Earl Carter
  • Michael "Micky" Wehner
  • Detlef Kernwein
  • Markus Spyth
  • Jochen Glöggler
  • Dieter Roth
  • Werner Wilz
  • Kai Pasemann
  • Fabian Schwarz
  • Gus Drax
  • Fabian Schwarz

BassEdit

  • Volker Hartmann
  • Martin Stark
  • Rainer Langgut
  • Brian Sorensen
  • Klaus "Marshall" Albert
  • Roland Stahl
  • Joe DiBiase
  • Matthias "K.ter" Fries (Schmitt)
  • Klaus Lohmeyer
  • Armin Donderer
  • Andi Siegl
  • Olly Keller
  • Armin Donderer

DrumsEdit

  • Axel Blaha
  • Udo Klein
  • Stefan Schwarzmann
  • Chris Weiss
  • Roland Jahoda

VocalsEdit

  • Peter Motschiedler
  • Günter Niedermeyer
  • Mitch Schmitt
  • Stefan Haller

DiscographyEdit

  • Mystery (demo, 1987)
  • Product of Imagination (1987)
  • Heresy (1989)
  • Collision Course (2000)
  • Electrify (2008)
  • Riot Squad (2009)
  • Tales of the Weird (2012)
  • Pangea (2016)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Paradox – Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  2. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (1995). The Guinness Who’s Who of Heavy Metal (Second ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 269. ISBN 0-85112-656-1.
  3. ^ "PARADOX Re-Signs With AFM RECORDS". Blabbermouth.net. October 15, 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  4. ^ "PARADOX Collaborating With VOGT Brothers On 'Heresy ll' Concept Album". Blabbermouth.net. January 7, 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Paradox". Facebook.com. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Paradox - Pangea". Metalkingdom.net. Retrieved 19 November 2019.