Farmer Boys (band)

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Farmer Boys
Origin Stuttgart, Germany
Genres Groove metal, gothic metal, doom metal
Years active 1994-Present
Labels BMG, Motor Music, Nuclear Blast
Website Official site
Members Matthias Sayer
Alexander Scholpp
Denis Hummel
Antonio Ieva (1999 - present)
Till Hartmann
Past members Ralf Botzenhart (1994 - 1999)

Farmer Boys is a heavy metal band from Stuttgart, Germany. They reached their peak of popularity with their album The World Is Ours, released in 2000; the videos for singles "Here Comes The Pain" and "If You Ever Leave Me Standing" were put into heavy rotation by German alternative music channels such as VIVA Zwei. Farmer Boys has obtained a cult following in later years.

Their musical style is a blend of Machine Head's groove metal and Paradise Lost's gothic metal; their lyrical matter, however, unusually to the style, often revolves around the darker side of agriculture - bestiality ("Farm Sweet Farm"), torture of animals ("When a Chicken Cries For Love"), suicide ("Relieve the Tension)" and slaughterhouses ("When Pigs Fly"). (Their later albums have strayed away from the subject matter.)[1]

Matthias Sayer also provided guest vocals for Apocalyptica's single Hope Vol.2.

As of June 2007, very little news regarding the band has been forthcoming since the release of The Other Side in 2004. There are concerns amongst the fans that the band has split up, however there has been no formal press release regarding this.

In 2008 after four years had passed since the release of The Other Side the group performed a reunion concert in Stuttgart on 22 December.[2]

Having been silent since 2008, however, in 2011 the band played a concert at Summer Breeze Open Air, on 20 August in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. No official statement was made concerning about new possible studio album or the future of the band.

Members[3][edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Ralf Botzenhart - bass (-1999)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Position
GER
1996 "Countrified"
1997 "Till the Cows Come Home"
2000 "The World Is Ours" 27
2004 "The Other Side" 70

Singles[edit]

Music videos[edit]

  • Farm Sweet Farm [4]
  • Never Let Me Down Again [5]
  • When Pigs Fly
  • Here Comes The Pain [6]
  • If You Ever Leave Me Standing [7]
  • While God Was Sleeping
  • Stay Like This Forever [8]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.last.fm/music/Farmer+Boys
  2. ^ http://www.roehre-konzerte.de/konzerte/konzerte.htm
  3. ^ http://www.thegauntlet.com/bio/1439/Farmer-Boys.html
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHjbK5a9_hE
  5. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9piG_XBPfU0
  6. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhSyLkqvfPk
  7. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dXwe5VAc-g
  8. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VjkNZP6z04