Paragon (band)

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Origin Hamburg, Germany
Genres Heavy metal
Speed metal
Power metal
Years active 1990–present
Labels Massacre Records (current)
Remedy Records
Members Andreas Babuschkin
Martin Christian
Jan Bünning
Christian Gripp
Past members see below

Paragon is a speed metal/power metal band from Hamburg, Germany.


Paragon was founded by guitarist Martin Christian (who in many of the band's album booklets is written as Martin Wöbcke when it comes to songwriting-credits). After releasing some demo tapes and a mini-CD, they were able to release an album in 1994, the debut World of Sin. Shortly after this, their record company Blue Merle went bankrupt, and Martin decided to put the band on hiatus.

About two years later, Martin found four new members (Andreas, Jan, Markus, & Claudius) and recorded the album The Final Command. In 1999, Chalice of Steel was released. In 2001, Paragon released Steelbound, engineered and produced by Piet Sielck of Iron Savior. Piet has worked with the band on every album since then.

After the recording of Forgotten Prophecies in early 2007, the band's longtime bass player Jan Bünning quit the band because of "musical differences." Shortly after the band had found a replacement in Dirk Seifert.

In late 2007 the band changed labels to Massacre Records and released Screenslaves in 2008.

In the mid to ending months of 2009, Paragon took a break. During this time they lost two members. Guitarist Günny Kruse who had played on their three studio albums between 2005–2008, and also bassist Dirk Seifert who only played on "Screenslaves".

In 2012 the album "Force Of Destruction" was released.

On November 4, 2014, Paragon announced a new album will be released in 2015 which will be the bands 25th anniversary.

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Andreas Babuschkin - Lead Vocals (1997–present)
  • Martin Christian - Guitar / Backing Vocals (1990–present)
  • Jan Bünning - Bass / Backing Vocals (1996–2007, 2009–present)
  • Christian Gripp - Drums (2005–present)

Former members[edit]

Chris Barena (1990–1994)
Kay Carstens (1994–1996)

Frank Hellweg (1990–1991)
Marcus Cremer (and Bass) (1991–1993)
Wolfgang "Woko" Köhler (1993–1994)
Tommy Eichstädt (1995–1996)
Daniel Görner (1995–1996)
Claudius Cremer (1996–2003)
Günny Kruse (2003–2009)

Dirk Sturzbecher (1990–1995)
Uwe Wessel (1995–1996)
Kay Blanke (1996)

Dirk Seifert (2007–2009)

Kay Neuse (1990–1995)
Markus Corby (1995–2005)



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