Stahlmann

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Stahlmann
Feuertal 2013 - Stahlmann 23.jpg
Stahlmann at Feuertal Festival 2013
Background information
Origin Göttingen, Germany
Genres Neue Deutsche Härte
Years active 2008–present
Labels AFM Records
Associated acts Eisbrecher, Sundenklang
Website www.stahlmann.tv
Members Martin "Mart" Soer - vocals, programming
Frank Herzig - lead guitar, programming
AblaZ - bass
Max Thiele - drums
Past members Alexander Scharfe
Niklas Kahl
Mathhias Müller

Stahlmann is a German band that formed in 2008 in Göttingen, Germany. It is in the genre of Neue Deutsche Härte.

History[edit]

Martin Soer, the vocalist of the band, met Alexander Scharfe, the guitarist, and both soon realized that they like the same kind of music, Neue Deutsche Härte. Later that year, they started the band, Stahlmann, and started writing their own songs.

They soon met Tobias Berkefeld, who also owned a guitar. After having the members in the band, they decide to do a live performance. For concerts, they invite a third guitarist and drummer.

At this time, the group had no name. The idea arose while eating at a barbecue. "Actually, we were sitting in front of Alex and barbecuing and I was just thinking, 'OK, the name should somehow represent us,' and then it came by itself." says lead singer, Martin.

Thus the concept for their band was formed. Before concerts, all three members would paint themselves silver paint, wear black suits, and use heavy lighting.

In 2009, their debut EP, Herzschlag, got to the top twenty in German alternative charts and settled there for four weeks. Thanks to this, another group noticed them and invited them to tour with bands such as Doro, In Extremo, and Saltatio Mortis. They also worked in Göttingen in concerts, opening for Eisbrecher, and that is where they found their audience.

In 2010, Stahlmann went on tour. This tour was organized by the magazine, Zillo.

In a state of euphoria from the above events, the group started working on their debut album, which was produced in the style of Industrial Metal. Later that year, the drummer O-Lee (ex-Die Schröders) and bassist Dirk Fire-Abend (ex-Engelhai) joined. On September 3, 2010, they released their first single, Hass Mich ... Lieb Mich. On September 17, 2010, Stahlmann released their first full-length album, which was called Stahlmann. There were electronic styled parts, hard riffs, and Martin's explosive voice. This album, solely, is what brought attention to themselves.

Being a young group, Stahlmann performed successfully in Germany with confidence and won new fans.

For personal reasons, Alex left the band, but he still occasionally performs with the group in concert. In late 2011, the group added a new bassist, Ablation (AblaZ). Also performing in live performances were guitarists Sid Armageddon (Sid Armageddon), Mueller Mathis (Mathis Müller), Nicklas Kaalam (Niklas Kahl), and Dimitrios Gatsios (Dimitrios Tacki Gatsios).

Despite their busy concert schedule, Stahlmann in 2011 removed the two singles, Tanzmaschine and Stalwittchen. These were both pre-prepared material for the album Quecksilber, which was released on January 20, 2012 release via AFM Records. "We had eight weeks to master the sound we wanted in one of the best studios of the country. We could try to accurately convey our vision of the album," recalls Martin after recording in March.

"The second album is more melodic, with a large presence of electronic sounds and is not original," says some critics. But that did not get them down. Martin states here, "We associate ourselves with such music. We do not care what people think about our music. We do not want to change just because someone thinks that we're like Rammstein and Megaherz."

In early 2012, they released a single, "Spring Nicht".

In mid-2012, it was announced that the band was in the studio, recording for a new album. The new album with the title "Adamant" will be released April 19, 2013. The first single taken from the upcoming album is "Süchtig" and was released March 1, 2013 and on April 5, 2013 they released the second single "Schwarz".

In fall 2013, Stahlmann toured with Vlad In Tears performing 5 shows throughout Germany.[1]

Style[edit]

The band plays Neue Deutsche Härte with elements of Alternative Metal and electronic music.[citation needed]

Notes[edit]

  • They are well known for going onto stage in silver body paint; hence the name "Stahlmann", "stahl" meaning steel in German.
  • They have been compared to Rammstein and have even been said to be the next Rammstein.[citation needed]
  • Their debut EP, "Herzschlag", entered the Top 20 of German Alternative Charts and held its own for several months.
  • The band melts together hard industrial sounds, stoic metal rhythms and catchy, intensive gothic melodies and forges them to high-class raw material for their strong music.[2]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
EP
  • Herzschlag (2009)
Singles
  • "Hass Mich...Lieb Mich..." (2010)
  • "Stahlwittchen" (2011)
  • "Tanzmaschine" (2011)
  • "Spring Nicht" (2012)
  • "Süchtig" (2013)
  • "Schwarz" (2013)
  • "Plasma" (2015)

Reviews[edit]

  • Music reviewer stated that they had disliked the EBM style of music, criticized the stoic rhythms and simple riffs, but praises the creativity displayed on their debut album, Stahlmann.[3]
  • metal.de said that the album was, "Too smoothed out, too radio clean, and without any sharp edges."[4]
  • The songs from their EP, "Herzschlag" received more than convincing reviews on the website, nachaktiv-web.de[5]
  • The SPINE praises the singing on the debut album, Stahlmann, whereas other magazines stated that it was, "Lacking originality." .[6]
  • Some have gone as far as to call them the next Rammstein.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VLAD IN TEARS Announce German Tour". Rockngrowl.Com. Retrieved 2015-08-12. 
  2. ^ "AFM Records AFM Records - Artists - Stahlmann". Afm-records.de. Retrieved 2015-08-12. 
  3. ^ "Stahlmann: Stahlmann (Review/Kritik) - Album-Rezension (NDH/Industrial)". Musikreviews.de. Retrieved 2015-08-12. 
  4. ^ "Stahlmann - Stahlmann - Review - Rock". metal.de. Retrieved 2015-08-12. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "the SPINE - Rezension: STAHLMANN - Stahlmann". The-spine.de. 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2015-08-12. 
  7. ^ "AFM Records AFM Records - Artists - Stahlmann". Afm-records.de. Retrieved 2015-08-12. 

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