Beyond the Black

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Beyond the Black
Beyond the Black – Hamburg Metal Dayz 2014 01.jpg
Beyond the Black on Hamburg Metal Dayz 2014
Background information
Origin Mannheim, Germany
Genres Symphonic metal
Power metal
Years active 2014 (2014)–present
Labels Airforce1 Records,[1] Napalm Records
Associated acts Saphir
Website beyondtheblack.de
Members
  • Jennifer Haben
  • Kai Tschierschky
  • Jonas Roßner
  • Tobi Lodes
  • Chris Hermsdörfer
  • Stefan Herkenhoff
Past members
  • Nils Lesser
  • Christopher Hummels
  • Tobias Derer
  • Erwin Schmidt
  • Michael Hauser

Beyond the Black is a German symphonic metal/power metal band formed in 2014 in Mannheim.[2] Their debut album Songs of Love and Death became popular immediately after the release, and entered the German and Austrian national music charts.[3]

History[edit]

The band was formed in 2014 in Mannheim, Germany. It consists of Jennifer Haben (vocalist, ex-Saphir), Nils Lesser (lead guitarist), Christopher Hummels (rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist), Michael Hauser (keyboardist), Erwin Schmidt (bassist) and Tobias Derer (drummer). They made their first appearances at the Wacken Open Air 2014 festival and on tour supporting Saxon and Hell.[4][5]

On 13 February 2015, the band released their debut full-length album Songs of Love and Death, which has reached 12th place in the German music charts[6] and 21st place in the Austrian charts.[3][7] The album was produced by Sascha Paeth (Avantasia) and received mostly positive reviews from critics.[8][9] A week later, on February 20, the band appeared on the German Sat.1 Breakfast television with the song "In the Shadows".[10]

From 13 May 2015, the band embarked on their first tour through Germany, followed by an appearance at the Wave-Gotik-Treffen on May 23, 2015.[11]

It was announced via their Facebook page on the 21st of December 2015 that their second album titled Lost In Forever would be released on the 12th of February 2016, it features 13 new tracks and the deluxe edition will feature 9 live songs (including an unreleased cover), an interview and interactive menu.

On July 15, 2016 the band announced that Jennifer Haben and the rest of the band was parting ways. The band would continue with Jennifer Haben and new members to be decided at a later date.[12]

Members[edit]

Jennifer Haben, lead vocalist from Beyond The Black, unplugged at Wacken Open Air 2016

Former members[edit]

  • Nils Lesser – lead guitar (2014-2016)
  • Christopher Hummels – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2014-2016)
  • Tobias Derer – drums (2014-2016)
  • Erwin Schmidt – bass (2014-2016)
  • Michael Hauser – keyboards (2014-2016)

Timeline

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
GER
[6]
AUT
[7]
Songs of Love and Death
  • Release: 13 February 2015[13]
  • Label: Airforce1 Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
12 21
Lost In Forever
  • Release: 12 February 2016[14]
  • Label: Airforce1 Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
4 21
Heart of the Hurricane
  • Release: 31 August 2018
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download, Vinyl

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2015 "In the Shadows" Songs of Love and Death
2016 "Lost in Forever" Lost in Forever
2017 "Night Will Fade " Lost In Forever (Tour Edition)
"Forget My Name (2017 Version)" N/A
2018 "Heart of the Hurricane" Heart of the Hurricane

Promo singles

Year Title Album
2015 "Songs of Love and Death" Songs of Love and Death
"Love Me Forever"
2016 "Written in Blood" Lost in Forever
"Halo of the Dark"

Music videos[edit]

  • "In the Shadows" (2015)[15][16]
  • "Lost in Forever" (2016)[17]
  • "Night Will Fade" (2017)[18]
  • "Forget My Name (2017 Version)" (2017)[19]
  • "Heart of the Hurricane" (2018) [20]

Promotional videos[edit]

  • "Songs of Love and Death" (2015)[21]
  • "Love Me Forever" (2015)[22]
  • "Written In Blood" (2016) [23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beyond The Black". Airforce1.tv. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Official biography". Universal Music Deutschland (in German). Archived from the original on 14 June 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Beyond The Black - Songs Of Love And Death". australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 17 July 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Beyond The Black support Saxon & Hell on UK tour dates". Wacken.com. Archived from the original on 12 June 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Hören sie "Beyond the Black" im stream: Liefern sie das metal-debüt des jahres?". Bild (in German). 14 February 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Beyond the Black". Offizielle Deutsche Charts (in German). Archived from the original on 9 July 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Österreichische Hitparaden und Musik Portal". austriancharts.at (in German). Archived from the original on 5 June 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Beyond The Black - Songs of Love and Death". Metal Hammer (in German). 27 February 2015. Archived from the original on 8 September 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Beyond The Black – Songs Of Love And Death review". Metal-Temple.com. 8 March 2015. Archived from the original on 30 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  10. ^ Kessler, Sebastian (20 February 2015). "Metal-Newcomer Beyond The Black im Sat.1 Frühstücksfernsehen: Video vom TV-Auftritt". Metal Hammer (in German). Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Wave Gotik Treffen 2015 Bericht und Fotos". NecroWeb - Musikmagazin (in German). 30 May 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Beyond The Black is looking for new musicians". 15 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "Encyclopaedia Metallum - Songs of Love and Death - Beyond the Black". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "Lost In Forever (Limited Deluxe Fanbox) CD+DVD, Limited Edition". Amazon.com. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  15. ^ "Seht hier zuerst das neue Beyond The Black-Video zu 'In The Shadows'". Metal Hammer (in German). 29 January 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  16. ^ Beyond The Black - In The Shadows (Official video) on YouTube Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  17. ^ Beyond The Black - Lost In Forever on YouTube Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  18. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3_4Q3K8t7k
  19. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpiKYwLHwyQ
  20. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIUtob1EdcY
  21. ^ Beyond The Black - Songs Of Love and Death Teaser on YouTube Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  22. ^ Beyond The Black - Love Me Forever Teaser on YouTube Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  23. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4ALE6SCB6E

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