Megaherz

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Megaherz
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Megaherz in 2014
Background information
OriginEichenau, Germany
GenresNeue Deutsche Härte
Years active1993–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitewww.megaherz.com
www.megaherz.de
MembersAlexander "Lex" Wohnhaas
Christian "X-ti" Bystron
Wenz "Wenz" Weninger
Christoph "Chris" Klinke
Tobias Derer
Past membersAlexander "Alexx" Wesselsky
Marc Bredtmann
Josef Kalleder
Tobias Trinkl
Christian Scharinger
Mathias "Jablonski" Elsholz
Oliver Pohl
Jürgen Zink
Frank Gegerle
Jochen "Noel Pix" Seibert
Roland Vencelj
Jürgen "Bam Bam" Wiehler
Singer Alexander "Lex" Wohnhaas at Nocturnal Culture Night festival 2016

Megaherz (English "Mega-heart", a pun on the homophone "megahertz") is a German industrial metal group formed in Eichenau in 1993.

Megaherz has gone through many changes in musical style since their founding. Their early works are a fairly dark alternative metal, comparable to 1990s American bands such as Faith No More, whereas recent works are comparable to bands such as Oomph! and Rammstein. Their early albums all include at least one song based on a classic German fairy tale, including "Hänschenklein" ("Little chick") on "Herzwerk", "Rapunzel" on Kopfschuss, "Windkind" ("Wind child") on Himmelfahrt and "I.M Rumpelstilzchen" on Herzwerk II.

The band has had many changes in line-up since its formation in 1993. Guitarist Christian Bystron and bassist Wenz Weninger have been the band's only consistent members since 1995. Since vocalist Alexander Wesselsky's departure in 2003, no founding member has remained in the band.

History[edit]

Formation and early success (1993–2002)[edit]

Megaherz began as a musical project of Alexx Wesselsky, Josef Kalleder, Marc Bredtmann and Tobias Trinkl. In 1995 they released a self published demo album Herzwerk.

Christian "X-ti" Bystron joined the band while they were touring for Herzwerk, after a few rehearsals the bass player Josef quit and Alexx asked X-ti if he knew any bass players, at which point Wenz Weninger joined the band. Both Marc and Tobias left the band soon after. The now trio of Alexx, X-ti and Wenz released the first studio album Wer Bist Du in 1997 with a completely different sound, inspired by Clawfinger and incorporating electronic and rap elements that would become a staple in future albums.[2]

Noel Pix had helped with the keyboards and programming on Wer Bist Du but joined the band full time on keyboards for the second album, Kopfschuss, released in 1998. The single "Freiflug" was released in 1999 to further promote Kopfschuss; the single became their most successful single to date, peaking on the Deutsche Alternative Charts at No. 7.

This album was followed by Himmelfahrt, which was released in 2000 and become their debut album on the Media Control Charts, peaking at No. 78. Herzwerk II, released in 2002 and had similar success, also reaching No. 78 on the German charts. In October 2002, vocalist Alexx Wesselsky announced that he was leaving the band due to creative differences, he would finish the 2002 tour before officially leaving the band on January 1, 2003 and forming the group Eisbrecher with Noel Pix.

The search for a lead singer (2003–2007)[edit]

In April 2003, the remaining members announced the new singer: Mathias "Jablonski" Elsholz of the band Twelve after Elf. Elsholz was already familiar to fans as his vocals had been briefly featured on the track "Falsche Götter" from the album Himmelfahrt. By June 2004, a new album was under way. A new song was soon released with a small Macromedia Flash animation, substantiating the rumors of a new singer. This song was later revealed to be "Zeig' mir dein Gesicht" from the album 5, which was released on December 6, 2004.

On September 23, 2005, the rest of the tours for the year were cancelled, as Elsholz left in "total surprise" to the band. The reason was not given on the Megaherz homepage, but, in the Eisbrecher forums, Elsholz announced he and his wife were expecting twins, and he wished to devote more time to his soon-to-be family.[3] 5 was released in the USA by Eclipse Records on February 21, 2006.

On April 18, 2007, it was confirmed on Megaherz's official website that the band found a new singer and was working on their sixth record. It was also stated that the band would tour while recording their new album.[4]

Lex officially joins (2007-2010)[edit]

By August 18, 2007, the band's new line-up was announced and the website was relaunched. Lex Wohnhaas, from the band Seelenbrand was announced as the new singer and Jürgen "Bam Bam" Wiehler, from the band Bonfire was replacing Jürgen Zink. Lex previously played for Megaherz during a concert in Moscow just after Elsholz left.

The new album, Heuchler, was released in July 2008. After its release, the new album reached position No. 31 in German Album Charts. The band played at the Summer Breeze Open Air festival in August 2008, and continued touring in 2009, playing at the Wave-Gotik-Treffen festival.

A compilation album was released in early March 2009 titled Totgesagte Leben Länger ("Those declared dead live longer", a line from "Dein Herz Schlägt" from the album 5[5]).

The band released their first remix album, Loblieder, on April 1, 2010, featuring remixes by artists such as Die Krupps, Suicide Commando, Rotersand, Letzte Instanz and Staubkind.

Götterdämmerung, Zombieland & Erdwärts (2010–2017)[edit]

By December 22, 2010, Megaherz were back in the studio working on their seventh album. On April 28, 2011 Megaherz announced that Christoph "Chris" Klinke, from "From Constant Visions", was the band's new Rhythm Guitarist replacing Roland Vencelj.

Announced on their official website on May 24, 2011 Megaherz will release their new album on October 14, 2011, But by August 20 it was announced that the release date for the new album has been moved to early December. It was then announced on their official website on September 22, 2011, that "In coordination with our record company GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music we decided to postpone the release of our new album finally to January 20th 2012."[2]. Megaherz would also mention that the new album will feature 11 songs and that one of the new songs will become available for download in October 2011.

Megaherz went on tour with Subway to Sally and Letzte Instanz in December 2011 before embarking on their own national tour in early 2012 to promote the new album.

The first single Jagdzeit was released on December 23, 2011. The new album titled Götterdämmerung was released on January 20, 2012 and hit the Media Control Charts at No. 19.

Megaherz played at the Wacken Open Air festival on August 2 as well as the Mera Luna Festival on August 11, 2012.

Megaherz released their first concert DVD on November 16, 2012 titled Götterdämmerung: Wacken Live. Gegen Den Wind was released on January 25, 2013 as the second single to the band's album Götterdämmerung, later Gegen Den Win also features on the album Zombieland.

The band announced on their official website on January 20 that they were working on a new album. By the end of February, the band announced that they had signed with a new record company, Napalm Records.

The band's eighth studio album Zombieland was released on October 24, 2014 and would chart in the Media Control Charts at #17.

Megaherz then went on a tour with Unheilig as support for Unheiligs Gipfelstürmer Open Air Tour between June and September, 2015.

Megaherz would then release a new EP titled Erdwärts on December 4, 2015 followed by a tour across Russia, Germany, Austria and Switzerland between December, 2015 and April, 2016. The EP consists of 4 new songs and 2 re-recorded tracks Jordan and Teufel, both songs previously released on the band's 1998 album Kopfschuss.

Megaherz once again went on tour with Unheilig between May and July, 2016 as a supporting act during Unheilig's Ein Letzte Mal Tournee. Though Megaherz didn't play any support shows for Unheilig in August, Megaherz was 1 of 4 supporting acts for the tour finale at ReinEnergieStadion on September 10, 2016.

Megaherz then embarked on the 2nd leg of the Erdwärts Club Tour between November, 2016 and January, 2017.

Megaherz Goes China, Komet & Departure of Jürgen "Bam Bam" Wiehler (2017-Present)[edit]

On January 9, 2017 after the "Erdwärts Tour" finale, the band announced that they have entered the studio to record their next studio album.

The band went on a 4 date tour in China for the very first time in the bands 20+ year career in May, 2017 playing in 4 cities incl. Beijing.

Megaherz opened for Marilyn Manson on July 22, 2017 at Woodstage Open Air Festival in Dresdon, Germany.

Komet was revealed as the title of the upcoming 10th album scheduled to be released in February 2018.

longtime Drummer, Jürgen "Bam Bam" Wiehler, left the band in February 2018. Jürgen's replacement, Tobias Derer, was later announced as the new drummer for Megaherz.[6]

Tobias Derer's run with the band was short lived, leaving in April 2018. The band officially announced his departure in July 2018 and welcomed Rolf Herring on board as the new Drummer.

Musical style[edit]

Megaherz primarily plays a style of Neue Deutsche Härte, a subgenre of industrial metal, which incorporates elements of groove metal, techno, and German rock. Megaherz makes use of clean and deep male vocals, heavy riffs, samples, keyboard, and synthesizer effects. During the early days of the band, Megaherz played an alternative metal style in the vein of Faith No More. Their albums Wer Bist Du and Kopfschuss took on a rap metal and funk metal style, which included slap bass riffs and rapping.

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Alexander "Alexx" Wesselsky – Vocals (1995–2003)
  • Mathias "Jablonski" Elsholz – Vocals (2003–2005)
  • Jochen "Noel Pix" Seibert – Guitar, keyboards, programming (1998–2001)
  • Christian Scharinger – Keyboards, programming (1995–1997)
  • Josef Kalleder – Bass guitar (1993–1995)
  • Roland Vencelj – Guitar (2007–2011)
  • Oliver Pohl – Guitar (2002–2003)
  • Marc Bredtmann – Guitar (1993–1995)
  • Tobias Derer - Drums (2018)
  • Jürgen "Bam Bam" Wiehler - Drums (2007-2018)
  • Jürgen Zink – Drums (2003–2007)
  • Jürgen Schlachter - Drums (2002–2003)
  • Frank Gegerle – Drums (1998–2001, touring 2005)
  • Tommy Eberhard – Drums (1997–1998)
  • Tobias Trinkl – Drums (1993–1995)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
GER AUT SWI
1995 Herzwerk - - -
1997 Wer Bist Du? - - -
1998 Kopfschuss - - -
2000 Himmelfahrt 78 - -
2002: Herzwerk II 78 - -
2004 5 - - -
2008 Heuchler 31 - -
2012 Götterdämmerung 19 - -
2014 Zombieland 17 75 68
2018 Komet 7 49 43

Remix albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 1997: "Gott sein"
  • 1998: "Rock Me Amadeus"
  • 1998: "Liebestöter"
  • 1999: "Freiflug" (#7 in DAC)
  • 2000: "Himmelfahrt"
  • 2002: "Herzblut"
  • 2004: "Gott Sein '04" (non-physical release)
  • 2004: "Dein Herz Schlägt" (lnon-physical release)
  • 2008: "Mann von Welt"
  • 2011: "Jagdzeit" (#10 in DAC)
  • 2013: "Gegen Den Wind"
  • 2014: "Wir Könnten Götter Sein"
  • 2017: "Vorhang Auf" (#1 in DAC)
  • 2018: "Komet"
  • 2018: "Von Oben"

EPs[edit]

  • 2007: "Freiflug EP: The early years (1996-2000)"
  • 2008: "Mann von Welt"
  • 2008: "Heuchler"
  • 2011: "Jagdzeit"
  • 2015: "Erdwärts"

Compilation albums[edit]

Music Videos[edit]

  • 1999: Freiflug
  • 2011: Jagdzeit
  • 2013: Herz aus Gold
  • 2014: Für Immer
  • 2016: Einsam
  • 2017: Vorhang Auf!
  • 2018: Komet
  • 2018: Nicht Genug

References[edit]

  1. ^ Archived 2002-02-07 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Megaherz - Wir Leben Noch!". Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2005-10-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Megaherz | News Archived 2008-06-11 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ http://www.megaherz.com/en/band/releases/megaherz_5#dein_herz_schlaegt Archived 2008-07-24 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "New Drummer at Megaherz". Retrieved 2018-02-24.

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