Need to Believe

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Need To Believe
Gotthard (2009) - Need To Believe.jpg
Studio album by Gotthard
Released 4 September 2009
Recorded 2009
Genre Hard rock
Length 44:15
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Richard Chycki
Gotthard chronology
Domino Effect
Need to Believe

Need To Believe is the ninth studio album released by the hard rock band Gotthard. It was released on 4 September 2009. It is the last album with singer Steve Lee before his death.

In an interview, singer Steve Lee explains “We want to encourage. Especially in these times that are full of crisis it is important to believe in something. There is a wonderful saying, that 'will can move mountains'. If you are positively thinking and never give up, you will win in the end. That has always been Gotthard's belief.”

The album art, as Lee explains, "shows the philosophy of Gotthard: 'believe in yourself and do your own thing, even if you think it is impossible sometimes. Like it seems impossible to press water out of a stone. „Need To Believe“ because faith is essential.“

Additionally, there will be a high quality box version including a special gimmick and the bonus track "Ain't Enough".

The band will also contribute one new song to the German director, Uwe Boll, film about Max Schmeling, which will be in theatres on April 2010.

The title track, "Need to Believe", is the album's lead single, available for download 14 August 2009.

The album peaked at #1 on the Swiss charts and was certified as Platinum for exceeding 30,000 sales.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Shangri La" - 4:06
  2. "Unspoken Words" - 4:16
  3. "Need to Believe" - 3:57
  4. "Unconditional Faith" - 3:36
  5. "I Don't Mind" - 3:15
  6. "Break Away" - 3:59
  7. "Don't Let Me Down" - 4:16
  8. "Right from Wrong" - 3:42
  9. "I Know, You Know" - 5:17
  10. "Rebel Soul" - 3:26
  11. "Tears to Cry" - 4:21
  12. "Ain't Enough" (Bonus Track)
  13. "Speed of Light" (Japanese Bonus Track)


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Hard Rock Hideout[1] 8.5/10 stars
Jukebox:Metal [2] 2/5 stars
Lords of Metal[3] (91/100)

The Album peaked at #1 on the Swiss Charts and stayed for 34 weeks.


  • Steve Lee – vocals
  • Leo Leoni – guitars
  • Freddy Scherer – guitars
  • Marc Lynn – bass guitar
  • Hena Habegger – drums and percussion


  • Richard Chycki – Producer and Engineer


  1. ^ "Gotthard – Need To Believe (2009) «". 19 October 2009. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Andy Lye. "Jukebox:Metal review". 
  3. ^ "Gotthard - Need To Believe | Review | Lords Of Metal metal E-zine - issue 95". Retrieved 13 September 2010.