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GenresNeue Deutsche Härte
Years active1992–2010
LabelsHigh Gain
Nuclear Blast
East West
Prime Time Muzik
Associated actsRusskaja, Blowin Free, Blind Petition, Break Point, Stalynn, Ohrrausch, Soyuz
MembersGary Wheeler
Peter Karolyi
Michael Stocker
Past membersNiko Stössl
Thomas Schuler
Conrad Schrenk
Georgij Alexandrowitsch Makazaria

Stahlhammer (German for "Steel Hammer") is a Neue Deutsche Härte band from Austria that formed in 1992.[1] They incorporate elements from hardcore, groove metal, industrial metal and symphonic metal into their songs. The band has to this date released six albums, where the majority of songs are in German. Their latest album is Opera Noir, which was released in March 2006.


Stahlhammer is one of the most popular bands to ever come out of Austria.[citation needed] The band name was originally going to be "Eisenherz", but copyright laws for the German "Prince Valiant" stories prohibited this, though this later became the name of their fourth album. Their first album Killer Instinkt, released in 1995, became widely known throughout Austria and Germany due to the success of their video for the Pink Floyd cover "Another Brick in the Wall". Among Stahlhammer's several covers is a metal-styled version of MC Hammer's famous hit "U Can't Touch This".

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Gary Wheeler – vocals, guitars, keyboard, programming
  • Peter Karolyi – bass
  • Michael Stoker – drums

Former members[edit]

  • Niko Stössl – guitar
  • Thomas Schuler – guitar
  • Conrad Schrenk – guitar
  • Georgij Alexandrowitsch Makazaria – vocals


Band members by album[edit]

  • Killer Instinct:

Gary Wheeler (vocals), Thomas Schuler (guitar), Peter Karolyi (bass), and Michael Stocker (drums)

  • Wiener Blut:

Georgij Alexandrowitsch Makazaria (vocals), Thomas Schuler (guitar), Peter Karolyi (bass), and Michael Stocker (drums)

  • Feind hört mit:

Georgij Alexandrowitsch Makazaria (vocals), Conrad Schrenk (guitar), Peter Karolyi (bass), and Michael Stocker (drums)

  • Eisenherz:

Gary Wheeler (vocals), Niko Stössl (guitar), Peter Karolyi (bass), and Michael Stocker (drums)

  • Stahlmania:

Gary Wheeler (vocals, guitar), Peter Karolyi (bass), and Michael Stocker (drums)

  • Opera Noir:

Gary Wheeler (vocals, guitar), Peter Karolyi (bass), and Geoff Dugmore (drums)


  1. ^ "Stahlhammer > Band Biography". Retrieved 23 March 2021.

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