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Tanzwut performing live
Tanzwut performing live
Background information
OriginBerlin, Germany
GenresMedieval metal
Industrial metal
Neo-medieval music
Years activeSince 1998
LabelsPICA Music Records, EMI, Teufel Records
Associated actsCorvus Corax
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersMike "Teufel" Paulenz
Martin Ukrasvan
Der Zwilling
Past membersKoll. A.
Singer Teufel at the Wave-Gotik-Treffen 2017 in Leipzig
Der Zwilling at the Wave-Gotik-Treffen 2017 in Leipzig

Tanzwut (German pronunciation: [ˈtantsvuːt]) is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and medieval metal band which originated as a side project of Corvus Corax-members. The band uses a medieval theme during their live performances which are expressed through their stagecraft, costumes and choreography.


Their name is the German term for "dancing mania", but is directly translated with "dance-rage". Tanzwut are known for their heavy use of bagpipes, an unusual instrument for a metal band. The group has achieved international success, filling concert halls as far away from their home country as Mexico.

The band's recent releases have been gravitating towards a more industrial metal approach, incorporating the use of more down-tuned guitars, harsher vocals and darker atmospheres. On Weiße Nächte though, Tanzwut completely removed its industrial sound for a more refined classical approach centered around bagpipes with a heavy metal sound. However some of the Industrial influence returned with "Höllenfahrt" and the band have written material in a more traditional style similar to that of Corvus Corax (Morus et Diabolus and Eselsmesse).


Studio albums[edit]

  • Tanzwut (Dance-Rage) (1999)
  • Labyrinth der Sinne (Labyrinth of Senses) (2000)
  • Ihr Wolltet Spass (You Wanted Fun) (2003)
  • Schattenreiter (Shadow Rider) (2006).
  • Weiße Nächte (White Nights) (2011)
  • Morus et Diabolus (2011)
  • Höllenfahrt (Hell Ride) (2013)
  • Eselsmesse (Donkey Fair) (2014)
  • Freitag der 13. (Friday the 13th) (2015)
  • Schreib es mit Blut (Write it in Blood) (2016)
  • Seemannsgarn (Sailor's Yarn) (2019)

Live albums[edit]

  • Tanzwut - Live (DVD, 2004)


  • "Exkremento" (album, 1998) (promo) (Tanzwut)
  • "Augen Zu" ("Eyes Closed") (1999) (Tanzwut)
  • "Weinst Du?" (feat. Umbra et Imago) ("Do you cry?") (1999)
  • "Verrückt" ("Insane") (1999) (Tanzwut)
  • "Tanzwut" ("Dance Rage") (2000) (Labyrinth der Sinne)
  • "Bitte, Bitte" ("Please Please") (2000) (Labyrinth der Sinne) (Die Ärzte cover)
  • "Eiserne Hochzeit" ("Iron Wedding") (2001)
  • "Götterfunken" ("God-descended") (2001) (Labyrinth der Sinne)
  • "Feuer und Licht" (feat. Umbra et Imago) ("Fire and Light") (2001)
  • "Nein Nein" ("NO NO") (2003) (promo) (Ihr Wolltet Spass)
  • "Meer" ("Sea") (2003) (Ihr Wolltet Spass)
  • "Hymnus Cantica" (2003)
  • "Immer Noch Wach" (feat. Schandmaul) ("Still Awake") (2005) (Schattenreiter)
  • "Weiße Nächte" ("White Nights") (2011) (Weiße Nächte)
  • "Das Gerücht" ("The Rumor") (2013) (Höllenfahrt)
  • "Der Himmel Brennt" ("The Sky is Burning") (2013) (Höllenfahrt)
  • "Unsere Nacht" ("Our Night") (2014) (Eselsmesse)
  • "Der Eselskönig" (feat. Entr'Act) ("The Donkey King") (2014) (Eselsmesse)
  • "Freitag der 13" ("Friday the 13th") (2015) (Freitag der 13)
  • "Stille Wasser" (feat. Liv Kristine) ("Silent Waters") (2016)

Band members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Koll. A. (a.k.a. Meister Selbstfried) – bagpipe, Shawm, cornett
  • Brandan – guitar, bagpipe
  • Tec – keyboard, programming
  • Wim - bass guitar, bagpipe
  • Patrick - electric guitar
  • Castus - bagpipe, shawm
  • Ardor - bagpipe, shawm
  • Gast - keyboard, drum machine
  • Norri - drums & percussion
  • Hatz - keyboard, electronic drums

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