Hamburg, officially Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, is the second largest city in Germany and the eighth largest city in the European Union. It is the second smallest German state by area and its population is over 1.7 million people, and the wider Hamburg Metropolitan Region covers more than 5.1 million inhabitants. The city is situated on the river Elbe, the official long name reflects Hamburgs history as a member of the medieval Hanseatic League, a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire, a city-state, and one of the 16 states of Germany. Before the 1871 Unification of Germany, it was a sovereign state. Prior to the changes in 1919, the civic republic was ruled by a class of hereditary grand burghers or Hanseaten. Though repeatedly destroyed by the Great Fire of Hamburg, the floods and military conflicts including WW2 bombing raids, the city managed to recover and emerge wealthier after each catastrophe. On the river Elbe, Hamburg is a port and a global service, media and industrial hub, with headquarters and facilities of Airbus, Blohm + Voss, Beiersdorf.
The radio and television broadcaster NDR, Europes largest printing and publishing firm Gruner + Jahr, Hamburg has been an important financial centre for centuries, and is the seat of Germanys oldest stock exchange and the worlds second oldest bank, Berenberg Bank. The city is a fast expanding tourist destination for domestic and international visitors. It ranked 16th in the world for livability in 2015, the ensemble Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 2015. Hamburg is a major European science and education hub with several universities and institutes and its creative industries and major cultural venues include the renowned Elbphilharmonie and Laeisz concert halls, various art venues, music producers and artists. It is regarded as a haven for artists, gave birth to movements like Hamburger Schule. Hamburg is known for theatres and a variety of musical shows. St. Paulis Reeperbahn is among the best known European entertainment districts, Hamburg is on the southern point of the Jutland Peninsula, between Continental Europe to the south and Scandinavia to the north, with the North Sea to the west and the Baltic Sea to the north-east.
It is on the River Elbe at its confluence with the Alster, the city centre is around the Binnenalster and Außenalster, both formed by damming the River Alster to create lakes. The island of Neuwerk and two neighbouring islands Scharhörn and Nigehörn, in the Hamburg Wadden Sea National Park, are part of Hamburg. The neighbourhoods of Neuenfelde, Cranz and Finkenwerder are part of the Altes Land region, neugraben-Fischbek has Hamburgs highest elevation, the Hasselbrack at 116.2 metres AMSL. Hamburg has a climate, influenced by its proximity to the coast
Rage (German band)
Rage is a German heavy metal band, formed in 1984 founded by Peter Peavy Wagner. They were part of the German heavy/speed/power metal scene to emerge in the early to mid-1980s, along with such as Helloween, Running Wild, Blind Guardian. Rage was formed in 1984 under the name Avenger, after releasing their debut album Prayers of Steel and their Depraved to Black EP in 1985, the band changed their name to Rage because there was another band in England that had the same name. Originally the new name was meant to be Furious Rage but it was shortened to Rage. Thirteen musicians have been part of Rage over the years, been the most successful line up the one knows nowadays as the Refuge Years, with Manni Schmidt, the second notable line-up was the one formed with Mike Terrana and Victor Smolski. Through the years, Rage established themselves as a successful band and as pioneers of the Power Metal scene. Rage story begins in 1984, in Herne, Germany when Peavy Wagner Bass and Vocals alone with Jörg Michael and the guitarist Jochen Schröder Avenger first got together.
Following the arrival of their debut album recorded in 1984, Prayers of Steel and released by Wishbone Records, Avenger changed their name and became Rage and got a record deal at Noise releasing their first official LP Reign of Fear on May 12,1986. On May 11,1987 they released the album Execution Guaranteed under the label Noise, in the same year they released their first official video clip Down By Law as well, introducing the new line-up with Manni Schmidt and Chris Efthimiadis. With this new line-up in 1988 the album Perfect Man was released, the band began touring with Running Wild, U. D. O. In 1989 Rage released the album Secrets in a Weird World hitting the charts with the single Invisible Horizons, the early 1990s, their 1992 album Trapped. Marked their international breakthrough, hitting the charts worldwide, as a result, the band performed their first major tour in Japan. Their success was repeated again in 1993 with the release of The Missing Link and this Album turned out to become one of the most successful and influencing of this era.
In early 1994, the guitarist Manni Schmidt left the band and Peavy Wagner formed a new line-up with Sven Fischer, Rage signed with Gun Records the same year and released the breakthrough album Black in Mind, followed by a world tour and several chart entries worldwide. Especially in Japan and Europe this Album brought the band to a different, much higher level, the Album Lingua Mortis recorded in 1996, was the first album by a metal act, where a band would collaborate with a classical symphonic orchestra. Their material was performed live for the first time in late summer 1996 in Kufstein, subsequently and the orchestra embarked on a Christmas tour and played several European festivals. In March 1998 Rage released Their thirteenth album XIII including the Lingua Mortis Orchestra and had success on the charts. XIII was ranked number 272 in Rock Hard magazines book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time, after the album XIII, in 1999 Rage continued working with the Lingua Mortis Orchestra for their next album Ghosts
Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from Middletown, New Jersey. Founded in 1994, the band consists of guitarist Michael Romeo, keyboardist Michael Pinnella, drummer Jason Rullo, lead vocalist Russell Allen and their albums The Divine Wings of Tragedy and V, The New Mythology Suite have given the band considerable attention within the progressive metal community. They have achieved commercial success with the 2007 album Paradise Lost and the 2011 album Iconoclast. So then, somebody said ‘Symphony X’ and we were like, ‘yeah, that’s cool’ it is that thing. In early 1994 Michael Romeo recorded an album titled The Dark Chapter. The tape attracted a fair share of attention, particularly in Japan, Romeo recruited bassist Thomas Miller, drummer Jason Rullo, and vocalist Rod Tyler. Their self-titled debut album was recorded in the year. The bands second album, The Damnation Game, followed six months later. Singer Rod Tyler had left the band by and was replaced by current singer Russell Allen, the Divine Wings of Tragedy was the album that first gave Symphony X exposure in metal circles.
It took a time to record the album, with the recording sessions beginning in 1996. The positive feedback from the specialized press served to establish Symphony X in Europe, at the end of 1997 and for part of the next year, Jason Rullo, their drummer, had to stay away from the band in order to solve personal issues. He was temporarily replaced by Thomas Walling, even with a temporary drummer, the band recorded Twilight in Olympus, released in early 1998. That year saw the first live performances from the band and their first official show happened in 1998, in Japan. It was soon followed by a world tour, bassist Thomas Miller left the band and was replaced by Michael Lepond in that year. A compilation album, Prelude to the Millennium, was released by the end of 1998, as an extra, it featured a second version of the song Masquerade from the first album, with Russell Allen on vocals. Jason Rullo returned to the drums for the fifth album, V, The New Mythology Suite. It was the bands first release on major progressive label InsideOut Music, the album was their first concept album, dealing with the myth of Atlantis.
The album features such as Communion and the Oracle and the mini-suite Rediscovery
European Border Breakers Award
Winners of a European Border Breakers Award include Adele, MØ, Lykke Li, Katie Melua, Damien Rice and Mumford and Sons. The EBBA Awards were launched by the European Commission and are a European Union award, since 2009, the awards are organised by Eurosonic Noorderslag and the award is presented at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival. It gives information to the media about emerging European artists, radio airplay given to an artist by the European Broadcasting Union radio channels. The artists success at European festivals outside of his/her home country, since 2010, an online vote takes place to choose which EBBA Award winner will receive the Public Choice Award, on top of the regular award. The first winner was Belgian singer-songwriter Milow, the German rock & roll band The Baseballs won in 2011. Selah Sue from Belgium won the prize in 2012, since 2009 the award ceremony takes place every year in January, during the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival, in the Dutch city of Groningen, presented by BBC host and musician Jools Holland.
EBBA Award winners perform live during the show, as well as during the festival itself, winners from previous years are invited to perform as special guests. The ceremony is recorded by the Dutch public broadcasting channel NOS/NTR, the show is annually broadcast on several European television channels. The EBBA Awards were initiated by the European Commission in 2004, with the awards, the European Commission aims to stimulate the cross-border circulation of popular music repertoire and to highlight Europes great musical diversity
Cradle of Filth
Cradle of Filth are a British extreme metal band that formed in Suffolk in 1991. The bands musical style evolved from black metal to a cleaner and more produced amalgam of gothic metal, symphonic metal and their lyrical themes and imagery are heavily influenced by gothic literature, poetry and horror films. The band has broken free from its niche by courting mainstream publicity. The band eventually signed to Cacophonous Records, and their debut album, the album was well-received however, and as recently as June 2006 found its way into Metal Hammers list of the top ten black metal albums of the last twenty years. Cradles relationship with Cacophonous soon soured, the band accusing the label of contractual and financial mismanagement, acrimonious legal proceedings took up most of 1995, and the original version of the bands second album, Dusk. and Her Embrace was recorded by the Principle. Subsequently re-worked with new members for Music For Nations, the embryonic Cacophonous version was eventually released as Dusk.
and Her Embrace. The EP marked Sarah Jezebel Devas debut with the band, replacing Andrea Meyer, Cradles first female vocalist and self-styled satanic advisor. A concept album of sorts, based generally on vampirism and specifically on the writing of Sheridan Le Fanu, the albums production values matched the bands ambition for the first time, whilst Danis vocal gymnastics were at their most extreme. Alex Mosson, the Lord Provost of Glasgow from 1999 to 2003, called the shirts sick, the band obviously approved, using the quote on the back cover of the 2005 DVD Peace Through Superior Firepower. The album led to Cradles US debut, and Dani claimed it in 2003 as the Cradle album of which he was most proud, the band released their fourth studio album on the Halloween of 2000. Midian was based around the Clive Barker novel Cabal and its subsequent film adaptation Nightbreed, like Cruelty and the Beast, Midian featured a guest narrator, this time Doug Bradley, who starred in Nightbreed but remains best known for playing Pinhead in the Hellraiser series.
The video for Her Ghost in the Fog received heavy rotation on MTV2 and other channels. The longest-ever interim period between full-length Cradle albums was nevertheless a busy time for the band, stylistically similar to Midian, the album is unique among Cradle albums in featuring exactly the same band members as its predecessor. Further stop-gap releases followed in the form of the best of package Lovecraft & Witch Hearts, the band found time to appear in the horror film Cradle of Fear while they negotiated their first major-label signing with Sony Music. D. Based on Pier Paolo Pasolinis film Salò, D. a reference to Aleister Crowley. Babalon A. D. was the first DVD-only single to reach the UKs top 40 charts, according to the Guinness Book of Records of British Hit Singles, feeling that Sonys enthusiasm quickly palled however, Cradle jumped ship to Roadrunner Records after barely a year. 2004s Nymphetamine was the bands first full album since The Principle of Evil Made Flesh to not be based around any sort of overarching concept.
Cradles bass guitarist Dave Pybus described it as a mix between the groups Damnation and Cruelty albums with a renewed vigour for melody and plain fucking weirdness
Running Wild (band)
Running Wild is a German heavy metal band, formed in 1976 in Hamburg. They were part of the German metal scene to emerge in the early to mid-1980s, over the course of their career, they have released sixteen studio albums, three live albums, five compilation albums, and six singles/EPs. Although their earlier releases contained Satanic themes and imagery, Gerald Preacher Warnecke, while the historical lyrics were very superficial at first, the lyrics for albums were intensively researched, by Rolf Kasparek in particular. After this album, from 1988 to 1992, Running Wild mainly wrote historically based lyrics, on 17 April 2009 Rolf announced that Running Wild had split up. Their intended last show was at Wacken Open Air on July 30,2009 and it was recorded for CD and DVD release and appeared as The Final Jolly Roger on June 24,2011. The split would prove temporary as they reunited in 2012, Running Wild played live for the Wacken Open Air festival in July 2015. As of 2016, the band have released 16 studio albums, since the bands formation they have sold nearly 18 million albums.
The band formed in 1976 under the name Granite Heart, the band recorded their first demo in 1981 and featured the songs Hallow The Hell, War Child and King Of The Midnight Fire. These two tracks appeared on the compilation album Debut No.1 on the Raubbau Label, in 1983, the band started work on their debut album, which featured a satanic metal sound. The band released their album Gates to Purgatory under the Noise records label, the album proved to be a success, and the band quickly gained a cult following. Guitarist Gerald Preacher Warnecke left the band soon after the albums release, the band soon recruited Majk Moti to take his place, and the band soon recorded their follow up Branded and Exiled. The album expanded the groups fan base and the album sold 250,000 copies and this album would prove to be the final release of the band where they would use satanic imagery in their music. For the following release, the band shifted their sound and image, the band released Under Jolly Roger. This would prove a significant change because the band would be known as a pirate metal band, with lyrics dealing with pirates.
With this album, the band found their identity, and the theme would be prominent on their future releases. Their follow-up release Port Royal featured a more style of songwriting. With Port Royal, they were established as a metal band in the metal scene. In 1989, the release of the fifth studio recording Death or Glory
Mike Terrana is an American hard rock and heavy metal drummer. His first professional work was in 1984 with the MCA band Hanover Fist from Toronto, after which he recorded and toured with other bands, playing many styles of music in Western New York state. Between 1987 and 1997, he was based in Los Angeles and worked with various guitarists, including Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony Macalpine, Steve Lukather. In 1997 Terrana moved to Europe, first in the Netherlands for six months and he worked with the German bands Rage, Gamma Ray, Savage Circus, Axel Rudi Pell, Roland Grapow and Masterplan. In 2016, Terrana joined Italian heavy metal band Vision Divine, in 2017, Terrana joined Spanish band Avalanch. Terrana is known for his powerful and technical drumming with many metal and rocks bands, Terrana endorses Pacific Drums and Percussion a division of DW Drums. Remo Drum Heads, Vic Firth Terrana Signature Drum Stick, Paiste Cymbals. U. N. Years Unity Soundchaser From The Cradle To The Stage Speak Of The Dead Full Moon In St.
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Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a force in the power metal genre. Helloween was formed in 1984 by members of bands Iron Fist and its first line-up consisted of Kai Hansen, Markus Grosskopf and guitarist Piet Sielck and drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg. Sielck left in 1985 and was replaced by guitarist Michael Weikath, after the release of a self-titled EP and a first album in 1985, it expanded into a quintet when singer Michael Kiske joined, with Hansen only acting as guitarist. Under this line-up, they released the Keeper of the Seven Keys albums, Hansen left the band quickly after the release of Part II and was replaced by Roland Grapow. He created the band Gamma Ray and they were replaced by Uli Kusch and Andi Deris respectively. However, tensions following the release of The Dark Ride led to the dismissals of both Grapow and Kusch, who went on to found Masterplan together. Grapow was replaced by Sascha Gerstner, but the attempts to find a new drummer were chaotic, the band finally found a stable drummer in Daniel Löble in 2005.
Their fifteenth studio album, My God-Given Right, was released on 29 May 2015, on November 14,2016, the band announced that both Kai Hansen and Michael Kiske were rejoining Helloween for a world tour, titled Pumpkins United World Tour, to conclude in 2018. Since its inception, Helloween has released fifteen albums, three live albums, three EPs, and twenty-seven singles, and has sold more than eight million records worldwide. Helloween formed in 1984 in Hamburg, the original line-up included Kai Hansen on vocals and guitar, Michael Weikath on guitar, Markus Grosskopf on bass, and Ingo Schwichtenberg on drums. That year, the signed with Noise Records and recorded two songs for a Noise compilation record called Death Metal. The compilation featured the bands Hellhammer, Running Wild, and Dark Avenger, the two tracks were Oernst of Life by Weikath and Hansens Metal Invaders, a faster version of which would appear on the bands first full-length album. Helloween recorded and released its first record in 1985, a self-titled EP containing five tracks, that year, the band released its first full-length album, Walls of Jericho.
During the following tour, Hansen had difficulties singing and playing the guitar at the same time. Kais last recording as the lead singer was in 1986 on a vinyl EP titled Judas. Following these releases, Helloween began the search for a new vocalist, the band found an 18-year-old vocalist, Michael Kiske, from a local Hamburg band named Ill Prophecy. With their new lead vocalist in tow, Helloween approached record labels Noise International and RCA, they recorded a single LP, Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part I, which was released in 1987