Saturday, December 31, 2011

EXUMER - That Was 2011: Here's To 2012!

- That Was 2011: Here's To 2012! -  

"2011 was an incredible year for us! We finally recorded our third album, in the classic "Mem V. Stein/Ray Mensch" line-up of the "Possessed by Fire" days.  

We signed a worldwide record deal with Metal Blade Records and are set to release "Fire & Damnation" next year.  

I can only imagine what 2012 will bring for EXUMER, but you can be sure that we will play as many live shows all over the world as our schedules allow it.  

However, none of this would have been possible without our families, friends and fans - and for this I would like to thank you from all of us and wish you a healthy, successful and fun 2012! C u on tour..." 

Mem V. Stein  

FINAL DEPRAVITY - Year End Update And Favorite Albums 2011

- Year End Update And Favorite Albums 2011 - 

Hello, thrash heads,
the most spectacular year in our history comes to an end, and it was a wild ride! 

Apart from playing a bunch of great shows, the highlights have of course been the European Tour with british thrash metal flagship Onslaught and leading German folk metal band Suidakra - and the performance on the main stage of Metalfest Germany in Dessau. 

The tour was almost beyond belief. Truth is, we had never even played two consecutive shows before. You can imagine that twenty shows with such great and experienced bands in sixteen European countries have been quite a challenge - but it was the time of our lives so far. We've been treated great by everyone on the tour, learned a damn lot and although almost nobody in the audience did expect us, it was a major success for us. Thanks, everybody, and especially to our mates of The Very End for making the contact! 

It shall not be concealed that this tour also had a sad note to it: turned out our bass player Tobias has a life planning that doesn't meet ours, so we had to part ways. Alex, the replacement for the tour, fitted in immediately and we could announce him as our new permament member in summer! 

The spring season was crowned by the show at Metalfest Germany. Not only did we have a blast on the biggest stage so far, the trip was also a tremendous staff outing. Just one cue: Grim Reaper's eggnog... 

We took a break from live shows in summer to finish composing our second album and the final show before the break was a support slot for Arch Enemy in a packed Matrix Bochum. However, Dennis went on the road a bit and played three shows in two days with our mates Harasai at Dong Open Air and The Very End at Ragnarock and Summernight Open Airs. 

The break ended at Exile Festival, where we performed with a.o. Cripper in September. November saw a show with The Very End and the new band of former Sodom drummer Bobby Schottkowski, Hungöver. We finished the 2011 performances by being the last band to play at Mysteria Metal-Pub, owned by Exumer drummer Matt K., and a garage show at the birthday party of Exile promoter Hoschi. Very special! 

Now here's the major plan for 2012: the second album!! Post-production began in the end of November, we'll have a show in Krefeld in January and retreat from performing after that until the end of spring to record the album. 

There are zillions of people we have to thank for this incredible year, and maybe it's a bit unfair just to mention a few names here. But first and foremost we'd like to thank our wrecking crew Hannes, Jürgen and Sascha. These guys are in place of all the support we received from everybody throughout the year. 

To everyone we met in 2011: we wish you a Happy New Year and a thrashin' 2012!

Interested in what made us bang our heads the most this year? Check this out:

Dennis "Blaze" Baron:
1. In Flames - Sounds Of A Playground Fading
2. Machine Head - Unto The Locust
3. Trivium - In Waves
4. Onslaught - Sounds Of Violence
5. DevilDriver - Beast

Oliver Hey:
1. In Flames - Sounds Of A Playground Fading
2. Onslaught - Sounds Of Violence
3. Trivium - In Waves
4. Machine Head - Unto The Locust
5. DevilDriver - Beast

Alex Voß:
1. Onslaught - Sounds Of Violence
2. Iced Earth - Dystopia
3. Machine Head - Unto The Locust
4. Obscura - Omnivium
5. Suidakra - Book Of Dowth

Tristan Maiwurm:
1. Origin - Entity
2. Tesseract - One
3. Animals As Leaders - Weightless
4. Blotted Science - The Animation Of Entomology
5. Obscura - Omnivium

The FEATURED ARTISTS Most Valuable Top 5 For 2011

Dear readers, friends and partners, 
the 2011 highlights for our artists have certainly been FA's highlights as well.  

You all accompanied us through the year and know what I'm talking about. Thanks for your interest!  
You're invited to read the 2011 round-ups by our artists on this blog and to check out older posts, so instead of a detailed FA recap, I resumed some "Most Valuable" lists for this year. 

Happy New Year to all of you out there. 
Here's to a great 2012! 

These are FA's Top 5 in different categories for the exiting year of 2011: 

Most Valuable Albums  
1. The Very End "Mercy & Misery" 
2. Kataklysm "Heaven's Venom" 
3. Onslaught "Sounds Of Violence" 
4. Electric Light Orchestra "Time" 
5. Bolt Thrower "Those Once Loyal"

Most Valuable Live Shows 
1. Each and every show mixed for FA bands 
2. Metallica at Big 4, Gelsenkirchen (GER) 
3. Slayer at Big 4, Gelsenkirchen (GER) 
4. Kataklysm at Metalfest Germany 
5. Extrabreit at Zeche Carl (GER) 

Most Valuable Drinks
1. Coffee
2. Coke

3. Water
4. Beer
5. Whisky

Most Valuable TV Series
1. Criminal Minds

2. Boston Legal
3. NCIS: Los Angeles
4. Star Trek: The Next Generation
5. Two And A Half Men

Most Valuable Electronics
1. PC
2. Smartphone
3. Mixing Desk
4. CD Player
5. Coffee Machine

Most Valuable Twitterers
1. Michael Brandvold Music Marketing
2. Thorny Bleeder Records
3. Social Media Konzepte
4. Hypebot
5. SoundCloud

Most Valuable Networks
1. Facebook
2. Twitter
3. SoundCloud
4. ReverbNation
5. YouTube

BEYOND THE BLAZE Metal Radio Show - Final 2011 Episode Available For Streaming

One of the most important persons for FA to meet in 2011 was and is DJ Valkyrie, the driving force behind the 'Beyond The Blaze' metal radio show.

Thanks for supplying metal heads with this damn cool show and, even more, for being such a supportive partner to our artists.

Looking very much forward to your shows in 2012!

And here it is: t
he final episode of BEYOND THE BLAZE metal radio show, hosted by DJ Valkyrie, in 2011.

The show on December 30 featured an interview with special guest Gabriel Canoro of LIVIN GARDEN and tracks by

BrainstormWidowDynaheadCommunicHibriaThe MFC Dragon Slayer All Star ProjectCypher SeerDead SeasonGodsicHarasaiEvileCrisixLivin GardenThe Very EndTriviumMan Of KinEvil United, DestructionLefutrayNecropsyaSanctorumDiamond PlateFinal DepravityAutomatic Self DestructRecrucideHate Squad and Davidian. 

BEYOND THE BLAZE metal radio show: 

Fridays 12pm - 3pm EST / 6pm - 9pm CET 

Don't miss this show and get your full dose of METAL on

Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year From HARASAI

Happy New Year From  

"Hey, everybody, we're checking in from the studio to round up the bygone year for you. 

The year 2011 had a painful start for us because of the departure of our guitarist Henrik. We had to find a replacement fast, but luckily our friend Dennis Baron (Final Depravity) stepped in to help us out on the second guitar spot. 

There have been a lot of great shows on the schedule this year: we had the honor to share the stage with bands like Iced Earth, Motorjesus, Night in Gales, Canopy, Kadavrik and Sodom.

So far, so good! 

Meanwhile we worked silently and behind closed doors on our second album "Psychotic Kingdom". Riffs became more technical, melodies more epic and lyrics more hateful. To give you a first impression of what to expect, we made the song "Dying Race Domain" available for free downloading in October.  

We started recording the full album at the studios of Sebastian Levermann (Orden Ogan) in Werl and Arnsberg around Xmas. Nico does a fantastic job behind the drum kit right now. The drum takes will be completed on new year's eve before we continue with recording the guitars, bass and vocals. We hope to release the new album in autumn 2012. 

Special thanks go out to our roadcrew for their unconditional support at all shows this year: Sascha, Hannes & Jürgen

And last but not least we would like to thank our fans who once more gave everything to make our live appearances something special.

Keep moshin' - we wish you a happy new year!

NIGHT IN GALES - 2011 In Review

- 2011 In Review - 

"Night In Gales – wait a minute..." - some reviews of our new album "Five Scars" started like that. For quite a while we ourselves didn´t really consider our "comeback" to happen soon, either. Not that we would have been completety lazy during the last years, but we were at least almost invisible for the public eye. Now it´s more than ten years after our last full length album "Necrodynamic". Enter "Five Scars". 

After "Five Scars" had been mixed & mastered by Melodeath icon Dan Swanö in spring 2011 and a record deal with Lifeforce Records had been inked in summer 2011, our new album has hit the stores about a month ago – and has put Classic Melodic Death Metal back on the map again! The reactions from the press and the fans are overwhelming so far, and we´re surprised, happy and grateful for all those words of praise, rich points and even one or another "Album of the month"-compliment! All within a few weeks!  

So it´s about time to scream out a huge "Thank you!" to Dan Swanö, Darius & Synesthesy Studios, Roger & Studio 141, Stefan & Arne from Lifeforce Records, Sascha & Featured Artists Promotions, our guest cello player Gunnar and everybody else involved in the making of "Five Scars"! 

Not to forget about those of you who, old school style, bought the new album on CD. If you didn´t get your copy of "Five Scars" yet – it´s not too late to come up with some reasonable New Year´s resolutions... 

"Five Scars" has already made its live debut, but we´ll definitely switch to "Super Pursuit Mode" for 2012. Some really promising shows are already marked in our calenders, and we´re pretty damn eager to bring those five scars upon you! 

Along these lines we wish you all a heavy new year - may the five scars be with you! 

PENDRAGON - "Out Of Order Comes Chaos" DVD Out March 2012

"Out Of Order Comes Chaos" Out March 2012 On DVD And Blu Ray 

As previously announced Metal Mind Productions will release the brand new DVD. The Live DVD entitled  "Out Of Order Comes Chaos" will be available in March 2012. It contains a show recorded in Katowice during the Polish leg of the tour promoting the band’s most recent album "Passion". For the first time in their career live material will be released also on a Blu-Ray. The DVD and Blu Ray, as well as a 2 CD set will be available through the Pendragon website.  

The artwork has been created by German design studio Killustrations (a.o. Nervecell, The Very End, Dew-Scented, Hackneyed). 

Commented vocalist/guitarist Nick Barrett: "We've tried to do material that we haven't played very much before, particularly in Poland, and for the DVD we've changed the set drastically so that people don't buy the new DVD and just get the same songs as the last one. In fact it's probably the best DVD we've ever made, lights, visuals and sound are stunning."

Here is the final tracklist:

1. Passion
2. Back in the Spotlight
3. Ghosts
4. Not of this World
5. Comatose
6. If I Were the Wind
7. Freakshow
8. Empathy
9. This Green and Pleasant Land
10. Shane
11. Feeding Frenzy
12. Nostradamus
13. Last Man on Earth
14. Indigo
15. Prayer
16. Paintbox

Bonus video:

Interview with Nick Barrett and tour diary

Also includes:

Photo gallery
Desktop images

Thursday, December 29, 2011

THE VERY END - The 2011 Recap

- The 2011 Recap - 

"2011 is almost over – time for a quick recap. And quite a lot of things happened around The Very End. 

First and foremost we released "Mercy & Misery" in January, and your reactions told us that many of you have gladly let our fallen-between-the-cracks German Metal kick their asses. Thank your for that! Our first official video clip for "A Hole In The Sun" (shot by Filmefahrer Pictures) was premiered in January as well, and with over 150.000 views up to now we can call it a great success! 

Furthermore we proudly presented our new drummer Daniel Zeman (also in Enemy Of The Sun), who made his live debut in January, too. Yet 2011 was also the year of stand-in musicians for The Very End, who fortunately made us forget about carnal or mental malfunctions of one or another band member. Hence, a big thanx goes out to Alex Bartkowski (Guerrilla), Dennis Baron (Final Depravity), Martin Below (Guerrilla) and Roland Smigerski.  

Apart from those fine guys we´d also like to thank our label Steamhammer / SPV and our roadcrew Sascha, Anja, Birte & Lolli and all the other helping hands for keepin´ the faith! 

Some sticky, sweaty live shows later – we shook the stages with e.g. Forbidden, Morgoth and Sacred Reich, the year is almost over again already and we´re writing this recap. But we definitely ain´t gonna leave you without a short preview of what´s to come in 2012: the songwriting for our third album is going full throttle, some great live shows are booked and we promise that even if the Maya will be proved right and 2012 will hold the very end of it all – we will at least provide you with the perfect soundtrack for it! 

On that note – happy new year, see you in 2012 and bang that head that doesn´t bang!" 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Dear readers,
the first full year in the history of Featured Artists is almost over.

2011 was filled with shows, new albums and recordings, a bunch of highlights and lots of work. 

Although 2012 is already casting its shadow, now's the time to lean back a little, recapitulate the past year and regain powers for the projects to come. 

From FA and all our associated artists: we wish you and your families Happy Holidays and a Merry Xmas! 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

METALETY - Last Episode Of Studio Video Diary Online

Germans METALETY have released the third episode of their studio video diary "Our Way To The Second Record - Recording at the Gernhart-Studio".

This final chapter features guest vocalist Björn Goosses (The Very End / Night in Gales) and producer Martin Buchwalter (a.o. Destruction, Suidakra, Tankard, Accu$ser).

The follow-up to the 2010 album 'March To Hell' is set for release in spring 2012.

Keep yourself updated and join Metalety at

Saturday, December 17, 2011

BEYOND THE BLAZE Metal Radio Show - New Episode Available For Streaming

The latest episode of BEYOND THE BLAZE metal radio show hosted by DJ Valkyrie is now available for streaming.

The show on December 16 featured an interview with special guest Terence Holler of ELDRITCH and tracks by Voodoo Terror Tribe, Dorota Malek, Ecliptyka, Primal Fear, Nox Eterna, Widow, Painside, Sinbreed, Charred Walls Of The Damned, Dynahead, Eldritch, Eternal Flight, Agent Steel, Vendetta, Speed Kill Hate, Lefutray, Project46, Enemy Of The Sun, Godslave, Recrucide, All Shall Perish, Chaos Inc and Fallen Fortress

BEYOND THE BLAZE metal radio show: 

Fridays 12pm - 3pm EST / 6pm - 9pm CET 

Don't miss this show and get your full dose of METAL on

Thursday, December 15, 2011

FINAL DEPRAVITY - Merchandise Weihnachtsaktion

Die Gelsenkirchener Thrasher FINAL DEPRAVITY können auf ein erfolgreiches Jahr zurückblicken, und zum Dank für Eure tolle Unterstützung purzeln beim Merchandise vor Weihnachten die Preise:

CD 'Nightmare 13' + Metalfest oder Scream For Violence T-Shirt 11,99 €

CD 'Nightmare 13' + Red Skull / Girlie oder Nightmare 13  T-Shirt 19,99 €

Versand innerhalb Deutschlands frei.

Bestellungen bitte mit Angabe von Stückzahlen und Shirtgrößen an


< Red Skull

Nightmare 13 >


< Scream For
Violence - Tour

Metalfest 2011 >
Skull Girlie Shirt

Am Samstag, 17.12., spielen Final Depravity ihre letzte Live Show 2011 in Recklinghausen in der Mysteria Metal-Kneipe. Neben freiem Eintritt gibt es 50% auf alle Merchandise Artikel!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

NIGHT IN GALES - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

"We got some news for ya! First of all, our drummer Adriano will be a daddy soon. Which is "the Good". 

But due to the fact that his wife is heavily pregnant and both live 500km from us, Adriano will not be playing the next shows. Which is "the Bad". 

Fortunately we found a great temporary replacement: Hartmut Stoof (formerly a.o. Deadsoil and Symbiontic) will beat the shit out of the kit for the next shows. If this is "the Ugly" you gotta find out yourselves. :-) 

Hartmut will make his live debut with Night in Gales this Saturday, December 17th at Sputnikcafe in Münster, along with Mourning Caress and Fleshworks

See ya there to bang the head that doesn´t bang!!"

This Neon Grave by Night In Gales

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


ARCH ENEMY have announced that their show in Cologne on December 13th will be filmed for a future DVD release. The shooting will be handled by German production company FILMEFAHRER PICTURES, known for their tremendous work on '2012 - The Movie' and THE VERY END's music short film 'A Hole In The Sun', directed by Marcus Overbeck

Angela Gossow comments: “2011 is my 10-year-anniversary with ARCH ENEMY. I want to celebrate this with a very special event – we will film my hometown show in Cologne, Essigfabrik, Germany 13 Dec 2011 for our upcoming ‘World Khaos Tour’ DVD release! We aim to capture the live insanity of my fellow German metal-heads as intensely as possible with cameras in the middle of the moshpit, in the front row, over, under, left, right and center. We want your blood, your sweat, your passion and get every last drop of it on celluloid! The awesome Filmefahrer Pictures team will make this an unforgettable shooting – so be there and become immortalized!!!” 

Monday, December 12, 2011

THE VERY END - Merchandise Weihnachtsangebote

Noch kein Weihnachtsgeschenk? 

Alle CD's schon zu oft gehört?  

Eure Mädels haben nichts zum Anziehen?  

The Very End können helfen! 

Hier die Weihnachtsangebote 2011: 

CD "Vs. Life"  
9,99 € 

CD "Mercy & Misery"  11,99 € 

Bundle 1 
CD & T-Shirt/Girlie Eurer Wahl 24,99 € 

Bundle 2 
CD & Zipper Eurer Wahl 39,99 € 

Bestellungen bitte unter Angabe von Stückzahlen und Shirtgrößen an 

Alle Preise inklusive Versandkosten innerhalb Deutschlands. 

Jeder Bestellung liegt ein Gratisartikel bei 
(z.B.Button, Feuerzeug, Aufkleber, Kugelschreiber oder Schlüsselband). 

Die Auswahl an Shirts und Zippern: 



"Mercy & Misery"

"Mercy & Misery"

"Mercy & Misery"

Saturday, December 10, 2011

BEYOND THE BLAZE Metal Radio Show - New Episode Available For Streaming

The latest episode of BEYOND THE BLAZE metal radio show hosted by DJ Valkyrie is now available for streaming.

The show on December 9 featured an interview with Tuomas 'Tommy' Tuovinen of MyGRAIN and tracks by Gloryful, Mastercastle, Kittie, Iron Mask, Mystic Prophecy, Astral Doors, Manticora, Savage Messiah, Bywar, Onslaught, Drone, Before The Dawn, MyGrain, Profane Omen, Unearth, DevilDriver, Slasher, Black Label Society, Legion X, Davidian, Enemy Logic, D.A.M.N., Deadsoil, Blakk Market, Sanctorum, Arch Enemy and Harasai.

BEYOND THE BLAZE metal radio show: 
Fridays 12pm - 3pm EST / 6pm - 9pm CET 

Don't miss this show and get your full dose of METAL on

Thursday, December 8, 2011

DAVIDIAN - Cover Artwork Of Upcoming Album Revealed

Germany's DAVIDIAN have revealed the cover artwork of their upcoming album 'Our Fear Is Their Force'.

As with the 2008 album 'Hear Their Cries', the artwork was designed by KILLUSTRATIONS (a.o. Nervecell, Hackneyed, The Very End, Dew-Scented, Night in Gales and Motorjesus). 

'Our Fear Is Their Force' has been produced by Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studio in Aarhus/Denmark.  

The album will be released via Massacre Records on February 24, 2012 


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

GRUBEN NÄCHTE - Die Neue Partyreihe In Essen

- die neue Partyreihe in Essen - 

(jeden 2. Samstag im Monat) 
(jeden 3. Samstag im Monat)

Beginn jeweils 22:00 Uhr. Freier Eintritt bis 23:00 Uhr, danach 5,- € (inkl. ein Freigetränk). Bier, Jägermeister und Grillwürstchen je 2,- €.

Achtet bitte auf die aktuellen Flyer für Gäste und Gast DJ's! 

"Während wir so in den Nieselregen des ausgehenden Sommers starrten, wurde uns wieder einmal klar, dass der Mensch viel mehr Gemeinschaftserlebnisse benötigt. Es gibt nämlich andere Waffen gegen den Burn Out, als literweise alkoholische Getränke darauf zu kippen. Lichter und Klänge in der Dunkelheit können die Lebensgeister wecken. Die Wärme einer Partycrowd kann einem die Heizung ersetzen. 

Deshalb haben wir zwei Festivitäten erfunden, die den rotgeklinkerten Norden der Stadt Essen erhellen!


Dieses neue Partyformat wird ein rauschhaftes Erlebnis. Die DJs Sabrina und Non-Divine fächern mit Alternative Rock, Hardcore, Punkrock und Metal ordentlich Luft unter die Hirnrinde.

Zwischen Agnostic Front, Foo Fighters, Pennywise, System Of A Down oder Turbonegro ist alles erlaubt, was für mächtig Druck in der Bauchgegend sorgt.

17.12.2011 GRUBENGOLD 

Grubengold ist das neue Premium-Pop-Format in der Zeche Carl. Die DJs Segeroth und Dr. Culturevulture begeben sich mit ihren runden Scheiben aus schwarzem Gold in den rotgeklinkerten Norden der Stadt und regeln dort ab jetzt den Kreisverkehr des Pop.

Mit flinker Hand machen sie den Weg frei für Justin Timberlake und Prince, Jan Delay und Madonna, Gossip oder New Order. Sie servieren einen umdrehungsstarken musikalischen Cocktail, der zu einer hochgradig tanzbaren Pop-Explosion wird. Das ist Jungsmusik für Mädchen und Mädchenmusik für Jungs. Also Lieblingsmusik für alle!"

ONSLAUGHT Announce Mic Hourihan As New Drummer

British thrashers ONSLAUGHT have announced that drummer Michael "Mic" Hourihan (DESECRATION, EXTREME NOISE TERROR) has officially joined the band on a full time basis. Mic has been touring with Onslaught since March 2011, and has already done over 50 shows with the band including South American, UK and European tours. 

Onslaught bassist Jeff Williams comments: "I have to say I am so fucking happy to have Mic playing full time in Onslaught. Not only is he a really cool guy and a real pleasure to spend time with, but also without doubt the finest drummer that I have ever had the pleasure to play along side, everyone who came along to the Scream For Violence European, UK, Ireland or South American tours and saw Mic in action will certainly testify to this, the guy is a fucking machine! The Onslaught lineup is so powerful, focused and harmonious right now and the new album is going to completely fucking destroy! Bring it on!" 

Mic Hourihan comments: "Its such a pleasure to be part of Onslaught, I am so looking forward to making the next record and of course all the touring that comes with being in such a great band!" 

Mic will also be continuing his role in Welsh death metallers Desecration.

Onslaught recently completed their South American tour promoting their latest Album, Sounds Of Violence, released in January. 

Pro-video footage recorded at Motor Rock in Lima, Peru on November 6th closing the tour can be viewed below: 

Onslaught's South American tour included countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru. In Chile, Onslaught supported US thrashers OVERKILL.

Monday, December 5, 2011

German Thrash Legends EXUMER Sign To Metal Blade Records

German Thrash Legends EXUMER Sign To Metal Blade Records

“Fire & Damnation” announced as title for brand new album to be released in spring 2012 

The deal is done: legendary German Thrashers EXUMER have signed a worldwide recording deal with Metal Blade Records

Comments singer Mem V. Stein: We are extremely happy and proud to have found a home with Metal Blade Records, a label that has the “know-how”, integrity and appreciation for what EXUMER is about and stands for. We tried to do everything “right”, with this album, from writing the new material to working with Waldemar Sorychta as our producer. Hence, Metal Blade Records as a label is the most logical choice for the band, in order to be represented globally and reach every fan that is interested in what EXUMER has to offer in 2012, and beyond.” 

EXUMER just completed recording their first new album in 24 years with renowned producer Waldemar Sorychta (Grip Inc., Therion, Sodom, Moonspell, etc.) at the helm. The 10-track strong, hard-hitting CD Fire & Damnation combines a punishing production with aggressive song writing. EXUMER manages to capture the intensity and feel of the 1980s thrash metal gems and yet sound up to date on their latest output. 

Fire & Damnation will catapult EXUMER back in the forefront of the international music markets and the following live assaults in 2012; will only further cement the band’s cult status among the ranks of classic thrash metal acts in the world! 

Mem V. Stein-Vocals
Ray Mensh-Guitars
T. Schiavo-Bass
Matthias Kassner-Drums

Formed in 1985, by singer/bassist Mem V. Stein and guitarist Ray Mensh, EXUMER went on to release two albums in 1986 (Possessed by Fire), and 1987 (Rising from the Sea), that are regarded as some of the most cult thrash metal releases ever to come out of Germany. EXUMER was also one of the first thrash metal acts to capture exotic, foreign markets like Poland and Brazil, where their albums were domestically released in the 1980s. The subsequent tours that followed those releases secured the band live shows in front of thousands of fans and an unusually large following outside of Germany.

Plagued by line-up changes and internal turmoil the band broke up in 1990, and did not perform live, with the exception in 2001 at the prestigious Wacken Open Air Festival, until 2009.

Mem and Ray decided to re-activate EXUMER in 2008, and the band embarked on their first tour since 1988, where they played 5 shows in April/May of 2009. The “5 Nights of Fire Tour”, took the band through Europe (Germany, Holland, Greece), and the USA, where they headlined the “Thrasho de Mayo Festival”, in front of 1300 fans in Los Angeles.

EXUMER returned to Europe in spring and the fall of 2010, where the band appeared at Norway’s“Inferno Festival”, among other stops in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Poland and Bulgaria during their“European Ignition Tour Part I & II”.

Watch out for Fire & Damnation to be released in the spring of 2012, and the subsequent live assaults to follow!