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Eisbrecher

Eisbrecher performing at Summer Breeze 2007
Background information
Origin Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany
Genres Neue Deutsche Härte
Years active 2003 – present
Labels ZYX Music, Dancing Ferret Discs, AFM Records, Metropolis Records
Associated acts Megaherz
Members
Alexx Wesselsky
Noel Pix
Jürgen Plangger
"Max "Maximator" Schuar
René Greil
Olli Pohl
Former members
Felix Primc
Michael Behnke
Martin Motnik

Eisbrecher (German pronunciation: [ˈaɪ̯sbʀɛçɐ]) is a German Neue Deutsche Härte band that consists primarily of Alexander Wesselsky (vocals) and Noel Pix (lead guitar/programming), with live support of Jürgen Plangger (guitar), Olli Pohl (bass), René Greil (drums), Max "maximator" Schuar (keyboards/programming). In the US and Canada, their record label is currently Metropolis Records.

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Band history

Formation and early years (2003-2008)

The band's name translates from German to "Icebreaker". The band's lyrics and slogans often include terms of ice and sailing, such as "Ahoi" (Ahoy) and "Es wird kalt" (It's getting cold); vocalist Alexander Wesselsky often wears naval and military clothing in performances.

After leaving Megaherz due to creative differences in 2003, Wesselsky got together with Noel Pix, who composed the synths and programming for Megaherz's albums Himmelfahrt and Kopfschuss.

While the debut album, Eisbrecher, released in early 2004, had more of an electronic sound, its next release, Antikörper, released in October 2006, had a far heavier, metallic style. However, the band remains true to its roots, and the similarity between albums is not entirely unrecognizable, ensuring the group's identity remains firmly attached to the industrial metal genre. The first 5000 copies of the debut album included a blank CD along with permission for purchases to legally copy the music onto the blank. This was done as a protest against what the band felt was a "criminalization" of fans.[1]

In May 2008, live bass player Martin Motnik announced that he would be leaving the band due to heavy travel issues. The band immediately replaced Martin with former Megaherz guitar player Olliver Pohl.

A single, "Kann denn Liebe Sünde Sein", from Eisbrecher's then-unreleased third album was released on July 18, 2008 in Germany, reaching third place in the German Alternative charts. The album Sünde was released on August 22, 2008 in Germany and debuted on the Media Control Charts at 18th place.[2] The band then went on their biggest tour thus far between September 2008 and October 2009, playing shows in (Germany, Austria, Russia, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Metropolis Records and Eiszeit (2009-present)

Anna Schneider from the Eisbrecher website has stated that there were plans for music videos for "This is Deutsch" and "Kann denn Liebe Sünde sein", but Eisbrecher has decided to work on new material and live shows.

In early March 2009, the band had signed with a new American music label Metropolis Records, due to Dancing Ferret closing their doors in late 2008.

On April 24, 2009, Wesselsky and Pix were guests on Radio Goethe to promote the American release of Sünde. Wesselsky mentioned that he would love to tour the United States "As soon as possible". Wesselsky also mentioned that with the popularity of Rammstein, Nena and Falco he hopes that Eisbrecher can become the next big German act in the United States. Wesselsky talked about their upcoming fourth album; no title has been named, but work is in progress. He described that the new album will be "Very rockish, very pop and very heart breaking."[3]

On July 10, 2009, their official website stated that Wesselsky and Pix are working on their fourth studio album and is expected to be released in early 2010. This will be Wesselsky's ninth album overall, the first five being with Megaherz. On January 1, 2010 the band's official website announced that their fourth studio album will be released in mid-April.

Announced on the official website the new album is entitled Eiszeit and is set to be released on April 16, 2010. The first single from the album will be "Eiszeit" and is set to be released on March 19, 2010. A Special edition version of the new album will be released in the US in June 2010.

The band has performed at many large European music festivals, including Nova Rock, Summer Breeze Open Air, Wave-Gotik-Treffen, M'era Luna, Amphi and Zita Rock. For 2010, Eisbrecher will be performing at Summer Breeze Open Air in 2010.[4]

Band members

Former members

  • Feelix Primc - (rhythm guitar) (2003-2007)
  • Micheal Behnke - (bass) (2003-2007)
  • Martin Motnik - (bass) (2007-2008)

Discography

Albums

Singles

Music videos

  • 2003: "Schwarze Witwe"
  • 2005: "Herz Steht Still"
  • 2006: "Vergissmeinnicht"

Other appearances

  • 2005: Nachtwelten - song "Mein Blut"
  • 2005: Gothic Spirits - songs "Eisbrecher" and "Herz Steht Still"
  • 2008: All For Metal - song "Vergissmeinnicht"
  • 2010: Amphi Festival 2009 - live DVD

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ German Charts - Eisbrecher
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ "Summer Breeze Festival". Metal Call-Out. February 10, 2010. http://www.metalcallout.com/metal-music-news/germanys-summer-breeze-festival-is-loaded.html. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

German

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈʔai̯sˌbʀɛçɐ/

Noun

Eisbrecher m. (genitive Eisbrechers, plural Eisbrecher)

  1. icebreaker (ship designed to break through ice)







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