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Paradox

Although they didn't fare nearly as well as fellow Teutonic thrashers like Kreator and Sodom in terms of career longevity or commercial success, Würzburg, Germany's Paradox certainly seemed, on the surface, to have a better shot at the big time with their more melodic and accessible style. Formed in February of 1986 by vocalist and rhythm guitarist Charly Steinhauer, lead guitarist Markus Spyth, bassist Roland Stahl, and drummer Axel Blaha, the group was heavily influenced by the biggest of all thrash bands -- Metallica -- and quickly parlayed a few impressive demos into a deal with Roadr ...read more

Although they didn't fare nearly as well as fellow Teutonic thrashers like Kreator and Sodom in terms of career longevity or commercial success, Würzburg, Germany's Paradox certainly seemed, on the surface, to have a better shot at the big time with their more melodic and accessible style. Formed in February of 1986 by vocalist and rhythm guitarist Charly Steinhauer, lead guitarist Markus Spyth, bassist Roland Stahl, and drummer Axel Blaha, the group was heavily influenced by the biggest of all thrash bands -- Metallica -- and quickly parlayed a few impressive demos into a deal with Roadrunner Records and a very impressive debut album, Product of Imagination, the following year. This earned Paradox many accolades in their homeland, with both Rock Hard and Metal Hammer magazines naming them "Best Newcomer," while fans voted them favorite German band behind only all-time heroes Accept and the Scorpions. But Paradox remained largely undiscovered beyond Germany's borders, and despite closing out the year on a high with performances at Holland's Dynamo and Portugal's Festa Avante festivals, the group's sophomore album, Heresy (produced by top thrash producer Harris Johns and introducing new bassist Matthias Schmidt), became something of a make-or-break proposition by the time it was released in 1989. Sadly, and despite showing marked songwriting improvement over its predecessor, the final verdict was indeed "break," and Paradox fell apart due to disappointing sales and after being dropped by Roadrunner. A new version of the band was assembled by Steinhauer in 1999 with the express purpose of playing at the Wacken Open Air Festival, but then stuck around long enough to record a third Paradox album, Collision Course, in 2000. After this album the band again went on hiatus, this time because Charly Steinhauer contracted a serious intestinal disease. In September 2005 Charly Steinhauer again reassembled the band with Roland Jahoda on drums and Olly Keller on bass. In January 2008 Paradox released their fourth album, Electrify, which became a success especially in Japan. In October 2009 the band released its fifth album, Riot Squad, the album's main themes concerning the problems and violence present in civilization. The artwork was designed by Italian artist / Chile Claudio Bergamin who had also created the artwork for Electrify. « hide

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LPs
Tales of the Weird
12/14/2012

3.8
12 Votes
Riot Squad
2009

4
13 Votes
Electrify
2008

4
12 Votes
Collision Course
2000

3.9
12 Votes
Heresy
1989

4.2
40 Votes
Product of Imagination
1987

3.7
18 Votes
Compilations
The Demo Collection 1986-1987
2014


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