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Paragon

Formed: 1990
From: Hamburg, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Paragon News

Below is our complete Paragon news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Paragon Recruits New Drummer

After parting ways with drummer Chris Gripp, German power metal band Paragon has now issued the following announcement about recruiting Sören Teckenburg:

"After just a few rehearsals we decided to make Sören Teckenburg a permanent Paragon member. This man just LIVES drumming.

"Besides having several other projects and bands like Time Has Come, he also is a drum teacher. He is click tight, hits the drums heavy and he can play lightning fast.

"We are very proud that he has joined the Paracrew and we are sure he will increase our sound and performance superior. Be prepared for a few surprises in our future live sets as there will be no limitations now."

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Paragon Parts Ways With Drummer

Germany's Paragaon has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer:

"Some bad news, some good news: After almost ten years we parted ways with our drummer Chris Gripp.

"No bad blood, Chris just decided he has to put more focus on his private live and is not able to concentrate on Paragon as we need it. He will of course continue to play the drums in his Iron Maiden tribute band Powerslave and his other projects. All the best to you Chris - you will be missed!

"For now we will continue with Mr. Sören Teckenburg of Time Has Come who already helped out our good friends of Iron Savior at some live shows as session drummer. After three rehearsals he is already able to play an almost flawless set with us and we are really looking forward to our shows in Greece and the UK!" More...

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Paragon Posts Full Album Preview

German metal act Paragon posted a preview featuring clips from the entire forthcoming release "Force of Destruction." The album is scheduled to drop via Napalm Records on October 19, 2012. "Force of Destruction" is the band's tenth studio release and the first to feature new guitarist Jan Bertram (Ex-Arctic Fields) and guitarist Wolfgang Tewes (Black Hawk) who joined the band in 2010.

The track listing for "Force of Destruction" is as follows:

1. The Last Day on Earth
2. Iron Will
3. Tornado
4. Gods of Thunder
5. Bulletstorm
6. Blood & Iron
7. Blades of Hell
8. Dynasty
9. Rising from the Black
10. Demon's Lair
11. Secrecy

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Paragon Reveals "Force Of Destruction" Details

Paragon will release "Force of Destruction" this coming October 19th through Napalm Records, and the new album's track listing is:

1. The Last Day On Earth
2. Iron Will
3. Tornado
4. Gods Of Thunder
5. Bulletstorm
6. Blood & Iron
7. Blades Of Hell
8. Dynasty
9. Rising From The Black
10. Demon´s Lair
11. Secrecy
12. Son Of A Bitch (Bonus Track) (Accept Cover)
13. Blood & Iron (Bonus Track) (Vocals Andreas Babuschkin & Kai Hansen) (Remix)

Napalm Records comments on the release:

"Traditionally forged Heavy Metal! For more than 20 years, the Heavy Metal institution has been example for how German steel has to be forged - no-holds-barred, heavy and on maximum volume! The new album 'Force of Destruction' stays true to the band's creed and fires from all cylinders. Heavy riffs, pounding drums, melodic hooklines and catchy refrains turn songs like 'Iron Will' or 'Bulletstorm' into anthems of the genre.

"In each and every second, every song on the album breathes the band's fighting spirit and sense of the tradition. The longplayer was produced by sound wizard Piet Sielck, who has already lent his talents to bands like Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian or Iron Savior. He gave 'Force of Destruction' a crystal-clear and heavy sound. The limited first pressing includes the exclusive bonus track 'Blood & Iron' that features Piet Sielck & Kai Hansen on guest vocals. Heavy Metal fans know what to do!" More...

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Paragon Reveals New Album Cover

German heavy metal act Paragon joined the Napalm Records roster earlier this month. The band's 10th album "Force of Destruction" is due out via Napalm this coming October.

Paragon has now revealed the cover artwork for the album, which can be viewed below. For more details on Paragon, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here. More...

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Paragon Joins Napalm Records

German heavy metal veterans Paragon (founded in 1990) have inked a deal with Napalm Records. The band’s 10th album "Force of Destruction" is scheduled for an end of October release.

The new longplayer was produced by Piet Sielck (Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian, Iron Saviour) at Powerhouse, Hamburg. Guest vocals on the bonus version of the song "Blood & Iron" were provided by Kai Hansen & Piet Sielck.

Stay tuned for more details, or you can also check out additional info on Paragon over at the band's Facebook profile. Paragon is:

Andreas Babuschkin - Vocals
Wolfgang Tewes - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Jan Bertram - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Jan Bünning - Bass, Backing Vocals
Christian Gripp - Drums

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Paragon Issues Band Update

German power metal act Paragon has issued the following update, through bassist Jan Bunning:

"We are very proud to announce that the producer of our next album will be none other than Piet Sielck. We already worked with him on four of our previous albums ('Steelbound', 'Law Of The Blade', 'The Dark Legacy' and 'Revenge') and it will for sure be like a coming home for us. Piet worked with bands like Saxon and Blind Guardian and knows best what we have to sound like.

"At present we are gathering ideas and riffs and already have completed some rough versions of two songs and ideas for about four others. I can already tell you that the stuff sounds very old school and back to the our roots!

"The artwork will once again be handled by Dirk Illing who who also worked with us on previous albums like 'Law The Blade', 'The Dark Legacy' and 'Forgotten Prophecies' and his recent works include the Scorpions and all the Wacken merchandise.

"Last but not least, there will be a reunion with our photographer Stefan Malzkorn who also did a lot of our album and promo shots (like our last shots of the new lineup). He is one of the best photographers in Germany, already had a lot of front covers in Metal Hammer and Rock Hard and worked with bands like Saxon, Gamma Ray, Cradle of Filth and Apocalyptica."

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Paragon Reveals New Album Tracklisting

German power metal band, Paragon, have announced a November 14th release date for their new album, "Screenslaves." The tracklisting for "Screenslaves" is as follows:

1. Hellgore
2. Disconnected
3. Entombed
4. Screenslaves
5. Bloodfeast
6. The Blade In The Dark
7. Death Next Door
8. The Killing Hand
9. Waxworks
10. Larger Than Life
11. Legacy (italian version)
12. Screenslaves videoclip (digipack bonus only!)

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Paragon To Enter Studio In April

German power metallers PARAGON will enter the studio in April to begin recording their new album for a fall release. Songtitles set to appear on the as-yet-untitled CD include "The Blade In The Dark", "Screenslaves", "Bloodfeast", "Disconnected" and "King of my Castle".

PARAGON's latest album, "Forgotten Prophecies", was released last June via Remedy Records.

After the recording of "Forgotten Prophecies" in early 2007, the band's longtime bass player Jan Bünning quit the band because of "musical differences." Shortly after, the group found a replacement in Dirk Seifert.

In late 2007 the band changed labels and is now signed to Massacre Records.

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Paragon Introduce New Bassist

German power metallers PARAGON have updated their MySpace page to reveal their current lineup, which introduces the band's replacement for bassist Jan Bünning, who lef the band due to "musical differences".

The current Paragon lineup includes: Andreas Babuschkin (vocals), Martin Christian (guitars backing vox), Günny "Luigi" Kruse (guitars, backing vox), Dirk Seifert (bass), Christian Gripp (drums).

Paragon's new album, Forgotten Prophecies, will be released in June.

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Skyclad & Paragon To Play Ragnarok Preshow

Skyclad and Paragon have been confirmed to co-headline the Fimbulvetr [="Winters of Winters' in Nose mythology] Preshow at this years' Ragnarok festival, which is set to take place on November 4th at the new Concert Hall in Perth, Scotland.

The aim of the gig is to provide a top quality night of metal, featuring five bands from the UK and abroad in a smaller, more intimate venue than that of the main day's festivities. The preshow will be taking place on November 3rd.

The event will be recorded for future inclusion on live DVD/CD.

For more information, visit www.ragnarokfestival.com.

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"Armageddon Over Wacken Live 2004" Details

Armageddon Music have announced a March 21 release date for the "Armageddon Over Wacken Live 2004" 3-CD set. The package will feature more than 220 minutes and 38 bands, along with liner notes, photos and information about the annual German metal festival. Here is the complete track listing:

Disc 1:

01. ANTHRAX - "Indians"
02. ANTHRAX - "Only"
03. DESTRUCTION - "Nailed To The Cross"
04. CHILDREN OF BODOM - "Sixpounder"
05. CANNIBAL CORPSE - "Dormant Bodies Bursting"
06. MAYHEM - "Pargans Fears"
07. DEATH ANGEL - "Thicker Than Blood"
08. UNLEASHED - "To Asgaard We Fly"
09. ORPHANAGE - "Five Crystals"
10. EKTOMORF - "I Know Them"
11. EKTOMORF - "Destroy"
12. BAL-SAGOTH - "The Emperial Lexicon"
13. MNEMIC - "Ghost"
14. CATHEDRAL - "Stained Glass Horizon"
15. NEVERMORE - "Enemies Of Reality"

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Paragon Set Release Date For 'Revenge'

German power metallers PARAGON have set an April 18 European release date through Remedy Records for their new album, "Revenge".

"Revenge" marks the follow-up to the band's successful album "The Dark Legacy", released by Remedy in 2003.

The new CD was recorded in part at Karo studios with the help of an engineer, and the rest of the recording process and mixing was done at Piet Sielck's (IRON SAVIOR) new Powerhouse Studios. The artwork for the record is being done by the Argentine artist Valgorth. PRIMAL FEAR guitarist Tom Naumann makes a guest appearance on lead guitar in the track "Impaler".

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Paragon "Revenge" Tracklisting Revealed

Germany's Paragon have revealed the tentative track listing for their new album, "Revenge", scheduled to be released in February/March 2005 through Remedy Records.

Here is the track listing:

01. Impaler
02. Assassins
03. Traitor
04. Master Of The Seas
05. Revenge
06. Symphony Of Pain
07. Beyond The Veil
08. Battle Rages On
09. Art Of War
10. Empire Of The Lost
11. The Gods Made Heavy Metal (Bonus Track - MANOWAR cover)

The Japanese version will also include an edited version of "Master Of The Seas."

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Paragon Finish Recording Backing Vocals For New CD

German power metallers Paragon have finished laying down the backing vocals for their new album, "Revenge", due in February/March 2005 through Remedy Records.

"Revenge" marks the follow-up to the band's successful album "The Dark Legacy", released by Remedy last year. The new record is being partly recorded at Karo studios with the help of an engineer, and the rest of the recording process and mixing will be done at Piet Sielck's (Iron Savior) new Powerhouse Studios. The artwork for the record will once again be done by Dirk Illing of XMD. Primal Fear guitarist Tom Naumann makes a guest appearance on lead guitar in the track "Impaler".

In other news, Paragon have posted pictures of their live appearance at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany in August. Check them out at this location.

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Primal Fear Guitarist On Upcoming Paragon Album

Primal Fear guitarist Tom Naumann has recorded a guitar solo for the track "Impaler" on the upcoming Paragon album, "Revenge," due in February/March 2005 through Remedy Records.

"Revenge" marks the follow-up to the band's successful album "The Dark Legacy", released by Remedy last year. The new record is being partly recorded at Karo studios with the help of an engineer, and the rest of the recording process and mixing will be done at Piet Sielck's (Iron Savior) new Powerhouse Studios. The artwork for the record will once again be done by Dirk Illing of XMD.

"Revenge" tentative track listing:

01. Revenge
02. Traitor
03. Master of the Seas
04. Art of War
05. Beyond the Veil
06. Impaler
07. Assassins
08. Battle Rages On

Commented Paragon bassist Jan Bünning: "There will at last be two additional tracks (a ballad and a more melodic song) which have no titles yet and maybe a cover version which we already recorded for a tribute compilation but which was not used because the compilation was not released. There will [also] be a DVD as bonus to the first pressing which will include a liveshow of our Wacken and/or Sweden Rock performance."

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Paragon Performance At Wacken Filmed For DVD?

Paragon bassist Jan Bünning has posted this message on the band's official website:

Sorry for not having any news earlier but we are very busy at present.

At first, of course, we want to thank all the people that attended our Wacken Show. We couldn´t believe how many people watched our show at this early time. Our guess is about 10,000. The show was professional filmed and after our studio recordings we will see if the recordings are good enough to put them on DVD (e.g. I had a few technical problems on stage...). At least we could use them as bonus DVD which will be included in the limited edtions of our next CD "Revenge," which will come out spring 2005 on Remedy Records.

"Revenge" is also the reason it lasted some time with the news as we are already recording since last wednesday. As it was posted wrong on some pages - we ONLY recorded drums at Karo Studios and will do the rest at Piet Sielcks new Powerhouse Studios in Hamburg were I started to record bass yesterday.

You will find an exclusive studio report of each recording day at www.maximummetal.com.

Jan / PARAGON

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Paragon Launches Studio Diary On Maximum Metal

Germany's Teutonic warriors, Paragon, have teamed up with Maximum Metal to bring to life their newest recording sessions. Paragon have entered Karo studios to record their newest album, "Revenge," and with this recording they will allow Maximum Metal a peek inside the studios via a studio diary.

Each day Jan Bunning, bassist for Paragon, will write a diary entry wrapping up the previous day's recording activities. Each entry will be placed on Maximum Metal, giving the fans the chance to not only learn about the making of "Revenge," but at the same time learning a little bit about the recording industry, from day one until completion of the record.

"Revenge" marks the follow-up to the band's successful album "The Dark Legacy," released by Remedy last year. The new record will be partly recorded at Karo Studios with the help of an engineer, and the rest of the recording process and mixing will be done at Piet Sielck's new Powerhouse Studios. The recording session should last 21-25 days, and will be completed by October/November. The artwork for the record will once again be done by Dirk Illing of XMD. Jan tells Maximum Metal he has an idea in mind for the cover, but it could change.

The working titles for the album right now are:
1.Assassins
2.Traitor
3.Before The Storm
4.Impaler
5.Revenge
6.Battle Rages On
7.Master Of The Sea

The CD should be released in February/March 2005. The first edition will have a DVD as a bonus, featuring live footage from gigs at Sweden Rock, various older material collected over the years, and hopefully the band's entire Wacken performance, which was filmed professionally with eight cameras in front of 10,000 fans.

Look for the Paragon Studio Diary at Maximum Metal starting on August 12, 2004, in the Studio Diary section.

For more information on Paragon, check out their official website at www.paragon-legions.com.

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Paragon Name New Album, W:O:A 2004 Update

Germany's Paragon have posted this message on their official website:

Three more days before we will play our biggest gig EVER on the Wacken Open Air 2004. Just as reminder: We will play Friday 11:25 - 12:20 on the True Metal Stage. There will also be a meet & greet at the Metalheadz Stand 15:00 - 15:45 PM after the show.

On our playlist we have the following songs:
The Legacy
Palace Of Sin
Breaking Glass
Law Of The Blade
Across The Wastelands
Green Hell
Armies Of The Tyrant
Thunderstorm

If You scream REALLY loud we will also play a special encore.

Right after Wacken we will start recording our new album which will have the title "Revenge." It will be released in early 2005 again on Remedy Records. The first pressing will include a DVD with live & backstage footage we collected over the last years.

All right - I hope to see many of you at our shows and also afterwards to drink some beers! Cheerz!

Jan / Paragon

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Paragon Enter Studio This Weekend

Paragon bassist Jan Bunning has posted this message on the band's official website:

"I first want to thank all the Metalheads from the USA which wrote into our guestbook. We really would love to play in the USA but first we still have no professional distributor in the US and second the last time we tried to arrange something there was no booker who really seemed to be reliable. Anyway - we still working on playing overseas as well as on finding a distribution so please give us some more time!

"The coming weekend we are going to enter the studio to record our tribute songs for the Remedy Records Saxon & Running Wild Tribute albums. From Saxon we will cover '20.000 Feet,' from Running Wild we will NOT cover 'Masquerade' but 'Iron Heads' which was on the famous Deth Metal Sampler and was one of the first songs Running Wild ever recorded. We altered both songs the 'Paragon-Way' and we are sure they will both turn out great. This time we will not go into the Powerhouse Studio but the 'Eike-Studio' of Eike Freese, who also sings 6 plays guitar for Dark Age. We will also make some re-recordings of old 'Chalice Of Steel' songs we will use for the rerelease of our second album 'Final Command.' 'Final Command' will be rereleased later this year on Remedy Records as CD and Picture LP."

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