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Formed: 1994
From: Leipzig, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Disillusion News

Below is our complete Disillusion 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.

Disillusion Recruits New Bassist

The German genre flip-floppers from Disillusion now have a complete line-up ready to rock. The band comments:

"Friends, as promised: our line-up is complete again! Please give a warm welcome to our new bass player BEN HAUGG!

"Ben is a highly skilled bass player / guitarist with a lot of experience and dedication and is doing a lot of bass and guitar teaching here in Leipzig.

"Great to have you with us, Ben!! Very much looking forward to the near and distant future! Photo credit: Peter Sack @ ps-designstudio." More...

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Unearthing More Genre Flip-Floppers

With more than 15,000 bands in our database, and hordes more than that in existence, every Monday we like to take a little time to highlight three underground bands that deserve your attention.

Usually our unearthed bands focus on a single sub-genre or geographic region, but today we’ll look bands that have all experienced a similar phenomena: the flip-flop. Favored maneuver of politicians everywhere, and for some reason also plenty of metal bands, these guys aren’t doing it to pick up more votes, as their flip-flips frequently cost them fans.

Metal has its fair share of musical flip-floppers who went from heavy to soft, vice versa, or smashed opposing elements together to create a different type of sound. Our previous look at three genre flip-floppers covered a variety of them, and there are even more well known acts that have taken this route, from Darkthrone to Anathema and Therion. Below you’ll find a sampling of three lesser known acts that have significantly changed sound from their earlier works.


This Swedish death metal act had a cult hit back in 2009 with debut full-length “The Horror” (reviewed here), which was a brutal and unrelenting take on death/thrash that never let up. Short but sweet, the tracks were brief bites of devastation that didn’t overstay their welcome.

Fast forward to 2013, and Tribulation is an altogether different beast. Unlike the other two bands we’ll look at today, this time the change in sound actually made the songs much longer than before. “The Formulas of Death” (check out the review) saw the band become a progressive death metal outfit with plenty of melody and unexpected stylistic shifts. If it weren’t for the remaining thrash influence in the guitar sounds and the recurring death vocals, this would essentially be two different bands.

Hear the difference yourself through the clips below taken from each album. There is a lot going on musically throughout the second album, so a single song doesn’t really give enough to digest the breadth of the change, but you can also check out the new song “When the Sky is Black with Devils” via the band’s Facebook profile.


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Disillusion Set To Record New Album

Germany's Disillusion has checked in with the following brief update about preparing to record a new album: "Today is the first day of what will be a new Disillusion record: Going to a quiet place for 2 weeks to do (final) song writing in isolation and with focus. Very very excited! Starting NOW." In the mean time you can check out current Disillusion tracks via the band's official MySpace page.

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Disillusion Issues Tour Recap

Vocalist Andy Schmidt of Germany's Disillusion has issued the following recap of their recent tour dates:

"Hello, we have returned home well last night after very impressive four days in Greece. Very glad about going through all the wearing 8 weeks of preparations to form this new band. It felt great to be back on stage and to share a good time with our Greek and as I heard Bulgarian fans!!! Thank you all for coming and supporting us! Really really hoping to return soon! Thank you!"

Disillusion also has the following upcoming tour dates:

2/19 2010 Winternachtstraumfestival Arnsberg/Oeventrop, Nordrhein-Westfalen
4/3 2010 Theaterfabrik Leipzig
4/30 2010 Celle Rock City Festival Celle, Niedersachsen

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Disillusion Parts Ways With Guitarist

Vocalist Andy Schmidt of Germany's Disillusion has issued the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Rajk Barthel:

"After 10 years on a common path with Disillusion our musical ways are separating today. Both allowed this decision a lot of time, trying restarts for almost two years and seeking any chance to continue to work together.

"Rajk and I have met back in 1998 in windy November Leipzig, constantly being fond of one another, starting to work on music and the formation of the band only a week later. However, now that some dreams of that time have come true and others are in the reach, a split is important and right – to keep on going and to continue to feel at home in one’s artistic harbor, without wallowing in memories.

"The shared years in the band have been all, impressive, beautiful, euphoric, sad, a real test and catastrophe, humanly not always easy, but there was always clarification; a struggle, joy about reached goals, common growing into too big shoes, common defeat and always honest and friendly.

"And yet we have lost the way how to make music together comfortably. It is not possible anymore. I regret that very much, but I am also filled with joy to know that Rajk will stay very close to the band in form of a Booker, Manager … but these terms don’t really apply. On that note, hoping for a sincere collaboration on the things to come! Rajk will not be replaced by a new guitar player for the upcoming live shows in 2010. More about Live 2010 this evening!"

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Disillusion Announces Greek Tour Dates

German metallers Disillusion have announced they will be playing two upcoming shows in Greece alongside Pain of Salvation, Lake of Tears, Aqua De Annique, and Scar of the Sun. The details are as follows:

1/23/2010 - Athens - Gagarin 205
1/24/2010 - Thessaloniki - Principal Club Theater

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Disillusion Returns to the Stage in 2010

German prog metal band DISILLUSION has announced their return to the stage in 2010. The band comments, "We slowly get some stones into rolling (again)…Disillusion are preapring for a small live tour in the coming spring of 2010. First confirmed show will be at the Winternachtstraumfestival on Feb 19/20. More info and dates very soon. Thank you all very much for your patience, concern and support in the band! Really looking forward to seeing you all out there!"

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Breaking News

Watch Wacken Open Air Live Online 8/3-8/4

For those of you missing Wacken Open Air, several band performances, interviews, and other footage is being streamed online during festival hours. Keep in mind that Germany is 6 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time, so make appropriate adjustments when arranging to watch your favorite band.

Intended Stream Schedule (subject to change)

Extended Schedules, including the Headbangers Ballroom, can be found at the following locations:

Friday, Aug 3
Black Stage
23:00-00:15 DIMMU BORGIR
02:00-03:00 APO.REITER

True Metal Stage
21:15-22:45 BLIND GUARDIAN
00:30-01:45 ICED EARTH

Party Stage
(4am EST)11:00-11:45 BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
23:00-00:15 SCHANDMAUL
02:00-03:00 SAMAEL

Saturday Aug 4
Black Stage
(5am EST)12:00-12:45 SONIC SYNDICATE
13:55-14:40 MOONSPELL
16:00-17:00 DIR EN GREY
18:45-20:00 DESTRUCTION + guests
21:45-23:00 IMMORTAL

True Metal Stage
12:50-13:50 SACRED REICH
14:45-15:45 STRATOVARIUS
17:15-18:30 RAGE
20:15-21:30 TYPE O NEGATIVE
23:15-00:30 IN FLAMES
02:00-03:00 SUBWAY TO SALLY

Party Stage
12:00-12:45 DISILLUSION
16:00-17:00 DIMENSION ZERO
18:45-19:45 NORTHER
21:45-23:00 STORMWARRIOR feat.Kai Hansen
00:45-01:45 HAGGARD

Headbanger's Ballroom Notable mentions:
18:10-18:40 SWALLOW THE SUN
21:25-22:10 MOONSORROW

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Wacken Open Air 2007 Confirm Lordi and Mendeed

LORDI and MENDEED are the latest acts confirmed for the Wacken Open Air 2007 (www.wacken.com) is scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.


More details as they become available.

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Drummer Jens Malushka Quits Disillusion

Drummer Jens Maluschka has left Leipzig, Germany-based prog-death band DISILLUSION.

Commented Jens: "After six years of intensive work with DISILLUSION, it is time for a break. There are various reasons. I want to concentrate more on my private life, meaning I will become a father in June of this year. At that time I wish to focus on my family. So, the decision has been made to leave the band. Of course, my musical endeavours will continue — but I can't decide yet exactly in which from.

"I wish Andy and Rajk all the best for their future and lots of success with DISILLUSION."

Jens' final appearance with DISILLUSION will take place on April 13 at Scheddelspalter in Leipzig. A replacement drummer has not yet been announced.

DISILLUSION's latest album, "Gloria", was released in October via Metal Blade Records. It is the follow-up to the group's full-length debut, "Back to Times of Splendor", which came out in April 2004.

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Disillusion Finish Recording New Album

DISILLUSION, the prog-death band from Leipzig, Germany, has just finished recording its new album, due in Europe on October 23 via Metal Blade Records.

Entitled "Gloria", the follow-up to 2004's "Back to Times of Splendor" will include the following tracks:

01. The Black Sea
02. Dread It
03. Don't Go Any Further
04. Avalanche
05. Gloria
06. Aerophobic
07. The Hole We Are In
08. Save The Past
09. Lava
10. To Many Broken Cease Fires
11. Untiefen

DISILLUSION's full-length debut, "Back to Times of Splendor", was released in April 2004 through Metal Blade Records. "Back to Times of Splendor" was mixed at Tam Recording Studios in Zwickau, Germany and was mastered at Mastersound Studios in Fellbach, Germany with ATROCITY mainman Alex Krull.

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Watch Dislliusion's "Alone I Stand In Fire" Live

A live video of the Back To Times Of Splendor song ALONE I STAND IN FIRE is now online. It was shot on October 21st, 2004 in Halle/Germany when the band was on a European tour with Amon Amarth and Impious. The video shows Disillusion at one of the few shows in extended line-up with 5 guest musicians. You can watch the video on disillusion.de.

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Disillusion Update On New Record

Since February, Disillusion are working on their second full length record at their Salvation Recording studio in Leipzig and are now very close to finishing the songwriting process. As already presumed months ago: the new record will not be a follow-up to "Back To Times Of Splendor" - that is for sure. However, the new songs are much more Disillusion than ever before. The band is also looking forward to soon leaving "Back To Times Of Splendor" behind them, most of all live. Despite the constant attempts to shrink the monolithic material to a live-3-piece, it simply will not get any better.

Upcoming Disillusion German tour dates:

Nov. 19 Oschatz - E-Werk
Dec. 03 Aue - Winter's Dawn Festival
Dec. 10 Höchen - Glanhalle "Killing Santa Claus Party"
Dec. 16 Hamburg - Fundbureau
Dec. 17 Hannover - Underworld
Dec. 26 Bautzen - Power Of Expression Festival
Jan. 21 Bayreuth - KOMM.

Recordings of the new record will probably begin in February - where and how they will be done, will be decided soon. A first, tentative release date for the record has been set for May/June 2006.

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Fleshcrawl, Disillusion Play Metallic Noise Fest

Fleshcrawl will be teaming up with label mates Disillusion to play the Metallic Noise Festival in Stuttgart, Germany on September 3. Pungent Stench and Secrets Of The Moon are among the other bands confirmed for the festival.

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Disillusion Adds Bass Player To Line-up

Disillusion have finally filled the long-time vacant bass player position. The band welcomes Ralf Willis as the fourth member. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Ralf decided to be part of Disillusion after he heard about the band and their search for a permanent bass player.

“We actually did only one rehearsal together and things were settled”, comments guitar player Rajk Barthel.

Ralf moved to Leipzig, Germany and is with the band since March. The band is right now writing new songs in their very own studio.

“Not being a person of many words, to put it simply, this shit can be finger-breaking and sensitive in the same song. This is expressing what I want to express", comments Ralf Willis on his slot in Disillusion.

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New Impious Website, Tour Dates w/ Amon Amarth

The brand new Impious website is up and running. Go there for latest news and listen to samples from their upcoming album “Hellucinate.” Two new samples will be uploaded every week until the release of the album.

The release party for “Hellucinate” will be held on the 1st of October at Belsepub in Gothenburg. Impious will play their furious live show and support comes from label mates Incapacity.

“Hellucinate” will be in stores the 5th of October 2004!

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