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Human Fortress

Formed: 1997
From: Hanover, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Background

At the end of 1997, after dissolving their band, bassist Pablo J. Tammen and guitarist Torsten Wolf got together with drummer Thomas Albrecht and guitarist Volker Trost through a Hannover scene magazine.

After a few sessions, it was clear that a musical future could be had together. A short time later, Michaela Senger with her powerful blues voice, joined the band. The melodic hardrock band “Timezone” was born.

Later that year, Timezone entered the studio under the direction of Hilmer Staacke (former Rough Silk) and Maik Borowski.

The recording was completed but unfortunately, due to personal reasons, Michaela had to leave the band and the songs have, to this day, never been released.

In the search for a new singer, Pablo was able to invite Jioti Parcharidis (former singer of Hydrotoxin) for some sessions, and in summer 1999, the first demo was recorded at the Airport Studios, Hannover.

The band had developed, by this stage into a melodic metal band and became renamed

“Human Fortress”.

The demo Cd was sent to various metal magazines, and received, amongst others particularly good reviews in “Heavy oder was?” and “Metal Heart”.

In July 2000, “Human Fortress” went into production with Tommy Newton at his Area 51 Recording Studios, Celle along with their new keyboarder, Dirk Marquardt and their new drummer Laki Zaios. Whilst in the studio, the band joined forces with Michael Bormann (Jaded Heart, The Sygnet, Letter X) who sang additional vocals on the album.

Latest Human Fortress News

Below is our complete Human Fortress 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.

Human Fortress Posts Lyric Video

Human Fortress has released a brand new lyric video for the track "Under Siege," which is available below.

The track comes off "Raided Land," released late last year via AFM Records. You can also watch the band's previously posted music video for "Wasted Years" over at this location.


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Human Fortress Releases "Wasted Years" Video

Human Fortress issued a new music video for the track "Wasted Years." The song appears on the band's upcoming new release "Raided Land," which will be released via AFM Records on on November 29th (EU) and December 3rd (USA) via AFM Records (see review here).

"Raided Land" was mixed and mastered by Sebastian "Seeb" Levermann of Orden Ogan. Check out "Wasted Years" here:

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Human Fortress Streaming New Song "The Chosen One"

German power metal band Human Fortress is streaming another new track - "The Chosen One." The song appears on the upcoming new album "Raided Land," which is out on November 29th (EU) and December 3rd (USA) via AFM Records (see review here).

The track list for "Raided Land" is:

1. Raided Land
2. Child Of War
3. Wasted Years
4. The Chosen One
5. Shelter
6. Gladiator Of Rome, Pt. II (streaming here)
7. Dark Knight
8. Prelude
9. Pray For Salvation
10. Evil Curse
11. Restless Souls
12. Under Siege
13. Guard The Blind

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Human Fortress Streaming "Gladiator Of Rome Pt II"

German power metal band Human Fortress premiered the new track "Gladiator of Rome, Pt. II" over at Rock Hard Germany's website at this location (also in the player below). The song appears on the upcoming new album "Raided Land," which is out on November 29th (EU) and December 3rd (USA) via AFM Records. A review for the album can be found over here. The album marks the debut for new vocalist Gus Monsanto (Code of Silence/Symbolica)

The track list for "Raided Land" is:

1. Raided Land
2. Child Of War
3. Wasted Years
4. The Chosen One
5. Shelter
6. Gladiator Of Rome, Pt. II
7. Dark Knight
8. Prelude
9. Pray For Salvation
10. Evil Curse
11. Restless Souls
12. Under Siege
13. Guard The Blind

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Human Fortress Posts Vocal Recording Footage

German metal band Human Fortress posted additional in studio footage from the upcoming release of "Raided Land," the band's first album in five years and the first to feature new vocalist Gus Monsanto (Symbolica/Code of Silence/Ex-Adagio). The footage shows Monsanto recording vocals with snippets of two new tracks "Gladiator Of Rome (Part 2)" and "Restless Souls" streaming in the background.

"Raided Land" drops on November 28th (EU) and December 3rd (USA) via AFM Records. The track listing is:

1. Raided Land
2. Child Of War
3. Wasted Years
4. The Chosen One
5. Shelter
6. Gladiator Of Rome (Part 2)
7. Dark Knight
8. Prelude
9. Pray For Salvation
10. Evil Curse
11. Restless Souls
12. Under Siege
13. Guard The Blind

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Human Fortress Unveils Album Artwork & Track List

German power metal band Human Fortress, now fronted by Code of Silence/Symbolica frontman Gus Monsanto, unveiled the cover art and track listing for the band's upcoming album "Raided Land." The album dopes on November 22nd (EU) and December 3rd (USA) via AFM Records.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Raided Land
2. Child Of War
3. Wasted Years
4. The Chosen One
5. Shelter
6. Gladiator Of Rome (Part 2)
7. Dark Knight
8. Prelude
9. Pray For Salvation
10. Evil Curse
11. Restless Souls
12. Under Siege
13. Guard The Blind More...

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Human Fortress Posts First In Studio Video

Germany's Human Fortress posted the first in a series of in studio videos on the recordings of the new album "Raided Land." The album is set for release on November 29, 2013 via AFM Records. The album is the first since "Eternal Empire" was released in 2008 via Massacre Records. It features the return of guitarist Volker Trost and drummer Apostolos Zaios, as well as new vocalist Gus Monsanto (Symbolica/Code of Silence), new bassist André Hort (Rough Silk) and marks the first studio album with keyboardist Dirk Liehm (who joined the band in 2009).

The first installment features Monsanto laying down vocal tracks with producer Michael Bormann (PowerWorld/Redrum).

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Human Fortress Signs With AFM

Hanover (Germany) based epic power metal band Human Fortress has signed a deal with AFM Records. After a 5-year hiatus the band returns with new vocalist Gus Monsanto (ex-Revolution Renaissance/Adagio) and a clear mission ahead. Guitarist Torsten Wolf comments:

“With our upcoming album we musically want to continue in the vein of our first two releases 'Lord Of Earth And Heavens Heir' and 'Defenders Of The Crown.' We are very happy to start this new endeavour with our fantastic new vocalist Gus Monsanto now."

Gus explains: “I always wanted to do this kind of music but couldn’t find a band like that in Brazil. These songs are epic, with huge hooklines and I was convinced straight away. I can’t wait to play our songs on stage."

Human Fortress has just finished recordings for an upcoming album which will be released by the end of the year. The band is:

Gus Monsanto - vocals
Torsten Wolf - guitar
Volker Trost - guitar
Dirk Liehm - keyboard
Andre Hort - bass
Apostolos Zaios - drum

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Human Fortress Reveal New Album Tracklisting

German power metallers HUMAN FORTRESS will release their third album, "Eternal Empire", on April 25 via Massacre Records. The first pressing will be available as a limited-edition double CD featuring a bonus disc containing two bonus tracks, a video clip, outtakes, pictures and much more.

"Eternal Empire" track listing:

01. Contrast
02. Borders Of Insanity
03. The Wizard
04. The Raven
05. When Love And Hate Collide
06. Under The Spell
07. Lions Den
08. Circle Of Flames
09. Falling Leaves

HUMAN FORTRESS' last CD, "Defenders of the Crown", came out in 2003. The band has since parted ways with singer Jioti Parcharidis and drummer Apostolos "Laki" Zaios and has replaced them with Carsten Frank and Arndt Krone, respectively.

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Human Fortress Release "Eternal Empire" In April

German power metallers HUMAN FORTRESS will release their third album, "Eternal Empire" (cover artwork), on April 25 via Massacre Records. Audio samples of the tracks "Contrast" and "Falling Leaves" are available at this location. A video for the song "Contrast" was recently shot and will be released soon.

HUMAN FORTRESS' last CD, "Defenders of the Crown", came out in 2003. The band has since parted ways with singer Jioti Parcharidis and drummer Apostolos "Laki" Zaios and has replaced them with Carsten Frank and Arndt Krone, respectively.

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Human Fortress Announce New Guitarist

Massacre Records have posted the following:

Human Fortress are finishing tracks for their next, 3rd studio album. The pre-production will begin in the fall 2004. New guitarist in the line up is Frank Sawade, who replaces Volker Trost. HUMAN FORTRESS are also looking for a new, professional management and booking agent. Please contact:
info@human-fortress.com

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