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Headhunter

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Latest Headhunter News

Below is our complete Headhunter 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.

Headhunter Posts Skid Row Cover Online

HEADHUNTER, the band Destruction bassist/vocalist Schmier fronted from 1990 to 1994 after his split with the band, have updated their MySpace page to stream their cover of the SKID ROW classic '18 And Life'. Check it out at here.

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Headhunter Post "Silverskull Video Online

"Silverskull", the new video from HEADHUNTER, the reunited German band featuring DESTRUCTION frontman Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer, STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael, and guitarist Schmuddel (ex-TALON), can be viewed here. The track comes off the group's forthcoming comeback album, "Parasite of Society", which is scheduled for release on May 23 via AFM Records in Europe. The CD was mixed by Achim Köhler in Stuttgart, Germany.

Schmier previously stated about the album, "This record really made my day in difficult times and goes back to the roots of metal. My roots of music. I'm fuckin' honored that I had the chance again to play with my mates, Schmuddel and Jörg, after all those years." More...

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Headhunter Confirm New Album Tracklisting

HEADHUNTER, the side project of DESTRUCTION madman Schmier, drum animal Jörg Michael (STRATOVARIUS) and guitarist Schmuddel (ex-TALON), have confirmed the tracklisting for their forthcoming album, Parasite Of Society, due out via AFM on May 23rd.

Tracklist: '3rd Man Introduction', 'Parasite Of Society', 'Silverskull', 'Remission', 'Doomsday For The Prayer', '18 And Life', 'Read My Lips', 'Backs To The Wall', 'Egomaniac', 'The Calling', 'Payback Time', 'Rapid Fire'.

The new song 'Doomsday For The Prayer' is currently streaming online here.

Headhunter are confirmed for this summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.

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Destruction To Play Greek Date In February

Greece's Metalpaths.com are reporting that German thrashers DESTRUCTION will perform in Thessaloniki, Greece on February 10th. Venue details and further information is expected soon.

As previously reported, HEADHUNTER, the side project of Destruction madman Schmier, drum animal Jörg Michael (STRATOVARIUS) and guitarist Schmuddel (ex-TALON) are currently mixing their comback album, Parasite Of Society with Achim Köhler in Stuttgart, Germany. "This pure metal masterpiece" will be released in April via AFM Records/Candlelight USA/King Records Japan.

Here are the official websites: www.myspace.com/officialheadhunter, www.official-headhunter.com.

Headhunter are confirmed for this summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31st - August 2nd, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.

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Headhunter New Album Due In April

HEADHUNTER, the side project of DESTRUCTION madman Schmier, drum animal Jörg Michael (STRATOVARIUS) and guitarist Schmuddel (ex-TALON) are currently mixing their comback album, Parasite Of Society with Achim Köhler in Stuttgart, Germany. "This pure metal masterpiece" will be released in April via AFM Records/Candlelight USA/King Records Japan. Here are the official websites: www.myspace.com/officialheadhunter, www.official-headhunter.com.

Headhunter are confirmed for this summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.

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Headhunter Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Recently reactivated German metallers HEADHUNTER - led by DESTRUCTION frontman Schmier - is the latest act confirmed for next summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.

Schmier originally founded Headhunter after his short split from Destruction at the end of the eighties. With Headhunter, Schmier released the three records: Parody Of Life (1990), A Bizarre Gardening Accident (1992) and Rebirth (1994), together with Jörg Michael (ex-SAXON/STRATOVARIUS) on drums and Schmuddel on guitar. The albums were re-released through AFM Records with a remastered sound and a new booklet with old pictures, liner notes and all lyrics on September, 7th. The new Headhunter album will be released in spring 2008 through AFM Records.

The Wacken Open Air Festival will be headlined by IRON MAIDEN (on July 31st). The current line-up includes: AT THE GATES, AUTUMN, AVANTASIA, AXXIS, BEFORE THE DAWN, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CORVUS CORAX, CREMATORY, DESTRUCTOR, DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, ENEMY OF THE SUN, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, EVOCATION, GIRUGÄMESH, GOREROTTED, GORGOROTH, HATEBREED, HEADHUNTER, IRON MAIDEN, KAMELOT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, LORDI, NIFELHEIM, NIGHTWISH, OBITUARY, AXEL RUDI PELL, POWERWOLF, PRIMORDIAL, SABATON, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES, WARBRINGER.

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Destruction Frontman Revives Headhunter

AFM Records has posted this press release:

DESTRUCTION frontman Schmier brought his old band HEADHUNTER back to life. He originally founded this band after his short split from DESTRUCTION at the end of the eighties.

With HEADHUNTER, Schmier released the three outstanding records - "Parody Of Life" (1990), "A Bizarre Gardening Accident" (1992) and "Rebirth" (1994), together with Jörg Michael (ex-SAXON/STRATOVARIUS) on drums and Schmuddel on guitar. This three records were out of print for a long time and it was only possible to buy them at high price on eBay or from private collectors. Now, the albums will be re-released through AFM Records with a remastered sound and a new booklet with old pictures, liner notes and all lyrics. The release date will be September 7, 2007.

Schmier comments: "Since years, we talked about bringing HEADHUNTER back to life and now we finally did it!. The old HEADHUNTER records which were out of stock since a long time will be re-released as 'Nice Price' CDs with a remastered sound. A lot of fans asked me to reactivate this band during our shows with DESTRUCTION or via Internet, but by now it was impossible for me to make this happen because of the full schedule of DESTRUCTION. To avoid the horrible word 'selling off', I took my time to prepare the HEADHUNTER re-releases carefully. Now, even the younger fans have the possibility to listen to the HEADHUNTER songs, which are thrashy indeed, but a little bit more melodic comparing to the stuff we do with DESTRUCTION. Something like: NWOBHM meets Thrash!"

And now, Schmier is ready to go one better - HEADHUNTER will release a brand new album in the original line up!

Schmier adds: "As we prepared the re-master process, I rediscovered my relation to more melodica songs and at a single blow, I had lots of new ideas, that do not match with DESTRUCTION. I never lost the contact to Jörg and Schmuddel, so I asked them if they are interested in doing new stuff. Their reaction was quite positive, so we are ready to resurrect the magic of the early nineties! Who will think of just another dispensable reunion will be completely wrong. The main focus of everyone goes to our main bands, but with HEADHUNTER, we have the possibility to have fun with the music we grew up with and play without any stress and pressure. In the nineties, the name HEADHUNTER, stood for independent minded Metal and everyone who asks about the sense of this reunion will find the answer on our new record which will be packed with tons of hymns and neck-breakers! We promise!"

The new HEADHUNTER album will be released in Spring 2008 through AFM Records. To shorten the time to the new release, everyone can check out the re-releases and headbang to classics like "Parody Of Life". Schmier reports: "I feel like I am 20 Years old...hehe - don't worry... I didn't take any drugs!"

Schmier's comments to the first three HEADHUNTER releases:

"We did the first HEADHUNTER record 'Parody Of Life', right after my split with DESTRUCTION. I originally wrote some of the ideas for the DESTRUCTION album 'Cracked Brain', but after the split I used some of them for the HEADHUNTER album. Maybe, that's the reason why 'Parody Of Life' is the hardest sounding HEADHUNTER album so far!

'A Bizzarre Gardening Accident' comes with a pretty non-typical metal cover. It's very diversified and includes hard sounding elements as well as melodical ideas. The different ideas from Schmuddel and myself compared with Jörg Michael's drum style formed the typical HEADHUNTER style - something between Thrash, Power and NWOBHM - Metal!

For me, 'Rebirth' is the most mellow HEADHUNTER album in terms of the sound and the songwriting. It's my favourite HEADHUNTER album. After all the years, the remastered version sounds really fresh. It kicks fucking ass!"

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