"some music was meant to stay underground..."


Formed: 1982
From: Cleveland, OH, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Breaker 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.

Breaker Confirmed For Bang Your Head 2012

Cleveland, Ohio metallers Breaker been confirmed for this year's edition of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place July 13th - 14th, 2012 in Balingen, Germany.

Breaker will perform an exclusive European reunion show with original vocalist Jim Hamar to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the release of the landmark "Get Tough!" album on Auburn Records.

This will be Breaker's fifth visit to Germany and second to Bang Your Head. The band's only previous festival appearance in Germany with Hamar on vocals was at Wacken Open Air in 2000.
Visit the Bang Your Head website for more information.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...

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Breaker Reunites With Vocalist For Cleveland Show

Cleveland's Breaker reunited with original vocalist Jim Hamar on November 5th supporting Anvil at the West Side Masonic Temple in Cleveland, Ohio. Hamar performed a surprise and unannounced full set with the band for the first time in 10 years. Photos from the show are available here.

“There was no official announcement about the reunion,” says Auburn Records president Bill Peters. “We wanted to keep the pressure off and the show low-key since this was Jim’s first time back singing live in a very long time. Jim has also had a lot of personal family issues to deal with concerning his mom’s health. It has been a very stressful time for him. Very few people knew he would be performing. In fact, my Team Auburn crew who worked the show did not even know until the band hit the stage. They were just as surprised as the fans. A person from my video crew did not recognize Jim and asked me who the new singer was? He said he really liked him and that he sounded a lot like the original guy!”

Breaker formed in 1982 and, along with Destructor and Shok Paris, has been an anchor of the Auburn Records label roster. Hamar appeared on the band’s “Blood Money” single (1983) and “Get Tough!” album (1987), as well as several compilation, live and EP releases. The band performed at the 2000 Wacken Open Air festival in Germany with Hamar. Greg Wagner (H.A.T.E.) had been the band’s current singer since Hamar’s departure in 2001.

Breaker was scheduled to reunite in 2008 as one of the feature bands at the Bang Your Head!!! festival in Balingen, Germany but Hamar suddenly and unexpectedly developed voice problems during band rehearsals and was forced to cancel. Breaker ended up performing at the festival with Wagner on vocals. More...

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Breaker Reunites with Original Vocalist

Legendary Cleveland metallers BREAKER have reunited with original lead vocalist Jim Hamar.

The group, which released the underground classic "Get Tough!" album on Auburn Records in 1987, will perform at this year's Bang Your Head!!! festival, scheduled to take place June 26-28 in Balingen, Germany. The band will share the stage with JUDAS PRIEST, QUEENSRŸCHE, SAXON, ICED EARTH and others. BREAKER will also be one of the feature bands at the festival's club warm-up show with FIREWIND and FORBIDDEN.

This will be BREAKER's third trip to Germany, a country where the band still enjoys a sizeable underground following. The group has performed at major festivals like Wacken Open Air and Headbangers Open Air in recent years.

Prior to the Bang Your Head!!! appearance, BREAKER will play a special "warm-up" concert at the Jigsaw Saloon in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, June 14. Special guests are the MANIMALS.

Formed in 1982, BREAKER quickly became one of the top-drawing original metal bands in Cleveland and was the leader of the city's internationally renowned '80s metal scene.

BREAKER's current lineup is as follows:

Jim Hamar (vocals)
Don Depew (guitar)
Michael Klein (guitar)
Nick Giannakos (guitar)
Brook Hodges (bass)
Mark Klein (drums)

A new CD will be released to support the live appearances.

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