Freedom Call Overview
Freedom Call is a German Germany power metal band formed in 1998.
Freedom Call was formed in 1998 by old friends Chris Bay and Daniel Zimmermann during an off-period for the latter's main band, Gamma Ray Gamma Ray (band) . They eventually completed a six-song demo Demo (music) with the well-known producer music producer Charlie Bauerfeind, who offered the tape to several record companies.
At the same time, the Freedom Call line up was completed by Ilker Ersin on the Bass guitar and Sascha Gerstner on Guitar. Chris and Dan saw Sascha in the beginning of 1998, playing in a cover band. Ilker and Chris had played together in a band called Moon Doc for some years.
The debut album, Stairway to Fairyland was released in early 1999, and on the 25th of May Freedom Call made their official live debut during a France tour as support band of Angra Angra (band) and Edguy. At the end of August Freedom Call started recording the 5-track Mini LP called "Taragon", with new songs, a cover version of Ultravox' "Dancing with tears in my eyes", a new-sung version of the "Stairway to Fairyland" a Japanese bonus track called "Kingdom Come" and a new version of "Tears of Taragon" with Biff Byford, singer of Saxon Saxon (band) narrating the "Tale of Taragon" on it.
By the end of 1999, Freedom Call had entered the studio again to record the second album called "Crystal Empire", which was released in late 2000.
In March 2001 Sascha Gerstner left Freedom Call (he would later join Helloween). He was eventually replaced by Cedric "Cede" Dupont, the Swiss Switzerland guitarist of Symphorce.
In the middle of January 2002 the new formation of the band began recording their new album called "Eternity." Dan and Chris produced the album on their own this time as Charlie Bauerfeind was not available at the time. He was, however, responsible for the drum recordings and the final mix.
Later that year, they were invited on tour with Blind Guardian. During this tour they recorded the live album, "Live Invasion" together with Charlie Bauerfeind in Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Munich.
The keyboard player used on this tour, Nils Neumann, was soon invited to become the fifth member of the band. After an extended break, the next album The Circle of Life was recorded at Hansen Studio, Hamburg and FC Studios, Nuremberg from August to October 2004, and released in March, 2005.
Shortly after the release, both Cede Dupont and Ilker Ersin decided to leave Freedom Call (independently of each other). Replacements were eventually announced in the respective form of the unknown Lars Rettkowitz and Armin Donderer, formerly of Paradox Paradox (German band) .
A new album with the title "Dimensions Dimensions (album) " was released on April 23, 2007 and, according to Dan Zimmermann, sounds closer to the Eternity album than its more experimental successor. The songs "The Wanderer" and "Dimensions" were also used in the online rhythm game "Flash Flash Revolution"
In March 2009, the band announced that they were putting the finishing touches to a new album, and that they had parted ways with bassist Amin Donderer, who would be replaced by Samy Saemann.
Also Dan Zimmerman announced that he will now leave the band to have more time to play for Gamma Ray.* Chris Bay - Vocals & Guitar (1998-present)
* Lars Rettkowitz - Guitar (2005-present)
* Samy Saemann - Bass (2009-present)
* Dan Zimmermann - Drums (1998-2009)
* Sascha Gerstner - Guitar (1998-2001)
* Cédric "Cede" Dupont - Guitar (2001-2005)
* Ilker Ersin - Bass (1998-2005)
* Nils Neumann - Keyboards (2003-2006)
* Amin Donderer - Bass (2005-2009)
*Stairway To Fairyland (1999)
*Crystal Empire (2001)
*Eternity Eternity (Freedom Call album) (2002)
*The Circle of Life (2005)
*Dimensions Dimensions (Freedom Call album) (2007)
*Legend of the Shadowking (2010)
*Live Invasion (2004)
*Silent Empire (2001)
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