Unheilig (German German language for "Unholy") is a German Germany Neue Deutsche Härte band Band (music) . The band was formed in 1999 and now consists of principally Der Graf (German German language for "The Count"), with his live musicians Licky, Henning Verlage and Potti.
Early history & success 1999–200
In 1999, together with Grant Stevens Grant Stevens (musician) (songwriter of “Everlasting Friends” from the Holsten Pilsener TV spot) and José Alvarez-Brill (Wolfsheim Wolfsheim (band) , Joachim Witt, De/Vision) the foundation for Unheilig was laid by Der Graf.
The single “Sage Ja!” was released on Bloodline Records in 1999, shot straight into the German Germany DAC charts and became a club smash. In February 2001, the debut album “Phosphor Phosphor (Unheilig) ” came on to the European market again on Bloodline/Connected Music.
Over the next few months, the band guested at major scene festivals and open air events throughout Germany (Zillo Open Air, Wave-Gotik-Treffen Leipzig, Doomsday Festival, Woodstage Festival) before taking a break from live work to write and produce the Christmas album “Frohes Fest released in 2002” and the third album “Das 2. Gebot”.
In February 2003, the band went on tour as support to L'Âme Immortelle, introducing eleven European cities to its new album, “Das 2. Gebot”.
Directly after the tour, the EP “Schutzengel” was released, including four previously unreleased tracks. The band played in festivals during the summer. The M'era Luna Festival was one of the highlights for the band and the fans. Der Graf produced remixes for Absurd Minds, Terminal Choice and other bands and finally produced a song for the Xbox game Project Gotham Racing 2. Then the band started the production of the recordings for the upcoming album “Zelluloid”.
Zelluloid & KopfKino 2004–2006
“Zelluloid” was released on February 23rd, 2004, and at the same time, the band toured with Terminal Choice. With this release and the very successful tour, Unheilig finally reached all kinds of media and a lot of new fans. The result of this enthusiasm was that Unheilig gave the fans the chance to vote their own new single release which became Freiheit Freiheit (Unheilg EP) . The E.P. “Freiheit” was released October 18th, 2004, and the band played some more release concerts to promote the record.
The fact that Unheilig played more concerts in 2004 than ever before in their career revealed the need for a live CD. To this end, the CD Gastspiel Gastspiel (Unheilig album) was released on January 31st, 2005.
Preparations for the DVD “KopfKino KopfKino (Unheilig DVD) ” started. Six weeks before the DVD was released, Unheilig was played for the first time on one of the regular music television channels (VIVA Viva (TV station) Plus) with their videoclip “Freiheit”.
Moderne Zeiten & Puppenspiel 2006–2009
The album “Moderne Zeiten” was released at January 20th, 2006. The main topic of the album is dreams and their implementation. The intro track has the following text (translated from German):
With that Der Graf calls in addition to life the dreams without any censorship.
This message is also in songs like Lass uns Liebe machen or Ich will alles.
During 2007 the band limited their appearances to just a couple of festivals including Wacken Open Air, Amphi festival and Burgrock Altena festival for the preparation of their sixth album Puppenspiel.
In 2008, Unheilig released album “Puppenspiel” which is the follow up to “Moderne Zeiten”. The album was issued in two different versions: a regular album version with 14 songs in a jewel case, and a limited version in digipak with the following two bonus songs: “Glaub an mich” and “Spielzeugmann”. The Album would hit the Media Control Charts at number 13, the bands highest charting to date. During their tour in 2008 they played at (M'era luna, Zita-Rock, Wave-Gotik-Treffen and Castle Rock) festivals. Later the band released their second DVD titled “Vorhang Auf Vorhang Auf (Unheilig DVD) ” (“Curtain Up”). They performed a concert titled “Unheilig & Friends” with
Eisbrecher and Staubkind on the 20th of December, 2008 at the Expo Halle XXI in Cologne, Germany the first of 4 as the next 3 were held in August & September of 2009.
In 2009 the band performed at the Amphi festival, Summer Breeze Open Air and the Rockharz open air festivals.
On July 3, 2009, the albums Phosphor, Frohes Fest, Das 2. Gebot, Zelluloid and Moderne Zeiten were released with new artwork and a remastered sound. The Limited Edition albums that included extra songs were not included.
Grosse Freiheit & Universal Records 2009–present
On December 7, 2009, the official Unheilig website received a major redesign to reflect the upcoming release of Grosse Freiheit, including a three minute trailer showcasing Der Graf with a suitcase while playing “Das Meer”, the very first song off the new album.
On January 14, 2010, the first music video, Geboren um zu Leben Geboren um zu leben (Unheilig song) was posted on Unheilig's webpage.
The first single Geboren um zu Leben Geboren um zu leben (Unheilig song) was released on January 29, 2010 and debuted on the Media Control Charts in the top 10 at #2. The single also peaked on the Austrian Singles Chart in the top 20 at #11.
Grosse Freiheit Grosse Freiheit (Unheilig album) was released on February 19, 2010 under Vertigo Records part of Universal Records, with a tour following immediately.
Grosse Freiheit debute's in the Media Control Charts at number 1, in Austria at number 4 and in Switzerland at number 14.
The band is Scheduled to perform at the Greenfield Festival in Switzerland on the 12th of June.
The band now has four members with a new live drummer named Potti, this is the very first time the band has used a live drummer in their ten year history.*Der Graf – Vocals, Programming (1999–present)
*Henning Verlage – Keyboards, Programming (1999–present)
*Christoph “Licky” Tremühlen – Guitars (1999–present)
*Potti – Live Drums & Percussion (2009–present)
* 2005 2005 in music : Gastspiel Gastspiel (Unheilig album)
* 2006 2006 in music : Goldene Zeiten Goldene Zeiten (Unheilig album) - (Limited to 3,000 copies)
* 2008 2008 in music : Vorhang Auf Vorhang Auf (Unheilig album)
* 2000 2000 in music : Sage Ja!
* 2001 2001 in music : Komm zu Mir Komm zu Mir (Unheilig song)
* 2003 2003 in music : Maschine Maschine (Unheilig song) '
* 2006 2006 in music : Ich Will Leben Ich Will Leben (Unheilig song) - (Featuring, Project Pitchfork)
* 2008 2008 in music : An deiner Seite An Deiner Seite (Unheilig song) - (Germany #49)
* 2010 2010 in music : Geboren um zu Leben Geboren um zu leben (Unheilig song) - (Germany #2, Austria #11, Switzerland #41)
* 2002 2002 in music : Tannenbaum Frohes Fest (As part of the Frohes Fest Limited Edition Release)
* 2003 2003 in music : Schutzengel - (Limited to 2,222 copies)
* 2004 2004 in music : Freiheit Freiheit (Unheilig EP)
* 2006 2006 in music : Astronaut Astronaut (Unheilig EP) - (Limited to 4,444 copies)
* 2008 2008 in music : Spiegelbild - (Limited to 3,333 copies)
* 2005 2005 in music : KopfKino KopfKino (Unheilig DVD)
* 2008 2008 in music : Vorhang Auf Vorhang auf (Unheilig DVD)
* 2010 2010 in music : Sternstunde Sternstunde (Unheilig DVD
* 2000:Sage Ja!
* 2008:An Deiner Seite
* 2010:Geboren um zu Leben
* 2008: Schattenspiel - (Limited to 3,333 copies)
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