Witchburner (1992-1993, 1996-present) is a Thrash Metal band from Germany.
itchburner originally started out as a two-piece act in 1992 by Tankred Best (drums/vocals) and Florian Schmitt (guitars). After some time the first demo Future Tales was recorded but the demo has never been sold because of the arrangements and songs. Witchburner would split up shortly after, however, because Best was more interested in playing guitar in another thrash band called Drunken Devil with Tony Skudlarek. Drunken Devil split-up in 1996 and Best returned to restart his Witchburner project with Tony Skudlarek (bass) and Simon Seegel (guitar) in tow.
In 1996 the newly reformed Witchburner line-up went into the studio to record the self-financed debut CD Witchburner. Schmitt left the band and was replaced by Christoph Ungemach (guitar). In 1998 Witchburner went into the studio again to record their second CD Blapsphemic Assault, which was released by German 'Undercover Records'. Shortly there after Best left the band due to some personal activities and was replaced by Patrick Kremer who had been a guest featured on one of the Blasphemic Assault tracks. Andreas Schäddel also made an appearance in the act at this time but his tenure was short lived for he left soon after. Several drummer changes occurred until Balor joined the band in 1999. But the line-up was still in flux, for Ungemach and Skudlarek also left the band. Both were replaced by the returning Tankred Best (guitar) and Andy Süss (bass). That September Witchburner entered the studio again to record two tracks from the Future Tales demo and the previously recorded Blood Is Flowing rehersal-tape that would appear on the United Forces Of Metal Raging War Split-7'EP with Blizzard, released by the German 'Iron Bonehead Productions' and was limited to 666 copies.
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After the recording of the EP Best and Balor left the band due to other musical activities, and were replaced by Volker Rössler (drums) and Udo Rucks (guitar). With the new line-up the band entered the studio in May 2001 to record their third full length, Incarnation Of Evil, their last for 'Undercover Records'. In November 2001 the Total Thrashing Madness Tour with Abigail (Japan) commenced. A Live 10" picture LP depicting the band entitled German Thrashing War was issued to commemorate the show and was released by the band themselves in March 2002. After the Tour, a new line-up change happened as Rössler and Rucks left the band due to personal reasons. The line-up now shifted to feature Patrick (vocals),Marcel (guitar), Felix (drums),Simon (guitar) and Andy (bass).
2002 saw the band on 'Maniacal Records' for the release of Arrival Of The Last Storm/Dead EP and Behold The Legions Of Hell split EP with Derketa, Graveworm and Sadomaniac, and Live Split live split with Abigail (Japan) the band had changed labels again with Stan Koson's 'R.I.P.' label taking over for the release of their next full CD release in the USA., German Thrashing War.
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