One of Germany's leading metal bands, Powerwolf combine high-speed guitar work and thundering drums with forceful vocals and dark fantasy themes. Powerwolf were formed in 2003 by guitarist Matthew Greywolf (born Benjamin Buss) and bassist Charles Greywolf (born David Vogt), two musicians who had been working together for years. Teaming with keyboard player Falk Maria Schlegel and drummer Stéfane Funèbre, the new group had trouble finding a lead singer who suited their vision until, during a visit to Romania, Matthew and Charles met Attila Dorn (born Karsten Brill), who had a strong voice as well as a passion for tales of werewolves, vampires, and evil spirits. The band became known as Powerwolf, with Dorn's lyrics meshing with the group's music, and they scored a deal with Napalm Records, which released their debut album, Return in Bloodred, in 2005. Metal Blade Records signed Powerwolf to a North American deal, and their second album, Lupus Dei, a concept album devoted to werewolf lore, appeared in 2007. Released in 2009, Bible of the Beast proved to be Powerwolf's final album with Stéfane Funèbre, with new drummer Roel van Helden joining in 2010. Powerwolf's fourth album, Blood of the Saints, appeared in the summer of 2011, and a live album, Alive in the Night, was released in 2012. Powerwolf signed with Capitol/Universal for the North American release of 2013's Preachers of the Night, while Napalm Records continued to represent the band in Germany, where the album debuted on the sales charts at number one.
Early 2012, Sabaton fans were shocked to learn that no fewer than four members were leaving the band. Fortunately this exodus signaled neither the demise of Sabaton nor the end of the musical careers of Daniel Myhr, Daniel Mullback, Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén. On the contrary, breeding will out, as they say, and the Swedish quartet soon joined forces with bassist Stefan Eriksson and singer Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors, Lion’s Share) to form Civil War, an ambitious new player on the power metal scene. Last year’s eponymous debut EP contained five indestructible power metal anthems and their first full-length album, ‘The Killer Angels’ (2013), continued along the same vein. The good news is they’re coming to Graspop Metal Meeting this year. Considering the band members’ pedigree we have no doubt they’ll deliver the goods live!