The beginning of „Stronghold“
goes back to the late 90`s with a bandproject that never really worked out, so
it was canceled very fast.
A few years later, in January 2004, there were a
few Metalheadz, meeting in their local (it was not that difficult because of the
low number of visitors there) and they decided to fight against the lack of
Heavy Metal in their homearea!
At this time the band exitsed of Gordon
Overkill (Guitar and Vocals), Sally Steel (Flute, Viola, Cello, Keyboards),
Klinger (Guitar), Junior (Drums) and Nick Demon (Bass Guitar).
thinking a lot about the bandname and some beer Gordon got the name “Stronghold”
back in his mind and everybody thought this name is great!
Stronghold is a
appropriate metaphor for the mighty, epic metal the band plays.
logo arised at the same evening, when the decision for the bandname was made and
Sally did some art with a high alcohol level!
But Nick, who played in the
band because he is a good friend, had no musical talent at all and he (and the
others aswell) recognised that there´s no way for him to play the bass. So
everybody decided to make him “The Battleaxe Man” for live shows (that´s what
really can do very well!).
Because of this it comes that Danny D. Sire,
former bandgroupie and Sallys best friend, joined the band, even if she didn´t
play the bass guitar before too. But it transpired that this was a good
decision, because she did her job very well.
A little while later Gordon
decided to give up his “carreer” as a vocalist and Stephan, a good friend again,
was “Strongholds” new man on the micro!
Now the band could start!
as it happen so often fate wasn´t with them. One week before Stronghold could
start the recordings the guitarist Klinger left the band for personal
reasons. That was a very pitty and tearful thing, because he wasn´t
just a founding member, but a very good friend aswell, what never changed
until present. He was replaced by Dynamaik, who raised the soli and
melodys in new dimensions! Because of this upswing the band was
ready for stage very fast.
set was ready, but different producer problems resulted in not releasing
songs. At the same time Stronghold got to know that
there is another band called Stronghold aswell, and that's why the band decided
to change our name into Strongholde, with the medieval "e"
at the end.
In late 2005 and early 2006 Strongholde played their
first live shows, wich were quite a success.
Nevertheless the band
was forced to take another hard step. More and more it became obvious
that Pancor Jackhammer wasn´t the right voice for Strongholde.
While he found his musical appointment in the Black Metal Band "Graupel",
Gordon returned to the place behind the micro.
2006 Stongholde played their biggest gig to date; they interlude Thee
Plague of Gentlemen and Pentacle.
Due this show the band introduced
the new singer Blacky, who joined until December 2006.
2006 Strongholde met Stefan Finger and they decided that this nice guy
will be the producer of Strongholdes first Demo EP. Because of some
time problems it lasted very long to finish this recording, but finally
in January 2007 the band did it!
For pitty Blacky had to leave Strongholde
because of personal differences, so Gordon was again the man behind
the mic, with the support of Sally.
In this constellation the band
released their demo "Heavy Metal is back from hell" on March
the 3rd 2007.
is back from Hell