- formed in 1991 in Mannheim, Germany
did the band develop to that what they are today - Germanys
foremost later the line-up was completed: Singer Felix and
bassist Marc joined the formation and a year later their first
and only demo tape saw the light of day. The tape had formidable
response with the press and especially the fans. Not only
did the tape sell considerably well in Germany but found a
huge acceptance abroad showing in worldwide sales of 1500.
The first contacts to record labels were made at this time.
The debut was received very well: one month after release it established itself in the readers charts of various magazines. The thriving sales and positive reactions secured them the support role on the My Dying Bride tour of November 1993. A noteworthy achievement for a newcomerband ! Before the tour in September of 1993 Heinz was replaced by an old friend, Harald, with whom they had already played together in the past.
In January 1994, Crematory started the recording sessions for their follow-up „...just dreaming“. Crematory had found their „ruche“ at this point.“...just dreaming“ was released in May 1994 and showed Crematory with their first musical highpoint. Especially „Shadows of mine“ with its German refrain became a huge hit ! This album also established itself over a longer period in readers charts and it started to show that Crematory had a huge fanbase
with an overt love affection for the band. „Shadows of mine“ and „In my hands“ had accompanying videos in March of 1994 with rotation on both MTV and VIVA. Between April and September of 1994 Crematory played several clubgigs with support roles for nameacts like Tiamat and Atrocity highlighting this period.
The breakthrough came with the third album „Illusions“, once again recorded in Commusication Studios in June 1995 and brewing up a storm before its official release in September. Expectations were very high after the first two albums, this anticipation was exceeded by a long way: Crematory succeeded in finding a new hit with „Tears of time“. A lavish video was recorded for the song in August 1995 finding huge approval amongst TV stations. Immediately after the release of „Illusions“ diverse interviews and reviews as well as the entrance of several magazine charts revealed how great the third Crematory release was accepted, not only by the fans. Several concerts and festivals ensued. The success story of the band to date wasn´t a reason to rest upon their laurels. December 1995 saw the return to the studio to begin recording for a new album. But this time under a different sign. The firm intention of the band to constantly change and develop itself not only culminated in the music but the lyrics as well. A new album simply titled „Crematory“ with its lyrics written and sung in German was released in May 1996. The best sales to date heaved Crematory to headlinerstatus like at the Out of the dark festivals in March 1996. The album went straight into the charts despite all the bad press it received. The contract with Massacre Records was fulfilled with the release of the album.
Live recordings were filmed at the Out of the dark festivals for release on video as was the promo video for „Ist es wahr“. Various concerts were played on this festival tour for example in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. At the end fo the festival, which had Moonspell and the Gathering as support, Crematory found that some of the DAT recordings they had made over several concerts were in excellent sound qualitiy. Thereupon they visited Commusication studios and mastered and cut the recordings with their producer Gerhard Magin to finalise their fist live album. Before signing with a new label, Crematory founded their own label (CRC- Crematory´ s Record Company) and released the CD in conjunction with a live video. After their contract fulfilment with Massacre Records and the set up oftheir own company, Crematory found a competent partner in Nuclear Blast who, with the release fo „Awake“,
would bring Crematory to unknown heights.
The band delivered a brilliant piece of melodic Gothic - Metal after their legendary predecessors. „Awake“ went straight into the German album charts at N.54. For the first time in band history they had recorded a cover version with the Sisters of Mercy´s „Temple of love“. The song established itself in the clubscene and was destined to be a hit. Crematory
confirmed their status with the fans and press alikethat
they belonged to the leading Gothic-Metal acts around.
Bruno Kramm (Das Ich), Raymond Boye´(Scooter, U 96, Culture Beat), DJ God (Camouflage, Die Fantastischen Vier) und KK among others were engaged to give the Crematory-hits a new flavor and create new clubhits in the going. A special bonus in form of a CD-Rom is included on "Early Years" showing the videoclips for "Tears of time", "Shadows of mine", "Ist es wahr" and "In my hands".
On their ninth album “Believe” that was released in September 2000, Crematory built themselves a monument. The musical progress that started on ”Act 7” was clearly
audible. Hardness, melody and accessibility were the elements
that Crematory used in better ways than ever. This resulted
in smash-hits like ”The Fallen” that ruled the
dance floors. Not only by means of his guitar, but also with
his vocal talent, Matthias who took over singing the clean
vocals on ”Believe” , knew extremely well how
to use it. The big picture of the album was completed by the
excellent production. Accompanying the single ”The Fallen”,
a very professional Video was produced; sadly it only got
a very limited and short rotation on TV.
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