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Rough Silk

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Rough Silk are a German power metal band, formed in 1989 and they have released seven studio and one best of album so far in their history. During 20 years of their career the band has defined their very unique sound which is best described by the band name Rough Silk: “Rough” stands for the real heavy (sometimes even thrash) metal influences and “Silk” for the unusual singer-songwriter elements and piano-parts, combining both to their very own brand of heavy but yet melodic metal.

Rough Silk build up a good reputation as a live-act by suporting bands like Helloween , Deep Purple, Dio, Savatage, Manowar, Fate’s Warning, Accept, Whitesnake, Axxis, Europe, Saxon and Vicious Rumors among others.

The founding members were Ferdy Doernberg (keyboards, slide-guitars & vocals), Hilmer Staake (guitars), Jan Barnett (lead vocals, guitars), Ralf Schwertner (bass, vocals) and Herbert Hartmann (drums, vocals) but there have been some changes that created kind of different eras of the band’s history.

The first era contained the albums “Rough Silk” (Vinyl LP only), “Roots of Hate”, “Walls of Never”, “Circle Of Pain” and “Mephisto” followed by a first European tour with Savatage.

The second era started with the 5th album when Barnett left the band and was replaced by Thomas Ludolphy. In this period the band recorded the albums “Beyond the Sundown” and “Symphony of Life” and supported Savatage in Europe once more, on Savatage’s special wish. During this time Rough Silk brought out their first best of album “Wheels of Time”.

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  • flori_hedig

    German review of the new album by metal4.de. "The Good, The Bad & The Undead" gets 6 out of 10 ! http://www.metal4.de/review/rough-silk-the-good-the-bad-the-undead

    20 May 2013 Reply
  • Cynical_Man

    I am glad I discovered this awesome band.

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    Great Scorpions cover on 'Is there anybody there ?" !!

    26 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    They should have more listeners.

    13 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Vggamegod

    A New Beginning is really good, catchy as hell. Sierra Madre is fucking killer.

    28 May 2011 Reply
  • amy57b

    -hey tres bien Merci pour la video,

    18 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Plantar

    I want to start listening to everything you guys have. I really enjoy the cover of Is There Anybody There? and want to look more into your music. You dudes seem talented. :D

    26 Apr 2010 Reply
  • holland25

    Fixed.

    10 Mar 2010 Reply
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    Very detailed artist description we have in here...

    10 Mar 2010 Reply
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    23 Sep 2009 Reply
  • arma_virumque

    the album 'Beyond The Sundown' is missing from last.fm.

    21 Nov 2008 Reply
  • denislin

    Waaaay too underrated :/ Besides that, really good music with nice lyrics.

    19 Mar 2008 Reply
  • ChildOfDarkness

    Very good lyrics!

    7 Feb 2008 Reply
  • MelancholyRage

    Very underrated music.

    16 Nov 2007 Reply

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