Protector is a German Thrash Metal band founded in 1986 in Wolfsburg . Since the founding of the band 2011 the headquarters of the band Stockholm and Uddevalla ( Sweden ).
Protector was founded in 1986 by Michael Hasse († 1994), "Hansi" Müller and Michael Schnabel. Within the Metal scene , Protector, in contrast to bands like Kreator , Sodom and Destruction , drew attention only to Germany. International success remained unfulfilled until the end, while within Germany some success could be achieved.
After recording the demo Protector of Death , Protector received a record deal with Atom H in 1987 . In the same year appeared the mini-LP Misanthropy , which received in very good specialist magazines very good reviews. The second Album Golem was sold according to the records of the record company about 20,000 times. There followed major appearances, including a tour with the US metallers Wehrmacht . Protector did not change his style and got bad reviews in 1989 after the release of the album Urm the Mad . Through numerous performances with Kreator, Sodom, Destruction and other bands grew the fan base fast. However, the band had the problem that the former singer Martin Missy could not always live for professional reasons, so that Protector relied on Oliver Wiebel, whose singing style was clearly different from the Missys.
Martin Missy then left the band and was now completely replaced by Oliver Wiebel. With him he went to the studio to record the album Leviathan's Desire . The music was now more than Death Metal and was recorded differently by the press. The band went on a big tour with Napalm Death and Entombed .
In 1991 the album A Shedding of Skin was released , for which one of the most famous metal producers could be won with Harris Johns . Actually Mille Petrozza of Kreator should also produce the album, but here it came to overlap. The album received 8 of 10 points from Rock Hard magazine . In the spring of 1992 a tour with DVC and No Return followed , which was broken off after only two gigs due to health problems of drummer Hasse. Drummer Michael Hasse was replaced by Marco Pape. At this time, further changes took place, founder "Hansi" Müller had left the band before A Shedding of Skin , Oliver Wiebel took over the guitar part and Eduard Belichmeier (since 1987 in the band) was replaced by Matthias "Matze".
In 1993 the last Album from Protector appeared. The Heritage had a completely different and in a mixture of Death Metal and Doom Metal based style, which was so far not to be heard by Protector.
In the spring of 1994 Protector wanted to go on a European tour together with the French Massacra and Babylon Sad . Shortly before the tour start, however, Protector was replaced by the label colleague Accuser . Many spectators were amazed at the performance, as the organizers were not given any information about the serious change. At the concert on April 25, 1994, in the Jugendzentrum Andernach , there was even a lot of variety. One reason for this change was not shared with the specialist magazines after the tour.
Protector broke up and Marco Pape tried to keep the band alive with various musicians. In 2000 the Demo Resurrected was published.
Since 2006, Martin Missy, who now lives in Sweden , has appeared with the cover band Martin Missy and the Protectors on the road. In 2011, Martin Missy, together with his band colleagues from The Protectors, called Protector back to life. They recorded a demo ( The Return of Thrash and Madness ), which they presented on October 8, 2011 at the Way of Darkness Festival in Lichtenfels .
One of the most famous titles of Protector is Kain & Abel on the two brothers from the Bible. In most songs of the band it was about politics or about acts from the Bible.
In September 2013, the first album for 20 years, entitled "Reanimated Homunculus", was produced by Tomas Skogsberg at the Sunlight Studios in Stockholm . The vinyl editions of this kind were already sold out before the release.
Protector were again at the Sunlight Studios in early May 2015 to record the new Album, which appeared on 26 February 2016. The album "Cursed & Coronated" received good to very good reviews in all print and online surveys.
In 2018, Protector plans to reintroduce a Album in the studio. 8 new songs are currently being released, about 10 are expected to be on the album to be released by the end of 2018.
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