Stormwitch was a German heavy metal band from the 1980s. They were also known as "The Masters of Black Romantic." The band's song lyrics often focused on fantasy, occult or historical themes, anticipating power metal along with their contemporaries and countrymen Helloween. They performed at Wacken Open Air festival in 2002.
They formed in the 1980s and released 7 albums in their original spell:
They then split up in 1994 but reformed in 2002 and have so far released 2 new albums:
The vocalist Andy Mück has been the only constant member in the band with numerous line up changes since the formation. The only members of Stormwitch at the moment are Andy Mück (Vocals) and Jürgen Wannenwetsch (Bass).
Andy Mück 1979 - Present
Steve Merchant (Stefan Kauffman) (1979–1989)
Lee Tarot (Harald Spengler) (Tarot's Myst) (1979–1989)
Wolf Schludi (1989)
Damir Uzunovic (The Armada) (1991–1994)
Joe Gassmann (Sanvoisen, ex-Letter X) (1991–1992)
Robert ``Robby`` Balci (Defending the Faith, ex-Death In Action) (1992-1994, live only)
Martin Winkler (2002–2004)
Fabian Schwarz (Runamok, ex-Paradox (Ger), Ritual Spirit, Tyran' Pace)
(2002–2004) Oliver Weislogel
Jürgen Wannenwetsch 2002 - Present
Ronny "Pearson" Gleisberg (1983–1986)
Andy "Hunter" Jäger (1987–1989)
Martin Albrecht (Valley's Eve, Mystic Prophecy, Rough) (1990–1994)
Dominik Schwarz (Runamok) (2002–2004)
Peter "Lancer" Langer (The Armada, Infinity's Call) (1983–1994)
Marc Oppold (ex-Tyrant (Ger), ex-Death in Action) (2002–2004)
Alex Schmidt (ex-Tyran' Pace) (2002–2004)
Formed in 1979 under the name "Lemon Sylvan". The name was changed into Stormwitch in 1981.
The band have performed in a concert known as "Rock-Fabrik Festival '84", extracts from this were then included on an album called "Heavy Metal - Live in Germany, vol.1" which included some other German heavy metal bands who were active at the time such as Restless, Tyran' Pace and Cacumen (now Bonfire)
Stormwitch was the first band to play Iron Maiden style heavy metal in Germany.