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12) '''Live Im Schatten Der Ringe (2016)
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==Singles and EPs List==
==Singles and EPs List==

Latest revision as of 01:17, 22 March 2020



Die Krupps;
(German pronunciation: [diː ˈkʁʊps])
They are a German Industrial, Rock, Electronic Body Music, and Neue Deutsche Welle band.


Die Krupps were formed in 1980 by Jürgen Engler and Bernward Malaka out of the city of Düsseldorf.

Their name translates as "The Krupps" and comes from the Krupp dynasty, one of Germany's main industrial families that pre-dated World War II. They have been quoted, in some interviews, that the 1969 Visconti movie "The Damned" — a depiction of the fictitious German industrial dynasty of the Essenbecks — was the main inspiration.

Ralf Dörper who was part of the initial line-up which created the highly acclaimed early recordings "Stahlwerksynfonie" and "Wahre Arbeit Wahrer Lohn" left the band in 1982 to form the band Propaganda. Propaganda became one of the few German bands which were internationally successful in the 80s.

In 1989 Ralf Dörper kicked off a collaboration with Nitzer Ebb on an old Die Krupps track (i.e. Machineries of Joy, a cover of Wahre Arbeit Wahrer Lohn) which he produced together with Jürgen Engler. The chart-success of the record caused the reactivation of Die Krupps fronted by Engler and Dörper.

The initial Die Krupps sound throughout the 1980s was a combination of synthesizers with metallic percussion and they were one of the key players in the Europe wide growth of Electronic Body Music culminating with the collaboration in 1989 with British band Nitzer Ebb.


1992, saw them start to make use of guitars and more sounds derived from Heavy Metal music, with the release of their album "I" and the EP "Tribute To Metallica", which consisted purely of Metallica covers.

Combining electronic and metal sounds was a pioneering move at the time, and this led to a number of other bands using an electronic and metal combination as a template in keeping with a deeper Industrial sound. The band continued in this vein through the 1990s, releasing "II - The Final Option" (with a cover influenced by Deep Purple's Machine Head) in 1993. A more experimental and pensive "III - Odyssey of the Mind" followed in 1995. After the release of the heavily metal-influenced album "Paradise Now" in 1997, the band disbanded.

Jürgen Engler founded the project DKay.com and released two albums in 2000 and 2002.

Die Krupps celebrated their 25th anniversary with appearances at some major European festivals as well as solo appearances in 2005 and 2006. In autumn of 2007, two greatest-hits albums were released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Die Krupps: "Too Much History - The Electro Years Vol. 1" and "Too Much History - The Metal Years Vol. 2", both in digipak format. Both albums were combined as the 2-disc "Too Much History".

To celebrate thirty years of "True Work" Die Krupps announced a joint European tour with Nitzer Ebb in spring 2011.

Truly this is a great band, and without them the shape of music today would be very different, they are a band who invented much, and had an influence on at least one band that anyone reading this will like, without Die Krupps, your life would be at least a little different.

Selected Discography

Albums List

1) Stahlwerksymphonie (1981)

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2) Volle Kraft Voraus! (1982)

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3) Entering the Arena (1985)

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4) I (1992)

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5) II - The Final Option (1993)

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6) The Final Remixes (1994)

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7) III - Odyssey of the Mind (1995)

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8) Paradise Now (1997)

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9) The Machinists of Joy (2013)

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10) V - Metal Machine Music (2015)

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11) Stahlwerkrequiem (2016)

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12) Live Im Schatten Der Ringe (2016)

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13) Vision 2020 Vision (2019)

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Singles and EPs List

  1. Wahre Arbeit, Wahrer Lohn (1981)
  2. Goldfinger (1982)
  3. Risk (1985)
  4. Machineries of Joy (1989)
  5. Germaniac (1990)
  6. Metal Machine Music (1992)
  7. The Power (1992)
  8. A Tribute to Metallica (1992)
  9. Fatherland (1993)
  10. To the Hilt (1994)
  11. Crossfire (1994)
  12. Bloodsuckers (1994)
  13. Isolation (1995)
  14. Scent (1995)
  15. Remix Wars Strike 2: Die Krupps vs. Front Line Assembly (1996)
  16. Fire (1997)
  17. Rise Up (1997)
  18. Black Beauty White Heat (1997)
  19. Paradise now (1997)
  20. Wahre Arbeit, Wahrer Lohn (2005)
  21. Volle Kraft Null Acht (2009)
  22. Als wären wir für immer (2010)
  23. Industrie-Mädchen (2012)
  24. Risikofaktor (2013)

Members Name Check

  • Jürgen Engler – vocals, guitar, synthesizers and programming
  • Ralf Dörper – synthesizers and programming
  • Marcel Zürcher – guitar
  • Volker Borchert - drums

Former Members

  • Rüdiger Esch - bass guitar
  • Christoph "Nook" Michelfeit - drums, electronic percussion
  • Bernward Malaka - bass guitar
  • Frank Köllges - drums
  • Eva Gossling - saxophone
  • Christina Schnekenburger - keyboards
  • Walter Jäger - ?
  • Christopher Lietz - programming, samples
  • Lee Altus - guitar
  • Darren Minter - drums
  • George Lewis - drums
  • Oliver Röhl – drums
  • Achim Färber – drums

External links

Die Krupps Website

- Die Krupps facebook

- Die Krupps Twitter

- Die Krupps YouTube

- Die Krupps Google+

- Die Krupps SoundCloud

- Die Krupps interview in The Independent Voice

- Review and Pictures from 19th of September 2018 live in London