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This guys are from Germany and their stuff I've heard are so awesome, but the problem is that I couldn't find their releases enywhere on internet. Their only realese was split with Headless and Hardholz entiteled Speed Up/Heavy News so if anyone has this split I'd be very thankful if shared with me and rest of the forum. (metal1)
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Mate you can find the split + studio recordings at the blog: http://strappadometalblog.blogspot.com/ ... 0%28Ger%29

But I also posted them here in the forum:
Merlin (Ger) - Studio Recordings (1987-1988)
V/A - Speed Up (Heavy News) [Split/Compilation] (1990)

Enjoy (vking1)

I am still looking for their live demo (1988)!
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Strappado wrote:Mate you can find the split + studio recordings at the blog: http://strappadometalblog.blogspot.com/ ... 0%28Ger%29

But I also posted them here in the forum:
Merlin (Ger) - Studio Recordings (1987-1988)
V/A - Speed Up (Heavy News) [Split/Compilation] (1990)

Enjoy (vking1)

I am still looking for their live demo (1988)!


Thanx a lot dude (thanks) . Did you posted it it recently or does it mean that my 'treasure hunting' skils aren't that good as I asumed hehehe. Nevertheless, thanx again. Cheers (cheers2)
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This band is GREAT!, the songs on the Speed Up comp. are something like unreleased Helloween tunes (which works out perfectly for me!).

The demo songs are great as well (specially the last one), but in my opinion, not as awesome as the ones on the compilation.
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really good Helloween clones with awesome vocalist!
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cinghiamattanza wrote:really good Helloween clones with awesome vocalist!


My thoughts exactly!
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The band really shoked me in a good way !!!
German power-speed is one of my top genres .
And i never heard about this masterpiece !!!
As i understand that the band ( together with headless ) was predecessor of MIND OdYSSEY.
So, i waaaant it to my collection.
But one big question : IS THAT COMPILATION WAS EDITED IN CD-FORMAT ???
Please, inform - i can't find any information about it's format
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It was issued as LP and CD. (yes)
A cached Ebay auction: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/s ... .google.se

I found the official Facebook Page for MERLIN (written in german):
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Merlin-GD ... 4619053317

Also found 3/4 songs from their 1988 live demo over there to (fianlly), my biggest thanks goes out to the band!
Merlin (Ger) - Live Demo (1988)
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An interview translated with "google translate" into English (originally written in German here: http://eisenblatt.ostmetal.de/a_merl04.htm)

[center]INTERVIEW WITH DAN UHDEN OF MERLIN[/center]
In October 2007 I was very in-depth interview with Dan Uhden about his career as a musician in the GDR, its activities in the legendary Berlin club "Langhansstrasse" and about his current project Pandea introduce. Most of this you could in earlier books to read already and here we follow the last part of MERLIN, the conversation again as you get presents unabridged recording of course. So let's start at the same time without preface:

How it came to the founding of Merlin?
The weekend after my release from the "honorable service" in the army (the "National People's Army" - author's note), I already played the first gig with COUNTDOWN, that is, "Cheshire" (Jacky Lehmann - author's note ) and Franky Müller. That was also a bit more fine until they got the offer from Andy Schwendemann, with him further to continue under the band name RAINBOW. This was then in this band no more room for me and I was free for new challenges. Even if such a separation is not always beautiful, was found later that it's finally been a stroke of luck and my life would have been different.
So again with Rocco (Wheeler - author's note) on the phone - like my whole life already, and still today. The just had a band called CASE at the start, what deterred me but not really, because names can be changed, yes. We then Mario (Schneider - Editor's note of the author), who sang at MEPHISTO then addressed him and the band brought in. This has laid the foundation for MERLIN. We have all played at the beginning of GARY MOORE to ANTHRAX and METALLICA, HELLOWEEN this, IRON MAIDEN and JUDAS PRIEST. But that did not give us enough, because we wanted to make their own songs. This position we also strongly represented, even if some fans disagree. We wanted to give us not only with re-enactment stuff, but compose their own songs. So we sat down and wrote songs.

Do you have from the start on the right concept for the band to put on?
At that time the road from the name of Merlin to the concept album was not as far-fetched, so we have assembled us together spun us some story from the mythology, which then reacted to music. Everything in German of course, because it was so that there was no other way. Finally, it was also the radio and "Amiga" point out that something was in the making. We had already done some things that we are then offered. Then we could then take the first songs. The first was "The world of tomorrow," the time was actually not yet been integrated into the concept and later. That was one of the first songs we had written and really fine too, just found the production of Jürgen Matkowitz (band leader of PRINCIPLE, which had a separate studio - note the author) instead. I beat him today could have for what he did to us and the other bands. Unbelievable, what has drawn us or the radio at that time out of your pocket! The guitars sound horrible, and every band

... - I do not know if you've noticed ...All with the same sound and drum machine!
All the same drum machine irgendsoein, Roland-part ....

... And the guitars sound all the same.
Exactly. So I said: No "Matko," I want more distortion, I would like to set the guitar the way I play it live. "Yes, I'll give you that later on it a distortion that has washed himself. Trust me, I've had so many metal-productions made ..." In any case, it sounded very poor. But well, we were proud that we had anything that could be played on the radio. Previously, we had only a few songs recorded in the rehearsal room, which was played as a demo. Then came "Berlin remains Berlin" was the 750-year celebrations. Geiler Song! "Gold Rush" was also one that performed pretty well.
Anyway, it's us, "Berlin is still Berlin" happened in that we played these songs in Zittau and suddenly the dance floor was empty. This must be said that the murder was a moderate geiles concert and we were very proud that our song was on the radio. So we played this song in Zittau, and suddenly the "dance floor empty. We could not understand and have looked at each other what we had done wrong again for now. Afterwards, the fans have told us that the one beastly Rochus had on the whole Berlin because we were probably better supplied than the rest of the population. We did not and when we went there sounded a Berlin anthem that could not even find good. We then noticed the next day that our "LO" tires were slashed. The horror of this song should probably have been sitting pretty deep, but maybe that was also someone else?

Berlin celebrated its 750th anniversary at the same time my home town of Gera and the government has kept the small Ger'sche anniversary and for us the "Pentecostal meetings" where.
We did not know then that it was the capital bonus. We wrote the song with the intention of it being played on the radio. The song was so very hard and the people of the editorial did not find the language used well. "Rubble women have built up" was not quite on the line, as the capital of East Germany but has built the "Socialist Unity Party of Germany!
Whatever the case: The tour went well and we continued to work on it. The next recordings were then "The Wizard" and "Excalibur", which then belonged already to the concept, although this was not a hundred percent ready. It was quite annoyances with the editing of broadcasting by had to say yes, very few people something and Walter Cikan virtually alone decided what was produced in the GDR radio and what not. Anyway, we were seven changes to the text of "The Magician" adding that at last. The lecturers have seen things in this song that we have not seen! Back then, we also do not intend to question the text or to deceive, but have in each line of text found anything that was against the state.
Finally, we have recorded the songs in Quad Schoenfeld at Sieghard Schubert. That was a real advancement to "Matko"! There was all professional and sound in the studio fat and cool and correct. A real production! We were happy, and back of Quad Schoenfeld with the tape and the same in the "Langhansstrasse" driven. There was a disco, and we put the band the same. Before anything was from WHITESNAKE and then our song should cut the people's socks off, but there was only Gequäke from the speaker. Like this Back then the illusions of young bands have been destroyed! (Laughter)
Meanwhile, we also had offers of "Amiga", which are to hear us. We invited for the premiere of our approach, in which we know have no idea how people would react, because we wanted that night to play only original songs. We invited several times a Walter Cikan, who canceled but not always. As I said he was the only one who was in the east of what was produced on the radio. We also invited the man to "Amiga", but both were that evening to see for now.
Anyway, we are well prepared and a concert with all the trimmings - that stage, the opening credits and so on - off the ground. We did not know what happened or how people would react if we imagine such a complex work only with their own songs. The fans listened intently, but not just freaked out now. That was not the way you look at a heavy concert presents, but people listened. When it was over, then broke a great joy! We were happy and had then still an after-show party in another youth club scheduled, which was just around the corner so the roadies could break down in the "Langhansstrasse" the system. There was then the press present, that is "melody and rhythm" & Co.

Right, I then read in the newspaper.
Suddenly Walter was Cikan from broadcasting and the colleague of "Amiga" 'purely talking, only with a few journalists and some journalists from broadcasting and were then completely ashen, because this should be such an experience. Walter Cikan was then something of red and yelled at us as we come to him not to invite. I said that we had never done! We had invited him several times in fact, even at this concert. He then played up so far and said: "You do not arrive, for you will get in the GDR no sound on the tape you will no longer be played!" Wham, which has been sitting! Thus, we were quickly back down and told us that we might leave too, for that anyway would not make sense anymore. If we can make no more music, then we need no longer pursue. It was pointed end of 1988 and the upheaval on already slow, especially as the man of "Amiga" that was quite different, namely because it now also had offers from the West for us. The man wanted to do with us in the "Amiga" studios, a plate and also had the nice side effect that they could pull me back to the army. The I wanted to be carried off after two years. The first time I added the "Langhansstrasse" saved his neck, then the second time already "Amiga" and the third time, it was the turning point.
So we have continued to develop our concept and pushed it forward the whole thing with the "Amiga" people on. There were also larger performances two and a half thousand people with KRUIZ and ARIA, which was not able to broadcast live television and from which the bands are no longer to be found. That was then but in the summer of 1989, where it all went pretty fast forward. We should actually produce our first record in December. Everything was prepared and posted, but then came the turn and was all over. Previously I had said the "Stasi" - I had back then every event in the "permit system" login: "If you want me to get army, then I'm gone!" I told my aunt that I join this game would not happen again, because I could not even start again, and just because I wanted to be convened for a quarter year.

So turn of your frustrated the first plate. How did it then continue with MERLIN?
This has everything then dissolved into thin air. No one knew quite how it goes on and all were of course concerned with themselves. Our drummer (Marcell "Marci" Thiele - author's note) is three days before the opening of the wall cut off and no drummer, the band is not complete. After a week we met and asked ourselves, what should we do now, because somehow it has to go, yes. But we had no alternative, so Mario and I have in the "Trabi" set, these have to "cabinet", "Gold Crown" and "club-Cola" plastered and drove off. We had no road map and about 5 West-Mark, but we just went to Ploehn. Somehow, we said, we will arrive there already and as we come back, we'll see (laughs). Since fits so not too much 'purely in the "Trabi" tank. So we are down there, in irgendsoein nest, "Marci," was completely verbuddelt. He was stunned, because he did not know that we come from. I said, "Dude, what are you doing here You can not live in any town house somewhere in the woods but you can forget that, here you are completely shot?" Then he said something that we eat first and what should go drink. So we sat there and chatted a bit. It did not take long before the locals have noticed of course that we came from the East. Of course that was totally euphoric, who had also never seen a "Trabi" seen. So then we have just held "Trabant" Driving in Ploehn. I'm with the local handball team with the "Trabi" and was then heated by Ploehn also drive any other car, where I initially thought first: Is at all? (Mutual laughter)
On balance, it was such that we have, "Marci" a week after opening in the wall again taken home. The family who had since taken up was dumbfounded, because it had not expected that he will once again return to the East, after having just run away first. So we had another drummer, because we wanted to make more recordings for the record, but in December, the concept of the LP of "Amiga" is changing. Later we received a call at once on the "Amiga" boss: "We are now producing for the international market, now just have everything in English." That was what we wanted more and that should now go at once. Then make fast times from German songs also have a good English song or an English title with words that sound too good then, and perhaps even make sense! It was not easy, but we made it and really hammer out two songs on "Amiga" included. However, the then determined the author's note) with and METAL (HARD WOOD at the plate then already under the show name HEADLESS under the corporate name - bands on the plate to take another two, so that we could not realize the whole concept.

Then the two English songs quasi adaptations of the German?
"After The War" was called "What's next" and "Crying In The Night" is a song that is not formed until later. We had written the same in English and then re-made. It is based on a Nana Mouskouri-Song (laughter), only played ten times as fast: (singing the chords) "dada dada dada dadadaadada" irgendsoein Greek topic (singing again) "dadat dadat dadat dadat" ...

Yes, I know!
The then just played a lot faster. The song we wrote before the end of 1989 and have then taken at these two "Amiga".
That was always an ordeal, because the "Amiga" EXTRA engineers still had a staff that is always expressed only the buttons, so that could solely focus on listening. That was totally ridiculous! This was the fact that not more than four hours were allowed to listen on the day. After four hours, then in principle all over, but since you had everything set up just right! Thus, the appropriate utilization, we had to reduce our stuff back, because then shots came for the "Golden Trumpet" or God knows what. So something completely different that had nothing to do with our music, anything so that you began the next day, to rebuild everything up and running. That was a pretty stressful action because slow and annoying. You were just there and could break down again. To this was added that the consoles Czech art from the sixties were, where you worked only with contact spray: (makes clicking noises after) going again, beautiful!
The recording we did in early 1990, because the original date in December 1989 was so moved. The songs were still in the "beat box" very well and have not yet voted really good. "After The War" reached No. 4 in the year-end evaluation, although the program was discontinued prematurely. At that time, just wanted to know any more great bit of Ostmetal bands, because you could now indeed see the "real" bands and as they had first down. One can also blame anyone, because we have also made the Sun

This has been made ​​in principle, all yes, because otherwise the market for the East-bands not so broken. That was like a rush: all MAIDEN and PRIEST CD purchase them.

Exactly. Anyway then came the TV up to me, because who wanted to do with me, Jens Molle, from broadcasting and a music scientist a "drummer" broadcast on the development of heavy metal. They wanted to make the loose in a discussion group along the lines of: We ask you something and then you reported. We were sitting with the music together scientists and the editor and talked. Jens and I then said to the editor. "That will not work, we can use the music-scientists are not the has very different ideas of what is heavy metal and that has to do with the fact, not want, if you see the interview. , you'll gladly do it, but without us! " It was quite terrible! So the music samples that has to be related, were rendered meaningless by something. I do not know how to do that! In any event, the mission was targeted for about four weeks later. In the meantime, I was in the studio and listen as the boys of "Amiga" only four hours were allowed, but the studio should be fairly busy, we had to work at night. So I got on one night to a call from two of television editor who told me that was to be made tomorrow morning at eight. I actually have four weeks to prepare myself for it and wanted me to put together with Molle. "And by the way: You are alone." I am puzzled: "What, am I alone?" - "Molle has been canceled." I said, "Now I'll come back tomorrow morning at eight, we are now two, and then you want to receive me and hear me a few correct sentences of Heavy Metal?" Class! I drove home, I've just put down, I got up at six, showered and went. There were then at once, with eight men in a cafe and have turned. They had to make a cut, the rest I have simply told the liberty of the liver away. It was fine. I was not very much was incumbent of musical material available, I could be sent, because the choice to me. They had only material from this great Russian Concert with OZZY OSBOURNE, BON JOVI, the SCORPIONS, MÖTLEY CRUE and property of Walter Bach, so by "Noise Records" from Berlin. It was also only half an hour when you could not get that much. But what I chose, has me very very much and I have also tried a few times to introduce different styles and talk about any developments. For me it was interesting!

Nice one! But back to Merlin: What led ultimately to the disintegration of the band?
Not only the fans have looked otherwise shared, but also the musicians. Good people also got an offer very quickly to do something else. At that time, was also still not completely clear how much truth there is in some promises. Since it was ever lured a record deal, which did not exist at all. So we have then separated: Mario then went to SPLINTER, as he had during the recording of "Amiga" completed in parallel with the samples SPLINTER-people. I went to SUDDEN DEATH, a Berlin-based band with a deal, and have there with "Marci" back into play. Rocco has also gone to another band Live and Frank (the bass player of MERLIN - note the author) then has completely stopped making music. He had bought a house or inherited it, is then expanded. No idea, I have not seen him for ages.

In any event, the way Dan Uhden, Rocco Stellmacher and Mario Schneider (who, since 1991, Mario Le Mole called because the GEMA "Wikipedia", a pseudonym he demanded much, as his real name given was) desöfteren still intersect, as her on the following pages you can read the interview MIND-ODYSSEY.
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Dagnir wrote:Thanx a lot dude (thanks) . Did you posted it it recently or does it mean that my 'treasure hunting' skils aren't that good as I asumed hehehe. Nevertheless, thanx again. Cheers (cheers2)


Posted recently on the forum, but the studio-tracks and the split was uploaded a few weeks ago at the blog :).
You probably just missed it. Enjoy! (cheers)
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This group has become for me a revelation. Thank Strappado!
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I saw the split cd more than 10 years ago in a second hand record shop not knowing any of the bands - and was so stunned after listening to it, so I bought it immediatly - just for 1 Euro... one of my best cd finds... later I found the vinyl too, I am a vinyl junkie ;-)
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Thank you very,very much Strappado (thanks), I'm enjoying a lot in these awesome tunes (dance).

And yeah, they sound a bit like Helloween
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A good band, and strange that I never heard about them earlier, being from Germany.
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good evidence for the quality of East-Germany bands (vking1)
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I discovered recently their track "Excalibur" from the "Trapped under Vice" Vol. V compiled by Fenriz. Simply put, amazing power metal! (clap4)
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Ra Pariah wrote:I discovered recently their track "Excalibur" from the "Trapped under Vice" Vol. V compiled by Fenriz. Simply put, amazing power metal! (clap4)


I've discovered it in the same way. And btw. that compliation simpli ruuuulez! (vking1)
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I made the upload os V/A speed up, i don't like that much, because it is equal a lot Helloween (michael kisk phase) but is a good band, even because they sing in their own lenguage.
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