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Formed in 2001 out of the remaining members of the Band STEEL TORMENTOR, the German Thrash Metal outfit BITTERNESS has steadily grown up to be a force to be reckoned with.
After the first Demo CD-R “...AND DEATH MARCHES ON” (only 200 copies/sold out since ages), and two self-financed CDs, “DAWN OF GOLDEN BLOOD” (1040 copies/sold out) and “SWEET SUICIDE SOLUTIONS” (1569 copies/sold out), they signed to HEAVY HORSES RECORDS, kicking off a row of high quality releases.
Their label debut ”EVE OF DESTRUCTION”, a 7”-Picture Disc (limited 300 copies/sold out) of the most famous track from the “SWEET SUICIDE SOLUTIONS” CD, hit the stores in 2004.
The follow ups”MARCHING TOWARDS INFINITY” (7-EP/limited 500 copies/sold out) released in 2004 by G.U.C. and “WITHERED SUNLIGHT (7”-Split with Witchburner/limited 500 copies/sold out) released through DANZA IPNOTICA RECORDS displayed an intense blend of raw power and catchy melody, strong enough to manifest this heavy four piece as one of South Germany´s best known underground acts in their genre.
Also BITTERNESS, consisting of Frank Urschler (vocals/guitar), Alexander Hinterberger (guitar), who joined the band in November 2002, Sebastian Jehle (bass) and Andreas Kiechle (drums), always have stated their reputation as a damn heavy live act - a European tour (e.g. with Third Moon & Alien Gates), a mini-tour (e.g. with Night In Gales & Fear My Thoughts), lots of festivals (e.g. Devil Days Open Air, Walpurgis Metal Days, Zabbaduschder Open Air, Bringer Of Death Fest, etc.) and over 250 single shows (e.g. local
supports for Susperia, Belphegor, Graveworm, Catamenia, D.R.I., Tankard, Grave, Dismember, Napalm Death, Vital Remains, Mercenary, Pungent Stench and many more), offered the audience a lethal pack of unbound energy each night.
But besides their constant live presence BITTERNESS of course didn´t forget about songwriting. Their next full-length album ”AUTUMN´S FALL”, released in May 2005 by HEAVY HORSES RECORDS, took new paths and its mixture of crushing Thrash Metal, some more melodic Death parts and the more complex songwriting established BITTERNESS as one of Germany´s most compromising extreme metal acts. Sadly a European tour (with Graveworm) in October 2005 was cancelled after only two shows.
In spring 2006 bass-player Stian left the band, out of personal reasons. But BITTERNESS didn´t have to search for long for a new bass man, and Marcel Konz (a long time friend of the band) joined the plot in early 2006. Finally 2006 saw the first successful BITTERNESS shows with the new line-up, e.g. a European-Tour with Onkel Tom Angelripper and the band supported Necrophobic & Raise Hell on the Swiss part of their “Hrimthursum”-Tour.
In March 2007 BITTERNESS released a 10”-EP (limited 1000 copies) “AS ALL BEAUTY STARTS TO FADE…” via G.U.C. and supported Morgana Lefay & Sacred Steel on some shows of their “Hitting the Road - Tour” and went on a Tour through Germany with Lividity & Master.
At the beginning of 2008 lead-guitarist Alex decided to leave the band to apply to some new musical projects. Henceforward the band was forced to go on as a three-piece, but nevertheless played many great shows e.g. support-slots for Testament, Dying Fetus, Destruction, Desaster and again Master, as well as the legendary "Fuck The Commerce-Festival" and went on a Mini-Tour through Germany and Switzerland with Havok and Epitome Of Frail. In December 2008 the band recorded their 4th full-length album "Genociety", which was released by G.U.C. again in May 2009 and consistently earned positive reactions from fans and press (including 9th place in the July / August issue of the German "Heavy" magazine). It was followed by more successful concerts, e.g. a show with Hail of Bullets at the "Metal gegen Krebs"-Festival.
The years past and the band played more shows, like their 200th concert together with Tankard, the “Chronical Moshers Open Air”, celebrated their 10 years of existence in 2011 an opened up for some great bands like Varg, Steelwing and Skullfist.
On March 15th, 2012 the band released their 5th album “The Final Declaration Of The End (Swansongs For The Faithful)”, which was recorded in May 2011 at the Iguana Studios (Necrophagist, Fragments Of Unbecoming, Unlight, etc.), via G.U.C.
At end of 2012 longtime member Marcel Konz left the band to concentrate on his other musical projects. But luckily the band really quickly found a replacement. The new man on the four-strings is Thomas Kneer, whose pounding bass fits perfect into the aggressive style of Bitterness.
With this fresh blood the band played more shows (e.g. Sacred Steel, Prong, Toxik, Fragments Of Unbecoming) and started writing new songs for the new album "Ressurexodus" which was released on February 7th, 2015 again via G.U.C.
The Cover-Artwork was done by Andrei Bouzikov, who already did artworks for Municipal Waste, Violator and Autopsy, just to name a few.
Now BITTERNESS is ready to assert internationally. So check it out!