The foundation of MYSTERY BLUE dates back to 1982…
Originally founded by the guitarist FRENZY PHILIPPON, MYSTERY BLUE rather quickly became a household name in the world of Hard Rock, as we called Metal in those pioneering days. The band released two successful albums, the eponymous debut long-player MYSTERY BLUE (AXE KILLER RECORDS), followed by CIRCLE OF SHAME (DREAM RECORDS/CBS), and toured Europe with big guns such as MOTÖRHEAD, DEF LEPPARD, SAXON, VENGEANCE, and fellow “Frenchies” H-BOMB and SATAN JOKERS. But after the rocket propelled rise, the young band succumbed to internal strife and disintegrated.
In 1996 FRENZY reformed MYSTERY BLUE, assembling what has so far proven a mature line-up, comprising of – besides FRENZY – the lovely and talented vocalist NATHALIE GEYER, bassist DANY OHLMANN, and drummer VINCE KOEHLER. Shortly afterwards the band released their third album, SPIRIT OF YOUR SONG..
MYSTERY BLUE continued touring relentlessly, honing their song-writing talents, and generally striving for each new album to be an artistic improvement and a decisive step forward in comparison to the previous effort. They certainly achieved this goal with the release of METAL SLAVES (STEELHEART RECORDS) in 2004, an album that was lauded by critics and Classic-Metal aficionados alike, and has enjoyed brisk sales.
The rest of the time MYSTERY BLUE kept on doing what they do best and enjoy most: touring! They shared the stage with the likes of GIRLSCHOOL, DAVID DeFEIS (VIRGIN STEELE), ROCK BITCH, and DESTRUCTION, and were invited to play the SWORDBROTHERS and HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR festivals, both in Germany.
In 2006 keeping with the tradition of improving each new album, MYSTERY BLUE then journeyed into Germany, to the HOFA, to record their next album, CLAWS OF STEEL.(MAUSOLEUM RECORDS) Leaving nothing to chance, they recruited ACHIM “AKEEM” KÖHLER to mix and master the recordings. KÖHLER, who previously “soundscaped” aurally impressive albums by – among others – BRAINSTORM, SACRED STEEL, PRIMAL FEAR, and SINNER, once more proved that a top mixing and mastering engineer can make all the difference, by adding the “je ne sais quoi” factor that turns an already great album into an extraordinarily outstanding one. CLAWS OF STEEL delivers a fresh attitude to solid Traditional Metal.
After playing some blasting gigs with bands like PARAGON, REBELLION, WOLF, ADX, NO RETURN, SATAN JOKERS, NIGHTMARE, and at great events like the METAL FORCES FESTIVAL- Germany- and the TILBURG HEABANGERS FEST in Holland, MYSTERY BLUE returns to the HOFA studios in 2009 with the same efficient team to record a blasting album: HELL & FURY (BERNETT RECORDS)!
In 2012 the 4 musicians head to the Black Solaris studios, Frankfurt – Germany, to record their 7th album with the true Heavy Metal specialist UWE LULIS (ex GRAVE DIGGER, REBELLION). The band has begun to present the new piece CONQUER THE WORLD on stage starting with France (notably at the SATAN’S FEST in Paris).
In June 2013 MYSTERY BLUE plays at the UNDERWALL festival in Zadar where his performance is praised by the Croatian press and television.
In 2015, as a special treat for their true fans, MYSTERY BLUE released a collector DVD with live extracts and video clips retracing the band’s historyunder the name “A Journey Through Time – 30 Years in Metal”.
After many years of touring, MYSTERY BLUE have released on 30 June 2016 their first live album “Live…Made in Europe” including a bonus DVD.
In October they toured UK and Europe with the Canadian legends ANVIL…
…Today True Metal doesn’t get any better than MYSTERY BLUE. Get ready to bleed!
Check out the detailed MYSTERY BLUE story by France Metal Museum
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