The group was formed in Würzburg, Germany, in 1986 by two young musicians, Charly Steinhauer and Axel Blaha. Both of them were founding members of German cover bands of Overkill, Venom and Warhead since 1981. In February 1986, Markus Spyth joined on guitar and Roland Stahl on bass.
In July 1986, the band recorded a demo, drawing the attention of Roadrunner Records who went on to produce their first two albums. In 1987, their second demo “Mystery” was a success for the band, the German press calling it the best demo of the year. In the same year the band started recording their first album Product of Imagination, which contained 10 songs and lasted 40 minutes. It was a success in Germany, with the music magazine Metal Hammer recognising it as the best German debut after Walls of Jericho by Helloween.
A year before releasing their second album, Roland Stahl left the band to be replaced by Matthias ‘Kater’ Schmitt. Shortly afterwards Spyth Markus also decided to leave the band and was replaced by Dieter Roth. In November 1989, Paradox released their second album Heresy. The international acclaim received by the album helped to bring a worldwide fanbase to Paradox. In 1990, Markus Spyth was replaced by Kai Pasemann. From this year on, the band remained on hold for personal reasons of the members, and continuing line-up changes did not help their activity.
The band was inactive for almost ten years. In 1998, Charly Steinhauer had plans to reform Paradox. The new line-up featured Kai Pasemann on guitar and brothers Oliver and Alex Holzwarth on bass and drums respectively. In May 2000, Paradox signed with AFM Records and released their third album Collision Course. Once again the album received positive reviews. After this album the band again went on hiatus, this time because Charly Steinhauer contracted a serious intestinal disease. In September 2005, Steinhauer again reassembled the band with Roland Jahoda on drums and Olly Keller on bass.
In January 2008, Paradox released their fourth album, Electrify, which became a success especially in Japan.
In October 2009, the band released its fifth album, Riot Squad, the album’s main themes concerning the problems and violence present in civilization. The artwork was designed by Italian artist / Chile Claudio Bergamin who had also created the artwork for Electrify. On December 14, 2012, they released Tales of the Weird.
In late 2013, Paradox began working on their seventh album, which was said to be a concept album and a sequel to the band’s 1989 album Heresy. However, the band stated on their Facebook page that their new album was not going to be called Heresy II; instead it was titled Pangea. Slovenian bass player Tilen Hudrap joined the band in 2015 and recorded the bass for Pangea. The album was released on June 3, 2016, and received great reviews all over the world.
Paradox’s eighth studio album, and the long-awaited sequel to Heresy, titled Heresy II – End of a Legend, will be released on September 24, 2021.
|Product of Imagination||Full-length||1987|
|Tales of the Weird||Full-length||2012|
|The Demo Collection 1986-1987||Compilation||2014|
|Heresy II – End of a Legend||Full-length||2021|
|Achim Hömerlein “Daxx”||Guitars|
|See also: Brain Damage, Exorchrist, ex-Vendetta, ex-Poke|
|See also: Grand Sermon, ex-Atargatis, ex-Gardens of Gehenna, ex-Human Bloodfeast|
|See also: Justice, ex-Seldom Refuse, ex-Fair Warning|
|Roland Stahl||Bass (1986-1988, 2016-?)|
|Markus Spyth||Guitars (1986-1989, 2016-?)|
|Jochen Glöggler||Guitars (1986)|
|Matthias “K.ter” Fries (Schmitt)||Bass (1989)|
|Joe DiBiase||Bass (1989-1990)|
|Armin Donderer||Bass (1989-1991, 2002-2004)|
|See also: ex-Mark Terry, Hartmann, ex-Freedom Call, ex-Arkham|
|Dieter Roth||Guitars (1989-1990)|
|Werner Wilz||Guitars (1989)|
|Stefan Haller||Vocals (1989)|
|Kai Pasemann||Guitars, Vocals (backing) (1990-1991, 1998-2010)|
|See also: Terrible Old Man, Hellride, ex-Cronos Titan|
|Klaus Lohmeyer||Bass (1991)|
|See also: ex-Cronos Titan|
|Udo Klein||Drums (1997-1998)|
|Oliver Holzwarth||Bass (1998-2002, 2011-?)|
|See also: Abracadabra, Coldseed, Tragul, ex-Sieges Even, ex-Sodom, Brutal Godz, ex-Pergana, ex-Power Quest, ex-Rhapsody of Fire, ex-Blind Guardian (live), ex-Leaves’ Eyes (live), ex-Tarja (live), ex-Chinchilla (live), ex-Demons & Wizards (live), ex-Looking-Glass-Self, ex-Val’Paraiso|
|Alex Holzwarth||Drums (1998-2002, 2011-2012)|
|See also: Abracadabra, Dol Ammad, Turilli / Lione Rhapsody, ex-Sieges Even, Brutal Godz, ex-Avantasia, ex-Pergana, ex-Rhapsody of Fire, ex-Serious Black, ex-Tragul, ex-Blind Guardian (live), ex-Kamelot (live), ex-Leaves’ Eyes (live), ex-Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, ex-Looking-Glass-Self, ex-Val’Paraiso|
|Stefan Schwarzmann||Drums (2002-?)|
|See also: Pänzer, ex-Accept, ex-Helloween, ex-Herman Frank, ex-Krokus, ex-Running Wild, ex-U.D.O., ex-Voice, ex-Cronos Titan, ex-X-Wild, ex-Godiva (live), ex-Born Loosers, ex-Canberra, ex-Die Suicides|
|Andi Siegl||Bass (2005-2006)|
|See also: Sacrificed, ex-Black Abyss, ex-My Darkest Hate, ex-Majesty (live), ex-Chinchilla (live), ex-Ear-Shot|
|Chris Weiss||Drums (2005-2006)|
|See also: Runamok, ex-The New Black|
|Fabian Schwarz||Guitars (2005-2006)|
|See also: Runamok, Terrible Old Man, The New Black, Vampyromorpha, Final Breath (live), ex-Ritual Spirit, ex-Tyran’ Pace, ex-Consfearacy, ex-Prophesy, Who Brought the Dog, Wild Zombie Blast Guide, ex-Abandoned, ex-Stormwitch, ex-Powerwolf (live), ex-Deranged, ex-Fallen 2 Pieces|
|Roland Jahoda||Drums (2007-2010)|
|See also: ex-Inhuman, ex-Soul Demise|
|Gus Drax||Guitars (2010-2011, 2014-2016)|
|See also: Black Fate, Gus Drax, Suicidal Angels, Sunburst, ex-Biomechanical|
|Daniel Buld||Drums (2012-2014)|
|See also: Septagon, ex-Brain Damage, ex-Terrible Old Man, ex-Hatred, ex-L.O.W.|
|Tommy Kittsteiner Calvanese||Bass (2013-2014)|
|See also: Trueno, ex-Battlerage, ex-Terreno Hostil, ex-Khan|
|Kostas Milonas||Drums (2014-2016)|
|See also: A-I-E-A, Braveride, Foray Between Ocean, Major Denial, Sunburst, Night Shadows (live), ex-Outloud|
|Tilen Hudrap||Bass (2015-2020)|
|See also: Thraw, U.D.O., Keller, Wartune, Scepsis, James Rivera’s SJS (live), ex-Pestilence, ex-Vicious Rumors, ex-Testament (live)|