Defeated Sanity

Defeated Sanity
Defeated Sanity
Origin Dachsbach, Bavaria, Germany
Genres Death metal
Years active 1994–present
Labels Grindethic, Willowtip
Lille Gruber
Christian Kühn
Jacob Schmidt
Konstantin Lühring
Past members
A.J. Magana
Jonas Gruber
Robert Colnik
Tino Köhler
Christian Müenzner
Markus Keller
Wolfgang Teske
Jens Staschel

Defeated Sanity is a German death metal band from Dachsbach, Bavaria, that was formed in 1994, originally as a side project of guitarist Wolfgang Teske and his son, drummer Lille Gruber. Gruber is the only original remaining member left in the band, following the departure of Teske in July 2008.[1] The other members are Christian Kühn (guitar), and Jacob Schmidt (bass guitar). For almost a year the band was looking for a new vocalist, due to Jens Staschel leaving the band shortly before Teske;[2] Staschel replacement, A.J. Magana from Disgorge, was announced in June 2009.[3]

Since their formation, Defeated Sanity has released two studio albums, Prelude to the Tragedy (2004), and Psalms of the Moribund (2007); both through the United Kingdom-based label Grindethic Records. Defeated Sanity also released numerous promos, demos and splits. Influenced by bands such as Cannibal Corpse and Suffocation, their music is mostly based on the American death metal style. On 2 May 2009, the band announced their signing to Willowtip Records; they will enter at Soundforge Studios in Berlin this summer to record its third full-length album, Chapters of Repugnance, for a late 2009/early 2010 release.[4]



Defeated Sanity was formed in Dachsbach, Germany in 1994 by guitarist Wolfgang Teske and his son, drummer Lille Gruber, initially as a side project.[5] In 1996, bassist Jonas Gruber and vocalist Robert Colnik joined the band as session musicians. This line-up recorded the first two demos, Devoured by the Black in the same year, followed by Withdrawn from Beauty in 1998.[6] After undergoing a line-up change, Defeated Sanity sought the expertise of more capable musicians, eventually recruiting guitarist Christian Müenzner and bassist Tino Köhler. After recording a demo in 2000, the departure of vocalist Robert Colnik followed shortly afterward. He was replaced by Markus Keller, who re-recorded a track from the demo; included on the split shared with Poppy Seed Grinder, released through the Czech Grodhaisn label in 2001.[5] Later that year, guitarist Christian Münzner left the band to join Necrophagist. Through Merciless Records, Defeated Sanity released a 7-inch split EP with the Brazilian death metal band Imperious Malevolence in 2003.[5]

Prelude to the Tragedy

In 2004, Defeated Sanity signed with UK label Grindethic Records to release their full-length debut. The album was recorded at Soundforge Studios in Rhauderfehn, Germany, the band produced the record and Andreas Hilbert handled the engineering and mastering. Prelude to the Tragedy was released in November that same year.[5] The album received mixed reviews, "Diabolical Conquest" webzine wrote:[7]

Prelude to the Tragedy is a gleaming chrome harpoon of immaculate technical death metal, deftly interweaving cryptic riff-tangles with convolutional percussive violence to surprisingly comprehensible and utterly enjoyable results. Drumwork, relentless in its complexity, enhances both the progressive and barbaric elements of the tracks, nailing ambitious patterns to them with satisfying snare punch, lucid cymbals and expert fills.

The negative criticism of the album, was mostly about the higher technical style of their music. "Lords of Metal" reviewer said: "This is only interesting for the real die hard trash (not thrash!) lovers, and mathematicians, of course."[8] To promote the album, the band toured during 2005, appearing at Rotterdam Deathfest (an extreme metal festival in The Netherlands), along with bands such as Suffocation, Visceral Bleeding, and Vomit Remnants.[9]

Psalms of the Moribund and Chapters of Repugnance

Defeated Sanity underwent further line-up changes with Jens Staschel joining on vocals, Christian Kuehn on guitar and Jacob Schmidt filling in on bass. In August 2006, the band recorded their second studio album at Soundlodge Studios. It was produced and engineered by Jörg Ukenand, and mastered by Robbert Kok of Disavowed. In the meantime, Lille Gruber played drums for Austrian blackened death metal band Belphegor, on their North American tour with Unleashed and Krisiun.[10] Psalms of the Moribund was released through Grindethic Records, in March 2007.[11] Like its predecessor, the album received mixed reviews, with Erik Thomas of webzine Teeth of the Divine saying:[12] "With ultra deep, almost grindcore [sic] styled burps layered over complex yet savage riffs, Defeated Sanity, unlike some of their US peers, do manage to throw in some nice grooves and lurches amid the blasting carnage, hence the Suffocation and Devourment comparisons, but otherwise, Psalms of the Moribund is a pretty breakneck assault of squealing, pinch harmonics and ravenous blast beats." Chronicles of Chaos reviewer Kostas Sarampalis criticized the vocal style of Jens Staschel, stating: "The constant low guttural growling is completely unintelligible, used more like a (very blunt) instrument rather than a means to convey lyrics."[13]

The band played on the Maryland Deathfest at the Sonar in Baltimore, Maryland in May 2008, along with Anaal Nathrakh and Monstrosity.[14] In early July 2008, two members left Defeated Sanity; firstly the vocalist Jens Staschel and shortly afterward, the guitarist Wolfgang Teske.[1] Since then, the band has been looking for a new vocalist to replace Staschel;[2] which was found in A.J. Magana from Disgorge, who recorded the vocals on the band's third full-length album, Chapters of Repugnance, released through Willowtip Records on 4 May 2010.[15] The album was recorded at Soundforge Studios in Berlin.[3] According to Cosmo Lee of Decibel magazine, Chapters of Repugnance is the first album cover on Willowtip that the printer has refused to print. "It's a so-bad-it's-good Hieronymus Bosch-esque depiction of hell in which everyone is nude and bald."[16]

Style and influences

Although the band is of German origin, their music is based on the American style of death metal.[17] The drummer Lille Gruber admitted the fact in an interview saying: "Blues and rock music was developed in the U.S., that means it all goes back to this country. The roots are there and I think the best musicians will always be there."[17] When asked about the difference in terms of sound and direction between Psalms of the Moribund and Prelude to the Tragedy, Gruber stated:

We got our own style on Psalms to the Moribund where Prelude to the Tragedy had very obvious hints of the bands we idolized. Psalms of the Moribund splits in two extremes, it went more chunky, brutal, thick and deep, but at the same time that math-approach and the technicality went up a lot![18]

Defeated Sanity's main influences are the early work of Cannibal Corpse, Immolation, and Suffocation.[19][20] Lille Gruber also cited "newer" bands like Disgorge and Devourment as a source of inspiration.[18] Regarding the lyrics, Brodequin was cited by their "awesome concept".[18] Gruber described the band's lyrics as "dark and brutal", that fit with Defeated Sanity gore imagery, typical in the artwork of death metal genre.[17][18]


  • Lille Gruber – drums (1994–present)
  • Christian Kühn – guitar (2005–present)
  • Jacob Schmidt – bass (2005–present)
  • Konstantin Lühring – vocals (2011–present)

Former members

  • A.J. Magana - vocals (2009–2011)
  • Wolfgang Teske – guitar (1994–2008)
  • Jonas Gruber – bass (1996–1998)
  • Robert Colnik – vocals (1998–2000)
  • Tino Köhler – bass (1998–2005)
  • Christian Müenzner – guitar (1999–2002)
  • Markus Keller – vocals (2000–2004)
  • Jens Staschel – vocals (2004–2008)


Split albums

  • Talk Evolution/The Parasite (2001), Grodhaisn – split with Poppy Seed Grinder
  • Collapsing Human Failures (2003), Merciless – split with Imperious Malevolence

Studio albums

  • Prelude to the Tragedy (2004), Grindethic Records
  • Psalms of the Moribund (2007), Grindethic Records
  • Chapters of Repugnance (2010), Willowtip


  1. ^ a b "Defeated Sanity Parts Ways With Guitarist". (Roadrunner Records). 8 July 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Defeated Sanity and Jens Staschel have decided to part ways". Defeated Sanity. 1 July 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Defeated Sanity Taps Disgorge's Magana for New Album, Tour". (Roadrunner Records). 28 June 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Defeated Sanity Signs With Willowtip Records". (Roadrunner Records). 2 May 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Defeated Sanity biography". Rockdetector. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  6. ^ "Defeated Sanity biography". Grindethic Records. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "Prelude to the Tradegy [sic] review". Diabolical Conquest. 7 September 2005. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  8. ^ "Prelude to the Tragedy review". Lords of Metal. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  9. ^ "Rotterdam Deathfest 2005: Complete Lineup Announced". (Roadrunner Records). 7 March 2005. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  10. ^ "Belphegor Recruits Defeated Sanity Drummer for North American Tour". (Roadrunner Records). 21 January 2007. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  11. ^ "Defeated Sanity Confirmed for Switzerland's Mountains of Death Open Air Festival". (Roadrunner Records). 24 May 2007. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  12. ^ Thomas, Erik (1 October 2007). "Psalms of the Moribund review". Teeth of the Divine. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  13. ^ Sarampalis, Kostas (21 October 2007). "Psalms of the Moribund review". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  14. ^ "Maryland Deathfest: Second-Day Photos Posted Online". (Roadrunner Records). 25 May 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  15. ^ "Defeated Sanity to release 'Chapters of Repugnance' in May". Roadrunner Records. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  16. ^ Lee, Cosmo (June 2010). "Incident at 66.6 FM". Decibel (68): p. 84. ISSN 1557-2137. 
  17. ^ a b c "Defeated Sanity interview". Unbound Zine. Retrieved 30 January 2009. [dead link]
  18. ^ a b c d "Defeated Sanity interview". Supreme Brutality. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  19. ^ "Interview with Defeated Sanity’s Lille Gruber". Condemned to Obscurity. 22 October 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  20. ^ "Defeated Sanity interview". Brutalism. 24 January 2005. Archived from the original on August 29, 2007. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 

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