Infobox musical artist
Name = Bassinvaders
Background = group_or_band
Genre = Heavy metal,
Years_active = 2007–present
Label = Frontier
Helloween, Sodom, Rage, Destruction
Markus Grosskopf Tom Angelripper
Peter "Peavy" Wagner
Bassinvaders (also known as Markus Grosskopf's Bassinvaders) is the
bass guitarfocused side-project of Helloweenbassist Markus Grosskopf.
The project is a unique heavy metal experiment which features only the bass guitar and does not included any conventional 6 string electric or acoustic guitars. The project focuses on the Bass guitar showcasing lead solo bass guitar, rhythm bass guitar and actual bass guitar along with accompanying drums.
The original project line-up consists of only Grosskopf himself, although many guest bassists, vocalists and drummers are featured in the debut album of the project.
The side project was created and in the actual line up only features
Markus Grosskopf, most notably the bass player for German power metalband Helloweenand also a bassist for Tobias Sammet's symphonic metalproject Avantasiaand classic rockgroup Kickhunter.
While he was sitting in the bar and drinking, Grosskopf was inspired to created a
bass guitarbased band, which will feature no guitars at all, and instead will focus on the bass, and will feature a a lead solo bass guitar, a rhythm bass guitar, and an actual bass guitar to play the bass parts, along with accompanying drums, and vocals.
He came to
Frontier Recordswith the idea in the beginning of 2007and presented the concept to them. The record label was immediately intrigued and gave it a go.
For the project, Grosskopf invited some well-known singing bass players from the German
heavy metalscene to join him and record with him. Those are Tom Angelripper(Sodom), Peavy Wagner(Rage) and Marcel Schirmer(Destruction).
To push the project ever further and add to the variety of the record, Markus invited some of his bass heroes to play solos on the record. He expected to get a response from 2 or 3 musicians, while ended up more than 13 people to have a solo appearance on the record. Those include
Billy Sheehan(ex- Mr. Big, Steve Vai's band), Rudy Sarzo( Dio, ex- Whitesnake, ex- Quiet Riot), Lee Rocker( Stray Cats), Marco Mendoza( Thin Lizzy, ex- Whitesnake), Nibbs Carter(Saxon) and much more.
The band's first studio album, entitled "
Hellbassbeaters" was released on January 25, 2008.
Markus Grosskopf- lead & rhythm bass guitars (2007-present)
Marcel Schirmer- vocals, bass guitar (2007-present)
Tom Angelripper- vocals, bass guitar (2007-present)
*Peter "Peavy" Wagner - vocals, bass guitar (2007-present)
* [http://www.frontiers.it/default.aspx?tabid=92&AlbumID=4260&cond1=WHERE%20AlbumID=4260 Information from Frontier Records official site]
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