THE UNITY with GAMMA RAY, the members of PRIMAL FEAR release the video “Close To Crazy” (Live) with the German comedian SASCHA GRAMMEL


Fans of German puppet comedy superstar Sascha Grammel have known for some time now: Spandau’s sympathetic ventriloquist and proud puppet maker and audience favorites such as eagle pheasant Frederic Freiherr von Furchensumpf, lady turtle Josie or the ecotrophologist Dr. Peter Hacke, is always good for a surprise.

Grammel swears by the music of German metal band The Unity to keep him motivated during fitness workouts. Apparently her favorite trail for sweating, biking, running and lifting is “Close To Crazy”. But that’s not all! Grammel and her quirky, endearing puppet roommate now appear in The Unity’s latest video – and you can see they’re enjoying every second of it.

Referring to the song’s unusual title, Grammel’s alter ego, Frédéric, questions his boss in the intro of the video: “Did you write this song? “And against Grammel’s honest denial:” But that would have been very appropriate! You are close to madness too!

“Close To Crazy” (Live) is the forerunner of The Unity’s new live album, The Devil You Know – Live, scheduled for release by Steamhammer / SPV on November 12, and includes recordings of their touring highlights in Germany and several European countries between 2017 and 2020.

The accompanying video shows The Unity as comrades in arms with the two members of Gamma Ray Henjo Richter (guitar) and Michael Ehré (drums, Primal Fear), alongside his comrades Gianbattista Manenti (vocals), Stef E (guitar ), Jogi Sweers (bass) and Sascha Onnen (keyboards) at the Masters Of Rock Festival in the Czech Republic, where the band, as always, managed to wow fans and critics alike.

The band will also be back on stage for The Devil You Know – Live big launch party on December 25-26 at Jahnhalle in Nordenham, Germany. Additional shows, festival appearances and tours across Europe are also slated for 2022. And, who knows, you might even spot Sascha Grammel with her puppet family in the audience at one concert or another. Like all the best fans, they’re pretty much crazy, after all.

The Devil You Know – Live was recorded between 2017 and 2020 during tours in Germany and several other European countries, during concerts in small clubs overheated with sweat streaming down the walls, but also during major festivals like the Masters Of Rock in the Czech Republic and Germany at the Karlsruhe Knockout Festival and at the Bang Your Head in Balingen. The tracklist focuses on material from their albums The Unity (2017) and Rise (2018), but in We Don’t Need Them Here also includes the release of the single from their third album Pride (2020), a song that was the subject of controversial discussions at the time of its release and was one of the highlights of their tour with Rhapsody Of Fire. Speaking of which: The Italian band was just one of many renowned bands that The Unity has toured extensively. Equally unforgettable were their concert tours alongside Sinner, Edguy and Axel Rudi Pell, where The Unity showcased their exceptional talents every night, heralding their next equally acclaimed headlining tours.

The album was mixed and mastered by Achim Köhler, and the cover courtesy of Felipe Machado Franco (Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian, Iron Savior) features The Unity’s new mascot, Dave, who is honored with the title of the album. Manenti said: “There is an English saying: ‘Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know’. We believe that this motto perfectly describes the situation in which the world finds itself now. “

The Devil You Know – Live will be released on November 12 via SPV / Steamhammer in the following configurations:

-Digipack CD
– Download / Streaming

Pre-order here.

– Exclusive CD bundle with a rare 7 “vinyl single only in the Steamhammer store

Pre-order here.

List of tracks:

“Last betrayal”
“No hero”
“No more lies”
“Welcome to the house”
“We don’t need them here”
“The willow”
“You cheat on me”
“Close to crazy”
“Never forget”

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