School mates Ricky Wagner and Thorben Schulz started the band Rezet in 2003 in Schleswig, Northern Germany, when they were only 12 and 13 years old. During the heydays of Nu-Metal, the two young guitarists were inspired by their heroes Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer and began to realize their dream of having their own 80s speed and thrash metal band, together with friends from their neighborhood.
In the early days, the band’s line-up changed repeatedly and their tastes in music didn’t seem to fit in with what was happening around them so they were considered exotic outcasts during that time. This, in fact, made Wagner and Schulz work even harder and Rezet quickly became an insiders’ tip.
First shows were played with half the set consisting of cover songs (Metallica, Megadeth, Black Sabbath, The Sex Pistols and more) and their first demos were released in small quantities. Rezet’s quality enhanced with every show and every recording and their local fan base grew constantly. They quickly realized that music in general and Rezet in particular would become way more to them than just a hobby.
When thrash metal had its big revival in 2007/2008, a lot of people found out about the young musicians from Northern Germany and were intrigued by them. So much so that their demos “Rezet To Zero” (2007) and especially “Toxic Avenger” (2008) were sold hundreds of times and the band’s bookings increased significantly – not only nationally but also internationally (starting with the Benelux countries).
They measurably gained in importance in the metal underground scene – not least due to their intense live shows. Bavarian independent label Witches Brew was the first record company to offer the band a deal for their debut album in 2008. But when they supported the now big bands Portrait and Enforcer on a tour, Iron Kodex Records signed Rezet on the spot after having been mesmerized by the band’s speed riffing show.
The release of Rezet’s debut album was scheduled for 2009 but was delayed because of various things (like artwork and line-up changes). In 2010, “Have Gun, Will Travel” was finally released on CD by “Iron Kodex Records” and later on vinyl by “Iron Bonehead Prod.”. “Have Gun, Will Travel” got raving reviews all around the world and helped the band to get rid of the “please-not-another-thrash-metal-band”-status and be seen as an independent and timeless act by fans and critics alike. They tirelessly toured Europe and played legendary Wacken Open Air in 2009 and 2010, becoming one of the most important German “New Wave Of Thrash Metal” bands.
Iron Kodex’ insolvency forced Rezet to find another label and they were signed by Twilight Vertrieb in the end of 2011. Rezet’s second studio album “Civic Nightmares” was released on March 30, 2012 on CD by Twilight Vertrieb and on vinyl by Metalizer Records. Technically more skilled and at the same time working with more melodies and musically matured, they once again convinced both critics and fans. They toured Europe again, played renowned festivals such as the Headbangers Open Air and strengthened their position within the speed and thrash metal scene. When Twilight Vertrieb closed their doors in 2012, Rezet worked independently for a while knowing that they would have to find a new label for their third studio album which they have been working on since 2013.
Before beginning to record this album, they played another great number of live shows all around Europe and worked on their new line-up. In the second half of 2014 they began recording their third studio album “Reality Is A Lie”. Producer is Patrick Bieler, Rezet’s friend of many years and crew member of Revolverheld and Royal Republic. They managed to get metal and punk rock legend Harris Johns from Berlin on board for the mastering of the album. Johns has been working with bands like Helloween, Sepultura, Sodom, Tankard, Kreator, Voivod, Grave Digger, Therion, Slime, Ideal, and Einstürzende Neubauten since the late 70s.
The album’s finalizing steps were shortly interrupted by the band’s first ever tours in Russia (March 2015) and the United States (July/August 2015). After being fueled by the ongoing success, Rezet signed to new management “UMI Music”, publishing partner “Enorm Music” and Denmark’s premium Metal label “Mighty Music”.
Reality Is A Lie was released world wide thru Denmark’s prime metal label Mighty Music (Target Group) in later spring of 2016. The release launched the band’s idea of a new start, the ultimative "reset"! The 4-piece introduced a new logo, advanced its sound and was just about to head for bigger goals when original founding member and Lead Guitarist Thorben Schulz decided to leave the group after more than ten years of Speed Metal madness. Other bands despair of this misery, Rezet revived with a surprising force: former Bassist Lucas Grümmert took over the six strings assault while former Roadie Bjarne Otto moved up to be the band's new Bass guitar player.
Now stronger and tighter than ever before, Rezet went on to tour excessively again: in late 2016 the band wrapped up a 6+ week long pan-European tour as special guests for Canadian metal icons ANVIL and also supported genre titans DESTRUCTION in their “Europe Under Attack” tour later January thru earlier February 2017.
After touring “Reality Is A Lie” for more than 10 weeks until mid-2017, the band entered legendary “Chameleon Studios” in Hamburg, Northern Germany, in June/July of the same year for a follow-up EP. Produced by Star Producer Eike Freese (Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Eisbrecher, Kärbholz, Kai Hansen and more), Rezet recorded “You Asked For It” (released September 1st 2017 via Soulfood/Believe Digital).
„You Asked For It“ is raging through the speakers in 4 diversified tracks. Acting more direct and less dissolute on this release, the band is more or less going back to their roots, unveiling the very core of its style: unleashed, highly energetic and brutal Thrash Metal. The high complexity of previous Rezet arrangements has stepped aside to allow for the four youngsters’ most brutal and striking material up to date. In which they succeed with a statement!
„Minority Erazer“, opener and Video/Single-release of the EP has Rezet talk about social and political problems in a true thrash-/punk fashion, coming up with probably the most brutal song in the band’s history. „Thrash Their Hate“ is yielding a reminiscence to Kreator, whilst „Friendly Fire“ technically is the most Old-School Rezet song on this release. Wrapping up the tracklist is a remake of Dead Kennedys’ smash „Chemical Warfare“.
Ricky Wagner (Lead Guitar & Vocals), Bastian Santen (Drums & Background Vocals), Lucas Grümmert (Lead Guitar & Background Vocals) and Bjarne Otto (Bass & Background Vocals) have shredded an impressive exclamation point and once again the overall band’s tightness benefits from the 12-13 year old metal kids which formed the band back then and continuously designed this sound.
BRUTAL. VICIOUS. REZET 2017!