Tanzwut is a German industrial metal and medieval metal band. Band’s name can be translated from German as “the dance of anger” or “dance-rage,” and to be more precise, the “dancing mania”. The band was founded in 1998 by members of the group called Corvus Corax. Tanzwut write songs in their native language to be understood in their native places. The band features using bagpipes in addition to the ordinary electric guitars and drums, that is very unusual for this kind of music, and one of the band members makes them.
The band is involved in the life of the German rock crowd. Band members work with Rammstein, they made two collaborative show with Megaherz, they included a cover version of the song Die Arzte «Bitte, bitte» in their third album. They recorded the song «Weinst Du» with Umbra et Imago and held a collaborative tour through Europe, that had a huge success. The band’s name was chosen not by chance, it comes from medieval times. Between 1350 and 1352 years the plague was raging in Europe. Minstrels reported a threatening catastrophe from city to city. Due to the coming Armageddon, they advised people to dance erratically. Thousands of people followed this advice by selling all they property and having fun immediately. Back in the present, where people look at drunken dances dedicated to the members of the band it is more the rule than the exception. Three years later, they finally released a new album. It has an ambiguous title “Ihr wolltet Spass” (You Wanted Fun). In the two previous albums “Tanzwut”(Dance-Rage) and “Im Labyrinth der Sinne” (Labyrinth of Senses), the band combined electro, rock and medieval music. “There were no prohibitions” – says Wim, “We did what we wanted.” “The only important thing for us was to find songs cool.”
In November 2004, a long-awaited live album “Tanzwut-Live”, was released. The DVD presents all the uniqueness of the Tanzwut show. Containing more than 120 minutes of recording a concert performance and more than an hour of various bonus materials. In 2006, the band released their fourth album “Schattenreiter”, which is undoubtedly a kind of culmination point in the current discography of the band. On September 16, 2011 the album “Weiße Nächte” was released. In March 2013, the band announced the release date of the new album “Höllenfahrt”. The album was released on September 6, 2013. Tanzwut have already “revived” classical music when they played the bagpipes Beethoven’s “Freude schoener Gotterfunken” with Mephistopheles quotations from Goethe’s “Faust”. Until today this song is a key element of their show.