Debauchery is a Death Metal band from Stuttgart, Germany. Founded in 2000 as Maggotcunt before changing their name in 2002, Debauchery was initially formed by current vocalist, guitarist, and bassist Thomas Gurrath and former drummer Dani.
They all are Khorne worshippers. Except they do not spill blood in his name... as far as we know.note
The band consists of:
- Thomas "The Bloodbeast" Gurrath Vocals and Guitars
- Dennis "The Bloodpriest" Ward - Bass guitar
- Oliver "The Bloodhammer" Zellmann Drums
- Ronald Squier - Drums
- Dani - Drums
- Tomasz - Drums
- Joshi - Guitars
- Simon Dorn - Guitars
- Marc Juttner - Bass
- Thomas Naumann - Guitars
- Günther Werno - Keyboards
- Kill Maim Burn (2003)
- Rage of the Bloodbeast (2004)
- Torture Pit (2005)
- Back in Blood (2007)
- Continue to Kill (2008)
- Rockers & War (2009)
- Germany's Next Death Metal (2011)
- Kings of Carnage (2013)
- Fuck Humanity (2015)
- Thunderbeast (2016)
- Enemy of Mankind (2018)
- Monster Metal (2021)
This band provides examples of
- All Germans Are Nazis: Not helped by their sound, at all. Well, technically they ARE Khornates, but what average person will make the difference?
- Careful with That Axe: Thomas' high screams can definitely be unsettling.
- Cover Version: They have done covers of KISS (I Love It Loud), AC/DC (Hail Ceasar), Genesis (I Cant Dance), Rammstein (Weißes Fleisch), The Beatles (Eight Days a Week), Judas Priest (Heavy Duty/Defenders Of The Faith), Manowar (Kings of Metal), Rolling Stones (You Got Me Rocking), Six Feet Under (War Is Coming), Slayer (Angel of Death), and Alice Cooper (School's Out).
- Death Metal: Of the old-school and death 'n' roll variety, to be exact.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Their first three albums are much heavier and are pretty straightforward death metal, with their first album Kill Maim Burn even bordering on deathgrind. While Torture Pit had one or two songs that hinted at what they would later become, it wasn't until Back in Blood that they started evolving into their signature death metal/hard rock fusion.
- Gorn: They have a song titled Chainsaw Masturbation. Nuff' said.
- Hard Rock: Have elements of this, especially in their later albums. To be expected, as they frequently cite many classic rock/metal bands such as AC/DC as their favorite artists. They would later take these influences and fully flesh them out in their Traditional Heavy Metal side project band Blood God, and Thunderbeast showcased this side of their sound the most, being more or less a pure death 'n' roll album.
- Harsh Vocals: Comes with being a band somewhere between "normal" Death Metal and Grindcore. Thomas also has a tendency to sound like a squealing pig during some songs, especially live performances.
- Industrial Metal: Displays elements of this genre from time to time.
- Metal Scream: Most of their songs.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: A solid 9-10. Their "lowest" song was the cover of Eight Days a Week, which kept a relatively similar tune to the original song... except for the vocals. Hell, most of their covers are like that. The second half of Rockers & War, which showcases their hard rock side more, goes down to 7-8.
- Refuge in Audacity: Many of their song's titles.
- Running Gag: Try and find an album that doesn't have a song about violence, or Khorne of Warhammer40000. We. dare. you.
- Soprano and Gravel: Thomas occasionally includes Brian Johnson-style "clean" vocals into their later material.
- Special Guest: Schmier from Destruction on "Warfare" from Continue to Kill, and former Judas Priest and Iced Earth singer Tim "Ripper" Owens on "Bloodking" from Monster Metal.
- Three Chords and the Truth: For a death metal band, most their songs are very stripped down in nature, usually consisting of only a few simple riffs and at times juvenile lyrics. They fully embrace this, even poking fun at it in their song "3 Riff Hit", which features a (probably fake) audio clip of someone asking, "How come Debauchery don't play no progressive death metal?", with Thomas responding with, "BECAUSE WE ARE DEBAUCHERY!".
- The Unintelligible: Almost as bad as Anal Cunt.... if that's even possible. Though Thomas is generally more understandable in their later material.
- Fanservice: The music video for Lords of Battle features a stripper dancing on a stripper pole throughout the video.
- Not Safe for Work: Holy. Shit. Female Toplessness, blood and usually some kind of bloody carnage will very likely be going on in their (few) music videos.
- Camp: Basically the band's entire schtick. They write juvenile lyrics that take the stereotypical genre subject matter of blood, gore, war, and sex to ludicrous extremes, perform with theatrics that rival the most over-the-top black metal and shock rock bands, and as of their most recent albums, dress up in monster suits◊ a la Gwar while playing live, which is virtually unheard of in death metal. It sort of says something that their original name before releasing an album was Maggotcunt.
- Digital Piracy Is Evil: Downplayed. While Thomas does not care if people download the band's music for free, he does not believe that doing so shows genuine appreciation for their work. He said that buying a CD or digital copy of an album is the strongest indicator that you are truly a fan, since he himself buys his favorite media.
- Fanservice: The album art for Back In Blood has a hot girl that's topless.
- Fandisservice: ...That is, if you don't mind the blood that she's pouring upon herself.
- No True Scotsman: A rare example in which the creator has expressed this mindset towards their own work. Thomas has expressed in interviews that he never intended Debauchery to be a death metal band at all, and that he had always wanted to play traditional heavy metal and hard rock, but became a growler because he did not have the vocal range to sing like his idol Rob Halford. Hence, he thinks of Debauchery more as a "heavy metal band with death metal vocals", but has never used the term "death 'n' roll" to describe their music - it was never his intention to appeal to genre purists.
- Rated M for Manly: Oh dear god YES.
- Theme Naming: Blood.