Nikita Kamprad – Vocals, Guitars
Tobias Schuler – Drums
Sascha Rissling – Guitars
Nico Ziska – Bass
DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT was born in February 2009 in Würzburg, Germany when founding fathers Nikita Kamprad (guitars, bass, songwriting, drum programming) and Tobias Jaschinsky (vocals) released the first self-titled album limited to 200 copies and using a drum machine. Within just one month the self-produced record was sold out and the first reviews and interviews followed quickly.
In January 2010 a deal with Berlin based label Viva Hate Records was inked and the band re-released the debut in May – this time featuring real drumtracks recorded by Christian Bass (Heaven Shall Burn, Night In Gales, Deadsoil among others), a new mix and the bonustrack “Ruhe”. Further the band celebrated their first live performance at Friction Fest Berlin among bands like Wolves In The Throne Room, Bohren & Der Club Of Gore, Entombed, Crippled Black Phoenix and Amenra followed by various shows all over Germany.
In March 2011 the band entered Hamburg’s Hammer Studios with producer Eike Freese (Negator, Dark Age, Deep Purple, Gamma Ray) to record their “Agonie” EP. With its release in July drummer Christian Bass had to leave the band due to timing and private reasons but shortly after a new permanent drummer was found in Tobias Schuler who has already replaced Christian Bass at some shows in 2010.
The first big festival appearances at Summer Breeze Open Air, Barther Metal Open Air and Wolfszeit Festival followed as well as the first Austrian shows with friends Neaera.
After finishing songwriting for the next record at the end of 2011 the band entered Tonstudio Würzburg in their hometown to record their next full-length. “Unstille” was produced, mixed and mastered by Nikita Kamprad and released in June 2012 once again via Viva Hate Records. After having various friends helping out on live-guitar and -bass, Sascha Rissling (guitars) and Giuliano Barbieri (bass) were added as permanent members to the line-up.
Despite of a successful headliner tour around Germany and Austria singer Tobias Jaschinsky decided to leave the band due to musical differences. Having no auditions with other singers at all the band chose to go on as a 4-piece with Nikita Kamprad taking over the vocal position live and in the studio besides guitars.
In this constellation the band went on tour through Germany, Austria and Switzerland in March 2013 with comrades Agrypnie and Heretoir and played Summer Breeze Open Air for the second time as well as several headliner shows.
2014 started off with a short run through France supporting Ensiferum before leaving for Blastfest in Bergen, Norway in February, followed by a German tour with The Ocean. In April the band played a one week tour in Russia and then co-headlined Israel’s biggest annual metal festival, the Tel Aviv Deathfest among many other international bands. The band also played the renowned With Full Force Open Air in Germany and headlined various metal festivals.
In August 2014 DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT signed a deal with French label Season of Mist and recorded their highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s “Unstille” at Ghost City Recordings, Germany.
“Stellar” was released in March 2015 followed by an extended tour all over Europe with fellow countrymen Downfall of Gaia. The band continued their journey on major international festivals like Hellfest, Graspop Metal Meeting, Resurrection Fest and Roadburn Festival and visited many countries they haven’t been before. “Stellar” is being reviewed and well-discussed in major print- and webzines all over the world strengthening the band’s international reputation in the extreme metal landscape.
Giuliano Barbieri – Bass (2012 – 2016)
Tobias Jaschinsky – Vocals (2009 – 2012)
Christian Bass – Drums (2010 – 2011)
2017 Photo by Sophia Weißberg
2015 Photo by Emanuel Oropesa
2013 Photo by Steffen Boseckert
2012 Photo by Marek Bäuerlein
2011 Photo by Steffen Boseckert
2010 Photo by Martina Chamrad
2009 Photo by Jonas Mayer