There are at least 5 artists that go by "Blackmail" 1. German indie rock band 2. New York City funk/rock band 3. Greek neo-psychedelic rock band 4. Swedish hard rock/prog rock band 5. Detroit Ghettorock/hard rock/funk band 6. Hardcore Punk band from Sofia, Bulgaria. 1.) Blackmail is a German indie rock band from Koblenz, Germany which was started briefly in 1994 by singer Aydo Abay, brothers Kurt Ebelh?user (lead guitars) and Carlos Ebelh?user (bass) and drummer Mario Matthias.
1. German indie rock band
2. New York City funk/rock band
3. Greek neo-psychedelic rock band
4. Swedish hard rock/prog rock band
5. Detroit Ghettorock/hard rock/funk band
6. Hardcore Punk band from Sofia, Bulgaria.
1.) Blackmail is a German indie rock band from Koblenz, Germany which was started briefly in 1994 by singer Aydo Abay, brothers Kurt Ebelh?user (lead guitars) and Carlos Ebelh?user (bass) and drummer Mario Matthias. Their style of music usually varied, but mainly consisted of the indie rock genre which was combined with experimentation of electronic music, progressive rock, alternative rock and dance. They have been known for their harsh and high-pitched guitar melodies. Singer Aydo Abay left the band in late 2008 to be replaced by Mathias Reetz.
2.) There is also a band from New York City named Blackmail, they play funky rock tunes. They are made up of Max P (The Dazzler) - Lead Vocs, Morgan Z - Keytar / Geetar / Drum-Pad / Vocoder, Pablo- Drums, Solomon - Bass.
3.) A greek neo-psychedelic rock band created by the leader guitarist from The Last Drive Yiorgo Karanikola.
4.) Blackmail was a hard rock/progressive heavy metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden that formed in 1992.
"Back in the day, Sweden's Blackmail were all over the internet. If there was a website that wrote about music, nine times out of ten, Blackmail was featured on it. Same goes with printed publications. It didn't matter if it was a small xeroxed fanzine or a fully professional magazine, Blackmail was reviewed in all of 'em...and 99% of the reviews were positive. After all that press coverage, the band seemed to just up and disappear."
Last known line-up:
Danne Lundsbye - drums
Jens Lundsbye - bass, vocals
Robert Alsterlind - guitar, lead vocals
They appeared in:
Rockslaget 1994 Compilation (1994)
Schizophrenic EP, 1994
A Female Impersonator EP, 1996
5.) BLACKMAIL serving up a Lethal Dose of Funk-Infested bluesy/hard rock from the motor city!!!. The band formed in 2006 after a few informal basement jams on some Hendrix,U2 and Alice in Chains. Working up a set of original material the band set upon gigging hard and developing a local following. At the bands frequent Detroit area club apperances Ghettorock jams like Clown of life, 2lonely and Justify have crowds headbanging, dancing and moshin often within the same song. Blackmail is anchored by the "THUNDERING" Bass of Akmed ELshabazz and the "Hard Funk-Filled" drumming of Doug Austin. It lays a heavy groove for guitarist Mike Brooks to provide some Atomic Blues riffs.The Blackmail Groove is topped off with the Soulful and Charismatic Vocals of Frontman Kalonji Maayassa. The bands 1st CD has already gotten airplay on both of Detroits top Rock Stations. The future is looking Bright for Blackmail and thier of brand of ghettorock. http://www.myspace.com/blackmailtheband
Kalonji Mayaasa-Vocals / Mike Brooks -Guitar / Akmed "El" ELShabazz -Bass / Doug Austin-drums