That’s “death metal plus”, one could call it! The high flyers from Regensburg impress with their very own, innovative style of music: Complex arrangements and progressive song structures meeting with brute force, an enormous portion of groove – and some really catchy hooklines. Established in 2004, BURDEN OF LIFE have long since made a name for themselves throughout the German metal scene with their strikingly versatile sound.

Burden Of Life were founded in 2004, the first show followed in June 2006. The first demo was released in February 2007 and the full-length debut “Ashes Of Existence” was released in November 2008. In 2010 the EP “In The Wake Of My Demise” was produced. One year later the band won the Metal Only Band Contest. As a result Burden Of Life signed with Firefield Records and the concept album “The Vanity Syndrome” was released in 2013. In 2015 the new album “In Cycles” was recorded and is now released on April 29th via Noizgate Records.


Christian Kötterl

Guitars & Leadvocals

February 26th 1988

Jackson RR-1
Jackson KE-2
Jackson Adrian Smith Dinky MN
Peavey 6505+
Peavey 412JS
BOSS DD-20 Giga Delay
BOSS RV-6 Digital Reverb
BOSS FB-2 Feedback/Booster
ISP Technologies Decimator
KORG Pitchblack Tuner
Dunlop Jazz III Picks
D'Addario .010-.052 Strings

Favorite Bands:
Iron Maiden, Between The Buried And Me, Dire Straits, Sonata Arctica, Queen

Favorite Concert:
Iron Maiden, Munich 2003

Favorite Burden Of Life Song:
At The Heart Of Infinity


Michael Schafberger

Guitars & Backingvocals

March 13th 1988

Mayones Regius Pro 7 Custom Shop
ESP Formula FR BKS
Koch Powertone 2
Laney GS412PS Box
Morley VAI-II Bad Horsie Wah
TC Electronic Vortex Flanger
TC Electronic Nova Repeater
TC Electronic Corona Chorus
TC Electronic Ditto X2 Looper
BOSS PS-6 Harmonist
ISP Technologies Decimator
KORG Pitchblack Tuner
G LAB GSC-3 System Control
Dunlop Jazz III Picks
Ernie Ball .010-.062 Cobalt Strings

Favorite Bands:
Between The Buried And Me, Blind Guardian,
Devin Townsend, Haken, Opeth

Favorite Concert:
Soilwork, Wacken 2006

Favorite Burden Of Life Song:
52 Hz


Karl Arnold Bodarwé

Bass & Backingvocals

February 27th 1990

Spector NS-5H2
Spector Rebop 5
Peavey T.B. Raxx Preamp
TC Electronics BH 250
Gallien Krueger NEO 410 Cab
Elixir Strings

Favorite Bands:
Opeth, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater,
Steven Wilson, Nine Inch Nails

Favorite Concert:
Opeth, Backstage Munich 2014

Favorite Burden Of Life Song:
At The Heart Of Infinity


Matthias Babl


January 6th 1987

Pearl Masters MMP Series
Sabian/Zildjian/Meinl Cymbals
Pearl Joey Jordison Signature Snare
Sonor Horst Link Signature Snare
Pro Mark TXR5BW 5B Hickory Wood Tip
Evans Drumheads
DDrum Bassdrumtrigger
Alesis DM5 Drummodul
TAMA Rythm Watch RW 105
Vic Firth 5a Sticks
Vic Firth Headphones
Pearl Eliminator Pedals

Favorite Bands:
Between The Buried And Me, Mastodon, Hypocrisy,
Stones Sour, Dream Theater, Devin Townsend

Favorite Concert:
Motörhead, Wacken 2006

Favorite Burden Of Life Song:
Behold A Burning Soul

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