SARIS founded back in 1981. From 1981 until 1983 they toured extensively in their native Germany, as well as recording the single “Out of Your Night”.
For various reasons, there was disagreement about the new musical direction and an upcoming album. So Saris went on the back burner for a few years. In 1992, a new line-up was in place though, as Martin Gellhaus (vocals), Udo Raitzig (bass), Stefan Kremer (keyboards) and Helge Bungert (drums, vocals) joined Akkermann for the recording of an album, released as “Dead End Street” in 1993. A subsequent tour followed and at the end of this, Raitzig and Bungert left the band.
It took several years before replacements were found, but in 1998, Lutz Günther (bass) and Achim Schmidt (drums, keyboards) joined Saris and for the next year, recording sessions took place with highly promising results that all band members were exceedingly pleased with. Sadly though, personal issues saw to it that the band split up again.
In 2006, Akkermann, Schmidt and Günther decided to give the band another go and with the addition of Anja Günther (vocals) and Thomas Hackmann (vocals), new recordings were planned and in 2009 a finished album saw the light of day – “Curse of Time”.
The album got favourable reviews, and their mix of neo-progressive rock and hard rock was generally deemed likeable. But on May 23rd 2009 disaster strikes, when Achim Schmidt suddenly died after suffering pulmonary embolism. After all, SARIS canceled the scheduled European and USA-tours.
Derk Akkermann decided to continue SARIS as a project with Anja Günther and Lutz Günther joining him and wrote new songs for a third album. This album is meant to continue the musical direction of “Curse” and to bring out the quality of the vocalists. Thomas Hackmann, who was responsible for lead and backing vocals on "Curse Of Time", decided to contribute his support to the backing vocals (which he also successfully contributes to many international productions). In this, he was assisted by Anja Günther and Lutz Günther. Anja's voice should also be heard more often on the leading vocals. For the male lead vocals, Henrik Wager joined the band. Henrik, born in Manchester (GB), had a professional training at the "School of Performing Arts" and the conservatory in Birmingham (GB). Henrik works throughout Europe for musical theaters and various music projects as singer, songwriter and producer. The Flying Pickets, Sefan Raab's "TV Total" Band Heavytones, Lionel Richie to meantion just a few. Henrik is known as a musical artist worldwide and can be admired in many successful musicals as a leading actor on the stages of Europe.
On drums, SARIS is complemented by the experienced drummer and percussionist Jens Beckmann, who is well booked as a music teacher, studio and session drummer.
"Until We Have Faces" and "Ghosts Of Yesterday" were recorded partly at SARIS own studio and partly in the "Principal Studios" where both were also mixed and mastered. Engineer, co-producer and label boss Joerg Umbreit has given these albums a new dimension. The result is a big, international production with first class hard rock AOR vocal lines, neo-progressive instrumental passages and Saris' typical symphonic melodies.