Funker Vogt
Funker Vogt is a German electronic music
Electronic music
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 project with an aggressive style, formed by vocalist Jens Kästel and programmer Gerrit Thomas
Gerrit Thomas
Gerrit Thomas is an electronic musician from Hameln, Germany, specializing in club-friendly aggrotech and synthpop. He plays keyboards in the band Funker Vogt which he formed with friend Jens Kästel in 1995, as well as numerous musical side projects.-Bands:* Funker Vogt* Fictional* Ravenous*...

 in 1995. Other members of the band are keyboardist/manager Bjorn Bottcher, live guitarist Frank Schweigert and lyricist Kai Schmidt. The name of the band translates from German
German language
German is a West Germanic language, related to and classified alongside English and Dutch. With an estimated 90 – 98 million native speakers, German is one of the world's major languages and is the most widely-spoken first language in the European Union....

 to English
English language
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 as "Radio Operator
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 Vogt", this being the surname of a friend of the band who was a military radio operator. The military concept of a radio operator provides a contrast with the musical roles of a DJ
Disc jockey
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 or a vocalist using a microphone
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The group appeared on several German compilations and, in 1996, released their debut album Thanks for Nothing. Following the release of two limited edition EPs (Words of Power and Take Care), Funker Vogt signed with the American
United States
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 record label
Record label
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 Metropolis Records
Metropolis Records
Metropolis Records is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based record label, distributor, and mail-order store specializing in the post-industrial field such as electro-industrial, synthpop, futurepop, darkwave, and gothic musical genres....

. Metropolis re-released Thanks for Nothing, followed by the We Came to Kill in late 1997. Kastel and Thomas have participated, as remixers, on Leæther Strip
Leæther Strip
Leæther Strip is a Danish musical project founded on January 13, 1988 by Claus Larsen. Its influence has been most felt in the electronic body music and electro-industrial genres. Perhaps to a certain extent, it may have influenced various film score productions. Leæther Strip was one of the...

 album Yes, I'm Limited, Vol. 2. In 2000, Funker Vogt released Maschine Zeit, followed by the remix EP T in early 2001. Additionally to the core members of the band, concert members also include Björn Böttcher (keyboard) and Frank Schweigert (guitar, he replaced Thomas Kroll in 2004). Kai Schmidt writes most of the lyrics and manages the band through his own management company. They all hail from the town of Hamelin
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 in Germany
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. The majority of their lyrics
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 revolve around the concepts of war
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A distinctive theme is present in the band's work and stage presence; both their musicianship and their costuming are strongly reminiscent of military music and dress. This military aesthetic is also popular with the band's fanbase. However, the political stance of Funker Vogt is decidedly anti-war; the band cites "war and social injustice
Social injustice
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" as their primary topics of discussion, noting that the goal of the album Execution Tracks, along with the accompanying video, was to "present the grotesque cruelties and the tragedy of war."

The Hero Trilogy

See the main article: The Hero Trilogy
With the release of Blutzoll, Funker Vogt have completed their 'Hero Trilogy'. It began with Tragic Hero on the album Execution Tracks
Execution Tracks
Execution Tracks is an aggrotech album by Funker Vogt. 12 of the 14 songs start with a track prefix "Execution" followed by the song number.-Track listing:# "Civil War" - 7:25# "The Voices of the Dead" - 5:24# "The International Killer" - 6:10...

, continued with Fallen Hero from Navigator, and was concluded in 2010 with Arising Hero. All 3 parts of the trilogy were released as promotional singles.

Studio albums

  • Thanks for Nothing (1996)
  • We Came to Kill
    We Came to Kill
    -Track listing:#"Time Of Dreams"#"Take Care!"#"Stupid Incident"#"Father"#"Under Control"#"Wartime"#"Killing Fields"#"Nothing New"#"Fantasies"#"Siegeszug"#"Funker Vogt 2nd Unit"#"Take Care! "#"Time of Dreams "...

  • Killing Time Again
    Killing Time Again
    -Track listing:CD 1CD 2#"Killing Fields "#"Evil's birth"#"Vision"#"The Race Is On"#"Killing Fields "#"Evil's Birth "#"Black Hole "#"Words Of Power "#"Take Care "#"The Third War"...

    (1998) (part new material, part remixes)
  • Execution Tracks
    Execution Tracks
    Execution Tracks is an aggrotech album by Funker Vogt. 12 of the 14 songs start with a track prefix "Execution" followed by the song number.-Track listing:# "Civil War" - 7:25# "The Voices of the Dead" - 5:24# "The International Killer" - 6:10...

  • Maschine Zeit
    Maschine Zeit
    -Track listing:#"Sins" – 6:24#"Gunman" – 4:46#"Black Market Dealers" – 5:33#"Maschine Zeit" – 6:20#"Nuclear Winter" – 4:10#"Under Deck" – 5:48#"Cold War" – 4:50#"The Journey" – 5:54#"Nothing to Include" – 6:31#"The Last" – 4:41#"Zeit" – 4:48...

  • T (2000/2001) (contains 4 new tracks and 10 remixes)
  • Survivor
    Survivor (Funker Vogt album)
    -Track listing:CD 1CD 2#"Date of Expiration"#"This World"#"History"#"Obscure Pictures"#"Compulsions"#"Prisoners of War"#"Final Thrill"#"Fallen Man"#"Stolen Thoughts"#"Lügner"#"Faster Life"#"Red Queen"#"Refugees"#"This World "...

  • Revivor
    -Track listing:#"Final Thrill "#"History "#"Lügner "#"Prisoners of War "#"Faster Life "...

    (2003) (remix album)
  • Navigator (2005)
  • Aviator (2007)
  • Blutzoll (2010)


  • Warzone K17
    Warzone K17
    Warzone K17 is an aggrotech album by Funker Vogt, released on April 21, 2009.-Track listing:Disc One# "Intro"# "Date Of Expiration"# "Child Soldier"# "Final Thrill"# "Thanks For Nothing"# "Take Care"# "Killing Ground"# "City Of Darkness"...

  • Live Execution '99 (2010) (Also features the album T in DVD Audio)


  • Words of Power
    Words of Power
    -Track listing:#"Words of Power "#"The 3rd War "#"Thanks For Nothing "#"Words of Power "#"The 3rd War "#"Thanks For Nothing "...

  • Take Care
    Take Care (single)
    "Take Care" is an aggrotech Single by Funker Vogt.-Track listing:#"Take Care "#"Take Care "#"Take Care "#"Take Care "#"Fantasies "...

  • Tragic Hero (1998)
  • Gunman
    Gunman (single)
    "Gunman" is an aggrotech single by Funker Vogt.-Track listing:#"Gunman "#"F-117A "#"Gunman "#"Gunman "#"Nuclear Winter "-Personnel:*Gerrit Thomas...

  • Subspace
    Subspace (single)
    -Track listing:#"Subspace " – 5:26#"Subspace " – 3:33#"Subspace " – 5:45#"Subspace" – 5:31...

  • Date of Expiration
    Date of Expiration
    "Date of Expiration" is an aggrotech single by Funker Vogt.-Track listing:#"Date of Expiration "#"Date of Expiration "#"Second World"#"Date of Expiration "#"Traumatic Event"...

  • Red Queen (2003)
  • Fallen Hero (2005)
  • White Trash (2008)
  • Arising Hero (2010)


  • Velvet Acid Christ Vs Funker Vogt: The Remix Wars - Strike 4
    Velvet Acid Christ Vs Funker Vogt: The Remix Assault
    The Remix Assault is an aggrotech maxi by Funker Vogt and Velvet Acid Christ.-Track listing:...

  • Code 7477
    Code 7477
    "Code 7477" is an aggrotech maxi by Funker Vogt.-Track listing:#"Funker Vogt "#"Funker Vogt 2nd Unit "#"Black Hole "#"Funker Vogt "#"Funker Vogt 2nd Unit "#"Black Hole "...



  • Always and Forever Volume 1
    Always and Forever Volume 1
    Always and Forever Volume 1 is a two-disk aggrotech compilation album by Funker Vogt. It contains the previously released Words of Power EP , Take Care single , and Killing Time Again EP , all digitally remastered. The other tracks are previously unreleased songs or remixes.-Track listing:...

  • Always and Forever Volume 2
    Always and Forever Volume 2
    Always and Forever Volume 2 is a two-disk aggrotech compilation album by Funker Vogt. Released only on Repo Records . This is a 2 CD set featuring Tragic Hero, Gunman and Code 7477 disks bundled with a bunch of titles that were previously unreleased.-Track listing:...


Side projects

  • Ravenous
    Ravenous (band)
    Ravenous is a synthpop band from Germany. Formed in 1995, it is the first of many projects by Gerrit Thomas, who is more well known for his industrial band Funker Vogt...

  • Fictional
    Fictional (band)
    Fictional is the name of a German musical project formed by Gerrit Thomas , serving as a balance between two other projects he is involved in, Funker Vogt and Ravenous...

  • Fusspils 11
    Fusspils 11
    Fusspils 11 is the name of a German aggrotech, industrial, and EBM musical project collaboration of Ravenous and Funker Vogt members Gerrit Thomas, Jens Kaestel, Björn Böttcher, Tim Fockenbrock, Kai Schmidt, and Peggy Johanson. Their two albums to date have been completely in German.-External...

  • Z.E.T.A. X

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