Heidelberg’s Desperados was formed in 2000 by Alex Kraft of Tom Angelripper as a vehicle to mix hard rock with Western music and influences. The band had to change its name to the uncomfortable Dezperadoz by album number two six years later. The record featured several guest appearances, like Tobias Sammet of Edguy and Michael Weikath of Helloween, and had the band on the road at Wacken and touring with Krokus. The line-up had been revamped.
DEZPERADOZ - THE LEGEND AND THE TRUTH - AFM
Dezperadoz (formerly Desperados) is a German band whose shtick is o combine Western music and folklore with heavy metal. What a bad idea. The band’s name, the members (a couple of guys from Tom Angelripper and Pink Cream 69 on this album), the concept story of Wyatt Earp and titles like, what else, Earp’s Vendetta, Hellbilly Square and OK Corral are silly and boring. Guys, why don’t you work retail if you could use some extra cash? Who needs a bunch of theoretical metal musicians to dress up as cowboys and play a cover of Frankie Laine’s Rawhide? Shame on AFM too for signing this when hundreds of legitimate unsigned bands work on their music to no avail. It might be that I never developed a taste for a bunch of freaks whose life was based on killing, raping and environmental degradation, but this band’s music is surely not helping. The scene is so saturated that things are getting past silly. - Anna Tergel