The group's energy evolved in numerous powerful live shows in the Stuttgart Area between '77 and '80. Due to their energetic performances SHIVA got booked as opening act for live shows of internationally famous bands like WHITESNAKE, COLOSSEUM II (feat. Gary Moore) or NINA HAGEN. Despite the legendary energy of SHIVA's live shows, two attempts to record a debut album (1978 & 1980) ended up in disasters. The band had no experience in producing and recording professionally, so the tapes sounded like a mess in comparison to the "wall of rock sound" they usually generated during their live gigs.
The incomplete results of those early recording sessions could never be released on record. Regardless of a growing fan base, problems with changes in line-up as well as personal difficulties, lead to a split in 1980. Mat decided to form his own group SINNER. They started recording Albums and touring through Germany and Europe. The Band SINNER is still very successful & active, recording and touring.
Additionally Mat Sinner startet the Power Metal Band PRIMAL FEAR together with Singer Ralf Scheepers in the mid-nineties. They soon became a widely succesful Metal Act touring and releasing records worldwide. PRIMAL FEAR are also still very active with a wide fan base and massive record sales. In the meantime Armin had concentrated on his abilities as a producer and studio guitar player. His contributions to the german New Wave Act PETER SCHILLING ("Major Tom") lead to almost 5 millions of record sales worldwide plus gold records in countries such as Germany, Austria and Canada.
He can be heared on records of Germany's Platinum HipHop Groups Die FANTASTISCHEN VIER as well as HAZEL'O'CONNOR, for example. In the early nineties Armin produced three albums plus one EP of the meanwhile worldwide successful Metal Band RAGE. In '98 Armin started his own Shivasound recording studio in Stuttgart. In 2004 G. Trugenberger of the "Aidshilfe Stuttgart" asked whether Armin and Mat could possibly think of reforming SHIVA to play on one of their charity festivals.
Since obviously something seemed to have been left undone with SHIVA, they both reacted very positively. With Ex-ATROCITY and Ex-LEAVES EYES Drummer Martin Schmidt they found the perfect "partner in groove" for the steaming classic "trio-rock" sound of the renewed SHIVA group. Since the two live gigs in early 2005 seemed to spread the warmest musical feelings and energy, SHIVA decided to work an their long time overdue debut album and started recording at the Shivasound Studio in the spring of 2005. The album got finished in early 2006. Despite the older rights to use the name SHIVA the band decided to rename it into GODDESS SHIVA.
This happened to avoid possible confusion and to make mark a new chapter of the band's longtime history. With the German label AOR/Metal Heaven they have found competent partners to release the album in early 2007. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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