Murder One, the band co-founded by current Gamma Ray drummer Michael Ehré in 1997, has decided to make its previously unreleased album 'Touched' available after more than twelve years.
The release is one of the initiatives to support the musicians who lost their gear and rehearsal space after a fire completely destroyed a warehouse complex in Hamburg, Germany last month.
Affected by the fire, including the Hammer Studios run by Gamma Ray's Kai Hansen and Dirk Schlächter, plus Dark Age's Eike Freese, are several rehearsal rooms of local bands.
The recording studio, a number of practice rooms of Hamburg-based bands and a visual artist studio were all completely destroyed in the fire.
The damages are immense and according to initial estimates more than a few hundred thousand euros.
Together with the Hamburg Cultural Foundation an official donation account for the involved artists, who have lost their rehearsal rooms, studios and full equipment in the fire, has now been established.
The Facebook page Help4HammerStudios now acts as the central point for those who want to help. Within only a few hours more than 4,500 people have already found together who want to support the musicians, whether in kind and cash donations till offering equipment or new rehearsal room facilities
In addition, more than fifty bands have reported their assurances to support their musician fellows in form of benefit concerts.
Murder One released debut album 'Murder One' in 1998 and returned to the studio in 2000 to work on their sophomore record. Before the album was finished, the band split up in 2001.