THE UNITY releases live album in November!

THE UNITY releases live album in November!

29th September 2021 0 By John Deaux

Sometimes the seemingly most surprising idea can also be the most obvious: German-Italian melodic metal act The Unity, consisting of Gamma Ray members Henjo Richter (guitar), Michael Ehré (drums) and bandmates Gianbattista Manenti (vocals), Stef (guitar), Jogi Sweers (bass) and Sascha Onnen (keyboards) are set to release their first live album ‘The Devil You Know – Live’ on Steamhammer/SPV on 12 November 2021, their very own reaction to the lockdown, which has still not been fully lifted. “For months, music fans were denied the most important thing in their lives: live concerts! That’s why we decided to give our fans exactly that, The Unity live,” explains Michael Ehré, adding: “Some may feel that it’s a little early to bring out this kind of recording after only three studio releases. But for us, this is both a salute to our fans and a consolation to make up for the many shows that didn’t happen.”

‘The Devil You Know – Live’ was recorded between 2017 and 2020 during tours through Germany and a number of other European countries, at shows in small, overheated clubs with sweat dripping from the walls, but also at big festivals such as the Masters Of Rock in the Czech Republic and in Germany at the Karlsruhe Knockout Festival and the Bang Your Head in Balingen. The track listing focuses on material from their albums ‘The Unity’ (2017) and ‘Rise’ (2018), but in ‘We Don’t Need Them Here’ also includes the single release from their third album ‘Pride’ (2020), a song which was discussed controversially at the time of its release and was one of the highlights of their tour with Rhapsody Of Fire. Talking of which: The Italian band was only one of several renowned groups with whom The Unity have toured extensively. Just as unforgettable were their concert tours alongside Sinner, Edguy and Axel Rudi Pell, where The Unity presented their outstanding skills every night, advertising their subsequent equally acclaimed headlining tours.

The first single release from ‘The Devil You Know – Live’ will be a live clip featuring ‘Close To Crazy’, with excerpts from The Unity’s performance at the Masters Of Rock in Vizovice, Czech Republic, in front of an audience of 22,000 and with german comedy star Sascha Grammel and his famous puppet, the “eagle pheasant” Frederic Freiherr von Furchensumpf, putting in a guest appearance. The latter has been a self-confessed The Unity fan for years and frequently comes to the band’s shows.

The album was mixed and mastered by Achim Köhler, and the front cover courtesy of Felipe Machado Franco (Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian, Iron Savior) introduces The Unity’s new mascot Dave, who is honoured by the album title. Manenti says: “There is an English saying: ‘Better the devil you know than the devil you don`t’. We think this motto perfectly describes the situation the world currently finds itself in.”


  1. Revenge 
    02. Last Betrayal 
    03. No Hero 
    04. No More Lies
    05. Welcome Home 
    06. Firesign
    07. The Storm 
    08. We Don´t Need Them Here
    09. The Willow Tree 
    10. You Got Me Wrong
    11. Close To Crazy
    12. Never Forget 

“The Devil You Know – Live” will be released on November 12th, 2021 through SPV/Steamhammer in the following configurations:

=> CD DigiPak

=> Download / Streaming

Pre-Order Link:

=> Exclusive CD Bundle with rare 7″ vinyl single only at the Steamhammer shop

Pre-Order Link:


THE UNITY live 2021


on tour with RAGE

13.11. IT-Paderno – Slaughter Club

16.11. FR-Colmar – Le Grillen

18.11. ES-Valladolid – Sala Porta Caeli

19.11. ES-Granada – Sala El Tren

20.11. ES-Vitoria – Urban Rock Concept

21.11. ES-Barcelona – Sala Boveda

23.11. DE-Munich – Backstage

25.11. BE-Bilzen – South Of Heaven

26.11. DE- Hanerau – Hademarscher Hof

27.11. DE-Rostock – MAU Club

28.11. DE-Berlin – Nuke Club

Headline Shows

25.12. DE-Nordenham – Jahnhalle (sold out)

26.12. DE-Nordenham – Jahnhalle

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