FINALLY! Preorder for new album!


Check www.ppr-shop.de for details

There`s a special edition ( signed CD, lyricbook 48 pages, bloody surprise ) for a special price,
and a limited edition ( 30 pcs only! ) including handwritten lyricsheet by George Andrade. (SORRY: Ltd Ed. sold out already)



THE?LIE ( THE?BOOK, part 2)
release @ progressive promotion records www.ppr-shop.de


featuring Peter Jones ( Tiger Moth Tales, Camel, Francis Dunnery Band ),
Luke Machin ( Maschine, The Tangent, DAMANEK),
Steve Unruh ( Resistor, UPF, The Samurai of Prog ) and other guests…

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concept: Thoralf Koß & Marek Arnold
story: Thoralf Koss
storyline/narrative: George Andrade
lyrics: George Andrade

music: Marek Arnold & Ulf Reinhardt
vocallines: Marek Arnold, Ulf Reinhardt & Lars Kehlor
Marek Arnold, Ulf Reinhardt & Luke Machin

recorded & edited by Marek Arnold (b`side-music)
mixed & mastered by Martin Schnella (overlodge recording studio)

Produced by Marek Arnold

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Ulf Reinhardt – drums
Marek Arnold – piano, organ, keyboards, soprano & alto saxophone, clarinet, seaboard, venova
Luke Machin – main electric guitars
Michael Schetter – main basses
Stephan Pankow – electric guitars
Andreas „Eddy“ Gemeinhardt – electric &acoustic guitars
Denis Strassburg – bass
Steve Unruh – violin solo
Jason Melidonie – guitar solo
Susan Kammler – oboe
Gerd Albers – acoustic guitar

vocalists / characters:

Lars Köhler – as Samuel
Peter Jones – as Father
Jana-Christina Pöche – as Mother
Anne Trautmann ( Enna Nnamtuart ) – as Lover / Samuel`s girlfriend
Sören Flechsig – as Noah
Annemarie Schmidt – vocal adds
Amelie Hofmann – vocal adds

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Seminal progressive crossover band “seven steps to the green door” from Germany is back with the new album “THE?LIE” – and surprise us with the second part of their concept trilogy “THE?BOOK”, in which authors and band deal critically with religious fanaticism. In 2011, the band of masterminds Marek Arnold (Toxic Smile, Cyril, Damanek, UPF, Flaming Row u.v.a.) and Ulf Reinhardt caused some stir with the first part “THE?BOOK”, an ambitious and profound piece of art.

With their 2015 release “FETISH”, the band managed to make some furore internationally, embarking into their first ever European Tour 2016/17, also performing at some of the biggest festivals in the prog-scene (including Night of the Prog, Crescendo, Summer’s End, Artrock Festival etc). The album was hailed by critics and reached high positions in every poll of that year.

With “THE?LIE”, ssttgd are once again proving that they are among the most innovative and creative bands in the genre – and in George Andrade, the band was able to convince and win over a lyricist for the concept, who developed a compelling lyricbook, with stirring and disturbing lyrics, out of Thoralf Koss’ story.
To match the intriguing storyline, some outstanding members of the progrock scene were ensembled to take on the roles of the characters and to perform the instrumental parts: British multi-instrumentalist and singer Pete Jones (Tiger Moth Tales, Camel, Francis Dunnery Band) delivers stunning vocals as the “Father”; gifted guitarist Luke Machin (including Maschine, The Tangent, Francis Dunnery Band, Damanek …) played and arranged most guitar parts; Steve Unruh (Resistor, UPF, Samurai of Prog) and Jason Melidonie (Cytotoxin) added brilliant violin and guitar solos. That’s just to name but a few.

The album, produced by Marek Arnold and mixed/mastered by Martin Schnella (Flaming Row, Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella, ssttgd), will be released by Progressive Promotion Records on April 30, 2019. All pre-orders will feature the album, signed by Marek and Ulf, with an extensive lyricbook of the storyline and a -by now usual for every ssttgd release- supplement for a special price. After that, the lyricbook will be exclusively available through the ppr-shop and the band. There’ll also be a strictly limited edition of the album featuring a hand written and designed lyricbook by George Andrade! Only 30 copies of this very special item will be offered.

George Andrade explains: ” “THE?LIE” is a new rock opera/concept album that I’ve co-written with the magnificent Seven Steps to the Green Door, the second album of a proposed trilogy**.

It tells the story of a family intimately caught up in the fanatic actions of their religious leaders, their church “fathers”, and the unfolding tragedy that befalls them all, while having to reconcile their faith turned religion with the repercussions of those fanatic actions committed in their God’s name, and coming to terms with the divergent and symbiotic relationship of a faith’s moral authority with the political realities of administrating and growing any organized religion…

I think “THE?LIE” contains some of my best and most ambitious writing for music to date (I hope you’ll agree), and combined with the stellar performances of the musicians and vocalist assembled for this record, I’m confident you’ll be entertained, thrilled, and ultimately moved by the musical experience…”

New design!

Some really exciting news:

ssttgd is working on complete relaunch of webpage and all official merchandising products with new design, made by Shelter Design Studio ( creator of the legendary Artrock-Festival design ).It will be released with new album, very soon!

Stay tuned! ssttgd

Next gigs!

2018 – June – 09 * Blind Ego & ssttgd – Nurnberg / DE – Z-Bau

2018 – Nov – 21 * Reichenbach, Bergkeller /DE

(Damanek, Southern Empire, Seven Steps To The Green Door)

2018 – Nov – 22 *  Verviers, Spirit Of 66, Belgium

(Damanek, Southern Empire, Seven Steps To The Green Door)

2018 – Nov – 24 * Zoetermeer, De Boerderi, Netherlands

(Damanek, Southern Empire, Seven Steps To The Green Door)

2019 – Apr – 13 * Artrockfestival Reichenbach / V.

FETISH TOUR FINISHED! Last gig`s video…

Enjoy this video of one track from our last gig of “FETISH”-Tour 2016/17 at the smallest club – the legendary “living room of prog” in Reichenbach / GER.


OFFICIAL NEWS: THE?LIE – ssttgd`s release of THE?BOOK Part 2 in 2018!

Great news for all our friends and fans – after great success of our conzept album “THE?BOOK” in 2011 we started working constantly on a continuation of it`s story and music.

Together with the author of the Storybook of “THE?BOOK”, Thoralf Koss, we were developing a thrilling sequel, which he brought to life now – und starting end of 2016 we are already working on the music.

Ulf und me wrote most of the compositions again , and now we are already working on the vocal parts with Lars and Sören. Our live guitarist Stephan und former ssttgd guitar player “Eddy” Gemeinhardt already joined us in rehearsing room adding nice ideas and licks.

Furthermore we are looking forward to a especially amazing collaboration: my friend and band mate at “Damanek” , british guitar wizard Luke Machin ( “Maschine” / “Tangent” ) joined us for one week in germany end of june, helping us on development of last arrangements and compositions. He will be the main guitarist on next album.

And of course our original guitar player Martin Schnella will again add amazing guitars, bass parts and vocal arrangements to the final recordings, too.

Last but not least – beside our female ( Anne, Jana ) and male ( Lars, Sören ) singers there will be some amazing guests on the album, again… but we don`t want to give away last secrets 😉

the drum recordings already started!

Marek / ssttgd



 “FETISH” tour dates

We added some new tour pictures to our gallery!

 2 April 2016  Thalheim/ Erz (DE), JCT, Stadtbadstr., open rehearsal

8 April 2016  Rind Rüsselsheim (DE) /w Kristoffer Gildenlöw

9 April 2016  Bergkeller Reichenbach DE) /w Kristoffer Gildenlöw

16 July 2016  Night of the Prog Festival, Loreley (DE)

20 August 2016 Crescendo festival Saint Palais sur mer, (FR)

16 Sept 2016   Zwickau (DE), Ringkeller

17 Sept 2016  La Casa di Alex, Milan (IT) /w Not a good sign

18 Sept 2016 Spaziomusica, Pavia (IT) /w Not a good sign

30 Sept – 02 Oct 2016  Summers End Festival (UK)

04 March 2017  Zündstoff XXL / Friedensfestival Iserlohn (DE)

01 April 2017  Artrock Festival Reichenbach (DE)

22 Sept 2017 “Das Rind” Rüsselsheim (DE) /w KariBow

29 Sept 2017 a.l.s.o. Kulturcafé, Schwäbisch Gmünd (DE)

30 Sept 2017 Bergkeller Reichenbach (DE)

16 June 2018 Lindenhalle Wolfenbüttel (DE)


“FETISH” out now – thanks for amazing reviews and feedbacks!

We just want to say “Thank you!” – only one week after official release of new album “FETISH” we have to reprint – the first edition of the album is nearly sold out – wow!

In the last few weeks we got amazing reviews and fantastic feedbacks from all over the world – we are really proud of all that great reactions – and more than happy to see, that we reached your heart and brain with our music.

Next days we will update our Press Release / Reviews – pdf – so you can read by yourself!

And a big thanks to a great audience at our release gig at progressive promotion festival on 11 of Sept, too!

It was fun!

ssttgd live Rü