Nine Inch Nails aside, Breaker is considered the finest Euro-style heavy metal band ever produced in Cleveland, OH. The five-piece band is a break away from international fame. Led by lead singer Jan Hammer, the other members are brothers Michael and Mark Klein (guitar and drums), Don Depew (guitar), and Brook Hodges (bass). They formed in the early '80s. Auburn Records reissued a 1987 release, Get Tough, as half of a double-disc package; the second CD featured unreleased tracks. Bill Peters, Auburn's president, is also Breaker's manager. The band's first single, "Blood Money," was released in 1983 and sold locally, as did the Get Tough LP. The group hasn't enjoyed a continuous relation since forming in 1982; they disbanded in the early '90s, but reunited in 1998 for another go. "Breaker," a theme single, was their first product after regrouping. While unknown, except locally, in the States, they're beloved in Germany; an appearance with 60 heavy metal acts in Hamburg, Germany, at the Wacken Music Festival, represents a career highlight.
by Andrew Hamilton