Despite considerable efforts later in their career they never quite managed to shake off accusations of hard-right leanings, both in their work and with regards to their core audience. Early work on right-wing labels and the "indexing" (banned for open sale to the under 18s) of their debut album did not help. Despite (or possibly because of) this they achieved considerable popular success with almost no media reporting or support: Kevin Russell (vocals), Stephan Weidner (bass guitar, vocals), Matthias "Gonzo" Röhr (lead guitar) and Peter "Pe" Schorowsky (drums).
The "Onkelz" (as they were popularly known) split in 2005 after 25 years together as a band. They celebrated their departure with a huge festival for more than 100.000 people at the Euro Speedway (Lausitzring) in Germany and played two last gigs on June 17th and 18th, 2005.
In January 2014 the band announced their reunion and played two sold-out shows in June 2014 at the German Hockenheimring. Since then the band has been active again, both on stage and in the studio. In 2016 they released their first studio album in 12 years.
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