BASTARD NATION was founded in late 2000 in the surrounding area of Cologne by guitarist Timo Nolden.
With some line-up changes over the years and a move to southwest Germany (hometown Speyer) Timo took also over vocal responsibilities.

The first BASTARD NATION release with Timo on vocals is the 'Born a Bastard' EP, released in December of 2005.

The band recorded their first full length CD in April/May 2007 at "Noisechamber Studios" and self-released it in March 2008 entitled "Birth of a Nation".

After the "10 years anniversary" show in November 2010, the band started recording the new album 'Declaration Day'.
Recordings were ill-fated as the band was facing several technical issues, two line-up changes, and a tragic unexpected death of drummer Jörg Billeb.
Thus, the new album was finally self-released only in March 2016.
From June 2017 to April 2019, Steve joined the band as lead singer but again left due to health reasons.
At the end of 2021 long-time serving bass player Sven decided to retire. A successor was found in Stephan early 2023.

BASTARD NATION writes Heavy Metal songs inspired by 80's bands such as Iron Maiden, Accept and Metallica. They mix heavy grooves and riffs with fine guitar melodies. A typical BASTARD NATION live show is an homage to supreme rock-star-posing from the good old Rock’n’Roll days.

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The current BASTARD NATION line-up:

Timo 'Moe' Nolden - Vocals & Guitar
Dirk 'Dirkazoid' Lieske - Guitar
Stephan 'Hightower' Karkovskis - Bass & Vocals
Thorsten 'Power' Kalbhenn - Drums

Moe Timo Nolden
moe @
Instrument: Guitar & Vocals
Bastard since: 2000
Previous / other bands: Agent Grapefruit (1992-1996),
Atomic Garden (1996-2000),
HOT Jr. (2002-2003),
Eternal Black (2002-2005),
Wishing Nightfall (2005-2006),
Sceptor (since 2019)
Year of birth: 1976
Musical influences: KISS, Iron Maiden, Accept, Running Wild, Iced Earth, Metallica, W.A.S.P., Europe, Def Leppard,...
Hobbies etc.: Family, my bands, buying metal CDs & Vinyl for my collection, fantasy books

Stephan Karkovskis
stephan @ Stephan
Instrument: Bass guitar, Backing Vocals
Bastard since: 2023
Previous / other Bands: Die Idole (2001 - 2012),
Kauf Mich (2012 - 2016),
Dirty Doc (2016 - 2019),
The Porter Steelhouse Band (2019 - 2022),
Goodies (since 2022)
Year of birth: 1980
Musical influences: Metallica, Iron Maiden, Mötley Crüe, Twisted Sister, Helloween, Saga, The Ramones, Simple Plan, Die Ärzte, ...
Hobbies etc.: Music, American Football

Dirk Dirk Lieske
dirkazoid @
Instrument: Lead Guitar
Bastard since: 2005-2010, 2016
Previous / other bands: Dark Messiah (1998-2000), Eternal Black (2002-2005)
Year of birth: 1977
Musical influences: Iced Earth, Iron Maiden, Running Wild, Death,...
Hobbies etc.: Family, Heavy Metal, concerts,...

Thorsten Kalbhenn
power @ Thorsten
Instrument: Drums
Bastard since: 2015
Previous / other bands : Defender (1984 - 1990),
Awry Axle (1991 - 2012)
Year of birth: 1969
Musical influences: Iron Maiden, Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer, Scorpions, Motörhead, Judas Priest,
KISS, Overkill, W.A.S.P., Accept, Megadeth, Deep Purple, Ozzy Osbourne
Hobbies etc.: Music, sports, technology, cinema,
fantasy & sci-fi, family

Never forgotten - rock the heavens, mate!

Jörg "Hawk" Billeb
1978 - 2015