Michael Formberg – the founder of Paralyzzer and Paranoid – is dead, only 50 years old

Michael Formberg (Paralyzzer, Paranoid) is dead

Sad news, again, with the passing on Wednesday evening of Michael Formberg. Aachen-based musician Michael Formberg was the former lead singer of Paranoid, and was also the founder of Paralyzzer. He was just 50 years old.

Michael Formberg and Stephan Tesch formed the rather melodic EBM act Paranoid in 1987. In 1988, Paranoid played their first gig at the Metropol club in Aachen. A first demo cassette was released one year later. In 1990, the band signed to the German music label KM-Musik for the single “I Dominate You”. In 1991 they signed to Animalized (a division of SPV GmbH) and released the album “Strain” which featured several club hits. During 1991 and 1992, they recorded two albums and four singles. Paranoid initially disbanded in 1993, then officially and permanently in 2000.

Formberg returned in 2018 with his solo project Paralyzzer and released two albums. The third album, which he was working on, remains unfinished. Paralyzzer picks up where Paranoid left off bringing a mix of EBM and Electro combined with hard bass lines and driving synth sequences paired with catchy vocals. Stephan Tesch from his side joined Orange Sector singer Martin Bodewell to set up Pandoria.

Paranoid discography.


  • 1991 Strain (Animalized, LP / CD / Cass)
  • 1992 Sweat Blood & Tears (Machinery Records, CD)
  • 2011 I Still Dominate You (Infacted Recordings, CD)
  • 2016 Never too late (Infacted Recordings, CD)


  • 1991 I Dominate You (KM-Musik, 12″)
  • 1991 Vicious Circle (Animalized, CD / 12″)
  • 1992 Desire (Animalized, CD / 12″)
  • 1992 Love And Hate (Machinery Records: CD / 12″)

Paralyzzer discography.


  • 2019 Extatic Instinct (Invincible Spirit Media, CD)
  • 2020 Humanized (Invincible Spirit Media, CD)

Paranoid and Paralyzzer videos

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