Member:
NA- Blizzard - drums  
NA- X-Mas Project - drums  
NA- U.P. - drums  
NA- Tom Angelripper - drums  
NA- Der Riss - drums  
NA- Raymen - drums  
NA- Paganini - drums  
NA- Book Of Sin - drums  
NA- Laos - drums  
NA- House Of Spirits - drums  
NA- Glenmore - drums  
1984-1987 Rage - drums  
1985-1990 Mekong Delta - drums  
1989-1997 Headhunter - drums  
1989-1998 Axel Rudi Pell - drums  
1993-1994 Grave Digger - drums  
1994-1998 Running Wild - drums  
1995-2012 Stratovarius - drums  
2004-2005 Saxon - drums  
2005-2011 Stratovarius - drums  
2008- Headhunter - drums  
Live musician:
1990 Running Wild - drums  
Guest musician:
2001 Beto Vázquez Infinity - drums  


Personal information

Born on: 27.03.1963

Used the pseudonym Gordon Perkins in Mekong Delta

Most of the bands Michael has played with are in the power metal genre. He is one of the most notable drummers of that style and has played an important part in shaping the drumming characteristics of this genre. The first album he recorded was "Prayers of Steel" with Avenger (the band would later change their name to Rage). By the mid-80s he was no longer attached to a single band but concentrated on working as a studio session drummer; hence the long list of bands and albums he has been involved with.