Formed out of the ashes of Lions Breed, German power metal act Scanner was based off of the fascinating science fiction story of the same-named fictional figure. Axel A.J. Julius, studying astronomy at this time, and Michael (M.A.J.O.R.) Knoblich, a passionate model builder, were big fans of sci-fi when they invented the figure of Scanner back in 1987. In 1988 the band signed with Noise Records and released their beloved debut Hypertrace. Produced by Eloy vocalist Frank Bornemann and wonderfully unified in sound, look and lyrics, the futuristic outer space adventure is translated into the killer riffs and rhythms while the over the top theatrics are sold at every turn by the convicted vocals of Knoblich.