Der Dunkle Parabelritter
Der Dunkle Parabelritter
Der Dunkle Parabelritter in 2015
20 September 1994
Halle (Saale), Germany
|Total views||44.6 million|
|Associated acts||Heaven Shall Burn|
|Updated 12 June 2020|
Alexander Prinz, known professionally as Der Dunkle Parabelritter (born September 20th, 1994 in Halle/Saale, Saxony-Anhalt) is a German student, radio presenter, internet video producer and entrepreneur as well as the founder of the fairtrade textile label Von Tiling and an online music magazine named “Silence Metal-Magazin”. Originally he comes from Nemsdorf(Saxony-Anhalt), he lives and works in Halle (Saale).
Since May 2016, Prinz and a team of friends, associates and volunteers have published a non-commercial online music magazine called “Silence Metal Magazine”. He is the chief editor of the magazine that revolves around metal, metal subculture and similar genres. The magazine publishes interviews, reviews and comments by the authors. In an interview with the|Legacy-Magazine, Prinz stated that he also thinks about a print publication of the magazine.
In December 2016, he published an app, that functioned as a news- and video blog, along with social interactive communication features. It was decommissioned by the developer in late 2019.
On April 8th, 2017, Prinz announced the start of his own clothing brand. In his video “My own label”, he reveals the brand “Von Tiling” which he created together with his business associate Jörg Rohrberg. Under this label, fair trade clothing with different motives is sold.  The label also produces and sells merchandise clothing for some metal- and folk-bands exclusively.
On the last weekend of June 2019, the “Sternenklang-Festival” which was organized by Prinz was held on the Niederburg castle in Kranichfeld (Thüringen).   At this festival, Corvus Corax, Haggard, Mr. Hurley & die Pulveraffen and Vogelfrey performed among other artists. The festival was planned to take place for a second time at this location in June, 2020  but had to be postponed until 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In March 2020 he launched a podcast with Maik Waichert, the guitarist of the band Heaven Shall Burn.
Alexander Prinz went to the high school Gymnasium Querfurt and finished it as the best among the graduates. In 2012, he founded the Youtube channel “Der Dunkle Parabelritter” where at first he uploaded short- and comedy clips. Over the years, he decided to change the focus of his channel to the subgenre Heavy Metal because of his love for this genre of music. He has become especially popular due to coverages of music festivals such as Wacken and Ragnarök. Between 2013 and the end of 2018, he studied German and Geography for the teaching profession at the university Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg which is why some of his videos deal with the topic of the German education system.  In 2014, he founded the second Youtube channel which – after a redirection in 2016 - now treats topics such as mysteries, legends and curiosities from all around the world.
Youtube and Journalist career
His main fame in metal and youth culture comes from looking at phenomena concerning metal culture, growing up as a member of metal culture and problems that come with visibly belonging to this fringe. He also addresses common issues connected to coming of age such as love, recognition and commitment. He speaks about these important issues in his videos and also comments on his viewers' questions. He also asks his viewers questions and includes them in the production process and even created an app, solely for this purpose.
"Der Dunkle Parabelritter" has over 172.000 subscribers on youtube and his videos (roughly 700) combined have more than 44,6 million views (June 2020).
His yearly coverages of the famous Wacken Festival are especially successful. His reports from the full metal cruise also gained wide respect and he was even referred to as an important personality of metal culture by the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Since 2017, he additionally acts as a speaker in the areas of Neue Medien, (digital) marketing and Medienpädagogik throughout Germany. He visited, among others, the “Transforming Media 2017”  in Nuremberg, the “Medientage”  in Munich and the “Fachtagung Medien SOS Kinderdörfer”  . Moreover, he performs as a guest speaker at online conferences such as the “Metalheart 2017".
As occasionally mentioned in his videos, Prinz suffers from Morbus Coats, a rare degenerative eye disease accompanied by visible enlargements and modifications (Teleangiektasie) of the retinal vessels. Roughly 1 to 9 out of 100 000 people develop the disease. He has been wearing a glass eye for cosmetic reasons since the end of 2012.
With roughly 172 000 subscribers, his Youtube channel ranks as the largest of Saxony-Anhalt  and the German metal scene  and is able to register more than 44 million video views due to its unique feature. His videos have also gained attention across the borders of Germany . He is an invited guest at various relevant events. Regarding interviews of media companies, he often acts as a representative of the young generation listening to metal music.   
The name "Der dunkle Parabelritter" hints at an event of his school days in which he misued a pointer as a Schwert and a Parabelschablone as a Schild while playing Ritter in a free hour.
Der Dunkle Parabelritter in the Media
- "München macht Metal: So war das Rockavaria 2016…", kuehlesZeug.de (in German), retrieved 2017-04-16CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
- Luc Francois. "SILENCE Magazin". legacy.de. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
- "#metalstyle – Geheimtipps & aufstrebende Marken". Music, the Bizz & Rock'n'Roll. 2017-04-09. Retrieved 2017-04-16.
- Offizielle Homepage des Sternenklang-Festivals, Retrieved 2019-01-31.
- Es beginnt … 2018-12-10. December 2018. Video on YouTube channel „Der Dunkle Parabelritter“ with announcement of the festival. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
- Alexander Prinz (2019-05-24). "Neue Burg – neues Glück!". sternenklang-festival.de. Retrieved 2019-07-02.
- Offizieller Facebook-Account für die Veranstaltung "Sternenklang Festival 2020".
- Mein Festival - was wird jetzt daraus?? 16. April 2020. Video on YouTube channel "Der Dunkle Parabelritter" with announcement of postponement "Sternenklang Festival" from june 2020 to june 2021. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
- "Absage 2020 und Informationen zu den Tickets". sternenklang-festival.de. 2020-05-18. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
- Aus der QUARANTÄNE!… date = 2020-03-16. Video on YouTube channel „Der Dunkle Parabelritter“ with announcement and excerpt from podcast "Zart wie Kruppstahl". Retrieved 2020-03-21 2020.
- Harald Keller (2016-08-19). ""Der Dunkle Parabelritter": Frech und frei zum Erfolg". noz.de (Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung). Retrieved 2018-08-30.
- Aus der QUARANTÄNE!… Retrieved 16 March 2020. Video on YouTube channel „Der Dunkle Parabelritter“ with announcement and excerpt from podcast "Zart wie Kruppstahl". Retrieved 21 March 2020.
- "Heavy Metal und Social Media? Das geht! – Transforming Media" (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-04-18.
- "Streaming & Games: Hier spielt die Zukunft! Teil 2 – Medientage München" (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-04-18.
- Chemnitzer Verlag und Druck GmbH & Co. KG. "Im Netz sind nicht nur Idioten unterwegs" (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-04-18.
- "Erkenntnisse des Fachtags Medien" (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-04-18.
- "Alexander Prinz – METALheart Online-Kongress 2017" (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-04-18.
- Heinrich Manser, "Alexander Prinz: Dieser Hallenser wurde über Nacht zum Youtube-Star", Mitteldeutsche Zeitung (in German), retrieved 2017-04-16CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
- "Unter der Pommesgabel ist das Leben schön". Retrieved 2017-04-16.
- mal wieder ablästern - der dunkle parabelritter - (in German), 2016-02-06, retrieved 2017-04-16CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
- Elisa Sowieja. "Youtube: Flirt-Tipps vom Parabelritter". Retrieved 2017-04-16.
- "Bei welchem Künstler bleiben Sie hängen?", 20Minuten.ch (in German), retrieved 2017-04-16CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
- "Der Dunkle Parabelritter: Video-Beitrag zum RHF ist online", RockHard (in German), retrieved 2017-04-16CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
- jumpradio.de. "Der dunkle Parabelritter | MDR JUMP" (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2017-04-16.
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