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Mama


Lineup:


Kai Arnold Auhagen (vocals, guitar)
Dirk Fleck (bass)
Martin Köhmstedt (guitar)
Kay Flohr (drums)

Band-info:

A Wuppertal based Hard Rock band, that for some unknown reason got picked up by the Rooceter label, who thought that kind of stuff might be the formula to sell a million records. Dirk Fleck, their bassist, was previously playing in the Hard Rock band Empire in the early 80's. Basically all of the guys previously worked as studio or hired musicians, but decided in early '87 to finally start a band to play the music that they do prefer. After a Demo tape, recorded during summer 1987, the next step was their first vinyl "Limited Edition", recorded from 1987-'88, that covers different styles in the Heavy genre. There's mainly the Mainstream AOR/Hard Rock and Heavy Rock prevailing on the album, but the lads with "Take you up" either made it happen to produce a speedy Heavy Metal song. In the total the majority of the trax won't really attract Heavy Metal ears, though "Foolin" offers an Accept-ish beat. It would have been the better choice if Mama would have had focussed on just one of the styles they tried to perfom. 1990 a 2 track Promo tape was mailed out to magazines and 1992 they released a second album "Mama II". 1994 even a third one entitled "Mama III - Mach 'ma' los ey!!!", before the band split up in the mid 90's‎. The band name Mama refers to the phrase "Mach mal" which is shortened spoken in their local slang "MaMa" and means something like "Get a move on". Dirk Fleck also released the single "Whole lotta love" together with his ex-Empire mates Bernd Kaspers, Roland Lange, Oliver Petry and Fred Otto in 1988 on Rooceter Music.

Discograpy:


"Limited Edition" LP 1988 (Rooceter)
"Stand up" 7" EP 1988 (Rooceter)
"Mama II" CD 1992 (Expander)

Calderone


Lineup:


Zlatko Relic (guitar, vocals)
Peter Osz (guitar)
Jörg Franke (bass)
Chris Mosch (drums)

Band-info:

West Berlin, August 1986, Zlatko Relic (ex-Annex), Peter Osz (ex-Pain, real name Peter Osthues), Jörg Franke (ex-Ballantinez/Black Burn), Chris Mosch (Wotan - real name Chris Speich) met for a jam session and since the chemistry was ok, they formed a band called Crypt, to record a Demo. But since the feedback for that tape turned out positive, the guys decided to leave their recent bands and keep on playing together as Calderone in September. A first promotional 5 track Demo (without booklet) was mailed to magazines during 1986/87 and after another internationally successful Demo tape entitled "Never too young to thrash", that gained them features in all important magazines, Peter Osz went toplay with Askalon in 1988 and got replaced by Marc Papanastasiou (later in Tarot), while the band accepted the offer to produce a 5 track MLP in summer '88 for the indie label Parallel Lines Records. The EP contains quite fast teutonic Speed'n'Thrash stuff, similar to bands such as Living Death and also sold well, especially in Japan. For spring 1989 the band had already planned to release their debut album, but couldn't realize these plans anymore since Calderone split up and the guys went to play with other bands. 1993 Calderone started a second attempt, that only lasted till 1996, but since 2013 Chris Mosh keeps the band going constantly.

Discograpy:


"Calderone" Demo 1986 (selfreleased)
"Never too young to thrash" Demo 1987 (selfreleased)
"Calderone" MLP 1988 (Parallel Lines)

Askalon


Lineup:


Angy Westphal (vocals)
Peter Osthues (guitar)
Klaus Krum (bass)
Uwe Hellbach (drums)

Band-info:

A Power/Speed Metal band from West Berlin, that existed since already 1985 and owned an absolutely hot looking vocalist. Moreover the girl could sing, with a quite nasty voice somewhere between Debbie Gunn (Sentinel Beast) and Doro Pesch in her best days. Guitarist Peter Osthues is better known as Calderone's Peter Osz, who joined the band in 1988. Askalon's music was combining slightly Metallica like US style Power Thrash with Speed parts while during the speed attacks Sentinel Beast could be seen as example, Askalon just wasn't playing at their level. But all in all a solid demo nevertheless. It just bothers me when bands don't print songtitles on the booklets and just leave it blank. Uwe Hellbach later recorded a Demo with the Death Metal band Art of Pain.

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"Demo '90" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)

Thorny Rose


Lineup:


Chuck Colli

Band-info:

A dutch/german Heavy Metal joint venture that was active around 1989/90. Chuck Colli's address was from german city Gronau, near Enschede in the Netherlands, while the band seemed to rehearse in dutch Hengelo directly. During 1990 the band had plans for live activities and either took studiorecordings into consideration, while the same time searched for a guitarist, drummer and new vocalist as well. Further info is needed.

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Conjuration


Lineup:


Torsten Lowin

Band-info:

A selfclaimed Freßcore troop (Eatcore), that originated from Neumarkt, south of Nuremberg and used to have lyrical themes about cakes on their "Bat attack" Demo, that was released sometime in late 1989. According to their own advertisement their style was somewhere in the A.O.K. league, "but more technical".

Discograpy:


"Bat attack" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)

Hans Wurst


Lineup:


Andreas Martin (bass)

Band-info:

A Noisecore act from Syke, south of Bremen, featuring guys of the Theresa Lynn crew, like Andreas Martin. A 16 song Demo exists, recorded in 1988, musically described by the guys themselves as "Supersonic Funspeednoisecore zum Schlapplachen" as well as 4 more tapes that were all recorded till early 1990, featuring more "Überschallgeprügel und allerhand Sinnloses zum Totlachen". No further info needed...

Discograpy:


"Sausages from hell" Demo 1988 (selfreleased)
"Light" Demo 1988 (selfreleased)
"Notausgang" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Nachdurst" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Redundanz" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)

Tana Nile


Lineup:


Jürgen Blochberger (bass, vocals)
Reinhold Blochberger (guitar, vocals)
Stefan Adler (drums)

Band-info:

The Regensburg Bluesrockers Tana Nile who still are active nowadays played their very first gig already back in 1979 and throughout all those years passing by since, they somehow did hold on to their early roots that are clealy to search in the mid/late 70's. The band's first album "Pure ... Rock 'n Roll" already with the well chosen title is giving you the main direction of their musical presentation. Influences from Bon Scott era AC/DC, Status Quo, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin guided Tana Nile through their whole career and therefore "Pure ... Rock 'n Roll" rather sounds like an antiquated relic dating from that time either. After another CD with the title "Sellin' that stuff", released 1994, the band released 6 more CD's until 2013, all somewhere in that musical range of AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. Tana Nile is mainly interesting for fans of the classic 70's Rock.

Discograpy:


"Pure ... Rock 'n Roll" LP/CD 1990 (T-Ton Music)

Reforger (Osnabrück)


Lineup:


Thomas Zgela (vocals)
Jens Nagel (bass)
Sven Schomaker (guitar)
Christian Trentmann (guitar)
Uwe Trendl (drums)

Band-info:

A Speed/Thrash Metal band from Osnabrück, that right one year after they formed released their selftitled debut Demo in 1989 and could contribute the track "Take my life" to one of the obscure D&S compilations " The Best Of German Metal Newcomer", though that track features just a slow sort of Power Metal with vocals reminding a bit of Carrion.

Discograpy:


"Reforger" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Take my life" Comp.-LP Track 1990 (The Best Of German Metal Newcomer)

Mortal Impact


Lineup:


Michael Schumann (guitar)
Steffen Freyer (guitar)
Thomas Kanigs (bass, vocals)
Rudi (drum)

Band-info:

Originally Mortal Impact from Hohenmölsen, south of Leipzig, was formed back in 1988 as Deathinfection in the ex-GDR by Thomas Kanigs, Michael Schumann, Steffen Freyer and Rudi. But already one year later the guys changed name to Mortal Impact and recorded the 4 track Demo "Last termination" in July '91 under that new monicker, but with the new drummer Andreas Wünsche, who joined around 1990. At that point the former Thrash band had completely turned into classic Death Metal. Andreas Wünsche later after Mortal Impact's decline around 1993 briefly joined Overlord but didn't stay long. Further info is needed.

Discograpy:


"Last termination" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)

Deathinfection


Lineup:


Michael Schumann (guitar)
Steffen Freyer (guitar)
Thomas Kanigs (bass, vocals)
Rudi (drum)


Band-info:

A Death/Thrash band from Hohenmölsen, south of Leipzig, that was formed back in 1988 in the ex-GDR by Thomas Kanigs, Michael Schumann, Steffen Freyer and Rudi. One year later they changed name to Mortal Impact and recorded a Demo in July '91 under that new monicker. Further info is needed.

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Incorporated


Lineup:


Nordin Boussadi (vocals)
Stefan Silvestrini (guitar)
Frank Reber (bass)
Frank Schmidt (drums)

Band-info:

A local Metal band from Pirmasens, south of Kaiserslautern, that was active during the late 80's and also recorded a Reh/Demo back in 1989, featuring a Blues influenced sort of Heavy Metal. The band later added a second guitarist around 1990 to this way create a contrast to Silvestrini's bluesy guitar style. Further info is needed.

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Anodyne


Lineup:


Sandra Bellucco (vocals)
Robert Presch (guitar)
Anika Jason (guitar)
Steve Rogers (bass)
Tanja Heinz (drums)

Band-info:

The Weiterstadt locals Anodyne from the Darmstadt area originally formed as an all girl band, but after 2 reformations added male members Robert Presch and Steve Rogers as well to eventually feature the line up seen to the left at around 1990. Demo recordings aren't known at all so far and Anodyne should be classified more in the commercial Metal corner. Any further info is welcome.

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Desaster Area (Hannover)


Lineup:


Harro Müller (vocals)
Steve Brown (guitar)
Mario Beck (bass)
Mirko Marten (drums)

Band-info:

A local Wedemark/Hannover based Metal band, that was active since around 1988 and released 2 Demo tapes till 1991. The band already got positive reviews for their "Plutonium Rock" tape recorded in 1989, attesting the band to play on an above average level. Desaster Area unfortunately wasn't able to keep the old line up steady and already the second Demo "Frozen coffee is another ballgame" in 1991 featured a completely different band with Michael Kinzel (vocals), Christian Makowka (guitar), Michael Tarras (guitar), Matthias Aumann (bass) and Alex Schmolling (drums). Their first vocalist Harro Müller later joined Salem's Law to sing on their second album. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Discograpy:


"Plutonium Rock" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Frozen coffee is another ballgame" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)

Executor


Lineup:


Reiner Frey (vocals)
Thomas Westermann (guitar)
Markus Gauch (bass)
Corinna Kokot (keyboard, vocals)
Oliver Holzfurther (drums)

Band-info:

Despite the rather Metal spreading bandname, Executor was just a commercially influenced Hard Rock act from Lambsheim/Mannheim. The band was playing live at an Open Air Festival in Eschelbronn/Kallenberg during summer '89 and also recorded a 3 track Demo within the same year, that could be seen somewhere in the Axxis/Kingdom vein, featuring midpaced Heavy Rock with female background vocals of their keyboarder Corinna Kokot, who left the band though after the Demo late in 1989. The Demo received pretty good reviews back in the day, but that didn't help Executor any further. If you got more info, please get in touch.

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Bornchild


Lineup:


Detlef Poschmann (guitar)
Jörg Reuter (vocals)
Klaus Petereit (bass)

Band-info:

A glammy Hard Rock band from Oberhausen/Wuppertal featuring the ex-Midnight Darkness veterans Detlef Poschmann (guitar), Jörg Reuter (vocals) and Klaus Petereit (bass). The band was founded sometime after Midnight Darkness' finale in 1985 and disbanded 1990. The years between the guys used to support f.e. the Tygers of Pan Tang on their Germany tour late in 1987 as well as Magnum. During mid 1989 Bornchild recorded a professionally produced 4 track Demo, that featured amoung 2 Poison-ish sounding cockrockers, also 2 outstanding commercial melodic Hard Rock songs. If you got more info, please get in touch.

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Midnight Darkness


Lineup:


Detlef Poschmann (guitar)
Michael Rollke (guitar)
Jörg Reuter (vocals)
Klaus Petereit (bass)
Rudy Pfeiffer (drums)

Band-info:

Midnight Darkness from Oberhausen has been around since 1980 already before they recorded a self financed single 4 years later, that surprised with 2 trax of very british sounding Metal. The single opened doors to Gama for the band and 1985 the debut album "Holding the night" was ready, though the band was missing a drummer at that time and either Michael Rollke left Midnight Darkness shortly before the recordings of the album. But Peter Garattoni (ex-Rebel, Tox, Veto, ex-Eulenspygel), the Gama boss, jumped in and helped the guys by recording the drum trax himself. The album honestly could be counted to the sidereal hours of the mid 80's German Metal scene. The lads had been in close company with acts like Tyrant or Gravestone with their by power effervescing creations like the driving "LA prisoner" or the Überhit "Mindless". Unfortunately Petereit, Poschmann and Reuter couldn't keep the band alive, but formed the Hard Rock band Bornchild instead.

Discograpy:


"Running from future" 7" EP 1984 (selfreleased)
"Holding the night" LP 1985 (Hot Blood)

Joker


Lineup:


Beate Degen (vocals)
Xaver Drexler (vocals)
Rudi Graf (guitar)
Thomas Bremke (bass)
Jan Yldiral (drums)

Band-info:

A shortlived band from Düsseldorf, initiated 1987/88 by ex-Warlock guitarist Rudi Graf after he finished his short intermezzo in Rage. He started composing own songs and gathered some musicians of the local scene there including in the beginning drummer Jan Yldiral (ex-Steeler/Darxon/Avenger) and later Holy Moses' Uli Kusch (drums), who though left after the first Demo and got replaced by Rainer Schmitz. The recent Monroxe and later Holy Moses bassist Thomas Bremke (aka Tommy Finke) joined the band right from the start, who recorded their first Demo early 1989 still with Beate Degen and Xaver Drexler (ex-Capital Rose/Forced Entry/STS 8 Mission) sharing vocal parts. The ex-Midnight Darkness/Bornchild shouter Jörg Reuter took their part on the second Demo from late '89, but soon the band folded due to line up problems. Rainer Schmitz later joined first Living Death and afterwards STS 8 Mission. Due to the musicianship we guess, that Joker's style was better to search in speedy Metal fields. Further info is badly required.
(Picture by Jörg Schnebele)

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Desperation


Lineup:


Disastrous Nobbe (gocals, guitar)
Schlemmer (bass)
Captain Kirk (drums)

Band-info:

Nuremberg Hardcore/Death Metallers, describing themselves as "Intense Power Core", who claimed influences from Erosion, Cro-Mags and old Celtic Frost and recorded a 5 track Demo during mid '89. Further info is needed.

Discograpy:


"Destination meat grinder" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)

Hüpftic Slotter


Lineup:


P. Kratochwil

Band-info:

More homemade Noisecore, this time from Untersiemau/Bavaria, near Coburg. We believe the Demo title was "Nach 95 Bier", the band described their style themselves as "Experimental Noise-Punk-Core with poppy and melodic hints" and by going a bit more into detail the term "Kotz-dich-aus-und kauf-dir'n-neues-Ohr-Core" came up.

Discograpy:


"Nach 95 Bier" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)

Bourbon Street


Lineup:


Dave Fefolt (vocals)
Jens Frank (guitar)
Wolfgang Böhm (guitar)
Rex Tennyson (bass)
Herbert Dreger (drums)

Band-info:

A band from the Ruhrpott area that was shortly active during the fall of the 80's, featuring remnants of ex-Accept guitarist Jörg Fischer's band Royal Flush, that split up in autumn '89, while Dave Fefolt (ex-Valhalla/Hawk/Masi) and Rex Tennyson (ex-Hellion/Heavy Bones) instantly formed the band Bourbon Street together with Wolfgang "Wolla" Böhm (ex-Snakebite/Stormwind/Darxon/Universe/U.D.O.), Jens Frank and former Holy Moses drummer Herbert Dreger (ex-Healer/Darxon). Dreger afterwards joined Lazy already in 1990. Further info is needed.

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Royal Flush


Lineup:


Dave Fefolt (vocals)
Jörg Fischer (guitar)
Roy Zerimar (guitar)
Rex Tennyson (bass)
Butch Carlson (drums)

Band-info:

Royal Flush was a band that the ex-Accept/Black Jack guitarist Jörg Fischer formed during 1988/89. He went to the United States to complete his line with 2 Driver members, namely Butch Carlson (ex-Jag Panzer) and Roy Zerimar (later Bruce Dickinsons guitarist), as well as Hellion bassist Rex Tennyson (Heavy Bones), plus Dave Fefolt (ex-Valhalla/Hawk/Masi) on vocals. The fivepiece either recorded Demo material in the States that was mentioned to sound quite promising, rooted in the commercial Hard Rock/Metal spectrum, but due to internal tensions Royal Flush split up already in autumn '89, while Fefolt and Tennyson formed Bourbon Street together with Wolfgang "Wolla" Böhm (ex-Snakebite/Stormwind/Darxon/Universe/U.D.O.), Jens Frank and ex-Holy Moses' Herbert Dreger.

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Gomorharr


Lineup:


Chris Angelreaper (bass, vocals)

Band-info:

A Death/Thrash Metal band from Dortmund, that formed in 1989. The band was labelled as Dortmund's answer to Sodom and claimed themselves to stylistically return to the early days of Sodom and Hellhammer fame. During summer/autumn 1989 a single was said to be avalable soon. Either songtitles like "In the sign of Gomorharr" and "Ausbruch des Bösen" (Sodom cover) was mentioned. If you got further info, please get in touch.

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Shiva


Lineup:


Doreen Deighton (vocals)
Horst Mayer-Thorn (guitar)
Alex Kraus (guitar)
Helmut Körber (bass)
Martin Ernst (keyboard)
Thomas Resch (drums)

Band-info:

A melodic Metal/Hard Rock band that Horst Mayer-Thorn formed early 1989 in Ingolstadt after quitting Bonfire in 1988, featuring another ex-Bonfire guy with Martin Ernst. Doreen left the band after just a few weeks but returned later that year, while Mayer-Thorn tried to hire a drummer and bassplayer during spring, that he eventually found in autumn '89 with Helmut Körber and ex-Talon drummer Tommy Resch. The band then immediately got in touch with several record companies. If you got more info, please get in touch.

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Dead's-Head


Lineup:


Ralf Chiduch
Jörg Helling
Ulrich Christen
Volker Schuster

Band-info:

Late 70's Hardrockers with an obscure single featuring good Hard Rock, that's closer to the 80's than the 70's with diverse Boogie influences though. Further band info is needed.

Discograpy:


"You and I wer're going back" 7" EP 1978 (QDS)

Hammerfest


Lineup:


Wolfgang Kuhlmann (guitar, vocals)
Achim Patz (keyboard, vocals)
Bebi Bevenroth (bass)
Klaus Otto (drums)

Band-info:

A political Kraut Rock band from Vlotho, not far from Bielefield, that was initiated in 1975 by Wolfgang Kuhlmann, Achim Patz, Klaus Otto and Bebi Bevenroth. The guys had the idea to create a festival with free entry and this way the Vlotho Umsonst und Draußen Festival was born. In August bassist Hans Schemel joined the band as replacement for Bevenroth. A first 7" with live songs was independently released the next year that could be of interest for proto-Metal collectors, since the track "An einem schönen Tag im Mai" shows similarities in terms of speed to Black Sabbath's "Paranoid", while lyrically Hammerfest was more on the political trip. 2 years later their debut album "Hier bei uns" was available in a limited edition of 1000 copies, again produced independently and this time they added swiss born Jakob Künzel on saxophone (he joined during 1978), an instrument that Hammerfest would keep for the future with changing musicians. "Hier bei uns" was a bit softer, but still typical 70's Hard/Prog Rock like many germans performed at that time. "Schleudertest", the second LP from 1981 again presented a new line with Wolfgang Kuhlmann (guitar), Achim Patz (keyboard, vocals), Rainer Schmidt (drums), ex-Snake Rüdiger Friese (guitar), Jesus Caneloni (saxophone) and on vocals H.F. Schänder, and a way heavier sound than before. Though the material still had a strong Boogie edge, the Heavy Rock influences are undeniable and should be interesting for early NWOBHM fans, whenalso the band kept on singing in german. This line up just lasted till 1982 and after another selfproduced album with the title "Dezente Elemente" from 1983 recorded with Detlef Schütz (guitar, vocals), Wolfgang Kuhlmann (guitar, vocals), Achim Patz (keyboard, vcocals), Ulrich Gutzeit (bass), Rolf Brüggemann (saxophone) and Chris Kütemeier (drums), Hammerfest paused for 4 years after having played more than 1000 gigs during their existence and returned just in 1988 with a slightly more modern Hard Rock sound with Rock influences in almost their first line up consisting of Wolfgang Kuhlmann (guitar, vocals), Achim Patz (keyboard, vocals), Hans Schemel (bass), Klaus Otto (drums) plus Detlef Schütz on guitar. There are studio recordings being made during that year like f.e. "Für kein Geld der Welt", but no more LP followed till 1991, when the guys released one of their live gigs from 1990 on the CD "Schöne Grüße aus". 1998 the CD "Echtzeit" was published, yet the band is still active nowadays live on stage.

Discograpy:


"Live" 7" EP 1976 (Maulschnauz)
"Hier bei uns" LP 1978 (Maulschnauz)
"Schleudertest" LP 1981 (Schneeball)
"Dezente Elemente" LP 1983 (Schneeball)
"Schöne Grüße aus" CD 1991 (Schneeball)

Snake


Lineup:


Willy Weper (vocals)
Peter Kocher (guitar)
Rüdiger Friese (guitar)
Raimund Schneider (bass)
Uwe Blaschke (drums)

Band-info:

Snake was a short lived heavy Hard Rock band from Minden, active since around 1977/78 and at first got featured with the 2 trax "Don't hang about" and "Sammy" on the "Rockland" compilation, that introduced bands from northern Germany. Till the phenomenal first album "New light" was available in 1980, Jerry Gieseking and Michael Beer replaced Rüdiger Friese on guitar. Also Klaus Gerd Goldstein came for Uwe Blaschke on drums and Raimund Schneider was replaced by Peter Koch. "New light" featured a quite lethal dose of in places even NWOBHM inspired powerful Hard Rock with early Metal touch and undoubtly belongs to the top german Heavy Rock albums in 1980. "Six-string devil" and Goodbye my friend" both from the album was also used for the Rock/Flash compilation on Snake's label Cain Records. The guys didn't waste much time and recorded their second album "The second step" in 1981 with new bassist Rainer Werner, but couldn't really repeat what they did on the masterpiece "New light". When also their style still featured good powerful NWOBHM inspired Hard Rock, imo the guys walked a step backwards by adopting mainly the british Boogie style Hard Rock instead of trying to develop indeed a second step (forward) by getting even heavier than on the debut. Nevertheless friends of the british Boogie style Hard Rock will surely enjoy "The second step", but imo it was the wrong step for the evolution of Snake. After the album the band split up and Rüdiger Friese briefly joined Hardrockers Hammerfest.

Discograpy:


"Rockland" Comp.-LP Tracks 1978 (Klangstadt)
"New light" LP 1980 (Cain)
"Rock/Flash" Comp.-LP Tracks 1981 (Cain)
"The second step" LP 1981 (Cain)

Disjecta Membra


Lineup:


Michael Geisthor (guitar)
Fritz Verläger (bass)
Gerd Sprick (keyboard)
Marcus Mutz (drums)

Band-info:

A quite extraordinary band within the german Metal scene of the late 80's was the Gütersloh based Disjecta Membra, who celebrated a completely instrumental musical program on both their Demo tapes, that combined Heavy Metal with elements of mainly Jazz, classical music and psychedelic hints. The Rock Hard magazine described their style as a merge of Deep Purple and Dream Theater, while the purplish organs dominate Disjecta Membra's sound picture. Founded in 1987, during late 1989 the band already had a stage repertoire of 12 of these instrumental numbers. They nevertheless had problems to score a record deal with their kind of musical revelation and split up during mid 1992.

Discograpy:


"Disjecta Membra" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Physikalanismaterikologonismus" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)

Lemming Project


Lineup:


Hendrik Vangerow (vocals)
Thomas Jäschke (bass)
Volker Schmitz (guitar)
Torsten Zielert (dr)
Michael Schmale (guitar)

Band-info:

Lemming Project are mainly known for their two Death Metal albums, but originally these guys started in Menden 1986 playing a Hardcore ladden Thrash Metal, till they could contribute 3 trax to the less known underground Split LP "There is nothing I like to say" on the Slow Records label in 1989, featuring only Hardcore/Crossover acts besides Lemming Project. The style on this Split in contrary to the later albums was pretty rough Death/Thrash with some shrieky vocals. But around 1990 they went more into Death Metal and after the "Negative Hatecore" Demo 1990, Noise International produced their debut album in the bloom of Death Metal. Similar to probably dutch Mourning their sound was kinda gloomy and a bit more different sounding than other Death Metal bands. Century Media showed interest and released the follow up album "Hate and despise" the following year", but Lemming Projects sound went into a more common direction, though the unusual riffing and songstructures survived, but the band sounded more towards a faster Death Metal version of Paradise Lost then. In 1993 the guys called it quits and most of them continued with the fun project Sons of Tarantula.

Discograpy:


"There is nothing I like to say" Split LP 1989 (with Accio Directa/Beam Me Up Scotty/Young Blood, Slow Records)
"Negative Hatecore" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Live" Demo 199x (selfreleased)
"The Wayward Sons Of Mother Earth/Extinction" Promo Split Maxi CD 1991 (with Skyclad, Noise)
"Extinction" LP/CD 1991 (Noise)
"Hate and despise" LP/CD 1992 (Century Media)

Jailbait


Lineup:


Sandra Heeb (vocals)
Marian Krebs (guitar)
Andre Hientzsch (bass)
Boris Kosse (drums)

Band-info:

A Hannover based Sleaze Metal band, inspired by the classic Blues/Hard Rock of the 70's like Led Zeppelin or Aerosmith, that formed in 1988. The band recorded a 3 song Demo during early '89, featuring amongst others the trax "Don't stop the feeling" and "Gotta live it out", picking up the classic US Sleaze 'n Roll feeling like f.e. Guns 'n Roses with female vocals sounding like a cross of Jutta Weinhold and Doro Pesch, the make the band sounding a bit in the Saraya vein. They've also been invited to play the 4th Oxmox/Metal Star band contest in Hamburg '89. If you got more info, just get in touch.

Discograpy:


"Jailbait" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)

Exec Justice


Lineup:


Jochen Rothenpieler (vocals, bass)
Rik Bernshausen (guitar)
Dieter Doering (drums)

Band-info:

Exec Justice from Erntebrück, near Siegen, formed already in 1983 as the same trio who later in 1989 recorded the band's only Demo "True life is no pleasure", despite them testing several singers in the early phase of the band history though, but the core of the band always remained Rothenpieler, Bernshausen and Doering. The already mentioned Demo features with 40 min album lenght, while the guys performed a progressive form of Power Metal with Thrash influences that here and there slightly sometimes even reminds of Vendetta. Around 1995 the trio formed (or simply changed name to) Favourite Son.

Discograpy:


”True life is no pleasure” Demo 1989 (selfreleased)

Krachmassaker


Lineup:


Christiqan Herting
Markus Gehres

Band-info:

Krachmassaker (Noisemassacre) was one more homemade Grind/Noisecore act, originating from Emsdetten in the greater Münster area, that released 2 Demo tapes between late 1989 and 1990 and then thankfully disappeared. They announced their material themselves as the "total noise"... no more words needed.

Discograpy:


"Demo 89" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Destroy Fascism!!" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)

Dark Ceremony


Lineup:


Dirk Tubbesing

Band-info:

Obscure Thrashers from Enger, a bit north of Bielefeld, who released their Demo during late 1989 and according to their own info, was more or less rather Death/Thrash influenced, since the info claims "badass raw Thrash Metal only for the most extreme guys". Any further info would be highly appreciated.

Discograpy:


"Welcome to your funeral" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)

Marquis De Sade


Lineup:


Mike Callaway (vocals)
Herbert Kaldener (guitar)
Danny Kisker (guitar)
Wolfgang Nikolaus (bass)
Ralph Imré (drums)

Band-info:

This Wuppertal act was formed in 1981 by guitarist Herbert Kaldener. Massimo de Matteis, later in Darxon was part of an early line-up, but was soon replaced by Mike Callaway and by mid 1982 the line-up had stabilized and they became an active live band in the western part of BRD as well as France and the Benelux countries. Their '83 demo was mostly in the commercial/melodic Hard Rock vien, but included a couple of heavier tracks like "Man With The Golden Sword" and "Hard Timer". An LP was planned to be recorded in late 1983, bearing the latter title, as well as a 7", "Fed By The Sun"/"Crazy Game", but it's highly unlikely that these releases ever saw the light of day. After this comes several blank pages in the history-book of the band, until they suddenly reappeared with the melodic uptempo banger "Talking is over - action is on" (sort of kinda "polished" Tyrant stuff) on the local Bochum compilation "Rock Around Bochum" in 1989. By now the band had relocated to Bochum and original drummer Ralph had been replaced by Boogy Alteney. Some time after this brief appearence the band shortened its name to Marquis and changed most of its remaining original members, apart from original vocalist Mike. As Marquis they recorded 2 CD's in 1993, then in a more Melodic/Power Metal style. If you have more info, please get in contact.

Discograpy:


"Demo 1983" (selfreleased)
"Talking is over - action is on" Comp.-LP Track 1989 (Rock Around Bochum)

Rave


Lineup:


Claus Fischer (vocals)
Gunnar Stöver (guitar)
Christian Stöver (guitar)
Uwe Hilscher (bass)
Michael Stöver (drums)

Band-info:

A band from Sande that released an early 7" entitled "Angel on the run" back in 1982 and celebrated a very NWOBHM inspired sound with a few slightly hints of Maiden and Motörhead f.e. The 5 track Demo "In the name of Rock" was recorded around late 1985 or early '86 and Claus Fischer wasn't in the band anymore, but instead Katja Bielefeld took over the vocal job and did it not so bad at all. Still later in 1986 the lads presented another selfproduced vinyl in form of the "New time of pride" LP, that was made in a limited edition of just 200 copies as rumours do say. Gunnar Stöver had left Rave in the meanwhile and the sound of the band had changed during the past years, but on trax like "Light my fire" the old NWOBHM worship still prevails supremely. You can hear those twin leads spread all over the album nevertheless, though the majority of the trax featured a softer kind of Melodic Metal with mainly pounding beats. Rave must have called it a day around '87/88 as in 1988 Christian Stöver was founding member of Crossroads.

Discograpy:


"Angel on the run" 7" EP 1982 (selfreleased)
"In the name of Rock" Demo 1986 (selfreleased)
"New time of pride" LP 1986 (selfreleased)

Hellbreath


Lineup:


Georg Manger (vocals, bass)
Götz Mursch (guitar)
Andreas Köhler (guitar)
Adolf Klein (drums)

Band-info:

It's not much info known of the headstrong Thrashers Hellbreath from Ravensburg. The guys was active since around 1986 and recorded their only album independently in June '87. Just like the quirky artwork, their album featured a pretty strange sounding Thrash Metal, stylistically between all chairs. Progressive and melodic elements meet Heavy Metal and underground Thrash, while the guys itself looked like a bunch of remaining flower kids from the late 60's. I tend to even hear in places a few late 80's Voivod or either Led Zeppelin hints, but it's difficult to describe Hellbreath's style, coz the lads definitely did not sound like common Thrashers such as Kreator, Deathrow or Darkness. Not surprising at all that Georg Manger was also active in a 70's inspired Blues/Hard Rock band with the name Rough Enough during at least 1988. Adolf Klein and Manger later founded the Frantic Front in 1990, so that means Hellbreath did split up at around 1989/90.

Rough Enough


Lineup:


Jörn Blesse (guitar, vocals)
Arthur Isleb (vocals, guitar)
Georg Manger (bass)
Martin Neubauer (drums)

Band-info:

Obscure Ravensburg locals from far south of Stuttgart, who contributed the track "Rough Enough" to the underground compilation "Ravensburg Silhouette". Not to be confused with the Metal band Rough Enough from Karlsruhe, who appeared a few years earlier on another local sampler in 1984 entitled "Karlsruher Rockszene 84", these Rough Enough was active in the late 80's and featured the Hellbreath bassist Georg Manger. In contrary to the Karlsruhe outfit, these lads was rather influenced by the classic 70's Blues and Hard Rock tunes, mentioning themselves musical influences of ZZ Top or The Rolling Stones. Manger later reappeared with the AC/DC cover band Riff Raff, while Jörn Blesse went along to play with Little Wing. Drummer Martin Neubauer was also active in Zero Hero. Further band info is required.

Discograpy:


"Rough Enough" Comp.-LP Track 1988 (Ravensburg Silhouette)

Tin Pan Alley


Lineup:


B. Marschall

Band-info:

Obscure Karlsruhe locals who contributed the track "Contrary Mary" to the underground compilation "Karlsruher Rockszene 84", initiated independently by the Andromeda studio, while most of the participating musicians entered a studio the very first time ever. The sound of Tin Pan Alley was almost similar to the band Wolkenreise from the same sampler and could be described as a mix of rough edged, complex Hard and Prog Rock with epic touch, while Tin Pan Alley's track was more on the Hard Rock side. Further band info is required.

Discograpy:


"Contrary Mary" Comp.-LP Track 1984 (Karlsruher Rockszene 84)

Nightcoast


Lineup:


G. Becker
A. Hörtreiter

Band-info:

Obscure Karlsruhe locals who contributed the track "I fly" to the underground compilation "Karlsruher Rockszene 84", initiated independently by the Andromeda studio, while most of the participating musicians entered a studio the very first time ever. Although due to problems with the time management on the vinyl, Nightcoast's track had to be shortened, but the band performed a mix of Prog Rock and AOR here. Further band info is required.

Discograpy:


"I fly" Comp.-LP Track 1984 (Karlsruher Rockszene 84)

Rough Enough


Lineup:


U. Maurer
B. Mussgnug
A. Koffler

Band-info:

Obscure Karlsruhe locals who contributed the track "Sweet life" to the underground compilation "Karlsruher Rockszene 84", initiated independently by the Andromeda studio, while most of the participating musicians entered a studio the very first time ever. Not to be confused with the Blues Rockers Rough Enough from Ravensburg, who appeared on another local sampler in 1988 entitled "Ravensburg Silhouette", these lads here was the only Heavy Metal troop (most probably) on their sampler, whenalso their song doesn't feature Metal in it's purest form at all, coz Rough Enough's semi-ballad offeres a blend of Metal and proggy Hard Rock with epic aura. Further band info is required.

Discograpy:


"Sweet life" Comp.-LP Track 1984 (Karlsruher Rockszene 84)

Wolkenreise


Lineup:


M. Bickel
T. Melcher

Band-info:

Obscure Karlsruhe locals who contributed the track "Kaltes Glas" to the underground compilation "Karlsruher Rockszene 84", initiated independently by the Andromeda studio, while most of the participating musicians entered a studio the very first time ever. Wolkenreise's (Cloud Journey) sound could be described as a mix of rough edged Hard and Prog Rock with epic touch. Further band info is required.

Discograpy:


"Kaltes Glas" Comp.-LP Track 1984 (Karlsruher Rockszene 84)

Coprophagist


Lineup:


Oliver Klasen (vocals, bass)
R. Siebel (guitar)
Michael Schwarz (drums, vocals)

Band-info:

Quite a promising Death Metal act if you're into that stuff was the shortlived and 1987 founded project Coprophagist from Bietigheim-Bissingen, that featured members of Atrocity and Belching Beet. There's just one Demo left being witness of their existence but the selftitled tape pretty much belongs to the best and without doubts international sounding Death/Grind releases of german bands back in the day. The balance of the grinding and doomy stuff is phenomenal here and it's a pity the lads didn't bring this band more into detail and produced at least one album. Oliver Klasen and Michael Schwarz (Belching Beet) made it into the upper league with Atrocity the same year and the latter also played with other local Death/Grinders Noise Filter.

Discograpy:


”Coprophagist” Demo 1990 (Masters of Mayhem and Noise)
"Addiction To selfdismemberment" Comp.-CD Track 1991 (Appointment with Fear)
"Addiction To selfdismemberment" Comp.-MC Track 1992 (Defaced Compilation - Volume Two)

Cop


Lineup:


Gerd Tillmann (vocals)
Jürgen Breforth (guitar)
Ralf Heyne (guitar)
Jürgen Spittka (bass)
Carsten Tischer (drums)

Band-info:

This classic, extremely american sounding Hair Metal band was founded by both ex-Mad Max guitarists Jürgen Breforth and Ralf Heyne during 1989/90 and could support David Lee Roth on his 91'er tour, but wasn't able to score a record deal and therefore changed name to Tanner the next year, while the lads either decided to use german lyrics by now. A bit later on as Tanner they got signed by Mercury Records and released their debut CD "Außer Atem" in September.

Discograpy:



Tanner


Lineup:


Gerd Tillmann (vocals)
Jürgen Breforth (guitar)
Ralf Heyne (guitar)
Jürgen Spittka (bass)
Carsten Tischer (drums)

Band-info:

Originally formed as Cop by both ex-Mad Max guitarists Jürgen Breforth and Ralf Heyne during 1989/90 the band could support David Lee Roth on his 91'er tour, but wasn't able to score a record deal and therefore changed name to Tanner, while the lads either decided to use german lyrics by now. Their plan worked and the debut "Außer Atem" was released in September '92 on Mercury Records, offering a quite typical mid/late 80's american Hair Metal sound, that's pretty hard to believe this band shouldn't be american at all. For the recordings keyboarder Stefan Will joined the band. Afterwards, despite the good album, nothing further happened and just in 1994 Carsten Tischer, Ralf Heyne, Jürgen Spittka and Gerd Tillmann (vox and guitar now) returned with the "Giftige Kinder" CD, but that's really the last lifesign of this band that just popped up a few years too late.

Discograpy:


"Außer Atem" CD 1992 (Mercury)
"Wenn die Zeit mal stehenbleibt" MCD 1992 (Mercury)
"Atemlos" Comp.-CD Track 1992 (Knock Knock Knockin' on Heavy's Door)

Donson


Lineup:


Jürgen Klein

Band-info:

Neunkirchen (Saarbrücken) locals from the early 90's, who won the qualification round for the HM Newcomer Festival in 1992 and qualified for the Yamaha Band-Explosion '92 contest. There is also a Demo tape available of this classic Heavy Metal band, dating from around 1991/92. Further info is needed.

Discograpy:



Sweet Leaf


Lineup:


Thorsten Nestroy

Band-info:

A band from Bad Laer, in the Münster/Bielefeld/Osnabrück triangle, who according to their own words played a "freaky Hard Rock" on their 24 min Demo, recorded mid 1992. An independent source mentions the Sweet Leaf's sound to be dirty, basic and true classic Hard Rock. Further info is needed.

Discograpy:


"You got me" Demo 1992 (selfreleased)

Resistance


Lineup:


Martin Tölle

Band-info:

A Heavy Metal band from Horn-Bad Meinberg in the Detmold/Paderborn area, that was active during the early 90's. The guys was searching for live gigs during late in 1992. Further info is needed.

Discograpy:



Maxime


Lineup:


Heli Reißenweber (vocals)
Klaus Kahlert (guitar)
Werner Haberstrumpf (bass)
Günter Reißenweber (keyboard)
Jürgen Detzel (drums)

Band-info:

Melodic Hardrockers from the Coburg area in Bavaria, with a for Bavaria just typical sound, who was active during the early 90's. The debut album "Monk Rock" was selfproduced and released through the Rockwerk label, featuring stuff in Kingdom vein, without reaching their class at all. Commercial Heavy Rock with keyboards that a no minute left the middle league. 1995 Long Island Records released the band's second CD "Behave yourself" which was recorded with the same line up like the debut.

Discograpy:


"Monk Rock" CD 1992 (Rockwerk)

Mandrake


Lineup:


Ramona Dreyer (vocals)
Andreas Kowalzik (guitar)
Eric Scheufele (guitar)
Raoul (bass)
Stephan Kowalzik (drums)

Band-info:

Mandrake from the greater Bremen area was a quite talented band with a female vocalist who could indeed call herself a vocalist as her strong voice (like Morgana) spread simply sheer power that perfectly interacted with Mandrake's powerful epic Heavy Metal, featured on the Demo "5-4 rocks sake". The band also recorded a MLP 1990 with new bassist Maxi, that included 4 new trax, which offered a slightly softer, more melodic, Hard Rock influenced style than the Demo material, slightly reminding in places of Mordor. The EP features with the heavyrocker "Revolutioner's grave" a true gem. An interesting fact is that on the backsleeve is noted that this record was made and will be spread for promotional purposes only. This might explain why the record is such a rarely seen guest on the open market nowadays. Probably it was not even sold regulary back in the day.

Discograpy:


"5-4 rocks sake" Demo 1988 (selfreleased)
"...far beyond the point" MLP 1990 (selfreleased)

Reptile


Lineup:


Andreas Neuderth (drums)

Band-info:

A local Metal act from the Frankenthal/Mannheim area featuring the Sudden Darkness drummer Andreas Neuderth. The band was active between 1984-85. Further info is needed.

Discograpy:



Excess (Ludwigshafen)


Lineup:


Harald Heine (bass, vocals)
Thorsten Aschenbrenner (guitar)
Lothar Först (guitar)
Markus Jüllich (drums)

Band-info:

Rumpel Thrashers from Ludwigshafen, featuring a number of later Crematory musicians like Harald Heine, Markus Jüllich and ex-Sudden Darkness Lothar Först. The latter just stayed in the band for a year after Excess was baptized back in 1988 and didn't play on any of the band's future Demos. Stylistically they adopted a sort of basic Death/Thrash in the vein of british Desecrator. During 1989 the trio recorded 2 Demos and afterwards Jüllich got replaced by Thomas Lösel (joined Malignity), still late in '89. He either was replaced 1990 by ex-Reptile/Sudden Darkness drummer Andreas Neuderth who recorded 2 more Death Metal tapes with Excess in 1992, before they eventually split up. Heine and their new vocalist Claus Oehler went to play with Malignity, while Aschenbrenner and Neuderth recorded a Demo with Ripping Entrails. Since 2014 Excess is active again.

Discograpy:


"Live" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Torment of death" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Promo Tape" Demo 1992 (selfreleased)
"Crucifixion" Demo 1992 (selfreleased)


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Straight from Prowler's personal archive we present thee...





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