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Voracious Souls
Christofer Steffek (vocals)
Andy Greul (guitar)
Stefan Vitek (guitar)
Volker Kilian (drums)
Bernd Deragisch (bass)
Thrashers from Passau who was active from August '89 till 1992, when they quit playing. 2 Demos and a selfreleased LP is their heritage. Not so bad stuff to be honest, solid Thrash with american influences. Take a bit Death Angel, Defiance, Atrophy and Gothic Slam and you'll get a moshing faultless Thrash album that compared to other typically german albums sounds completely different. Some of the members also created a glammy Party band called Wet 'n' Wild.
"No way out for you" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"No tribute no thanx fuck off" LP 1990 (Greed Work)
"Fear" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)

Alien
Daffy (vocals)
Stephan Philipp (guitar)
Jörg Schrör (guitar)
André Philipp (bass)
Christian Choleva (drums)
Alien was a local NWOBHM inspired Heavy Metal troop from Hamburg, that nowadays is better known as Xandril. The band formed in late 1982 and recorded two Demo tapes right in early 1983 under that monicker, that both had a huge early Iron Maiden edge, but afterwards the guys subsequently changed name to Xandril in April '83.

Xandril
Daffy (vocals)
Stephan Philipp (guitar)
Jörg Schrör (guitar)
André Philipp (bass)
Christian Choleva (drums)
Xandril was a Speed Metal band from Hamburg active since late 1982, but at this time still being called Alien. 2 Demo's was recorded in early 1983 under that monicker with Daffy on vocals and Christian Choleva behind the drums who later got replaced by Marlon Erdman (drums) and Mathias Lemcke (vox) on the Reh/Demo '85. They changed name to Xandril in April '83 and recorded 2 more Demos in June and December '83, that both originally was planned to be released as singles back in the day, but the idea was dropped, till High Roller Records finally realized the project in 2018. On these first early recordings the band adopted a style that was very close to the NWOBHM, particular to Iron Maiden with Paul Di'Anno on the debut. 2 years passed by till they released the next tape and the style changed in a way into a more speedy yet melodic direction. On the "Rotting paradise" Demo 1986. the in April '86 joined Bettina Paschen first time was to hear in full action and refined their melodic Speed Metal style, while Paschen finally gave the band an own identity. They could place the track "Terminal breath" on the Teutonic Invasion compilation and right in the same year released another Speed Metal Demo "The vision". Their final effort "Perfect darkness" released one year later presented Xandril a bit more thrashy, yet still rooted in the Speed Metal. It's bee their best Demo tape so far, offering a riff inferno par excellence, with Bettina Paschen sounding similar to Nicole Lee of Znöwhite. But their best demonstration also remained their last one. The band split up in 1989 with members joining other acts like Megace, Torment and Medusa. All official Demos got re-released by HMH Records in 2018 as DLP and CD entitled as "The Vision of Rotting Darkness: The Demos 1985-1988".
"Demo I '83" 7" EP 2018 (HMH)
"Demo II '83" 7" EP 2018 (HMH)
"Rehearsal '85" Demo 1985 (selfreleased)
"Rotting paradise" Demo 1986 (selfreleased)
"Total Massacre Vol. 1" Comp.-MC Tracks 1986 (Death Metal Production)
"Terminal breath" Comp.-LP Track 1987 (Teutonic Invasion Part One)
"The vision" Demo 1987 (selfreleased)
"Perfect darkness" Demo 1988 (selfreleased)

Horizon
Jochen Barlage (guitar)
Olaf Kayß (guitar)
Matthias Hommel (bass)
Dieter Dreetz (keyboard)
Michael Rokker (drums)
A Hard Rock band from Gelsenkirchen that was active since at least 1986 and played several live gigs. During 1988 the band also had a first Demo tape available. Early 1991 Horizon's line up consisted of Jochen Barlage (guitar), Olaf Kayß (guitar), Matthias Hommel (bass), Dieter Dreetz (keyboard) and Michael Rokker (drums), who recorded a new 3 track Demo during that time. The band's influences could be found in the Hard Rock of the 70's, while their sound featured melodic Hard Rock tunes. Jochen Barlage later released a MCD with the AOR band Magic Child in 1994. We aren't sure yet if this is the same band from Kleve (northwest of Essen) that had an advert in a Metal Hammer issue from spring 1990. If you have more info please get in touch.

Deceiver
Jochen Krause (vocals)
Andre Hinzmann (guitar)
Armin Prokein (guitar)
Frank Hüsken (bass)
Holger Lemm (drums)
A melodic Power Metal act from Voerde, (Dinslaken/Duisburg area) active since 1986. July '89 the guys debuted with the "Nightmare" Demo and recorded one more selftitled tape afterwards around 1990. 1991 with Michael Bödecker on guitar for Armin Prokein, their "Tales of time" album was independently produced for Inline Music, but published by D&S in the end on vinyl only. Surprisingly Deceiver's style haven't had much in common with the usual Ruhrpott Metal stuff, but instead was feasting on a more or less early Queensryche influenced US Metal style, that's mainly known from most of the american White Metal bands. The record is a little gem in the melodic Power Metal sector, but doesn't surfaces that often at all. The band most probably disappeared during the very early 90's as well, coz Frank Hüsken joined Metropolis at that time. "Tales of time" was eventually re-released on CD on the Inline Music sublabel Battery 1994.
"Nightmare" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Deceiver" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Tales of time" LP 1991 (D&S)

Blue Velvet
Thomas Matiszik (vocals)
Björn Gralla (guitar)
Peter Schickert (bass)
Marius Ader (keyboard)
Enrico Karolczak (drums)
Blue Velvet was originating from the Dortmund area, and this five piece recorded a quite solid melodic Hard Rock album with feeling in the typical Bonfire style, focussing on late 80's heavy rocking US american Hair Metal stuff, much reminding of Vice, Vamp or either Pink Cream 69. Thomas Matiszik and Björn Gralla also was part of the Science Project (SP), who recorded a benefit 12" in 1990.
"Out of the blue" CD 1992 (D&S)

Science Project
Thomas Matiszik (vocals)
Björn Gralla (guitar)
Mario Reining (keyboard)
Oliver Emanowski (bass)
Thomas Schnermann (drums)
Science Project (or shortened SP) was a Dorsten/Dortmund based Metal band that originally was started as a kinda benefit project to collect money for a children's home in Romania, with local musicians of the band Blue Velvet being involved. But after some accurate feedback, a part of the musicians decided to carry on as a real band with a few other guys from their local scene. The selftitled 12" was released on the Off Limit label in 1990, featured an insert and was pressed in blue vinyl (1000 copies made). SP got often compared to the Pretty Maids, but was able to add enough power to their songs, that paired with the melody, the atmosphere created by the background keyboards and the excellent guitar riffing, developed an irresistible Heavy/Power Metal, that truly stood out of the common bands releases. There is a "conflict" due to the band logo showing "SP" everywhere on the sleeve, but on the insert the band made a statement "Die Gruppe Science Project bedankt sich ...", so due to this statement we list the band as Science Project and not as SP, like on other sources. But nevertheless after the 12" was published, the chapter Science Project soon was finished and some of the members joined forces with ex-Black Diamond guys to form Dorian Gray.

Ivanhoe
Scott Anderson (vocals)
Thomas Kovacs (guitar)
Giovanni Soulas (bass)
Markus Britsch (keyboard)
Lars Hörnig (drums)

Ivanhoe was formed in Bietigheim-Bissingen during 1986 by Giovanni Soulas, Markus Britsch and Lars Hörnig. Being plagued with constant line up problems, the lads recorded their "Behind the wall" Demo in 1988 with different guitarist and vocalist than the line up that recorded the following masterpiece "Written in stone", featuring Thomas Kovacs on guitar and Scott Anderson on vocals, who left the band already after the Demo. Ivanhoe during 1989 disbanded, but initially reformed right in 1990 once again, to return with a instrumental Promo tape the same year, once again been searching for a proper vocalist, that they thought to finally have found in ex-Battlefield Conny Ernst. After just 3 months she had to leave the band in early 1991, but eventually Ralf Küchle joined, who sung on the MCD "Play express" from 1992, but quit afterwards also. When either long time guitarist Thomas Kovacs left around 1993, the core of the band hired Andy B. Franck (vocals) and Chuck Schuler (guitar) and started recordings for the debut album "Visions and reality" in 1993 (released 1994). Naturally the sound of the band changed, especially the first 2 outstanding Demos gained these guys an excellent reputation within the underground scene. Their Progressive Metal with influences of Queensryche paired with excellent instrumentation and extremely high pitched vocals, raised them up on a golden throne, whenalso the band was constantly thrown back to start due to the problems with finding the right musicians. On "Visions and reality" you can hear a sort of progressed Demo style, slightly more pompish but nevertheless impressive songwriting and performance. Till Ivanhoe once again split up in 1999, 3 more albums followed. 2001 they tried again and since then are still alive.
"Behind the wall" Demo 1988 (selfreleased)
”Written in stone” Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Promotape" Promo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Play express" MCD 1992 (TMS-Music)

Desire
Petra Schiemer (vocals)
Jürgen Wentrup (guitar)
Andreas Schmitt (guitar)
Bernd Wilkening (bass)
Björn Gref (drums)

A female fronted Power Metal band from Heidelberg, that both ex-Sheer Greed guys Andreas Schmitt (ex-Defender/Axon) and Bernd Wilkening formed around 1991. There is a 6 song Demo known released in 1992. Further info is needed.

Sheer Greed
Arthur Dlubak (vocals)
Andreas Schmitt (guitar)
Joachim Gassmann (guitar)
Bernd Wilkening (bass)
Sven Reiter (drums)

These are Sheer Greed from the Speyer/Mannheim region, featuring the ex-Defender guitarist Andreas Schmitt and former Sudden Darkness axeman Joachim Gassmann as well. The band was active since 1988 and released a melodic Heavy Metal Demo in 1989, before Sheer Greed already disappeared during late '89. Andreas Schmitt subsequently went to join Axon and later formed Desire together with Bernd Wilkening, while Gassmann first joined Sanvoisen and later Letter X and Stormwitch. Further info is welcome.
"Far off troubles" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)

Axon
Holger Schührer (vocals)
Stefan Dürr (guitar)
Martin (guitar)
Hermann (bass)
Tommy (drums)

A Power Metal band from Speyer, that was formed during the late 80's. After both guitarists Stefan Dürr and Martin left the band sometime in early 1990, the remaining Axon guys hired ex-Defender/Sheer Greed guitarist Andreas Schmitt and recorded a 4 song Demo in December the same year, that featured quite typical US Power Metal tunes, more than once reminding musically and vocalwise of Metal Church. The band most probably called it quits a bit later after another 3 track Promo tape in 1991. Holger Schührer joined The Warning and Andreas Schmitt the band Desire.
"She's so fat!" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
" Promo ‘91" Promo Tape 1991 (selfreleased)

Final Decay (Erfurt)
Martin Seiring (vocals, bass)
Sascha Littek (guitar)
Gunnar Oltmanns (guitar)
Oliver Warweg (drums)

A Thrash band from Erfurt, that formed during the political changing times inside ex-GDR. A 4 track Demo is known, recorded in 1993 plus an obscure (most probably selfproduced) CD from 2001, with the title "Nemo", released on Headless Records. Further info is needed.
"Final Decay" Demo 1993 (selfreleased)

Final Decay
Oliver
Frank

A Speed/Thrash Metal band from Hamm, near Dortmund. The guys was active during the early 90's and according to own their own words was was stylistically influenced by Riot and also Slayer. Studio recordings was in the planning phase during 1991. Further info is needed.

Resistance
A young band from Niedersachsen, that formed around 1990 and stylistically was influenced from classic Heavy Metal up the Thrash tunes. Further info is needed.

Trace Faire
Hans
Matthias Ubert (guitar)
Martin Wiesenbauer (drums)

An Augsburg based progressive Power Metal band, that was active during the late 80's and early 90's. Trace Faire recorded the Demo "Only 4 mom ants" during 1990, but run into personnel trouble already in early 1991. Matthias Ubert also played in Veto. Further info is needed.
"Only 4 mom ants" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)

Chain Reaction
A Heavy Rock band from Wolfenbüttel/Braunschweig, that was active during the beginning of the 90's. Further info is needed.

Social Disease
Joachim
Patrick

A Punk Metal band from Stutensee/Karlsruhe, active during the beginning of the early 90's. Further info is needed.

X Ray
A Hard 'n' Heavy band from the Stuttgart region, that was active around 1990/91. Further info is needed.

Mr. Hate
Carsten Schulz (vocals)
Steffen Seeger (guitar)
Roger Kayy (bass)
Henning Lachmann (drums)
A Mannheim based Metal band that was active during already the late 80's, but so far is known to have released their debut CD "Fragments" just in 1996 on BSE Records. One more Demo followed in 1999. During their early days Mr. Hate adopted a sound similar to the mid 80's US Metal glammy stuff like Keel or Mötley Crüe, while during the 90's went more into Hard Rock fields. Further info is needed.

Herodeth
Hans Wittenberg (guitar)
Ralf Droste (drums)

A local Power/Speed Metal band from the Bochum region, that formed in summer 1988 and musically was influenced by bands like Annihilator and Metal Church. The lads already supported Slayer, Destruction or belgian Crossfire on their gigs in Germany and Benelux, but their regular line up got into trouble during late 1990 when their vocalist and bassists quit playing. Further info is needed.

Payne's Gray
Hagen Schmidt (vocals)
Martin Mannhardt (guitar)
Pascal Heberling (guitar)
Jan Schröder (guitar, bass)
Andreas Nolte (drums)

Payne's Gray was a Progressive Metal band from Karlsruhe, that released 2 musically impressive Demotapes during the beginning of the 90's. Their style was stamped by an abstract riff-o-rama, and though their song structurs surely won't occur "straight", their material doesn't appears boring like on most of these proggressive Demos, where you can't say if they just started or if it's already the end of the song. Alone the vocal parts can't fully convice here, especially in the lower parts Hagen Schmidt's voice sounded slightly odd, but their Power Metal creations on the other hand can easily straighten that little deficit. The band was active from 1988 till the mid/late 90's and after the "Infinity" Demo from December '91 also released the selfproduced CD "Kadath decoded" in 1995.
"Of tyrants and reflections" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Infinity" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)

Dune, The
Michael Böhler (vocals)
Jörg Wegener (guitar)
Volker Krawczak (bass)
Kai Raglewski (keyboard)
Roger Goede (drums)
A band project from Bochum, formed during 1990 by several musicians of Axel Rudi Pell's band, like Michael Böhler, Kai Raglewski and Volker Krawczak (ex-Steeler/Twilight). After receiving good responses live on stage, the lads recorded a professional 3 song Demo late 1990, that featured a pompish sort of melodic Hard Rock in the vein of Magnum with influences of the late 80's Black Sabbath sound. But their trip wasn't crowned by success in form of an album deal at all, so most of them kept up playing with Axel Rudi Pell. Roger Goede joined Faithealer. Further info is welcome.
"The Dune" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)

Anesthesia
Stephan Arndt (guitar, vocals)
Andreas Mier (guitar)
Jan Rubach (bass)
Thomas Nack (drums)
Anesthesia from Ahrensburg/Lübeck, north of Hamburg, formed in 1986, evolving from the Thrash band Necromancy, that on the other hand was previously active as Regardless since already 1981. So Anesthesia could be counted among the oldest of the Hamburg bands and surrounding areas. Prior to their first Demo "The hour of zero" originating from 1989, the lads was playing actively live throughout northern Germany and already published a live Demo still as Necromancy in 1986, while Anesthesia was already seen during 1988 to enter local stages. During the fall of the 80's the band was rated among the hottest of Hamburg's band, who received quite good feedback with their Techno Thrash-ing debut Demo. For the second one "Tomorrow I'll stop", to relieve frontman Stephan Arndt, Arne Krüger got recruited as second guitarist, while the songs "Tryptichon (The Garden of Delights)" and "Say Your Prayers/My Age" was featured on the local Hamburg underground compilation "Brown Bottles go ape: Apish excursion" 1991. The band's style now adopted more Power/Thrash elements during the beginning of the 90's and Anesthesia released still 2 more tapes till their inescapable decline in the mid 90's. If you have more info please get in touch.
"The hour of zero" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Tomorrow I'll stop" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Brown Bottles go ape: Apish excursion" Comp.-CD Tracks 1991 (Tipsy Apes)
"No Sleep till Millerntor" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"Imaginary limits of imagination" Demo 1993 (selfreleased)

Tarot
Harry Amthor (vocals)
Marc Papanastasiou (guitar)
Nils Brandt (guitar)
Nicole Pade (bass)
Martin Breitenbach (drums)


Marc Papanastasiou of Calderone used to play with Tarot from West Berlin that exists since 1988, but their style had nothing much in common with Calderone's thrashy Speed Metal. Harry Amthor (Energy/Forced Entry) came from Bonn's Roxx and was previously singing for Shining. One of the founding members Nicole Pade got replaced in 1990 by Martin Böttcher who was playing bass on their only Demo that features progressive Power Metal with a few speed elements that one would compare the band to Noisehunter and such. The midpaced main material shows tendencies towards Nytemare, while basically the band tends to celebrate a very playful style with in places some above average guitar work, that I truly feel reminded of Pharao ("Tarot"), a band that later some Tarot members would team up with under the monicker of Resistence in 1992. There is also a Compilation with other unreleased Tarot recordings available, released in 2017 with the title "Tarot beyond".
"Demo '90" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)

Existence
Mike Klose (vocals)
Markus Wagner (guitar)
Andreas Eder (guitar)
Thomas Hahn (bass)
Jens Simon (keyboard)
Thomas Edlbacher (drums)
A progressive Power Metal band from Nuremberg, that was founded in 1988. The lads released their debut Demo 1989 and afterwards started recording the "Reign in violence" album, which was dropped in the end and remained unreleased till 2001, when Hidden Metal Gems Records finally published the album in a limited edition of 500 vinyls. According to certain info, the band members should not have been involved into the whole procedure at all and as far as I'm concearned they'be been quite surprised when they got knowledge of the album, as the guys reunited and recorded 2 more albums starting from 2004. Nevertheless "Reign in violence" featured a progressive, yet melodic sort of archetypical playful Power Metal that's more than once flirting with epic influences.
"Gates to exist" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
”Reign in violence” Album 1990 (unreleased)

Dark Tempest
A Thrash Metal band from the Mönchengladbach/Krefeld region, that was active around 1990/91. For January 1991 studiorecordings was planned, while the guys started playing gigs later in summer the same year. Further info needed.

Heartware
P. Schommers (drums)

A Hard Rock/Metal band from Cologne, that was active during the late 80's. Their drummer P. Schommers later joined the Hardrockers Thunderstruck. If you got further info, please get in touch.

Thunderstruck
Norbert Howahl (vocals)
Albert Klein (keyboard)
Phil Tesch (drums
Rolf Tanzius (guitar)
Lemmi Leimbach (bass)
A melodic Hard Rock band from Cologne active since 1983 till at least 1991. Flying Skull's Rudi Becker joined the band around 1989, whose last known line up in 1991 featured Rolf Tanzius (guitar), Rudi Becker (guitar), F. Schwillus (bass) and P. Schommers (drums, ex-Heartware). If you got more info, please get in touch.

Flying Skull
Achim Nohl (vocals)
Elmar Birlo (bass)
Ralph Blankart (drums)
Roland Saager (guitar)
Rudi Becker (guitar)
This Cologne based classic Heavy Metal band released the first tape one year after they united and got picked up ' 87 by the D&S Studio guys to appear on one of their Compilation that featured german unsigned underground Metal acts. In Oct. 88 they recorded 4 more songs for the second Demo "You're my fan no. 1!" at Studio Airfort in Cologne incl. "Lonesome child" that was already featured on the Compilation. The speed got raised a bit and they added a bit more power either, sounding quite typical for the time now like Noisehunter f.e. with high pitched screams. But years passed by and nothing happed, Stefan Uschwa replaced Rudi Becker in the meanwhile, who joined Thunderstruck, so Flying Skull recorded their first album "Darkness" in 1990 and released it on tape and CD in 1991. "Darkness" could be compared to the previous Demo, even featuring songs of that tape, typical german melodic Power Metal like Noisehunter/Helloween. On "Revelaton", their last effort released 1993 independently, they also kept on playing that 80's style Power (in places kinda Running Wild-ish now) but the production now appears more powerful than ever, which fit perfectly their creations. The band disbanded afterwards in 1997 but returned with a MCD-R "Sign of the brave" in 2014.
"The first flight" Demo 1986 (selfreleased)
"Break Out - German Metal Tracks No. 5" Comp.-LP 1987 (D&S)
”You are my fan no. 1!” Demo 1988 (selfreleased)
"Nightwalk" Comp.-MC Track 1990 (Metal Mutilation I)
"Darkness" CD 1992 (selfreleased)
"Revelation" CD 1993 (selfreleased)


Burning, The
Andi
Micki

A Hard Rock band from the Munich area that was active around 1990/91. Most probably a Demo tape exists as well. Further info is needed.

Mr. Good Trip
Ingo Hartmann (guitar, vocals)
Bodo Schaffrath (guitar, vocals)
Horst Stachelhaus (bass)
Bernd Noske (drums)

Mr. Good Trip was the solo project of ex-Message/Birth Control bass player Horst Stachelhaus, who just had left the Alex Oriental Experience to realize his own musical ideas in 1990. He could convince his former Birth Control mate Bernd Noske to play the drums and added two young guitarists. The band recorded a 3 song Demo at the Face-Music-Studio in Heidelberg and sent it to diverse record companies in order to score a deal. Stylistically these guys played a sort of Classic Rock/Hard Rock with several Blues influences. Doesn't look like they succeeded with their undertaking.

Ragna Rök
Ulrich Salomon (guitar, vocals)
Stephanie Minnerup (bass)
Tammo Vollmers (drums)
Ragna Rök, a Prog Metal band from Gnissau/Lübeck in northern Germany was active from August '89 till 1993. Stephanie was later after the first Demo replaced by Dieter Reinhold (bass). They recorded 2 Demos before they changed name to PRKLZ and recorded one more tape and an album with the title "Deuce". The band's style was unspectacular, brewing a really difficult to bear sort of progressive Power Metal with terrible vocals and rhythms. Just a side note, Tammo Vollmers played the drum parts on Gamma Ray's "Heaven can wait".

"The Tape" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"The promise chapter three" CD Compilation Track 1991 (Peace-Eater Vol. I)
"Guess for 6'n'7" Demo 1992 (selfreleased)

Big Brother
A Hard Rock band from the Essen/Bochum/Neuss region, that was active during the late 80's and till at least 1991. A Demo tape exists as well. Further info is needed.

Creack Deseaster
A local Thrash band from most probably Bavaria, that was active during 1990/91. Most probably either a Demo should exist as these lads played live during that time as well. Further info is welcome.

Shamane
Andy Homfeldt (guitars, vocals)
Nick Homfeldt (drums)

A Thrash band from Karlsruhe, that started in the late 80's, but changed name to Heatrash around 1990 and recorded the "Time bomb" 5 song Demo afterwards. Further info is needed.

Heatrash
Andy Homfeldt (guitars, vocals)
Nick Homfeldt (drums)

A Thrash band from Karlsruhe, that was previously known as Shamane in the late 80's, but changed name to Heatrash around 1990 and recorded the "Time bomb" Demo. Afterwards these guys randomly played gigs in their area before they disappeared in the early 90's. Further info is needed.
"Time bomb" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)

Castaway
A Metal band that was most probably originating from the Karlsruhe area, as these guys was seen playing live there during 1990/91. Further info is needed.

Meanmachine
Ralf Geschke (vocals)
Thomas Kretzschmer (guitar)
Achim Tillmann (bass)
Rudi Schäberle (drums)
A Speed Metal band from Stuttgart, that was originally formed back in 1987, but already in 1989 the guys changed name to Bombard and recorded a 4 track Demo tape with the title "Fly until ya 'xplode". Further info is welcome.

Great Big Kisses
Jörg Timp (vocals)
Bernd Weber (guitar)
Jonas Franken (guitar)
Carsten Wien (bass)
Finn Jacobsen (drums)
A Sleaze Rock band from Düsseldorf, that formed during 1987. Their line up during their whole career did not change at all. The band could debut with a feature for the magazine Hartbeat! (Nr. 10 1990), where the song "Bad" appeared on a Split Flexi with High Jinks and later that year the RCA featured the Great Big Kisses with "Desperado" on the "Sleaze Rock" sampler, in company of international top bands of the Sleaze genre. Their only album "Aficionados" was produced by Mekong Delta's Ralf Hubert in March and May 1991, but didn't receive the expected feedback by national magazines, who accused the band to sound boring and sucked dry. Afterwards the lads disappeared, most probably coz they lost their record deal.
"Bad/Time for turning" Flexi Split 7" EP 1990 (with High Jinks, Hartbeat! Magazine)
"Desperado" Comp.-LP/CD Track 1990 (Sleaze Rock)
"Aficionados" LP/CD 1991 (Intercord)

Machinery
Arne (guitar)
Thorsten Klöpfer (guitar, vocals)
Rainer (bass)
Jarle Böe (drums)

A classic Thrash band with american influences from Auenwald, east of Ludwigsburg/Stuttgart, that was formed already in 1984 and relased 3 equivalent Demo tapes throughout the late 80's, with a sound close to thrashier Metallica and Toranaga. On "World of confusion" new vocalist Jonny appeared the first time. Not sure when these guys quit the band, but most probably during the early 90's. Nevertheless, fans of Metallica will enjoy Machinery's material for sure.
"The immutable fall" Demo 1988 (selfreleased)
”World of confusion” Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Read between the lines" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)

Pleasure
Jörg Wolski (vocals)
Jürgen Wolter (guitar)
Jörg Landstorfer (keyboard)
Peter Malik (bass)
Hans Peter Frey (drums)
A melodic Hard Rock band from Duisburg that released a highly underrated private single in 1990. The quality level of both featured trax is extremely high and reminds me of the superb title track of the Trace 7", though Pleasure was acting a bit heavier, mixing Hard Rock and Melodic Metal to a very catchy brew that simply can't fail. Fortunately their single still can be obtained for no money, so don't miss it at all! Late 1990 the band recorded another 4 song Demo with the title "Sometimes life" that was released wether during late '90 or early '91 and featured more melodic material in the vein of their single.

"Things are confusing" 7" EP 1990 (selfreleased)
"Sometimes life" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)

Nuclear Terror
Marc Zölck (vocals, bass)
Sven (guitar)
Dennis Schick (guitar)
Eric Zölck (drums)
A Thrash/Crossover band from Rickert/Rendsburg, south of Flensburg, that started sometime in 1987. Their first Demo "...kind of life" was still recorded with Dennis on guitar as a fourpiece in 1989 and offered more straight raw Thrash, but already on "...is this life?" from 1990 the band was just a trio, while vocalist Marc Zölk also shared guitar/bass parts with Sven. For the music of the band it meant a slightly stylistical change into a more controlled direction with some breaks than on the debut. Some of their Demo songs also appeared on a number tape samplers during that time like "Is this life?" and "Sandman" on "Schreie der Angst" and "Is this life?" and "Suffering earth" on "More Noise Tape Compilation", before the band changed name to Gainsay! during the beginning of the 90's.
"...kind of life" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"...is this life?" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Schreie der Angst" Comp.-MC Tracks 1991 (Götterwind)
"Suffering earth" Comp.-MC Track 199? (Just another sampler)
"More Noise Tape Compilation 1" Comp.-MC Tracks 199? (More Noise)

Rhun
Andrea Springer (vocals)
Thorsten Palzhoff (guitar)
Bernd Borgschulte (guitar, keyboard)
Dirk Eckhard (bass)
Donald König (drums)

A female fronted Power Metal band with progressive touch, that was active during the early 90's. Originally the band started under the monicker Fangorn in Dortmund during the late 80's and was seen in 1989 to play some local live gigs. 1990 the name change to Rhûn happened and more live activities followed. During 1993 the band released a Demo tape with the title "Behind faces", whose track "Petite Chanson D'Lamour" also appeared on the "Peace-Eater Vol. IV" Compilation CD in 1994.
"Behind faces" Demo 1993 (selfreleased)

Fangorn
A Power Metal band orginating from Dortmund from the late 80's, which actively played live during 1989. The band changed name to Rhûn (Rhun) in the following year. If you got further info, please get in touch.

Abhorience
A Metal band from the Stuttgart area most probably, that was active around 1990/91 and according to the bands they shared stage with we guess they've been into Thrash/Speed Metal or similar styles. Further info is needed.

Paze
A Metal band from the Stuttgart area most probably, that was active around 1990/91 and according to the bands they shared stage with we guess they've been into Power/Speed Metal or similar styles. Further info is needed.

Roach Clip
Sven Bauer (guitar, bass, vocals)
Jürgen Dick (guitar)
Rolf Schmidt (bass, guitar)
Stephan Studer (drums)
After the 9 track Demo "Abyss", that was recorded in late 1989, Freiburg's Roach Clip (also seen written as Roachclip in the band's own adverts) released a quite good album on the small indie label Silver Moon Music (private pressing?) in 1990, that covers a wide spectrum of the Metal genre, from Melodic Metal to speedy Power Metal, without dismissing the typical german Metal sound at all. These guys who've been active since 1986, must be counted to the clientele of german bands that was giving the german scene a new impact for sure like Wishes Burn, Violent Touch or Rue Morgue. For fans of Silk'n'Steel, Violent Touch or even Trancemission definitely recommended, though the vinyl doesn't surfaces that often anymore.
"Abyss" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Till morning light" LP 1990 (Silver Moon Music)

Bombard
Ralf Geschke (vocals)
Thomas Kretzschmer (guitar)
Achim Tillmann (bass)
Rudi Schäberle (drums)

A Speed Metal band from Stuttgart, that was originally formed as Meanmachine back in 1987. 1989 the guys changed name to Bombard and recorded a 4 track Demo tape with the title "Fly until ya 'xplode". The band also was seen during 1989 playing live in their region. 1992 Bombard already dissolved and reformed during 2010. The CD "Switch off the bitch" was released the following year on the label 7Hard, but the reunion just lasted till 2013, when they called it a day forever.
"Fly until ya 'xplode" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)

Torrent
A band from Mönchengladbach, not to be confused with the other Torrent, that has been active during the mid 80's in the same region of Northrhine-Westphalia, but different city of Dortmund. These lads was active during 1989 and according to their own words, performed very raw Heavy Metal. Further info is required.

Scandium
Marjan Vidmar (guitar, vocals)
Michael Hoinke (guitar)
Hatty Schöner (bass)
Markus Lange (drums, vocals)

Thrashers from Essen, as it shouldn't be too hard to figure out at all. The band was founded during 1985 and quickly released 2 raw sounding speed driven tapes as a fourpiece. The debut "Cruel executer" from 1985 sounded close to early Vectom, with rather rough Speed Metal influenced sound, but already on "Frontiers of hell" Scandium propagated a much more Kreator alike sounding program at almost the same level like their famous "Pleasure to kill" album. But despite Kreator got famous for that kind of Metal, Scandium's critics wasn't earthshaking at all. The press pulled their early 3 Demos to pieces. "A world in decay", recorded in November '88, either was falling under that disastrous sentence by the big mags and alone with "Public nuisance" from August '89 the band could catch some first positive words by these ignorants. While from their former brutal Death/Thrash sound nothing was left anymore, the guys tried with common, almost melodic classic Bay Area Thrash Metal in the Wicca/Vio-lence/Death Angel vein, that imo hadn't much of an own identity anymore, whenalso technically they surely performed at similar level like the big guns of Thrash. The band at that time featured Harald Arnoldi (vocals), Marjan Vidmar (guitar), Manuel Schlüter (guitar), Josef Stagno (bass) and Markus Lange (drums), but either this line up didn't last long enough for the last tape of the band, that shrunk to a trio on "Out of silence" (1990) with only Harald Arnoldi (vocals), Marjan Vidmar (guitar) and Markus Lange (drums) remaining. When their long time member Marjan Vidmar also quit the band, Arnoldi and Lange tried a last time to revive Scandium with Urs Wiehager (bass) and Didi Waldick (guitar) in 1991, but split up eventually the following year.
"Cruel executer" Demo 1985 (selfreleased)
"Frontiers of hell" Demo 1986 (selfreleased)
"A world in decay" Demo 1988 (selfreleased)
"Public Nuisance" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Out of silence" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)


No Corroseum-feature would be complete without some proper sampler CDRs!
Straight from Prowler's personal archive we present thee...





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(For more obscure German goodies, check out "Teutonic Evasion", the German edition of the Veterans Of The Various-Wars samplers...)


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