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Crystal


Lineup:


Joachim Funk (vocals)
Jörg Friede (guitar)
Thomas Preißler (guitar)
Frank Maertin (bass)
Detlef Flade (drums)

Band-info:

Founded in 1982, this band from Rostock (ex-GDR) needed till 1985, when finally a steady line up was found with Joachim Funk, Jörg Friede (ex-Ceylon), Thomas Preißler, Frank Maertin and Detlef Flade. After 1986 these lads sound turned way heavier, away from Saxon and Scorpions tunes to a much more Power Metal influenced style with Metallica and Running Wild being the new standards. 1986 they participated on a county contest and got invited to produce a few songs for the local Rostock broadcast house. The 2 trax they recorded in 1988 for the national broadcast service ("Bergringrennen" and "Alles Lüge") are amoungst the better GDR speed driven Metal numbers, offering a similar style like Hardholz's "Asphaltlady" f.e. with a slightly more melodic touch. It's pretty sad they didn't record more material, although Crystal already had been considered to do so in 1989, but Jörg Friede was called to arms and had to quit the band. Since the remaining guys couldn't find a right guitarist, vocalist Joachim Funk quit as well. Now Thomas Preißler tried to take care of the vocals too, but it didn't work so well as expected. They had a last gig in early '89 and then Crystal was history. Frank Maertin resurfaced with Rosa Rock in 1990. All attempts to revive the band with other musicians failed.

Discography:


Broadcast Recordings:
"Alles Lüge" (1988)
"Bergringrennen" (1988)

Ceylon


Lineup:


Michael Gröper (vocals)
Jörg-Rainer Friede (guitar)
Frank Rusch (guitar)

Band-info:

A Heavy Metal band from Rostock up in the north of the ex-GDR, that was playing during the mid 80’s from 1984-1987, featuring the Crystal guitarist Jörg-Rainer Friede during a short period in 1985/86. Also Michael Gröper (Rosa Rock, Dead Bang) used to sing in Ceylon, who only performed live and didn’t seem to ever have recorded any material. Further info is needed.

(Thanx to Jens-Uwe Bernd for info and picture)

Discography:



Lilith


Lineup:


Jeanette Flittner (vocals)
Mathias Frommelt (guitar)
Christoph Löffler (guitar)
Detlef Wolff (bass)
Lou Widera (drums)


Band-info:

The band Lilith was formed in Neubrandenburg, during the ex-GDR already took their last breath in May 1990 and right from the start focussed on composing own material, that basically belonged to the upper term Heavy Metal, while the female fronted group on the other hand also added influences of the Prog and Psychedlic Rock genre. Lilith was shortlived and surely suffered from the changing times within the country, meaning money, jobs etc. was rare, most factories closed their gates forever, so financially seen it wasn't indeed the best time to start a band with ambitions for higher tasks. Nevertheless Lilith recorded a Demo tape before they vanished again around 1993, mentioning plans to record a record until late in 1992, but in the end failed to realized that high set undertaking. Further info is needed.

(Thanx to Jens-Uwe Bernd for info and picture)

Discography:



Lava


Lineup:


Peter Sandkaulen (guitar, vocals)
Mike Demnitz (bass)
Michael Thiel (drums)

Band-info:

Shortlived Heavy Rock band formed by the later MCB member Mike Demnitz around early 1979 in Magdeburg (ex-GDR). The trio just existed until 1980, when Demnitz returned to his former band Reform and later founded MCB in 1983. Lava actually performed cover versions of international Hard Rock acts.

(Thanx to Jens-Uwe Bernd for info and picture)

Discography:



Salvage


Lineup:


Thomas Brexeler (vocals, guitar)
Peter Wagner (guitar)
Holger Frey (bass)
Stefan Krings (drums)

Band-info:

Despite it's widely guessed that Salvage was the continuation of Nytemare, it's not really the case. A local underground sampler, that just recently surfaced, proves that Salvage from the Hagen area was active since early 1985, founded by Thomas Brexeler (vocals, guitar), Peter Wagner (guitar), Holger Frey (bass) and Stefan Krings (drums) in Herdecke. Soon Peter Wagner got replaced by Frank Hilleringhaus (guitar) and during 1987 Roland Kluge joined on guitar, while Thomas Brexeler only took over vocal duties. In the same year fate hit Salvage hard when Stefan Krings tragically died in a car accident on his way from Witten to Wetter on the 31st of January ‘87, so the band was forced to hire Christian Ermecke on drums. Salvage got a spot on the compilation “Musikinitiative Wetter", featuring the 2 trax "Long live the Rock" and "Running out of time", that both are dedicated to Stefan Krings. The band also recorded some Demo tapes, one of them dating from April 1987. A bit later on the founding member Peter Wagner returned, replacing Frank Hilleringhaus on guitar. Soon after that Jürgen Tezlaff (guitar, ex-Nytemare) and Frank Brackelmann (drums) replaced Roland Kluge and Christian Ermecke. While being in the studio for recording the self titled CD, Frank Brackelmann was replaced by another ex-Nytemare musician, Georg Plattke. Peter Wagner and Thomas Brexeler subsequently left the band around the same time, so that Ergün Tasli (guitar, ex-Nytemare) and vocalist Dirk Hackenberg joined instead. Now the band featured mostly former members of Nytemare. The newly reformed Salvage with the line up consisting of Dirk Hackenberg (vocals), Jürgen Tetzlaff (guitar), Ergün Tasli (guitar), Marc Herrmann (bass) and Georg Plattke (drums) finished the production of their CD during 1990/91 at the D&S Studio, delivering brainmelting, outstanding, unique, upper league melodic Heavy Metal, that sets the standard quite high for bands who want to messure themself on bands like Salvage. There aren't many words needed, those who loved Nytemare, will adore the Salvage album, as this CD is the crown of their musical legislating. Sadly this album was their only output, coz the guys already quit in 1992.

(Thanx to Tatjana Menk for additional info)

Discography:


"Musikerinitiative Wetter" Comp.-LP 1987 (Stadtjugendring Wetter)
”Salvage” CD 1991 (D&S)

Deathtrap


Lineup:


Steven Mondrzejewski (guitar, vocals)
Olaf Gerold (guitar)
Helko Klemm (bass)
Ralph Richter (drums)

Band-info:

Thrashers Deathtrap was founded in Freiberg (ex-GDR) with survivors of the Thrash bands Misanthropy (Steven Mondrzejewski & Ralph Richter) and Helion (Olaf Gerold & Helko Klemm) in the fall of 1989. In early February ’90 the foursome already recorded their first Demo “Trapped in pain”, that slightly suffered by the raw Demo sound, but the lads tried to deliver a Kreator inspired style, that in the whole reminds kinda of the Moshquito Demos. After diverse gigs and a live tape from August 1990, a western label showed interest in the band, who agreed to produce the mini album privately at Infernal Row Studio in Wuppertal, while the label would release the vinyl later. But after inspecting the contract accurately, the guys retreated from the offer and decided to release the MLP on their own. But while trying to buy the mastertapes, the label and studio intervened and both parties couldn’t find any solution for that purpose. The Deathtrap guys just had a simple tape in their hands and nothing else, containing their recordings mixed independently by the studio, that naturally caused a bad mood within the band. The recorded material offers raw Thrash in the vein of Kreator/Slayer and Necrodeath. Drummer Ralph Richter subsequently left late in 1990 and joined Musical Massacre, while the ex-Musical Massacre drummer Lutz Götzold joined in during the last phase of Deathtrap in 1991. Nevertheless the bad tensions inside the band climaxed in Deathtrap’s split, since Steven Mondrzejewski wanted to move into the Death Metal corner, while Helko Klemm and Olaf Gerold tried to continue with their original style. After playing a last gig as opening act for Cannibal Corpse, Deathtrap was history. Steven and Lutz formed the shortlived Death Metal band Procession, while Lutz then later joined post-Musical Massacre band Purgatory. The compilation “Downfall (1989 – 1991)”, released on German Democratic Recordings, features all the bands recordings from 1990.

Discography:


”Trapped in pain” Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Rehearsal 1990" Reh/Demo 1990 (unreleased)
“Live In Conradsdorf” Live MC 1990 (selfreleased)
"Unreleased Mini LP" 1990 (unreleased)
“Downfall” Comp.-MC Track 1991 (Extreme Noise – Volume 2 / The Dead Walk!)
“Downfall” Comp.-MC Track 1991 (Visions Of Canalization Compilation Tape Volume One)
“Thrashing East Attack Vol. I” Comp.-MC Tracks 1991 (selfreleased)
"Deaf Tape Sampler No. 1” Comp.-MC Tracks 1991 (Morbid)

Helion


Lineup:


Torsten Kauk (vocals)
Michael Lässig (guitar)
Olaf Gerold (guitar)
Helko Klemm (bass)
Rico Rätzel (drums)

Band-info:

Helion a Freiberg (ex-GDR) based selfclaimed Thrashcore outfit that formed in 1988 and released 2 Demos in 1989, already disbanded in the fall of 1989 again. The studio tape contains some rude Thrash with a few good parts and ugly vocals that in places appear quite punky. I think they tried to orientate on bands like Kreator and Messiah. If you take a look at the tracklist of the Live Demo you'll get quite a good survey of what bands they did listen to. But this opens another question to me, if they are able to cover Kreator, Slayer, Sodom, Metallica or Carnivore, why the guitars on the "Seid nich so lahm ... Ihr Fucker!" Demo are sounding that staccato like? Their style really takes time getting used to it. Heiko Klemm and Olaf Gerold founded Death/Thrashers Deathtrap in the end of 1989.

Discography:


"Seid nich' so lahm ... Ihr Fucker!" Demo1989 (selfreleased)
"It's Live!" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)

Necropsy


Lineup:


Marc Fehse (vocals, bass)
Unne (guitar)
Matt (guitar)
Michael (drums, vocals)

Band-info:

Necropsy from Braunschweig released a pretty cool Demo tape at the peak of the second Death Metal wave in 1990. "Pay with your life" features 5 trax with influences of Asphyx and Death, that are all carried by a quite gloomy atmoshere. Unfortunately the quartet couldn't reproduce the same dark feeling on the "Some dark impressions" single, that was released on Century Media 2 years later with new guitarist Jens who replaced Unne, and represented Necropsy from just a typically US american style influenced common Death Metal side.

Discography:


"Pay with your life" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
“Pay with your life” Comp.-MC Track 1991 (Extreme Noise - Volume 2 / The Dead Walk!)
"Some dark impressions" 7" EP 1992 (Century Media)

Godkiller


Lineup:


Dog Molester (vocals)
Grindslaughter (guitar)
Cancerous Gene (bass)
Nun Abuser (drums)

Band-info:

Deathgrind noisemakers from Aurich, Lower Saxony, active between 1990-1992. Both their untitled 1991 demos (7 and 8 songs respectively) claim to be extractions from a longer "Hellish Bleeding Nuns"-session recorded at 'Slaughterhouse L.A.'. Guitarist Grindslaughter a.k.a. Klaus Kessemeier was also in the more familiar Thrash-locals Assorted Heap, which also reflected in Godkiller’s sound, that either adopted several Death/Thrash influences, sounding quite US american in the whole. If you have more info, please get in contact.

Discography:


“Demo” Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
“Demo” Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
“Godkiller/Dismemberment” Comp.-MC Track 1991 (Extreme Noise - Volume 2 / The Dead Walk!)

Assorted Heap


Lineup:


Dirk Schiemann (vocals)
Gunter Groen (guitar)
Klaus Kessemeier (guitar)
Joachim Meyer (bass)
Thomas Marter (drums)

Band-info:

The Thrash band Assorted Heap from Aurich in the upper north of Germany (Ostfriesland) was founded by former T.G.T. members Gunter Groen and Thomas Marter in September 1987. Dirk Schiemann, Joachim Meyer and lastly Klaus Kessemann joined one by one. In March 1988 the band recorded their Demo "Killing peace", that featured a very raw sort of Death/Thrash and the guys played several shows till S.L. Coe signed the band for his 1MF label. The debut album "The experience of horror" was produced in September '90 and released 1991. The material on the album pretty much reflected the Demo stuff and featured a kind of hyperfast Thrash, sounding like Kreator mixed with Invocator/Sadus influences, though the band every now and then added standard Thrash elements as well. Due to the good album responces Assorted Heap got support slots for bigger acts of the european Death Metal acts and subsequently recorded their second and last album "Mindwaves" a bit later on. On "Mindwaves" the guys went a bit "softer", the Death/Thrash roots got slightly cut, while the regular and either melodic classic Thrash parts took the upper hand, that made Assorted Heap going more into a more late 80's Kreator/Sacrosanct/Slayer inspired technical direction. Still during 1992 they toured with Edge of Sanity before they band eventually split up due to problems with their label. Some of the guys formed the band BK 49 during the mid 90's.

Discography:


"Killing peace" Demo 1988 (selfreleased)
"Killing Peace" Comp.-MC Track 1989 (Massacre Time Vol.1)
"Poser Slaughter" Comp.-MC Track 1990 (Sounds from Beyond)
"Terrorized brains" Comp.-MC Track 1991 (Extreme Noise - Volume 2 / The Dead Walk!)
"The experience of horror" LP/CD 1991 (1MF)
"Mindwaves" LP/CD 1992 (1MF)

Deterrent


Lineup:


Markus Weckermann (vocals)
Nico Luttenberg (guitar)
Frank (guitar)
Sascha Meinert (drums)
Gocken (bass)

Band-info:

Deterrent was progressive Thrashers from Osnabrück, that existed since '87 and released 2 Demos that both made it easily to the lower league of the Tech Thrash acts from Germany. It's not just the almost unbearable vocalist, who tried to sing but forgot that he absolutely can't and not even had a voice at all for that kind of Metal. But also the song structures appeared somewhat weird, especially on "Got stuck" they really put the crown on the mess they created. The first tape at least had a few straighter passages that showed similarities to some US Thrash bands but it's far from being recommended at all. The same year when the second Demo was out, Deterrent could also place two exclusive tracks on a local compilation CD. They even dared to release a CD in 1994 entitled "Re-Invention"! Nico Luttenberg was also found in Power Metallers Enola Gay.

Discography:


"Obey Today '89" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Beyond the wall" Comp.-MC Track 1991 (Extreme Noise - Volume 2 / The Dead Walk!)
"Got Stuck" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"Wizzards From OS" Comp.-CD Tracks 1991 (Gemelo)


Golem


Lineup:


Andreas Hilbert (guitar, vocals)
Max Grützmacher (bass)
Michael Marschalk (drums)

Band-info:

An eastgerman Death Metal band from Buckow (ex-GDR), that was founded still in July '89, shortly before the political change, by teenagers Max Grützmacher, Michael Marschalk and Andreas Hilbert. The first Demo "Visceral scab" got recorded in early '91 and featured Grindcore inspired Death Metal in the vein of Carbonized, that gained the boys first attention within the Death Metal scene and led to another 7", featuring 2 trax of the Demo. Caused by a tragic car accident, Max Grützmacher died in July '92, that forced the remaining duo to reform the band with Jens Malwitz (ex-Mentis Error) on guitar. When Michael Marschalk quit either a few months later, Ruben Wittchow helped on drums. Last but not least Fermenting Innards' Rico Spiller took over the bass and the band so gar was complete again to record the second Demo "Recall the day of incarnation" in June '93. But either Jens Malwitz was torn out of life unexpectedly when he suffered a crash with his motorcycle. Michael Marschalk returned to the band in 1994 and the recordings for their debut album "Eternity: The Weeping Horizons" happened in August '95. 2 more albums was published in 1999 ("The 2nd moon") and 2004 ("Dreamweaver").

Discography:


"Visceral scab" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
“Thrashing East Attack Vol. I” Comp.-MC Tracks 1991 (selfreleased)
"Mutilated organs" Comp.-Tape Track 1991 (Deaf Tape Sampler No. 1)
"Visceral scab" 7" EP 1992 (Cannibalized Serial Killer)
"Recall the day of incarnation" Demo 1993 (selfreleased)

Manos


Lineup:


Mike Andrae (guitar, vocals)
Andreas Löhne (guitar)
Thomas Thrun (vocals, bass)
Jan Berendt (drums)

Band-info:

The eastgerman Manos started as Löwenherz back in 1984 in Querfurt (ex-GDR) and changed name to Manos in late 1988. The lads was playing a rather raw style of Motörhead inspired Metal with Power Metal influences on the 88er Demo track "Metal invade", that as far as I know wasn't released officially. Within the political change inside the GDR and either a change of the personnel change, Manos recorded their first Demo "Kranker Tannenbaum" with Mike Andrae (guitar, vox), Andreas Löhne (bass) and Carsten Rothweiler (drums) in 1989, that was shortly followed by "Frust" in 1990. The guy's style either changed into a raw underground style Thrash Metal by that time, and Manos had become an insider tip due to their sometimes quite insane live shows. The whole insanity resulted in an single on the Poserslaughter Records label in 1991, that featured 5 tracks in an even more rude Death/Thrash style. The band's debut album "La Bumm - Die Fette" otherwise took till 1994 to be released, but the album got legal problems and has to be taken off the market a while later. Manos are still active nowadays, releasing albums every now and then.

Discography:


"Kranker Tannenbaum" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Frust" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
“Thrashing East Attack Vol. I” Comp.-MC Tracks 1991 (selfreleased)
"Manos" 7" EP 1991 (Poserslaughter)
"Deaf Tape Sampler No. 1" Comp.-Tape Tracks 1991 (Morbid Records)

Unreleased recordings:
"Danger"
"You don't let me sleep"
"Terror irradiates terror"
"Metal invade" (1988)

Tishvaisings, The


Lineup:


Thomas Meitsch (vocals)
Jörg Adler (guitar)
Rajko Gohlke (bass)
Ingo Gutmann (drums)

Band-info:

The Tishvaisings was a band from Leipzig (ex-GDR), founded by Thomas Meitsch (vocals), Jörg Adler (guitar), Rajko Gohlke (bass) and Ingo Gutmann (drums), who started in 1988 playing rather punky stuff on their first Demo "Fast food" from 1989. In 1990 Dirk Feckenstedt replaced Ingo Gutmann and Jörg Adler handled the vocals besides guitar, which also meant that their name slightly changed to The Art of the Legendary Tishvaisings and even their sound turned into thrashy Crossover from that point. A 7" EP "Trief" was recorded in September '90 and 1MF Records gave the band a chance. Seems the experience worked so far as the Tishvaisings was allowed to record their only album "Catharsis" in 1991 on 1MF Records as well, with Jörg Adler (guitar, vocals), Dirk Feckenstedt (drums) and Rajko Gohlke on bass. The sound once again turned more into technically developed almost proggy but raw Thrash, with a few Anthrax influences, still offering some Crossover parts as well. Though the album sold well for an indie release, the band was disbanded to form Think About Mutation in 1992.

Discography:


”Fast food” Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Hundred bottles huntly" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Trief..." 7" EP 1990 (1MF)
“Thrashing East Attack Vol. I” Comp.-MC Tracks 1991 (selfreleased)
"Catharsis" LP/CD 1991 (1MF)

Damien Breed


Lineup:


Olaf Schultz (vocals, guitar)
Dirk Grabow (guitar)
Frank Bohnes (bass)
Holger Berndt (drums)

Band-info:

Founded as Excenter back in 1987 in the city of Güstrow in the north of the ex-GDR, the band originally started as a classic Heavy Metal quintet, but moved more and more into the Speed Metal corner during the following years. The band later shrunk to just a trio and either changed name to Damien Breed during 1989, while also stylistically they became rather Thrash inspired in the meanwhile. During the early 90's Damien Breed recorded first the "Fear in the neck" Demo tape, and when Frank Bohnes (bass) joined afterwards, another two tapes during 1991, before they produced their debut concept album "Ave Satani" for Inline Music, that featured very complex, partly doomy influenced Power/Thrash with a few Metallica hints. After the CD release, the guys in 1994 decided to change the band's name to Seelenwinter, because they felt they need a personal and musical change and recorded one more selftitled MCD under that monicker in 1994 and "If soul turns into flesh" during 1996, before they eventually called it quits.

Discography:


"Fear in the neck" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
“The fear in the neck” Comp.-MC Track 1991 (Thrashing East Attack Vol. I)
"Permanent paralysed" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"The sign" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"Deaf Tape Sampler No. 1" Comp.-Tape Tracks 1991 (Morbid Records)
"Ave Satani" CD 1993 (Battery)

Panther


Lineup:


Ralf Mikula (vocals)
Sven Halm (guitar)
Ulf Mäder (bass)
Steffen Klotz (drums)

Band-info:

A Thrash band that was originating from Halle (ex-GDR) and started playing in 1986. The guys seen by their technical skills must be counted to the upper league of the GDR Thrash acts, especially during the late 80's the Panther gigs was overcrowded events. Mike Kähler (ex-Hercules) replaced Ulf Mädler during 1987 on the bass guitar and also another Hercules axeman (Dieter Woyderski) joined Panther for about a year, but again left during '88. The guys was favorizing a speedy sort of Metal and after winning a national band contest in 1988, the band could produce the professional studio track "Höllenfeuer", that turned out to be a total rager with wild guitars and raw Speed Metal sound, almost hard to imagine that song was indeed produced at Jürgen Matkowitz's studio. The band naturally adopted a raw Thrash sound a bit later on and performed Kreator, Destruction and Sodom coverversions on stage, which led into a temporary stage ban after playing Sodom's "Bombenhagel". Ralk Mikula and Maik Kähler therefore left Panther (both either left the country later), who hired Maik Schmidt for the vocals and Ronnie Dümke on the bass, to record their first Demo "Total chaos" later in 1989, which turned out to feature Death/Thrash, sounding like a cross of Slayer, Sadus and Kreator. Early 1990 the guys still recorded one more Demo ("Empire of death") of the same brutal kind, but later went into a rather Death Metal/Grindcore direction and eventually split up 1991. 2 of their Demo trax ("Andalusien Terror" and "Burial of president") was featured on the underground compilation tape "Schreie der Angst". Guitarist Sven Halm joined the Death Metal band Overlord afterwards. 2019 the German Democratic Recordings label, re-released Panther's Demos and rehearsal recordings on the CD "Höllenfeuer".

Discography:


"Total chaos" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Empire of death" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
“Thrashing East Attack Vol. I” Comp.-MC Tracks 1991 (selfreleased)
"Deaf Tape Sampler No. 1" Comp.-Tape Tracks 1991 (Morbid Records)
"Schreie der Angst" Comp.-MC Tracks 1991 (Götterwind)

Broadcast Recordings:
"Höllenfeuer" (1988)

Wodan


Lineup:


Jan Hubert (vocals)
Rico Hein (drums)
André Morgenstern (guitar)
Jörg Leitner (guitar, bass)

Band-info:

Death/Thrashers from Annaberg/Saxony, founded still in the ex-GDR in 1988, Wodan together with Eminenz built the skeletal structure of the western Erzgebirge Metal scene. They started playing a rather doomy influenced Thrash style in the beginning and later changed into hyperspeed death/thrashing chaos ala Sadus and Jan Hubert (ex-Eminenz) grunting like a wild boar while still keeping those Doom parts. In February '91 the "Chemical death" Demo was recorded, with only 6 songs of that session becoming the official Demo, while the other 5 trax that they recorded as well, remained unreleased and then entered the studio in August again for the recordings of the "Brain decay" Demo. Sometime in 1992 Wodan was over and some of the members started the Doom/Black Metal band Sarkophag. Jan Hubert went to join Carcinoma, another Annaberg Death Metal act.

Discography:


”The “Chemical death” Session 2/91” (unofficial)
"Asgard/Wodan" Comp.-Tape Track 1991 (Thrashing East Attack Vol. I)
”Chemical death” Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
”Brain decay” Demo 8/91 (selfreleased)

Mephisto


Lineup:


Manfred Langner (vocals, keyboard)
Manfred Blank (guitar)
Thomas Braun (bass)
Alex Mashowsky (drums)



Band-info:

One of Augsburg's premier Hard Rock bands of the later 70's, that started during 1976 and featured a number of local musicians till Mephisto's split 1981. In 1978 Buddy Brudzinsky had replaced Thomas Braun. Either the later Headstone/Veto singer Harry Liebhäuser used to be a member of the band. According to an old press info Mephisto played "fast, thoroughbred, hammering Rock without compromises", including live coverversions of the Rolling Stones, Uriah Heep and Deep Purple. Manfred Langner subsequently formed the shortlived Hard Rock band Lionheart. During 1988 Mephisto reformed as revival band once again, but split up shortly later after their drummer died in an tragic accident. The guys kept on trying to keep the band going in the coming years every now and then, in 1993 f.e. with Tom Häring on vocals.

Discography:



Waxx


Lineup:


Achim Zwirner (guitar, vocals)
Jörg Blank (guitar)
Jochen Tabery (bass, vocals)
Alwin Rainer (drums)

Band-info:

A local Augsburg Heavy Metal troop, that back in 1984 when the band formed, was rated Augsburg's heaviest Rock band ever. Achim Zwirner was ex-Request/Meridias and formed Waxx with the 2,08 m tall drummer Alwin Rainer, who was previously member of the local Hard Rock band Grim Reaper and rockers Knüppelhart. A Demo tape was recorded during late 1984 too. According to certain newspaper features Waxx' sound was pure Heavy Metal with either complicated breaks and arrangements, driven by twin lead duels. During summer '85 the band played their last gigs, and Alwin Rainer afterwards joined Manalishi and played live with Veto as well. Jörg Blank continued with Basanostra. In the very beginning of the 90’s Waxx reformed with Jörg Blank and Alwin Rainer initiating the whole undertaking. Female singer Gaby Weihmayer (ex-Generation N) was added and the new Waxx recorded the 5 track Demo “The second time”, offering now a Hard Rock touched, rather modern looking sound. Again the band seemed to take a longer pause during the main part of the 90’s, but in the year 2000 Waxx resurfaced once again with the 2 selfproduced CD’s “Analogue” and “Still loud”, this time featuring besides Alwin Rainer and Jörg Blank the ex-Mephisto/Timebreakers guitarist Manfred Blank, Walter Krüger, Stefan Drescher and female vocalist Inge Eberle. But seems this final line up went on hiatus around 2003/04 as well.

Discography:


"Giant step for mankind" Demo 1984 (selfreleased)
"The second time" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)

Lionheart


Lineup:


Manfred Langner (vocals)
Richard Heimerl (guitar)
Heinz Weller (bass)
Claus Tirschmann (drums)

Band-info:

The Augsburg based Lionheart used to write just a very short chapter in the german Hard Rock history between 1981-83, imspired by bands like Whitesnake and UFO. At least they made it to a local single release, that features the 2 tracks "Remember all" and "Walking the dog". The lads made clear on the backsleeve what's their credo, "The 70's Revisited with the hard-rocking sound of Lionheart". There is late 70's influences in form of AC/DC hints audible, but either a bluesy note. The title track still grows and unfolds it's charm with the refrain and the great solo part. The backside track on the other hand doesn't know to attact at all. Manfred Langner came from the local Augsburg 70's Hard Rock legend Mephisto and Bernd Sparhuber replaced Heinz Weller on bass.

Kick Down


Lineup:


Peter Arndt (vocals)
Heinz Behrmann (guitar)
Norbert Müller (bass)
Karl Krollmann (guitar)
Stefan Prinke (drums)

Band-info:

Kick Down from Augsburg was founded 1984 after Driving Force's end by ex-members of that band, namely Stefan Prinke, Karl Krollmann, Heinz Behrmann and Norbert Müller. Behrmann knew vocalist Peter Arndt from earlier days in their former band Greyhound. The lads mainly continued where Driving Force had stopped and started playing the old Driving Force heavy Hard Rock, resulting in the Demo "Breaking off the walls" from 1985. Afterwards Holger Leix (vocals) replaced Arndt and also Heinz Behrmann left the band, that started writing more melodic sounding material. The band split up during the late 80's and was seen still 1987 at a local Open Air festival. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Discography:


"Breaking off the walls" Demo 1985 (selfreleased)

Asathor


Lineup:


Andreas Hagedorn (vocals)
Dirk Kauder (guitar)
Sven Fahrig (guitar)
Matthias Zander (bass)
Sven Leuffert (drums)

Band-info:

Shortlived Thrashers from Magdeburg (ex-GDR), that formed in 1987 and played their first gig October the same year. The guys played several live gigs till the political change in late 1989, when Zander quit and Sven Fahrig switched over to bass. During 1990 the band split up already and some of the lads did carry on right within the same year under the name “Stellung 43”. Asathor reformed shortly during 1993 with Hagedorn, Kauder, plus newbies Marcel Fehse (bass) and Matthias Voss on drums. But it only remained a short attempt, since after a first gig they disbanded Asathor for good.

Discography:



Villain


Lineup:


Lars Sehm (vocals)
Ulf Dahlmann (guitar)
Steffen Kröpfel (guitar)
Sven Schüssler (bass)
Kai Rehm (drums)

Band-info:

Local Thalheim Power/Thrash Metal outfit from southern ex-GDR, near Stollberg/Chemnitz. The band was founded by vocalist Lars Sehm during 1986 and acted on a quite professional level on stage, performing Slayer and Manowar cover versions, while their own material sounded like a cross of early Slayer and the heavy Running Wild stuff. Despite the GDR officials actually had mentioned plans to support their musical career, Villain broke apart within the political change during 1990. There was a 5 track Demo tape available though, recorded at this time as well and members being Lars Sehm (vocals), Ulf Dahlmann (guitar), Steffen Kröpfel (guitar), Olaf Schisler (bass), plus session musicians Ulf Reinhardt (drums) and Peter Viertel (keyboard). Lars Sehm afterwards joined the band Danger.

Discography:


“The first” Demo 1990 (selfreleased)

Rockwärts


Lineup:


Axel Klemm

Band-info:

A Hard Rock band of the ex-GDR, that was active during the 80’s and originated from Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz). Axel Klemm was formerly member of the 70’s Prog/Hardrockers Modern Formation, who recorded a bunch of exciting and heavy songs during 1973. Rockwärts are known to have played together with Pharao and Nobody at the "FDJ Pfingstkonzert der Jugend" in 1988. Further info is needed.

Discography:



Rübezahl


Lineup:


Frank Göpfert (vocals)
Andreas Vlachidis (guitar)
Sven Hartmann (bass)
Annegret Morgenstern (keyboard)
Bernd Leucht (drums)

Band-info:

Originally the ex-GDR band Rübezahl from Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz) started 1984 as a Rock band, till Andreas Vlachidis had to join the army and his substitute Thomas Junior (ex-Pent) was responsible that the guys went into a slightly more Hard Rock based direction, by covering songs Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. Annegret Morgenstern left focussed more on background things of the band and when Sven Hartmann 1986 had to suffer the same fate like Vlachidis before, Gunter Pasler first and shortly later Thomas Steinz (ex-Frontal) joined on bass guitar. That was the starting shot for Rübezahl's Heavy Metal career, influenced by Accept and Judas Priest tunes, original songs like “The lion man” was created. In Autumn '87 Sven Hartmann returned to the band and drummer Bernd Leucht quit his drummer job to get replaced by Uwe Eckert (ex-Frontal). Rübezahl's live repertoire featured several tunes of Judas Priest, Accept, Deep Purple, UFO, ZZ Top, Motörhead, Samson, Ted Nugent, Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath. During that time Thomas Junior decided to leave the country and the guys found replacement for him in once again an ex-Frontal member, Thomas Walther on the guitar. While the sound of the band became a bit more Motörhead and Black Sabbath inspired, they changed name to Charon in 1988.

Discography:



Vertigo


Lineup:


Stone (vocals)
Volker Spitzer (guitar)
Gunnar Lübkemann (bass)
Jürgen Schlacke (keyboard)
Thomas Schwarzkopf (drums)

Band-info:

Having had partly auspicious reviews for their only Demo “Careful disguise" the local Bremen Heavyrockers Vertigo completely disappeared again after it's release in 1989. Comparisons with Whitesnake and Led Zeppelin (vocalwise) aren't completely pulled out of thin air at all, though the rough openers on both sides of the tape do sound quite metallic. The further material then rocks hard, like mentioned earlier, sounding like a more modern version of old Whitesnake, Rainbow and Led Zeppelin. Seems like the guys had been heavily 70’s influenced, which for 1989 certainly wasn't the best option we could imagine. Further info is needed.

Discography:


„Careful disguise“ Demo 1989 (selfreleased)

No-One


Lineup:


Wirtscheck (vocals)
Udo (guitar)
Vele (bass)
Kalle (drums)

Band-info:

No-One was a shortlived Hard Rock/Metal band from Meerane (ex-GDR), that only existed from 1983-86, without having ever composed own material. The guys just focussed on coverversions of bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Krokus and Accept and already split up during late 1986. When their vocalist and bassist all together had to join the army during autumn '86, their guitarist Udo tried to illegally escape the country and eventually got busted in Hungary. The last survivor Kalle joined forces with Frontal vocalist Andreas Männer, who had just lost his band as well and both subsequently revived Frontal with new fresh musicians. If you got more, please get in touch.

Discography:



Frontal


Lineup:


Andreas Männer (vocals)
Thomas Walther (guitar)
Thomas Steinz (bass)
Uwe Eckert (drums)

Band-info:

Frontal was an early Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band from Stollberg/Saxony (ex-GDR), that was already active since 1982 and only performed cover versions of f.e. bands like Saxon, Judas Priest or Black Sabbath. The guys was only playing live in the southern part of the country, but when Thomas Steinz during 1986 joined the Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz) based Hardrockers Rübezahl (that shortly after became Charon), while all of the other guys except of vocalist Andreas Männer, went to join Rübezahl as well. When Männer met ex-No-One drummer Kalle later in 1986, they both decided to join forces and relocated with Frontal to Meerane/Saxony to reform the band with new members Olaf Voigt (guitar), Finger (guitar) and Ronny (bass). The newly reformed Frontal played several gigs, but then because of internal discrepancies about the musical future, Finger left the band already in 1987, while the remaining guys went into a much more Crossover inspired direction. Already in May '88 Kalle and Ronny was forced to join the army, which caused the end of that chapter as well. Andreas Männer during 1989 then formed the Power/Thrash band Danger, who became very well known in their area.

Discography:



Silence Creation


Lineup:


Frank-Otto Conrad (vocals)
Thomas Janßen (guitar)
Arnold Fokken (guitar)
Matthias Koch (bass)
Klaus Engel (keyboard)
Thomas Feeken (drums)

Band-info:

Emden based Prog Metal protagonists founded by guitarist Arnold Fokken and drummer Thomas Feeken already during 1986, who could ultimately establish a steady line up in 1987 with Frank-Otto Conrad (vocals), Matthias Koch (bass) and Klaus Engel (keyboard). Thomas Janssen entered the group in 1988 on second guitar as well. Frank-Otto Conrad and Thomas Janßen then left Silence Creation in 1992 to form Sacred Law, while the remaining guys produced the Maxi CD “Between dream and reality” in 1993 privately just to split up a short while later within the same year.

Discography:


“Between dream and reality” MCD 1993 (Rockwerk)

St. Metal


Lineup:


Markus Reinheckel (vocals)
Marcus Graupner (guitar)
André Klengel (guitar)
Ralf Möbius (bass)
Steffen Bär (drums)

Band-info:

St. Metal was a Hard Rock band from Dresden (ex-GDR), officially founded in 1983 as Rockmetal, by some guys of the Dresden scene, who was previously playing together since already 1978. Influenced by Krokus and obviously AC/DC the band started writing own material during 1984 and debuted with playing live during 1985, when they also recorded their first Demo "The spider". On the Demo recording Ralf Möbius (army!) got represented by Kay Rühmer. Also drummer Steffen Bär, who left the country a bit earlier, got shortly replaced by vocalist Markus Reinheckel. After the Demo was finished, the band changed their name to St. Metal. Kay Rühmer 1987 then joined the heavier Doctor Rock and also the new guitarist Thomas “Bachmann” Walther went into Doctor Rock's direction during 1988. For a short time Marcus Graupner switched from guitar to the bass, before he left the country also. Uwe Meinhardt joined on drums and the ex-Na Und guitarist Galina Semenichina plus Ralph Hoeltzel (bass) in the meanwhile strenghtened St. Metal's rows, who recorded one more AC/DC inspired Demo "Touch down" during that time. But the chemistry inside the band wasn't pleasant, so a big break happened, causing that Reinheckel left and managed the band, while drummer Meinhardt should take care of the vocals in the future and either Galina Semenichina had to leave the band. Falk Möckel got the position of the new drummer, and with the line up Uwe Meinhardt (vocals), Ralph Hoeltzel (bass), Falk Möckel (drums) and Andre Klengel (guitar) the guys recorded their "Fun maker" Demo in early 1989. Since one the songs got airplay at the national Heavy Metal radio show, the Amiga had plans to feature a track of St. Metal on one of their samplers, but it wouldn't come to that anymore at all. After having changed their name to just STM during autumn '89, the band announced their end early November the same year. The track “Sex & violence” that appeared on the “Dresden History 1981-87” tape compilation (Zieh Dich Warm An Tapes) was recorded together with members of the band Kaltfront already in 1987. Falk Möckel subsequently joined Death Metallers Purgativ in 1991.

Discography:


"Touch down" Demo 1988 (selfreleased)
"Fun maker" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
“Sex & violence” Comp.-MC Track 1990 (Dresden History 1981-87)

Lemon Crush


Lineup:


Band-info:

Hannover hardrockers active on the local live scene in the late 80's/early 90's. Not much else is known so far, other than that they borrowed Ted Bullet from Thunderhead as stand-in vocalist for a few gigs. If you have more info, please get in contact.

Discography:



Thracer


Lineup:


Thorsten Vesper (bass)

Band-info:

Crude Hard Rock with an r'n'r edge from the Ostfriesland area, active in the early 90's. Bassist Thorsten was previously in Axtasia. If you have more info, please get in contact.

Discography:



Giant Rider


Lineup:


Siegfried Kwapich (bass)
Rolf Ittner (drums)

Band-info:

A band from the Witten area, formed in 1989, that featured Rolf Ittner and Siegfried Kwapich formerly in Bloody Flesh. Musically they've been described as simple but powerful Heavy Metal, but they don't seem to have lasted very long, as Siegried later left to join Ambivalenz and Rolf continued in Anger/Cogency. Further info is needed.

Discography:


Demo 1990 (selfreleased)

Tenet


Lineup:


Helmut Voss (guitar)

Band-info:

A "Heavy Rock" trio from Emden, Lower Saxony, active around 1983-1984. Guitarist Helmut Voß had previously been active in other local acts like Infernal and Heavy Metal Blues Band since the late 70's, and plenty of bands after. If you have more info, please get in touch.

Discography:



Call Of The Wild


Lineup:


Band-info:

Untimely 70's-inspired Hard Rock from Bochum, by whom a demo was produced in the early 90's by 'Rock Point' management, but that's about all we know so far. If you have more info, please get in contact.

Discography:



Witness


Lineup:


Ralf Wolinski (drums)
Ingo Leinigen (bass)
Jens Häfner (guitars)
Heiko Siefken (guitars)
Michael Kretschmer (vocals)

Band-info:

A Power Metal band from Oldenburg who later changed name to Leifforce during the late 80's and played a Savatage influenced style of Metal with Speed Metal influences. Their drummer Ralf Wolinski is known to have started "drumming" back in 1984, so we could expect that Witness formed around 1985/86. Ingo and Jens were previously in other Oldenburg Metallers Sanctuary. If you got further info, please get in touch.

Discography:


"The Witness" Demo 1987

Silent Terror


Lineup:


Frank Spinka (vocals)
Joachim Müller (guitar)
Kay Osterloh (guitar)
Gregor Zielhardt (bass)
Gregor Joisten (drums)

Band-info:

Shortlived Thrashers from Aurich (northern Germany), that was active between 1989 and 1992. 1990 the lads produced a professional 4 track Demo with the help of Sodom's Michael Hoffmann, that offered a varied kind of Thrash, that reminds in the raw thrashing parts of Kreator. Especially the vocals do sound much like the late Mille, but nevertheless, a technically quite experienced band. Some members also played in other local acts Thrash/Death Metal acts Vomiting Corpses, Almighurt and Eternal Rest.

Discography:


”Humanity … sold out” Demo 1990 (selfreleased)

Siren's Moan


Lineup:


Band-info:

Young Metal unknowns from Wiesmoor, Lower Saxony, active in the late 80's. If you have more info, please get in contact.

Discography:



Sacred Law


Lineup:


Thomas Janssen (bass)
Detlef Willms (drums)
Reinhold Lüppen (guitars)
Frank-Otto Conrad (vocals)

Band-info:

Traditional Metal latecomers from Emden, Lower Saxony, formed in 1992 after Thomas and Otto had left other Emden prog-Metallists Silence Creation. Many gigs were played and a demo was produced the same year, alas with little fanfare. The band split up shortly after, but you can check out a re-recording of one of the tracks + some visuals here.

Discography:


"Close Your Eyes" Demo 1992 (selfreleased)

No Doubt


Lineup:


Sir Marlowe (guitar)
Uli “Gibson“ Hoffmann (guitar)
Mario Freese (bass)
Jörg “Schorsch“ Theilen (vocals)
Kai Hoffmann (drums)

Band-info:

A self-proclaimed "Heavy `n` Roll" band from Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony, who started out already in 1985 but didn't release their first demo until 1992 and thus sadly missing the chance to jump on the original wave of German 80's HR/HM by a fair margin. Another demo in 1994 plus a CD in 1995 ensued, until the name-change to Still No Doubt in 1998, after which several CDs followed. While there's been some line-up changes through the years (the debut demo line-up is represented here) the band is still around today and you can check them out at their home page.

Discography:


"There Is No Doubt" Demo 1992 (selfreleased)

Morty Pilot


Lineup:


Band-info:

A Thrash band from Oldenburg, formed in 1989 and who were featured with the songs "Let fist rule again" and "Life is doubtful" on the local underground compilation "Teenspirit from outer space" in 1993. We suppose that both trax was taken from a Demo tape, that the Morty Pilot most probably had released during 1993. The band is still active nowadays as a Thrash Metal cover band. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Discography:


"Teenspirit from outer space" Comp.-CD Tracks 1993 (Rubbish Recordings)

Testicle


Lineup:


Band-info:

Unknowns from Leer, possibly in the Thrash-vein and active in the late 80's as they were featured on a local gig poster from April 1988. If you have more info, please get in contact.

Discography:



Phalanx


Lineup:


Heinzi Steinke (guitar)

Band-info:

A Metal band of unknown style active in Leer in the mid-to-late 80's. Guitarist Heinzi left in 1987 to form Mainzel Maniacs. If you have more info, please get in touch.

Discography:



Mainzel Maniacs


Lineup:


Heinzi Steinke (guitar)
Many Tennhoff (guitar)
Rainer Gosseling (drums)
Ingo Jonscher (bass)
Mario Hübner (vocals)

Band-info:

This young Leer Thrash/crossover act was formed in August 1987 by guitarist Heinzi Steinke who had just left his previous band Phalanx, together with Many Tennhoff (guitar), Rainer Gosseling (drums) and Bernd de Vries (vocals). They had their first gig in January 1988, after which original singer Bernd left and instead Sven Stiekel stepped up to the mike. A bassist in the form of Ingo Jonscher was also added, and right before the recording of their debut demo in December 1988 the vocalist spot was replaced again by Mario Hübner. A second "Poperze" tape has been mentioned, but only as an 'unofficial' release. The band broke up in 1990, at which time Heinzi and Ingo instead joined Aborted Brains.

Discography:


"H.I.V." Demo 1988 (selfreleased)
"Poperze" unofficial Demo 1989 (selfreleased)

Charon (Chemnitz)


Lineup:


Frank Göpfert (vocals)
Thomas Walther (guitar)
Thomas Steinz (bass)
Uwe Eckert (drums)

Band-info:

Originally the ex-GDR band Charon was founded as Rübezahl 1984 in Karl-Marx-Stadt (now Chemnitz) and started as a Rock band, till Andreas Vlachidis had to join the army and his substitute Thomas Junior (ex-Pent) was responsible that the guys went into a slightly more Hard Rock based direction, by covering songs of Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. Annegret Morgenstern left to focus more on background things of the band and when Sven Hartmann 1986 had to suffer the same fate like Vlachidis before, Gunter Pasler first and shortly later Thomas Steinz (ex-Frontal) joined on bass guitar. That was the starting shot for Rübezahl's Heavy Metal career, influenced by Accept and Judas Priest tunes. In Autumn '87 Sven Hartmann returned to the band and drummer Bernd Leucht quit his drummer job to get replaced by Uwe Eckert (ex-Frontal). Rübezahl’s live repertoire featured several tunes of Judas Priest, Accept, Deep Purple, UFO, ZZ Top, Motörhead, Samson, Ted Nugent, Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath. During that time Thomas Junior decided to leave the country and the guys found replacement for him in once again an ex-Frontal member, Thomas Walther on the guitar. While the sound of the band became a bit more Motörhead and Black Sabbath inspired, they changed name to Charon in 1988. Late in '89 guitarist Thomas Walther (later in Doctor Rock) and Thomas Steinz had been the victims of the army, so Heiko Serchen (guitar, ex-Doctor Rock) and Bert Reinhold (bass) came into the band, which caused another change of the musical direction towards a prefered Metallica influenced sound. After several internal issues Charon was disbanded during spring 1990.

Discography:



Vera Cruz (Winnenden)


Lineup:


Emme Serman (vocals, guitar)
Tobi Janouschek (guitar)
Till Janouschek (guitar, keyboard)
Bernie Weiß (bass)
Alexy Unterreiner (drums)

Band-info:

These are the Vera Cruz from Minnenden (near Stuttgart), who released a very exciting album on the Indie Label Aurophon in the late 80’s. But these guys are lesser known for their earliest vinyl appearance, on the local Stuttgart compilation “M.I.R. – Stuttgart III“, released in the mid 80’s. Nonetheless Vera Cruz either here could leave a noteworthy impression with 2 melodic AOR/Hard Rock numbers, where especially “I’ll find you” reminds strongly of the early Bon Jovi. Surely still a long way to go to reach the champions league quality of “Hot games”, but nevertheless the seed for greater tasks was sown already in their early 80’s phase. During the following years the band got restructured with Andy Layer (vocals, guitar), Armin Wagner (bass), Tobi Janouschek (guitar), Till Janouschek (keyboard) and Dieter Trabert (drums) building the new musical axis, when Vera Cruz’ debut album was eventually released in 1988. Among the german melodic Hard Rock bands with "Hot games" they found themselves in the upper league, being in good company with other bands such as Aidean, Karo, Mydra or Vice. Their whole style comes almost close to swedish melodic Metal/Hard Rock bands, with good arrangements and great vocal performance. This album is a must have for any Hard Rock collection. Sadly Vera Cruz’ star failed to rise on the major label heavens and the band completely disappeared afterwards, which on the other hand is rather typical for this kind of local bands, isn’t it?

Discography:


“M.I.R. – Stuttgart III“ Comp.-LP Tracks 1984
”Hot games” LP/CD 1988 (Aurophon)

Nitribitt


Lineup:


Manuel Urbano (guitar)
Ingo Nowotny (drums)

Band-info:

In the band info is noted that Nitribitt was meant to be former Cetan Mani drummer Ingo Nowotny’s (yeah, the satan of Usingen, owner of Metal Enterprises) answer to Blondie and Straßenjungs and well there’s indeed a sort of late 70’s Punk influence on the band’s material, which on the other side mainly features a quite typical german Kraut/Hard Rock sound, known to be performed by many acts of that era as well. Nitribitt appeared on a handful of compilations, but couldn’t really surprise any major label bosses at all with their standard sound. Nowotny then focussed on his labels and begun to produce Punk albums and a bit later on of course too many faked Metal records as we all do know.

Discography:


“Rock Offers 3” Comp.-LP Tracks 1978 (Offers Musik Produktion)
“Germany's Rock Sensation No. I” Comp.-LP Tracks 1980 (Nitribitt)
„Deutsche Welle (Rock In Deutsch Nr. 2)“ Comp.-LP Tracks 1981 (Ahorn)

Vampires


Lineup:


Gary Gareis (vocals)
Udo Walder (guitar)
Norbert Rösch (bass)
Dieter Klier (keyboard)
Jürgen Fechter (drums)

Band-info:

A long lasting local Hard Rock band of the entire 70’s decade, that existed since already 1968/69 in the Würzburg and Frankfurt area, but never made it big, though this band delivered a very Deep Purplish and Wishbone Ash influenced, partly bluesy but indeed heavy sounding archetypical 70’s Hard Rock. Drummer Jürgen Fechter either played for a short time in the early 70’s with none less than the Scorpions. Their only album “We’re on the road again” was recorded live during a tour 1978 and published on Ingo Nowotny’s label Nitribitt Records in 1978. Afterwards the Vampires could still place a number of songs on smaller compilations made by Nowotny as well, but sadly failed to score a major deal. The band split up around 1980 and the members spread anywhere and nowhere. Dieter Klier 1981 joined the quite well known bavarian Pop/Rock band Relax and Udo Walder returned in the mid 80’s with Jazzrockers Locko Richter Agreement. Only Jürgen Fechter joined Fulda metalheads T.N.T., while also the Vampires vocalist Gary Gareis went heavier ways and sung additional vocals on Bullet’s “No mercy” album.

Discography:


“We’re on the road again” LP 1978 (Nitribitt)
“Rock Offers 3” Comp.-LP Tracks 1978 (Offers Musik Produktion)
“I’m a Rock ‘n’ Roll singer” Comp.-LP Track 1980 (Germany's Rock Sensation No. I)

T.N.T. (Fulda)


Lineup:


Martin Busch (vocals)
Jörg Hargesheimer (guitar)
Diethelm Baumann (guitar)
Dieter Schön (bass)
Jürgen Fechter (drums)

Band-info:

WWhile Jürgen Fechtner already was the drummer for the Scorpions in the early 70's for a short period and then drummed in the 70’s for the well respected Hardrockers Vampires, he after Vampires split around 1980, met Dieter Schön in the band Spot and founded T.N.T. in May '83 in Fulda, with the much younger musicians Martin Busch (vocals), Jörg Hargesheimer (guitar) and Diethelm Baumann (guitar). They immediately scored a record deal with SL Records and recorded "Deflorator" in 1984 with support by ex- Accept axeman Hermann Frank. The album didn't sound much up to date, alot 70's influenced, with hints of AC/DC and Accept and quite viscous. If you remember that Tyrant released "Mean machine" in the same year, I could imagine they didn't receive too much attention. For heavy Hard Rock fans nevertheless a solid affair and the one or another pure Heavy Metal number was featured too. They troop split up already the next year and Fechtner joined Viva in the late 80's.

Le Rose


Lineup:


Michael le Rose (vocals)
Franco Fernandez (guitar)
Andy Schaal (guitar)
Vince Vally (bass)
Bob Levy (keyboard)
Gonzo Gonzales (drums)

Band-info:

A quite young band was Cologne’s Le Rose, when they rose into the top list of a local band that occurred in 1990 and was allowed to record the song “Young hearts” for the contest’s own compilation. Le Rose was just born in January the same year, but original drummer Gonzo Gonzales had to quit playing a bit later on due to health problems. Berny Hörter recorded the drums on the band’s recording, that sounds extremely american influenced, offering ear friendly melodic Hard Rock like a mix of the early Bon Jovi and Skid Row. Further band info is needed.

Discography:


"Young hearts" Comp.-LP Track 1990 (Die Sieger '90 - Rock De Cologne)


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