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Basta


Lineup:


Jörg Jorgel (vocals)
Andreas Bäckle (lead guitar)
Markus Fruhbauer (rhythm guitar)
Dominik Mercade (bass)
Carlos Vaz (drums)

Band-info:

A young classic Heavy Metal band from Bad Urach/Reutlingen, formed in 1982. They later came under the Management of Stormwitch around 1986/87. Their first Demo should be from around 1986 and the second tape with 3 tracks was released in 1987, described as rather diverse in style, ranging from commercial to Power/Thrash, with new wave'y vocals. If you have more info please get in touch.

Discograpy:


"Demo #2" Demo 1987 (selfreleased)

Quasimodo


Lineup:


Marco Wegener (guitar)
Ronald Czyrny (bass)

Band-info:

A Heavy Metal band of the ex-GDR, formed in East Berlin back in 1984. If you got more info, please get in touch.

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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, but 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.

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Trivales


Lineup:


Marita Gloger (vocals)
Klaus Bolz (guitar)
Bernd Hotau (guitar)
Matthias Gassmann (bass)
Claudius Hempelmann (drums)

Band-info:

A female fronted powerful Hard Rock band from Hannover with some quite entertaining songs that's not copying the Scorpions, but rather using some twin leads and offers certain NWOBHM hints. The single features 3 tracks that are rooted somewhere between powerful Hard Rock and even early Metal tunes ("Down to underground"). Just like the Fame single a real little jewel and comes with gatefold sleeve. Certain band members already released vinyl prior to their appearance in Trivales. Klaus Bolz came from the 1971 founded Pancake, who already recorded 3 albums until 1979. Claudius Hempelmann either has been a very busy man, while he recorded singles and other NDW crap with Iron Duke, Der Moderne Mann and Kosmonautentraum, he also synchronistic worked with Trivales and during the mid 80's resurfaced with the 39 Clocks. Their vocalist Marita in 1990 contributed vocals on Chris Becker's EP "Is this love?", that on the other hand belongs to rather the Jazz/Pop genre.

Discograpy:


"Trivales" 7" EP 1981 (Thorofon Discus)

Iron Duke


Lineup:


Dirk G. (guitar)
Adrean (guitar, bass)
Claudius Hempelmann (drums)

Band-info:

A Kraut Rock band from Hannover that released an obscure 7" on their own label. The single turns up on certain wantlists but it doesn't contain any Metal influences at all. On the title track you can hear in places a Hard Rock guitar but seriously, it's more or less just a Rock band. Hands off! One of Claudius Hempelmann's other bands at that time (he also played in Kosmonautentraum and "Der Moderne Mann"), namely the Trivales single, though belongs to the early german Hard Rock/Metal gems.

Discograpy:


"Funky story" 7" EP 1981 (AdDi)

Virgin Boys


Lineup:


Sylvester (vocals)

Band-info:

A classic Hard Rock fivepiece from West-Berlin. These guys released a Demo tape during early 1990, that we found a review for, comparing the class of the band either with the Scorpions. Musically the Virgin Boys was thrown into the Hard'n'Heavy drawer, convincing on a large spectrum of musical influences and songwriting skills, while the opener of the tape "Wipe out your tears" got compared to Southern Rock legend Lynyrd Skynyrd. Quite odd that by the mentioned quality of the band then, nobody knows about the tape/band. Further info is needed.

Discograpy:


"Virgin Boys" Demo 1990 (selfeleased)

Savage


Lineup:


Steffen Grau (vocals)
Mirko Richter (guitar)
Max Kundisch (guitar)
Heiko Köhler (bass)
Uwe Korm (drums)

Band-info:

Locals from Meerane (ex-GDR), who've been active between 1987 and 1989. The lads didn't compose own material and at their few local gigs they mainly performed Running Wild songs. Steffen Grau later after the political change played in T.S.C. Further info is badly needed.

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Tantrum


Lineup:


Gerald Maak (vocals)
Marco Ritter (guitar)
Martin Köhr (guitar)
Matthias Wiewiorra (bass)
Jörg Aschenbach (drums)

Band-info:

This band from Suhl (ex-GDR) was originally founded in 1984 as JFM as a shortlived schoolboy Rock band, but first during around 1985 Marco Ritter (guitar, vocals) and Matthias Wiewiorra (bass) formed Schreckschuss to play a much more Heavy Metal inspired sound. In the very beginning the duo used to play with a drum machine and already played a few local live gigs. The guys first found Jörg Wackes as vocalist, but it took the guys till April '88 to eventually pass the grading of a basic level amateur band. Afterwards Gerald Maak (vocals), Martin Köhr (guitar) and Jörg Aschenbach (drums) joined and the band was renamed to Tantrum. Tantrum's sound was clearly Speed/Thrash inspired, while during 1988 still Motörhead, Metallica or Anthrax played a big musical role, the band during the times of the political change turned into a Thrash act, with hints of Kreator and Metallica, while the remaining live recordings of the band indeed would have had justified a studio recording, which never happened at all. Jörg Aschenbach still had to leave for army duties during 1989 and Matthias Wiewiorra after the change in 1990 quit also. Aschenbach was replaced by Torsten "Haase" and the band's rehearsal/live recordings from 1989/90 feature him on the drums, but after a few more gigs in late 1990 or early '91 the band was history as well. If you got more info, please in touch.

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Schreckschuss


Lineup:


Marco Ritter (guitar, vocals)
Matthias Wiewiorra (bass)

Band-info:

This band from Suhl (ex-GDR) was originally founded in 1984 as JFM as a shortlived schoolboy Rock band, but first during around 1985 Marco Ritter (guitar) and Matthias Wiewiorra (bass) formed Schreckschuss to play a much more Heavy Metal inspired sound. In the very beginning the duo used to play with a drum machine and already played a few local live gigs. The guys first found Jörg Wackes as vocalist, but it took the guys till April '88 to eventually pass the grading of a basic level amateur band. Afterwards Gerald Maak (vocals), Martin Köhr (guitar) and Jörg Aschenbach (drums) joined and the band was renamed to Tantrum. If you got more info, please in touch.

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Orange Pekoe


Lineup:


Peter Hampel (guitar, vocals)
Johannes Steinitz (bass)
Werner Schwab (drums)

Band-info:

Local Hard Rockers from Schongau, southwest of Munich within deepest Bavaria. We do not have much info of this trio, but they privately produced a CD in 1993, that was manufactured via Rockwerk and released in a tiny edition of about 250 or 300 copies on their own label Magic Sound & Work. Orange Pekoe's sound was Blues influenced. They later added Felix (keyboard) and Gertrud Proske (vocals) and released one more album with the title "Pregnant" in 1995, once again on their own label. Further info is welcome.

Discograpy:


"Newborn" CD 1993 (Magic Sound & Word)

Annoy


Lineup:


Dietmar Haag (guitar, vocals)
Günter Stache (guitar, vocals)
Dietmar Schweikart (bass, vocals)
Detlef Bürgin (drums, vocals)

Band-info:

The Ochsenhausen Thrash maniacs Annoy was active since at least 1987. After recording a first Demo in 1988, they started playing first live shows in their local area between Ulm and Memmingen. During July 1990 Annoy participated at the "Metal Thunder Over South Germany" Festival together with Grinder, Screaming Demon and Sons of Sacrifice, happening right next to their place in Biberach. In November '91 a second Speed/Thrash Metal ladden Demo was recorded, that received positive response within the underground scene. After the 3rd selftitled tape (1994) the band called it a day. The song "If you wanna die" of that Demo was also used for the "Metal under ... Germany Vol. 2" Comp.-CD. We need further info of the first Demo please.

Discograpy:


"Annoy" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)

Sons Of Sacrifice


Lineup:


Band-info:

A local bavarian band most probably. We guess they've been rooted within the Speed/Thrash scene, since the Sons of Sacrifice shared the stage at the "Metal Thunder Over South Germany" festival with Grinder, Annoy and Screaming Demon in July 1990. Further info is required.

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Joker


Lineup:


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

Band-info:

A shortlived Hard Rock band from Düsseldorf, initiated in 1988 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 late '88, 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 late 1990. Rainer Schmitz later joined first Living Death and afterwards STS 8 Mission. We found info, that at least the second Demo was not for sale at all and featured 8 Heavy Rock trax in typical american manner. Beate Degen there just sung the track "Fool for your love". More info is badly required.
(Picture by Jörg Schnebele)

Discograpy:


"Joker" Promo/Demo 1989 (unofficial)

Deceiver


Lineup:


Jochen Krause (vocals)
Andre Hinzmann (guitar)
Armin Prokein (guitar)
Frank Hüsken (bass)
Holger Lemm (drums)

Band-info:

A melodic Power Metal act from Wesel/Voerde, (Dinslaken/Duisburg area) active since 1986. July '89 the guys debuted with a selftitled Demo (500 copies made) that was sold out rather quickly and recorded one more "Nightmare" 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.



Discograpy:


"Deceiver" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Nightmare" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Tales of time" LP 1991 (D&S)

Obscure


Lineup:


Band-info:

This Bremen Metal outfit seems to be as obscure as their name was, since we could only find a short mention of the band in a local Bremen Metal scene report dating from 1989. If you have any further info, please contact us.

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Nasty Skull


Lineup:


Christian Janowsky (vocals)
Martin Huck (vocals)
Andi D. (guitar)
Gerald Beckemeyer (guitar)
Muffin Botrop (bass)
Heiko Sykona (drums)

Band-info:

Hardrockers from Ibbenbüren (near Osnabrück) with kinda sleazy touch like some of these R'n'R influenced L.A. rockstar bands, but musically petty, since their song "Let's dance", that these lads could place on the local compilation "Pink Pop presents Rocktage 86" lacks somewhat of originality and any musical ideas. Who knows if that had changed on their 14 song debut CD "Rock 'n' Roll", published on the local label Gemelo Records in 1991. Further info is welcome.

Discograpy:


"Let's dance" Comp.-LP Track 1986 (Pink Pop presents Rocktage 86 - Steppin' out)
"Rock 'n' Roll" CD 1991 (Gemelo)

Nightfall (Sulzbach)


Lineup:


Christian Conrad
Frank Beck

Band-info:

Not to be confused with Munich's Nightfall act, these guys came from Sulzbach, north of Saarbrücken and only released one Demo in 1992. Unlike the metallic Munich outfit, these Nightfall offered just 2 Hardrockers plus a ballad of average quality and afterwards lost their singer, that probably moved the guys into trouble. Further info is welcome.

Discograpy:


"Demo 1992" (selfreleased)

Nightfall


Lineup:


Robin Bizarre (vocals, keyboard)
Bernard de Sade (guitar)
Sir Stephen (bass)
Don da Vinci (drums)

Band-info:

Munich's Nightfall seems to be a rather obscure troop, and the pseudonyms of the musicians aren't very helpful to track down possible footsteps these guys left back in the day. Musically the lads performed a strongly symphonic touched Power/Heavy Metal, occasionally not unlike Helloween sounding. After a little research we seem to have uncovered a few of the guys, being most possibly Bernd Intveen (Bernard de Sade?) of StormHammer on guitars, Michael Behnke of Eisbrecher/Darkseed on bass and Kay Wintermeyer of Private Secret behind the drumkit. Robin Bizarre's surname was Schulze. Any further info could be helpful.

Discograpy:


”Nightfall” Demo 1993 (selfreleased)

Nadir


Lineup:


Bärbel Glowacki (vocals)
Helmut Rehbein (guitar)
Stefan Frankenberg (bass)
Dietmar Schulz (drums)

Band-info:

Nadir was a progressive Power Metal troop from Barmstedt, north of Hamburg. They formed in 1989 and used to work with female vocalists in the beginning, but switched over to a male singer in 1992, before they recorded their 4th tape "Industrial deliverance" the following year. The Demo "Don't believe in grey suits!" was recorded already in spring '91 with Chany Stainbank singing, but February '92 the guys updated the recordings once again, most probably because Chany had left Nadir and they wanted to introduce new singer Bärbel Glowacki. The whole material had a quite doomy and melancholic touch, but lives from the rawness of the production. Bärbel Glowacki then left Nadir too and Dieter Mieling took her job. Guess they split up during the mid 90's. There are 2 more previously recorded Demo tapes available as well, so further info is needed.

Discograpy:


”Don’t believe in grey suits!” Demo 1992 (selfreleased)
"Industrial deliverance" Demo 1993 (selfreleased)

Scarfaces


Lineup:


Michael Unruhe (vocals)
Nico Wirtz (guitar)
Holger Wengler (bass)
Daniel Simon (drums)

Band-info:

With an average age of just 14 years the Scarfaces from Ibbenbüren (near Osnabrück) was announced as Europe's youngest Hard Rock band in the info sheet of the local compilation "Pink Pop presents Rocktage '86". At that time the teenager fourpiece just existed for about half a year, but already could open live on stage for local heroes Bee Jay. Their song "Metal fever" then indeed proves that sometimes it's better to rehearse a few months longer before entering a studio too early. Basically not a bad number at all, the limited skills of the musicians (especially of their drummer) then stopped all enthusiasm and clearly revealed the problems within the breaks.

Discograpy:


"Metal fever" Comp.-LP Track 1986 (Pink Pop presents Rocktage 86 - Steppin' out)

Bee Jay


Lineup:


Dirk Brinck (vocals)
Thomas Jay (guitar)
Chris Martin (bass)
Carsten Tischer (drums, keyboard)

Band-info:

In this case BJ doesn't stand for "Blow Job", but for Bee Jay (or sometimes also spelled Beejay). A Melodic Metal unit from Ladbergen/Münster, founded by Thomas Jay and Dirk Brinck in July '85, who had it's 5 minutes of fame in 1986 when they published their only selftitled album. One more non album track was featured on a local compilation album the same year as well, before this band disappeared again. Bee Jay's style was quite nice, listenable melodic Hard Rock/Metal, introduced by the speedy "I wanna hear you", before the lads reeled down their complete US Hair Metal influenced program ala Keel, King Kobra, White Lion or the late 80's Kiss. Vocalist Dirk Brinck left the band early 1989, while the remaining guys disbanded Bee Jay right afterwards.

Discograpy:


"Bee Jay" LP 1986 (Teuto)
"Baby is on the line" Comp.-LP Track 1986 (Pink Pop presents Rocktage 86 - Steppin' out)

Tilt


Lineup:


Ulli Holzberger (guitar)
Rene Thomsen (drums)

Band-info:

Hannover based Hard Rockers that was featured on the local compilation Hannover Szene '84 with the AC/DC inspired rocker "She's like a runaway". But their song was something similar to what AC/DC would do in the later mid 80's so probably they inspired AC/DC? The refrain of the track sounds pretty cool. During the recording session in April '84 they got help by Roger Girschmann (bass) and Duke Hunter (vox) as this band was just a duo at that time.

Discograpy:


"She's like a runaway" Comp.-LP Track 1994 (Hannover Szene '84)

Heartline


Lineup:


Toni Edlbauer (bass)
Christian Kwauka (drums)

Band-info:

Not to be confused with Heartline from Siegen, these Heartline from Munich was active till 1990, before Christian Kwauka and Toni Edlbauer formed Wayward. Further info is needed.

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Wayward


Lineup:


Michael Cordier (vocals)
Tom Stiegler (guitar)
Toni Edlbauer (bass)
Eddie Daum (keyboard)
Christian Kwauka (drums)

Band-info:

Wayward from Munich was founded in 1990 by ex-Heartline members Christian Kwauka and Toni Edlbauer and performed a melodic sort of Heavy Metal. The guys recorded a first Demo in 1991, that featured 4 songs. Guitarist Tom Stiegler got replaced in 1991 by Joe McKilgus and Michael Cordier also left the band in 1993. Mark Tobler became their new singer and still remains the same up to today. After a long silence without further releases, Wayward returned with new line up in 1999 with the selfproduced album "Creation" and produced the Demo "Movements" in 2004. Either their second album "Headlines" (2009) was produced independently. If you got further info of their early days, please get in touch.

Discograpy:


"Demo 1991"

Phantom Lord


Lineup:


Thomas Lerche (bass, vocals)
Winny (guitar, vocals)
Wutz (drums)

Band-info:

A local Munich/Rosenheim Power Metal band, that formed in August '86, featuring the later Magenta/Aiming High bassist Thomas Lerche. Wutz one year later switched over to bass guitar and Tom Lerche handled the drums, but the trio didn't record any material during the 80's at all. Demo tapes from 1991 and 1993 exist, though we don't know the exact titles of these. The band later in the fall of the 90's independently produced their albums "Magma" (1998), "Rules" (2008) and "Sons of AAAAA" (2012).

Discograpy:


"Demo 1991" (selfreleased)
"Demo 1993" (selfreleased)

Aiming High


Lineup:


Wolfgang Barthel (vocals)
Michael Schmackler (guitar)
Thomas Lerche (bass, guitar)
Charly Barth (drums)

Band-info:

Munich's Aiming High formed already in 1987 and gathered musicians of the local scene who've been active in other bands of the area as well, like Michael Schmackler and Tom Lerche of Magenta, as well as the later Magenta drummer Charly Barth, who previously played in the band Challenge, that appeared with 2 songs on a local Comp.-LP in 1985. Singer Wolfgang Barthel was active with Pole Position. The band often shared stage with Bonfire back in the late 80's, but failed to record Demo material at that time. The only known recordings are the Demos "Get ready" (1993) and "Geraldine, the witch" (1994), that both got re-released on Karthago Records on Vinyl/CD in 2014 under the title "Geraldine, the witch" and prove that either in the mid 90's there was bands who desperately cramped on the classic 80's Metal sound. Aiming High's material was somewhere rooted between melodic Power Metal and the classic singalong Hair Metal stuff, while Barthel's voice often got compared to Ralf Scheepers. Thomas Lerche also had formed the Power Metal band Phantom Lord in the mid 80's that he continued with throughout the years after Aiming High was over. Charly Barth joined Wayward in 1996, so we guess that's been around the time when Aiming High split up.

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Magenta


Lineup:


Christian Deska (vocals, guitar)
Michael Schmackler (guitar, keyboard)
Thomas Lerche (bass)
Dirk Götschelt (drums)

Band-info:

Munich based Heavy Rockers with a melodic sound that in places was leaned on US bands like early Crüe or Cinderella but having it's heavy moments as well. The weak point of the band was the vocalist who sounded partly like Vince Neil and that didn't fit so well to their heavier songs at all. Magenta released a private album in 1989 with the title "Hard Rockin' Phoenix", limited to 1000 copies in red vinyl. One year later they also participated on the "Rock Feierwerk Sieger 90" Split LP with the 2 non album trax "Let it go" and "Shake me" with new members Charly Barth (ex-Challenge) replacing Dirk Götschelt on drums and B. Schillmer on keyboards. Despite the album sound still was well executed Melodic Metal, on these 2 new trax from November '90 the bands sound completely turned into Glam Metal like Mötley Crüe. Charly Barth, Michael Schmackler and Thomas Lerche (also active with Phantom Lord) afterwards resurfaced in the heavier acting Aiming High.

Discograpy:


"Hard Rockin' Phoenix" LP 1989
"Rock Feierwerk Sieger 90" Comp.-LP Tracks 1990 (Feierwerk)

Challenge


Lineup:


Andy Müller (guitar, vocals)
Martin Wiedemann (guitar)
Tommy Keller (bass, vocals)
Lutz Bölkov (keyboard)
Charly Barth (drums)

Band-info:

A band from Munich that could contribute the 2 trax "Night stockers" and "Save the night" for the Feierwerk Split LP " Rock Feierwerk Sieger 85" with other Munich bands Crystalball, Kirov, Nanu and Sweatshop. After you heard "Night stockers", that's a kinda Beach Boys "Surfin' USA" number played in Hard Rock manner, you will start thinking that you're in the wrong movie if you listen the first chords of "Save the night", because it opens in symphonic doublebass driven Power/Speed manner like Russians Magnit f.e. Ofc the song in the second parts turns into melodic Hard Rock again as soon as the first vocal parts do start, but nevertheless the surprise effect was quite exciting. The most interesting band on this album. Their drummer Charly Barth later joined the other Munich bands Magenta and Aiming High.

Discograpy:


"Rock Feierwerk Sieger 85" Comp.-LP Tracks 1985 (Feierwerk)

Agressor


Lineup:


Sadist (bass, vocals)
Slaytanic Slaughter (guitar)
Devil Ripper (drums)

Band-info:

Another low level basement Thrash act originating from Düsseldorf. Agressor started already in May 1983 and recorded a very intense sounding Demo with the title "Stormtroopers of Thrash" in 1986. The trio's sound (one of the guys name was Sebastian Bachmann) apparently was inspired by Slayer and Kreator, but lacked in the musical implementation of the material, despite a few positive hints of early Death/Thrash has to be attested as well. Either soundwise it's not as terrible sounding like so many of these other early Rumpel Thrash tapes that surfaced at that time. Further info is needed.

Discograpy:


”Stormtroopers of Thrash” Demo 1986 (selfreleased)

April April


Lineup:


Lars-Oliver Degener
Jim Knopf
Jörg Schwarz
Peter Gorges
Andreas Burghardt

Band-info:

April April was an AOR/Melodic Rock band from Bochum and had published 3 singles since 1984, while the first one of the bunch, "Thor macht bumm", featured only Pop/Rock. The band later during 1987 went into classic AOR sounds with poppy character, that due to the german sung songs for german guys appears almost Schlager related, if they wouldn't have had those heavy Rock guitars. The band name got shortened to just April in 1988, shortly before their sole album "Mitternacht" was released. Afterwards the band didn't publish any more records at all.

Discograpy:


"Thor macht bumm" 7" EP 1984 (BSP Musik)
"Alte Erde" 7" EP 87 (BSP Musik)
"Weit zum Paradies" 7" EP 1988 (Magic Cube)

Rough Times


Lineup:


Band-info:

We guess Rough Times was a Thrash band, most probably originating from the Wuppertal area, according to the bands they've been friends with during 1990/91, which's the only lifesign of these guys we could track down so far. Further info is needed though.

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Captor


Lineup:


Stephan (guitar)
Holger Heinemann (vocals, guitar)
Urmel (bass)
Olli (drums)

Band-info:

Captor - a raw Death/Thrash band from Witten that was active during the late 80's till the early 90's and recorded at least 2 Demos, influenced by Sodom and Kreator. The band also played a few shows in their area. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Discograpy:


"Waiting for a new messiah" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Demo II" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)

Bloody Flesh


Lineup:


Siggi Kwapich (vocals, bass)
Michael Hirsch (guitar)
Rolf Ittner (drums)

Band-info:

A Thrash band from the Witten area, that was active between 1986 and '87 and published a 5 track Demo. Drummer Rolf Ittner would later found the Thrash band Anger/Cogency. Ex-Shurican Michael Hirsch and Siegfried Kwapich (ex-Giant Rider) on the other hand formed Ambivalenz in 1991. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Discograpy:


"Atomic fights" Demo 1986 (selfreleased)

Road Crew


Lineup:


Axel Schunder (vocals)

Band-info:

A band from Witten, most probably active during the late mid 80's, featuring vocalist Axel Schunder, who later sung in the bands Anger, Ambivalenz and Black Jack. Further info is needed.

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Giant Rider


Lineup:


Siegfried Kwapich (bass)

Band-info:

A band from the Witten area, most probably active in the late mid 80's, that featured ex-Bloody Flesh and later Ambivalenz bass player Siegfried Kwapich. Further info is needed.

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Powerplay


Lineup:


Band-info:

Most probably hailing from Hamburg or the Hamburg area, this obscure outfit recorded a Demo tape back in 1991 or '92, featuring a sound that combined elements of AOR, Blues and Hard Rock. Further info is needed.

Discograpy:


"Powerplay" Demo 199x (selfreleased)

Elaine


Lineup:


Mike Weimann (bass, vocals)
Jürgen Mangels (guitar)
D.-Olliver Strempler (guitar)
Norbert Butz (drums)

Band-info:

A Hard Rock band from Kiel, that published their sole album on a local Kiel based label in 1981. The music of these lads gathered elements of the late 70's from Kraut, Blues and classic Hard Rock, without delivering any outstanding track at all. The album wasn't that essential for the early 80's german scene, though collectors of classic heavy Kraut Rock might get interested. Elaine also was featured with the trax "Married girl", "It's a shame" and "Session Blues" on a privately pressed Live DLP "Kiel Live", that included recordings of the 16-Stunden-Mammut-Musikfestival from 24.1.1981, happening at the Kultur- und Komminikationszentrum "Die Pumpe" in Kiel, and resurfaced 1983 on the Rockactive I sampler with another exclusive track, that seriously showed a little bit of an improvement, but still provided a strong proggy 70's edge. Afterwards the bands historical footprints vanished into nothingness.

Discograpy:


"Too black" LP 1981 (Eastcoast)
"Kiel Live" Comp.-DLP Tracks 1981 (selfreleased)
"Ain't that reality" Comp.-LP Track 1983 (Rockactive I)


Grim Reaper


Lineup:


Mario Gansen (keyboard, vocals)
Harry Schmid (guitar)
Manny G. Schobert (bass)
Edgar E. Hacker (drums)

Band-info:

A local Kraut/Hard Rock band with members from Nuremberg/Augsburg, that was active during the late 70's and early 80's, featuring the later Waxx/Manalishi/Veto drummer Alwin Rainer at a later time point in the band's history. Between March and April 1979 the fourpiece produced their debut album "We were all fools" at the Studio Brutkasten in Nuremberg, who also released the LP under their banner, but it's more or less a private pressing. The guys then subsequently promoted the album with an own tour through Germany during 1980. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Discograpy:


"We were all fools" LP 1979 (Brutkasten)

String Eyes


Lineup:


Thomas Rettke (vocals, drums)
Ingo Millek (guitar)
Bernd Kaufholz (guitar)
Bernhard Zimkowsky (bass)
Bernd Manthey (keyboards)

Band-info:

String Eyes was a Hard Rock band (AC/DC influenced) from Wolfsburg, that started sometime in the late 70's and recorded a self financed 7" in late 1981, which was limited to 1000 copies. Thomas Rettke, the later Steeltower vocalist, was still playing drums on the 2 tracks "Nightmare over you" and "Practice or die", but later would fully concentrate on vocals only when Jens Bauer joined as new drummer. A few months after the 7" was recorded, the guys changed name to Steeltower, but without Bernd Manthey.

Discograpy:


"Night mare over you" 7" EP 1981 (selfreleased)

Insert Coin


Lineup:


Dave Wodle (guitar, vocals)
Charly Pichl (guitar)
Klaus F. Backer (bass)
Harry Rödel (keyboard)
Caesar Z. Kronmüller (drums)

Band-info:

A local Melodic Metal/Hard Rock outfit from Forchheim/Bavaria, a bit north of Nuremberg, who started in the mid 80's. These guys last activities we could track down so far go back to at least 1989/90, while already in 1987 an obscure private single was manufactured, also known as "Nights of mystery". The B-side "Warriors" offers rough edged straight forward pounding Teutonic Metal with though purplish organs, that doesn't affect the main impression of the good song in any way. There's most probably another CD of Insert Coin with the title "Get paid" being made in 1994, released on the B 27 Musikverlag from Ludwigsburg. But the line up on this album features different musicians: Eckardt Dietel (guitar, vocals), Guido Weischedel (bass, vocals), Charlie Schmid (keyboard), Harald Ebensperger (drums, vocals). If you got more info, please get in touch.

Discograpy:


"Insert Coin" 7" EP 1987 (selfreleased)

Overdose (Augsburg)


Lineup:


Wotan (vocals)
Wolfgang Bartl (bass)
Jürgen Kramer (guitar)
Zizzy (guitar)
Rudi Büttner (drums)

Band-info:

The band Overdose from Augsburg is just known for their sole album "Over the top", that marked a highly wanted rarity in earlier years, but could be found for more human prices nowadays again. The band was active since the early 80's and released their album the same year like the other Overdose from Frankfurt/Main. Musically both bands differed in style. These Augsburg lads combined Accept-ish Hard Rock/Metal with early Maiden or in general some NWOBHM tunes, but unfortunately the vocals hadn't much fire and the whole sound in total appears quite a bit outdated for 1985. Harry Steiner, one of their former bassplayers, joined Cromium Rose, who later would transform to Chroming Rose.

Discograpy:


”To the top” LP 1985 (AVC)

Witch


Lineup:


Uwe Schwenkglenks (vocals)
Uli Wittber (guitar)
Oli Frick (guitar)
Kay Roller (bass)
Mario Hackstätter (drums)

Band-info:

A band from Weingarten/Bad Waldsee, near Ravensburg, who produced a quite obscure single with the title "Longing for freedom" in August 1984. Apparently strong Iron Maiden influences accompany the track "Longing for freedom" in form of massive NWOBHM-ish twin leads. "Living your own life" on the flipside either offers that classic NWOBHM sound of the early 80's on the island, paired with Lucifer alike sounding epic Hard Rock backbone. A nice addition to any collection, though we got no real clue what happened later to Witch.
(Thanx to emosteel for the recommendation)

Discograpy:


"Longing for freedom" 7" EP 1984 (selfreleased)

Sweet Pain


Lineup:


Michael Hampe (vocals)
Michael Neubauer (guitar)
Steven Hänisch (guitar)
Ralf Birken (bass)
Christian Gäbert (drums)

Band-info:

Obscure local Hannover Hard Rock/Metal act from Hemmingen/Devese who surprise with a widely unknown private pressing that was published on the Rockwerk label in 1991. The guys felt inspired by acts like AC/DC, Thin Lizzy and Judas Priest, but that doesn't reflect in their music at all. The 5 track EP features well played Heavy Rock and either delivers with "Res-Q-me" and "Love is like a gypsy" true Melodic Metal numbers. Sweet Pain afterwards continued their business and resurfaced in the mid 90's with a different line up (Animal Setter - drums, Steven Hänisch - guitar, Schenker - guitar, Franky - vocals, Marzo - bass) and two more CD's, namely "Sick and thirsty" (1996) and "If licks could kill" (1997), before 2016 the so far last release "Thieves of Rock" of the band appeared. Further info could be useful.

Discograpy:


"...first take and done" MLP 1991 (Rockwerk)

Uranium


Lineup:


Michael Weber

Band-info:

Uranium was a female fronted Metal act from Salzgitter, who recorded a 4 track Demo in 1986, featuring quite an Accept-ish kind of pounding German Metal, apparently sounding in the vein of bands like Arrow/Sacrafice/Angel War with strong Hard Rock edge. Further info is needed.

Discograpy:


"Magic weapons" Demo 1986 (selfreleased)

Speedball Meets Frank The Tank


Lineup:


Christoph Heusel (vocals)
Frank Mayer (guitar)
Christian Ewald (bass)
Gernot Hopp (drums)

Band-info:

A Blues Rock fourpiece with the really odd name "Speedball Meets Frank The Tank", that originated from Friedberg, between Frankfurt and Gießen and released an independent 12" in 1989. All of these songs was recorded live in April '89 and the sound quality is quite good for that sake. Despite the classic Blues roots, there are also plenty of Hard Rock and Sleaze Rock influences, partly slightly reminding of either Guns n' Roses stuff.
(Thanx to the emosteel for the recommendation)

Discograpy:


"In Concert" 12" EP 1989 (Launhardt Musikverlag)

Dirty Deeds


Lineup:


Fred Rauch (vocals)
Michael Weisbecker (guitar)
Volker Wessalowski (guitar)
Gerhard Arns (bass)
Ralph Paschtetnik (drums)

Band-info:

A local Hard'n'Heavy group from Bruchsal, north of Karlsruhe, who appeared with 2 trax on the underground compilation "Seven's Up" in 1987. Obviously, by looking at the band name, AC/DC inspired, the pounding "World on fire" shows a few parallels to mid 80's metallic AC/DC indeed, while "Breaking the rock" musically delivers much more of a classic Motörhead sound. Frontman Fred Rauch's voice was somewhere in the regions that also Brian Johnson used to scream in.

Discograpy:


"Seven's Up" Comp.-LP Tracks 1987 (Globe Musikproduktionen)

Nero


Lineup:


Oliver Steinel (vocals, guitar)
Martin Dittmer (guitar)
Markus Knittel (bass, vocals)
Wolfgang Eger (keyboard)
Thorsten Bügner (saxophone)
Reiner Krämer (drums)

Band-info:

A local Rock group from Haßloch/Mannheim, who appeared with 2 trax on the underground compilation "Seven's Up". Just "Beatastone forever" features AOR/Melodic Rock, the other number "Now the rain keeps falling" offers ordinary Pop/Rock.

Discograpy:


"Seven's Up" Comp.-LP Tracks 1987 (Globe Musikproduktionen)

Tough Stuff


Lineup:


Martin Görlach (vocals)
Max Jescheck (guitar)
Matthias Metzger (bass, vocals)
Thomas Falkenstein (keyboard)
Marcus Meyer (saxophone)
Andreas Eigenberger (drums)

Band-info:

A local AOR/Melodic Rock group with massive keyboard background from Neustadt/Mannheim, who appeared with the trax "On Broadway" and "Midnight tears" on the underground compilation "Seven's Up".

Discograpy:


"Seven's Up" Comp.-LP Tracks 1987 (Globe Musikproduktionen)

Poky Joke


Lineup:


Kai H. Borufka (vocals)
Matthias Hopp (guitar)
Steve Thullen (guitar)
Klaus Luckert (bass)
Stefan F. Förster (keyboard)
Gagges Geiger (drums)

Band-info:

A local AOR/Melodic Rock group from Ludwigshafen/Mannheim, who appeared with the quite listenable trax "Letters in the sand" and "Tell Romeo" (a ballad) on the underground compilation "Seven's Up".

Discograpy:


"Seven's Up" Comp.-LP Tracks 1987 (Globe Musikproduktionen)

Medusa (Hamburg)


Lineup:


Bettina Phillip (vocals)
Stephan Phillip (guitar)
André Phillip (bass)
Rainer Behn (drums)

Band-info:

Hamburg's Medusa is kinda post-Xandril. After Jörg Schrör left the band in 1988, the rest of the bunch continued for another year and eventually split up, while Bettina and Stephan Phillip formed Medusa with former Xandril bassist André Phillip. To record the debut demo they needed a drummer, but their original drummer was just fired, so Rainer Behn from Kilgore helped them out, while he was still member of Megace, but soon would switch over to become a steady member of Medusa, who in a way continued Xandril's musical direction with just a slightly more melodic teutonic Power Metal style incl. Speed/Thrash elements. Also the second guitarist who still played on the debut "Ghosts I have been", was fired after the recording session and Ralf Schmeckel got the job instead. "Prisoners of the system" was recorded in the following year, 1991, and the title track as well as "Second skin" was taken for the local Hamburg compilation CD "Brown bottles go ape - Apish Excursion". Though the second tape exactly hit into the same nick like "Ghosts I have been", the guys failed to get signed. Their last effort, the "Saviour" Demo from 1995, featured a certain Bodo on bass and Rainer Heubel played the drum parts, while he hasn't been member at all anymore when the tape was available. Achim Gröger was the new drummer, but nevertheless the material on "Saviour" offered the typical Medusa melodic Power Metal style of the 80's, with slightly Metallica touch, but less speed elements than before. But either that helped the lads anymore, the days of that kind of Metal was long time being counted...

Discograpy:


"Ghosts I have been" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Prisoners of the system" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"Brown bottles go ape - Apish Excursion" Comp.-CD Tracks 1991 (Tipsy Apes)


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





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