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Squealer (Abenberg)


Lineup:


Günther Bär (vocals)
Gerhard Gerngroß (guitar)
Thomas Pfeil (guitar)
Hans Gerngroß (bass)
Jörg Billmaier (drums)

Band-info:

These Squealer came from Abenberg (Nuremberg area), started in the early 80's and produced an early album privately, that was recorded in April and October '83 and published at the recording studio's own label Altera Pars. Sadly "Overheat" couldn't point with powerful Metal, something that would have had catapulted the name Squealer on every want list for sure. The quintet delivered almost antiquated sounding Hard Rock, mixing early 80's Accept and late 70's AC/DC influences, while Günther Bär's voice often reminds me of an early Bob Mitchell. The lads was active till the late 80's nevertheless, changing members and in the end shortly before they changed name, Squealer recorded a last Demo tape with a line up featuring female vocalist Charlotte Nordlander (also seen her being called Charlotte Götz!), Roland Becker (drums), Hans-Peter Bierlein (bass) and as the only original member left Thomas Pfeil (guitar), while the latter 3 formed Silent Strike in 1990. The "Just time to rock" Demo was distributed with 2 different covers and different monickers, first one as Squealer and after the name change as Silent Strike.

Discograpy:


”Overheat” LP 1983 (Altera Pars)
"Just time to rock" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)

Fortuner


Lineup:


Hartmut Bleumer (vocals)
Rüdiger Eilts (guitar)
Berni Johrmann (bass)
Jürgen Eilts (drums)

Band-info:

Fortuner was a shortlived act from Neuenhaus/Münster, that originally formed under the name of Fortune in autumn '84 and recorded a Demo the following year. The young label Metalvoice Records, that was owned by the HGM Studio from Bielefeld, where their sole album "Two sides of the Metal" was either recorded, picked up the band, who already had changed name to Fortuner in the meanwhile. In contrary to the typical southern Germany bands that was all picked up by Gama, the style of Fortuner was different. The lads used to play a very fresh sounding Metal with melodic touch, but not forgetting to add a healthy portion of speed. Especially the fast twin leads are giving the material a quite special touch. Basically Fortuner's style could be described as a mix of late 80's Maiden, Mortox and Invader, but the young band lasted only 3 years and disbanded already in 1987. The Eilts brothers then joined Charger.

Fortune


Lineup:


Rüdiger Eilts (guitar)
Hartmut Bleumer (guitar, vocals)
Bernie Johrmann (bass)
Jürgen Eilts (drums)

Band-info:

A Heavy Metal band from Neuenhaus (near Münster), formed in autumn '84, that released a Demo tape in 1985, before they changed name to Fortuner and recorded their sole album "Two sides of the Metal" for the Metalvoice label in 1986. If you got more info, please get in touch.

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Firebird


Lineup:


Michael Schmitt (drums)

Band-info:

After being part of Stonehenge throughout the late 80's, the former Cutty Sark drummer Michael Schmitt tried to form Firebird during spring 1990 to return to the old Metal sound of the early days. Further info is welcome.

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Exodus


Lineup:


Dietmar Heiler (vocals)
Wolfgang Schludi (guitar)
Robert Pschorr (guitar)
Markus Fröschli (bass)
Richard Klocker (drums)

Band-info:

A Hard Rock/Metal band from Augsburg that evolved in Winter 82/83 from the ashes of the local band Lyrock. The band used every possibility to perform live on stage, but didn't record anything so far. 1984 Exodus eventually split up, but Dietmar Heiler and Wolfgang Schludi subsequently continued as Manalishi with other local musicians, while drummer Richard Klocker became Manalishi's manager. Robert Pschorr later appeared in Cyclone and Mandrake. If you got more info, please get in touch.

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Evoked Doom


Lineup:


Manfred Kantz (vocals)
Oliver Barth (bass)

Band-info:

Evoked Doom from Burladingen, south of Stuttgart, originally was formed as Pain in 1984 by both obviously Hellhammer/Celtic Frost influenced Manfred "Zombie" Kantz and Oliver "Sherron" Barth with the aim to create similar early Death Metal sounds. Later the guys changed name to Evoked Doom and firstly recorded a Hellhammer-ish, but amateurish sounding Reh/Demo in 1985. 1986 one more selftitled Demo recorded with 2 session musicians "O.K." and "Agent" on guitars plus a drum machine (that got named "Lomp") offered better sound and a sort of once again amateurish Death/Thrash style. The whole spook was eventually over in 1987, when Oliver Barth afterwards formed Furious Rankness.

Discograpy:


"Dead Rehearsal" Demo 1985 (selfreleased)
"Evoked Doom" Demo 1986 (selfreleased)

Pain


Lineup:


Manfred Kantz (vocals)
Oliver Barth (bass)

Band-info:

Pain from Burladingen, south of Stuttgart, was formed in 1984 by both obviously Hellhammer/Celtic Frost influenced Manfred "Zombie" Kantz and Oliver "Sherron" Barth with the aim to create similar early Death Metal sounds. Later the guys changed name to Evoked Doom and firstly recorded a Hellhammer-ish, but amateurish sounding Reh/Demo in 1985 ("Dead Rehearsal"). 1986 one more selftitled Demo recorded with 2 session musicians "O.K." and "Agent" on guitars plus a drum machine (that got named "Lomp") offered better sound and a sort of once again amateurish Death/Thrash style. The whole spook was eventually over in 1987, when Oliver Barth afterwards formed Furious Rankness.

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Desiree


Lineup:


Olaf Grosser (guitar)
Kai Steffen (guitar)
Bauke de Groot (bass)
Heiko Heike (drums)

Band-info:

A Heavy Rock band from Wunstorf/Hannover, that was formed sometime during the early mid 80's and later in 1989 featured Bauke de Groot (ex-Zenith), Heiko Heike (ex-Amazone), Olaf Grosser (ex-Lawdy) and Kai Steffen. The band is known to have performed live on stage in spring '85 at a Rockfabrik Metal festival, so there's at least one Demo available. Steffen, Grosser and de Groot later turned up in Sargant Fury's line up, just like their drummer Heiko Heike, who joined SF a little bit later on as well, which might imply that Desiree was a kinda pre-stage of Sargant Fury. Further info are welcome.

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Devilax


Lineup:


Band-info:

Obscure local Heavy Metal troop from Crailsheim (between Stuttgart and Nuremberg), active in the mid 80's, who performed on stage in spring '85 at a Rockfabrik Metal festival. There's at least one Demo available of these guys. If you have more info please get in touch.

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Evil


Lineup:


Band-info:

Obscure local Heavy Metal troop from Wuppertal, active in the mid 80's, who performed on stage in spring '85 at a Rockfabrik Metal festival. There's at least one Demo available of these guys. If you have more info please get in touch.

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Genocide


Lineup:


Band-info:

A Heavy Metal band from Isenbüttel (north of Braunschweig), active in the mid 80's, who performed on stage in spring '85 at a Rockfabrik Metal festival. There's at least one Demo available of these guys. If you have more info please get in touch.

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Generous


Lineup:


Band-info:

A Heavy Metal band from Munich, active in the mid 80's, who performed on stage in spring '85 at a Rockfabrik Metal festival. There's at least one Demo available of these guys. If you have more info please get in touch.

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Breathless


Lineup:


Band-info:

You shouldn't confuse these guys with the other Breathless from Peine, though both appear on the same series of underground compilations by the label D&S Recording. Both bands was different in style either, these lads celebrated a more classic Heavy Metal that in places remind on "Back from the attack" a bit of Witchkiller, but their sound had a slightly british note too. In contrary to the other Breathless they also had a better vocalist. Especially "Duell of witzzards" is a typical song for that year with it's driving beat. These Breathless lads was originating from southern Germany, to be more detailed from Tuttlingen, east of Villingen-Schwenningen and also had a Demo tape to offer. If you got more info about his band, please get in touch.

Breathless (Peine)


Lineup:


Christoph Wojtysiak (vocals)
Ingolf Schimpf (guitar)
Erik Dembke (guitar)
Andreas Starke (bass)
Mike Umann (drums)

Band-info:

Breathless from Peine in the Braunschweig area (not to be confused with Breathless from the Break Out sampler 1985) formed in 1983 and their first Demo from 1985, that despite the low recordng quality, offers quite cool speedy Heavy Metal, driven by the massive use of twin leads. Their sound was a kinda mix of german and british Metal, always powerful, whenalso the vocal performance wasn't the best. I guess the D&S Recording label saw their potential as well and picked them up for one of their compilations. The band released another Demo in 1986 ("Loud'n'lewd") before they changed name to Glory Anthem in 1987.

Discograpy:


”Demo October 1985” (selfreleased)
"Metal Hour - Metal Tracks No.3" ‎Comp.-LP Tracks 1986 (D&S)
"Loud'n'lewd" Demo 1986 (selfreleased)

Brosch


Lineup:


Wolfgang Brosch (vocals)
Maja Frick (vocals)
Hans J. Haferstroh (guitar)
Stefan Persson (guitar)
Jürgen Weiß (bass)
Jörg Grzedzicki (drums)

Band-info:

A quite obscure Hamburg brew, that's actually not really a Heavy Metal band, but these guys also experimented with Metal sounds, combining it with Gothic/Industrial Rock like f.e. Godflesh and somehow created something already back in the late 80's, that bands like Marylin Manson later in the 90's got huge with. Especially "Gloria Mundi" of their debut LP from 1988 spreads a really sombre atmosphere. For openminded guys only...
Some of the band members was recruited from wellknown Hamburg Punk bands like Stefan Persson of Slime and Jürgen Weiß, who released albums since the early 80's with Geisterfahrer. Jörg Grzedzicki later appeared in Eisenvater.

Discograpy:


"Blaue Bilder" Comp.-LP Track 1987 (Gore Night Show)
"Sic Transit Gloria Mundi" LP 1988 (Constrictor)
"Heya" 12" EP 1989 (Constrictor)
"Broschismus" LP/CD 1990 (Historia)

Thundersteel


Lineup:


Jochen Haase (vocals)
Gerrit Schäfer (guitar)
Sven Semmelroth (guitar)
Ralf Drechsler (bass)
Manfred Fink (drums)

Band-info:

Not so hard to figure out what band these boys had influenced in the past. So all the melodic Power/Speed Metal mongers should open their eyes now. Despite the certain Riot influences, the 1990 formed Thundersteel do sound way more raw and especially completely focussed on the speed stuff, basically more american than german sounding, with quite excellent axework on their 4 track debut Demo "Of thunder n'steel". After "Heavy, loud & mean" (1993) with Nils Lange on vocals and Norman Schäfer behind the drums now, the troop got signed by Black Mark Productions and released the selftitled debut album in 1994. With more speedy Power Metal, unless now a bit more polished sounding than on the first Demo, Thundersteel was way too late with their old 80's sound and "Thundersteel" thus remained their only album.

Discograpy:


"Of thunder n'steel" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"Heavy, loud & mean" Demo 1993 (selfreleased)

Psyron


Lineup:


Lothar Lachetta (vocals)
Torsten Rodran (guitar)
Herbert Brehmer (guitar)
Olaf Böhm (bass)
Guy-Oliver Kirste (drums)

Band-info:

A late Power Metal act with speedy approaches hailing from Lübeck in the north. The guys formed around 1989/90 and recorded 2 Demo tapes till 1992, that featured progressively touched Power Metal with Speed Metal edge. But it seems already the next year Psyron called it quits and Oliver Kirste joined Subcutane.

Discograpy:


"Psyron" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
”Psychoman II” Demo 1992 (selfreleased)

Captain


Lineup:


Mathias Ebeling (guitar)
Frank Ebeling (guitar)
Thomas Ebeling (bass)

Band-info:

The band Captain was most probably locals of the Ruhrpott Rock scene. At least we can say that these guys was produced by Ulrich Pösselt and his RA.SH Musikverlag management, who either pressed a less known promotional single with the german sung songs "Schöne Mädchen" and "Träume" in the mid 80's. The foursome featured the 3 Ebeling brothers who later in 1988 also recorded an album with the Klaus Enkmann Band. Surprisingly both tracks should be of high interest for the melodic Hard Rock/AOR faction, as both offer a certain grade of musicality and deliver well produced, catchy and nevertheless vital commercial Heavy Rock.

Discograpy:


"Schöne Mädchen/Träume" Promo 7" EP 1985 (Crime)

Lüde & Die Astros


Lineup:


Jörg Lüdeking (vocals)
Peter Hajunga (guitar)
Stephan Groß (bass)
Frank Woida (drums)

Band-info:

Lüde & Die Astros was a Street Rock'n'Roll band from Osnabrück, that originally started as Pseiko Lüde & Die Astros back in 1984. Jörg Lüdeking (Lüde) after playing in the NDW band "Sonderangebot" (1981) and both Punk bands "Tick, Trick & Track" (1983) and "Bu Kolegas", made a jam session with guitarist Peter "Tex Morton" Hajunga (ex-Sunny Domestozs) and his old Sonderangebot bandmates Stephan Groß (bass) and Frank Woida (drums) and after a first session the new band was born. In the beginning the guys played a 60's influenced punky Rockabilly style, that you can also hear on their first albums. The debut "Elektric Lüdeland" was a live album and quickly sold out. The second studio album "Phantom strip" was released on Stephan Groß' own label Weltall Schallplatten. Afterwards the band name was changed to just Lüde & Die Astros because the old name drew Psychobilly fans to their gigs, that the guys wasn't fond of. The same time their style went into a Hard Rock oriented direction, spreading a street feeling with their typical Sleaze Rock. The first effort presenting that new style was the "Harley Davidson" 7", recorded in 1986. 1987 they started recordings for the 3rd album "Wildes Herz" at Stephan Groß' own studio. They pre-produced the album themselves and begun searching for a major label to release it, that lead into a deal with Ariola Records in late 1988. "Wildes Herz" was available in 1989. After the 12" "Unberechenbar" some tensions inside the band rose up since they lost the record deal with Ariola, leading into the split with guitarist Tex Morton who had joined Lolitas a bit earlier and didn't work with the band on their new material anymore. They engaged Volker Overlies first, but it didn't work well, so Gary Schmalzl (ex-Stone, Cold & Crazy) and Chris van Helsing (ex-Weird Kong) both came to replace him in 1990. The guys produced the album "Denn sie wissen was sie tun" once again at Stefan's studio and got signed by Roadrunner Records. For the last album "Die Hölle auf Rädern" they once again landed a major deal with Columbia, before the band 1994 eventually split up.

Discograpy:


"Pseiko Lüde & Die Astros" Demo 1985 (selfreleased)
"Elektric Lüdeland" LP 1985 (What's So Funny About..)
"Phantom Strip" LP 1985 (Weltall Schallplatten)
"Harley-Davidson" 7" EP 1986 (Weltall Schallplatten)
"Wildes Herz" LP/CD 1989 (Ariola)
"Astro Rock" 7"/12" EP 1989 (Ariola)
"Wildes Herz" ‎7" EP 1989 (Ariola)
"Unberechenbar" ‎12" EP 1989 (Ariola)
"Die Rose meiner Zeit" ‎MCD 1989 (Roadrunner)
"Lüde & Die Astros/Slawheads" Split Promotape 1989 (Broadway Danny Groß Prod.)
"Denn sie wissen was sie tun" LP/CD 1991 (Roadrunner)
"Die Hölle auf Rädern" LP/CD 1992 (Columbia)
"Lüde und Die Astros" MCD 1992 (Columbia)

Stone Cold & Crazy


Lineup:


Nopper (vocals)
Gary Schmalzl (guitar)
Rubbel (guitar)
Steiff (bass)
Chris (drums)

Band-info:

I wonder where the Ruff'n Roll label digged out all the terrible bands they signed around 1990? After Vex and Weird Kong, Stone Cold & Crazy got the honor to produce an album for them. At least I have to admit these guys from West Berlin have been more Metal than Vex and Weird Kong together, but also Stone Cold & Crazy used to add a few crazy influences and song structures that made their "Who's your head" album pretty much difficult to like for most of us. What we got on the plus side is the fact that STC was a Speed Metal band and mostly even proved that on through the album. What makes the most of the songs "difficult to bear" are the R'n'R influences, the crazy breaks, silent parts with clean vocals. If they keep on playing the speed shit, they do remind even of early Megadeth ("Speed of life"), but ... well ... listen yourself. The band got mainly started by Rubbel, who retired actively from the Berlin Punk scene during 1988, to lock himself inside his own 4 walls and exercised guitar lessons. After finding Gary Schmalzl (guitar), they both started Stone Cold & Crazy with Nopper on vocals and Chris on drums, and recorded 1990 a Demo tape that the Ruff & Roll label boss Stefan Groß liked alot. He signed the band and forced them to record their debut album, while Groß himself played all bass lines. Just after the sessions they found Steif to join on bass officially. Gary Schmalzl also joined Sleaze/Hard Rockers Lüde & Die Astros in 1990 and played guitar on their last albums "Denn sie wissen was sie tun" and "Die Hölle auf Rädern".

Discograpy:


”Who’s your head” LP/CD 1991 (Ruff'n Roll)

Weird Kong


Lineup:


Chris Van Helsing (guitar, vocals)
Eater (bass)
Drag (drums)

Band-info:

A sleazy Hard Rock band with heavy Rock'n'Roll edge and a style that's adopting kinda old AC/DC influences, but played in a modern way. Doesn't do much for me to be honest. After the album I.G. Farrano (bass) and a second guitarist with the name Dan joined the band who was about to write material for a second album in the year 1991. But seems those plans got canceled. Chris Van Helsing joined similar Sleaze/Hard Rockers Lüde & Die Astros in 1990 and played guitar on their last albums "Denn sie wissen was sie tun" and "Die Hölle auf Rädern".

Discograpy:


"Weird Kong" LP 1990 (Ruff '&' Roll)

Unapproachable Slawheads, The


Lineup:


Paule (vocals)
Jan Kräutlein (guitar)
Hot Dog (bass)
Stefan Kunz (drums)

Band-info:

The Unapproachable Slawheads, also known as just Slawheads, started 1985 in Frankfurt's underground scene as "Metallgemüse". The new Weltall Schallplatten label produced a number of stylistically similar sounding Street R'n'R combos and therefore the freshly renamed group "The Unapproachable Slawheads" was amoung the chosen few. "Still on top" was the title of the LP, that featured dirty, punky touched Rock'n'Roll'n'Hard Rock, just like their following release, the "Deutschrock!" Demo from 1991, that delivered more stuff in the vein of AC/DC, Rose Tattoo and such. Their "S.O.S./Candy Jane II" ‎7" features just 2 coverversions of ABBA and Udo Lindenberg. After a longer break from the music business the Slawheads later reformed once again.

Discograpy:


"Still on top" LP 1988 (Weltall Schallplatten)
"Lüde & Die Astros/Slawheads" Split Promotape 1989 (Broadway Danny Groß Prod.)
"S.O.S./Candy Jane II" ‎7" EP 1990 (Love)
"Deutschrock!" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"Ein neuer Tag beginnt" Comp.-CD Track 1992 (Sounds like Money?)

Riot Squad


Lineup:


Roland Preßl

Band-info:

A classic Heavy Metal band from Ehingen, near Ulm, that was actively playing live leastwise around 1990/91. Futher info is needed.

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Eisenvater


Lineup:


Markus E. Lipka (guitar, vocals)
Jim Sudmann (guitar, vocals)
Marek Gibney (bass)
Jörg Grzedzicki (drums)

Band-info:

One of these new generation bands of the extreme Metal scene, originating from Hamburg, where Eisenvater formed back in 1990 around Jim Sudmann and Markus Lipka. Their style was close to early Sludge Metal bands like EyeHateGod and additionally the lads added Doom Metal parts like known of Grief or Crowbar, with either Industrial and Grindcore elements, which makes it a bit difficult to find a proper drawer to threw them in. We Bite Records gave the band a chance and released their debut album "Eisenvater" (also known as "I") 1992. With Peter Bellendir on drums the second album "II" was recorded 2 years later in 1994 and and last but not least "III" in 1995 without Marek Gibney. Afterwards the guys subsequently took a little break from the business from mid 1996 to 2002, when Sudmann and Lipka restarted Eisenvater once again. Drummer Jörg Grzedzicki was already releasing albums with Hamburg's Brosch since 1988.

Discograpy:


"Eisenvater" LP/CD 1992 (We Bite)
"Aggressos Apathis" Comp.-CD Track 1992 (From Heaven to Hell)

Miscariage


Lineup:


Sven Elvers (guitars, vocals)
Sebastian Schult (guitar)
Jan Rademaker (bass)
Michel Pfiffer (drums)

Band-info:

A Death Metal band from Waiblingen, close to Stuttgart. Miscariage (not to be confused with Miscarriage from the Kassel region) was founded 1993 and recorded the Demos "Peace? Justice? Murder" (1994) and "Miscariage - Live - Matricide" (1995), before they changed name to Matricide and carried on for another year till 1996.

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Miscarriage (Fuldatal)


Lineup:


Matthias Keyser (guitar)
Mirko Bunzel (guitar)
Marc Benkelberg (bass)
Sven Neumann (drums, vocals)

Band-info:

Thrashers from Fuldatal/Hannoversch Münden, next to the city of Kassel, that started around 1989 and went into a rather progressive influenced style of Thrash with some Death/Thrash parts and mainly reminded on their 3rd Demo "The difference between..." of canadian Techno Thrashers Obliveon due to Neumann's similar vocal style. Previously the 2 Miscarriage Demos "Heritage of the past" and "Dark epitaph" was already published with a similar type of raw Thrash Metal. Markus Langhans was added 1993 as drummer, so Sven Neumann could fully focus on vocals by now, while the lads also hired female vocalist Sandra Besoke when the went into a slightly Gothic Metal influenced style with the 4th output "Blutsyndrom" in 1994. 1997 their album "Angsttriaden" was released on Rawk Redords, but on the new monicker Mis.Divine.

Discograpy:


"Heritage of the past" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Dark epitaph" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"The difference between ..." Demo 1993 (selfreleased)

Tush


Lineup:


Hans Walter Germroth (vocals)
Gerold Hirschler (guitar)
Ralf Dietz (guitar)
Wolfgang Schnebl (bass)
Fred Hoffmann (drums)

Band-info:

Tush from the Worms area formed already in 1982, but it took almost an eternity till they recorded their first demo "Heavy Rock" in 1988. The term Heavy Rock (title of their Demo) honestly leads you into a completely wrong direction as the 4 tracks on the tape are pretty much powerful and impulsive Heavy Metal much alike Running Wild in their best days with vocals in the vein of Dark Avenger. On the Demo there is still Wolfgang Schnebl doing the bass parts while on their only album "Waiting for the storm" he got replaced by Andreas Eichelberger. The material pretty continued where they stopped with the Demo, though there are 4 long years difference between both recordings. But looks like time stood still for Tush and they still played their Metal mean (whenalso now slightly more melodic) in these late hard times. Both releases are highly recommended!

Discograpy:


”Heavy Rock” Demo 1988 (selfreleased)
"Waiting for the storm" CD 1992 (Mausoleum)

Lunatic Terror


Lineup:


Andreas Schmied (vocals)
Charly Jerg (guitar)
Manfred Jerg (bass)
Jürgen Roos (drums)

Band-info:

A bunch of Thrash kids from Bad Saulgau, north of Ravensburg decided to form a band in September '88 and named it Lunatic Terror with the aim to perform Death/Thrash. The first tape "Pain and pleasure" was recorded in March 1990, yet a bit too early as some not so overwhelming reviews proved. The same for the second tape "Morbid mind" from January '91, that now offered more Death Metal stuff, yet failed again to convince the local Metal press. With "The reason of all" recorded now as a trio in 1994 some first positive opinions popped up. In 2000 a Split CD with Brute Chant from Latvia was also published.

Discograpy:


"Pain and pleasure" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Morbid mind" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"Demo 93" Demo 1993 (selfreleased)

Enforcer


Lineup:


Thorsten
Christoph
Frank

Band-info:

A local Heavy Metal troop hailing from Waltrop in the Herne/Dortmund region. The band was active around 1990, but it's not confirmed that the guys ever recorded any Demos. Further info is needed.

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Frame Of Mind


Lineup:


Sascha Ließ (bass, vocals)
Martin Jakobi (guitar)
Thorsten Barnefske (guitar)
Klaus Spangenberg (drums)

Band-info:

Duisburg Thrashheads that had been around in the wider Essen area during the beginning of the 90's till the mid 90's. Their debut Demo "Labyrinth" was partly recorded in summer '92 and early '93 at the Franz K. Studio and BWS Studio and the title track either made it on the "Deathophobia II" underground CD compilation in the following year, when the band already split up after releasing their second Demo "Extended mind" 1994 too. Frame Of Mind's Death/Thrash sound and vocals reminded in places of raw late 80's Sepultura, but also merged melodic parts with the brutality of Thrash and could be also compared to swedish Thrashers Leprosy. Drummer Klaus Spangenberg 1995 resurfaced in Krefeld's Vernissage, so we guess Frame Of Mind split up around 1994/95.

Discograpy:


"Labyrinth" Demo 1993 (selfreleased)

Eternal Light


Lineup:


Volker Bohlien (guitar, vocals)
Reiner Kautt (bass)
Michael Schäfer (keyboard)
Günther Störzer (drums)

Band-info:

Lightweight Heavyrockers from Mössingen, south of Tübingen/Stuttgart, active during the early 90's, who started most probably around 1989/90 since on the pic of their 1991 selfproduced album "Find your way" a bunch of schoolboys are to see. As you already could notice in Eternal Light's logo, this band was indeed following the eternal light of god and must be added to the small White "Metal" clientele of Germany's scene back in the day. Musically not even bad acting Eternal Light put 12 songs on the album, that feature standard, keyboard pregnanted, melodic Hard'n'Heavy Rock with a handful of standout tracks (as well as alot average material), musically in the vein of perhaps Love Trick and similar troops, but sadly mediocre vocal performance. Pila Music released another widely ignored second album, entitled "Spread your wings", of these guys in 1993, where Jochen Pflumm had taken Michael Schäfer's place, which also marked Eternal Light's last prayer, though the lads didn't change a bit of their old style and either acted more grown on it. Alone Volker Bohlien returned in 2003 with Sprinx, who released their "Who else but you" EP in that year.

Discograpy:


"Find your way" LP/CD 1991 (selfreleased)
"Spread your wings" CD 1993 (Pila Music)

Thunderbolt


Lineup:


Željko Topalović (vocals, bass)
Rene Schütz (guitar)
Michael Stötzel (guitar)
Arno Kuttig (drums)
)

Band-info:

A Power Metal band from Siegen featuring Rene Schütz, formerly Expect No Mercy and later long time Accuser axeman. Their vocalist Željko Topalović later would be better known as "S.L. Coe" in first Dortmund's Angel Dust and then mainly Scanner. But back to start again, after quitting Expect No Mercy in 1984, Rene Schütz teamed up with 3 other Siegen musicians and formed the band Thunderbolt in 1985, that debuted with a selftitled, mainly classic Heavy Metal infected 4 track Demo in 1986. During x-mas the same year another 6 track tape was recorded and spread in 1987, now offering a much more Power Metal dominated direction with melodic touch, reminding musically either slightly of Angel Dust's second album "To dust you will decay" (Or maybe it's just Željko's vocals?).
Nevertheless Thunderbolt split up during 1987 while Kuttig most probably with Stötzel formed Escape, who got screwed by Metal Enterprises. Željko Topalović joined Angel Dust who was badly looking for a vocalist and Rene Schütz went to Accuser.
There is also another recording known of this band, that we aren't sure if these 6 trax was ever released officially back in the day. According to the title of that (digital copy) recording "The lost songs", dating from 1986, we guess not at all.

Discograpy:


"Thunderbolt" Demo 1986 (selfreleased)
"The lost songs" Recordings 1986 (unofficial)
"Rules of Rock" Demo 1987 (selfreleased

Westend


Lineup:


Harald Schönfelder (vocals)
Rüdiger Zaczyk (guitar)
Hansi Thomas (guitar)
Werner Mangold (bass)
Michael Ulfik (drums)

Band-info:

Quite obscure german Hardrock troop from Bad Mergentheim, between Würzburg and Heilbronn, who recorded a quite odd looking LP in April/May '82. With "quite odd looking" we refer to the artwork and also the german sung vocals, that both might lead you into a rather NDW direction, that at that time reached it's peak, but that guess is totally wrong. Westend play a very enjoyable sort of pounding Heavy Rock, mixing classic Hard Rock and a few Metal riffs of the NWOBHM era. Mangold, Ulfik and Zaczyk 1980 already released the album "Crawler" with their previous Kraut/Hard Rock band Second Page on the Rockport label as well. What happened to Westend after their "Trotzdem" entitled album is yet a bit uncertain. The trio Mangold, Ulfik and Zaczyk appeared right in the same year on another more Folk/Country album with the title "Gedanken im Kerzenlicht" together with Jürgen Jaensch and Gerald Block, so there might be a chance that Westend didn't survive 1982 at all.
(Thanx to emosteel for the suggestion)

Discograpy:


"Trotzdem" LP 1982 (Rockport)

Trauma


Lineup:


Jörg von der Fecht

Band-info:

A Death/Thrash band fom Stade in the wider Hamburg area, active during 1990. Further info is needed.

Discograpy:



W.B.I.


Lineup:


Olaf Korth (vocals)
Schnauf (bass)
Norris (drums)
Scholler (vocals)
Tarri (guitar)

Band-info:

W.B.I. stands for Wismars Bart Inferno and was an extreme Noisecore act from northern Germany. Due to the name I'd say they formed in Wismar (ex-GDR), but adresses printed in their releases mentioned first Flensburg and later Hamburg. They recorded some Demos and Split EP's with Necrophiliacs (with members of W.B.I.), Meat Shits and the Cripple Bastards before their debut MLP was recorded in 1992 and released 1993 on Rödel Records/Schnauf Records. Stylistically W.B.I. pretty much sounded like Napalm Death on "From enslavement to obliteration" with even some Death Metal hints on the later releases. The title on "Arschbombe des Monats" was refering to the Rock Hard Magazine, that each month nominated the worst release for the title "Assbomb of the month". Guess they knew themselves they wouldn't make it into the top ten with their noise...

Discograpy:


"Arabischer Sackmantel" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Stichpimpulibockforzelorum" 7" EP 1990 (Schnauf)
"Nekromantik-Themes/So!...Das haste nu' davon!" Split 7" EP 1991 (with Necrophiliacs, Schnauf)
"W.B.I./M.D.M.A. Gift" split live Demo 1993 (selfreleased)
"W.B.I./Meat Shits" Split 7" EP 1993 (Regurgitated Semen)
"War spoils/W.B.I." Split 7" EP 1993 (with Cripple Bastards, Useless)
”Arschbombe des Monats!” MLP 1993 (Rödel/Schnauf)

Murdock


Lineup:


Maggy Benz (vocals)
Ernst Horsinka (guitar)
Siggi Maier (guitar)
Ralf Hanser (bass)
Normen Drißner (drums)

Band-info:

A female fronted Power Metal band from Herbertingen/Hayingen, west of Ulm that was actively playing regional gigs between 1985/86 till 1992, when the band split up shortly after releasing their 6 track "Gunfire" Demo CD independently. The fastpaced title track strongly reminds of a cross of early Running Wild and late 80's Deaf Dealer, while the following tracks exactly deliver what classic fans of German Metal are looking for, pounding and powerful midtempo Metal with speed edge.
You shouldn't confuse these lads with the austrian band Murdock from Vienna, that also played gigs on bavarian territory in the beginning of the 90's and released a CD during 1993. Additionally there's at least 1 Demo tape available as well, still being thrown amoungst the headbanging crowd in the 80's. Siggi Maier afterwards returned on stage in well known bands Abraxas and Stormwitch and either Maggy Benz didn't really quit singing at all. Further Demo info though is still needed.
(Thanx to Michael Flohr for suggestion and band info)

Discograpy:


"Gunfire" CD 1992 (Eon)

Mystery


Lineup:


Gerald L. (vocals, guitar)
The Lion (guitar)
Idris Kent (bass, keyboard)
Mike Battista (drums)

Band-info:

A pretty mysterious and strange sounding band was Mystery from Stuttgart. Rumours say that the later Silk'N'Steel shouter Francis Paramore was singing in the band either, but who knows if that's correct? The guys even made it to an album, which pretty much opens the question for me if there seriously wasn't any better unsigned bands than them in the german underground scene? We all do know the answer ofc, but nevermind. The sametitled vinyl features experimental Heavy/Power Metal with utterly strange sounds and rhythms, and mainly makes me thinking of any crappy Metal Enterprises releases like Killerfoxx etc. In places a few Motörhead hints are shining thru, but even those can't really turn the impression to any better judgement. Even after the 7th or 8th spin it's hard to get warm with the featured sound brew. The Metal Forces Mag apparently in their album review actually spoke of an US band with just a german singer, maybe they knew something more than us?

Discograpy:


"Mystery" LP 1988 (TRC)

Abraxas


Lineup:


Axel Braun (vocals)
Nicolai Mehl (guitar)
Alexander Gemsa (guitar)
Jan Müller (bass)
Heiko Burst (drums)

Band-info:

Abraxas was founded in Mössingen (southern Germany) by Jan Müller and Heiko Burst in 1985 and the first line up got completed by Axel Braun, Nicolai Mehl and Alexander Gemsa. After several line up changes with only Müller and Burst being the firm constant, they recorded the first demo "Vampire" in 1988 with Joachim Hittinger doing the vocals. Right after it was released, the 15 years old Oliver Mindner joined on guitar. The Multimedia Studio offered them to press the Demo on vinyl and manufactured 1000 copies in April '89 under the title "Shattered by a terrible prediction" but did not handle the distribution at all so the band had to sell the records at gigs and via mailorder themselves. In late 1989 Stephan Rohner was added as second guitarist together with Hittingers brother Andreas to handle the keyboards. In June 1990 Joachim Hittinger had to quit due to his voice causing serious heath problems and Abraxas hired ex-Mania shouter Chris Klauke whom they recorded the "Gates to Eden" Demo with in fall of 1990. This tape got fantastic feedback by the national and international Metal press but didn't lead to anything so in Dezember 1991 the "Signs" Demo followed again with giving them highest ratings in the Metal Mags though no record deal was in sight. Finally in 1993 the japanese label Metal Mania, a sublabel of Teichiku Records, released the first CD of Abraxas in Japan only, entitled "The liasion". The CD sold well over there and the band was hoping for a european record deal but even though 3 labels showed interest, Abraxas wasn't lucky in their career, maybe they just have been too late. Oliver Mindner left Abraxas sometime after 1993 and got replaced by Siggi Maier (ex-Murdock). In 1998 "The liasion" finally was re-released on the german label Limb Music with the new title "Tomorrow's world", remastered with 3 extra tracks added. But Maier already went on to play with Stormwitch. The band quit in the same year totally frustrated. All the time being active, Abraxas continued playing their melodic yet technical Power Metal with Speed passages, often compared to bands of the same genre like Helloween or Heaven's Gate, an archetypical german Metal band in other words.

Discograpy:


"Vampire" Demo 1988 (selfreleased)
"Shattered by a terrible prediction" MLP 1989 (Multimedia)
"Gates to Eden" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Signs" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"The liaison" CD 1993 (Metal Mania)

The Run


Lineup:


Michaela Vogt (guitar, vocals)
Jochen Vogel (guitar)
Wolfgang Göhring (bass)
Rei Hanauska (drums)

Band-info:

The bavarian group The Run, that gathered musicians from Nuremberg and Munich, was added just for their debut album "Stumblin' moments", recorded in March/April 1986 and released independently on their own label Black Cat's Moving. Although there's a huge Indie/Gothic Rock influence listenable all over the album and we strongly guess this female fronted band was influenced most probably by bands like The Sisters of Mercy, it has to be added to the Hard Rock corner nevertheless. The Run later around 1990 recorded 2 more albums entitled "Trains" (1990) and "Out of balanxe" (1991) with Thomas Knauer (bass) and Carsten Paul (guitar), who replaced Jochen Vogel and Wolfgang Göhring, but musically the newly reformed group went into a completely Guitar Rock influenced direction now, absolutely not of interest for us anymore. Those who like dark Hard Rock with Gothic Rock touch may check out the debut "Stumblin' moments". But after all The Run are just a side note in this guide.

Discograpy:


"Stumblin' moments" LP 1986 (Black Cat's Moving)
"Trains" CD 1990 (Focus Music)
"Sunday morning walk" Comp.-LP Track 1990 (Downsouth Deutschland)
"Out of balanxe" CD 1991 (SPV)
"Wild horses" Comp.-DLP Track 1991 (Radikal Lokal (Für Ein Szene Radio))
"Sister mercy" Comp.-CD Track 1991 (Fatal Total Vol. 2)

Wild Axes


Lineup:


Thomas Horst (vocals)
Alexander Beyrodt (guitar)
Klaus Weber (guitar)
Clemens Scheid (bass)
Steffen Fritze (keyboard)
Franz Schmidt (drums)

Band-info:

A Heavy Metal band from Neunkirchen winning the Rockfabrik Festival in 1985. Originally formed as Wild Axis by Markus Müller (bass), Jens Meyer (drums), Klaus Weber (guitar), Alexander Beyrodt (guitar) and Thomas Horst (vocals) in Elversberg 1981, Beyrodt, Horst and Weber must have changed name to Wild Axes sometime after 1982 and added a new bass player and drummer. They recorded an official Demo in 1984 that gave them the possibility to release a 7" on the belgian label Rainbow Records, and either a Promotape with the title "Veranstalterdemo 84/85", featuring recordings from 1984 and '85, was just, as the name already suggests, was given to club owners to score live gigs. Wild Axes' sound was close to what Scorpions did at that time, nothing really earthshaking. The band disbanded after 1987, as during autumn the guys still was seen live on stage. Beyrodt, Horst and Weber subsequently formed the shortlived band Princess, while Alexander Beyrodt later teamed up with Sinner in 1990, before he joined Jaded Heart and Primal Fear in the 90's.
(Thanx to Rumblefist for additional info)

Discograpy:


"Demo" Demo 1984 (selfreleased)
"No easy way out" 7" EP 1984 (Rainbow)
"Veranstalterdemo 84/85" Promotape 1985 (unofficial)

Peace, Love & Guitars


Lineup:


Gigi (vocals, guitar)
Dave (vocals, guitar)
Bobby (keyboard)
Marcus (bass)
Ron (drums)

Band-info:

A Rock band from Munich that could contribute the 2 trax "Only live once" and "Bad souls" for the Feierwerk Split LP "Rock Feierwerk Sieger 90" with other Munich bands Magenta, C-X and United Crash. The first track is just a Rock number and only "Bad souls" could be called something Hard Rock alike, though it spreads a bluesy sad feeling. Another Demo track called "Reasons" appeared on another Feierwerk Räcords compilation entitled "Radikal Lokal (Für Ein Szene Radio)".

Discograpy:


"Rock Feierwerk Sieger 90" Comp.-LP Tracks 1990 (Feierwerk)
"Reasons" Comp.-DLP Track 1991 (Radikal Lokal (Für Ein Szene Radio))

Shotgun M.G.


Lineup:


Anita (vocals)
Zaz (guitar)
Karsten (bass)
Baba (drums)

Band-info:

A female fronted Groove Metal band from Munich that could contribute the 2 live trax "Right of the great" and "Get on the race track" for the Feierwerk Split LP "Hard 'n Heavy Live im Feierwerk" with Mortality, Hot Stuff and Trick Or Treat. Shotgun M.G. was playing a very modern sort of groovy Hard Rock/Metal mostly comparable to bands like Rage Against The Machine etc. "Get on the racetrack" also appeared in a Demo version on another Feierwerk Räcords compilation entitled "Radikal Lokal (Für Ein Szene Radio)".


Discograpy:


"Hard 'n Heavy Live im Feierwerk" Comp.-LP Tracks 1991 (Feierwerk Räcords)
"Get on the racetrack" Comp.-DLP Track 1991 (Radikal Lokal (Für Ein Szene Radio))

Mordor


Lineup:


Band-info:

An obscure totally unknown, but excellent band from Offenbach, that most probably was active around the beginning of the 80's or probably even earlier, as the material of their Demo tape from 1981 adopted a Black Sabbath influenced Heavy Metal style in the vein of bands like Cirith Ungol or Obsession's early stuff like "Shadows of steel". A last "live"sign is dating from 1983, delivering a very Pentagram-ish Doom Metal sound. Further info is needed.
(Thanx to Rumblefist for the suggestion)


Discograpy:


"Demo #1" Demo 1981 (selfreleased)

Steam (Frankfurt)


Lineup:


Jee Pee (vocals)
Michael Wickler (guitar)
Freddy Haller (guitar)
Mike Fischer (bass, synth)
Thomas Gietzen (drums)

Band-info:

The Bruchköbel (Frankfurt/Main area) based Steam was featured with the track "I don't know" at first on the "Rockactive I" sampler 1983 and the same song was also featured again on their one and only album "Can't get enough", that was produced for Vip Records by ex-Schloss drummer Willy Waid 1984. The LP wasn't any revelation in terms of heavyness, but there are some trax featured like "Keep rockin'" that indeed used to animate the listener to nod satisfied. Steam did not fully try to revive 70's sounds (except of 2 hard boogieing trax) or copying Accept, but instead focussed on their style of melodic Heavy Metal/Hard Rock, reminding even of Angeles Del Infierno on "Bad guys", though "Can't get enough" remained their last sign of existence. Prior to the vinyl appearances the band already debuted with a Demo dating from March 31 1982 (5 trax) and another 4 track tape from the following year 1983.
(Thanx to Rumblefist for additional info)

Discograpy:


"I don't know" Comp.-LP Track 1983 (Rockactive I)
”Can’t get enough” LP 1984 (Vip)

Black Power


Lineup:


Roland Ritter (drums)

Band-info:

A DIY Metal band from the Zwickau area (ex-GDR), that was founded by a bunch of schoolfriends during the early 80's, being active in their local area from 1980-86. Though they couldn't really handle their instruments at all, the lads started covering wellknown international acts and either created own material, that they performed at the few live gigs they played at private parties. Musical influences came from bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Accept and later during the mid 80's these lads went heavier with Metallica, Running Wild or Helloween being their new standards. Official Demos do not exist at all, but private rehearsal room recordings. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Discograpy:



Prowler


Lineup:


Band-info:

One more of West Berlin's early Heavy Metal acts, when the local scene there still wasn't infected by the US Glam stuff. Prowler's sound on their obscure Demo dating from 1983 offered several strong NWOBHM twin leads, while the whole sound of the tape inclined into a pleasant melodic direction. Further info is needed.
(Thanx to Rumblefist for the suggestion)

Discograpy:


"1st Demo" Demo 1983 (selfreleased)

Pilsator


Lineup:


Mario Flicke

Band-info:

Weimar locals from the late 80's, being caught inside the ex-GDR Metal scene who took their name from a beer sort. Personal influences of the band members being the ones of Venom, Celtic Frost, Priest and Maiden so we guess they've been more on the Thrash site. Further band info is welcome.

Discograpy:



Black Spirit


Lineup:


Michael Vegehaupt (vocals)
Stefan Gödde (guitar)
Martin Last (guitar)
Ingo Herzin (bass)
Andreas Grams (drums)

Band-info:

A Metal band from Offenbach, formed in the tail end of 1982, who released a (supposedly) poorly produced and somewhat punky 9-track rehearsal (?) Demo in 1984, said to be reminding of Hellhammer and Vulcain. Their later drummer Chris Lange played with Scene X Dream in 1990. If you know more, please get in contact.

Discograpy:


"Kill New Wave" Demo 1984

Toyzz


Lineup:


Jack Denniels (bass)

Band-info:

AC/DC-flavoured Heavy Metal/Hard Rock band from Heidelberg. In 1981 they acted as support for Saxon for part of their tour and lasted up until about 1986, with Demos available. If you have more info please get in touch.

Discograpy:



Overkill


Lineup:


Wolfgang Schulze (guitar)
Jack Denniels (bass)
Jürgen Beyer (guitar)
Ralf Ringwald (vocals)

Band-info:

A Heavy Metal band from Mannheim, not to be confused with the band from Stuttgart area. Formed in 1983 by ex-Toyzz bassist Jack Denniels, they released a 4 track Demo in 1984. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Discograpy:


"HM thunderdap" Demo 1984 (selfreleased)


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





download ~Volume West~
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