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Outrage, The
Harry Lynn (vocals)
Andy Stone (guitar)
Marty Quiet (guitar)
Steve Scott (bass)
Rea Hyde (keyboard)
Jack Doc Phibes (drums)
A shortlived Hard Rock band from Bamberg/Bavaria, which was active since 1991 and recorded an independent CD in 1993, that The Outrage either released privately in the first run. The band was heavily influenced by AC/DC and the whole late 80's US american Sleaze/Glam Metal stuff, that made their material sounding like a cross of Cinderella, Faster Pussycat, Mötley Crüe and naturally AC/DC. Still within the same year Rockwerk Records re-released the CD once again (different CD labels), but looks like the band already dissolved not so long after the album was released.

"Dirty fantasies" CD 1993 (selfreleased)

Statement
Oliver Roth ((vocals)
Henry Mittnacht (guitar)
Ralf Bopp (bass)
Tom Geiss ((keyboard)
Michael Vogel (drums)
A commercial Hard Rock band of the early 90's, that was most probably originating from the Mannheim/Heidelberg area in Hessen and recorded an obscure CD in February '93 for Face Music. The 10 tracks on "One for the money" feature all the same kind of melodic Hard Rock with quite commercial US edge, comparable to acts like Bon Jovi, Europe with also a well noticable german note. The guitar solos are pretty well done and so is the whole catchy songwriting, though the heavy use of these poppy keyboards might not be everyone's cup of tea at all. 1995 Statement either released one more CD entitled "Love bites" on the indie label Goodlife Records. If you got more info, please get in touch.

"One for the money" CD 1993 (Face Music)

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

Erosion
Chris Zenk (vocals)
Stefan Römhild (guitar)
Ulf Kaiser (guitar)
Jan Bünning (bass)
Klaus Nowakowski (drums)
Though the Erosion lads are often refered a rather Hardcore band and either all of their records was published on the Hardcore label We Bite Records, at least in the beginning the guys used to play a rather raw and typical Thrash Metal. Erosion was founded in Hamburg as Black Laws in the mid 80's and featured besides Stefan Römhild (ex-OHL) either the ex-Minotaur Ulf Kaiser and Chris Zenk, before they changed their name to Erosion in early 1987 when they recorded "The way of force" Demo in February. The Demo contains songs that would later apppear on the band's debut "Mortal agony" as well, and like stated above, their sound was a pretty raw type of Thrash with a few Hardcore/Crossover hints like f.e. Agnostic Front and built the perfect opposite to the common style Thrash acts like Deathrow, Kreator or Destruction. The exclusive track "Prince of hell" was used for a local Hamburg Punk/Hardcore sampler and the second album "Thoughts" already was published a while later in 1989. The former raw Hardcore/Thrash had to sidestep a way more technically executed Thrash style on "Thoughts", which didn't suit the guys so well at all, as all the brutality that "Mortal agony" spread got drowned in breaks. Rainer Wischnewski had replaced Jan Brünning on bass and also Ulf Kaiser quit to get replaced by ex-Buxom Coxcomb guitarist Michael Hankel. Surprisingly the Erosion lads with the release of "III" in 1992 kinda returned to the brutal Crossover/Thrash sound of the early days and sounded closer to "Mortal agony" than to the previous album "Thoughts". But after the album "Down..." (1995), they eventually called it a day the next year.
"The way of force" Demo 1987 (selfreleased)
"Prince of hell" Comp.-LP Track 1988 (Hamburg '88)
"Mortal agony" LP 1988 (We Bite)
"Thoughts" LP/CD 1989 (We Bite)
"Brown Bottles go ape: Apish excursion" Comp.-CD Tracks 1991 (Tipsy Apes)
"Gunman" 7"/MCD 1991 (We Bite)
"III" LP/CD 1992 (We Bite)
"Erosive life" Comp.-CD Track 1992 (From Heaven to Hell)

Megace
Melanie Bock (vocals)
Jörg Schrör (vocals, guitar)
Dirty (guitar)
Michael Müller (bass)
Kai Alexander Spiekermann (drums)
The female fronted Thrashers Megace was founded in early 1988 by ex-Xandril/Torment Jörg Schrör in Hamburg, and produced their debut "Sign of the ape" demo still within the same year. In contrary to the band's later by far more controversial Techno Thrash style, the "Sign of the ape" tape revealed a technically above average acting Thrash Metal band, whose sound, style and especially vocals, was close to Holy Moses' "The new machine of Liechtenstein" phase. Unfortunately, though the guys pretty much deserved an album deal right in that early stage of the band's phase, it took one more Demo ("This is the news" 1990) with new members Rainer Behn (drums) and Christian Wulff (ex-Drowning In Real, bass), plus a complete stylistical change till the debut album "Human errors" was ready in 1991, featuring Carsten Bachorz behind the drums now. Megace's stylistical break, away from straight rude Thrash to a more technically extraordinary version, and especially the change in Melanie's vocal performance, when she was more trying to sing clean, instead of her earlier raw Sabina Classen style shouts, made the album in places kinda hard to bear. Techno Thrash fans on the other hand might enjoy "Human errors". Nevertheless, the band got dropped by the label and 1994 they tried with another selfproduced Promotape called "Pseudo identity", till 1999 the band's last album "Inner war" was released on Angular Records before the guys split up in 2002.

"Sign of the ape" Demo 1988 (selfreleased)
"This is the news" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Brown Bottles go ape: Apish excursion" Comp.-CD Tracks 1991 (Tipsy Apes)
"Monofaces" Comp.-CD Track 1991 (Peace-Eater Vol. I)
"Human errors" LP/CD 1991 (1MF)

Necromancy
Thomas Claußnitzer
A Thrash band from Ahrensburg, Hamburg area, who released a 70 min Live Demo "Metalstorm over Lübeck" in 1986. The guys was previously active as Regardless since 1981 and changed name to Anesthesia in 1986. If you have more info please get in touch.
"Metalstorm over Lübeck" Demo 1986 (selfreleased)

Tscallenger
Michael Keuter (vocals)
A local Hamburg Heavy Metal band of the late 80's, that was founded around 1987/88 and changed name to Sterling during early 1989, featuring the ex-Powerfool/Sunburst/Yetih vocalist Michael Keuter, musically inspired by classic stuff ala Yngwie Malmsteen, Dokken and Rainbow. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Sterling
Michael Keuter (vocals)

A local Hamburg Heavy Metal band of the very late 80's, that originally formed as Tscallenger and changed name to Sterling during early 1989, featuring the ex-Powerfool/Sunburst/Yetih vocalist Michael Keuter. Keuter though left the band in spring '89, who started a search for a new singer. Sterling's sound was influenced by classic stuff ala Yngwie Malmsteen, Dokken and Rainbow. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Yetih
Thomas-Mario Cristiani (guitar)
Andreas Glummert (bass)
Andreas Olofsson (drums)
Michael Keuter (vocals)
Jörn Ellerbrook (keyboard)
I don't understand why the Hamburg based Yetih did not release their Demo Vinyl in a regular way with printed cover etc. officially. Instead they decided to press just a few Promo's to mail them to radio stations and labels in order to find someone to release it for them. I can't say how much they manufactured of it, I'd say maybe 100-200. It turns up from time to time, so at least 100 was pressed. They themselves called their style "Hard Rock with classical elements" and basically it's true. They played a sort of metallic Hard Rock with a few keyboards that gave their songs a slightly 70's touch. In places they do get heavier also but metallic Hard Rock would be the best description I guess. The 2 songs "Lady" and "Miles away" of the album was also pressed as a 7" on Rats Records from Hamburg (probably their own label or connected with their management). But nothing helped, nobody wanted to released the album, so at least these Demo vinyls are available for some die hard collectors. One interesting fact, Yetih was kinda "related by marriage" over 3 corners with Helloween coz Michael Keuter (ex-Sunburst) and Andreas Glummert are ex-Powerfool members, the band that Michael Weikath used to play in before he joined Helloween. Olofsson came from a band called Boa. Michael Keuter was later singing for Tscallenger, that evolved into Sterling.
"Miles away" 7"EP 1986 (Rats)
"Yethi" Demo LP 1986 (selfreleased)

Chestnutz
Ferdy (vocals)
Roman Friemel (guitar)
Karl (bass)
Steve Pape (drums)
A Hardcore/Punk Metal (or in short form Crossover) band from Dortmund, that was active since the early 80's already under the monicker "Die Männer" and released a Split LP in 1984 with the Dortmund HC/Punk band Rim Shout. A bit later on around 1987 the guys must have changed name to Chestnutz and recorded an independent Punk album in early '88, that was published on Idiots Records. After the vinyl the sound of the Chestnutz got much heavier and the band recorded the "...you want!" Demo in 1989, that featured, just like their 3 tracks on one the two "The Best Of German Metal Newcomer" compilations, a punky form of Heavy and Speed Metal (though they'd probably call it Punk themselves) like in places Dortmund fellows The Idiots did as well incl. a cool cover of AC/DC's "You shook me all night long".

"Don't talk - eat a chestnut" LP 1988 (Idiots)
”… you want!!!” Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"The Best Of German Metal Newcomer" Comp.-LP Tracks 1990 (D&S)
"Maggy" Comp.-Track LP/CD 1992 (DesperaDOs Vol.0 - Dortmund History)
"Paranoid" Comp.-Tape Track (Tales From The Crypt)

Axtasy
Guido Heinl (bass, vocals)
Fabian Hüther (guitar)
Didi Linge (guitar
Götz Ulmer (drums)
A classic Metal band originating from Ludwigsburg, that's been around since the early 80's and published 2 listenable Demo tapes between 1986 and '87, that feature all the same sort of american influenced midpaced Heavy Metal. Axtasy's influences in the beginning could be seen more to came out of the Accept corner, but that typical Ozzy style Hard Rock/Metal, that the band used to play till the "Gonna tape you" Demo was noticable right from the debut tape as well. 1989 Deave Parys joined as vocalist, while Norbert Haller, who replaced Fabian Hüther on "Some like it hot", left the group again, and Angwer Atta took over the second guitar. Also founding member Guido Heinl was replaced by Klaus Wichmann on bass. Their sound turned a bit more towards US style Hair Metal influenced now. The song "Downton trouble" was exclusively recorded for a local sampler 1990, before the Axtasy's only album "Dummy" was released independently 1993, where the lads refined their new Hard Rock inspired style even more. Guido Heinl had returned and Jochen Scheu was supporting Didi Linge on guitar this time, but afterwards Axtasy disbanded during the mid 90's.
For further info and sound clips, please check out Axtasy's Homepage

"Axtasy 1" Demo 1986 (selfreleased)
"Some like it hot" Demo 1987 (selfreleased)
"Gonna tape you" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Downtown trouble" Comp.-CD Track 1990 (Lubu rocks)
"Dummy" CD 1993 (selfreleased)

Splinter
Andreas Michera (vocals)
Rolf Müller (guitar)
Frank Lehmann (guitar)
Andreas Grahl (bass)
Volker Schultz (drums)
A Heavy Metal band from West Berlin that most of you might probably know from their "King of the road" track on the "Iron Tyrants III" sampler. Splinter found together in 1982 and released several Demo tapes throughout the 80's, starting with their debut "Dark night", that was produced 1986 at the Harris John's Musiclab. After the Demo the band played a promo tour in summer '87 through Germany and entered Harris John's Music Lab in May '88 to start recordings for their debut album, that was already announced and planned for 1988. In the end those 7 songs got released as the "Demo 89", while still during spring '89 the soon to be released album plans was still not canceled yet and certain mags still continued mentioning it to be out soon. Nevertheless Splinter haunted the underground scene for a few years longer with their melodic sort of Heavy/Power Metal mix. Some Torture Slave members was previously playing in Splinter too, as well as Frank Lebe and Mario Schneider, who both joined the band after Merlin's split late '89/90, shortly before Splinter became Gracious Violence during 1990.
"Dark night" Demo 1986 (selfreleased)
"Demo 87" Demo 1987 (selfreleased)
"King of the Road" Comp.-Pic LP Track 1987 (Iron Tyrants III - The European Blitz)
"Demo 88" Demo 1988 (selfreleased)
"Demo 89" (selfreleased)

Dark Sky
Sugus Mager (vocals)
Lutz Aicher (bass)
Frank Breuninger (guitar)
Mac Graf (guitar)
Rainer Mauthe (keyboard)
Andy Honer (drums)
A commercial Hard Rock band from Rottweil, active since 1982, that published a 3 track Demo in the mid 80's and another one in 1988, entitled "Living in eternity", that was produced by High Tension drummer Marco Roth. In January '89 the band won the "Sprungbrett" newcomer contest, with first prize being a golden record. Dark Sky was playing a sort of highclass melodic Hard Rock, but eventually needed till the late 90's to get their career started, when the debut album "Believe it" was finally available. Guitarist Mac Graf quit in 1990 and got replaced by Steffen Doll, while in 1992 the band got completely re-arranged when Sugus Mager and Andy Honer quit also, shortly followed by Lutz Aicher in 1993. Frank Breuninger and Steffen Doll compiled a new band starting from 1993 and so far have recorded 6 albums.
"Demo 1985" (selfreleased)
"Living in eternity" Demo 1988 (selfreleased)

Javan
Bernd Martin (vocals)
Oliver Schwung (guitar)
K.B. Hard (guitar)
Rainer Herrmann (bass)
T.J. Räth (keyboard)
Winni M. Shap (drums)
A Melodic Metal band from the Düsseldorf area, that started in the mid 80's and just like the ones of Skyscraper, Vamp, Bonfire etc. adopted several commercial US style Hard Rock influences and formed a highly professional sound in the vein of mid 80's Europe or Pretty Maids. After their 6 track Demo in 1989, the lads put hands on their selfproduced album "Somewhere in the night", that was published on their management's own label and features a number of songs that could be considered amongst the best material of the entire german Melodic Metal/Hard Rock scene. Either vocalwise, the lads had been one step ahead of the common bands, Bernd Martin's high pitched screams just rounded their highly recommended album.
"Javan 89" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Somewhere in the night" LP/CD 1991 (Amnesia)

Suckspeed
Michael Bothe (bass)
Olaf Krebs (guitar)
Guido Steinchen (guitar)
Oliver Bertram (drums)
Suckspeed was a 1987 founded Crossover band from Hannover (featuring ex-Mottek Michael Bothe and ex-Enola Gay Guido Steinchen), that imo was more interesting for Metalheads in their early stage. Especially the selftitled Demo that Funhouse Records published and spread in 1988 features pretty cool Thrash with some Crossover influences and the Demo sounds more raw than for example their debut album "The day of light" that was also released on Fun House Records one year later. Originally the album was announced under the title "The raid" during spring '89. But nevertheless "The day of light" exactly adopts the Demo style and Suckspeed delivered some Speed Metal dominated Crossover Thrashers par excellence. That album seems to have been successful, coz the band changed to the bigger We Bite Records to release an EP with the Deep Purple cover "Stormbringer". But then something happened in 1990 or 1991 because both guitarists left and the new one (Ingo Schröder) was reponsible for a stylistical change in the band. Starting with the "Slow motion" album, Suckspeed's style got more modern by adding slow groove parts, though a few Speed Metal hints was embedded as well, but no way their sound was reminding of the entertaining early releases anymore. That whole drama was lasting for the next 3 years and affected all the other albums that was published after the "Stormbringer" 12". Personally for me the era Suckspeed ended with that vinyl. Suckspeed disbanded in 1993.
"Suckspeed" Demo 1988 (Funhouse)
"The day of light" LP/CD 1989 (Funhouse)
"Stormbringer" 7"/12" EP 1990 (We Bite)
"Slow motion" LP/CD 1991 (We Bite)
"Live 1991" Split LP/CD 1991 (with Emils & Capitol Punishment, We Bite)
"End of depression" LP/CD 1992 (We Bite)
"Unknown gender" MCD 1993 (We Bite)

Mottek
Lobi (vocals)
Stephan Grujic (guitar)
Michi Bothe (bass)
Bernward Klimek (drums)
Mottek was a Crossover band from Hildesheim, that formed as ABC-Alarm in the early 80's out of the ashes of the Punk/NDW band KZ Recorder. Stephan Grujic (guitar) and Bernward Klimek (drums) found a first steady line up in 1983 with Michi Bothe (bass) and Lobi on vocals, who both came from GPC. The quartet recorded the first Demo in August, that featured 6 Hardcore/Punk trax and became bestselling tape on the label, which lead into a record deal with Schrott Records in 1984. Michi Bothe left Mottek before the recordings and would later form the band Suckspeed. He got replaced by Magret (ex-The Fat Five And The Thin One) on bass. Till 1986 when the recorded the next album "Riot" (grey vinyl), vocalist Lobi left and guitarist Stephan handeld vocals also. The material on "Riot" either featured just like the debut LP Hardcore/Punk with early Thrash influences but the trio would progress their style from that point forward and added more and more Metal influences, that didn't only grant them a lot of love from the Punk community. Nevertheless, after 2 more singles they got signed by the Funhouse label and published the respectable "Mottek" Demo in 1988 with second guitarist Matthias Hinze and Magret doing vocals. From the early Hardcore sound there was almost no more traces audible, instead the lads offered archetypical female fronted Thrash Metal sound, close to Metallica on "Master of puppets" and especially Znöwhite. Though Funhouse Records already announced the new Mottek album as "Welcome to depression land" during spring '89, Mottek surprisingly released it as "Fatal violence" on Sucker Records instead. But there had happened a fatal upheaval inside the band already, as only both guitarists Grujic and Hinze remained of the Demo line up and added new members Christian Leithaeuser (vocals), Hartsch (bass) and Sven (drums). The style of the Demo recordings was consequently continued on "Fatal violence", that was produced and engineered by Stephan Grujic himself at the Masterplan Studio in Gießen. Fastpaced US style Thrash Metal with influences of Vio-Lence, Testament, Death Angel and Metallica ruled on "Fatal violence" and made the album a faultless affair for all Thrashers, that also marked the end of Mottek's discography. The band never every released any further albums and just was active in a kinda on/off relationship throughout the 90's and 2000's. The "Countdown 1982-2012" CD compilation features older and newer recordings, even an unreleased album from 2003.
"Mottek" Demo 1983 (Pissende Kuh Kassetten)
"Hypnose" LP 1984 (Schrott)
"Shout/Wop hour" Split 7" EP 1985 (with Raw Power, Starving Missile)
"Torture" 7" EP 1985 (Starving Missile)
"Riot" LP 1986 (Starving Missile)
"Bun Party" Split Tape 1987 (with Rövsvett & White Flag, Punish)
"Mottek" Demo 1988 (Funhouse)
"Fatal violence" LP/CD 1989 (Sucker)

Merlin
Mario Schneider (vocals)
Dan Uhden (guitar)
Rocco Stellmacher (guitar)
Frank Lebe (bass)
Oliver Grossmann (drums)
Merlin gathered with Mario Schneider (ex-Dynastie), Rocco Stellmacher, Frank Lebe and Marcell Thiele quite a number of ex-Mephisto musicians while Stellmacher (ex-Schottenrock, ex-Etui) also was one of the founding members of Countdown in 1984. Dan Uhden was playing with Metall in 1983 and joined Countdown later in 1985. Both Stellmacher and Uhden knew bassist Frank Lebe from their time in Etui, Metall and Mephisto. These 4 founded Merlin in November 1986 in East Berlin (ex-GDR). In the beginning they used to play with different drummers, while Oliver Grossmann is known to play drums for Merlin during early '89. The last drummer Marcell Thiele, who joined the band later in 1989, was formerly making music with Dynastie (1982) and Tequila. 1987 Merlin could record 2 first songs ("Goldrausch" & "In ihr gelebt (Berlin)") for the national broadcast service, that still showed a little different side of what they later got known for, to be the eastgerman Helloween. Both being midpaced heavy galopping numbers with a guitar style that already showed similarities to the later famous "Der Zauberer". June 1988 they again recorded 3 more tracks "Die Welt von morgen", "Der Zauberer" and "Excalibur" that clearly showed the new direction, the speed ladden Power Metal, that gave them the stamp to copy Helloween. I wouldn't mark them as copycats to be honest. I'd say their styles just showed similarities and one being Schneider's voice that here and there pretty much sounded close to Kiske's. The band was pretty much able to hold even western standards and right at that time had deserved to record a full album. The Heavy Metal hymn "Der Zauberer" was featured on the Rockbilanz '89" Compilation and with Marcell Thiele (drums) who joined them in January '89 they recorded 2 more tracks "Crying in the night" and the ballad "After the war" in May 1989. Due to the political change that was coming that year the band was allowed to use english lyrics now and Merlin used their possibilities to get a more international sound. The 2 songs even refined the chosen melodic Power/Speed direction in the vein of Helloween or hungarian Pokolgep's track "Tökfej" from the "Pokoli szinjatek" album. Unfortunately Frank Lebe left the country after the borders got opened and Merlin disbanded. After the split Zong Records put some of their songs from the 2 last recording sessions on a triple Split LP with Hardholz and Headless called "Speed up - Heavy News" which got released in 1990. Stellmacher joined Headless, Dan Uhden tried with Sudden Death and Pharao, Marcell Thiele went on to Headless, later Sudden Death as well and Frank Lebe joined Splinter/Gracious Violence where he met Mario Schneider again. He's now again united with Dan Uhden in Mind Odyssey and Pandea.
"Der Zauberer" Comp.-LP Tack 1989 (Rockbilanz '89)
"Speed up - Heavy News" Split LP 1990 (Zong)
Broadcast Recordings:
"Goldrausch" (1987)
"In ihr gelebt (Berlin)" (1987 )
"Die Welt von morgen" (1988)

Crying Thunder
Sven Kracht (bass, vocals)
Torsten Pörtner (guitar)
Sven Göttlicher (drums)
A Heavy Metal trio hailing from North Rhine Westphalia, which was active since 1988 and changed name to Twilight in 1989. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Twilight (NRW)
Sven Kracht (bass, vocals)
Torsten Pörtner (guitar)
Sven Göttlicher (drums)
A Heavy Metal trio hailing from North Rhine Westphalia, which was previously active as Crying Thunder since 1988 and changed name to Twilight in 1989. 1996 the band split up without any releases but got reformed during 2011. Surprsingly the lads never recorded anything else than a Demo entitled "Bloodpath" in 2013. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Twilight
Volker Krawczak (bass)
A Heavy Metal band from the Ruhrgebiet area (Wattenscheid/Essen/Bochum), that was active since at least 1987, founded by ex-Steeler Volker Krawczak. The band recorded a Demo tape in December '88, that featured 3 melodic Heavyrockers. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Alien Power
Carsten Bätge (vocals, bass)
Frank Meier (guitar)
Wolfgang Schönberg (drums)
A Metal band from Wolfenbüttel, south of Braunschweig, which was active since 1986 and recorded 2 Demo tapes during the 80's that featured both classic Heavy Metal. Wolfgang Schönberg first got replaced by Christian Labisch 1989 and the following year also Frank Meier left to be sustituted by Chris Schweyda on guitar. With the line up Christian Labisch (drums), Chris Schweyda (guitar) and Carsten Bätge (bass, vocals) the band independently recorded the CD "The power of the last unicorn" in 1992 and hired vocalist Tommy Fricke for the last Demo "Hard sides of life" 1993, before Alien Power split up 1994. Bätge and Schweyda returned with the album "Female disconnection" in the 2000, but this attempt of a comeback just lasted for about one year. If you got further info, please get in touch.

"Alien Power" Demo 1987 (selfreleased)
"Mixed aggressions" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"The power of the last unicorn" CD 1992 (Face Music)
"Hard sides of life" Demo 1993 (selfreleased)

Converse
Astrid (vocals)
Jens Neumann
A band from Elsheim, between Mannheim and Mayence, that used to label themselves "Progressive Rock - Hardcorerock" band, while according to certain reviews Converse's Demo tapes, that was recorded between 1988 and '89, feature classic Melodic Rock/AOR with interesting female vocals. The 3rd tape "Out of reach" comes with free sticker and info sheet. If you got more info, please get in touch.
"Alimentary lifes" Demo 1988 ‎(selfreleased)
"On the run" Demo 1989 (selfreleased‎)
"Out of reach" Demo 1989 ‎(selfreleased)

Ygramur
Helmut Steger

Ygramur was a band from the late 80's, originating from Sulzbach-Rosenberg, east of Nuremberg, that recorded just a single Demo during 1989, containing ordinary and due to certain info, less interesting Heavy Metal. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Devastate
Ch. Guinness (vocals)
Tom Wisweh (guitar)
Tommy Fritsch (guitar)
Micha Meuer (bass)
An ambitioned progressive Power/Thrash Metal band originating from Otzberg, east of Darmstadt, that started in 1989 and recorded a number of well respected Demos around 1990, hoping for a record deal, but didn't succeed. Demo numero uno "Escape the dream" from November '89 was still recorded with a drumcomputer, but the guys could later hire Kai Bergerin for the drummer job. Tommy Fritsch was playing in Darmstadt's Power Metal hopefuls Vice prior to Devastate already, together with Ralf Couard (ex-Asmodina/Destroyer) who would later during the 90's replace Devastate's original vocalist and figurehead Ch. Guinness. The 3 important Devastate tapes feature a majestic sounding mix of epic yet melodic Power Metal with diverse Thrash parts, that especially due to Guinness' impressive vocal performance made Devastate sounding like a Thrash version of the godly Chalice ("One final sin"). After the hoped for record deal didn't took form, the band started falling apart and on their last "Demo '94" Misha Meuer played bass, while Guinness' part was taking care of by Ralf Couard, whom Tommy Fritsch still knew from old Vice days. The band split up after the Demo. Bergerin and Fritsch joined Disbelief afterwards.
"Escape the dream" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Syllogism" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Oct. '90" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Empress in Space" Comp.-CD Track 1993 (Crossing All Over)

Azrael
Stephan Steinmetz (vocals)
Andreas Huber (guitar)
Cristian Zimmer (guitar)
Horst Diezinger (bass)
Andreas Kolbeck (drums)
A Heavy Metal band from Erlangen/Bavaria, founded in June 1990. The following year the boys recorded the 4 song Demo "Haunted", of which the track "The landlord" was used for the "Peace-Eater Vol. II" compilation CD. They used to call their own style "Melodic Aggressive Metal", which shouldn't leave any further questions unanswered we guess. If you got further info, please get in touch.

"Haunted" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"The landlord" Comp.-CD Track 1992 (Peace-Eater Vol. II)

Mon Amour
Werner Kiemel (vocals)
Damir Uzunovsky (guitar)
Hermann Bangert (guitar)
Stephan Funk (keyboards)
Matthias Mailänder (bass)
Wolfgang Lück (drums)
A Heavy Rock band from Waldstetten, east of Stuttgart, that was active during the very late 80's and mid 90's. The guys produced a 4 track melodic Hard Rock Demo at around 1990 or probably later and got featured with the live track "Over again" on one of the Peace-Eater compilations. 1996 the band privately released the "Live ..." CD with Mike Blaschke as the only guitarist, replacing the former axe duo Uzunovsky & Bangert. If you got more info, please get in touch.

"Mon Amour" Demo 199? (selfreleased)
"Over again" Comp.-CD Track 1992 (Peace-Eater Vol. II)

No Silence
Daniel Baptista (vocals)
Marcus Buecking (guitar)
Hansy Haider (guitar)
Jochen Trunk (bass)
Steffen Waigand (drums)
A Speed Metal which was originating from Miltenberg/Bavaria, west of Würzburg. The band was founded during 1986 and recorded 3 Demo tapes between 1988 and 1992, that contain a technically experienced, but nevertheless ordinary sounding Speed Metal style on the first 2 two tapes and a rather progressive touched Speed/Thrash on the last one "Dreams of immortality" from 1992, that also introduced Tommy Reis on the bass, who replaced the former bassist Jochen Trunk. The second Demo of No Silence ("Tell the answer") was produced by Michael Wehner of Vendetta. One of the songs from their last Demo was also used for the underground compilation "Peace-Eater Vol. II". If you got more info, please get in touch.

”No Silence" Demo 1988 (selfreleased)
"Tell the answer" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Dreams of immortality" Demo 1992 (selfreleased)
"Fanatic Menace" CD Comp.-Track 1992 (Peace-Eater Vol. II)

Graysten
Achim Sankul (guitar)
Volker Rahn (guitar)
Markus Breuer (bass)
Jörg Bontenbroich (drums)
A Thrash Metal band from Alsdorf, near Aachen, that was active since already the late 80's but released their MCD "Walk your walk" independently just in the early mid 90's. During spring 1989 the band was searching for a new vocalist and also had prepared a Demo tape during that year. On the "Walk your walk" MCD from 1993, their earlier Thrash sound had already merged with that typical for the early 90's Power/Thrash style, similar to bands like Pantera, with a not so small portion of groove. If you got more info, please get in touch.

"Walk your walk" MCD 1993 (selfreleased)

Sinister
Yet we can't really say where this obscure band was originating from. For the moment only the 3 songs of their Demo tape recorded in 1985 are known, being "King and raven", "Bloody christmas" and "Prince of darkness". What's confirmed is the fact that 3 members of the Bremen based Triad, who formed in summer '88, was previously playing in a band called Sinister, which obviously would fit with the recent time frame. Musically all of the Sinister Demo tracks are basically taking the same line by offering an epic sort of classic typically mid 80's german sounding Heavy Metal, comparable to bands like the early Whetstone and Hammerschmitt, while on "Bloody christmas" clearly Accept influences are noticable. If you got more info, please get in touch.

"Demo 1985" (selfreleased)

Triad
It's not confirmed if Triad is indeed the follow up band of the troop Sinister who recorded a 3 song Demo back in 1985 already, but 3 of the musicians of this in June '88 founded band from Bremen, was previously playing in a band called Sinister. Triad in spring 1989 worked on material for a future Demo tape. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Invader
Peter Bekusch (vocals)
Jürgen Keller (guitar)
Frank Hoffmeyer (guitar)
Uwe Thielbar (bass)
Thomas Grabisch (drums)
A classic Heavy Metal troop originating from Bremen, who started as Victory in 1984 and after their debut Demo "March for victory", changed name to Invader to publish the Demo under the new monicker once again. Axel Thubeauville found interest on the band and produced their debut album for his Bonebreaker label, that pretty much fits to the other releases on that label. "Children of war" features hard, archetypical german sounding mid 80's Metal with speed tendencies, similar to acts like Wallop, Xxaron, Fact or Gravestone and either the lads tried to issue some of the songs an epic note like on "March for victory". Nowadays the Invader album definitely has to be counted to the more important ones of the german mid 80's scene. After the album guitarist Frank Hoffmeyer got replaced by ex-Sweet Cheater Micky Sebastian, plus also Uwe Thielbar due to professional reasons left the band and Joey von Sermon joined for the planned 86'er tour with Victory. But Invader disappeared quickly afterwards just like Bonebreaker Records. Michael Sebastian subsequently formed the band Prophet afterwards and Peter Bekusch returned during the fall of the 80's with the band Topaz. Thomas Grabisch otherwise was seen playing with Ambrosia during 1988.

"March for victory" Demo 1985 (selfreleased)
”Children of war” LP 1986 (Bonebreaker)

Ambrosia
Katja Gräve (vocals)
Volker Heimbucher (guitar)
Ingo (guitar)
Alex Gatting (bass)
Thomas Grabisch (drums)
A female fronted Heavy Metal band from Bremen, featuring the ex-Invader drummer Thomas Grabisch, that was active since early '88 and recorded a Demo in 1989. The song material was quite an ambitious sort of Melodic Metal with several Warlock similarities. Thomas Grabisch got replaced by Rolf Teubert already 1988 and Alex Gatting by a guy called Fred in 1989. Seems like Ambrosia split up already during late 1989.

"Demo '89" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)

Short Wave
Frank Brüning (guitar, vocals)
Stefan Griguleit (guitar)
Holger Carsten (bass)
Jens Hennings (drums)
The Bremen based Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band Short Wave started in 1981 and was permanently doomed to fight with several line up changes during their whole existence. Before they recorded the "Nightride" Demo with Frank Brüning (guitar, vocals), Stefan Griguleit (guitar), Holger Carsten (bass) and Jens Hennings (drums) in 1988, two other Demos prior to "Nightride" was recorded with different line up's as well. "Nightride" features 3 NWOBHM inluenced trax with slightly commercial edge. If you got more info, please get in touch.
"Born to rock" Demo 1985 (selfreleased)
"Feeling all around" Demo 1987 (selfreleased)
"Nightride" Demo 1988 (selfreleased)

Topaz
Peter Bekusch (vocals)
Joachim Roehrich
Chris E. Will (drums)

A semiprofessional melodic Hard Rock/Metal band of the late 80's, that was originating from Bremen and featured the former Invader shouter Peter Bekusch. During 1988 the band spread the message that recordings for their debut LP was almost finished, but started searching for a new drummer in November that year as well, since the former one Chris Will wanted to focus only on his studies, so Ingo Göbbert took his part. The album was finally finished during spring 1989, while Topaz tried to find a label to release the LP, but did not succeed at all, though a tape with 5 advance tracks could be ordered from the band at that time. Topaz's style was influenced by bands such as Dokken, Queensryche and Bonfire. If you got more info, please get in touch.

D.B.F.
Tom Lunk (vocals)
Hardy Pelka (guitar)
Ulf Kück (bass)
Frank Arent (drums)
A Hardcore band founded 1983 in Bremen, that's just interesting for their 3rd and last album, published on the No Remorse sublabel Toxic Detonation Records 1989. The band at that time frame consisted of Markus Wittpenn (vocals), Hardy Pelka (guitar), Ulf Kück (bass) and Volker Simon (drums) and used to play a form of Metal Punk, though Hardcore influenced, but several Metal hints are spread all over the record, which makes the album "Not bound to rules" interesting for Crossover fans. The 2 previous outputs do sound quite punky, but "So full of lies" indeed was a good fast Hardcore LP, though the vocals are sung just in pure annoying Punk manner. On "Not bound to rules" their new vocalist Markus Wittpenn's voice sounds way more dirty and raw and therefore the featured material occasionally reminds of Bloodfeast A.D.'s LP. D.B.F. stands for "Dis-organized Bunch of Fuckers" btw.
"Nebenwirkung/Dis-Organized Bunch of Fuckers" Split LP 1985 (Pöbel)
"So full of lies" LP 1986 (Pöbel)
"Not bound to rules" LP 1989 (Toxic Detonation)

Drop Out
A Heavy Metal band that was actively playing live during 1989 and participated at the festival "1. Bergisches Rockkonzert" in April '89. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Sick Pack
A Heavy Metal band that was actively playing live during 1989 and participated at the festival "1. Bergisches Rockkonzert" in April '89. If you got more info, please get in touch.

No Tears
A Heavy Metal band that was actively playing live during 1989 and participated at the festival "1. Bergisches Rockkonzert" in April '89. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Moray
Thomas Rönnebeck (guitar, vocals)
Achim Pabst (guitar)
Stefan Ikert (bass)
Florian Eichstädt (drums)
A Heavy Metal from Kiel, that was previously active since the late 80's as Moraine, who shortened the band name in 1991 to just Moray. The band released the "Velvet underground" Demo 1992 and another one entitled "Real men" in 1994. If you got more info, please get ion touch.

"Velvet underground" Demo 1992 (selfreleased)

Moraine
A Heavy Metal band from Kiel, that was active during the late 80's and most probably also released a Demo tape in that decade, since the guys was actively playing live during 1989. 1991 the guys changed name to simply Moray. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Vomiture
A Speed Metal band from Ingolstadt, that was active during the late 80's and released two Demo tapes till summer '89, while the second one was recorded during May/June '89. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Typhoon
A Heavy Metal band originating from Duisburg, that was actively playing live during 1989. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Brain Sledge
Michael Breisinger
A White Metal band from Rutesheim, between Pforzheim and Stuttgart, that released a Demo tape in early 1989, containing 5 Speed Metal oriented "brain hammers", as they stated themselves in an old Metal Hammer advertisement. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Beaujolais
A Hard Rock/Metal band from southern Germany, that was actively playing live during 1989. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Nightmare (Hagen)
Siggi Schwarz (vocals)
Reinhold Durand (bass)
Hanni Plattke (drums)
Ergün Tasli (guitar)
Jürgen Tetzlaff (guitar)
This short lived affair formed in Hagen during October 1982, initiated by Siegfried Schwarz and Ergün Tasli. Jürgen Tetzlaff, Reinhold Durand and Hanni Plattke completed the quintet a bit later on, who claimed for themselves to be the most tough Heavy Metal band of Hagen. But after just one year and a 3 song Demo, the band was history already, while most of the guys, except of Reinhold Durand (later in Hard 'n' Heart and Universe), would form the well known Nytemare in '84. The songs "Drive out the demon", "Down town" and the ballad "Tears in your eyes" of the tape already gave a short impression of what would later become Nytemare. Same style, with a few Maiden influences as well, just the production was quite terrible.
"Demo 1983" (selfreleased)

Muddy Brains
Tim Wiegmann (vocals)
Olaf Büscher (guitar, bass)
Gerd Szuplinski (drums)
This band from Hüllhorst, North Rhine-Westphalia seem to have wanted to try out a little bit of everything, and their 5-song "Braincore" demo is said to have included songs of a number of different styles, from Thrash, HC and rap to traditional Heavy Metal. They claim to have been offered a record deal from Funhouse Records, but it doesn't seem as this album ever happended. Instead a private 7" was released in 1990. If you have more info, please get in contact.
"Braincore" Demo 1988 (selfreleased)
"Astro Lady" 7" EP 1990 (Muddy Bros.)

Hard Stuff
Michael Hotop (vocals, keyboards)
Rüdiger Thiel (guitar)
Siggi Holz (guitar)
Doc Janning (bass)
Schorse Creutzinger (drums)
Hard Stuff was founded by Siggi Holz back in 1974 in Hannover originally as a Rhythm & Blues cover band, but since 1979 the guys used to perform just their own material. Hard Stuff's sole release was a fist shaped 10" EP in orange vinyl, that was manufactured in just a very limited edition of approx. 100 copies, that got the Merseyside's Greatest picture label on side A and a black label with song titles on side B. But there is also an even smaller edition known to exist with black labels on both sides, while just about 10 copies are rumoured to be made of this particular obscure version. Musically the 4 songs featured are based on the classic 70's Hard/Kraut Rock with naturally (due to the guys' past) a Blues edge. During the rising NDW revolution in Germany, Hard Stuff recorded the single "Daß es dich gibt" under the monicker of SPECIAL at the Horus Sound studio in 1981/82, which became a national top 10 hit, but shouldn't be of interest for our readers at all, since we're talking of ordinary Pop/Rock here. 1986 the band also recorded songs for the planned album "The last time", which wasn't released though and Hard Stuff got disbanded in 1994. Siggi Holz revived the band in 2010 and is playing live on stage again.
"Bad years" Shaped 10" EP 1979 (Merseyside's Greatest)

Axtasy
Stephen A. Tare (vocals)
Bobby Marino (guitar)
Tony Spagone (bass)
Louis O'Bryan (keyboard)
Tina Nelson (drums)
Not to be confused with the Ludwigsburg band Axtasy, these guys was originating from Frankfurt/Main, founded in December 1987, by Tina Nelson (aka Martie Miatello), Bobby Duane (aka Bobby Marino) and Stefan Alexander (aka Stephen A. Tare). Since Tina's original plan to relocate to Los Angeles to study drums at a renowned school, included to send a Demo tape over there in order to get accepted or not, she asked her friends Bobby and Stefan to compose a few songs, that they recorded in January '88 together with additional musicians Tony Spagone and Louis O'Bryan (Seems like Frankfurt got invaded by Italians huh?). During the recording session with producer Robert Kohlmeyer of the band Jojo, who just had recorded their debut album "Extasy", the quintet decided to name their band Axtasy. Some of the Demos was sent to magazines and surprisingly received positive feedback, promising the band a record deal within shortest time. When Tina saw that Axtasy's star started rising up and the band either entered the stage, she dropped her L.A. plans for a while. After recording a second Demo later in 1988, Spagone and O'Bryan left Axtasy and got replaced by Klaus Montag (bass). Montag had to quit playing due to an injury and Werner Dietel played bass on the third Demo from January '89, that featured the 3 songs "Wild, though & young", "Never gonna leave me" and "The last unicorn", still recorded with studio musician Bernie Nüßlein on keyboards, but Axtasy found keyboarder Olaf Erikson afterwards. Axtasy's sound was close to bands such a Bonfire, Bon Jovi, Skagarack and Europe, though as we know, the soon promised album deal was just an illusion, whenalso Axtasy indeed recorded/pre-produced an album during spring '89, that was offered to several record companies, but without any further success. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Tokyo
Klaus Luley (vocals, guitar)
Lothar Krell (keyboard)
Robert Musenbichler (guitar)
Ken Taylor (bass)
Fritz Matzka (drums)
Tokyo was founded in Frankfurt/Main in 1979 by Ken Taylor (ex-Supermax) and austrian musicians Fritz Matzka and Robert Musenbichler. Lothar Krell (ex-Supermax) and Klaus Luley (ex-Schloss) later joined them to complete the classic line up and they got signed by Telefunken and the selftitled debut was available 1981. After their second album "Fasten seat belts" Lothar Krell left and got replaced by Volker Barber and album # 3 "San" was recorded in 1983. Fritz Matzka as well as Klaus Luley quit in 1983 to follow own musical plans and the latter formed Craaft. Tokyo's last effort "The Westworld encounter" was released in 1985 and the band was shrunk to a trio with only Holker Schmidt (=Tiger B. Smith - guitar, vocals), Volker Barber (keyboards) and Ken Taylor (bass) left, who quit Tokyo already in 1984. Robert Musenbichler and Lothar Krell formed Jojo. Tokyo's sound was quite enjoyable Hard Rock/AOR of international standard with even a few hits, basically in the vein of bands such as Survivor, Journey and partly even Van Halen. There are also several singles available that we do not list here, though a "Best of"-type CD called "Back To The Fire" from 1995 is featured in the Corroseum's regular reviews section.

"Tokyo" LP 1981 (Telefunken)
"Fasten seat belts" LP 1981 (Ariola)
"San" LP 1983 (RCA Victor)
"The Westworld encounter" LP 1985 (Metronome)

Jojo
Robert Musenbichler (guitar, vocals)
Robert Kohlmeyer (guitar, vocals)
George Liszt (bass, vocals)
Lothar Krell (keyboard)
Jojo (or also JoJo) was an AOR band from Frankfurt/Main, that was founded 1985 by austrian musician Robert Musenbichler after the band Tokyo that he played earlier with, got disbanded. Also former Tokyo keyboarder Lothar Krell was steady member of the band and furthermore many ex-Tokyo musicians helped Musenbichler to record his songs, like Fritz Matzka (drums) and Ken Taylor (bass). Jojo produced 2 early singles during 1985/86 with hit producer Frank Farian (the guy who made Boney M. and Milli Vanilli - urgh!), that simply do not belong into this site's musical content at all, because "Shadows in the night" and "Take a little time" both just featured terrible Dance/Disco Pop. The more interesting debut album "Jojo" was released during 1988 and contained just typical 80's AOR/Melodic Rock with poppy edge, very similar to acts like She's China, Dominoe or Surprises. Curst Dress recorded the drum parts and Ken Taylor played additional bass lines, while Musenbichler, Liszt and Kohlmeyer shared the vocal parts. But after their last single "We scandalize" the band already split up during 1989.
"Shadows in the night" 7"/12" EP 1985 (CBS)
"Take a little time" 7"/12"EP 1986 (CBS)
"Jojo" LP/CD 1988 (Ariola)
"Woman's touch" 7"/12"/MCD 1988 (Ariola)
"Extasy" 7"/12" EP 1988 (Ariola)
"We scandalize" 7"/12" EP 1989 (Teldec)


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





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