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Haggard
Asis Nasseri (guitars, vocals)
Cengiz (guitar)
Andreas Nad (bass)
Luz Marsen (drums)
Haggard from Munich started 1989, but their real career happened just in the late 90's, while the band is still active nowadays, but celebrating a different type of music. It all begun with the 2 song "Introduction-Tape", recorded August '92 and continued with their selfproduced debut MCD "Progressive" from 1994, that featured gothic, doomy Death Metal in the vein of early Paradise Lost, The Gathering, My Dying Bride or later Horrified with also many progressive and either Thrash parts/elements, yet a listenable effort nevertheless. Afterwards the band changed their direction in to a much more symphonic Gothic Metal way, like the already mentioned The Gathering with changing musicians all the time.
"Introduction-Tape" Demo 1992 (selfreleased)
"This stuff's 2 loud 4 U" Split CD 1993 (1MF)

Hailstorm
Michael Lauk (vocals)
Andre Gorzawski (guitar)
Alexandre Mabeix (guitar)
Ralf Weber (bass)
Boris Zimmermann (drums)
Hailstorm was a melodic Power/Speed Metal band that was originating from Freiburg, which was active from 1986-89. The guys recorded a 7 song Demo tape with album lenght during late '87 or early '88 before they changed name to Daydream in 1989. If you got more info, please get in touch.

"Pictures of war" Demo 1987 (selfreleased)

Hammers
Marko Holtschke (vocals)
Volker Gabler (guitar)
Tim Hofmann (guitar)
Philipp Thomas (bass)
Bernhard Thomas (drums)
Hammers was founded by a bunch of ex-GDR schoolboys, 1984 in the city of Plauen/Saxony, while the guys preferable was performing songs of Saxon, Twisted Sister, Rose Tattoo and Anvil at that time and the line up in 1986 eventually consisted of Marko Holtschke (vocals), Volker Gabler (guitar), Tim Hofmann (guitar), Philipp Thomas (bass) and Bernhard Thomas (drums), who permanently went into heavier Metal sounds starting from that year. The guys recorded a 4 song Demo "Age of the reaper" during 1987, before 1988 Tim Hofmann got recruited by the army, and Marco Mekelburg had to take over the part of the second guitarist. Hammers during the fall of the 80's, in times of the political change inside the GDR, worked on new material and could even open a show of the Toranaga/Metal Chruch/Saxon tour in April 1990, which marked the band's personal highlight, till in 1991 the guys started recordings for a second Demo. But since the vocal tracks was never recorded, the tape in the end remained unfinished as the lads let the band die in a slowly crawling process, that finally resulted in the official end during 1992. If you got more info, please get in touch.

"Age of the reaper" Demo 1987 (selfreleased)

Hammerschmitt
Eduard Keller (vocals)
Hans-Dieter Wolf (bass)
Andreas Püschel (guitar)
Diethard Schmitt (guitar)
Ralf Deutscher (drums)
Another shortlived act from Falkenstein in the Frankfurt/Main area, featuring the ex-Booster members Eduard Keller and Ralf Deutscher. Hammerschmitt was founded in 1984 and recorded a 4 track Demo already in the same year, that impressed the Rockport label, so Hammerschmitt could immediately enter a studio to record their debut album in spring 1985. The german Metal press wasn't much fond of the selftitled LP, most probably because Rockport didn't enclose a 100 DM banknote to get a good review I suspect. Otherwise I can't explain how such an album could receive just average or bad reviews. Already the impressive instrumental "Line of Meridian" should wash their ears free, that these guys had something special inpetto, that other german bands couldn't offer at all. If you take the rather dull sounding Headstone LP as comparison (both bands stylistically was hitting into the same nick), then Hammerschmitt's material delivered everything that Headstone f.e. was lacking of; freshness, good ideas, technical finesse and a good vocalist. The guys style either showed several post-NWOBHM influences, that the great "Devil's cry" is best example of. Nevertheless, Hammerschmitt dissolved quickly after the album and the duo Keller/Deutscher subsequently founded Falcon Prey. Andreas Püschel hooked up with Exray in the late 80's, that would later become a victim of Ingo Nowotny as Asgard.

"Demo" Demo 1984 (selfreleased)
"Hammerschmitt" LP 1985 (Rockport)

Hammersmith
Christiane Ewald (vocals)
Ralf Drechsler (bass)
Gerrit Schäger (guitar)
Norman Schäfer (drums)
A female fronted Hard Rock/Metal band from Lichtenau in Hessen, active since 1982, that released a Demo tape in early 1985. They guys being just 15-17 years old when the Demo was recorded. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Hand of Doom, The
Gerhard Meier (guitar)
Uwe Ellenberger (guitar, vocals)
Ralf Kuhnt (organ)
Hanno Bugge (bass)
Karl-Heinz Wehde (drums)
An early Hard Rock/Metal band whose origins already go back till 1973 and due to band name it shouldn't be a secret that Black Sabbath must have had a huge impact on the guys. The first line up was built by Gerhard Meier (guitar), Uwe Ellenberger (guitar, vocals), Ralf Kuhnt (organ), Hanno Bugge (bass), Karl-Heinz Wehde (drums) but Bugge was kicked soon to get replaced by Klaus Bode. After several line up changes the band split up in 1978, but vocalist Andreas Rößner reformed The Hand of Doom about a year later to record their debut album, that was published privately in a limited edition of 500 handnumbered copies on his own label Doom Records. Besides Rößner, also Klaus Bode (bass), Uwe Ellenberger (guitar) and Karl-Heinz Wehde on drums participated, and revived this early Metal act, whose influences, besides 70's Hard Rock also gathered some NWOBHM hints, but suffering slightly by the too soft production, starting with half hearted distorted guitars like Loose Connection. Nevertheless, the lads deserve a steady place in the German Metal history for sure. After the album Rößner didn't continue and Jürgen Preßler replaced the kicked out Ellenberger on guitars while another new member (Gerhard Ferraro) joined also, but left in around 1983. They kept the band going till 1986 and also released another 3 track Demo in around 1983, that featured live recordings (though I don't know if it's official) and revealed stronger NWOBHM influences than before with a few hints of Accept.

”Poisonoise” LP 1979 (Doom)
"Demo 1983" (selfreleased)

Happy Hour
David Pollack (vocals)
Scooter (guitar)
Achim K. Bach (guitar)
Archi Alert (guitar)
Finne (bass)
Martin Slapstein (Drums)
Not a Metal band, but one of these Crossover troops that popped up in the late 80's, mixing Punk and Metal with Rock'n'Roll edge. Basically that the Ruff & Roll label signed them speaks for itself, as this label had a weakness for these kind of bands. David Pollack was the owner of the Crossover label Destiny Records and formerly was playing with the Hardcore/Crossover bands Sick Pleasure, Porno Patrol and No Allegiance.
"Horny Sonja" 7" EP 1989 (Down'n'Dirty)
"The handyman" LP/CD 1990 (Ruff & Roll)
"Warriors Of Ghingis Khan" ‎MLP 1991 (Ruff & Roll)
"Sugar and spice" LP/CD 1992 (We Bite)

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)

Hard ‘n Heart
Ralf Grah (vocals)
Reinhold Durand (guitar)
Frank Middelhove (guitar)
Klaus Becker (bass)
Bernd Frielingsdorf (drums)
Among the german indie Metal vinyls the privately pressed Hard 'n Heart EP belongs to the musically most valuable records. This this shortlived band from Wuppertal (founded late '85), featuring ex-Nightmare (pre-Nytemare band) guitarist Reinhold Durand, knew to perfectly combine melody with pretty heavy Metal. It's interesting to see that well known bands of the german scene wasn't able to create a sound on their overproduced albums, that a local act like Hard 'n Heart probably recorded and mixed in 2 or 3 days. The power that those 4 trax do spread is incredible. From Accept-ish pounding bangers to almost US Metal alike anthems on pretty high level, "Innocent and sinful" marks a real threat for every headbanger. Ralf Grah's vocal performance was quite varied, from Udo Dirkschneider shrieky screamed to standard stuff, he was shining during all his different facets. Unfortunately the band split up already after the EP and Durand joined Universe still in 1986. Ralf Grah would later turn up in Tusk's mid 90's line up, while Frank Middlehove immediately formed Stryker. According to certain rumors there was just a very small quantity of vinyls manufactured back in the day (about 200-300).

Hardholz
Stephan Buchfeld (vocals)
Lutz Edelhäuser (guitar)
Michael Brill (bass)
Frank Brill (drums)
The eastgerman band Hardholz from Tambach-Dietharz has always been among my fave bands from GDR, because they didn't use to play the usual standard crap and either used to have a bit more "intelligent" lyrics like Caiman or Blackout also. Hardholz was founded in 1983 by the brothers Michael and Frank Brill (both ex-Phon) plus Lutz Edelhäuser, who all was previously playing in the Hard Rock band Orakel from 1980-81. Stephan Buchfeld (vox) completed them, so the guys passed a huge number of live gigs during 1985, when Hardholz eventually got invited by the public Weimar radio station, to professionally produce the two songs "Fliegen mit dir" and "Flüchtige Begegnung" in early 1986 and later in autumn another title ("Winter der Gefühle"), that got airplay on the national radio. Afterwards the guys hired with Peter Fleischmann a second guitarist, because the musical future direction of Hardholz required it. In the early days Hardholz was influenced by classic Metal acts such as Maiden, Priest or the Scorpions, but with the later 80's the influences, that decided the band's sound, moved rather towards Metallica and Running Wild, and indeed Hardholz' late 80's productions "Asphaltlady" and "Tannhäuser" from early 1988, recorded at Jürgen Matkowitz' studio, proved them to belong to the heavier of the classic Metal bands from ex-GDR, as they used to focuss on the speedy side of Metal. Both trax also climbed good positions at the local Rock Hitparade "Beatkiste" (that used to play international Metal bands during the second hour of each show (running from 20:00-22:00 each thursday evening), when Erich Honecker was already sleeping. ;) The last recording session for the national broadcast service was recorded in 1989, featuring "Mystic dream" and the epic "Wieland der Schmied". During the process of the political change inside the country, Hardholz was chosen to appear on the triple Split LP "Speed up - Heavy News", that also featured the bands Headless and Merlin from Berlin, but since the decision hit the band unexpectedly, they needed to use their old broadcast recordings from 1988/89. The guys started recording a Demo tape in 1990, but Peter Fleischmann left them in autumn, before it was finished, so Lutz Rödiger had to take his place to finish the Demo finally in 1991, featuring 8 tracks from all earlier and recent phases of the band. The bands previous classic Metal sound had slightly changed towards Metallica influenced Power Metal with Thrash hints and massive epic undertones, that also their selfproduced CD "Jäger und Gejagte" from 1995 impressively proves. Maik Wetzel replaced Lutz Rödiger for a few years during 1992-'95, but Rödiger returned later again. 1997 the guys went their own ways and joined musically different projects till in 2013 both Brill brothers and Lutz Edelhäuser reformed Hardholz and published 2016 the CD "Herzinfarkt".
Please check out the homepage of Hardholz
And here's an old Hardholz clip.

"Speed up - Heavy News" Split LP 1990 (with Headless/Merlin, Zong)
"Demo-Tape" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)

Broadcast Recordings:
"Fliegen mit dir" (1986)
"Flüchtige Begegnung" (1986)
"Winter der Gefühle" (1986)

Hardware
Sven Freytag (vocals)
Sigi Sigismund (bass)
Jörg Franz (guitar)
Bob Schiprowski (guitar)
Gero Lütke (drums)
The Hannover band Hardware existed since the beginning of the 80's and recorded after 2 early Demo tapes their debut album "Common time heroes" independently with a 4 track machine, while the still young Steamhammer label only needed to manufacture the vinyls. The album recieved good feedback which I seriously can't really share. Though it sounds quite well produced for a 4 track recording, the material appears rather dull, without real ideas. The band took their influences besides an of course german touch, mainly from british bands, but rather was unsure if they wanted to play Hard Rock or pure Heavy Metal. Thankfully Steamhammer didn't drop them after that sleeping pill they called debut album and in January '85 with Mark Städler on vocals and new bass player Roland, the mid 80's classic "In cold blood" was recorded at the Sonic Acoustic studio in Wuppertal. Due to a stylistical change Hardware refocussed soundwise and added speed elements that sharpened their steel, so the guys could play in the same league like bands such as Vampyr, Atlain or Metal Sword. Sadly after that little ballbuster the band completely disappeared into the sinking for the rest of the 80's and only returned shortly in the early 90's with two CD singles that they wrote for their favorite football club Hannover 96. The former singer Sven Freytag returned with Lawdy in the late 80's and Jörg Franz was also playing with the band Attack.

"Demo 1982" (selfreleased)
"Demo 1983" (selfreleased)
"Common time heroes" LP 1984 (Steamhammer)
"In cold blood" MLP 1985 (Steamhammer)
"Wir fahren nach Berlin! MCD 1991 (Lava)
"Schwarz Weiß Grün Wir waren in Berlin" MCD 1992 (Lava)

Hardware (Hellental)
Dieter Scholzen (drums, vocals)
Frank Hörnchen (guitar)
Klaus Staff (bass)
Christian Rabius (guitar)
A Hellental Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by Dieter, Frank and Klaus. Christian joined in 1982. In 1985 Lothar "Löti" Koll joined and replaced Dieter on drums and the band changed its name to Lord Of Darkness. If you know more, please get in contact.

Hardzrock
Michael Eigendorf (vocals)
Ralf Wittstock (guitar)
Stefan Furtner (guitar)
Jens Grawe (bass)
Jens Heil (drums)
A band from the ex-GDR, that formed in Wernigerode in the fall of 1983. Originally the guys was influenced by Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Accept in the very beginning, but soon changed their direction during the mid 80's towards a rather Speed/Thrash Metal inspired style, impressed by bands such as Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Flotsam & Jetsam. Stefan Furtner got soon replaced by Thorsten Nowak (guitar) and some first own songs got composed like "Reiss mir nicht mein Herz entzwei" and "Dämonen der Nacht". Thomas Scharfe on drums replaced Jens Heil, but soon had to go as well as the army was needing his services. Christian Klaus joined later in 1984 when the bands former classic Metal sound got way heavier. They mainly focussed on cover versions at that time, as the fans was eager to listen to songs of their favorite international bands, when the band got asked by the Bergtheater Thale to participate on a play of Schillers "Die Räuber" in 1986. They band agreed and entered the theater stage several times during 1987, till Ralf Wittstock left Hardzrock to join Thrashers Rocket. Also Michael Eigendorf and Christian Klaus left the band to join the cover band Burning Eyes, which more or less meant the end of Hardzrock. 1993 Eigendorf and former guitarist Stefan Furtner met and Eigendorf joined Furtner's recent band, while they soon changed name to Hardzrock again to play for a while during the mid 90's.

Harmagedon
A Heavy Metal band from most probably Munich (for sure Bavaria), that was active during 1988/89. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Harmony Dies
Henning (vocals)
Roloff (guitar)
Mike Hoffmann (bass)
Brälke (drums)
A Death Metal band from Berlin, that formed in 1992 and is active still nowadays. The lads recorded 2 Demo tapes already in 1992 and a Split 7" with brazilian Grinders Krisiun, that all featured a very professional sounding, dark kind of Death Metal with Grind parts, sounding close to early Gorefest, Acrostichon, Monstrosity and such bands. Their real career just started in the mid 90's when they published their debut album "Don't trust" in 1997.
"Living corpses" Demo 1992 (selfreleased)
”Slope” Demo 1992 (selfreleased)
"Rises from black/Harmony Dies" Split 7" EP 1993 (with Krisiun, Rottenness Records)

Hawk
Dietmar Schwarzrock (guitar)
Peter Bachmann (drums)
Bernd Beck (guitar, vocals)
Heinz Kunitschke (bass)
A Kraut/Hard Rock band from Hildesheim founded in Oct. 1982, that was featured on the II. Hildesheimer Rocksampler with the tracks "Living in a palast", the epic hymn "Behind the mirror" and "Crazy day".
"II. Hildesheimer Rocksampler" Comp.-LP Tracks 1984

Hazzard
Malcolm McNulty (vocals)
Herman Frank (guitar)
Günter Sander (guitar)
Wolfgang Hettmer (bass)
Iain Finlay (drums)
Hazzard from Hannover was the own project of Accept's Herman Frank, who formed the band to realize his own musical ideas, that he probably couldn't as paid Accept member. He found Günter Sander and Wolfgang Hettmer in his hometown Erlangen and hired the english born vocalist Malcolm McNulty (ex-Weapon). Hazzard started recording several Demo tracks and eventually signed a contract with Mausoleum Records in the fall of 1984. The album was recorded at Dieter Dirks studio and at the Soundhouse Hamburg, with Tilo Heider playing most of the drums parts, till Dieter Schmidt joined to record the remaining drums to get replaced by the ex-Demon Pact drummer Iain Finlay either, who joined the band in early 1985. The whole thing didn't work so well at all and though the band acted solid, I guess it wasn't what Accept fans was expecting, coz Hazzard was so much not sounding like Accept at all and tried to play a midpaced pounding melodic style of Heavy Metal with just a few Accept hints or really heavy songs. The major part of the songs was commecially influenced. Frank subsequently disbanded Hazzard and joined the more successful Victory instead in 1986, while Finlay got famous in Running Wild a few years later and McNulty tried as singer for the revived The Sweet.

"Hazzard" LP 1985 (Mausoleum)

Head Over Wheels
Looks like this band was from southern Germany playing some live gigs in 1986. If you have more info please get in touch.

Headhunter
A local band from southern Germany that is neither connected with Schmier's Headhunter or the pre-Unicorn band Headhunter. They was featured with the Metal insipred Hard Rock track "Black widow", that was acting between both styles with certain influences from the british island. If you got more info, please get in touch.

"Black widow" Comp.-LP Track 1983 (Talent Show '83)

Headhunter (Burgbrohl)
Gerd Oeser (drums)
Hans Peter Linden (bass)
Uli Klein (vocals)
Berthold Djouad (guitar)
Mathias Schneider (guitar)
Andrew Jäger (keyboard)
Short lived Hard Rock band from Burgbrohl that only lasted from 1980 -82. Linden and Oeser (later in Bad Bone) would form Hard Rockers TNT afterwards and Berthold Djouad appeared again with Vision in the later 80's. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Headhunter (Lörrach)
Marcel Schirmer (bass, vocals)
Uwe Hoffmann (guitar)
Jörg Michael (drums)
The Headhunter's from Lörrach (for a very short while announced as Curse), that was formed by Schmier (Marcel Schirmer) when he got "released" from Destruction right in 1989 (and we all do know this was the beginning of Destruction's fall), pretty quickly had their first album "Parody of life" written and recorded already in 1990. Schmier got help by prominent german musicians Uwe Hoffman (aka Schmuddel, ex-Talon) and the routinier Jörg Michael (ex-Mekong Delta/Rage/Avenger and and and...), who probably was member of each existing german Metal band at least for one week. Not surprisingly "Parody of life" sounded like Destruction, and not just because it was Schmier singing there. Also stylistically and musically one could think it was the follow up Destruction album for "Release from agony". If it has been a wanted musical side blow or not, the guys did a quite good job and Schmier proved, that he indeed wasn't the technically weakest part of the chain in Destruction (as they stated themselves), but their signboard! Nevertheless Headhunter thrashed with technically progressive finesse and for the second album "A bizzare gardening accident" they signed to Major Records. Just like the previous one, the guys used to perform a technically advanced Thrash style, this time less sounding like the old Destruction, with a few modern elements, but still in acceptable range and delivering quite impressive guitar work. After the "Rebirth" album 1994 the trio disbanded Headhunter, but returned 2008 with the "Parasite of society" album.

”Parody of life” LP/CD 1990 (CBH)
"A bizzare gardening accident" LP/CD 1992 (Major)
"A bizzare gardening accident/The Christhunt" Promo Split MC 1992 (Major) ‎

Headless
Thomas Post (vocals)
Roland Tschech (guitar)
Uwe Lerach (guitar)
Sven Rappold (bass)
Ronald Schulze (drums)
Headless was the ex-GDR band Metall from East Berlin under their new given name from August 1989 and with the new name they also tried to develop Metall's old sound into a more modern and international sounding US style, now singing all songs in english. They even translated the lyrics for the once originally german sung "Eisenhart" and "Easy rider" trax. After the Quartett Single that was planned by Amiga for late '89 got cancelled, the sublabel of Amiga Zong released these 4 songs as a triple Split LP together with the Power Metallers Hardholz and Merlin. The 2 new Headless songs sounded pretty listenable and well arranged but is was doubtable if that direction was the right step towards success since the Metal crowd more and more requested Thrash and Death Metal at that time. Headless wrote 14 new trax while 6 of them together with "Metal for you" and "Heart of steel" was chosen to be their first album that should be released a few months after the "Speed up" LP was out, but the label went bankrupt and noone felt demand for that kind of Metal anymore, especially not from an eastgerman band. They released those 6 tracks as a Demo in 1991 and disbanded a while later due to lack of interest of the old fans.

Headstone
Franklin Hofmann (guitar)
Harald Liebhäuser (keyboard, vocals)
Georg Hölderlich (bass)
Michael Brieger (drums)
Headstone from deepest Bavaria (Oberammergau) was founded in 1981 by Franklin Hofmann and Georg Hölderlich and with the drummer Michael Brieger the trio started recording the "Burning ambition" album in 1983, after they already recorded several Demo trax. Harald Liebhäuser was found to sing the vocal parts. And now there are 2 stories concearning that album available. The first one says that though the band was searching for a proper label to release that selfrecorded album, they couldn't find any label willing to so and it remained unreleased (info: Heavy Metal made in Germany - Book). According to Pure Steel/Karthago Records it was indeed pressed as a limited vinyl edition by the band itself, but so far no one has ever seen a single copy up for sale and this pretty much makes the whole thing suspicious, as before the CD re-edition on Karthago Records was available, noone ever heard of this album. Georg Hölderlich frustrated subsequently quit and got replaced by Roman Wagner. The guys either found a new vocalist; Harald Karg, and recorded another Demo in 1984. After receiving the offer from Unit Art to produce a full album, the band went to northern Germany in 1985 to record "Excalibur", at the Unit Art studios and the studio either manufactured about 500 copies on vinyl. The album knows to attract with an outstanding artwork, but seriously that's it already. Musically Headstone never left the middle field of the german bands with their common Heavy Metal, and either suffered from a rather weak vocal performance of Harald Karg. Still compared to the "Burning ambition" recording, that was more rooted in the slightly 70's influenced Hard Rock/Metal sound (but with better vocals), the more solid sounding "Excalibur" album musically was a huge step forward for the band towards a classic Metal style and either gathered a few british influences, but somehow the speed elements was missing. Wasn't much surprising that Headstone already split up aroiund 1986. The former vocalist Harald Liebhäuser also used to sing for the band Veto.


"Burning ambition" LP 1983 (selfreleased - or not released at all..)
"Excalibur" LP 1985 (Unit Art)

Heart Of Oak
Manfred Klein (vocals, bass)
Norbert Kunschke (guitar)
Bernd Kirchmair (guitar)
A hard rock 4-piece from Willich, west of Düsseldorf. I guess it's not entirely impossible that their Manfred Klein is the same guy who later played drums in other Willich-familiars Headhunter/Unicorn. If you have more info, please get in contact.
"Demo 1984"

Heartline
Jojo Weber (vocals)
Sergio (guitar)
Michael (guitar)
Heiko (bass)
Robin (drums)
A melodic Heavy Metal act from Siegen, that sadly released their only album a bit too late and disappeared rather unrecognized. Heartline was founded in 1989 or either late '88 and acquired a good reputation as live act in the following years. Their album was recorded in 1990 and released February '91 on the 1MF Recordz label. Heartline's music combined both the Melodic Metal and speedy Power Metal stuff, sounding in places like Helloween during their most successful phase, which also has be to ascribed to Jojo Webers impressive vocal performance. But Heartline wasn't just focussed on the speed stuff, they either delivered the complete program by either playing songs like "Too late" f.e., that sounded quite US american influenced with commercial hints. So between slightly glammy US Metal, a small dose of japanese Metal and teutonic speedy Power Metal, there was a huge stylisitical width that Heartline's "Gentlemen agreement" offered. Nevertheless, the band either dissolved quickly afterwards, because 1991 wasn't the correct year for their kind of Metal.

”Gentlemen agreement” LP/CD 1991 (1MF Recordz)

Heartlyne
Tommy Heart (vocals)
Chris Lyne (guitar)
Claus Johannson (guitar)
Jogy Rautenberg (bass)
Alexander Strauch (keyboard)
Karsten Krause (drums)
Heartlyne was a band from West Berlin, that was formed out of the ashes of Dark Avenger in 1986 by former members Jogy Rautenberg (ex-Dead Marian), Karsten Krause (ex-Ballantinez) and Claus Johannson. Tommy Heart, Chris Lyne (ex-Countach) and ex-Devil's Soldier Alexander Strauch was found to complete the band and quickly the debut Demo was available in 1986. The band's sound hadn't much in common with the old Dark Avenger sound, but either would meet requirements of Zeno's sound. It was easy to understand the musical vision of the lads would burst the common expectations and they proved that by winning a local Berlin Rock contest in 1987. Heartlyne started recording a couple of songs throughout 1987 at the Hansa Studios Berlin and bigger labels started showing interest, but still hesitated to offer a record deal. Tommy Heart in the meanwhile received the offer to join V2 who already had a deal inpetto and therefore quit Heartlyne, which resulted in Heartlyne disbanding after a last gig together in May '88 and all of the members went separate ways. Tommy Heart after being done in V2 joined Zeno and Fair Warning, Claus Johannson founded Mr. Nasty and then joined Double Action, Alexander Strauch returned with She's China in the late 80's, while Jogy Rautenberg was found in Skew Siskin's line up. Chris Lyne and Tommy Heart would found Soul Doctor at the end of the 90's, that Rautenberg and Strauch would join also at a later stage. A CDR bootleg entitled "Starlight", appeared in the late 90's, featuring Heartlyne's studio recordings from 1987/88 and therefore the guys decided to officially publish the songs under the title "No retreat no surrender" in 2008. Just like on the early Demo, the band's sound could be compared to the classic Europe stuff that made them big, combining top notch melodic Hard Rock with pompish AOR on highest songwriting level and without a single sucker featured.

"Heartlyne" Demo 1986 (selfreleased)

Heavens Gate
Thomas Rettke (vocals)
Ingo Millek (guitar)
Peter Bilski (guitar)
Manfred Jordan (bass)
Thorsten Müller (drums)
A band from Wolfsburg that was founded in 1988, but most of the guys was active since the late 70's and early 80's in previous stages of the band, when they was firming under the names of String Eyes, Steeltower and lastly Carrion, which was the direct forerunner of Heavens Gate, lasting from 1987-88. Sascha Paeth was the only one of the bunch who joined the freshly formed band in 1988, and wasn't member of Carrion, to replace the long time guitarist Ingo Millek, who was remaining from still old String Eyes days. Millek left Heavens Gate after the band produced two Demo tapes in spring and summer '88 and just had signed a contract for their debut album "In control", that was recorded in October '88 and published on the ex-Metal Hammer editor Charly Rinne's No Remorse Records label. Unlike the previous album of Steeltower, Heavens Gate celebrated a way more melodic teutonic Power Metal with several speed elements in the vein of bands such as Judas Priest on "Painkiller", in places Helloween or Abraxas, but always with one foot rooted in the classic Heavy Metal style, with either midpaced songs. Especially the over the top performance of vocalist Thomas Rettke, made "In control" outstanding. The album gained the guys a lot of success and after another EP ("Open the gate and watch!") on No Remorse in 1990, change over to Steamhammer Records to produce the second album "Livin' in hysteria", that was available in 1991 and even more successful than the debut. The wave of success for the Wolfsburg quintet didn't ebb away at all and once again with the 3rd album "Hell for sale!" they overtrumped the previous sales. After an ample world tour Manfred Jordan quit the job and got replaced by Robert Hunecke-Rizzo, who also recorded Heaven's Gate's last albums "Planet E." (1996) and "Menergy" (1999), before they eventually called it a day in 1999. Rettke and Paeth formed the band Redkey in the mid 2000's.

"In control" ‎7" Promo EP 1989 (No Remorse)
"In control" LP/CD 1989 (No Remorse)
"No Remorse Records Label Compilation" Comp.-MC Tracks 1990 (No Remorse)
"Open the gate and watch!" MLP/MCD 1990 (No Remorse/Virgin)
"Livin' in hysteria" LP/CD 1991 (Steamhammer)
"More hysteria" 12" EP/MCD 1991 (Steamhammer)
"1991 Promo" Promo MCD 1991 (Steamhammer)
"Hell for sale!" LP/CD 1992 (Steamhammer)
"Don't bring me down" MCD 1992 (Steamhammer)
"Live for sale!" CD 1993 (Steamhammer)

Heavenward
Wolfgang Jansen (vocals)
Achim Schneider (guitar)
Oliver Müller (bass)
Thomas Stauch (drums)
The Krefeld Heavenward was founded in 1986 with still Thomas Stauch on drums, who left the band in 1987 to join Blind Guardian, while the ex-Lucifer's Heritage drummer Thomas Kelleners changed over to Heavenward. For Heavenward though things didn't work out so well like for Blind Guardian at all, but step by step. February '88 the quartet recorded their Demo "Into the light", that already was a nice entrance to the german Metal scene, while featuring songs that reminded heavily to certain christian US Power Metal bands, and it seems the Bee Gees pissed them off in any way, as they gained a special mention in the booklet of the tape at the No thanks section. Jansen (later in Bronxx) got replaced by Stefan Kessel on vocals on the band's second tape "At first nature..." from January '88. Heavenward here added more typical Power/Speed elements with still slightly US Metal edge (like Queensryche would play thrashy Power Metal) and in places high pitched screams of their new vocalist, who seems to fit the same well like his precursor. Nevertheless it wasn't easy to sign a record deal back in the day, not even with two outstanding Demos in the baggage, especially not with big companies like Steamhammer or Noise, who both seemed to have been deaf like the famous leopards from Britannia. Once again D&S picked out that black pearl of a Metal band and produced the band's debut "Within these dreams" in 1991, recorded with help of Last Rites' guitarist Bernd Gröters and surprised in Death Metal times with true Power Metal, technically experienced executed in typical US manner. Seriously the album could be counted to the creme de la creme of all German Metal albums, but was released years too late. Then came the big bang, almost all of the old crew quit and Kressel had to search for new musicians to record the second album "A future worth talking about?". Andreas Rippelmeier (guitar, ex-Mephisto), Marc Schulz (bass, ex-Mephisto/Vallyz) and Guido Gallus (drums, ex-Vallyz) has been the chosen ones, who came from the bands Mephisto and Vallyz, but naturally with a completely new musicianship to expect that the band's sound would remain the same is just pure utopia. Heavenward's style went more progressive and either featured a few modern elements, though the basic style was still rooted in the technical Power Metal. But the album has been Heavenward's last one, as the band subsequently stopped activities for a while. Kessler and Gallus joined Centaur in the mid/late 90's and tried to revive Heavenward in the 2000's, without much success.
"Into the light" Demo 1988 (selfreleased)
"At first nature..." Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
”Within these dreams” LP/CD 1991 (D&S)
"A future worth talking about?" CD 1992 (Inline Music)

Heavy Hammer
Axel Becker (vocals, guitar)
Jens-Uwe Schnorr (guitar)
Oliver Gerds (bass)
Thomas Heisenberg (drums)
The band Heavy Hammer from Rostok (ex-GDR) found together during October '85 and spent the first two years to handle their instruments, influenced by AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Metallica and Motörhead. The guys played a technically minor skilled Thrash Metal and in summer 1987 Patrick Wittkowski joined as vocalist. First Heisenberg during early '88 and later in autumn also both guitarists Schnorr and Becker was called to arms to defend the "anti-capitalistic firewall", but the band found Kai Sass to replace Heisenberg, though they had to pause without any guitarist later that year and just reformed in January 1990 when all returned, without vocalist Patrick Wittkowski under the monicker Mad Slaughter.

Heavy Load
Dike Scharnau (bass, vocals)
Udo Kahl (guitar)
Thomas Felder (keyboard)
Lorenz B. Stoelcker (drums)
Hard Rockers from Freiburg, who produced an independent album in July '82. Heavy Load was acting somewhere between the heavy 70's Blues and Kraut Rock influenced classic early Hard Rock with certain influences of the early midtempo Motörhead. In places the material even showed similarities to the eastgerman band MCB during their early phase, but the album reaches it's peak with the speedy, classic Motörhead rip off Metal tune "Fire". If they'd have had followed these kind of speedy inputs, I bet their album would be better known nowadays.


Helicon
Andrea Münster (vocals)
Manfred Pütz (guitar)
Kurt Reichert (guitar)
Guido Kaul (bass)
Uwe Heepen (drums)
Helicon was founded by Uwe Heepen and Kurt Reichert in May '87 in Aachen, and originally should take the place that Helloween once had within the Noise International stable, when they left the label to sign a major deal. But the whole things didn't work out like expected because the much more melodic playing Helicon, aren't Helloween at all. The band around female vocalist Andrea Münster debuted with two Demos in 1988 and '89 and subsequently published an obscure 7" with Axel Heusch on second guitar (replaced Reichert) on the Cauldron label from Düsseldorf in 1989, that contains two melodic Heavy Metal rockers, featuring the very powerful track "Woman", that makes the single recommendable. But due to different opinions they stopped co-operation with Cauldron Records and started recording material for their debut CD privately. The line up had changed once again and also during the recording sessions Andrea Münster and their recent guitarist Volker Marx left the band. Münster joined the band Heaven's Force, while Marx went to Axe La Chapelle. In the meanwhile Uwe Heepen used to handle the vocalparts himself. But one by one left the band and in the end Uwe Heepen was the only remaining member in the band, when he signed the contract with Noise and had to form a completely new band, consisting of himself on vocals, Christian Guth (guitar), Tom Kusters (guitar), Sylvester Wasielewsky (bass) and drummer Andre Ostapeschen. The debut album "Helicon" that finally was released in 1993 and featured a wild mix of midpaced Metal rockers and a few speedy bangers, received good feedback and the band toured alot through Germany and parts of Europe to promote the album, so afterwards the lads recorded the follow up album "Mysterious skipjack" in 1994. But this album wasn't as successful as the debut, and Noise dropped the band, that eventually split up in around 1997.

"The Heimbach Tapes" Demo 1988 (selfreleased)
"Helicon" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Black & white" 7" EP 1989 (Cauldron)
"Helicon" LP/CD 1993 (Noise)
"Fight for your fame" Comp.-MCD Track 1993 (Melodic Metal strikes back)

Helion
Torsten Kauk (vocals)
Michael Lässig (guitar)
Olaf Gerold (guitar)
Helko Klemm (bass)
Rico Rätzel (drums)
Helion a Freiberg (ex-GDR) based Thrash outfit that formed in 1988 and released 2 Demos in 1989 already disbanded in 1990 again. The studio tape contains some rude Thrash with a few good parts and ugly vocals that in places appear quite punky. I think they tried to orientate on bands like Kreator and Messiah. If you take a look at the tracklist of the Live Demo you'll get quite a good survey of what bands they did listen to. But this opens another question to me, if they are able to cover Kreator, Slayer, Sodom, Metallica or Carnivore, why the guitars on the "Seid nich so lahm ... Ihr Fucker!" Demo are sounding that staccato like? Their style really takes getting used to it. Heiko Klemm and Olaf Gerold founded Death/Thrashers Deathtrap in 1989.
"Seid nich' so lahm ... Ihr Fucker!" Demo1989 (selfreleased)
"It's Live!" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)

Helium Head
T. Schmeink
F. Ruhnau
A local band that was featured on the "C.B.Rfrischungen" sampler with the track "Lil' girl", that offers a sort of Hard Rock/Power Pop. The label also produced a 7" entitled "Star für eine Nacht" the same year, but I haven't heard this one yet. It was sung completely in german. If you got more info, please get in touch.

"Lil' girl" Comp.-LP Track 1984 (C.B.Rfrischungen)
"Star für eine Nacht" 7" EP 1984 (C.B.R.)
"Star für eine Nacht" Comp.-LP Track 1985 (Querschnitt)

Hell
Hell is a mysterious Black Metal band that nobody knows much about though the Demo was spread in tapetrading circles. I found an advertisement in an old Metal Hammer and it seems this band was from Lörrach, at least that's what the address said. Musically these guys offered quite well played raw solid Thrash (like early Destruction/Bathory) and I guess the rumours that Destruction members should be involved here was refering to the vocalist who in places sounded like Schmier. Unfortunately the sound of the Demo is of rehearsal room quality so you shouldn't expect too much. If you got more info, please get in touch.

”Satanic death” Demo 1985 (selfreleased)

Hellbreath
Georg Manger (vocals, bass)
Götz Mursch (guitar)
Andreas Köhler (guitar)
Adolf Klein (drums)
It's not much info known of the headstrong Thrashers Hellbreath from Ravensburg. The guys was active since around 1986 and recorded their only album independently in June '87. Just like the quirky artwork, their album featured a pretty strange sounding Thrash Metal, stylistically between all chairs. Progressive and melodic elements meet Heavy Metal and underground Thrash, while the guys itself looked like a bunch of remaining flower kids from the late 60's. I tend to even hear in places a few late 80's Voivod or either Led Zeppelin hints, but it's difficult to describe Hellbreath's style, coz the lads definitely did not sound like common Thrashers such as Kreator, Deathrow or Darkness. Adolf Klein and Georg Manger founded the Frantic Front in 1990, so that means Hellbreath did split up at around 1989/90.

Helloween
Kai Hansen (vocals, guitar)
Michael Weikath (guitar)
Markus Großkopf (bass)
Ingo Schwichtenberg (drums)
Helloween from Hamburg was founded in 1984 and could be considered the godfathers of the classic german Power/Speed Metal sound who influenced hundreds of bands. The Corroseum honestly doesn't expect that we still need to introduce this legend to anyone of the readers. In case someone doesn't know them yet, please check out the Helloween Homepage
"Helloween" MLP 1985 (Noise)
"Walls of Jericho" LP 1985 (Noise)
"Keeper of the seven keys - Part I" LP/CD 1987 (Noise)
"Keeper of the seven keys - Part II" LP/CD 1988 (Noise)
"I Want Out - Live" CD/LP 1989 (RCA)
"Live In The U.K." LP/CD 1989 (EMI/Noise)
"Pink bubbles go ape" LP/CD 1991 (EMI)
"Chameleon" LP/CD 1993 (EMI)

Helter Skelter
Christian Strobl (vocals)
Cassy Kissler (guitar)
Helmut Zeiler (bass)
Fredl Zech (drums)
The Munich based Helter Skelter featured with their vocalist Chris Strobl a long time member of the Munich Metal scene since he already was singing for the explicitly heavier acting Leather Mistress in the early 80's. After Leather Mistress called it a day, he founded the Glam Metal band Vamp and recorded one Demo just to find out that in Bonn there was another band of the same name, so Vamp got renamed to Helter Skelter in 1985. The band was active in the later mid 80's within the Munich scene and used to perform on stage dressed up like US Glam bands such as Mötley Crüe, Cinderella or Poison with big hair, lipstick, most probably perfume and colored clothes. Noise Records produced the band's only album "Welcome to the world of Helter Skelter" in 1988 and indeed Helter Skelter copied Mötley Crüe, but also not. The guys sound was quite unique, though not everyone's business at all. Among the typical US Glam stuff that built the spine of the album, they also mixed certain Pop sounds in between, which makes it hard to categorize them a Glam Metal band. Most probably the term Glam Rock would fit here better. Friends of Poison, Mötley Crüe should risk an ear, but listen first, Helter Skelter sounded pretty much different than other Pop Metal bands. The former Vamp guitarist Lauri Meier also recorded additional guitar trax for the album, but Helter Skelter pretty quickly vanished in 1989 again.

"Welcome to the world of Helter Skelter" LP/CD 1988 (Noise)
"Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" 7"/12"/MCD 1988 (Noise)

Hemlock
Gerry Garm (bass, vocals)
Stefan Link (guitar)
Martin Vollmann (drums)
Got to agree with Dan on this one, it's pretty much a shame that no label picked up these guys to produce an album, but I guess the reason was simply that they've been a bit too late for that kind of early/mid 80's nasty Heavy Metal sound like indeed Xxaron, Darxon or Gravestone. "Shot into the heart" and "Feel alive" are alone worth the purchase of that compilation they got featured on. If you got more info, please get in touch, as I can't imagine such a quality band never recorded any other Demos previously.


Herakel
A band from ex-GDR, that was playing live gigs around 1986. It might be possible the guys was originating from the area around Erfurt. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Hercules
Carsten Gaudian (vocals)
Thomas Rollert (guitar)
Dietmar Woyderski (guitar)
Mike Kähler (bass)
Matthias Müller (drums)
A shortlived band from Halle (ex-GDR), that was formed out of the ashes of the school Punk band The Pisser back in 1984 by Thomas Klammt (vocals), Thomas Rollert (guitar), Dietmar Woyderski (guitar), Holger Baumgarten (bass), and Matthias Müller (drums). Musically the guys was performing Hard Rock and Heavy Metal somewhere between Van Halen and Judas Priest, before Carsten Gaudian (vocals) and Mike Kähler (bass) replaced Thomas Klammt and Holger Baumgarten during 1986 and the band eventually changed name to Hercules. The band then wanted to play regular live gigs and tried to get the needed classification from GDR's officials, but only achieved the basic level, which automatically introduced the slow decay of Herkules. During 1987 first Mike Kähler left to join Panther and a bit later on also Dietmar Woyderski followed him. Müller, Rollert and Woyderski reformed Hercules in 1997 and later changed the band's name to Last Command. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Herman Rarebell
Herman Erbel
Herman Rarebell or either firming as Herman Ze German, we all do know who hides here. It's the famous drummer of the Scorpions, who played on all of their important albums and either was active solo. Originally named Herman Erbel, he started playing in the bands The Mastermen, The Fuggs Blues and RS Rindfleisch since 1965, till he moved to England in 1971. 1977 he eventually filled the vacant drummer position and became famous during the following years, till he left the Scorp's in 1996. On his two solo albums from 1981 and 1985 he used to play with hired musicians and therefore both did sound quite different. While on the first one "Nip in the bud" a nice mainly AC/DC style and late 70's influenced Hard Rock still prevails, on his second output as Herman Ze German in the mid 80's he used to perform a more or less bluesy style of US Hard Rock with kinda Mötley Crüe touch ("Girls girls girls" era).

"Nip in the bud" LP 1981 (Harvest)
"I'll say goodbye" 7" EP 1981 (Harvest)
"Vic Vergat/Herman Rarebell" 7" Split EP 1981 (Harvest)
"Rock you all" ‎7" 1981 (Harvest)
"Triangle" 12" EP 1981 (Harvest)
"Herman Ze German & Friends" LP 1985 (Capitol)
"Wipe out" ‎12" Promo EP 1985 (Capitol)

High Tension
Armin Weisshaar (vocals, guitar)
Joe Weisshaar (bass)
Thomas Dierstein (guitar)
Dirk Beermann (drums)
High Tension was founded in Villingen-Schwenningen early 1980 by the Weisshaar brothers Armin and Joe. During several live shows the band worked out an excellent reputation as live nand and got Gama Records interested for a record deal. October '85 the debut "Warrior" was finally available and featured that type of archetypical "Gama Metal", with a few numbers that either sounded close to Vampyr or Atlain. When Dirk Beermann (I guess read in english that name must sound kinda "interesting" for some) left, the remaining trio found the swiss drummer Marco Roth (ex-Twilight) to record the follower "Under tension" in May '86, that either marks the guys heaviest and best album of all. The opener "Wind me up" already delivered speedy Power Metal ala Tyrant and the rest of the material, except of the speedy "Stay the night", good midpaced pounders with nice drive, that was good enough even for another spin. Sadly for the "Masters of madness" album, released in 1987, the lads changed down 2 gears and tried to adopt a rather commercially influenced Mainstream Metal sound with mainly these typical US american Hair Metal refrains, which probably wasn't the smartest decision ever. Ofc the album flopped and Marco Roth left the band. Replacement was found during early '89 with new drummer Harald Rapp. Nevertheless High Tension disappeared quickly afterwards. They probably disbanded at around 1990, but in 2008 resurfaced with the "Meanstreak" album. Please note, the band was featured on tons of samplers, which do not list here at all.

"Warrior" LP 1985 (Hot Blood)
"Under tension" LP 1986 (Hot Blood)
"Masters of madness" LP 1987 (Hot Blood)

High Voltage
Michael Bormann (guitar, vocals)
Dirk Bormann (guitar)
Robert Mourek (bass)
Jörg Schuhknecht (drums)
High Voltage from Duisburg was founded by the teenagers Michael and Dirk Bormann in early 1980, trying to play Stones, AC/DC, Beatles coverversions. In summer 1982 with a steady line featuring additional members Robert Mourek and Jörg Schuhknecht, the boys won the first prize of the schoolboy band Rockfestival of North Rhine-Westphalia, which automatically catapulted them into the german news and resulted in numerous TV appearances, live gigs and either the production of the single "Scheiß Schule" in 1983, that featured 70's like Hard Rock with Boogie edge, as well as the second single "Believe me", released in 1984 on the indie label BWS Records. Just with the release of the 3rd and last High Voltage single "Without love", the whole venture got hand and feet and presented a grown band, that was trying to play a mature melodic Hard Rock, stylistically trying to move away from their early schoolboy Hard Rock image. But their former teenie band hype already died away and the guys dissolved High Voltage in 1987 without any further releases. Both Bormanns and Mourek subsequently formed the Metal band T.A.X., who released a cool album in 1988.

"Scheiß Schule" Comp.-LP Track 1982 (Viele Grüße Aus Dem Underground Vol. II Life)
"Scheiß Schule" 7" EP 1983 (Columbia)
"Believe me" 7" EP 1984 (BWS)
"Without love" 7" EP 1985 (BWS)

Highway Call
Franz Danzig (vocals)
Yoshi Toscani (guitar)
Hans Schweiß (drums)
A Heavy Metal band from Heidelberg, that published a Demo tape in 1987. Drummer Hans Schweiß used to play with G'Loyd throughout 1988. If you got more info, please get in touch.
(Thanx to Rumblefist for contribution)

"Demo 1987" (selfreleased)

High’n Dry
Joe Mitz (vocals)
Detlef Kowalewski (guitar, keyboard)
Gino Micallef (bass)
Mark Ulrich (drums)
The band High'n Dry from Cologne released only a sole but indeed promising album before the band disappeared again. Detlef Kowalewski wasn't new in the business when he formed High'n Dry in the late mid 80's. Kowalewski was formerly playing in the 70's Hard Rock band Fötus, that already recorded an album in 1980. After recording a Demo tape with the songs "Too much to lose", "In the dark" and "Bad in black" during early 1988, High'n Dry got quickly signed by the EMI and toured Europe to open for Iron Maiden or Roger Taylor's The Cross f.e., before they recorded their album "Hands off my toy!" in summer '88. Though the material could fully convinced the critics, some band internal issues made the band stumbling upon their own success and High'n Dry quickly got dissolved in 1989. One major reason was Kowalewski's drug problems that resulted in an imprisonment, but he somehow broke out of prison and escaped to Brasil, where he got involved even deeper in the cocaine smuggling and eventually 1991 got arrested in Rio De Janeiro till the mid 90's, when he finally could return to Germany and started a successful tattoo studio business. Musically "Hands off my toy!" could be counted among the elite of the 80's german Melodic Metal albums, that for my taste still owns a highly underrated status within the Metal scene. High'n Dry somehow acted in the same style as bands like Railway, Mad Max or Sinner, but their songwriting skills has been at least one level higher. Micallef and Joe Mitz (originally called Joe Mizzi) subsequently joined Ruscut, while the latter either sung for Rain 'n' Steel.

"Hands off my toy!" LP/CD 1988 (Bacillus)
"Too much to lose" Promo 7" EP 1988 (Bacillus)

Holy Moses
Jochen Fünders (vocals, guitar)
Ramon Brüssler (bass)
Peter Vonderstein (drums)
The german Thrash legend Holy Moses from Aachen was founded in October 1980 by Ramon Brüssler, Jochen Fünders and Peter Vonderstein. After their first Demo "Black Metal masters" Fünders and Vonderstein got replaced by Paul Linzenich (drums), guitarist Andy Classen (originally written Claßen) and Wolfgang Dammers (vocals). Jochen Fünders later in the 80's joined the bands Healer and afterwards Darxon. Dammers didn't stay in the band for long and was quickly replaced by Sabina Hirtz, who later would become Andy Classens wife. Just as interesting info, on the booklet of Holy Moses' "Walpurgisnight" Demo from 1985, she's introduced as Sabin"e" Classen. The band in the meanwhile recorded a couple of rehearsals between 1981 and 1985, when Jörg Heins was the band's drummer. He joined in 1984 and got replaced by Herbert Dreger on "The Bitch" Demo already, because Sabina had a personal issue with him. But officially Holy Moses so far released only 3 Demo tapes. Around 1985/86 Holy Moses' style was quite Motörhead inspired, that both Demos recorded in those years are proof of, as well as the band's debut "The queen of Siam" from the same year, that showcased them less thrashy than on their later outputs, playing a sort of Power/Thrash Metal with huge Motörhead edge on some of the songs. Ramon Brüssler after the debut was released, quit playing and moved to Thailand and either Herbert Dreger left to join Healer (and later Darxon). The ex-Atlain/Rigor Mortis Andrè Chapelier (bass) and the young drummer Uli Kusch (later in Mekong Delta/Gamma Ray) took their spots and recorded the album "Finished with the dogs" in 1987, that in contrary to the debut now featured pure Thrash Metal with a few Anthrax hints. Either Chapellier didn't stay in the band for another and most probably the best and technically most varied Holy Moses album of all, "The new machine of Liechtenstein", released in 1989 on the major label WEA. The ex-Darkness Thomas Becker came in and surprisingly the line up Kusch, Becker and 2 x Classen lasted for a longer period, till the very US Thrash influenced album "World chaos", released on Sabina Classen's own label Virginia Records in 1990, that stylistically reminded often of bands in the Atrophy vein. Kusch and Becker quit afterwards and new possible members got tested till Benny Schnell (bass) and drummer Frank Ullrich (ex-Charger/Mendacious Messiah/Stainless Steel) was found to record album nr. 5 "Terminal terror". Once again Holy Moses' style got adjusted to what's popular in the recent Metal scene and adapted their former technical Thrash to a rather Death/Thrash influenced form and kept on that manner either on the even more rude thrashing follower "Reborn dogs", that introduced Sven Herwig (ex-Superior) on drums now. After a compilation with unreleased and rehearsal trax in 1993 and the so far last album "No matter what's the cause" in 1994, the band split up due to internal tensions and got restarted by Sabina Classen in 2000 with new members. Several Holy Moses songs got featured on a number of compilations that we do not specifically list here at all.
"Black Metal masters" Demo 1981 (selfreleased)
"Walpurgisnight" Demo 1985 (selfreleased)
"The bitch" Demo 1986 (selfreleased)
"Queen of Siam" LP 1986 (Aaarrg)
"Finished with the dogs" LP 1987 (Aaarrg)
"Road crew" 12" Pic EP 1987 (Aaarrg)
"Live in Bremen" Live Tape 1987 (selfreleased)
"The new machine of Liechtenstein" LP/CD 1989 (WEA)
"World chaos" LP/CD 1990 (Virginia)
"Too drunk to fuck" 12" Pic EP 1990 (West Virginia)
"Terminal terror (Τηεοτοχψ)" LP/CD 1991 (West Virginia)
"Reborn dogs" LP/CD 1992 (West Virginia)
"Too drunk to fuck" CD 1993 (West Virginia)

Honx, The
Mad Mike Honk (bass, vocals)
Bacardi Honk (guitar, vocals)
Marky Honk (drums, vocals)
A Hard Rock trio from Hamburg, that had it's most successful phase in the late 80's, starting with the numbered and limited MLP "We like it simple" on 1st Records "Young Rebels (Vol. 1)" series, released November '88. A track on a local Hamburg compilation (Elbground Vol. 2) followed in August '89 and in September finally the "You keep me running" 7" on Oktave Musikverlag. The Honx stood for R'n'R ladden Hard Rock with late 70's Punk edge, in places similar to Generation X I'd say. Not so bad stuff at all.

"We like it simple" MLP 1988 (1st)
"What we want" Comp.-12" EP Track 1989 (Elbground Vol. 2)
"You keep me running" 7" EP 1989 (Oktave Musikverlag)

Horizon
Thomas Götte (keyboards, vocals)
Peter Richter (guitar)
Peter Föller (bass)
Rolf Wolf (drums)
A Hard Rock band that formed around the from Mayence originating ex-Birth Control bass player Peter Föller approximately 1980 under the monicker of Metropolitan. Guitarist Peter Richter came from the Power Pop/NDW band "Die Crackers" and the band's only album was recorded in August '81 for Rockport Records. Metropolitan's sound was archetypical for that time, a mix of Classic Rock and Hard Rock similar to bands such as Earforce, Tokyo, Break Point, ELO etc. The band couldn't stay together for a longer period after the album release at all and 1984 the band already didn't exist anymore. Peter Richter subsequenly started a solo career. The Metropolitan album, got re-released by Polydor without the band's knowledge 1984 in France with different artwork, tracklist, band name and title as Horizon "One night in Idaho".

"One night in Idaho" LP 1984 (Polydor)
"One night in Idaho" Promo 7" EP 1984 (Polydor)

Horizon
Jochen Barlage (guitar)
A Hard Rock band from Gelsenkirchen that was active since around 1986 till at least 1989 and played several live gigs. During 1988 the band also had a Demo tape available. Jochen Barlage later released a MCD with the AOR band Magic Child in 1994. If you have more info please get in touch.

Horroscope
Jörg Warken (vocals)
Roland Walther (guitar)
Jürgen Herrmann (guitar)
Jürgen Aita (bass)
Günter Junker (drums)
Horrorscope was post-Flacmans Port from Lebach, with only bassist Jürgen Aita newly joining the band, while the former bass player Jörg Warken took over the vocals now. The band was formed right after Flacmans Port lost their deal with West Virginia Records and published one more Demo in 1993, that just like the previous Flacmans Port stuff featured early 90's style Power/Thrash, but rather way more Thrash Metal oriented then earlier. The band later disbanded in the mid 90's after getting featured on diverse compilations.
"Artificial child" Demo 1993 (selfreleased)

Hot Property
John Boutkam (aka John Ridge) (vocals)
Michael James Brady (drums)
Roy Last (guitar)
Steve Clark (keyboards)
Dixie Krauser (bass)
A melodic Hard Rock/AOR band from Hamburg featuring John Ridge (E.F. Band, Picture), Roy Last, Michael James Brady (ex-John Parr) that was previously known as Dirty Money. They changed name to Hot Property in late '86 or early '87. Their 2 tracks "Ice in the sun" and "Wanna be with you tonight" (taken from the unreleased Dirty Money album) pretty much could concurrate with other well known AOR acts of that time like Survivor or Foreigner, while Roy Last's guitar riffs gave that band quite a heavy touch. If you have more info please get in touch.
"Blizz IIX" Comp.-LP Tracks 1987 (Deep Cut)

Hot Stuff
Alex (vocals)
Boris (guitar)
Franz (drums)
Stonie (bass)
A sleazy Hard Rock band from Munich that could contribute the 2 live trax "Wait until tomorrow" and "You can't stop the train" for the Feierwerk Split LP "Hard 'n Heavy Live im Feierwerk" with Mortality, Trick Or Treat and Shotgun M.G. Their sound was totally influenced by all the glammy US Sleaze bands (Guns 'n Roses and co) with even Blues and Southern Rock hints.

Hot ‘N’ Nasty
Kim Powers (vocals)
Dany Glinzz (guitar)
Wolf (guitar)
Monic Matthisse (bass)
Hanns Haurein (drums)
A female fronted Hard Rock band, that I'm not 100 % sure if they are indeed a german band, since their only album from 1990 was recorded in Switzerland. But since their label and management was german, I tend to believe they've been germans also. The lads got prominent help on additional guitar trax by Fernando von Arb (Krokus) and either the sound of Hot 'N' Nasty would pretty much fit the musical Krokus scheme. Archetypical pounding Hard Rock in the vein of AC/DC and Guns n' Roses with Blues and sleazy/glammy touch is holding the album in its grip from the start to the end. Vocalwise Kim Powers sounds like she's draining a bottle of Whiskey at least once per day in combination with 666 cigarettes. If you got more info, please get in touch.

”Hot ‘N’ Nasty” LP/CD 1990 (Big Z)

Hotwire
Ralf Neumann (vocals)
Jörg Zimmermann (guitar)
Tom Hecht (guitar)
Frank Gotthard (bass)
Tommy Wolf (drums)
Hotwire was formed back in December 1988 in the area around Diez (near Koblenz) and managed to place their track “Highway Killer” on a local sampler called “Rock aus‘m Kalk”. They also released a 3 track Demo (featuring "Girls in Leather", "Highway Killer" and "Hero") and played a few gigs till they broke up in 1991. Their rough pounding Heavy/Power Metal had a special street flair and due to Ralf Neumann's voice I can smell Grave Digger here and there, especially on "Highway Killer". But there are also a few similarities to Tyrant or Gravestone audible, definitely not uninteresting. Ralf Neumann also founded a band 2009 with Saintsbleed musicians and called it Highway Killer, playing old Hotwire songs as well.
"Highway Killer" Comp.-LP 1989 (Rock aus'm Kalk)
”Demo 1989” (selfreleased)

Howlin’ Mad
Gert Lange (vocals)
Sylvio Skoberle (guitar)
Rolf Horvath (guitar)
Mirko Ludwig (bass)
Olaf Eisenbrandt (drums)
The eastgerman band Howlin' Mad from Erfurt (ex-GDR) was founded in early 1989, while some of the guys was already playing as the Thrash trio Insanity since 1985, but had to quit due to their required army services. But in 1989 they all met again and either added two new musicians to keep on thrashing as Howlin' Mad. Silvio Skoberle since November '88 was already playing in the band of city mates Rochus, to deputize Heiko Axt, who either was caught inside the army. West Virginia took the guys under their wings like some other eastgerman bands either (Rochus, Moshquito) and the "Insanity" album was published in 1990. Their rather inside the underground rooted type of US style Thrash in the vein of Vio-lence, Sacred Reich or Atrophy didn't receive much attention by the german press and though Holy Moses invited the guys to support them on their european tour, with ex-Rochus vocalist Tobias Nehmer on guitar, the band already split up a short while later.

"Insanity" LP/CD 1990 (West Virginia)

Hullicane
A Heavy Metal band from the Ruhrgebiet area (Essen/Duisburg/Bochum), that was active during 1987. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Human Slope
Most probably a local Grind/Noise Core band, originating from Markneukirchen, that was active during the early 90's. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Humungous Fungus
Bernie Siedler (guitar)
Mehmet Zendut (bass, vocals)
Raimund Mensch (guitar)
A Thrash band from Frankfurt/Main, that was founded by former Exumer members in 1991. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Hunter
Stefano Poccioni (vocals)
Nico Boutris (bass)
Bernd Herrmann (drums)
Peter Hartung (guitars)
Stefan Brandtner (guitar)
Originally the band Hunter was summoned into life as Redbacks. These guys started in the Mannheim area in 1983 and right the same year released their debut Demo "Fight for you on stage". They still have been a bit Hard Rock rooted in the beginning and played a kinda Accept-ish style, but the Tyrant alike sounding power song "Nightfighter" or also "Revenge", that would later appear on the Hunter debut, was created in these first months. There is also a Reh/Tape in my archive that I personally bought from Rock Power Mag editor Axel Thubeauville (Bonebreaker/Earthshaker Records), when he sold his old tapes, that's called "Hunter" and features 6 tracks, incl. some of the Demo. No clue if that tape was official or not, I guess not. Most probably that tape was the first Hunter rehearsal recording ever that was sent to a Metal Mag. It took the guys 2 more years till they finally annoyed Thubeauville long enough so he finally gave his ok for the boys to record their debut album in spring '85, which got released on Bacillus Records, featuring new shouter Bertram Wegmann, who sounded like Metal Sword's Jay Jay the Fist (what a name...). Either musically Hunter was acting in the vein of classic german mid 80's bands like Metal Sword, Darxon or Xxaron but couldn't really score with essential numbers at all. At least the band could produce another album on the Rockport sublabel Energy Records in 1986, after changing the line up. Christian Marxx (bass) and Patrick Schwab (guitar) replaced Nico Boutris (joined Heavy Rockers Princess 1987/88) and Peter Hartung, who joined Sanvoisen afterwards. Hunter's musical style and concept got renewed and commercial influences covered the missing talent to write remarkable songs. The songs are, besides a few classic Metal numbers, more or less rocking hard in american Hair Metal manner, but at least the production of the album was more powerful than on their debut. Stylistically Hunter moved into the Mad Max, Railway, Darxon camp now, but that wouldn't be much helpful for their further career at all, as 1988 Schwab quit and new guitarist Jochen Meister just made them surviving one more year, till they disbanded in 1989.
"Hunter" Reh/Tape 1983 (unofficial?)
"Sign of the hunter" LP 1985 (Bacillus)
"Keep the change" LP 1986 (Energy)

Hydrophobia
Stephan Rothe
An american Hair Metal influenced Heavy Rock band from Gensingen, active in 1986/87. If you have more info please get in touch.


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





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