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Agentur Null
Uwe Hiob (vocals)
Enno Schöniger (guitar)
Tino Taubert (bass)
Hendrik Borsitz (keyboard)
Angela Ullrich (drums)
The female drummer Angela Ullrich founded the band 1985 in Dresden (ex-GDR), after she left the all girl Hard'n'Heavy band "Na und" with the aim to play Hard Rock music. The first line up consisting of Uwe Hiob, Enno Schöniger, Tino Taubert and Hendrik Borsitz lasted till 1988, when Ullrich exchanged the whole band with new members Michael Müller (vocals), Tom Vogel (bass), Katrin Jäckel (guitar) and Christian Kusch (keyboard). Hiob, Taubert and Borsitz subsequently formed the Pop/Schlager band Die Blauen Engel. With the new line up Agentur Null could produce 4 songs for the national broadcast service in 1988, but none of them appeared on any record. 1990 the line featured the ex-Pharao/Charlie guitarist Michael Jurischk, also Anette Putz (vocals) and Andreas Leuschner (ex-Electra), besides the remaining Christian Kusch, Tom Vogel, Michael Müller, Katrin Jäckel and Angela Ullrich. This line up was steady till 1993, when Eckehardt Lipske (ex-Electra) replaced both guitarists Jurischk and Jäckel. In the following years the band's line up changed every now and then and either ex-MCB Mike Demnitz played with Agentur Null for about one year in 1994/95. Nowadays the band is still active, but just playing special concerts for classes. Except of the broadcast recordings done in 1988, there are no other recordings or releases known.
Broadcast Recordings:
"Als sie ging" (1988)
"Ich bin immer für dich da" (1988)
"Rebellische Liebe" (1988)
"Wenn es Sehnsucht gibt" (1988)

Allion
Andreas Vollert (vocals)
A shortlived classic Heavy Metal band originating from Potsdam (ex-GDR), founded in October '87 by the ex-Charon shouter Andreas Vollert. Since Charon's sound went into a too thrashy direction, Vollert created Allion to focuss on a traditional Ozzy/Dio influenced Hard Rock/Metal sound. Though the band composed several own songs till early '89, they only could play a few gigs in the area, due to a car crash of Vollert and mainly line up changes that threw the band always back to the start again. If you got more info, please get in touch.

AMD
A Thrash Metal band from ex-GDR, that was playing live gigs around 1988/89. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Argus (GDR)
Thomas Sachse (vocals)
Ingo Lohf (guitar)
Steffen Häupl (guitar)
Manfred Uhlig (bass)
Achim Waldheim (drums)
Argus was an eastgerman Thrash legend, originating from the saxon Zwickau (ex-GDR), that was founded by Manfred Uhlig as a Blues Rock band back in 1982. After several personnel and musical changes the original Argus line up had crystalized in 1985 with Benjamin Müller (vocals), Ingo Lohf (guitar), Steffen Häupl (guitar), Manfred Uhlig (bass) and Uwe Kovarnik (drums), while stylistically their influences now came from bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Saxon and Judas Priest. But the band's style permanently got heavier during the following year. Slayer and Kreator influences infected the guys who turned into one of the first pure Thrash acts of the GDR. Oliver Hippauf replaced Benjamin Müller in 1987 and the guys prepared their first Demo tape in late 1987. But due to the fanatic crowd that Argus followed from gig to gig, the SED officials ordered several stage bans, that Argus answered with a simple change of the band name to Moshquito shortly before the Demo "No back to inferno" was released. So basically the Moshquito Demo reflects the early musical work of Argus, featuring a raw Thrash Metal style similar to Slayer. At least one live recording survived the past decades, that was recorded during a gig with Blackout/Disaster Area from Berlin, back in October 1987.

”Live in Röderau 7/10/1987” (unofficial)

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

B.O.R.N.
Holger Denk (vocals)
Stefan Schulz (bass)
Stefan Crentzburg (guitar)
Carsten Klick (drums)
Peter Meinitzberger (guitar, keyboard)
B.O.R.N. was "born" in late 1987 in East Berlin, founded by Holger Denk, Stefan Schulz, Stefan Crentzburg, Carsten Klick and Peter Meinitzberger. The name translated means nothing else than "Band without a real name". Right in 1988 Denk got replaced by Henrik Ilgner (ex-Barock) on the micro. Also Meinitzberger left in 1989 and they added Robert Oliceg as keyboarder instead. With the line up Stefan Schulz (bass), Stefan Crentzburg (guitar), Carsten Klick (drums), Henrik Ilgner (vocals) and Robert Oliceg (keys), members that earlier played in bands like Morgenrock and Roman, they released their first Demo in 1989, which contained the 3 songs "Macbeth", "Stein der Weisen" and "Can't stop the world". Right in 1990 a second Demo followed now containing 5 tracks all with english lyrics. Just like on the previous tape B.O.R.N. celebrated classic US Style Heavy Metal/Hard Rock in a melodic direction much influenced by Ozzy's early albums. Compared to other bands from the ex-GDR at that time they have been surely ahead in terms of songwriting and vocalwise reminding me of Jackie from Pharao. With the next tape a "Studio Session" released in 1991, they turned far more softer, the classic Metal was almost gone. The material offered just melodic Hard Rock and they fully went that way on the later releases as well, turning more and more modern. In 1995 the first album "Magic of music" was released and in 1997 a MCD "Big house". 1997 was also the year the band fell apart. A last CD with their final live gig was released "B.O.R.N. live im Franz Club".
"Demo Tape" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Under the sun" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Studio Session" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"Demo Tape 1993" (selfreleased)

B.R.B. (Barbarossas Rhabarber
Falk Schäfer (vocals)
Lars Kröber (guitar)
Pausenklaus (guitar, bass)
Rhabarberbarbar (bass)
Wilde Hilde (drums)
B.R.B. (Barbarossas Rhabarber Barbaren) was a Grind/Noise Core act from Plauen (ex-GDR), that published a number of releases during the early 90's, which more or less could be counted to the category "things that the world doesn't need at all". In places the band sounds like Napalm Death but that shouldn't be seen in any positive sense. 1994 the guys also released another Split 7" with Dark Land on Falk Schäfer's own label Perverted Taste Records.

"Holterdipoltereiterimdarm" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Der Gipfel der Genüsse" Demo 1991 (W.S. Records & Tapes)
"Rendezvous der Sinne" 7" EP 1993 (Perverted Taste)
"Untitled" Comp.-MC Track 1993 (No more Music Compilation-Tape)

Babylon
Dieter Wiesjahn (bass)
Victor Heyse (guitar, vocals)
Bernd Bangel (guitar, vocals)
Harald Wittkowski (keyboard)
Bernd Schwitzke (drums)
The origins of Babylon from East Berlin go back to 1975 when Victor Heyse, Bernd Bangel and Dieter Wiesjahn left their former band to realize their own musicial ideas. Harald Wittkowski (ex-Joco Dev Sextett) and Bernd Schwitzke completed the first line up, that only lasted till 1976, when both left the band already. With new drummer Wolfgang Fuchs (ex-Joco Dev Sextett) and Manfred Hennig (keyboard, ex-Neue Generation) they produced some first songs for the national broadcast with "Gestern kamst du", "Jeder Abend" and „Dshigiten-Legende“, while with the latter they got their first national hit. Then 1978 Fuchs and Hennig left Babylon to form their own band Pond and Dieter Wiesjahn reformed Babylon with Horst Trumpelmann (drums), Hilmar Holz (vocals) and Michael Hein (guitar, ex-Metropol) during 1980. First 1981 ex-Regenbogen keyboarder Christian Weise and then 1982 their steady vocalist Detlef Volquarsdsen joined the band, that started a profi career in the meanwhile and began to produce constantly songs for the national broadcast, that also got featured on several compilations. Still more like a Hard Rock influenced Rock band sounding, Babylon consequently approached an AC/DC influenced sound, that the band was known for during the 80's. After a few bigger tours through the socialistic countries and several line up changes they recorded their national Hard Rock hit "Geisterstunde" in spring 1986 with ex-Formel 1 Andrej Horvath and Frank Powileit on both guitars, that later during the same year was released as a 7" with the track "Wir rocken los" on the flipside. Due to the success Amiga got interest in the band for a fullengt, while Babylon produced more songs like "Tschernobyl" or "Lebe wohl" for the national broadcast during 1987. Trumpelmann had left the band already 1986 and got replaced by Carsten Heinrich (drums). The next personel change happened in 1987, when ex-Formel 1 guitarist Wolfgang Densky replaced the former axemen Horvath who was fired due to alcohol problems. Dieter Wiesjahn had switched over from bass to guitar a while earlier already when Powileit left the band, so Hubert Ranft (ex-Triolog) was hired as new bassist. With still Volquarsdsen on vocals the band's debut "Dynamit", recorded in 1987, was finally released in 1988, featuring also both 7" songs, soundwise close to the original AC/DC sound and "Speed king" reminding of other ex-GDR locals Splitt. During the political change in the year 1989 Babylon recorded a second whole album entitled "Nightfire", that was offered to Amiga, but seems during the financial collaps caused by the unsecured situation inside the country the Amiga wasn't able to produce a lot of planned albums anymore like the ones of Biest, Merlin or Cobra. The tape got spread without added booklet (just a business card enclosed), and features 7 pretty listenable Hardrockers in a typical US Glam tradition but still having the old Babylon touch known from songs like "Speed king". The musicians of the very last Babylon line up and probably having recorded that tape either has been band leader Dieter Wiesjahn (guitar), Stefan Görner (guitar), Michael Kawa (vocals), Guido Schade (drums) and the already known Hubert Ranft (bass). Afterwards the remaining musicians disbanded Babylon right after the fall of the wall around 1990.
"Alles Gute" Comp.-LP Track 1984 (Das Album - Rock-Bilanz 1984)
„Monopoli (Nie wieder Krieg)“ Comp.-LP Track 1984 (Rock für den Frieden '84)
"Geisterstunde" 7" EP 1986 (Amiga)
"Ha Ja Jo" Comp.-LP Track 1987 (Das Album - Rock Bilanz 1987)
"Dynamit" LP 1988 (Amiga)
"Nightfire" Promo Tape 1989 (selfreleased)

Broadcast Recordings:
"Gestern kamst du" (1976)
"Jeder Abend" (1976)
„Dshigiten-Legende“ (1976)
„Ich singe gern Lieder“ (1976)
”In der S-Bahn” (1982)
„Erde halt die Balance“ (1984)
"Wilde Träume” (1985)
"Freitagabend" (1987)

Badboy
Michael Kaspar (vocals)
Thomas Rosanski (guitar)
A Heavy Rock band originating from Leipzig (ex-GDR) that was formed late 1987 or early '88 by ex-Weissheim guitarist Thomas Rosanski together with the ex-Victim guys Michael Kaspar (vocals) and his brother on drums. The band was playing a brand of Bon Jovi inspired english sung Hard Rock. During October when Badboy was supporting Feuerstein in Berlin, the Cobra manager saw their gig and invited Rosanski and Michael Kaspar to join the band. Both moved to Berlin in November '88, which naturally meant the end of Badboy. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Berluc
Manfred Kähler (vocals, guitar)
Gerd Pöppel (guitar)
Günther Briesenick (bass)
Alexander Stehr (keyboard)
Dietmar Ränker (drums)
Berluc was one of the top Hard Rock bands of the ex-GDR, that was founded as a Jazz band already in the 60's featuring Dietmar Richter (bass), Axel Stehr (keyboard), Dietmar Ränker (drums) and Günter Briesenick (guitar). But those early years aren't much of interest for us here, as the real story of Berluc started around 1978, when the band got restructured with new members Manfred Kähler (vocals, guitar), Gerd Pöppel (guitar), Günther Briesenick (bass), while either stylistically they turned into Space/Hard Rock. The same year their "Hallo Erde, hier ist Alpha" 7" was released and became a national hit, that stimulated Amiga to produce more songs for a full album of the band, which was released under the title "Reise zu den Sternen" in 1979 and featured some of the previously recorded songs as well, during the beginning NWOBHM. Some of Berluc's songs truly would have had fit into that genre's proggy bands movement as well, since the guys could perfectly merge the heaviness of Hard Rock with the epic undertones of the Prog/Space Rock, sounding sometimes like an eastgerman version of the old heavy Queen stuff. Nevertheless, the bosses in the western part of Germany wasn't deaf at all and "Reise zu den Sternen" was re-released there too in 1981, featuring even songs of the 1981 still unreleased second Berluc album "Hundertausend Urgewalten", that was officially released in 1982 for the GDR's market. The Space Rock factor was mostly gone on that album, while the heavy Prog Rock influences got slightly more dominant. Detlef Brauer had replaced Gerd Pöppel on guitar and Wolfgang Hoffmann (bass) came for Günther Briesenick, who quit in 1981. 1983 Berluc had a top hit with "No bomb", which was later featured on their 3rd album "Rocker von der Küste" (1984), that sadly followed a rather more Pop/Rock oriented style, while they tried to keep some Hard Rock influences as well. Detlef Brauer, Wolfgang Hoffmann and one of the main songwriters Alexander Stehr left Berluc during 1984, so Tino Schultheis (bass), Wilfried Kaminski (guitar) and Rainer Schilling (keyboard) joined instead, while Berluc's style had slightly recovered from the "Rocker von der Küste" dilemma, and they musically returned to melodic Hard Rock sounds. The "Tausend Hände" 7" released 1985, features 2 non album songs (B-side "Zeig dein Gesicht"), which was still co-written by Alexander Stehr, but during the following years the band went heavier ways and changed musicians every now and then. Previously during 1986/87 the 2 commercial Hardrockers "Blutjung" and "Alles im Lot" was produced, while there are either 2 Demo tracks ("Kino im Kopp" and "Albtraum") known that should be originating from around 1986/87 as there's still Manfred Kähler singing, who left Berluc around 1987/88. Rainer Schilling had quit 1987 either so Dietmar Ränker formed once again a completely new band with ex-Mephisto Ralf Donahetz (vocals), Johannes Pistor (guitar), Bernd Fleischer (guitar, keyboard), with only Tino Schultheis on bass remaining of the old line up. And once again with all those new young guys in the band, Berluc's style changed. Their songs became more modern (Hard Rock) sounding, while having an absolutely melodic background with epic hints. After a few years without vinyl appearances Berluc could finally produce a 7" EP in 1988, that featured 4 of the songs that they had recorded during 1988 ("Durchgebrannt" and "Lieder der Welt" remained unreleased and only got airplay), which is a highly recommended piece for fans of the melodic Hard Rock stuff. Usually Berluc was chosen to produce another album during 1989, but due to the political change those plans got canceled by Amiga and therefore Ralf Donahetz left Berluc to join V2. His job got Andreas Schenker. Berluc in the meanwhile was forced to mainly pause, and hardly entered national stages till 1993, when Ränker recruited ex-Regenbogen/Mephisto Ronnie Pilgrim (vocals), Bert Hoffmann (Guitar) and Uwe Märzke (keyboard). The small label Polyband re-released their last 7" with the additional yet unreleased track "Durchgebrannt" (recorded 1988) as a MCD ("Nachhaus") in 1994. Though Dietmar still keeps Berluc going througout all the past years, they never recorded any further albums and are mainly active as a live band nowadays.
Check out an old Berluc Clip here.
"Wer hat mein Geld/Disco-Typ" 7" EP 1977 (Amiga)
"Computer 3/4x " 7" EP 1978 (Amiga)
"Hallo Erde, hier ist Alpha" 7" EP 1978 (Amiga)
"Reise zu den Sternen" LP 1979 (Amiga)
"Bernsteinlegende " 7" EP 1980 (Amiga)
"Reise zu den Sternen" Comp.-LP 1981 (Pool)
"Bermuda-Dreieck" 7" EP 1981 (Amiga)
"Bermuda-Dreieck" Comp.-LP Track 1981 (Das Album - Rock-Bilanz 1981)
"Hunderttausend Urgewalten" LP 1982 (Amiga)
"Glaube an dich" Comp.-LP Track 1982 (Das Album - Rock-Bilanz 1982)
"Gradaus" ‎7" EP 1983 (Amiga)
"No bomb" Comp.-LP Track 1983 (Das Album - Rock-Bilanz 1983)
"No bomb" Comp.-LP Track 1983 (Rock für den Frieden)
“No bomb” Split 7“ EP 1983 (Denke daran)
"Rocker von der Küste" LP 1984 (Amiga)
"Die Erde lebt" ‎7" EP 1984 (Amiga)
"Die Erde lebt" Comp.-LP Track 1984 (Rock für den Frieden)
"Die Erde lebt" Comp.-LP Track 1984 (Das Album - Rock-Bilanz 1984)
"Tausend Hände" ‎7" EP 1985 (Amiga)
"Tausend Hände"" Comp.-LP Track 1985 (Das Album - Rock-Bilanz 1985)
"Wie ein Regenbogen" 7" EP 1988 (Amiga)
"Nach Haus" Comp.-LP Track 1988 (Das Album - Rock-Bilanz 1988)
"An den Ufern der Nacht" Comp.-DLP Track 1989 (20 Jahre Puhdys)

Demo Recordings:
“Albtraum“ Demo Track 8?
”Kino im Kopp” Demo Track 1987

Broadcast Recordings:
„Blutjung“ (1986)
„Alles im Lot“ (1987)
„Durchgebrannt“ (1988)
„Lieder der Welt“ (1988)

Biest
Norbert Bode (guitar, vocals)
Frank Lawrenz (guitar)
Hartmut Rosenhahn (bass)
Wolfgang Schröder (drums)
Biest was founded in July 1985 by guitarist and singer Norbert Bode, Frank Lawrenz, Hartmut Rosenhahn and Wolfgang Schröder in Jüterbog (ex-GDR), while Bode had a Blues Rock band running with the name Unternehmen Frostschutz since 1980 already. During late '84 and early '85 the band decided to enter different paths and turned into Heavy Metal, first with the name shortened to just Frostschutz and since mid '85 officially as Biest when Uwe Klotz joined as second guitarist. Their first live gig happened November 8th 1985, while the guys continued working on own material. Ralf Wiesenack replaced former drummer Wolfgang Schröder 1986 and Biest afterwards could produce the song "Metal" for the national broadcast in February '87, which became an undisputed nr. 1 hit in the local Rock hitparade. Also early Demo songs like the "Kill 'em all" influenced "Biest" or the slow "Whiskeymann" originated from the year 1986, while Biest was voted best amateur Heavy Metal band of the GDR in summer '86 as well, which was caused by the band playing a speedy Metal, that orientated itself on international bands like Saxon, Accept, Running Wild, and early Metallica etc. During 1987 the band again could produce 5 more songs at Jürgen Matkowitz' studio (remember the drum machine...), that all got high positions during the following months/years at the national hitparade. Moreover, the instrumental "Hard feeling" became the introduction music of the GDR's national Metal show "Tendenz Hard bis Heavy". 4 of these songs was released 1989 as the "Crash Trash" 7" EP and a Biest album was planned for 1990, while the political change within the country fully destroyed Biest's dreams. On the other hand's to say, that Biest's sound already during '89/90 wasn't the same anymore like in 1987, coz the band was working with slightly different modern influences already. After recording a 5 track Demo, Frank Lawrenz left Biest in 1990 and with new guitarist Mario Bessin 1991 they recorded one more Demo to possibly score a record deal. But "Only tears" contained a very strange sort of slow modern Metal, that couldn't inspire any label anymore to produce more Biest material officially. Then subsequently Uwe Klotz left the band still within the same year and moved to Canada, while Biest added the keyboarder Jürgen Phieler. After the Demo CD "Der Zocker" (1998), Biest tried to record an album independently, but internal trouble caused the end of the band in 1999. Hartmut Rosenhahn and Mario Bessin formed Black Sparks, Norbert Bode was working together with Pandea, while Ralf Wiesenack and Jürgen Phieler tried their luck with Enjoy.
"Crash Trash" 7" EP 1989 (Amiga)
"Crash Trash" Comp.-LP Track 1989 (Rockbilanz '89)
"Demo" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Only tears" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)

Broadcast Recordings:
"Metal" (1986)
"Hard feeling" (1987)

Demo Recordings:
"Das Biest" (1985)
"Whiskymann" (1986)
"Grab im Moor" (1986)

Black Power
A Thrash Metal band from Zwickau (ex-GDR), that was active during the time of the political change inside the country. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Blackout
Stefan Hoffmann (vocals)
Jochen Klemp (guitar)
Tim Schallenberg (guitar)
Andreas Bahr (bass)
Jan Lubitzki (drums)
Blackout could be seen as THE Metal band of the ex-GDR, being musically and techically ahead of all the known eastgerman bands of their time. After the guys played in 2 different school bands and decided to form an own troop in late 1984, they founded Blackout in early 1985 still with Stefan Hoffmann on micro but he had to leave to do his army service so Matthias Windelschmidt replaced him from 1985-87. Lubitzki got jailed in 1986 when he tried to escape the GDR and his drum position got Torsten Stahnke (ex-Metall) from Disaster Area who helped them out. Their repertoire featured mainly coverversions of bands like Metallica, Celtic Frost, Venom, Slayer but when you hear their only Demo recorded in 1987 with the 2 own creations "Kamikaze" and especially "Oracle of death", you easily realize that they absolutely didn't need to hide behind any international band. "Kamikaze" still was driven by the classic german melodic Power/Speed Metal sound with great twin leads and all but "Oracle of death" showed the band from an uncompromising technical Thrash side with outstanding guitar work and good sung and arranged vocals. Stefan Hoffman after returning from the army became the band's vocalist again till 1988 when they all, due to the never ending harassment of the government, left the GDR one by one. September '88 they played their last gig in Berlin. After the political change the guys started Depressive Age. Andreas Bahr and Torsten Stahnke both joined Defcon/Chor Chorea in 1990.
"Kamikaze" Demo 1987 (selfreleased)

Blitzz
Kerstin Radtke (vocals)
Thomas Feiler (guitar)
Jens Hellmann (bass)
Frank Viehbach (drums)
The band Blitzz was originally founded late 1982 in Erfurt (ex-GDR) by manager Lutz Mielke who tried to cast a new Pop band with the name Prinzz. Jens Hellmann (bass), Thomas Feiler (guitar), Kerstin Radtke (vocals), Karl-Heinz Schüller (keyboard) and Gerrit Pennsler (drums) built the first line up at that time. During their early years they also could place a few songs on several compilations till 1985 Thomas Feiler due to health problems had to pause for about a year. When he returned in late 1986, the core of the band decided to play heavier music. Since his former band Macbeth during that time just got prohibited, the drummer Frank Viehbach agreed to join Prinzz as well. After a short phase that the band spent with covering Mötley Crüe and Van Halen songs at gigs, they started writing own songs like "Es treibt mich die Gier", "Leichte Beute", "Die Titanic sinkt", and could record some songs for the national broadcast service like the Speed Metal hammer "Tarantella" (german version) and the instrumental "EL 34". More and more Prinzz' style got heavier and 1988 their repertoire contained Metallica, Helloween and Anthrax cover versions as well, while the band saw it as neccessary to change the band's name to Blitzz, to avoid confusions with the pop star Prince. A live broadcast of the band during a festival in Berlin 1988 was noticed by Gama Records who got interested to release an album of Blitzz. While the band either was trying to sing only in english and that's been one of the requirements of Gama's offer, the GDR officials agreed and Blitzz recorded their "Money rules the world" album during 1989. After the recordings was finally finished in late '89, Gama wanted the album to be remastered, which caused the GDR officials to ask for more money and that's been the end of the cooperation of both part companies. To defend Gama, indeed the album mix wasn't much compatible for the western market at all, though the album featured a few speedy Power Metal pearls like "Tarantella" or "Lucifer". During the days of the political renewal inside the GDR, Blitzz became friends with Holy Moses and shared the stage together, so it happened when Holy Moses was recording one of their albums at the Horus Sound studio in Hannover, Blitzz had been invited to visit them, which in the end led to Steamhammer signing the band. In April '90 their "Do the Blitz" mini album was recorded at the same Horus Sound studio where they got introduced to Steamhammer. The album featured re-recorded songs of the unreleased album btw, this time with the "correct sound" and sold more than 10000 copies in the western part of Germany and the world, while inside GDR the demand had been "manageable". During 1991 after hiring Kai Tenneberg as second guitarist, the band paused for a while due to the new situation inside the country. They recorded their "Dive" Demo 1992, which was originally meant for their record company as Demo for the "Do the Blitz" follow up album. But instead Steamhammer released them of their running contract and fired the band. Though they still got offers by smaller labels, they declined every single one of them and eventually understandable frustrated called it a day in 1994. Kerstin Radtke seriously could be counted to the best female vocalists in Metal business, though the material of Blitzz had it's ups and downs nevertheless. They've been more than listenable on their speedy songs, but just average during the midpaced passages. The unreleased album was finally released on the label German Democratic Recordings in 2013 under the title "Tarantella" on CD.

"Money rules the world" Album 1989 (unreleased)
"Do the blitz" MLP/MCD 1990 (Steamhammer)
"Dive" Demo 1992 (selfreleased)

Broadcast Recordings:
"Live 1988" (6 tracks)

Blizzard
A band from Madgeburg (ex-GDR), that was active during the mid 80's and is known to ceased to exist in 1986, when all of it's members had to join the army. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Bloodbath
Silvio Zeller (vocals)
Renè Kögel (guitar)
Andrè Hase (guitar)
Uwe Limberger (bass)
Ralph Richter (drums)
A raw Thrash/Death Metal band from Nossen/Saxony, that was founded 1988 within ex-GDR times, but wasn't really leaving the first stage, as the guys had problems to find a prper line up till summer 1990. Bloodbath changed name to Musical Massacre and began to play doomy Death Metal. During 1991 and 1992 the band then recorded 3 Demo tapes, but eventuall split up afterwards. Kögel and Limberger subsequently the better known Purgatory in spring '93.

Bloodbrain
Tino Mothes (bass, drums)
Andreas Schwach (vocals, guitar)
Bloodbrain was formed in late 1988/early 1989 in Schneeberg (ex-GDR) by Tino Mothes and Andreas Schwach under the name "T and A" (Terror and Agnostic) but soon changed it still in 1989 to Bloodbrain. In spring 1990 Heiko Kahn joined as drummer and Michael Männel on guitar, but both didn't play on the band's 2 demos that was recorded by Mothes and Schwach already in late '89 and early '90 alone. Kahn and Männel left Bloodbrain still a while later in the same year, while Heiko Kahn appeared in the mid 90's in local Schneeberg Hardcore act 4 Behind 3. Bloodbrain's first tape "Satan's lust" contains low level Grind/Noisecore of the worst sort recorded in the attic of Schwach's parent's house. On "Cadaverous mutilation" some more Death Metal elements was adopted which could be seen as side effect of both slightly developing their instrumental skills, but overall the recording still remained Grindcore. Tino Mothes and Andreas Schwach also had a Grindcore side project called Excrement Terror running when Heiko Kahn and Michael Männel was playing in Bloodbrain. When Männel and Kahn left after summer 1990 Bloodbrain kinda changed name to Purulent Obduction and started playing Doom/Death Metal. Bloodbrain only did 1 live gig in Schlema in summer 1990.
"Satan's Lust" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Cadaverous Mutilation" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)

BÖLK
Steffen Hahn (vocals)
Falk Ludwig (guitar)
Jan Mehlhorn (bass)
Steffen Svoboda (drums)
The band BÖLK from Aue/Saxony (ex-GDR) was founded during September 1990 by Steffen Hahn, Falk Ludwig and both ex-Phonex members Jan Mehlhorn (ex-Zyklon) and Steffen Svoboda (ex-Sirius). BÖLK had a local name within their area since the guys often played live. The band name stood for "Beste Öffentliche Lärm Katastrophe", while the lads used to play a raw style of Thrash Metal that adopted several Death/Thrash influences either. Early 1991 the foursome recorded their first Demo and another tape was recorded 1993 with additional guitarist Ingo Grimm ("Minn") who stayed in the band till 1994. "Day off", from May '93, compared to the first, rather unstraight sounding Demo "Gar nicht", featured a way more experienced sounding Death/Thrash, that though gathers influences of Darkness, Kreator and especially Slayer. BÖLK eventually got disbanded during 1995, while Steffen Hahn, Falk Ludwig and Jan Mehlhorn founded the Hard Rock band "Alzheim Projekt" afterwards. Steffen Svoboda founded Syntonic Souls together with Gunnar Mothes (The Gallery) and nowadays plays with Jan Mehlhorn together with their sons in the band Almost Grooving Family.
(Thanx to Steffen Svoboda for info and pictures)

"Gar nicht" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"Day off" Demo 1993 (selfreleased)

Bottled
Christoph Dobberstein (bass, vocals)
Kay Gesche (guitar)
Thomas Romberg (drums)
A Crossover band from Frankfurt/Oder (ex-GDR), that was founded in August 1988 by Christoph Dobberstein (bass, vocals) Kay Gesche (guitar) and Thomas Romberg (drums), who tried to merge Thrash Metal with Punk. During early 1989 the band recorded a Demo tape and played several venues in the Berlin/Frankfurt area, before they split up late September '89, coz the guys wanted to leave the GDR. But Dobberstein and Romberg a bit later decided to reform the band and for a short time till 1991 played a sort of Death Metal/Hardcore mix.
"Demo-Tape" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)

Boundless
Frank Nekat (drums)

A band from Frankfurt/Oder (ex-GDR) that was founded in March 1990 and featured Frank Nekat of the Hard Rock band Strange World. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Brutal Glöckel Terror
Also known as B.G.T., Brutal Glöckel Terror from Magdeburg (ex-GDR) has been one of those Grind/Noisecore bands that popped up during the late 80's when Napalm Death had a huge impact on the extreme Grind scene. If you love Noisecore, you can't do much wrong with these musical boors at all. If you got a few more info, please get in touch.

"Brutal Glöckel Terror" 7" EP 1989 (Snoop)
"Demo 91`" 7" EP 1991 (Locust)

Burning Eyes
Michael Eigendorf (guitar)
Christian Klaus (drums)
A Heavy Rock band from the Wernigerode (Harz) area of the ex-GDR, that was specialized to play songs of Van Halen, Whitesnake and ZZ Top. The band was active during the late 80's and featured the ex-Hardzrock guys Michael Eigendorf and Christian Klaus. If you got more info, please contact us.

Cäpt'n Metal
A Metal band from Halberstadt/ex-GDR, that was previously known as Rocket until 1989. After changing their guitarist, drummer and vocalist, Rocket changed name to Cäpt'n Metal. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Caravan
Carsten Knabe (vocals)
Ernst Reuter (guitar)
Thomas Fabian (bass)
Harald Hamann (keyboard)
Bert Wawrzinek (keyboard)
Henry Butschke (drums)
The Rock band Caravan was founded in Dresden in the ex-GDR in 1979 and started playing Genesis coverversions. In the following years the years the line up changed, till Caravan relocated to Berlin and in early 1987 Carsten Knabe found a steady one consisting of Ernst Reuter (guitar), Thomas Fabian (bass), Harald Hamann (keyboard), Bert Wawrzinek (keyboard) and Henry Butschke (drums). Caravan was just a live band, there aren't any recordings for the national broadcast service known at all and neither are TV appearances. The band's live repertoire included besides Pop/Rock material also cover versions of Europe and Marillion. The band labeled their live program themselves like "from Pop to Heavy Rock". February 1989 the band name got slightly altered to Knabe & die CARAVANe, till the band split up in the early 90's.

Charlie
Jörg Wolf (guitar)
Ina Morgenweck (vocals)
Gerald Sohr (guitar)
Gunter Bünger (bass)
Michael Fromme (drums)
Dirk Riedel (keyboard)
The band Charlie was a female fronted melodic Hard Rock act founded in Dresden (ex-GDR) by Jörg Wolf in early 1986 and they started with playing Rock classics of bigger groups, but the line up changed several times and eventuall the band split up in late 1988. But in 1989 when Ina Morgenweck (ex-Na und) relocated to Berlin she found Michael Jurischk (guitar, ex-PHARAO), Steffen Gnauck (bass), Martin Walter (keyboard) and Peter Kettner on drums. They recorded 3 songs for the east german radio broadcast while one of them "Turn away" (a heavier Hardrocker with good drive) got featured on the Rockbilanz Compilation in 1989. The other 2 being "Ich bin voll Rock 'n' Roll" (1987, with huge Rock 'n' Roll edge) and "Crazy nights" (1989). The band dissolved in 1990 because Ina Morgenweck was going solo on tour with Udo Lindenberg and joined ex-MCB Sebastian Baur's new band Lanz Bulldog in 1991. In 1992 she formed the Lazy Bones together with Sebastian Baur. Michael Jurischk joined the band of ex-Na Und drummer Angela Ullrich in 1990 for a short time and later permanently Plattform.
„Turn Away“ Comp.-LP Track 1989 (Rockbilanz '89)
Broadcast recordings:
"Ich bin voll Rock 'n' Roll" (1987)
"Crazy nights" (1989)

Charlie's Crew
Hans-Jürgen Ludwig (guitar, vocals)
"Grete" Fischer (guitar, vocals)
Uwe Jahn (bass)
Klaus Gehn (drums)
After leaving MCB in late 1985, Hans-Jürgen "Charlie" Ludwig (ex-Magdeburg) decided to form his own band in Madgeburg (ex-GDR) during 1986. The band could produce a couple of songs during early 1988 and 1989 for the national broadcast service, that though haven't much in common with MCB's Heavy Metal style at all and could be seen as a sort of R'n'R influenced Hard/Classic Rock (the early MCB had that R'n'R touch also). Ludwig still today keeps the band alive, who focussed on a stage program consisting of mainly cover versions nowadays.
Broadcast Recordings:
"Mit 17" (1988)
"Wenn die Erde brennt" (1988)
"Lass uns leben" (1989)

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

Charon
Andreas Vollert (vocals)
Jens Busch (guitar, bass, vocals, drum programming)
Thomas Schwalowsky (guitar, bass, vocals)

The Thrash band Charon from Potsdam/ex-GDR was the pre-stage of what later would become the progressive Thrash Metal band Defcon. There isn't much known about this band, they seem to have been active since early 1987. Their vocalist Andreas Vollert left the band during autumn '87 and formed his own band Allion, while in June '88 Thomas Schwalowsky and Jens Busch formed the studio project Defcon. If you got more info, please contact us.

Cobra
Steffen Bayer (guitar)
Frank Eichhorn (vocals)
Bodo Hildebrand (bass)
Jens Kuge (drums)
When you listen to the known material of Cobra you hardly believe that their main aim was to be posers like their faves Van Halen, Bon Jovi or Ratt. Founded in June '86 in East Berlin (ex-GDR) by ex-Rocket/Mephisto/Vantom (Frank Eichhorn) and ex-Regenbogen (Jens Kuge) members together with Steffen Bauer (ex-Pumphut) and Bodo Hildebrand they pretty quickly got the chance to record songs for the national broadcast service and to appear in a national TV show. These 4 songs became a part of the triple Split LP "Kleeblatt № 22" with 2 other Metal bands MCB and Plattform. But Cobra wasn't much satisfied with the result as the songs appeared too heavy for their own set concept (to be posers). Frank Eichhorn already quit Cobra early 1987 to join Vantom, but returned in summer to eventually leave the band for good late '88. Hildebrandt left in May '88 and Frank Binke grabbed the bass. Cobra started searching for a second guitarist and a keyboarder that they found in Thomas Rosanski (ex-Weissheim/Badboy) and either Badboy's vocalist Michael Kaspar was invited to join the band in November '88, while Amiga planned to release more material of the band like a Quartett single and sent the band again into a studio to record 4 new songs ("We want Rock", "Girls, Girls, Girls", "Nachtboy" and "I'm on fire"). In the meanwhile "Träumer" got a place on the Rockbilanz '88 compilation. But the single got cancelled because Cobra disbanded already in October 1989. All songs remained unreleased. There is a demo recording available of the song "Take me" and also several live cuts from 1987 and '88. "Take me" indeed pretty much tends into the US Glam Metal with huge melodic edge sounding more american than most american bands of that era. For fans of Shout, Ozzy, Quiet Riot or Keel it's pretty much a treat.
Check out Cobra in TV
"Kleeblatt № 22 - Hard & Heavy" Split LP 1987 (Amiga)
"Träumer" Comp.-LP Track 1988 (Rockbilanz '88)
"Take me" Demo Track 1988 (selfreleased)

Confused Addiction
Matthias Gerricke (vocals)
Ralph Hoffelner (guitar)
Uwe Überall (guitar)
Heino Möck (bass)
Irold Hodalsky (drums)
I'm not really sure in which drawer I should put this band from Sangerhausen. The band was founded 1989 still in ex-GDR times, but their first sign of existence was a selfproduced EP from 1992. And here the problems do start, as to allocate these lads a special musical style isn't that easy at all. We got influences of classic Thrash Metal and Hardcore/Skatecore, with rather typical punky touched Hardcore vocals. By labeling them Crossover probably wouldn't be that wrong at all I guess. After the 12" it took a while till 1997, when the guys returned with 3 more Demo tapes released between '97 and the year 2000.


Conqueror
Stevie (drums)
Jürgen (guitar)
Jens Unger (bass)
Mario (vocals)
A quite solid acting ex-GDR Thrash Metal band from Nordhausen/Harz that I can't tell much about as it's just a live cut known from June '89 and that one only features cover versions of Metallica, Agnostic Front, Slayer, Sodom and Carnivore while I personally rank Mario's vocals over the ones of James Hetfield and Tom Araya, who's trying successfully to copy them. I wish they would play some own songs though, because the cover versions do promise that Conqueror would probably have been able to create some nice own thrashing tunes as well. If you have more info please get in touch.
“Live at Gehege 10/6/1989“ (unofficial)

Cosmos
Ralf König (vocals, guitar)
Michael Rudolph (guitar)
Hans-Ulrich Wilke (bass)
Andreas König (drums)
Cosmos was founded 1982 in Steinbach-Hallenberg (ex-GDR) by Ralf König but in the beginning the band just covered well known Rock and Blues songs. In 1985 Hans-Ulrich Wilke was "forced" by König to join the band on bass and after he demanded to play more stuff like Motörhead (the only Metal song they had in repertoire) Cosmos turned into a pure Heavy Metal band in 1986. Some of the own songs they wrote was "Heavy Metal pur" and "Walpurgisnacht" but they didn't record any official Demos at all. In Autumn '87 Hans-Ulrich Wilke went to Erfurt to start his studies and this meant the end for Cosmos who had to quit due to demands of the government. Wilke joined the Thrashers Rochus in April '88 while Ralf König went on to sing for Caiman and later joined Power Metallers Hardholz.

Countdown
Reinhard Lehmann (vocals)
Michael Jurischk (guitar)
"Wolle" Zinn (bass)
Dan Uhden (guitar)
Frank Müller (drums)
Countdown was a short lived Heavy Metal band from East Berlin (ex-GDR) that started in late 1983 with Rocco Stellmacher (later in Merlin) being one of the founding members. Reinhard Lehmann (vox) and Michael Jurischk (guitar) both playing with Plattform at that time, was asked by Wolle Zinn to join Countdown and moved to Berlin. In early '84 they started playing first live shows and new members like Dan Uhden (guitar, ex-Metall) and Frank Müller (drums) joined them. Due to the revived Berlin band Regenbogen's permanent need for new members (almost the whole band left the GDR in 1984) there was a steady come and go taking place till Andreas Schwendemann (guitarist of Regenbogen) asked Reinhard Lehmann to merge Countdown and Regenbogen and keep on playing as Regenbogen instead. It was done as it was said and in early 1985 Countdown became a part of Regenbogen with the line up now consisting of Reinhard Lehmann (vox), Andreas Schwendemann (guitar), Michael Jurischk (guitar), Christian Dallmann (bass) and Frank Müller (drums). But the band didn't last too long either as Schwendemann left the GDR in late 1985 as well. After Schwendemann's loss the 4 remaining guys decided to rename the band to Pharao and start something completely new. There are no Countdown recordings known to exist.

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

Damien Breed
Olaf Schultz (vocals, guitar)
Dirk Grabow (guitar)
Frank Bohnes (bass)
Holger Berndt (drums)
Founded as Excenter back in 1987 in the city of Güstrow in the north of the ex-GDR, the band originally started as a classic Heavy Metal quintet, but moved more and more into the Speed Metal corner during the following years. The band later shrunk to just a trio and either changed name to Damien Breed during 1989, while also stylistically they became rather Thrash inspired in the meanwhile. During the early 90's Damien Breed recorded first the "Fear in the neck" Demo tape, and when Frank Bohnes (bass) joined afterwards, another two tapes during 1991, before they produced their debut concept album "Ave Satani" for Inline Music, that featured very complex, partly doomy influenced Power/Thrash with a few Metallica hints. After the CD release, the guys in 1994 decided to change the band's name to Seelenwinter, because they felt they need a personal and musical change and recorded one more selftitled MCD under that monicker in 1994 and "If soul turns into flesh" during 1996, before they eventually called it quits.
"Fear in the neck" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Permanent paralysed" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"The sign" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"Ave Satani" CD 1993 (Battery)

Decibel
Thomas Klammt (vocals)
Thomas Rollert (guitar)
Dietmar Woyderski (guitar)
Holger Baumgarten (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. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Defcon
Jens Busch (guitar, bass, vocals, drum programming)
Thomas Schwalowsky (guitar, bass, vocals)
The progressive Thrash band Defcon originally started as Charon, but there isn't much known about this band, but in June '88 Thomas Schwalowsky and Jens Busch from Potsdam in the ex-GDR, formed the studio project Defcon. One of the guys was working in the DEFA Studios in Babelsberg and therefore had the possibilty to use the studio internal recording equipment. In August '88 the track "Future cries" was produced by the duo and got airplay in the "Tendenz Hard bis Heavy" (THE Heavy Metal radio show of the GDR). Due to the positive reactions, Schwalowsky and Busch recorded one more track ("Get out of the scrape"), that also got airplay. Encouraged by the little success, they prepared their debut Demo in 1989 entitled "Made in GDR", featuring the aforementioned "Future cries" and "Get out of the scrape" plus two more songs ("Escape" and "Defense condition"). The tape got positive reactions worldwide, even Wild Rags was interested to produce an album of the band, but due to the political situation that undertaking seemed unfeasible. In January 1990 the guys re-recorded the track "Future cries" plus "Voice of greed" for the national broadcast service with ex-Pharao guitarist Fred "Veit" Ullmann and after Blackout's end Andreas Bahr (bass) and Torsten Stahnke (drums) both joined Defcon too in 1990. Still within 1990 the guys recorded and produced their debut LP "Suicide", that was published in March '91 in a limited edition of 1000 copies. Thorsten Stahnke had left the band again already in the meanwhile, but Defcon nevertheless started rehearsing for future live gigs. Late 1991 Thomas Schwalowsky then quit and the rest of the guys renamed the band Chor Chorea. 1998 a selfmade CD "Voice of greed" was published, that features old, partly unreleased recordings of the band. Defcon's style isn't easy to describe, progressive Thrash might hit the nail on it's head, but to compare their music to other bands is almost impossible. Apart of the early more classic Thrash Metal influenced material, they also added psychedelic parts as heard on the "Suicide" album. The use of a drum computer wasn't much helpful for the whole sound of the guys and in places gave the songs a kinda "plastic" touch.
"Made in GDR" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Suicide" LP 1991 (selfreleased)

Broadcast recordings:
"Future cries" (Radio version 1990)
"Voice of greed" (Radio version 1990)

Depressive Age
Jan Lubitzki (vocals)
Jochen Klemp (guitar)
Ingo Grigoleit (guitar)
Tim Schallenberg (bass)
Norbert Drescher (drums)
Jan Lubitzki, Jochen Klemp and Tim Schallenberg was previously members of the East Berlin (ex-GDR) Thrash legend Blackout, but when Blackout got disbanded late 1988, most of the guys left the country and found together just in 1990, now firming as Depressive Age. On the Demo tapes that they recorded between 1990 and 1991 you even can hear some classic Blackout Thrash tunes, while the band was already on the way to create something completely different. Though still acting Thrash Metal based, the Depressive Age guys went into a progressive, almost psychedelic direction, that was quite untypical even for the earliest 90's. But nevertheless GUN Records signed the band and Depressive Age recorded the albums "First depression" and "Lying in wait" during 1992/93, that gained 'em a small followership and they once again started something pioneering inside the Thrash genre, like they already did earlier during the mid 80's with Blackout. The band's style surely isn't everyone's cup of tea and seriously if Thrash has to be combined with Pink Floyd-ish elements is the question to be answered. 2 more albums followed till 1996, while Grigoleit left the band already before "Electric scum" was recorded, when the band got renamed to only D-Age and split up mid 1999.

"Beyond illusions" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"The New Demo" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Depressive Age" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"Innocent in detention" MCD 1992 (GUN)
"First depression" LP/CD 1992 (GUN)
"Lying in wait" LP/CD 1993 (GUN)

Disaster Area
Peter Habermann (vocals)
Torsten Stahnke (drums)
Martin Windelschmidt (guitar)
Dietmar Liebig (bass)
Disaster Area was a Hardcore Thrash band from East Berlin (ex-GDR) that started sometime in 1986 and was always playing live with Blackout because both bands was living in the same house and was close friends, with Martin Windelschmidt being the brother of Blackout's vocalist Matthias. Peter Habermann wrote the lyrics for Blackout's 2 own trax "Kamikaze" and "Oracle of death" and even sung "Procreation of the wicked" and "Angel of death" during the Blackout shows dressed in a black robe and wearing corpsepaint. Disaster Area only recorded 1 own song "Another beer is what I need" and they kinda tried the Carnivore/Voivod style, mixing Hardcore with raw Thrash. There is also a live cut known in tape trader circles from October '87 in Röderau. After the Blackout guys left the country one by one also Disaster Area one day quit around 1989/90. Peter Habermann tried a while with Depressive Age afterwards and Stahnke joined Thrashers Defcon/Chor Chorea.
"Another beer is what I need" Demo Track 1987 (selfreleased)
”Live in Röderau/Ger 7/10/1987” (unoffical)

Doctor Rock
Kay Rühmer (guitar)
Thomas Walther (drums)
Jens Berg (guitar)
Brendel (bass, vocals)
Heiko Serchen (guitar)
S. Kerker (guitar)
M. Kerker (guitar)
A Speed Metal band from Dresden (ex-GDR) active in the late 80's, apparently inspired by Motörhead by the choice of name. They could record 2 songs for the national broadcast in 1989 and "Metal man" of that session made it on the Rockbilanz '89 Compilation. It's not much known about the band either. Some members have been St. Metal's Kay Rühmer (guitar) and Thomas Bachmann (guitar), Thomas Walther (ex-Frontal/Charon, guitar), Jens Berg (guitar - till mid 1989 when he joined MCB to replace Sebastian Baur), Brendel (bass, vocals), Heiko Serchen (guitar - till early/mid '89 when he joined Charon), S. Kerker (guitar) and M. Kerker (guitar), but who played in which period of the band is not that clear. 1990 they also a recorded a Demo with the track "Crusader". The Speed Metal of the previous songs has progressed into a more pure Thrash sound on it. But what happened afterwards I cannot say at all. If you got more info please get in touch.
"Metal man" Comp.-LP Track 1989 (Rockbilanz '89)
"Crusader" Demo Track 1990 (selfreleased)
Broadcast Recording:
"Das kleine Licht" (1989)
"Metal Man/In der Falle des Teufels/Der harte Weg" Live Radio Broadcast 1989

Double Action
Ronald Pilgrim (vocals)
Michael Schirmer (guitar)
Jörg Trabalski (guitar)
Bodo Hildebrand (bass)
Andreas Korte (drums)
A Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band from East Berlin, founded originally as Mephisto, that belongs to the very first acts of the ex-GDR, that went heavier ways, and that most musicians of the Berlin scene have played in. The band formed during January '79, but adopted the Heavy Metal influenced style first during 1982, by covering bands such as Judas Priest, Saxon, Ted Nugent, Scorpions or Accept. Already during 1983 was in negotiations with the national broadcast service to record their song "Frieden der Welt". Since the band tried to sing in english, they often had to struggle with stage bans. Guys that played in Mephisto was amongst others Frank Eichhorn (ex-Vantom/Cobra/Love Gunn/Rocket), Mario Schneider (ex-Dynastie/Merlin), Rocco Stellmacher (Merlin), Frank Lebe (Merlin), Marcell Thiele (Merlin), Roland Tschech (Metall), Reinhard Repke (Rockhaus), Ralf Dohanetz (Regenbogen/Berluc/V2) or Ronald Pilgrim (Regenbogen/Berluc). During 1984 the Mephisto members Jens Schuwerk, Michael Sündermann (later in Formel 1/Pharao) and Reinhard Repke founded Vantom, so the band was forced to reform with other musicians and this game continued throughout the years. During 1986 and '87 Mephisto also produced 4 songs (titles are unknown) for the national broadcast service, while their early Heavy Rock got much heavier as songs like the Queensryche influenced "Höllenengel" proves. Then after the fall of the wall in 1990 the band recorded a Demo tape (released 1992) that led to one of the highlights in Mephisto's career, which undoubtly was their support gig for Dio and Metallica May 1990 in Hannover, that the band positively could use to spread their name, while the Krefeld Mephisto immediately judicial prohibited the band to use the name Mephisto any longer. 1991 eventually they had to change the name to Double Action and finally officially released the 1990 Demo recordings as "Demo 1992". 1998 their independently produced debut album "Fireproof" was released, that gained the band a deal with Udo Dirkschneider's Breaker Records for the follow up album "Sokaris" 2001. If you got more detailed info, please get in touch.

"Demo 1992" (selfreleased)

Dracon
Andreas Kühn

A Hard Rock quintet from Eisleben/Bad Salzungen (ex-GDR). If you got more info, please get in touch.

Dysentery
Robby Zschille (guitar, vocals)
Mark Habicht (bass, vocals)
Rico Bail (drums)
Dysentery from Altenburg (ex-GDR), was founded during the disturbances of the political change in 1990 and recorded a Demo tape plus a limited single (500 copies) in 1991 for Poserslaughter Records. Afterwards not much happened anymore, which according to the common Death/Grind these lads used to play wasn't much surprising at all. 1993 the dutch Lowland Records gave these guys another change and published Dysentery's "...brings me no tears" CD, that for sure showcased a more experienced sort of once again grinding Gore/Death Metal, but not of the kind to set any course within that scene. 1995 they tried with the "Pro Patria" Demo and 1998 with another tape called "The distance", but no label showed interest anymore. In the 2000's they recorded 2 albums plus one more Demo before they at last called it a day in 2006.

"Abnormal faecal" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"Pathological waste" 7" EP 1991 (Poserslaughter)
"...brings me no tears" CD 1993 (Lowland)

Einriß
Thomas Wienert (guitar, vocals)
Falk Schettler (bass, vocals)
Volker Voigt (drums, vocals)
A Hard Rock band from Schwerin/ex-GDR, that originally started as "Da reißt was ein" in 1983 as a school band, stylistically influenced by Punk and Heavy Metal. In February '86 they changed name to simply "Einriß" and rated themselves a Hard Rock band with a repertoire of 60 songs in mid 1989. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Endless Pain
Gutzi (bass)
Denis (drums)
Heiko Gerull (guitar)
Mario (vocals)
A thrashing Death Metal act from Trusetal/Thüringen (ex-GDR) founded in 1990 that imo published both their releases too early. The demo contains low level Death Metal with Thrash influences and at least on the title track you can hear hints of the classic Death sound from the 80's. But then the level goes down drastically and the interaction of the musicians appears far below the usual standards. On the "False truth" 7" (with white labels) you got almost the same picture while here the sound is just terrible low and now you clearly can hear all the mistakes that on the Demo the bassy sound prevented. The songwriting either is catastrophic. I bet they didn't sell much of these singles back in the day. On the 7" the troop shrunk to a trio. The old drummer Denis was replaced by Kranich and Heiko Gerull took over the vocals as well and exactly this Heiko Gerull later founded the Pagan Metal band Menhir.
"Broken world" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"False truth" 7"EP 1992 (selfreleased)

Enslaved (Cottbus)
Birk Hübner (vocals)
Dirk Olesch (bass)
Markus Lehnigk (guitar)
Gerd Zaunig (drums)
A Death Metal band from Cottbus, that was still founded during ex-GDR times 1988 as Necrophenistic Nightmare, but changed name 1990 to Enslaved. After a Demo tape 1991, Morbid Records signed the guys and published a Split 7" with Necrmance while it took 2 more years till with the "Twisted nature" 7" the lads could deliver something worth to mention. Dirk Olesch had left Enslaved in the meanwhile to join first Dayzolate in 1993 and one year later Postmortem. Marcus Wurdel replaced him on bass and Lars Weber was the band's new drummer, while the guys classic Death Metal style on "Twisted nature" slightly reminded of the early works of Treblinka/Tiamat or Cemetary. Their debut album "Where is the meaning" was eventually published 1994, but stylistically the lads had turned away from the old Death Metal sound and instead tried with a bit more modern sounding thrashy, experimental sort of Avantgarde Death Metal. "After the "Kleine Seele" album 1997 the band split up the next year.

"Dark tales of insanity" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"Enslaved/Necromance" Split 7" EP 1991 (Morbid)
"Twisted nature" 7" EP 1993 (Morbid)
"Zander" Pic Split 7" EP 1993 (Morbid)

Excenter
Olaf Schultz (vocals, bass, guitar)
Dirk Grabow (guitar, vocals)
Holger Berndt (drums, vocals)
Founded as Excenter back in 1987 in the city of Güstrow in the north of the ex-GDR, the band originally started as a classic Heavy Metal quintet, but moved more and more into the Speed Metal corner during the following years. The band later shrunk to just a trio and changed name to Damien Breed during 1989. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Excrement Terror
Tino Mothes (guitar, drums)
Andreas Schwach (vocals, bass)
Excrement Terror was a short lived Grindcore project from Schneeberg/Saxony (ex-GDR) consisting of the two Bloodbrain guys Tino Mothes and Andreas Schwach who got a little help from ex and future band mates Heiko Kahn (drums) and Tino Röder (guitar) to produce some ear-battering noise in 1990. The demo got not released before 1993, but nobody would spill a single tear if they would have locked it in their basement.
"Achachnophobia" Demo 1993 (selfreleased)

Feuerstein
Karsten Slansky (vocals)
Sven Büttner (guitar, vocals)
Andreas Ohme (guitar)
Jörg Göldner (bass)
Thomas Hildebrand (drums)
Feuerstein (Firestone) from Halle (ex-GDR) was officially founded in August 1986 by Karsten Slansky (vocals), Sven Büttner (guitar, vocals), Andreas Ohme (guitar), Jörg Göldner (bass) and Thomas Hildebrand (drums) and was playing classic Heavy Metal inspired by bands such as Accept, Judas Priest, Saxon or Motörhead. But some of the guys already played in a Hard Rock band during their schooltime. In 1986 they recorded 2 first songs for the national broadcast. Kai Büttner replaced Göldner on bass and Christian Sorge came for Ohme and with the new members they recorded another 2 heavier sounding songs with especially "Teufelsbraut" (Devils bride) paying homage to Motörhead, both musically and vocalwise. Sven Büttner their guitarist was a Lemmy double and also has been responsible to sing the Motörhead songs due to his voice sounding similar to Lemmy's. All other trax was sung by Karsten Slansky, who offered more clear vocals to sing the Maiden, Saxon and Priest stuff on stage. "Teufelsbraut" was even featured on the Rockbilanz '88 Compilation, a series featuring famous songs of that special year that made it high in the national hit parades. 1989 they recorded "Nie zu laut" (Never too loud) and "Haste Geld" (Got money?) again for the national broadcast service and their style had developed towards a more thrashier Metal, mixing midpaced Metal with Speed/Thrash parts. But that's been the last life sign, Feuerstein became another victim of the political change in the country, they didn't survive it at all like so many other bands.
"Teufelsbraut" Comp.-LP Track 1988 (Rockbilanz '88)
Broadcast recordings:
"Sieht sie mich an" (1986)
"Sag ich will" (1986)
"Die bösen Jungs kommen" (1988)
"Haste Geld" (1989)
"Nie zu laut" (1989)

Formel 1
Norbert Schmidt (vocals)
Wolfgang Densky (guitar)
Detlef Dudziak (bass)
Peter Fincke (drums)
Being the undisputed number 1 amoung the Heavy Metal bands from ex-GDR, the band Formel 1 was activated in 1981, when previous members (Norbert Schmidt, Wolfgang Densky, Peter Fincke) of the defunct Joco Dev Sextett from Berlin, that was active since the late 60's and was playing proggy Kraut Rock in the beginning, but moved on musically towards an Hard Rock inspired sound during the last phase of their career, formed a new band with the aim to worship their new heroes Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Caused by their previous more than 10 years the lads had been in the business, they gained a huge advantage to the other young Metal bands and soon after officially got promoted from governmental side, which allowed them to appear in national TV shows and to participate on vinyl compilations, that helped spreading the name Formel 1 throughout the whole country and climbing the top. Detlef Dudziak joined them soon on bass and also the slovakian guitarist Andrej Horvath was added 1982. But the latter just stayed for a short time and was replaced by Bodo Kommnick still in '82 first and in 1983 Reinhold Heß was permanently hired. Schmidt, Densky, Dudziak, Heß and Fincke would build the classic line up of Formel 1, and after becoming professional musicians, the band started recording several songs per year for the national broadcast service. The very first appearance on a sampler was with "Eddie" in 1983 on the "Heiße Würstchen" LP, shortly after followed by "Hiroshima Kranich" on the "Denke daran" Split 7". The success on the national hitparades earned the guys a first own single, that was produced in 1985 and as the very first Heavy Metal band of the GDR ever, Formel 1 could release a full (live) album right in 1986, which was entitled "Live im Stahlwerk". Funnily besides the bands own well known creations, they was allowed to feature coverversions of Maiden and Priest on the LP either. The band's sound got even heavier during the mid 80's, new songs like "Kreuzritter" and "Hart wie Stahl" was composed, but early '87 Reinhold Heß quit and the ex-Mephisto/Vantom guitarist Michael Sündermann replaced him for a very short time. Though a second album was planned, the officials didn't really want to co-operate with the band, as the influence Formel 1 had on the Heavy Metal fans wasn't much liked by the government's fat cats. Due to the bullying from official sides, two of the members had officially requested to leave the country, which resulted in Formel 1 disbanding in December of the same year. Fincke and Schmidt left the country, Densky joined Babylon, while Dudziak and Sündermann hooked up with Pharao. Formel 1's sound was tightly connected to the NWOBHM, especially the classic Iron Maiden sound with massive twin lead attacks built the backbone of Formel 1's music.
Here you can watch a clip of Formel 1
"Eddie" Comp.-LP Track 1983 (Heiße Würstchen)
"Hiroshima Kranich" Split 7" EP Track 1983 (Denke daran)
"18 Jahre sein/Mach keine Wellen" 7" EP 1985 (Amiga)
"Der Weg nach oben" Comp.-LP Track 1986 (Rock-Bilanz 1985)
"Live im Stahlwerk" LP 1986 (Amiga)
"Heavy Metal" Comp.-LP Track 1987 (Rock-Bilanz 1986)
"Eddie" Comp.-LP Track 1987 (Berliner Rocker - Zwischen Prenzlauer Berg und Mont Klamott)
"Der Weg nach oben" Comp.-CD Track 1993 (Deutscher Demokratischer Beat - Vol. 2)

Broadcast Recordings:
"Mensch Rosie" (1982)
"Willste nich uffstehn" (1982)
"Sie will weg" (1983)
"Jenny" (1983)
"Da bleibt was von mir" (1984)
"Der Fußballfan" (1984)
"Wär mein Leben programmierbar" (1985)
"Der Weg nach oben" (1985)
"Der Edelrocker" (1985)
"Speedway" (1985)
"Berlin" (1986)
"Letztes Rad am Wagen" (1986)
"Hart wie Stahl" (1986)

Frontal
Andreas Männer (vocals)
Thomas Walther (guitar)
Thomas Steinz (bass)
Uwe Eckert (drums)
Frontal was an early Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band from Stollberg/Saxony (ex-GDR), that was already active since 1982 and only performed cover versions of bands like Saxon, Judas Priest or Black Sabath. The band was only playing live in the southern part of the country, but during 1986/87 all of the musicians joined the Chemnitz based Metal band Rübezahl (that shortly after became Charon), except of vocalist Andreas Männer, who relocated with Frontal to Meerane/Saxony to reform the band with new members Olaf Voigt (guitar), Finger (guitar), Ronny (bass) and Kalle (drums). Already in May '88 Kalle and Ronny was forced to join the army, which caused the end of that chapter as well. Andreas Männer joined the band Danger from Radeberg afterwards.

Gipsy (Thalheim)
Fredy Lieberwirth (bass)
Wilfried Opitz (guitar, vocals)
Dietmar Bergert (keyboard)
Achim Pöschel (drums)
The eastgerman Hard Rock/AOR band Gipsy arose out of the ashes of the band Satori from Thalheim (ex-GDR), that was founded in 1973 and disbanded in 1977, which was the official date of birth of the rockers Gipsy, featuring Fredy Lieberwirth (bass), Wilfried Opitz (guitar, vocals), Dietmar Bergert (keyboard), Achim Pöschel (drums). The guys was playing cover versions of international rock stars and are still active until nowadays. In the 80's the band was working with different line ups and musicians and either could produce several trax for the national broadcast service, that got also featured on different compilations, but are more or less to count to the Classic Rock genre like "Marie" on the "Auf dem Wege 4" sampler proves. On the "Startschuss 2" Split 7" from 1986, Gipsy was backing group for female solo vocalist Petra Schwerdt. During their live shows and especially in the later 80's the guys added songs of Rainbow, Deep Purple, Kiss, AC/DC, Foreigner, Toto, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake or Europe to their repertoire, but also are performing own compositions like "Song of Gipsy". Though the lads was often booked to perform at important eastgerman TV music shows like "rund", "STOP! ROCK" or "bong", they wasn't allowed to produce own singles or albums at all. None of the official releases featured below are of interest for the classic Hard Rock or Metal faction, but due to their hardrockin' live shows, Gipsy truly needs to be added here.
For more info please check out Gipsy's Homepage.

"Marie" Comp.-LP Track 1985 (Auf dem Wege 4)
"Gib deine Welt" Split 7" EP Track 1986 (with Lama/Rosalili/Amor und die Kids, "Startschuss 2", Amiga)
"Ein Viertel Jahrhundert Studentenclub" Split 7" EP 1987 (with KJB Kasseturm Jazz Band Weimar, Amiga)

Broadcast recordings:
"Song of Gipsy" (1982)
"Dort wo kein Land für Kinder ist" (1982)
"Wir werden nicht noch einmal geboren" (1982)
"Live in Karl-Marx Stadt" (November 1982)
"Gipsy Live für Duett - Musik für den Recorder" (1985)
"Stein deiner Träume" (1985)
"Hab' dich erkannt" (1987)

Golem
Andreas Hilbert (guitar, vocals)
Max Grützmacher (bass)
Michael Marschalk (drums)
An eastgerman Death Metal band from Buckow (ex-GDR), that was founded still in July '89, shortly before the political change, by teenagers Max Grützmacher, Michael Marschalk and Andreas Hilbert. The first Demo "Visceral scab" got recorded in early '91 and featured Grindcore inspired Death Metal in the vein of Carbonized, that gained the boys first attention within the Death Metal scene and led to another 7", featuring 2 trax of the Demo. Caused by a tragic car accident, Max Grützmacher died in July '92, that forced the remaining duo to reform the band with Jens Malwitz (ex-Mentis Error) on guitar. When Michael Marschalk quit either a few months later, Ruben Wittchow helped on drums. Last but not least Fermenting Innards' Rico Spiller took over the bass and the band so gar was complete again to record the second Demo "Recall the day of incarnation" in June '93. But either Jens Malwitz was torn out of life unexpectedly when he suffered a crash with his motorcycle. Michael Marschalk returned to the band in 1994 and the recordings for their debut album "Eternity: The Weeping Horizons" happened in August '95. 2 more albums was published in 1999 ("The 2nd moon") and 2004 ("Dreamweaver").
"Visceral scab" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"Visceral scab" 7" EP 1992 (Cannibalized Serial Killer)
"Recall the day of incarnation" Demo 1993 (selfreleased)

Guns 'n' Leder
A Hard Rock band from the ex-GDR, that obviously was playing Glam/Sleaze Metal influenced by Guns'n Roses. If you got more info, please get in touch.

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)

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)

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.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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)

Influence
Frank Hannak (guitar)
Rene Jauernik (drums)
After their former band Thrash Attack from Hettstedt (ex-GDR) got disbanded in summer '90, Rene Jauernik and Frank Hannak met again late 1991 and decided to form the band Influence, that performed a Death/Thrash Metal influenced style. The band just lasted till around late 1993 before it did split up due to internal issues. Jauernik joined Flaming Anger afterwards. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Insanity
The eastgerman band Insanity from Erfurt (ex-GDR) was the pre-stage of what would later be known as the band Howlin' Mad. Some of the guys was already playing as the trio Insanity since 1985, but had to quit due to their required army services. But in 1989 Gert Lange (vocals), Sylvio Skoberle (guitar), Rolf Horvath (guitar), Mirko Ludwig (bass) and Olaf Eisenbrandt (drums) reformed Insanity to keep on thrashing under the new monicker of Howlin' Mad and either released the album entitled "Insanity" in 1990. Insanity during their active phase mainly performed cover versions of Celtic Frost, Sodom, Metallica and Voivod. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Kindl-Front
Tino (vocals)
Michael Wulfert (guitars, vocals)
Zitrone (bass)
"Maja" Majewski (drums)
A Grindcore act from Königs Wusterhausen in the ex-GDR, that was founded by Michael Wulfert and "Maja" Majewski in 1988, but changed name still within the same year to Lunatic Invasion. In the beginning the guys was playing pure Grindcore ala Napalm Death and Septic Death, but later changed with Lunatic Invasion into a much more classic Death Metal sound.

Koks
Rüdiger Lange (guitar)
Axel Matthees (vocals)
Jörg Jahn (bass)
Sven Hartmann (drums)
Koks was the continuation of the Pirna (ex-GDR) based band Motörsound who changed their name in the end of 1987 to Koks. Also Rüdiger Lange's brother Marcus got replaced behind the drums by Sven "Harti" Hartmann, so the classic line up of Koks was Rüdiger Lange, Axel Mathees, Sven Hartmann and Jörg Jahn, who together in May 1988 passed the graduation for the "middle level" by the Kreiskulturkabinett Pirna. While Motörsound started covering AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Judas Priest and Saxon stuff, Koks added songs of Iron Maiden, Accept, Running Wild, Manowar, Metallica and Testament to their musical repertoire, but also created some own songs like "Satansweib". Koks was playing several live shows f.e. with bands such as Dr. Rock or Pent and their final show was an Open Air concert in July '89 in Königstein. The reason for the band called it quits was the escape of Rüdiger Lange from Hungary to Austria in summer 1989 together with his brother Marcus (the ex-Motörsound drummer).
(Thanx to Axel Matthees for info & material - picture copyrights by Axel)


Lanz Bulldog
Sebastian Baur (guitar, vocals)
Bernd Kühnert (guitar)
Olaf Käppel (bass)
Josch Ochmann (drums)
A Heavy Rock band from East Berlin (ex-GDR) that was founded early 1990 by the ex-MCB/Monokel/Keks guitarist Sebastian Baur with additional members being Bernd Kühnert (ex-Monokel) and both ex-Rapunzel Josch Oschmann as well as Olaf Käppel. The band could produce 3 trax for the national broadast service and that are pretty much the only remaining relics of them. In the fall of 1991 female vocalist Ina Morgenweck (ex-Charlie) joined the band and the name got changed to Ina Morgan & The Lazy Bones in the mid 90's. But around 1995 the band split up already. Sebastian Baur from that time on fully focussed on his main band Knorkator. Lanz Bulldog's sound was heavily R'n'R influenced Heavy Metal with melodic solos, that more than once reminded of the early MCB from the mid 80's.

Broadcast Recordings:
"Rock 'n' Roll Mafia" (1990)
"So nicht" (1990)
"Scheiße am Fuß" (1990)

Lizzy
A Thin Lizzy cover band from ex-GDR, that was active in the late 80's, playing live shows. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Love Gun
Frank Eichhorn (vocals)
Christian Sorge (guitar)
Harry (guitar)
Kai Ohme (bass)
Jörg Kühndorf (drums)
A Hard Rock/Heavy Metal act from Halle (ex-GDR) with musicians of locals Feuerstein, that was founded after Frank Eichhorn (ex-Mephisto/Vantom) quit Cobra late 1988. The band's style featured more of a Glam inspired sound like Mötley Crüe, Guns'n Roses and Aerosmith. When Harry left the country late '89, the band broke up also afterwards. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Löwenherz
Mike Andrae (guitar, vocals)
Thomas Peschke (guitar)
Thomas Thrun (bass)
Ingo Zach (drums)
This is the pre-Manos band from Querfurt in the ex-GDR, that was active since already 1984 and there is at least 1 track known, that survived the old days. "Lionheart", probably a rehearsal (or either live) recording, features a kinda Motörhead style Punk Metal sound, that wasn't much different than some of the first Manos recordings like "Metal invade". Peschke and Zach got replaced by Andreas Loehne (guitar) and Jan Berendt (drums) in 1987 and the lads changed name to Manos. If you got more info, please get in touch.
Unreleased recordings:
”Lionheart” (1987)

Lunatic Invasion
Tino (vocals)
Michael Wulfert (guitars, vocals)
Zitrone (bass)
"Maja" Majewski (drums)
Lunatic Invasion from Königs Wusterhausen in the ex-GDR started as Kindl-Front in 1988, founded by Michael Wulfert and "Maja" Majewski, but changed name still within the same year to Lunatic Invasion. In the beginning the guys was playing pure Grindcore ala Napalm Death and either continued with it on all of their Demos, but changed that behaviour with the beginning of the 90's, especially on their early vinyls, the selfreleased "Destined to die" 7" and the Split LP with Agathocles, both from 1991, when the lads' sound was typical Death Metal with Grind and doomy parts. Zitrone and Tino quit around 1990 and Steffen Ramlow joined on vocals. As mentioned before, the band's style changed towards classic Death Metal and had musically reached its peak on the album "The selected ones" with Denny Hellbach on bass, that showed similarities to bands such as Disgrace, Acrostichon and Necrony. After the selfreleased and slightly more modern sounding Death Metal album "Totentanz" in 1995, the band disbanded.
"Inzest with the Schrankwand" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Die elf Tode" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Hoffnungslose Fälle" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Destined to die" 7" EP 1991 (Invasion)
"Agathocles/Lunatic Invasion" Split LP 1991 (Morbid)
"The selected ones" CD 1992 (Rödel)

Macbeth (GDR)
Tobias Nehmer (vocals)
Ralf Zeidler (guitar)
Hanjo Papst (bass)
Frank Fiebach (drums)
Macbeth from Erfurt was one of the first band that got prohibited by the ex-GDR's officials. Founded by Tobias Nehmer, Ralf Zeidler, Hanjo Papst and Frank Fiebach, Michael Werner was found quickly, while Tobias Nehmer left the band already during autumn '85 to form Rochus. But the guys already had organized a very charismatic vocalist, whose name was Detlev Wittenburg and who in future should be responsible for the band's very intelligent and above average lyrics. Hanjo Papst also had to leave in late '85 because of army duties, but Michael Fleischmann joined instead. Macbeth recorded a 4 track Demo and started playing live, which soon caused several stage bans due to the "wrong people" being in the crowd and causing trouble, driven by Macbeth's raw Heavy Metal sound, which soon resulted in Macbeth got completely denied to play live. Due to that fact, Fleischmann left the band in June '86, who in the meanwhile hired ex-Rocksack Carsten Tauchert (bass) and decided to cooperate with the local office of the FDJ (a youth organization), that gained the guys a first live gig after the break in September '86, which though should become the nail to Macbeth's selfmade coffin. After the band got denied any further extra song, the crowd completely raged out, that officials took as reason to deny Macbeth any further gigs, their rehearsal room cancelled and so on. Carsten Tauchert then subsequently applicated to leave the GDR for good and Frank Viehbach joined Prinzz/Blitzz. Michael Werner even was forced to cut his hair and had to join the army. Only Wittenburg and Zeidler remained and started from zero. Hanjo Papst rejoined 1987 after he eventually had returned from the army and new members Lutz Rödiger (guitar) and Frank Basner (drums) also came in, while the band was called to apply the national ministry to talk about the future of Macbeth, which ended in Macbeth changing name to Caiman in May '87 and finally was allowed to play live again. German Democratic Recordings re-released all of the band's Demos on a CD entitled "Zeit der Zeiten" 2006.
"Demo 1985" (selfreleased)

Mad Slaughter
Axel Becker (vocals, guitar)
Jens-Uwe Schnorr (guitar)
Oliver Gerds (bass)
Thomas Heisenberg (drums)
Mad Slaughter from Rostok (ex-GDR) found together during October '85 originally as Heavy Hammer first 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. The guys finally had refined their Crossover style Thrash Metal and opened March '90 for Rumble Militia in their hometown, sollowed by many other gigs throughout the area. The band's style during the following years turned into more classic Power/Thrash Metal with either melodic and modern touch and Mad Slaughter's debut Demo "What we know" got released in 1993, shortly before the guys could release their first album "Mind intensive x-tract" independently 1994. 1995 after being slightly disillusioned about the band's further future, they changed name to Crushing Caspars.

”What we know” Demo 1993 (selfreleased)

Magdeburg
Hans-Joachim Kneis (vocals)
Dietrich Kessler (saxophone, flute, keyboard)
Gisbert Piatkowski (guitar)
Klaus Weigert (bass)
Hans-Peter Dohanetz (keyboard)
Detlef Kessler (drums)
The Hard Rock band Madgeburg was formed in the city of Magdeburg (ex-GDR) 1975, out of the ashes of the band Klosterbrüder who got more and more in trouble with the GDR's authoritys. After first recordings for the national broadcast service of the GDR a first 7" "In meinem Land" was released, and postdoctorate Hans-Peter Dohanetz left in 1976 to get replaced by the later Silly keyboarder Rüdiger Barton. Either Detlef Kessler 1976 quit and emigrated to the western part of Germany 2 years later. He was playing drums on Herbert Grönemeyer's famous "4630 Bochum" album. Waldemar Janicki replaced him and the later founding member of MCB, Bernd Schilanski took his part. A number of several singles was produced from 1978-'79 as well as Magdeburg's debut LP 1980, that featured some of the trax on the early singles either.The album was also re-released as "Verkehrte Welt" in western Germany with a slightly different tracklist. Gisbert Piatkowski and Rüdiger Barton after the album left the band and joined the Rock band City in 1980. Hans Wintoch (violin) and Hans-Jürgen Ludwig (guitar) newly joined and another 7" with the title "Hundsgemein" was produced in the following year 1981, featuring non album trax. When the lads was about to finish their second album "Grand Hand" in 1981, the authoritys started harassing the musicians again, due to the lyrical content and their optical appearance. All of the guys officially requested to leave the GDR, which caused a total stage ban for all of them and the band got officially prohibited. Dietrich Kessler and Hans-Joachim Kneis got jailed for almost 2 years and later left GDR. Hans-Jürgen Ludwig and Bernd Schilanski 1983 formed one of the first GDR's Heavy Metal bands, MCB, together with Mike Demnitz. Hans Wintoch joined Lift in 1984 and later started a solocareer. The sound of Madgeburg on all of their releases was epic 70's Hard Rock in the vein of early Berluc and Prinzip with either Prog Rock influences. 1992 some of the members started a live comeback and since 2000 they are active again under their original monicker Klosterbrüder.
"In meinem Land" 7" EP 1976 (Amiga)
"Ebbe und Flut" 7" EP 1978 (Amiga)
"Verkehrte Welt" 7" EP 1979 (Amiga)
"Magdeburg" LP 1980 (Amiga)
"Hundsgemein" 7" EP 1981 (Amiga)
"Verkehrte Welt" LP 1981 (Teldec)

Manos
Mike Andrae (guitar, vocals)
Andreas Loehne (guitar)
Thomas Thrun (vocals, bass)
Jan Berendt (drums)
The eastgerman Manos started as Löwenherz back in 1984 in Querfurt (ex-GDR) and changed name to Manos in 1987. The lads was playing a rather raw style of Motörhead inspired Metal with Power Metal influences on the 88er Demo track "Metal invade", that as far as I know wasn't released officially. Within the political change inside the GDR and either a change of the personnel change, Manos recorded their first Demo "Kranker Tannenbaum" with Mike Andrae (guitar, vox), Andreas Loehne (bass) and Carsten Rothweiler (drums) in 1989, that was shortly followed by "Frust" in 1990. The guy's style either changed into a raw underground style Thrash Metal by that time, and Manos had become an insider tip due to their sometimes quite insane live shows. The whole insanity resulted in an single on the Poserslaughter Records label in 1991, that featured 5 tracks in an even more rude Death/Thrash style. The band's debut album "La Bumm - Die Fette" otherwise took till 1994 to be released, but the album got legal problems and has to be taken off the market a while later. Manos are still active nowadays, releasing albums every now and then.

"Kranker Tannenbaum" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Frust" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Manos" 7" EP 1991 (Poserslaughter)

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

MCB
Hans-Jürgen Ludwig (guitar, vocals)
Bernd Schilanski (drums)
Mike Demnitz (bass)
Ex-Reform bass player Mike Demnitz got the idea in May '83 in Magdeburg (ex-GDR) to form a Heavy Metal band, which was originally planned with Jörg Skaba (drums) and Sebastian Baur (guitar, vocals) but in the end Hans-Jürgen Ludwig and Bernd Schilanski, both ex-members of the prohibited Hard Rock band Madgeburg, completed the first MCB line up in November '83. The band was called MCB due to M = Mike, C = Charlie (Ludwig's nickname was Charlie) and B = Bernd. Right from the start the lads didn't hide that the sound of Motörhead was their favorite one and soon after a number of gigs, MCB got the reputation to be the Motörhead of the GDR. One of their shows from January '85 was even broadcasted on a national radioshow. For a while in 1985 MCB got chosen to publish the first Heavy Metal LP of the GDR, featuring 5 studio trax (partly recorded inside an empty pool) plus live recordings of their famous radio broadcast from the Schönebeck gig January '85. But that idea was soon cancelled and later a Split LP with Formel 1 was under discussion, but either that project got cancelled and Formel 1 instead got the album deal. In October '85 Ludwig and Demnitz got in trouble with each other which resulted in Ludwig leaving MCB to form his own band Charlie's Crew. The ex-Keks/Monokel guitarist Sebastian Baur replaced him, so December '86 the song "Heavy Mörtel Mischmaschine" was recorded for the national broadcast service before Schilanski also quit in March '87 and joined Scheselong. When the band relocated to Dresden, with Jörg Borchert (ex-Fam) on drums 4 more trax was recorded, while 3 of them ended up together with "Heavy Mörtel Mischmaschine" on the Kleeblatt No. 22 Split LP with Cobra and Plattform in 1987. Due to the new guys in the band their former slightly R'n'R influenced Motörhead style turned into a heavier direction, either Speed Metal oriented. But since the Amiga refused to allow MCB to record an album, Sebastian Baur did quit in May '89 and former Doctor Rock guitarist Jens Berg joined, which also meant MCB's style changed once again. Proof of that was the furious deathrashing track "Rage out" on the Rock Bilanz '89 sampler, that sounded close to early Kreator. Either benefiting from the political change inside GDR, the lyrics now was sung in english, but what first looked promising, turned into a boomerang and the success started ebbing. Jens Berg left the band after just 1 year with either Jörg Borchert (who went to M.A.D. and later Overlord) and a bunch of ex-Danger musicians (Erik Sommer - guitar, Maik Zühlke - guitar, Andreas Glück - drums) joined. A record contract with K&P Records was signed, but lead to nothing. After the "Bloody kisses" Demo recorded in 1991, that included several old MCB tracks in modern versions sung in english, the band split up. Demnitz several times revived MCB, who every now and then are playing some gigs. Sebastian Baur founded the more successful Knorkator.
"Kleeblatt No. 22 - Hard & Heavy" Split LP 1987 (with Cobra/Plattform, Amiga)
"Rage out" Comp.-LP Track 1989 (Rock Bilanz '89)
"Bloody kisses" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"The Old Wolf" Comp.-CD Track 1991 (Peace-Eater Vol. I)

Broadcast recordings:
"Live in Schönebeck 28/1/1985"
"Vergiss es" (1987)
"Der alte Wolf" (1987)
"Fest des Wüstlings" (1988)

Medusa
A Metal band from ex-GDR, that was active in the late 80's, playing live shows. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Melissa
A Metal band from ex-GDR, that was active in the late 80's, playing live shows. The guys has been known for notoriously wearing steel helmets on stage. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Mephisto (GDR)
Jens Schuwerk (vocals)
Thomas Hoffmann (guitar)
Michael Sündermann (guitar)
Christian Schubert (bass)
Andreas Korte (drums)
A Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band from East Berlin, that belongs to the very first acts of the ex-GDR, that went heavier ways, and that most musicians of the Berlin scene have played in. The band was already founded during January '79, but adopted the Heavy Metal influenced style first during 1982, by covering bands such as Judas Priest, Saxon, Ted Nugent, Scorpions or Accept. Already during 1983 was in negotiations with the national broadcast service to record their song "Frieden der Welt". Since the band tried to sing in english, they often had to struggle with stage bans. Guys that played in Mephisto was amongst others Frank Eichhorn (ex-Vantom/Cobra/Love Gunn/Rocket), Mario Schneider (ex-Dynastie/Merlin), Rocco Stellmacher (Merlin), Frank Lebe (Merlin), Marcell Thiele (Merlin), Roland Tschech (Metall), Reinhard Repke (Rockhaus), Ralf Dohanetz (Regenbogen/Berluc/V2) or Ronald Pilgrim (Regenbogen/Berluc). During 1984 the Mephisto members Jens Schuwerk, Michael Sündermann (later in Formel 1/Pharao) and Reinhard Repke founded Vantom, so the band was forced to reform with other musicians and this game continued throughout the years. During 1986 and '87 Mephisto also produced 4 songs (titles are unknown) for the national broadcast service, while their early Heavy Rock got much heavier as songs like the Queensryche influenced "Höllenengel" proves. Then after the fall of the wall in 1990 the band recorded a Demo tape (released 1992) that led to one of the highlights in Mephisto's career, which undoubtly was their support gig for Dio and Metallica May 1990 in Hannover, that the band positively could use to spread their name, while the Krefeld Mephisto immediately judicial prohibited the band to use the name Mephisto any longer. 1991 eventually they had to change the name to Double Action and finally officially released the 1990 Demo recordings as "Demo 1992". If you got more detailed info, please get in touch.

Merlin
Mario Schneider (vocals)
Dan Uhden (guitar)
Rocco Stellmacher (guitar)
Frank Lebe (bass)
Marcell Thiele (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. The later drummer Marcell Thiele 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)

Metall
Thomas Post (vocals)
Roland Tschech (guitar)
Uwe Lerach (guitar)
Sven Rappold (bass)
Ronald Schulze (drums)
Metall was one of the first Heavy Metal bands ever in the GDR, co-founded already in 1982 by Sven Rappold and Dan Uhden (Merlin) in East Berlin (ex-GDR). After several line up changes f.e. with Mario Kurth on guitar and Andreas Vincenhöler doing vocals (both playing on "Heiße Sprüche"), they formed the classic Metall cast of characters 1986 with Thomas Post (vocals), Roland Tschech (guitar, ex-Mephisto), Uwe Lerach (guitar), Sven Rappold (bass) & Ronald Schulze (drums). Metall was mainly influenced by Saxon, Maiden and Judas Priest but they was acting in places a bit heavier than their idols. On the November '88 released track "Eisenhart" that made it to rank 15 in the national HM charts, they pretty much offered a lethal dose of doublebass driven Speed and Power Metal with a few Running Wild/Helloween hints. I don't know when the track "Heiße Sprüche" (sounds like a Demo recording) was recorded, but seems before 1986, stylistically they tend into a more US Metal ladden Power Metal with Helloween-ish speed parts. But due to the fans permanently asking them at live gigs for Thrash covers, they decided to rename the band to make clear that they aren't any Thrash cover band at all. After recording "Easy rider" and "Vulkane der Erde", two more melodic Heavy Metal trax with "Easy rider" being an attempt to create a powerful little biker hymn, for the national broadcast service in early '89 they finally changed their name to Headless in August and opened another chapter in the history of the band. One interesting note to add, usually the trax from the Split LP should be released as a Quartett Single (just like the one of Biest) in late '89 or early '90 but the national record label Amiga was about being sold so that plan was cancelled. Some songs on the "Heavy News" Split LP was still recorded as Metall, while the band appeared on it under their new name Headless. Sven Rappold reactivated Metall in 2013 and released 2 albums since then.
Check out the Easy Rider Clip
"Heiße Sprüche" Demo Track 198x
"Easy rider" Comp.-LP Track 1989 (Rockbilanz '89)
"Speed up - Heavy News" Split LP 1990 (Zong)
Broadcast recordings:
"Eisenhart" (1988)
"Easy Rider" (1989)
"Vulkane der Erde" (1989)

Metropolis
A Metal band from the ex-GDR, that was active during the mid and later 80's. There is one rehearsal recording known to exist, that features an instrumental Speed Metal song, entitled "The speed track". If you got more info, please get in touch.

"The speed track" Demo Track 1985 (selfreleased)

Micky Burgh
Michaela Burkhardt (vocals)
Wolfgang Densky (guitar)
Behind the pseudonym Micky Burgh (sometimes also as Micky Burgk) hides the ex-Plattform vocalist Michaela Burkhardt, who due to musical differences left Plattform early 1988 to start a solo career. It's not really known whose musicians built her backing group but they for sure shouldn't be any strangers within the ex-GDR's Hard Rock scene. The ex-Formel 1 and later Babylon guitarist Wolfgang Densky wrote 4 songs for her and 3 of them got produced for the national broadcast service and either got airplay. The track "Frauen" additionally appeared on an obscure sampler entitled "Das Ding". Micky Burgh's style was just straight Heavy Rock with Bon Jovi touch, but slightly heavier. Basically not even bad stuff, reminding stylistically of Charlie's "Turn away" track. She also performed the Scorpions track "Still loving you" together with Babylon during a national TV show. I guess the political change inside GDR wasn't much efficient for her further career either. Any further info is welcome.
”Frauen” Comp.-LP/CD Track 1989 (Das Ding)

Broadcast Recordings:
"Komm hole mich" (1989)


Mindloss
A Metal band of the ex-GDR. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Monokel
Sebastian Baur (guitar, vocals)
Wilfried Borchert (guitar, vocals)
Frank Gahler (vocals)
Jörg Schütze (bass)
Mario Janik (drums)
The Blues Rock band Monokel from East Berlin (ex-GDR) was originally founded 1975 by Sebastian Baur, Peter Schneider, Horst Trümpelmann, Wilfried Borchert und Michael Mirek, but the spirit within the band wasn't as desired and Monokel was disbanded in summer '76 already. Sebastian Baur didn't want to surrender and gathered new musicians a few months later with Wilfried Borchert (guitar, vocals), Frank Gahler (vocals), Jörg Schütze (bass), Mario Janik (drums) to risk a second try. Sebastian Baur left the band in 1979, joined the band Keks and eventually MCB in 1985. Also Wilfried Borchert and Mario Janik quit to get replaced by both ex-Engerling musicians Bernd Kühnert (guitar, vocals) and Rainer Lojewski (drums). Michael Linke became Monokel's guitarist. Around 1982/83 ex-Berluc Gerd Pöppel replaced Frank Gahler on the micro, who joined NO 55. 1983 Monokel could add 3 songs to the triple Split LP "Kleeblatt No. 10 - Berliner Blues Bands" and Amiga produced their debut LP in 1986, that got the strange title "Fünf nette, junge Herren, die 1a Kraft-Blues machen!". You might wonder why we add a Blues Rock band here I bet, but the lads themselves called their style "Kraft Blues" (Power Blues). And indeed you'll find massive Hard Rock influences there, and either their guitar sound was quite heavy. In a way the Monokel trax sounded close to early MCB songs, f.e. "Lied des Galgenbruders an Sophie, das Henkersmädel" could be a Monokel song either. Nevertheless, almost everyone, who trys to compile a list of eastgerman Hard Rock vinyls, does forget about Monokel's LP. After the album nothing else happened anymore and during the political change 1989 the band was almost about to split up, but could be sailed into a secure haven throughout these crazy times. 1995 their second album "Monokel" was released on Buschfunk. The guys are still active nowadays, though at a certain point the band split up into 2 different bands using the name Monokel.
You can check out their album here.


"Kleeblatt No. 10 - Berliner Blues Bands" Split LP Tracks 1983 (with Zenit/Jonathan Blues Band, Amiga)
"Fünf nette, junge Herren, die 1a Kraft-Blues machen!" LP 1986 (Amiga)
"Boogie Mobil" Comp.-LP Track 1986 (Rock-Bilanz 1986)

Monte Christo
A Heavy Metal band of the ex-GDR. If you got more info, please get in touch.

More Beer
A Thrash Metal band of the ex-GDR. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Moshquito
Oliver Hippauf (vocals)
Ingo Lohf (guitar)
Steffen Häupl (guitar)
Manfred Uhlig (bass)
Uwe Kovarnik (drums)
Moshquito was founded as Argus in the saxon Zwickau (ex-GDR), by Manfred Uhlig as a Blues Rock band back in 1982. After several personnel and musical changes the original Argus line up had crystalized in 1985 with Benjamin Müller (vocals), Ingo Lohf (guitar), Steffen Häupl (guitar), Manfred Uhlig (bass) and Uwe Kovarnik (drums), while stylistically their influences now came from bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Saxon and Judas Priest. But the band's style permanently got heavier during the following year. Slayer and Kreator influences infected the guys who turned into one of the first pure Thrash acts of the GDR. Oliver Hippauf replaced Benjamin Müller in 1987 and the guys prepared their first Demo tape in late 1987. But due to the fanatic crowd that Argus followed from gig to gig, the SED officials ordered several stage bans, that Argus answered with a simple change of the band name to Moshquito shortly before the Demo "No back to inferno" was released. So basically the Moshquito Demo reflects the early musical work of Argus, featuring a raw Thrash Metal style similar to Slayer. When Hippauf was called to arms during 1988, Benjamin Müller returned to the band, who recorded the "Mosh in Moscow" Demo in the meanwhile in late '88, with technical Bay Area influenced Thrash songs reminding slightly of a cross of Exodus, Metallica and Slayer. During the political change in late '89/early '90 Moshquito got into personnel trouble, as parts of the crew left the band like Manfred Uhlig, Steffen Häupl and Benjamin Müller. Most probably the cracked deal with West Virginia Records, who wanted to produce the first Moshquito album "For the communist emperor" during 1990 (as it was already announced on flyers of the label), was the catalyst I guess. With Rochus Röder (guitar) and Andre Nebel (bass, vocals) the recovered Moshquito around the only former survivors Uwe Kovarnik and Ingo Lohl, recorded one more Demo during 1991 entitled "Only death is for nothing", that delivered raw Thrash with occasional Death/Thrash influences. But shortly after Moshquito got disbanded, as rumours say because West Virginia hindered the guys to sign deals with other labels. Their last gig happened in Chemnitz, 1991, with only Lohf, Nebel and Kovarnik remaining. 1996 Mosquito got revived again by Ingo Lohf, Oliver Hippauf and Andre Nebel, who are nowadays firming under the name Xiom. The first two Demos of the band got re-released 2011 on vinyl by German Democratic Recordings under the title "Metallic grave".
"No back to inferno" Demo 1987 (selfreleased)
"Mosh In Moscow" Demo 1988 (selfreleased)
"Only death is for nothing" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)

Motörsound
Axel Matthees (vocals, bass)
Rüdiger Lange (guitar)
Marcus Lange (drums)
Steffen König (guitar)
This eastgerman Heavy Metal band was founded in Bielatal (greater Pirna area near Dresden) by Rüdiger "Rudi" Lange (lead guitar) after his retirement from Titan in 1985 together with his brother Marcus on drums and Steffen "King" König on rhythm guitar. The very first vocalist Ingo (Hedel) was replaced in February 1986 by Axel Mathees, who also, after trying several bass players like "Der Koch" (1985) and Maik Banasiak (1986), was handling the bass guitar after summer 1986 when they just didn't have a bass player in the line up. Musically Motörsound started with cover versions of AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Judas Priest and Saxon plus a very few own songs like "Der Außenseiter" (The only Demo recording from April '86 that has survived until today, a song Rudi still had composed with Titan who called it "Nie mehr allein"). Their first live gig happened in April '86 at the Kulturhaus Langenhennersdorf. One month later in May, Motörsound got their national grading for the "basic level" by the Kreiskulturkabinett Pirna. (That was something every band in the ex-GDR had to graduate in order to be able to play live gigs and to get paid according to the recent level your band has classified for. The higher your level, the more payment in other words.) They played several live gigs in the area till late 1987 when King left Motörsound. He wasn't replaced, but instead they added with Jörg "Joy" Jahn (ex-Pent) a bass player who would stay in the band for longer. That was the moment when they also changed the band's name to Koks. The band logo was naturally looking similar to Motörhead's.
(Thanx to Axel Matthees for info & material - picture copyrights by Axel)
"Der Außenseiter" Demo Track 1986 (selfreleased)

Na und
Angelika Flade (vocals)
Galina Seminichina (guitar)
Susanne Rahm (bass)
Marion Häußler (keyboard)
Angela Ullrich (drums)
An all female Hard Rock band founded 1979 in Dresden (ex-GDR) under the name Dresdner Mädchenband but they changed name in 1983 to "Na und" (So what). They started covering international Hard Rock classics. Still in 1983 during a tour a tragic car accident happened that ended in Susanne Rahm and Marion Häußler losing their life. They both got replaced by Sylvia Tuch (bass) and Joane Rekitt (keyboard). In 1984 Ina Morgenweck took over the vocals and the band's most successful period started. They could produce a few songs for the national radio broadcast (f.e. "Mädchenrock") and also a live gig was broadcasted in 1985. But then Angela Ullrich left to form her own band Agentur Null, and shortly after Ina Morgenweck as well to sing for the band Charlie. That meant the end for Na und. Na und's style was a mix of classic Rock, Hard Rock and Metal with "Atlantis" probably being the highlight in their set, a great epic Metal Rocker with kinda Dio-ish flair and galopping guitars. Galina Semenichina joined the band St. Metal during 1988 and played on their second Demo.
Broadcast Recording:
"Mädchenrock" (1985)

Necromance
Runhardt Scheffler (guitar, vocals)
Mario Eckert (bass)
Jean Schulze (drums)
Necromance from Spremberg (ex-GDR) started originally as Secret Attack in 1987 and changed name sometime around 1990 to Necromance. These guy's early style was rather primitive and average, but typical early 90's Death Metal, till they went into a Gothic Metal/Rock direction in around 1994. All the releases featured here still belong to the Death Metal phase of the band.

"Slow death" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"Enslaved/Necromance" Split 7" EP 1991 (Morbid)
"The dwarf" Demo 1992 (selfreleased)
"Zander" Split 7" EP 1993 (with Enslaved/Cadaver Corpse/Lubricant, Morbid)

Necrophenistic Nightmare
Birk Hübner (vocals)
Dirk Olesch (bass)
Markus Lehnigk (guitar)
Gerd Zaunig (drums)
A band from Cottbus/ex-GDR, that was founded in 1988 and lasted till 1990, when the guys changed name to Enslaved. It's not fully confirmed what kind of style the lads used to play in the beginning, but most probably any sort of basement Thrash or either Grindcore. Around 1990 when they became Enslaved at last they performed Death Metal. If you got more info, please get in touch.

No-One
Wirtscheck (vocals)
Udo (guitar)
Vele (bass)
Kalle (drums)
No-One was a shortlived Hard Rock/Metal band from Meerane (ex-GDR), that only existred from 1983-86, without having ever composed own material. The guys just focussed on coverversions of bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Krokus and Accept and already split up during late 1986. When drummer, vocalist and bassist all together had to join the army during autumn '86, the last survivor guitarist Udo tried to illegally escape the country and eventually got busted in Hungary. The band never reformed afterwards. If you got more, please get in touch.

Nobody
Rainer Wild (vocals, guitar)
Gerd Knoth (guitar)
Rene Reiner (bass)
Tino Koch (drums)
A Metal band from Markneukirchen/Saxony (ex-GDR), that is active since already 1982, influenced by bands such as Judas Priest, Saxon, Deep Purple, Accept and Iron Maiden. The band was playing many live gigs with either the use of selfmade pyrotechnics, which sometimes caused stage bans for the guys. After achieving the upper class classification by the national comission, the guys recorded the song "Komm zurück"in 1986, which basically is a cover version (or rip off) of Judas Priest's "Jawbreaker" with different german lyrics. During an ordered stage ban phase the band got heavier and adopted several Thrash cover versions of Metallica, Sodom, Slayer and also Running Wild into their repertoire, which made Rainer Wild leaving during 1987. Also Tino Koch was forced to leave due to expected army duties, so the band was forced to search for new members, who in 1988 completed the new line up, now consisting of Oliver Glas (vocals), Uwe Wunderlich (guitar), Gerd Knoth (guitar), Rene Reiner (bass), Ralf Scherzer (drums). But soon Glas left again to form the band Voice with former Nobody axeman Rainer Wild. Uwe Wunderlich took the micro afterwards and Jens Meinl got hired as 2nd guitarist. After playing two gigs during 1989 in the Soviet Union, Rene Reiner left the country shortly before the fall of the wall. Further attempts to continue Nobody didn't succeed at all. 2002 some of the guys found together and nowadays are on the road again as a cover band.

Broadcast Recordings:
”Komm zurück” (1986)

Orakel
Lutz Edelhäuser (guitar)
Michael Brill (bass)
Frank Brill (drums)
Orakel from Tambach-Dietharz in the south of the ex-GDR was founded by Lutz Edelhäuser and the brothers Michael and Frank Brill (both ex-Phon) in 1980 as a Blues and Hard Rock band. The band didn't exist for long and disbanded already in late 1981 when most of the guys had to join the army. But they played several gigs throughout 1980/81 and after the guys finally had returned, they formed the Hard Rock band Hardholz 1983 with additional vocalist Stephan Buchfeld, that later would become one of the GDR's leading Heavy Metal bands.

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

"Total chaos" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Empire of death" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)

Broadcast Recordings:
"Höllenfeuer" (1988)

Pharao
Reinhard Lehmann (vocals)
Michael Jurischk (guitar)
Frank Müller (drum)
Fred Ullmann (guitar)
Christian Dallmann (bass)
Pharao is in a way the continuation of Regenbogen/Countdown, as after Andreas Schwendemann of the last Regenbogen line up left the GDR, Reinhard Lehmann (ex-Plattform), Michael Jurischk (ex-Plattform) and Frankie Müller started with Pharao early 1986 in East Berlin (ex-GDR). The band got completed by Fred Ullmann (later in Defcon/Chor Chorea) and Christian Dallmann. They recorded "Feuer der Liebe" and "Reich der Finsternis" for the national broadcast service in fall of 1986 which proved them to set the standard for other Metal bands quite high. Pharao played way heavier than Regenbogen, a midpaced melodic Power Metal with small hints of Helloween and Jackie Lehmann proving that he's one of the best singers in the Republic while the axework was simply brilliant. The 2 songs got airplay at the national radio stations and even an appearance for the Live Beatkiste (a kinda hitparade radio show by listeners voting every thursday, that in the second part played Heavy Metal) followed featuring "Metal Baby" and "Geboren im Feuer". After Formel 1 disbanded the ex-Formel 1 members Detlef Dudziak (bass) and Michael Sündermann (guitar, ex-Mephisto) replaced Ullmann and Dallmann in 1987. Michael Jurischk left in 1987 as well to join melodic Hard Rockers Charlie. Pharao got invitations to appear in the national TV music shows in 1988. But then they decided to only use english lyrics and the eastgerman culture bosses ended co-operation with the band. This whole crap ended in the situation that after getting offers from outside GDR to produce a full album, the government hindered them to answer those requests. Sundermann (he joined B.O.R.N.) and Dudziak left Pharao in late 1988 due to that and got replaced by Rainer Schmidt (guitar) and Frank Kube (bass). The band recorded a 3 track Demo in 1989 with songs from the later album but in much heavier and more unpolished sounding versions than on the album, that just screamed the word Power Metal from all of its pores. In early '89 Amiga tried to contact the band again for a possible LP release, but demanded german lyrics. Lehmann denied and escaped from the GDR in mid '89 and organized Pharao a record deal in Stuttgart where he re-located. The other members followed him after the fall of the wall and they started recording the "Bad boys from east" album for Gama Records in 1990 with Jackie Lehmann (vox), Rainer Schmidt (guitar), Frank Kube (bass) and Frankie Müller (drums). The album was released on CD and Vinyl while the LP version for a strange reason was only available in Italy. But their luck didn't last much longer, due to legal problems with Gama the band had to quit and after a last show with Dan Uhden on the second guitar they disbanded in 1991. Lehmann would join Sanvoisen and later went back to Berlin to form progressive Power Metallers Resistence with former Tarot members and Franky Müller. "Bad boys from east" still up till today is a prime example of how melodic Power Metal has to sound like.
"Demo 1989" (selfreleased)
"Bad boys from east" LP/CD 1990 (Gama/Hot Blood)
Broadcast Recordings:
"Reich der Finsternis" (1986)
"Das Feuer der Liebe" (1986)

Phoenix
Thomas Fritzsching (guitar, vocals)

A Hard Rock band originating from East Berlin (ex-GDR), that was active during the late 70's till the early 80's, when Thomas Fritzsching joined the later famous GDR Pop/Rock band Silly. Phoenix's style was influenced by international 70's Hard Rock acts. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Phonex
Michael Schramm (vocals, guitar)
Jens Peter Langheinrich (guitar)
Kenneth Bwalya (guitar)
Frank Wunderlich (bass)
Steffen Svoboda (drums)
A Hard Rock/Metal band from Aue/Saxony (ex-GDR), which was originally founded in 1985 as a Classic Rock band that covered songs of the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young or ZZ Top. When Steffen Svoboda 1986 saw Argus live on stage with their newly targeted Heavy Metal live set, the desire rose up to play similar music, so the lads immediately started rehearsing songs of Accept, Judas Priest, Saxon, UFO, the Scorpions, Faithful Breath etc., with Jan Mehlhorn replacing Michael Schramm as new vocalist. Phonex played several local shows throughout Saxony and Thuringia between 1986 and 1987, till the band eventually split up in autumn '87 due to internal issues. Jens Peter Langheinrich and Steffen Svoboda joined the band Sirius from Affalter, Kenneth Bwalya and Frank Wunderlich went on to play with Rezeptfrei from Schneeberg, while Jan Mehlhorn joined Zyklon from Zwönitz. Both Jan Mehlhorn and Steffen Svoboda later in September '90 would co-found the Thrash Metal band BÖLK. Phonex got revived in 2000 with most of it's original members on board again, but the band doesn't performs any Heavy Metal tunes anymore.

Plattform
Jerry (voc)
Ecki Bartzsch (guitar)
Detlef Kotte (bass)
Uli Schenker (keyboard)
Michael Bronke (drums)
The eastgerman Heavy Metal legend Plattform was founded in Cottbus (ex-GDR) early 1980, when the bands Seguin and Novativ merged and the musicians Jerry (voc), Ecki Bartzsch (guitar), Detlef Kotte (bass), Uli Schenker (keyboard), and Michael Bronke (drums) started rehearsing a set of wellknown Rock and Blues songs. In autumn '82 Uli Schenker was obliged to solve his military service and some of the guys tried to lead the band's musical direction into heavier territory, which meant Gerd Wollermann (guitar) and new drummer Ulrich Ulbrich was hired. Their very first studio production "He Doktor" (originally the track was called "Krankschreibung", but that title wasn't approved from higher position) was recorded at the studio of ex-Puhdys drummer Gunter Wosylus in 1983 and offered quite neat NWOBHM Heavy Metal in the vein of Saxon. The band's new direction and conditioned that their music got even heavier, in autum '83 vocalist Jerry quit and got replaced by Reinhard Lehmann (later in Pharao), but most of the guys went to the army that year so Plattform was put on ice for a while. Band leader Detlef Kotte used that break to play in a different band, waiting for Wollermann and Ulbrich's return in 1985. Together with second guitarist Uwe Rublak in spring '85 Plattform finally returned live on stage again, with a Maiden and Priest inspired programm and Kotte doing vocals himself. But he quickly recognized that singing wasn't his appointment and therefore female vocalist Michaela Burkhardt joined instead. For the band's sake that was probably the most ingenious move, as what attracts young headbangers better than a hot female on stage who either can sing? The two trax "Zieh Leine" and "Fliegen" was recorded in spring '86, that helped Plattform to participate on an important radio show (the "Beatkiste"), which was broadcasted live, and led to another recording session for the national broadcast service in August, featuring the trax "Heavy Braut" and the speedbanger "Haut und Haar", that both claimed high positions at the national Rock hitparades. The band at that moment was perfoming material in the vein of Warlock with slightly british touch and due to the slightly applying success, Plattform was invited to perfom at national music TV shows like "rund", "klick" and "STOP! Rock". March '87 "Lichter der Nacht" and "Feuer" was recorded plus a new version of "Heavy Braut" and "Sechzehn" (originally entitled "Abgehaun", but that title got rejected) a bit later on, which all was used for their part of the Kleeblatt No. 22 Split LP with MCB and Cobra still in 1987. During the peak of their national success and after recording two more songs, the bluesy "Gefahr" and the instrumental "Truck" (originally called "Orient Express") in early '88, Micky Burkhardt left Plattform to start a solo career. The remaining Gerd Wollermann, Uwe Rublack, Detlef Kotte and Ulrich Ulbrich hired new vocalist Andreas Schenker and could record two more songs in 1989 ("Kalt und heiß", "Stapellauf"), which both was focussing again on the heavier side of Metal before the original band eventually split up with the new freedom that captured the GDR in late '89. Both guitarists Wollermann and Rublak relocated to the western part and also Schenker quit, which meant for Kotte and Ulbrich to completely restart Plattform from zero in 1990. The ex-Countdown/Charlie and Pharao guitarist Michael Jurischk (who already was playing with Plattform in 1983 for a short period) and new vocalist Tom Browski would complete the newly arisen Plattform and some Demo tracks got recorded with "True & down" (1990) and "Listen to the voice" (1992), that both showed certain Hard Rock influences again. But the time was over for classic Heavy Rock bands in the early 90's and to survive as band, the guys fully concentrated on playing live gigs that mainly included cover versions. Either the band name got altered to Platvorm at around 1992. Detlef Kotte kept Platvorm alive with changing musicians till Decem
"Kleeblatt № 22 - Hard & Heavy" Split LP Tracks 1987 (Amiga)
"Lichter der Nacht" Comp.-LP Track 1987 (Rock Bilanz 1987)
"True & down" Demo Track 1990
"Listen to the voice" Demo Track 1992

Broadcast recordings:
"He Doktor (Der Simulant)" (1983)
"Zieh Leine" (1986)
"Fliegen" (1986)
"Haut und Haar" (1986)
"Truck" (1988)
"Gefahr" (1988)
"Stapellauf" (1989)
"Kalt und heiß" (1989)

Poker
Walter Kletzander (vocals)
Andreas Hecht (guitar)
Frank Dittrich (bass)
Lutz Dittrich (drums)
Andreas Hartung (keyboard)
Poker got formed in late 1986 in Leipzig (ex-GDR) and was previously known as Kristall. After winning a workshop week in Halle 1989 with 8 bands participating they got sponsored a 3 days studio production that the band used to record 2 songs which they later used as a Demo. They sent the track "Ariane" of that Demo to a national radio show and it got airplay there. The song's a keyboard dominated epic Hard Rock/Metal hymn of quite high standard with some powerful doublebass parts, much alike some well known US bands. The other track of the Demo was an instrumental. One year later they tried to produce another track for the radio called "Cry of children", that they also used as Demo because they wanted to have english lyrics now. This song too offered quite above standard Hard Rock/Metal, keyboard driven though, but still powerful sounding. It was sad this band quit in 1991 due to lack of interest and the political change that forced all known clubs to close their gates.
”Demo 1989" (selfreleased)
"Cry of children" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)

Powerage
Conny Wollek (vocals)
Bodo Mackebrand (guitar)
Ulf Klingner (guitar)
Hans-Jörg Wollek (bass)
Reiner Selge (drums)
A female fronted Power Metal band from Rathenow (ex-GDR), that was originally originating from Premnitz when Ulf Klingner, Hans-Jörg Wollek and Reiner Selge started in 1984, but soon relocated to Rathenow. January '86 Conny Wollek and Bodo Mackebrand joined and the guys played a sort of Warlock, Ozzy, Maiden and Scorpions influenced Metal, till Jens Alex replaced Reiner Selge in autumn '87, while also Mackenbrand's army service was highly required. Hans-Jörg Wollek and Jens Alex left the band after internal issues in 1988, while the rest reformed with new members and recorded the excellent Power Metal Demo track "The wonder of the night" during the following year. The band still participated on the "Heavy gegen AIDS" festival 1990 in Berlin, as reviews mentioned a bit more Thrash influenced than previously, but split up afterwards. Conny Wollek subsequently formed the band Supremacy. If you got more info, please get in touch.
”The wonder of the night” Demo track 1989 (selfreleased)

Prinzip
Jürgen Matkowitz (guitar, vocals)
Frank Czerny (bass)
Reinhard Mihatsch (drums)
Jürgen Matkovitz after leaving the Uve-Schikora-Combo in the early 70's teamed up with his ex-bandmate Reinhard Mihatsch and formed his own band Prinzip in 1973 in East Berlin (ex-GDR), which was predestined right from the start to indulge the heavy side of Rock. Frank Czerny became their bassplayer and the lads started writing own songs and covered classics of Steppenwolf or Golden Earring, till the ex-GDR's most important record company Amiga produced a first 7" with the guys entitled "Beschwerde" in 1975. Reinhard Mihatsch in the following year left the republic and went to West Berlin, while Klaus Scharfschwerdt replaced him. 1977 they added keyboarder Rainer Kirchmann and with the line up Scharfschwerdt, Matkovitz, Kirchmann and Czerny their first album "Feuer-Rock" was ready in 1978, featuring a mix of AOR, Rock and Hard'n'Heavy Rock songs, with f.e. the title track or "Sieben Meter Seidenband", that could well hold up early NWOBHM bands standards as well, delivering twin leads like they'd hail from the british isle. Klaus Scharfschwerdt 1979 joined the Puhdys who was searching for a new drummer and he became one of the GDR's most famous drummers in the following years. His place in Prinzip covered Bernd Haucke and the second album "Der Steher" appeared 1980, that was crammed with more Hard Rock, led by the heavy incredible epic Prog/Hard Rock hymn "Sonnensage". Rainer Kirchmann left Prinzip after the album was released and went to Berlin Pop/Rockers Pankow. He wasn't replaced, but the ex-Regenbogen vocalist Ralf Bursy was recruited to the play guitar and handle the vocals. 2 singles with him was produced in 1981 and '82, before 1983 the 3rd Prinzip LP "Wir reiten mit dem Sturm" was published, with new bassist Bodo Huth. The band's sound became more modern and featured beside a very few Hard Rock songs, mainly rocking and either bluesy old AC/DC influenced stuff with even a few punky hints. After the album there came a long silence, probably the guys stepped on any official's necktie. "Phönix", their last album, was available 1988 with a completely different band and sound. Bursy already had left in 1986 to start a successful solo career as Pop/Rock artist and also Bernd Haucke as well as Bodo Huth wasn't in the band anymore and got replaced by first Ingo Politz (1986, drums) and eventually by Michael Hoffmann (drums), while bassist Uwe Geisler joined 1988. Bursy's part took Wolfgang Franke, whom they already recorded an single with ("Halt mich fest") in 1987, that featured a non album track on the flipside, which I remember that it got airplay on the national radio stations, while the 7" itself was only released in the Soviet Union, and marks the band's most rare release nowadays. The title track of that single also appeared on the "Phönix" album, which featured several more of equal Heavyrockers ala Berluc or Babylon, with in places either old Bon Jovi touch, that nowadays is called AOR I guess. With the political change Prinzip's star started sinking as well and Franke left to get replaced by Michael Barakowski for a last try in 1990. But Matkowitz disbanded Prinzip the same year and moved to Moscow where he produced russian Hard Rock and Heavy Metal bands at his own studio. One interesting fact, Jürgen Matkowitz either had his own studio in the GDR too and produced several Hard Rock/Metal bands. Since he wasn't a friend of recording drums in the studio, the bands (like Biest, Splitt, Babylon) had to send him their songs before the recording session would start and he programmed the drums on his drum machine. You can easily find out who recorded at his studio, by just listening to the plastic drum sound like it's heard on the "Phönix" album as well. Please note, there are tons of Prinzip singles being pressed in the early years and either the band was featured on countless compilations. We only feature their regular discography here.
"Beschwerde" 7" EP 1975 (Amiga)
"Feuer-Rock" LP 1978 (Amiga)
"Supernummer" 7" EP 1978 (Amiga)
"Wir werden immer mehr" Split 7" EP 1978 (with Karat, Amiga)
"Charlie gute Nacht" 7" EP 1978 (Amiga)
"Sonnensage" 7" EP 1979 (Amiga)
"Der Steher" LP 1980 (Amiga)
"Hallo, Mary-Lou" 7" EP 1981 (Amiga)
"Hallo, Mary-Lou" Comp.-LP Track 1981 (Rock Bilanz 1981)
"He, Girl" 7" EP 1982 (Amiga)
"Kommt alle her" Comp.-LP Track 1982 (Rock für den Frieden)
"He, girl" Comp.-LP Track 1982 (Rock Bilanz 1982)
"Wir reiten mit dem Sturm" LP 1983 (Amiga)
"Wir reiten mit dem Sturm" Comp.-LP Track 1983 (Rock Bilanz 1983)
"Halt mich fest" 7"EP 1987 (Melodija)
"Phönix" LP 1988 (Amiga)
"Phönix" Comp.-LP Track 1988 (Rock Bilanz 1988)

Broadcast Recordings:
"Jeden Tag, jede Nacht" (1986)
"Flieg flieg Engel" (1989)


Prinzz
Kerstin Radtke (vocals)
Thomas Feiler (guitar)
Jens Hellmann (bass)
Karl-Heinz Schüller (keyboard)
Gerrit Pennsler (drums)
The band Prinzz was founded late 1982 in Erfurt (ex-GDR) by manager Lutz Mielke who tried to cast a new Pop band. Jens Hellmann (bass), Thomas Feiler (guitar), Kerstin Radtke (vocals), Karl-Heinz Schüller (keyboard) and Gerrit Pennsler (drums) built the first line up at that time. During their early years they also could place a few songs on several compilations till 1985 Thomas Feiler due to health problems had to pause for about a year. When he returned in late 1986, the core of the band decided to play heavier music. Since his former band Macbeth during that time just got prohibited, the drummer Frank Viehbach agreed to join Prinzz as well, so the line up featured Kerstin Radtke (vocals), Thomas Feiler (guitar), Jens Hellmann (bass) and Frank Viehbach (drums). After a short phase that the band spent with covering Mötley Crüe and Van Halen songs at gigs, they started writing own songs like "Es treibt mich die Gier", "Leichte Beute", "Die Titanic sinkt", and could record some songs for the national broadcast service like the Speed Metal hammer "Tarantella" (german version) and the instrumental "EL 34". More and more Prinzz' style got heavier and 1988 their repertoire contained Metallica, Helloween and Anthrax cover versions as well, while the band saw it as neccessary to change the band's name to Blitzz, to avoid confusions with the pop star Prince. A live broadcast of the band during a festival in Berlin 1988 was noticed by Gama Records who got interested to release an album of Blitzz. While the band either was trying to sing only in english and that's been one of the requirements of Gama's offer, the GDR officials agreed and Blitzz recorded their "Money rules the world" album during 1989. After the recordings was finally finished in late '89, Gama wanted the album to be remastered, which caused the GDR officials to ask for more money and that's been the end of the cooperation of both part companies. To defend Gama, indeed the album mix wasn't much compatible for the western market at all, though the album featured a few speedy Power Metal pearls like "Tarantella" or "Lucifer". During the days of the political renewal inside the GDR, Blitzz became friends with Holy Moses and shared the stage together, so it happened when Holy Moses was recording one of their albums at the Horus Sound studio in Hannover, Blitzz had been invited to visit them, which in the end led to Steamhammer signing the band. In April '90 their "Do the Blitz" mini album was recorded at the same Horus Sound studio where they got introduced to Steamhammer. The album featured re-recorded songs of the unreleased album btw, this time with the "correct sound" and sold more than 10000 copies in the western part of Germany and the world, while inside GDR the demand had been "manageable". During 1991 after hiring Kai Tenneberg as second guitarist, the band paused for a while due to the new situation inside the country. They recorded their "Dive" Demo 1992, which was originally meant for their record company as Demo for the "Do the Blitz" follow up album. But instead Steamhammer released them of their running contract and fired the band. Though they still got offers by smaller labels, they declined every single one of them and eventually understandable frustrated called it a day in 1994. The unreleased album was finally released on the label German Democratic Recordings in 2013 under the title "Tarantella" on CD.
Please note, none of Prinzz' songs recorded before 1986/87, was connected with Hard Rock or Heavy Metal at all.

"Ich wart auf dich" Comp.-LP Track 1983 (Auf dem Wege 3)
"Kleeblatt № 11 - Junge Rockbands" Split LP 1984 (Amiga)
"Die Titanic sinkt" Demo Track 1987
"Kill" Demo Track 1987

Broadcast Recordings:
"Es treibt mich die Gier" (1987)
"Leichte Beute" (1987)
"Tarantella" (german version, 1987)
"EL 34" (1987)

Purulent Obduction
Tino Röder (gitarre)
Andreas Schwach (bass, drums, vocals)
Tino Mothes (gitarre, drums, vocals)
A Schneeberg/Saxony (ex-GDR) based Death Metal trio that kinda evolved from the ashes of the Grindcore band Bloodbrain when guitarist Tino Röder (ex-Septic Terror) joined both Bloodbrain guys Tino Mothes and Andreas Schwach in the fall of 1990. They changed name to Purulent Obduction and started playing a doomy sort of Death Metal with deep grunts influenced by bands such as Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Asphyx or Obituary. The lads rehearsed together with the band BÖLK in the famous Tanztreffpunkt Aue club (all Metalheads from Erzgebirge region met there) till it got closed in early 1991. 2 Demos was recorded plus 1 live tape that was cut at one of their 3 live gigs that they played in 1991 (with f.e. BÖLK and Civil War) and those Demos was spead only locally to friends of the band. In early 1993 the name was changed to Demoniac and a second vocalist (Mirko Schmat) was added after summer the same year, when they stylistically went into a more Black/Death Metal direction before the band did split into 2 other bands in early 1994. Andreas Schwach and Tino Röder formed Andras while Tino Mothes and Mirko Schmat changed the band's name to Moonblood. Schwach would later form the band T.H.O.R. and also had a side project called Arkham going till 2019. Tino Mothes formed his own Viking Metal project Nachtfalke in around 1998.
"Rotting corpse" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"Live in Unterheinsdorf 1991" Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
"Addictive" Demo 1992 (selfreleased)

Quasimodo
A Heavy Metal band of the ex-GDR. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Regenbogen
Ralf Bursy (vocals)
Detlef Brauer (guitar)
Wolfgang Hoffmann (bass)
Hans-Christian Weise (key)
Lutz Brauer (drums)
Regenbogen (Rainbow) was founded by Ralf Bursy, Detlef Brauer, Wolfgang Hoffmann, Hans-Christian Weise, Lutz Brauer 1977 in Berlin (ex-GDR) as a classic Rock group who covered songs of Uriah Heep and Deep Purple and right 1 year later they could produce some first songs for the national broadcast service, having a first national hit with the Rock song "Du machst mich verliebt". Despite the coming success, Ralf Bursy left Regenbogen together with Detlef Brauer (later found in Berluc) and joined the band Keks (Sebastian Baur, later in MCB, was playing in that band too). Bursy after quitting Keks joined the Hard Rockers Prinzip and started a successful solo career in the mid 80's. For Bursy came Ralf Dohanetz (later found in Berluc and Mephisto) on vox and he got replaced by Ronald Pilgrim (ex-Mephisto) later. Also Wolfgang Hoffmann left and got replaced by Robert Hanke (bass), while with Andreas Schwendemann a new guitarist joined who got replaced by Jörg Powileit a while later. Jens Kuge came for Lutz Brauer on drums. The bands style till early 1984 with all the new members that came and go, had changed towards a more melodic Hard Rock/Metal sound and playing Maiden and Priest songs at their live shows. With another national broadcast recording "Eiskalt" (ice cold) they entered the hitparade 1984 once again, a fine melodic midpaced Heavy Rocker who's opening riff is ripping off Survivor's "Eye of the tiger". Beside the studio track the band recorded a Demo the same year with songs like "Der Träumer" or "Der alte Fan". There are also Live recordings with good quality known including songs like "Großmaul", "Lass uns fliegen" and "Die Blinden" that's showing Regenbogen's sound in '84 was close to Maiden's. But in fall of 1984 except of Ronald Pilgrim all musicians left the country. Ex-Regenbogen guitarist Andreas Schwendemann tried to revive the band together with Countdown musicians but he left the GDR too in late 1985 and Regenbogen's story ends here. Ronald Pilgrim was active afterwards in Berluc and Jens Kuge was co-founding melodic Metallers Cobra in 1986.
"Du machst uns allen etwas vor" Comp.-LP Track 1979 (Auf dem Wege...)
"Demo '84"

Broadcast recordings:
"Du machst mich verliebt" (1979)
"Eiskalt" (1984)



Regenbogen
A Metal band from Zeitz (ex-GDR), not to be confused with Regenbogen from Berlin, that was active in the early 80's. These guys fell more into the second half of the 80's and changed name to X-Ray Examination in August 1990. Regenbogen's sound was most probably rather Thrash Metal influenced. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Rochus
Tobias Nehmer (vocals)
Maik Hoffmeister (guitar)
Heiko Axt (guitar)
Michael Steglich (bass)
Ralf Michels (drums)
Rochus from Erfurt, beside Blackout and Argus/Moshquito, belonged to the well known Thrash acts of the ex-GDR back in the day. After Tobias Nehmer left Macbeth in autumn '85, he formed the band Rochus with Maik Hoffmeister, Heiko Axt, Michael Steglich and Ralf Michels during early 1986, that in the beginning was more like a classic Heavy Metal troop, but switched sound during the following year. Their first bassplayer Michael Steglich soon was fired and Gerd Willnauer replaced him till 1988, when he decided to leave the band. But Hans-Ulrich Wilke (ex-Cosmos) had just moved to Erfurt and joined the Thrashers immediately in April '88. Right in May the band recorded their first 5 song Demo tape, that yet was not officially for sale. It also includes an early version of the band's hit "Let's trash", besides other songs being "Excalibur", "Nur ein Traum", "St. Rochus" and the impressive "Mithridates". Rochus' sound was highly influenced by bands such as Kreator and Slayer at that time, while technically they also performed on a higher level than other GDR bands back in the day. When Heiko Axt had to follow the call of the army, Howlin' Mad's guitarist Silvio Skoberle joined to replace him in November '88, till Axt returned from the army in late 1989. During January '89, after graduating the level of an extra class amateur band, they could record the song "Let's trash" for the national broadcast service, which was later used for both the national Rockbilanz sampler and either was sold internationally to appear on the well known "Thrash the wall" Roadrunner compilation. After recording another unofficial 4 track Demo during late 1989, the band got invited by the broadcast service once again to record one more song ("Haunting in your brain") during January '90, which in the end due to some recording still time being left, ended up in another song ("Frankenstein) being recorded during that session as well. The band during that time was in it's most productive phase and also recorded the "Years of ignorance" Demo right spring 1990, that gained them attention by several labels, but Rochus signed a contract with West Virginia Records for the planned album "Between the worlds", which either West Virgina Records officially announced together with Moshquito's album on their promo flyers during 1990, but just like Moshquito's album, "Between the world" wasn't realized at all. Then Hans Ulrich Wilke left Rochus due to health problems and Tobias Nehmer for a short time played the bass as well, till he also left Rochus to join Howlin' Mad as second guitarist on their european Tour in 1990. The band then found Christoph Rompf on bass guitar and Lutz Issermann used to perfom the vocals during the last year of Rochus existence, till the band already split up in 1991. German Democratic Recordings fortunately re-released the important Rochus recordings from 1988-1990 on the CD "Haunting in your brain" in 2012.

"Let's trash" Comp.-DLP Track 1989 (Das Album - Rockbilanz 89)
"Years of ignorance" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Let's trash" Comp.-LP Track 1990 (Thrash the Wall)

Broadcast Recordings:
"Haunting in your brain" (1990)
"Frankenstein" (1990)

unofficial Demo Recordings:
Demo May 1988 (5 tracks)
Demo late 1989 (4 tracks)

Rocket
Frank Eichhorn (vocals)
Ralf Wittstock (guitar)
A Halberstadt/ex-GDR based Speed/Thrash Metal band, that featured the former Hardzrock guitarist Ralf Wittstock, who joined the band around late 87/88. The band was founded around 1984/85 and Frank Eichhorn (ex-Mephisto/Love Gun/Vantom) used to be their vocalist for about a year during 1985/86 before he moved to Berlin and founded Cobra. During their early days more Heavy Metal inspired, Rocket later played a brand of the old Slayer and Metallica ("Disposable heroes" or "Damage Inc.") sound with solid musicianship. Unfortunately the german sung lyrics are utterly silly. Nevertheless the band belongs to the chosen ones of the few Metal bands that was allowed to produce songs for the GDR radio broadcasting and these 2 being "Herzlichen Glückwunsch" (Congratulations) and "Damenwahl" (Ladies' choice). The band later during 1989 changed their name to Cäpt'n Metal. If you have more info please get in touch.
Broadcast Recordings:
"Herzlichen Glückwunsch" (1989)
"Damenwahl" (1989)

Rockmetal
Markus Reinheckel (vocals)
Marcus Graupner (guitar)
André Klengel (guitar)
Ralf Möbius (bass)
Steffen Bär (drums)
St. Metal was a Hard Rock band from Dresden (ex-GDR), officially founded in 1983 as Rockmetal, by some guys of the Dresden scene, who was previously playing together since already 1978. Influenced by Krokus and obviously AC/DC the band started writing own material during 1984 and debuted with playing live during 1985, when they also recorded their first Demo "The spider". On the Demo recording Ralf Möbius (army!) got represented by Kay Rühmer. Also drummer Steffen Bär, who left the country a bit earlier, got shortly replaced by vocalist Markus Reinheckel. After the Demo was finished the band changed their name to St. Metal.

"The spider" Demo 1985 (selfreleased)

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

Sarkophag
Michael Nelebock (vocals)
Michael Nimmergut (guitar)
Mario Kurt (guitar)
Mirko Brauer (bass)
Sven Noak (drums)
An East Berlin (ex-GDR) based Thrash band that was founded in the mid 80's but was asked by the grading commitee to change it. After changing name to Sixtus they recorded a Demo track in December '89 that got airplay on the national Heavy Metal radio broadcast. It's not confirmed that Sarkophag ever recorded anything. If you got more info please get in touch.

Schreckschuss
Jörg Wackes (vocals)
Marco Ritter (guitar)
Martin Köhr (guitar)
Matthias Wiewiorra (bass)
Jörg Aschenbach (drums)
This band from Suhl (ex-GDR) was originally founded in 1984 as JFM as a shortlived schoolboy Rock band, but first during around 1986/87 Marco Ritter (guitar) and Matthias Wiewiorra (bass) formed Schreckschuss to play a much more Heavy Metal inspired sound. The guys first found Jörg Wackes as vocalist, but it took the guys till April '88 to eventually pass the grading of a basic level amateur band. Afterwards Gerald Maak (vocals), Martin Köhr (guitar) and Jörg Aschenbach (drums) joined and the band was renamed to Tantrum. If you got more info, please in touch.

Secret Attack
Runhardt Scheffler (guitar, vocals)
Mario Eckert (bass)
Jean Schulze (drums)
This act was the pre-Necromance band from Spremberg (ex-GDR), who started around 1987 most probably as Thrash band. The lads changed name sometime around 1990 to Necromance. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Septic Terror
Torsten Seifert (guitar)
Tino Röder (guitar)
Torsten Oettel (drums)
Mirko Oechsner (vocals)
Septic Terror was a shortlived east german Thrashcore/Crossover project formed in Schneeberg/Saxony (ex-GDR) in early 1989 by the schoolmates Torsten Seifert, Tino Röder, Torsten Oettel and Mirko Oechsner. They got influenced by bands such as Slayer, Kreator and also S.O.D. but musically viewed this band can't be taken too serious at all. None of them had learned to handle his instrument before. The boys wrote 2 songs till their decline in 1990, called "Satan unser Herr" (Satan our lord) and "Runaway". A rehearsal recording should exist as well but for the moment this recording is missing since they lost contact to each other over the years. The band broke after they finished school and Tino Röder in late 1990 went on to play with local Schneeberg Death Metal act Purulent Obduction and later formed the wellknown Pagan/Black Metal band Andras.

Setzei
Winfried Katscher (vocals)
Rainer Schossig (guitar)
Marcus Schloussen (bass)
Detta Herm (drums)
Even for Heavy Metal kids from ex-GDR like myself, the band Setzei from Fürstenwalde is quite unknown. Founded in 1977 as Pathos by Marcus Schloussen, Detta Herm (ex-Neumeyer Blues), Winfried Katscher and Rainer Schossig, Katscher didn't stay for long and quit already in 1978, to get replaced by Carlo Schröder. After relocating to Berlin around 1978, the band name was changed either to Setzei, which, said under 4 eyes, must be the most stupid name for a band ever. In the beginning the lads focussed on covering big Rock bands like ZZ Top, Rory Gallagher etc. Peter Scheffler became their second guitarist in 1979 and when Matthias Lauschus replaced Carlo Schröder on vox in 1980, Setzei started working on own material. With "Hallo Setzei" and "Der Mond und ich" two first songs was recorded for the national broadcast service still in 1980, while the first one mentioned was either used for the sampler "Auf dem Wege ... 2", released in 1981 and would remain the band's only vinyl appearance till their dissolving in 1984. New drummer Dietmar Ahrens joined for Detta Herm in 1980 and got also replaced by Jürgen Legal a year later. A couple of more songs was recorded for the national radio stations, but since the band still was rated an amateur band, they couldn't release any albums. Therefore 1982 Marcus Schloussen joined the profi band Reform, whose ex-bassplayer Mike Demnitz just had quit to form MCB as we all do know. Schloussen's substitute was Thomas Hergert. With Matthias Lauschus, Rainer Schossig, Thomas Hergert, Peter Scheffler und Jürgen Legal the band worked till 1984, when Legal left. After trying 3 more new drummers in shortest time, Lauschus called it a day and went on to play with Tutti Paletti, which caused the disbandment of Setzei. Hergert and Scheffler joined the band Mona Lise. Was the early sound of the band still Rock oriented stuff, their following recordings from 1982 to 1983 went obviously heavier ways and must be called a sort of Heavy Metal inspired Hard Rock like Regenbogen. Fortunately the lads was invited to perfom on stage for the eastgerman TV, so you better make your own picture of Setzei
"Hallo, Setzei" Comp.-LP Track 1981 (Auf dem Wege ... 2)

Broadcast Recordings:
"Der Mond und ich" (1980)
"Kofferpacken"
"Fliegst du weit"
"Onkel Grimmig"
"Wer ist von Zweifeln frei"
"Lust zu zweit"
"Falsches Spiel"

Shark Attack
A raw Thrash Metal band in the Kreator/Carrion vein originating from the ex-GDR, that was active during the late 80's. There is a live recording from 1989 known to exist, featuring songs like "I'm your your hunter" and "Killer shark". If you got more info, please get in touch.

Shout
A Metal band from ex-GDR, that was active in the late 80's, playing live shows. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Sixtus
Michael Nelebock (vocals)
Michael Nimmergut (guitar)
Mario Kurt (guitar)
Mirko Brauer (bass)
Sven Noak (drums)
An East Berlin (ex-GDR) based Thrash band that was founded as Sarkophag in the mid 80's but was asked by the grading commitee to change it. They recorded a Demo track in December '89 that got airplay on the national Heavy Metal radio broadcast. The song offers a not uninteresting midpaced thrashy Power Metal with a few hints of mid 80's Venom and some for that time typical Mosh parts. If you got more info please get in touch.
”Love and horror” Demo Track 1989 (selfreleased)

Sonic Seducer
A Thrash band (most probably) from ex-GDR, that was active in the late 80's, playing live shows. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Splitt
Splitt from East Berlin (ex-GDR) existed from 1985 to 1989 but it's not much known about them. They could produce a slower Metal rocker called "Der Chirurg" in late 1988 or early '89 (not sure anymore) for the national broadcast service. The band is still active nowadays but since 1990 they are just a Rock cover band.
Check out Der Chirurg
Broadcast Recording:
“Der Chirurg“ (1988)

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

"Touch down" Demo 1988 (selfreleased)
"Fun maker" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)

Step Out
A Metal band from ex-GDR, that was active in the late 80's, playing live shows. If you got more info, please get in touch.

STM
Uwe Meinhardt (vocals)
Andre Klengel (guitar)
Ralph Hoeltzel (bass)
Falk Möckel (drums)
A very shortlived Hard Rock band in the AC/DC vein from Dresden (ex-GDR), that was previously known as first Rockmetal and later as St. Metal. After St. Metal had recorded their 2nd Demo "Fun maker" early '89, they changed their name to just STM during summer/autumn '89, before the band already announced their end early November the same year.

Strange World
Jens Kleuckling (vocals)
Peter Weinold (guitar)
Frank Nekat (bass)
Steffen Grafe (drums)
Strange World was a Hard Rock band hailing from Frankfurt/Oder (ex-GDR) and existed since 1988. But the guys had been more busy with writing own material and started playing live mainly after the political change during 1990/91. Frank Nekat was also playing with the band Boundless during that time. If you got more info, please get in touch.

T and A
Andreas Schwach (guitar, vocals)
Tino Mothes (drums, bass, vocals)

A Grind/Noisecore band, which was formed still during ex-GDR times in late 1988/early 1989 in Schneeberg/Saxony by Tino Mothes and Andreas Schwach, but soon changed name still in 1989 to Bloodbrain. According to their own statement the name "T and A" stands for "Terror and Agnostic", though accidentally both their names started with "T" and "A" as well...

Tantrum
Gerald Maak (vocals)
Marco Ritter (guitar)
Martin Köhr (guitar)
Matthias Wiewiorra (bass)
Jörg Aschenbach (drums)
This band from Suhl (ex-GDR) was originally founded in 1984 as JFM as a shortlived schoolboy Rock band, but first during around 1986/87 Marco Ritter (guitar) and Matthias Wiewiorra (bass) formed Schreckschuss to play a much more Heavy Metal inspired sound. The guys first found Jörg Wackes as vocalist, but it took the guys till April '88 to eventually pass the grading of a basic level amateur band. Afterwards Gerald Maak (vocals), Martin Köhr (guitar) and Jörg Aschenbach (drums) joined and the band was renamed to Tantrum. Tantrum's sound was clearly Speed/Thrash inspired, while during 1988 still Motörhead, Metallica or Anthrax played a big musical role, the band during the times of the political change turned into a rude Thrash act, similar to Kreator, while the remaining live recordings of the band indeed would have had justified a Demo recording, which never happened at all. Jörg Aschenbach still had to leave for army duties during 1989 and Matthias Wiewiorra after the change quit also. Bot got replaced but after a few more gigs in late 1990 the band was history as well. If you got more info, please in touch.

Thrash Attack
Thomas Hollmann (guitar, vocals)
Frank Hannak (guitar)
Mario Wagner (bass)
Rene Jauernik (drums)
Thrash Attack was founded during late 1987 in Hettstedt (ex-GDR) by a bunch of teenagers, who mainly covered songs of Tankard, Sodom, Slayer, Kreator and Metallica. Drummer Rene Jauernik joined the guys a while later during 1988, when their former drummer had quit. They either composed 3 own titles, but the crowd was more eager to listen to cover versions back in the day, so they didn't work out those songs further. Thomas Hollmann escaped from the GDR via Hungary during late 1989 so the guys continued with another vocalist till summer 1990, when Thrash Attack eventually disbanded. Jauernik and Hannak formed the Thrash band Influence afterwards late 1991.

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

”Fast food” Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Hundred bottles huntly" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Trief..." 7" EP 1990 (1MF)
"Catharsis" LP/CD 1991 (1MF)

Titan (GDR
Matthias Eschrich (guitar)
Rico Kaps (bass)
Kai-Uwe Schneider (drums, vocals)
The band Titan was officially founded early 1983 in Pirna (ex-GDR), but originally Matthias Eschrich and Kai-Uwe Schneider are playing together since 1981 till someday Rico Kaps was nominated to play the bass. 1983 they baptized their band "Titan" and played their first gig. Since they couldn't find a second guitarist at all, but Silvio Zornsch was eager to play drums, Schneider switched over to guitar and thaught Zornsch the drum business instead., till Silvio Zornsch right when he went 18, decided to leave the GDR and it took till mid '84, when Dirk Dawid wanted to join on the drum position. The line up Matthias Eschrich (guitar), Kai-Uwe Schneider (guitar, vocals), Rico Kaps (bass) and Dirk Dawid (drums) would remain the classic Titan formation till the band's decline in 1989. In autumn '84 the guys recorded their first Demo, that still featured a rather AC/DC/Judas Priest/Maiden (un)inspired Hard Rock/Metal sound with NWOBHM influences though, but the skills of the guys yet haven't been that developed to justify bigger duties. Already with the second Demo, recorded during 1987, which wasn't sold, but only given away to friends and used for promotional purposes, the Titans presented a completely mature sound, while the band stylistically adopted an at that time classic melodic Power/Speed Metal of Helloween/Iron Maiden and sounded close to bands like the excellent Merlin or Metall from Berlin. During later '87 Dirk Dawid had to officially pause for a few months after having trouble with the cops, so Thomas Lorenz replaced him till Dawid had returned again, while Lorenz went to join Doctor Rock afterwards. During the following year Titan's sound got a bit thrashier, influenced by mainly Slayer the guys first recorded an instrumental Demo during early '89 and later started recording their 3rd Demo tape with the title "Crusaders of death", which fell into a time of total chaos inside the GDR and wasn't finished at all. After the band got harassed by the police and Stasi officials, which resulted in cancelled gigs etc., Kai-Uwe Schneider during mid '89 legally left the GDR and in late summer also Kaps and Eschrich secretly escaped. The Demo recording of "Crusaders of death", finally released on the CD "Metal fever" in 2007 (German Democratic Recordings), contains vocals though, but those are just improvisational, without lyrics even being finished. When Schneider and Eschrich met again in Pirna during 1994, they decided to form the band Saxorior and since that day are active under that new monicker.

"Demo Nr. 1" Demo 1984 (selfreleased)
"Demo Nr. 2" 1987 (selfreleased)

Unreleased:
"Instrumental Demo" Demo 1989
"Crusaders of death" Demo 1989

Tormentor (Plauen)
Oschmann (bass)
Jan Schönweiß (drums)
Holger (guitar)
Ron (vocals)
Death/Thrashers from Plauen formed in 1989 still in the ex-GDR. They played a straight forward rude Thrash that often reminds of early Kreator. For the second Demo "Divide et Impera" they added a second guitarist (Harry) but changed name afterwards to Dynamic Front.
"Death by Konsumbrot" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Impetus to suicide" Comp.-MC Track 1991 (Thrashing East Attack Vol. II)
"Divide et Impera" Demo 1992 (selfreleased)


Triolog
Thorsten Henning (vocals)
Jürgen Schmidt (guitar)
Hubert Ranft (bass)
Fränki Matthes (drums)
A Hard Rock band from East Berlin (ex-GDR), that was active during the early and mid 80's. Their original bassist Hubert Ranft joined Babylon in early 1985 and Christian Merz joined instead. The guys could even produce 2 songs for the national broadcast service, but I'm not sure if they indeed got airplay. Triolog's sound was influenced by Ozzy, Van Halen, ZZ Top and Saxon. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Boardcast Recordings:
"Wilde Wochen lang" (1986)
"Die Puppenspielerin" (1986)

Vantom
Jens Schuwerk (vocals)
Michael Sündermann (guitar)
Reinhard Repke (bass)
Thomas Kühn (drums)
A Hard Rock band from East Berlin (ex-GDR), that was founded by ex-Mephisto musicians Jens Schuwerk, Michael Sündermann and Reinhard Repke in 1984. Usually the band's sound was focussed on a Van Halen inspired sound, but the guys either played Saxon and Judas Priest cover versions on stage. 1985 Reinhard Repke changed bands and went to Reform, before later joined the famous GDR Rock band Rockhaus. Uwe Pfenninghaus was the new bass player then. When Jens Schuwerk quit, Cobra's Frank Eichhorn (vocals) joined for a short while from early '87 till summer, when he returned to Cobra again. But Vantom's fall already started during early '87 and the band eventually split up during the beginning of 1988. Though early '87 Vantom already was officially allowed to record their song "Alleine durch die Nacht“ professionally at Dieter Birr's studio (Puhdys), it never came to that anymore. Michael Sündermann was working with Formel 1 already during 1987 and later joined B.O.R.N.

Viper
Olaf Heilmann (bass, vocals)
Frank Jedrzy (drums)
Bernd Abelmann (guitar, vocals)
Jens Katterwe (guitar)
Founded in the ex-GDR August 1985 in Luckenwalde the Viper guys took a while for the first tape, which was recorded during the political change in autum '89 and another Demo was produced in 1990 that both presented a raw Thrash style quite close to Kreator on their late 80's albums but less polished sounding. The lads received good feedback by the local press and started recording their debut album "Bringers of disaster" in summer '91, that would follow consequently the direction of the previous demos. The Viper sound had developed into an even more Death/Thrash style now with more breaks like Moshquito, Sadus or Incubus. Due to legal issues with a bavarian band of the same name the Viper guys had to change the band name to Screamz in August 1992. The "Bringers of disaster" vinyl was manufatured in a limited edition.
"Rules of weakness" Demo 1989 (selfreleased)
"Cry for justice" Demo 1990 (D.i.T.S. Promotion)
"Bringers of disaster" LP 1991 (D.i.T.S. Promotion)

Voice (Markneukirchen)
Oliver Glas (vocals)
Rainer Wild (guitar)
Voice from Markneukirchen/Saxony (ex-GDR) was founded by both ex-Nobody members Oliver Glas and Rainer Wild in 1988, to play a melodic, Iron Maiden and Queensryche inspired Metal style, since Nobody went more into a Thrash oriented direction during that time. The bigger success for the band should just come in 1996, after Oliver Glas (vocals), Thommy Neuhierl (guitar), Rico Hendel (guitar), Sören Glas (bass), Mathias Löscher (keyboard) and Arndt Otto (drums) recorded their debut CD "Prediction" independently. The band so far recordes 4 more albums in the meanwhile. If you got more info about the early phase of this band, please get in touch.

W.B.I.
Olaf Korth (vocals)
Schnauf (bass)
Norris (drums)
Scholler (vocals)
Tarri (guitar)
W.B.I. stands for Wismars Bart Inferno and was an extreme Noisecore act from northern Germany. Due to the name I'd say they formed in Wismar (ex-GDR), but adresses printed in their releases mentioned first Flensburg and later Hamburg. They recorded some Demos and Split EP's with Necrophiliacs (with members of W.B.I.), Meat Shits and the Cripple Bastards before their debut MLP was recorded in 1992 and released 1993 on Rödel Records/Schnauf Records. Stylistically W.B.I. pretty much sounded like Napalm Death on "From enslavement to obliteration" with even some Death Metal hints on the later releases. The title on "Arschbombe des Monats" was refering to the Rock Hard Magazine, that each month nominated the worst release for the title "Assbomb of the month". Guess they knew themselves they wouldn't make it into the top ten with their noise...
"M.D.M.A. Gift" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Arabischer Sackmantel" Demo 1990 (selfreleased)
"Stichpimpulibockforzelorum" 7" EP 1990 (Schnauf)
"Nekromantik-Themes/So!...Das haste nu' davon!" Split 7" EP 1991 (with Necrophiliacs, Schnauf)
"W.B.I./Meat Shits" Split 7" EP 1993 (Regurgitated Semen)
"War spoils/W.B.I." Split 7" EP 1993 (with Cripple Bastards, Useless)
”Arschbombe des Monats!” MLP 1993 (Rödel/Schnauf)

Weissheim
Thomas Rosanski (guitar)
The band name was chosen by Thomas Rosanski after a Rainbow song, which is almost giving you a hint of the sound that this band from Leipzig (ex-GDR) was trying to achieve. Founded in May '85 the guys was active till late 1987, when Rosanski formed the band Badboy with members of Victim. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Wodan
Jan Hubert (vocals)
Rico Hein (drums)
André Morgenstern (guitar)
Jörg Leitner (guitar, bass)
Death/Thrashers from Annaberg/Saxony, founded still in the ex-GDR in 1988, Wodan together with Eminenz built the skeletal structure of the western Erzgebirge Metal scene. They started playing a rather doomy influenced Thrash style in the beginning and later changed into hyperspeed death/thrashing chaos ala Sadus and Jan Hubert (ex-Eminenz) grunting like a wild boar while still keeping those Doom parts. In February '91 the "Chemical death" Demo was recorded, with only 6 songs of that session becoming the official Demo, while the other 5 trax that they recorded as well, remained unreleased and then entered the studio in August again for the recordings of the "Brain decay" Demo. Sometime in 1992 Wodan was over and some of the members started the Doom/Black Metal band Sarkophag. Jan Hubert went to join Carcinoma, another Annaberg Death Metal act.
”The “Chemical death” Session 2/91” (unofficial)
"Asgard/Wodan" Comp.-Tape Track 1991 (Thrashing East Attack Vol. I)
”Chemical death” Demo 1991 (selfreleased)
”Brain decay” Demo 8/91 (selfreleased)

X-Ray Examination
A local band from Zeitz (ex-GDR), that was originally founded as Regenbogen (not to be confused with the band from Berlin), but changed name to X-Ray Examination in August 1990. Sometime during the early 90's this Megadeth, Voivod and Bathory influenced band recorded at least one 6 track Demo. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Z.O.P.F.
A Hard/Southern Rock act from East Berlin (ex-GDR) that was active at around 1985 and was influenced by ZZ Top. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Zieco
A Metal band from ex-GDR, that was active in the late 80's, playing live shows. If you got more info, please get in touch.

Zyklon
A Metal band from ex-GDR, that was active in the late 80's, playing live shows. If you got 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...





download ~Volume West~
download ~Volume East~


(For more obscure German goodies, check out "Teutonic Evasion", the German edition of the Veterans Of The Various-Wars samplers...)


For further tips, discussions and questions, please visit the designated The Heavy Metal Mania-thread at The Corroseum Forum, or use the contact form.
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