Erosion / The Way Of Force / Bilharzia / Nuclear Frost / Catatonia / Into The Void / Aftermath / The King / Mortal Agony / The Unborn / The Scourge / Humanity / (New Energy)
[recorded by Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt]
This German band (from Pinneberg, Hamburg area) was touring with ‘Ludichrist’ (USA) – who were on the same record-label (We Bite recs) – so both played a Smurfpunx concert on 88-12-04 – together with ‘Angry Red Planet’ (USA) & ‘Stengte Dører’ (Nor). In the band during that tour: Chris Zenk (vocals), Jan Bünning (bass), Steve Römhild (guitar), Klaus Nowakowski (drums) & Michael Hankel (guitar; replacing Ulf Kaiser). They played “progressive thrash-metal“ or “techno thrash”. At that time their album entitled Mortal Agony was out. Some of the tracks were also on their 1987 demotape. Both were recorded with Ulf.
live at CBGB
(A): Cup O’ Joe / Smile For A Price /// (B): Absolution / Not Giving Up / Only 13
This tape was a donation of Steven ‘Stel’ R., who got it from Mike Just (Starving Missile record-label, München; R.I.P.) – the person about to release the band’s album Just Can’t Hate Enough (recorded in the fall of 1988, out in ’89). I reckon the recordings are from the same gig as on the the 7″ released by Blackout! recs (different songs though).
The members of the band, from New York City, were – at that time – Alan Blake (guitar), Mark Neuman (bass; later ‘Zippy’ Keith McAdam), Jason Martin (drums; later Dave Todd a.k.a. Sticky Spankowitz) & Paul Bearer (vocals).
‘Stel’s review in Metallised #11
Tracks: Religion / Stranger / Reign Of The Clown / Following Blind / U.S.B.S. / Man At The Top
When I travelled to Kopenhagen and Odense (Denmark) – summer of 1986 – I ran into Karl Agell in Anderz Nielsen’s flat. Karl was the singer of the Connecticut-based HC band ‘Seizure’… A few years later I received a promotional copy of We The People…?, the album of ‘School Of Violence’ (NYC metal/crossover band) for which Karl was doing the vocals. It was released on Death recs (a division of Metal Blade recs)…
review in Metallised #9
This tape is from the collection of Steven ‘Stel’ R. The cover is the same as a tape which was recorded live @ C.B.G.B. in 1986 (but there’s different tracks listed). The song Religion was also on the Complete Death II compilation. The others appeared on the album. Apparently Brian Childers (later in ‘Crawlpappy‘) was just replaced by Karl Agell (ex ‘Seizure’, later ‘C.O.C.’). The others in the band were M.S. Evans (drums), Rick Stone (bass) and Stegmon Von Heintz (guitar).
This demo is with previous singer Brian Childers. We were friends. He died several years ago.
Another tape from Steven Stel R.’s collection… It contains 2 demos: one entitled Better Days, the other untitled.
‘Transgression’ was a HC/thrash band from Indianapolis. On these demos the line-up was: Bob Cripe (guitar; later Dino Codalata), Doug Ketchem (bass), John Zeps (guitar/vocals), Matt Van Kersen (drums) & Paul Linhart (vocals; R.I.P.). The tracks on the Better Days demo and some of the first also made it to onto the Cold War LP that Shane Dabinett released on his label Manic Ears recs (’88). The year after they had a split-7″ out with ‘Apocalypse’ (from California) on Desperate Attempt recs.
Check / Working Class Dick / Killing You / Hostile Environment / Holocaust / Busted Up /// Mass Hysteria / My Madness / Go To Hell / We’ve Got To Fight / Open Casket / Death To All
Head In The Smoke / Better Days / Go To Hell /// Think For Yourself / We’ve Got To Fight / Final Conflict + some extras
I was quite into American speed-metal acts such as ‘Septic Death’, ‘Attitude Adjustment’ and early ‘D.R.I.’. ‘Transgression’ provided that outlet of extreme speed-metal and hardcore. They played extremely fast metal hardcore with attitude. Cold War was a killer album with some fast and furious music. Totally extreme.
Shane Dabinett (on his website)
Tracks: Mommy / The Cloud / The Horse / Pergatory Likvid
This band (from Ålborg, north of Denmark) played HC+thrash. They were part of the 1000 Fryd scene (venue where my mate Jakob ‘Sorte Rose’ Nielsen booked bands). The people playing on these recordings were ‘Billig’ Bill Pedersen (drums/vocals), ‘Germo’ Gert Andersen (guitar/vocals), ‘Rocker’ Jan Meijer (bass) & ‘Snuden’ Thomas Christensen (vocals/guitar). Before this they did a self-titled tape with the first singer Carsten ‘Coma’ Sejrskild Vittrup and ‘Snuden’ on bass. They also have a track on the Nostalgia II compilation-tape (Plague tapes, ’86). I reviewed this demo here in Tilt! #5 as fast HC with metal influences…
On this tape (a donation of Steven ‘Stel’ R.), Spirit Family – a band-collective and small label from Hannover ran by Karl Nagel (and friends) – is presenting 2 bands from the scene there. ‘Kick’n’Run’ was the band of Olivié Wolf (guitar; later in ‘Militant Mothers’); and ‘Bionic’ was with Arne Langguth (bass), ‘Chico’ Roland Wedig (guitar; also ‘M.M.’), Lars Langguth (vocals) & Tilo Drescher (drums). By the way: the guy pictured on the cover of their 12″ is NOT Jens Gallmeyer (‘Gigantor’ guitarist)…
Both bands split up in 90/91 – and their guitarplayers became the guitarists for ‘Militant Mothers’ [Olivié Wolf / ‘Chico’ Roland Wedig].
Karl Nagel (real name Peter Altenburger; singer of ‘Militant Mothers’)
We were just four friends who started a band, lived, skated and did all kinds of “funny” things together. It was our first expirience in music and we had so much fun doing it we decided to record some tunes. We continued several years in other bands…
I founded ‘Kick’n’Run’ with ‘Schwein’/Mirco Lepinski [vocals]. There were several drummers an bassplayers involved – Richi (‘Kybernetics’), Hein (‘Alte Kameraden’) and H.W. [‘Harvey Hustler’ Hans-Werner Quast] who was also playing in ‘Militant Mothers’. I joined ‘M.M.’ because Eike, the former guitarist, left the band. Since H.W. and me were practicing for the ‘M.M.’ European tour, we didn‘t have the time for ‘Kick’n’Run’ and the singer left. We were playing 5 ‘Kick’n’Run’ songs with the ‘Mothers’…all with different lyrics. They’re on the ‘M.M.’ album Different Souls (e.g. Planet Of The Apes).
‘Kick’n’Run’ split up December 89. As I said myself and H.W. were also in M.M. H.W. is Hans-Werner Quast… I don‘t know where ‘Hustler’ comes from. Perhaps from his fast slapping???
I’m a record/memorabilia dealer and “all around punkrock/HC nerd” who reads/consults blogs like yours on a daily basis when it comes to finding out details about rather “obscure” releases. I’m a collector, run a label, play in bands and therefore make a living out of HC/punk. Do as you please; I couldn’t care less about ‘Bionic’.
Tilo Drescher (G-Force recs)