etalucifer was formed in 1995 in Kuwana-Mie, Japan as the side project of Gezol, ex-member of Sabbat (Japan). Together with other Sabbat (Japan) members and friends from Gore, Sacreifice (later also German acts Metal Inquisitor and Desaster), Gezol (here as Gezolucifer) started the act as his answer to the trends, mainstream, and the chaotic "metal" scene of the 1990s.
Taking their name from the classic Sabbat (Japan) tune Metaluicfer And Evilucifer (King In heavy metal Hell) from the Evoke LP, Metalucifer (the band) would use the words "Heavy Metal" at will in their music while adopting a rough, simple, but very emotional style under the huge list of stated influences like Iron Maiden, Angel Witch, Manowar, Accept, Black Sabbath, Quartz, Soldier, Satan, Praying Mantis, Acid (Belgium), Motorhead, Judas Priest, Sortilege (France), Cloven Hoof, Heavy Load, Killers (France), Killer (Belgium), Anvil, Saxon, Kiss, Witchfinder General, Demon, Europe, Baron Rojo, Aria, Arakain, Pokolgep, Kreyson, Tublatanka, Marauder, V8, El Dragon, Muro, Angus, Gotham, Iron Cross, Maltese Falcon, Blowin Free, Dark Quarterer, and others. They started with a NWOBHM sound but evolved quickly beyond.
Between 1995 and 2003 Metalucifer featured the following membership over the course of various gigs and albums:
- Gezolucifer (ex-Sabbat (Japan); vocals/bass)
- Elizaveat (ex-Sabbat (Japan); guitar/drums )
- Elizabigore (ex-Gore; guitar)
- Bill Andrews (ex-Death/ex-Massacre; drums)
- Samm (ex-Magnesium/ex-Sacrifice/ex-Sabbat (Japan); guitar)
- Blumi (ex-Metal Inquisitor; guitar)
- Tormentor (ex-Desaster; drums)
- Menzorugen (ex-Gore; bass)
- Elizavitebro (ex-The Chasm)
- Damiazell (Sabbat (Japan))
Their first album, the Heavy Metal Hunter MCD (1996), featured mostly Japanese tracks on the Japanese label 'Metal Proof' before the 7" Warriors Again / Soul Of Warriors was released by German label 'Iron Pegasus' in 2000. They would then sign to Stan Koson's 'R.I.P. Records' to release Heavy Metal Chainsaw in America in 2001 ('Iron Pegasus' elsewhere). The Live Drilling 2000 (The Official Bootleg) cassette would be released in 2002 for the Polish market by 'Metalair Records' before Heavy Metal Drill picture-LP was released in 2003 for special limited run. Heavy Metal Hunter EP (2003) would follow. In 2009 the act was still active with the release of Heavy Metal Bulldozer on 'Iron Pegasus'. A set of live albums and compilations followed including the Heavy Metal Is My Way (2016) and Live Moselucifer (2017).
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