ormed in 1983 by Thomas Such (a.k.a. Angel Ripper; bass/vocals), Aggressor (guitar/vocals) and Chris "Witchhunter" Dudeck (drums), this thrash band modeled itself after the influences of Motorhead, Anvil and Venom to become one of a trio of German acts, including Destructor and Kreator, to pioneer the '80's German Thrash scene upon the release of their debut 1984 EP In The Sign Of Evil. By this time Aggreessor was already on his way out, making room for the debut of Grave Violator. The follow-up, Obsessed By Cruelty (1986), saw Grave Violator absent with Destructor taking over the guitars.
Persecution Mania (1987) demonstrated a marked improvement over their previous efforts. With its crisp and powerful feel it proved to be their best selling too, even if the lyrics lacked the same progression by keeping their dependence on subjects of the black arts, war and bloodletting. Frank Blackfire was the latest replacement at guitars. By this time they had become an influential German Thrash act alongside Destructor and Kreator (although their resemblance was more like Venom and Hellhammer).
1988 would see them tour Europe with Whiplash, and record the first ever double live Thrash album, Mortal Way Of Life. 1989 would see them cash in on this accomplishment with a support slot on Sepultura's European tour, a tour that served well to support the follow-up album Agent Orange (1989). In 1990 Frank Blackfire left to join Kreator with Michael Hoffman replacing him shortly after their Ausgebombt (1990) single release. Better Off Dead (1991) and Tapping The Vein (1993) would follow later, the latter more influenced by death metal than their traditional Teutonic Thrash.
Tapping The Vein saw the departure of Dudeck on the drum stool, and Andy Brings taking up guitar. Aber Bitte Mit Sahne and Get What You Deserve followed in 1993 and 1994 respectively, with the latter featuring Atomic Steif on drums. Marooned (1994) was another live effort that followed soon after with Andy Brings would leaving with it. After Masquerade In Blood (1995), however, Atomic Steif left, and many thought the band itself had up and quit, until the Ten Black Years "best of..." compilation emerged in 1996 with 'Til Death Do US Part (1997) and Code Red (1999) popping out soon after.
'Til Death Do Us Unite saw membership changes with Burnemann and Bobby Schottkowski replacing Strahli and the returning Atomic Steif for guitars and drums respectively. Over the millennium, however, they were silent until the October 2001 release of M-16.
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