DEATH SQUAD

Biography

Thrashers DEATH SQUAD first started out in mid 1985, albeit under the moniker of AQUILA in those days. It took a while to assemble a stable line-up and to decide which genre to play exactly. By early 1986 they had decided on thrash metal. And with the arrival of guitarist Didier Kapelle (WARHEAD) AQUILA morphed into DEATH SQUAD. In those early days CYCLONE's Guido Gevels was helping out DEATH SQUAD on vocals as well, albeit just as a side- project, until the band would find a permanent frontman. Michel ? turned out to be the perfect match, after Guido had been forced to quit, due to being too busy with CYCLONE. When Didier left the band decided to continue as a quartet. Eventually Didier would surface in CYCLONE. Besides vocalist Michel, the DEATH SQUAD line-up in those days also included guitarist Pablos Alvarez, bassist Eric K. and drummer Giancarlo Langhendries.

In November of 1986 DEATH SQUAD recorded a 3-song promo-only demo.

On March 7th 1987 DEATH SQUAD played live for the very first time, during a Metallysee festival at Vooruit in Ninove. Also on the bill that day were EXUMER, KREATOR, ONSLAUGHT and VIOLENT FORCE. Shortly after this maiden voyage, vocalist Michel was replaced by Alain C. His first gig fronting DEATH SQUAD was on June 14th 1987 at Toedem in Neer (Holland). Just one week later, on June 20th 1987, the band recorded a first proper demo : Awaiting The Sentence. A while later vocalist Alain left and both guitarist Pablos and drummer Giancarlo were soon whisked away by CYCLONE. Which at the same time resulted in the demise of DEATH SQUAD.

Two of DEATH SQUAD's songs did however surface on an obscure compilation CD in 1988, although I have no clue where they originate from exactly.


Discography

1986 : Promo (demo) {Death Squad, Mysteries Of Today, Evil Force}

1987 : Awaiting The Sentence (demo) {Evil Force, Love Canal, Death Squad}

1988 : F... Like An Animal & Devil's Force released on Power Metal compilation CD (Imtrat)


Consulted people

IF YOU WERE A MEMBER OF DEATH SQUAD, OR IF YOU KNOW MORE ABOUT THE BAND, PLEASE CONTACT ME!


First posted

August 20th 2007


Latest adjustment

October 3rd 2007




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