EVIL SINNER

Biography

Hailing from the province of West-Flanders (Kortrijk-Menen-Lauwe region), EVIL SINNER came to life during the spring (May) of 1986. The founding members were guitarist Geert Heernaert and bassist Renaat Danckaert. Geert and Renaat had been in a band that had no name in 1984-85, together with a couple of other people. A rehearsal (including In The City, Eyes Of The Demon, Angels Of Rock) was sent around in those days, and the band continued until they lost their rehearsal space. Then Geert and Renaat hooked up with drummer Diego Denorme and started to rehearse at his place. The first official EVIL SINNER line-up was rounded out with Carlo Roels (vocals) and Jan Maes (guitars).

EVIL SINNER 1987 : L - R : Geert Heernaert, Diego Denorme, Renaat Danckaert, Jan Maes, Carlo Roels (picture supplied by Renaat Danckaert)

On January 17th 1987 EVIL SINNER played with CYCLONE at Zuudhove in Koekelare. This show was part of the Heavy Sound Flashback event, which was a slideshow reportage of all three past Heavy Sound festivals (1983-85). This line-up also recorded a first demo in June 1987, a simple 4-track affair, entitled Merciless. It consisted of five speed/thrash tunes. The song Nuclear Power even managed to reach # 11 in the top 20 on Metal Top 20, a radio show from Olesnica in Poland, in March of 1988. Live experience was gained during the Madison Metal festival at the Cultureel Centrum in Lokeren on July 4th 1987, alongside ATTILA (Holland), EXPLORER, HELLFIRE and Holland's VENGEANCE. In November the band went to Brunssum in Holland (November 21st, with SEQUENCE, MENACY, CYCLONE and ALCOHOLICA) and on November 29th they played at 't Sas in Harelbeke, as opening band for KREATOR and VOI VOD.

During the first half of 1988 the first line-up changes occurred : Rolf V. replaced guitarist Jan Maes and drummer Diego was replaced by Jean-Luc Devos. With this new line-up a second demo was recorded in June of 1988, simply entitled Demo 2. On July 30th EVIL SINNER and Holland's SILENXCE played in Sint-Kruis Brugge.

EVIL SINNER 1988 : L - R : Rolf V., Jean-Luc Devos, Geert Heernaert, Renaat Danckaert, Carlo Roels (picture supplied by Renaat Danckaert)

This particular line-up proved to be more or less solid and on January 28th 1989 EVIL SINNER was back at Zuudhove in Koekelare, together with CROSSHEAD & XIPHOID. After that particular gig the band negotiated a recording contract with Pilum Records. As a result the quintet entered the Uptide Studio in Zelzate with producer Gus Roan to record their first official release, the Evil Sinner mLP, which was released both on vinyl and CD in the fall of 1989. Actually, the band had to pay for the studio themselves, all Pilum did was release the mLP/mCD. Lack of promotion and proper distribution resulted in the fact that the Evil Sinner release was hard to find. Royalties were never paid to the band either, not to mention that a second release (which was part of the contract, and was set for release in February 1990) via Pilum never saw the light of day.

EVIL SINNER 1989 : L - R : Rolf V., Renaat Danckaert, Jean-Luc Devos, Carlo Roels, Geert Heernaert (picture supplied by Renaat Danckaert)

Shortly after the release of the mLP another line-up change happened : mid October 1989 vocalist Carlo Roels was replaced by Ronny 'Koeke' Van Autreve. Due to already confirmed gigs to support the Evil Sinner release, Ronny only had a fortnight to learn all of the band's lyrics. His first performance fronting EVIL SINNER was a support slot to Russia's KRUIZ, at the Scum club in Katwijk (Holland) on November 4th 1989. On November 8th EVIL SINNER played support to fellow Belgians SIXTY NINE and U.S.A.'s EXCEL during the latter's The Joke's On You European tour at Zaal Martinus in Oordegem. Only to be followed by another show with EXCEL (plus UNUSUAL & SIXTY NINE) on November 11th, at the Parochiecentrum in Witgoor-Dessel. And another week later, November 18th, the band played a headline show at Geronimo in Rotterdam, Holland. During those shows the band displayed some new material as well, such as the instrumental Treblinka. Promises of a European tour with Arizona's SACRED REICH never materialized though, which was one of he absolute downers of the band's career.

EVIL SINNER November 4th 1989 : L - R : Jean-Luc Devos, Renaat Danckaert, Ronny Van Autreve, Rolf V., Geert Heernaert (picture supplied by Renaat Danckaert)

Friday May 25th 1990 marked one of the highlights in the band's career, when they played support to Brazilians SEPULTURA at Zaal Unitas in Brunssem, Holland. SEPULTURA were on the verge of making their breakthrough with the release of Beneath The Remains, which resulted in a good crowd. And as far as Ronny remembers, the SEPULTURA members were extremely friendly and both bands had a great day.

In January of 1991, disillusioned with how things had been working out so far, vocalist Koeke left and was replaced by former INSANE frontman Werner ?. Things didn't really work out with Werner however, and after a couple of weeks the band was without a singer once again. It was then decided that guitarist Geert Heernaert would take care of the vocals from then on as well.

Koeke on the other hand auditioned for HIDDEN but in the end he didn't join forces with them. As a matter of fact HIDDEN broke up shortly after. That was around mid 1991. Koeke then joined forces with guitarist Peter Iterbeke and former HIDDEN drummer Yves De Martelaere and helped create a band that would be known as ERODE TO GREED. Shortly after ERODE TO GREED's line-up was completed with the addition of Yves V.G. (bass) and Kris Borny (guitar), the band decided to settle for a different kind of vocalist, to comply better with the band's music, and agreed with Koeke that he would be let go. Koeke received several offers from other bands afterwards, but never joined any of them.

In the mean time more line-up changes followed in the EVIL SINNER camp in 1991 : drummer Jean-Luc and guitarist Rolf V. were replaced by Gino De Witte and Bruno Catry (ex THUNDERFORCE) respectively. Actually, one of the band's roadies, Johnny, filled in for Rolf V. for a while, but things simply didn't work out with him. This new quartet line-up (Geert, Renaat, Bruno, Gino) recorded another demo in 1991 : No Escape. Recorded at H.S. Recording Studio in Verviers, with André Gielen, of CHANNEL ZERO and ASPHYXIA fame, at the helm.

EVIL SINNER 1991 : L - R : Renaat Danckaert, Gino De Witte, Bruno Catry, Geert Heernaert (picture supplied by Renaat Danckaert)

As a result the band started to play live regularly again as well. They teamed up with BEYOND VISION for the occasion and did shows at the Alcatraz in Gent (October 26th) and Zaal Aster in Aartrijke (November 30th). In between both of these gigs they had done two more : together with ASPHYXIA and HIDDEN RAGE at Santa Fé in Chaineux on October 9th, and with EXOTO at the Alcatraz, once again. In December 1991 they invaded Lokeren (T-Klub, 7th) and Bissegem (De Kreun, 14th). And on new year's eve they made another return to the Alcatraz club, together with GODDESS BLACK and ASPHYXIA.

A couple more live gigs followed in 1992. On May 17th the band supported CHANNEL ZERO at the Vooruit in Gent, with ERODE TO GREED also on the bill. Drummer Gino still regards this particular show as one of the absolute highlights of his time in the band. After all, he had only joined the band less than a year earlier, and had only been jamming with a couple of friends in his garage prior to doing so. Regardless of the fact that Gino had already done a couple of gigs with EVIL SINNER prior to this one, he was very much impressed to be playing in such a reputed place as Vooruit.

EVIL SINNER's last show with this line-up was on July 11th 1992, at Zaal Myra (Parochiaal Centrum) in Rekkem. Shortly afterwards founding member Geert Heernaert decided to throw in the towel due to personal reasons. A while later Geert joined AT THE FRONT, with whom he recorded a demo that was never released. Geert was also part of D.F.N. (DIRTY FUCKIN NOISE), who are said to have recorded a demo as well. The rest of the band (Renaat, Gino & Bruno) started to look for a new vocalist and guitarist, all to no avail. And thus it was decided not to carry on under the same moniker in the end. Especially since one of the founding members had left, and even more so since the band's music started to change as well. Instead they hooked up with former vocalist Ronny Van Autreve again and changed their name to INSUFFICIENT MEMORY.

INSUFFICIENT MEMORY went on to release one 4-song promo tape, simply titled Insufficient Memory. It was recorded in April of 1993 at H.S. Recordings, and mixed by André Gielen, and included Funeral, Die For Peace, Starvelling & Slaves For Life. The band also did a couple of gigs afterwards, in such places as Zomergem ('t Oud Liefken, August 6th) and Ruddervoorde (De Gilde, September 18th, with CHANNEL ZERO & Holland's BLIND JUSTICE). INSUFFICIENT MEMORY finally came to an end because Bruno and Gino weren't prepared to invest more money into the band, in order to record a new demo.

In 2001 EVIL SINNER got together once again, for two reunion gigs. One was as part of a benefit gig for TESTAMENT's Chuck Billy at the Racing in Gavere on September 22nd, together with the likes of DESTROYER 666, POLLUTED INHERITANCE, WICKED MYSTIC, INFERNAL LEGION, MINDLINK & ERODE TO GREED. The other date was due to popular demand of the old fans, and took place at the Prins Albert venue in Lauwe, on October 7th 2001. EVIL SINNER's line-up on both those occasions was : Ronny 'Koeke' Van Autreve (vocals), Geert Heernaert (guitar & vocals), Renaat Danckaert (bass) & Gino De Witte (drums). As a result the band almost decided to reunite for good, but in the end it was not to be ...

EVIL SINNER reunion :  October 7th 2001 @ Prins Albert in Lauwe : Geert Heernaert (picture supplied by Renaat Danckaert)
EVIL SINNER reunion : October 7th 2001 @ Prins Albert in Lauwe : Gino De Witte (picture supplied by Renaat Danckaert)
EVIL SINNER reunion : October 7th 2001 @ Prins Albert in Lauwe : Renaat Danckaert (picture supplied by Renaat Danckaert)
EVIL SINNER reunion : October 7th 2001 @ Prins Albert in Lauwe : Ronny Van Autreve (picture supplied by Renaat Danckaert)

These days Geert Heernaert is still involved with music, albeit that it has nothing in common with EVIL SINNER anymore. SEVEN 4 SEVEN is a quintet playing (mainly) covers in the pop / rock vein. Guitarist in that band is former EVIL SINNER guitarist Bruno Catry. And, together with female vocalist Laila and drummer Bart, Geert is also part of a trio called D-CLIC, where he sings and plays guitar. For the most part D-CLIC plays French covertunes, all the acoustic way of course.

Bassist Renaat Danckaert never joined any other bands after INSUFFICIENT MEMORY, but he was the sound technician for AT THE FRONT for a while. These days Renaat isn't looking to join a band permanently anymore, but he wouldn't mind helping out with one or other project, if something interesting came up.

As mentioned earlier on, Ronny 'Koeke' Van Autreve didn't join any other bands after ERODE TO GREED, but he kept involved with the metal scene nevertheless. He co-hosted a metalshow on local radio station Aktief for seven years, and wrote articles and reviews for the likes of Fanfare, Spin City and Rock Tribune magazines. These days he's involved in Alcatraz Concerts booking agency. Ronny is also dreaming of teaming up with some talented musicians to form a pure and melodic heavy metal outfit. If only to prove that he can actually sing, which wasn't always obvious in his EVIL SINNER days. Only time will tell if things will ever materialize ...

After INSUFFICIENT MEMORY had come to an end, drummer Gino De Witte joined a befriended band called FOR SALE for a couple of months. FOR SALE also included vocalist Kurd Vanrumbeke (ex THUNDERFORCE). And although Gino only joined them on a temporarily basis, he managed to do some six gigs with FOR SALE, at least one of them being as support to AT THE FRONT.

Original drummer Diego Denorme joined THUNDERFORCE, ANESTHESY and OPERATION GSD later on, and is still active as a drummer these days, in progressive metal outfit ARTRACH. Original guitarist Jan Maes started HIDDEN RAGE, and released one demo with them. Drummer Jean-Luc Devos joined a couple other bands afterwards, but from what he told me they are not worth mentioning here. What the rest of EVIL SINNER's ex members (Carlo Roels, Rolf V., Werner ?) have been up to, musically speaking, in recent years, I have no clue ...


Discography

1987 : Merciless (demo) {Don't Lose, Merciless, Reason Of Violence, Nuclear Power, Can I Buy The Law}

1988 : Demo 2 (demo) {The Gang, Sacrifice Of War, Thrashers, Don't Kill The Animal, Senseless Snob}

1989 : Evil Sinner (mLP/mCD, Pilum Records) {Thrashers, Evil Sinner, Don't Kill The Animals, The Gang, Fate, Death To You, Mosh (Part One)}

1991: No Escape (demo) {My Own World, No Escape, Final Mistake, No Law}

EVIL SINNER Merciless {demo 1987} (picture supplied by Renaat Danckaert)
EVIL SINNER Evil Sinner 2 {demo 1988} (picture supplied by Renaat Danckaert)
EVIL SINNER  Evil Sinner {mLP/mCD 1989} (picture supplied by Renaat Danckaert)
EVIL SINNER No Escape {demo 1991} (picture supplied by Renaat Danckaert)


Consulted people

Renaat Danckaert, Diego Denorme, Jean-Luc Devos, Gino De Witte, Geert Heernaert, Ronny Van Autreve


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First posted

October 18th 2006


Latest adjustment

June 7th 2007




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