ROCK IN PEACE (or simply R.I.P.) hailed from Lennik and were founded in 1981 by guitarists Jacky D'Hondt and Guy ?. The first line-up was soon completed with the addition of vocalist Patrick 'Pat' D'Hauwe, bassist Michel 'Mich' Hautier and drummer Gerald ?. A while later though both Guy and Patrick called it quits. Gerald left as well, since he wasn't able to combine playing in a band with his studies. He was replaced by Didier Dequanter, and from then on R.I.P. continued as a trio for a while, with only one guitarist and no vocalist. Eventually Patrick returned and from then on things started to run more smoothly.

The arrival of manager Geert Fieuw resulted in plenty of gigs, including support slots to the likes of CROSSFIRE and KILLER. On October 26th 1984 R.I.P. played support to WHITE HEAT at Oud Wit Huis in Meerbeke (Ninove) as well. On that particular occasion they performed the likes of Don't Turn Off The Lights, Shadows, On Our Way Back Home, Tonight, You Made Me Feel, Fight The Law, Sanctuary. Plus cover versions of DIO's Holy Diver and Y & T's Don't Wanna Loose You. In order to attract some record label interest a 6-song demo, entitled Demon 1, was recorded in early 1985. Followed by more live gigs at 't Kerkske in Vlezenbeek (March 17th), Ons Huis in Woluwe (April 13th) and Union in Huizingen (June 1st). Later on in 1985 vocalist Patrick was replaced by former HANDS OF MERCY frontman P.G. Haggerty.

By early 1986 R.I.P. had ceased to exist. Vocalist P.G. Haggerty then decided to give HANDS OF MERCY another shot and took bassist Michel Hautier with him. Guitarist Jacky D'Hondt soon joined CROSSFIRE. In mid 1987 vocalist Patrick D'Hauwe surfaced in HANDS OF MERCY as well, replacing P.G. Haggerty.


1985 : Demon 1 (demo) {Don't Turn Off The Lights, The Woman From The Caban, Against The Wall, You're Hiding Something For Me, The Fool & The Queen, Despankto Paksa}

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