Desaster’s history began in 1988 when two young metal-possessed maniacs wanted to follow the path of bands like VENOM, HELLHAMMER or DESTRUCTION (whose song “Total Desaster” gave the band its name) – to play some fucking Black Metal without compromises was their aim. After playing their first live gig in ’89 (which marked the official beginning of the band), DESASTER had to manage serious line-up problems in 1990 before Infernal, the only remaining member of the original line-up, found the right warriors to continue. Okkulto (v) and Odin (b) joined the pack back then in 1992.
After the two demos “The Fog of Avalon” (1993) and “Lost in the Ages” (1994) Merciless Records released a split- 7″ with UNGOD in 1995, the band’s vinyl-debut. In 1996 the first album “A Touch of medieval Darkness” was released and the band got great response from all over the world. On DESASTER’s following output, the “Stormbringer” mini- album in 1997, the new beast on the drums, Tormentor, can be heard for the first time.
One song of the limited “Ride on for Revenge” picture- single of 1998 found it’s way on the “Thrashing Holocaust”- compilation CD released by American Necropolis Records in 1999. “Hellfire’s Dominion”, the second album, was released in 1998. A special killer on the album was the neck breaking Speed Metal hymn “Metalized Blood” which included guest vocals of Wannes of PENTACLE, Lemmy of the old German Speed Metal kings VIOLENT FORCE and Toto of LIVING DEATH, one of the band’s all-time faves! During the recording sessions of the 2nd album DESASTER also recorded their contribution to a SODOM tribute CD called “Homage to the Gods”.
The band celebrated it’s 10th anniversary in late 1999 with the “Ten Years of total DESASTER” double- LP, again a vinyl-only release! Another split- EP, this time in the rare 10″ format and with the Dutch metal-fighters of PENTACLE, was released on DESASTER’s new label Iron Pegasus in 2000. The 3rd full- length album “Tyrants of the Netherworld” was then released in 2000.
In summer 2001 DESASTER contributed the song “Darkness and Evil” with Gezol himself on guest- vocals for a Brazilian SABBAT tribute- LP. After the band had played several festival- shows (e.g. Fuck The Commerce and Wacken Open Air) vocalist Okkulto decided to leave the band, but was soon replaced by the new shouter Sataniac who used to be the main man in the German Black/ Thrash band DIVINE GENOCIDE. The “Souls of Infernity”- 7″ (2001) was the farewell- release of the old singer Okkulto.
After the release of the 4th album “Divine Blasphemies” in 2002 the show in Sao Paulo/ Brazil in front of 900 maniacs was a special highlight of 2003. The Brazilian show was released as double LP/ CD and DVD on the Brazilian Label Mutilation Records.
After the change to Metal Blade Records the 5th album “Angelwhore” was released, also available on vinyl on Iron Pegasus Rec.
After countless gigs in Germany and outside (England, Finland, Ireland, Sweden, The Netherlands, Switzerland…), a Mini- tour through Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Austria and Slovenia and the South American Tour through Brazil, Peru and Colombia, the band released a 12″ vinyl single called “Infernal Voices” with one new song, the re-recorded “Fields of triumph” and a coverversion of UNLEASHED’s “Before the creation of time”.
In May 2007 DESASTER entered the Harrows Studio, Holland (Asphyx, Pentacle, Occult, Soulburn etc.) to record the 6th studio album “666 – Satan’s Soldiers Syndicate”. This album shows again the band’s typical thrashing, blacking riff metal without mercy where there is no space for any innovation and modern elements! It’s what Desaster is all about: “A FIST IN YOUR FACE METAL ATTACK”! A lot of gigs were played in 2007 and 2008 with some highlights like the 3rd return to South America and Open Air appearances at some bigger Festivals in whole Europe.
In 2009 the band celebrates their 20th anniversary with a box set which includes both demos and most of their “special release- songs” on 3 PicLPs and 4 new songs on an etched MLP, which was once more recorded at the Toxo-Music studio by Wally Walldorf. The birthday- gig on a boat on the river Rhine was a great success. In 2010 a split 7″with Japanese blacking masters Sabbat (Iron Pegasus Records) and a shape- 7″ with a Death- cover version (incl. Mr Chris Reifert on guest vokills) on the Dutch label Soulseller Records, were released. The vinyl version of “Sabbatical Desasterminator” followed as well on Kneel before the Master’s Throne Records.
DESASTER’s 7th album called “The Arts of Destruction” will be released in February 2012. Recorded at ToxoMusic Studios, mixed and mastered at Temple of Disharmony, this piece of darkened, hellish Heavy Metal shows you the unique and un- modern sound of the band. You can expect a non compromising, head crushing Metal bullet without mercy!
Beware and be prepared for sharp riffs, pounding drums, roaring bass and screaming hell…