The Godfathers of Dutch Doomed Death Metal
Our story begins at the end of the 80’s, when vocalist/bass player Micha, guitar players Jeroen and Eef and drummer Gunther decide to start a band, not just some band but they wanted to be different from the mainstream death metal bands, And then and there DEAD END was born.
Like every other kid in those days, these guys started with some covers from bands like Obituary, Entombed, Hellhammer and Celtic Frost… and they soon started to write some own shit, what resulted in the first demo in ’91 called Tales from the Real Life..after that, Micha wanted to focus on the vocals and in Alwin they found a new band member on the bass guitar… Dead End was now complete.
With Alwin some changes came, he was more the doom kind of guy, so influences from bands like Anathema, My Dying Bride, Candlemass and Paradise Lost started to infiltrate the music, what resulted in the second demo “Purity ” in ’92.The band did not play often but had some great gigs with bands like Pestilence, Gorefest and Pentacle, It did not pass unnoticed, and at the end of ’92 some deal offers came in from record company’s like Century Media and Nuclear blast.
The band started to write material for their first full-length……. But they did not get this far, with these deals also came some obligations, the band could not commit to some terms due to school obligations of some band members, and so they decided that it was all or nothing with the original band…. they choose nothing… Dead End died at the end of 1992.
To give the fans a proper farewell, the band released 4 songs they recorded for the album, 3 on an EP called “Wartime in Eden “and one song exclusively on D.S.F.A. compilation cd….. and that was all she wrote…
UNTIL….. in the early 2014 Roel from Vic Records came to us with the request to release all the old songs, remastered on one cd, that was cool, so Januari 2015 the album “FOREVER IS NOT ETERNAL “saw the light, and the responses were overwhelming.At first, the guys did not talk about live shows again, but the requests came and Alwin took the lead in the rebirth of DEAD END.Micha and Eef declined for the restart, so in Jeroen Gijsbers and Bryan Boorsma 2 new members were found. With this formation, the first gig in Belgium, on the 15th of August 2015 was done and it was great to be back on stage again. Guitar player Jeroen van Riet and drummer Gunther Weerepas announced that they wouldn’t stick around for the next things ( new album, touring in 2016 ) so in Arjan Jansen en Harald Bouten the newest members were recruited and DEAD END is ready for the rebirth.
In the summer of 2016, the first Full-Lenght was released by Vic Records, with the most suitable title ‘REBORN FROM THE ANCIENT GRAVE “and was received outstanding! almost all reviews scored big time. With some new assets like a different vocalist it was a gamble how the old fans would respond to the change of voice that used to be a big part of Dead End’s sound, but even this was no problem, old fans and new fans united in their opinion that this still was all Dead End, evololved but didn’t lose any of the Dead End style, and that was what the band was aiming for..
The season 2017 / 2018 was the anniversary year of 3 decades of Doomed Death, with some Ltd. edition T-Shirts, Ltd. edition re-release of all the old demo’s on tape, and some cool giveaway’s Dead End will complete their anniversary year by releasing a Full Vinyl album on Doc-Records on April ’18. ‘STD 1988 “with songs from the old demo’s, a re-recording of an old song ( Marked, from the first demo Tales.. From The Real Life )songs from the Reborn album, and even as a teaser from the newest album “The Mind’s Asylum’ that is to be released mid ’18 the band gives you a peak into the next step.
With the release of ” The Mind’s Asylum ” Dead End shows they are back in place, as the founders of the Dutch Doomed Death sound and they will show you what’s it all about… stay Doomed.
check them out on their next tour…….. You Will Be Bleeding !…..