Desaster Origin Koblenz, Germany Genres Black metal
Years active 1988–1990
Labels Merciless Records
Metal Blade Records
Associated acts Metalucifer
Members Sataniac (Guido Wissmann)
Past members Okkulto
Thorim (Tobias Moelich)
Desaster formed in 1988, inspirated by bands like Black Sabbath, Venom, Destruction (The name of the band comes from their song "Total Desaster"), Celtic Frost, Bathory, Slayer and Sarcófago. They played their first live show in 1989. Afterwards the band had line-up issues before Infernal, the only remaining member of the original line-up, found musicians to continue Desaster in 1990.
After the two demos, The Fog of Avalon and Lost in the Ages, 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. The line-up for their following release, the 1997 Stormbringer mini-album, included new drummer Tormentor.
One song of the limited Ride on for Revenge picture-single of 1998 found its way on the Thrashing Holocaust compilation CD released by American Necropolis Records in 1999. Hellfire's Dominion, the second album, was released in 1998, which included the song "Metalized Blood" with guest vocals from Wannes of Pentacle, Lemmy of the German speed metal band Violent Force, and Toto of Living Death. During the recording sessions of the second album Desaster also recorded their contribution to a Sodom tribute CD called Homage to the Gods.
The band celebrated its 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 a 10” format and with the Dutch metal-fighters of Pentacle, was released on Desaster's new label Iron Pegasus in 2000. The third full-length album Tyrants of the Netherworld was released in 2000.
In summer 2001 Desaster contributed the song "Darkness and Evil" with Gezol 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 singer in the German black/thrash band Divine Genocide. The Souls of Infernity-7” (2001) was the farewell-release of the old singer Okkulto. Divine Blasphemies was released in 2002 and a 900-fan show in São Paulo/ Brazil occurred in 2003. The Brazilian show was released as a double LP/CD and DVD on the Brazilian label Mutilation Records. After the change to Metal Blade Records the fifth album Angelwhore was released, also available on vinyl on Iron Pegasus Records.
After performances in Germany, England, Finland, Ireland, Sweden, The Netherlands, Switzerland and other countries, 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 cover version 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 sixth studio album Satan’s Soldiers Syndicate. It features guest appearances by Proscriptor (Absu), A.A. Nemtheanga (Primordial) and Ashmedi (Melechesh).
- Sataniac - Vocals (2002-)
- Infernal - Guitars (1988-)
- Odin - Bass (1992-)
- Tormentor - Drums (1997-)
- Okkulto - Vocals (1992–2001)
- Creator Cassie - Vocals, bass (1988–1990)
- Thorim - Drums (1995–1996)
- Luggi - Drums (1992–1995)
- Alexander Arz - Drums (1988–1990)
- The Fog of Avalon Kaizerslawten (demo) (1993)
- Lost in the Ages (demo) (1994)
- Ungod / Desaster (split) (1995)
- A Touch of Medieval Darkness (1996)
- Stormbringer (EP) (1997)
- Ride on for Revenge (single) (1998)
- Hellfire's Dominion (1998)
- Ten Years of Total Desaster (Best of/Compilation) (1999)
- Desaster in League with Pentacle (split) (2000)
- Tyrants of the Netherworld (2000)
- Souls of Infernity (EP) (2001)
- Divine Blasphemies (2002)
- Live in Serbian Hell (live album) (2003)
- Brazilian Blitzkrieg Blasphemies (live album) (2004)
- Angel Whore (2005)
- Invaders of Wrath (split) (2005)
- Sabbatical Desasterminator (split) (2005)
- Infernal Voices (EP) (2006)
- Satan's Soldiers Syndicate (2007)
- 20 Years of Total Desaster (boxed set) (2009)
- Anniversarius (split) (2009)
- Zombie Ritual / Devil's Sword (EP) (2010)
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