Sunday, August 9, 2009

Stalemate demo & 7"

Not to be confused with the US band of the same name that released a MCD on Stillborn Records, Stalemate was a short-lived German metal/hardcore band, from the Koblenz area. Sound-wise they were somewhat similar to the bands of the Per Koro/Bremen scene, Acme specifically comes to mind. Harsh, heavy, mostly mid-tempo, intense and metallic hardcore with very deep and gruff vocals, which wouldn't sound bad in a death metal band. I know very little about this band, and I could find very little information online, so if anybody has any more information, please leave a comment. They're not even mentioned on the Alveran Records website anymore, even though Alveran released Stalemate's only 7" back in 1997 (Alveran Records #9).

I have seen them live once, and they gave a blistering performance. I'm surprised there's so little information on them, given the quality of their songs and the relative popularity of the style they played, also when they were around. As mentioned, they were a short-lived band, only releasing a demo in 1996 and a 7" the next year as far as I know. Which is a shame really, they were a pretty good band, and deserve to be heard. As far as what the members did after Stalemate split up, I know their singer, and possibly the bass-player, went on to Six Reasons To Kill, and one of the guitarists now plays in Gomorrha. Anyways, give it a chance, you won't be disappointed!

Stalemate demo
Stalemate 7"

****edit: I found the booklet that came with the demo, totally forgot about it until I went through a bag of old zines recently... Follow the link.***

9 comments:

xRULEx said...

Re-Up Please!

XemonerdX said...

Re-upped, enjoy!

xRULEx said...

Re-Up again please! I somehow lost their stuff and cant find their demo anywhere - thanks! :D

XemonerdX said...

Re-upped. Be more careful this time :)

xRULEx said...

Hehe, thanks mate! I got a new computer some months ago, and it seems like I lost some stuff that hasnt been sorted in correctly ;-) I have a physical copy of their 7", so I cant loose this one, but not the Demo Tape... do you have it?

Anonymous said...

I went to school with some of the guys in the band and luckily still own the 7inch. So as far as there is only little information on the band, here is what I can remember:
They only released the demo and the 7" mentioned above. They split somewhere by the end of the nineties. Olaf (guitar) went on to form GOMORRAH together with members of befriended bands such as APRIL and SCHLAGBOLZEN whereas the singer went on to sing for SIX REASONS TO KILL (also including former members of APRIL). All those bands (except for SCHLAGBOLZEN) released records on BASTARDIZED REC.
I guess the other not mentioned members stopped playing in any bands or just went under my radar.
If you are interested in any other metallic HC/Grind/Powerviolencebands from this area and period of time you should check out SCHLAGBOLZEN, TUMULT, APRIL, CREUTZFELD
Gruß Marco

Anonymous said...

re-up please

XemonerdX said...

Re-upped!

Anonymous said...

perfect! thanks loads!