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Karlstad’s retro-Metal act GEHENNAH made their presence known via two now infamous demos 1993’s subtly titled ‘Kill’ and the following year’s ‘Brilliant Loud Overlords Of Destruction’. The band had emerged as a quartet comprising vocalist Mr. Violence, guitarist Garm Stringburner, bass player Ronnie ‘Ripper’ Olsson and Captain Cannibal on the drums, this unit starting out as a VENOM covers act. That same year Olsson had issued a demo, ‘Grim Clouds’, from his solo Black Metal project GRINNING MOON.

During mid 1994 Cannibal opted out, being superseded by Micke Birgersson (a.k.a. ‘Hellcop’). A deal with Primitive Art Records was struck for the ‘Hardrocker’ album, recorded over the Christmas period of 1994. The release party for this album was held at the Shitheads Motorcycle Club in Karlstad. A promotional video for the title track featured various inebriated members of MORTIIS, SWORDMASTER, VOMITORY, NIFELHEIM and NEZGAROTH. GEHENNAH then launched the ‘No Fucking Christmas’ EP, in a limited run of 500 golden vinyl copies. This opus was cut with producer Living Skull at studio Prima Volta in Forshaga.

During 1995 Rob Stringburner (as ‘Rob Coffinshaker’) took a musical diversion with his “vampyric Rock n’ roll” project THE COFFINSHAKERS debut demo ‘Bad Moon Over Transylvania’. This endeavour went on to publish a swathe of recordings in parallel to GEHENNAH, including the 1996 ‘Dracula Has Risen From The Grave’ EP for Primitive Art and 1999 ‘We Are The Undead’ album.


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