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Pokolgép is a heavy metal band from Hungary, was formed in 1980. www.pokolgep.hu

The current line up:

Attila Tóth - lead vocal
Gábor Kukovecz - guitars
Csaba Pintér - bass
Márton Veress - drums
Zalán Kiss- guitars

1980-1986
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

Gabor Kukovecz, Tibor "Pepe" Varga, and Endre Paksi played together in an amateur group, and then started military services. After leaving the army they decided to take music seriously and played with dozens of drummers. They had gigs, and followers, including an as-yet unknown guy named József Kalapács. After a gig József walked up to the band saying he could sing with them. Like in a Hollywood bestseller he became a legendary member of the Hungarian rock-scene. His arrival made some waves, not only because he brought his friend Laci Nemeth, who was also a singer. '82 was the year when "Kalács" officially became the lead singer, and the band counted eight members. Because of their theatrical on-stage antics they really needed eight men. For example, for the song Ave Cezar, one of them dressed up like Cezar. The band has been using Orff's Carmina Burana as an intro since that time. The nickname of Gabor Kukovecz (Hangman) derived from his costume too. "Kalács" and Józsi Németh spread the word wearing panther skin waistcoats in songs like Cirkusz és Rács( Circus and Grating) and Gladiátor (Gladiator). Because Gábor used to learn from Prognózis guitarist István Vörös, they did open-up shows for the band. Vörös was really surprised to see his ex-student putting on a mask in the dressing-room. At that time their name was already Pokolgép, despite Vörös suggesting to change it immediately. The original idea for the name was Kommandó, but another band had used it already, so the actual drummer Dezso Neográdi suggested they pick up the name Pokolgép.

There was a frequent change of guitarists beside just Gábor. In the beginning István Maza was the co-pilot, and after he left came Józsi Révi (later Dance) from Metal Vox. Until the time ex-Ninive guitarist Laszló Nagyfi joined them, there were many guitarists coming and going. By that time Gábor and Endre couldn't make a decision together, so Endre left the band and founded the legendary and still working Ossian. György Pazdera became the bass player who was a friend of the actual drummer András Gyenizse, and who invited Laci Pazdera (ex Rockwell drummer) into the band when Gyenizse left to the U.S.

Around that time, '84-'85, the band became more and more popular. It happened that they did two gigs at the FMH (the Capital House of Cultural), so it meant that more than 1500 people saw them. Money didn't come together with fame, because the boys invested every forint into new equipment. They bought bigger scenery, lighting and sound gear. They bought a coffin that time, which was a stage décor and a cable-rack too. Between gigs they stored the coffin at Gábor's first floor pad, so the neighbors often asked them, "Who has died again?".

The band played opening acts for such popular names as Omega, P. Box, and P. Mobil and had its own club-gigs as well. At this time they faced their first big problem. In those times, the masks, leather-clothes and singing about things that can have a dark influence on youth did not make them popular with the authorities. Due to the official directives they weren't allowed to do gigs in town, so they solved this problem with a special technique. They posted blank posters on the walls across town three days before the gig. The day before, they neolux-sprayed in the gig's place and time. This didn't leave enough time for others to cancel the show. These gigs were often visited by official government "watchers". Gábor used to sit at local police stations and heard that bands like "Dolly Roll" was more "appreciated" by the government. Then Béla Józsa booked the gigs, rented the halls for disco, and brought his own open-up band, which "happened" to be Pokolgép. Fans certainly knew what was going on, so these were all sold-out shows.

In '84 a special TV program brought them un-expected success and new problems too. Pepe changed from keyboardist to sound-engineer. After the TV session they took off the leathers and started playing dirty-rock.(They kept one song Vérszívó Asszony (Blood-sucking Woman) from that time). They were promised to get signed, but after a few gigs they went back to their music saying they were serious about metal. This was their luck.

1986-1991

József Kalapács - lead vocals

Gábor Kukovecz - guitars

László Nagyfi - guitars

György Pazdera - bass

László Tarca - drums

After opening-up for Motörhead in 84' and for P.Mobil on its boat trip-tour, they could talk much easier with Hungaroton Records, because it was clear, that the band had many followers. They got the biggest help from Mária Csala. Hungarian rock-legend, music business vet Feró Nagy (leader/singer of Beatrice) also supported them with advice, lyrics, etc. The first album (Totális Metál (Total Metal) released 1986 by Hungaroton Rec.) was a huge hit. In part it was the first record in this style in Hung., and they had had many fans already. The album went in 65.000 in the first two months, and 80.000 in total and still searched. The second LP (Pokoli Színjáték (Hell Comedy) 1987. Hungaroton Rec.) went in 90.000 or more. It's not clear, because the rec. Company kept the secret. If they had reached 100.000 the company would have spent 1000000 forints on advertising. The 100.000 also meant to become Golden-album. Today its enough to sell 10.000 copies.

Tours were also successful, sold-out gigs everywhere, headlines in the news, most of readers' poll were won by the band members. Fan followed them across the whole country. For some people it was the summer holiday to follow the band to every gig. These was nice and successful times. Many of today's leader bands in Hungary name Pokolgép as a big influence on there becoming musicians.

The band says their first three records were the biggest hits, but they always tried to reach a higher level with every new album. The studio sessions, the tours, the managing, the transport, the rehearsing took the band's whole energy and differences became deeper. Especially Gábor's and Laci Nagyfi's musical ideas were different. This led to the break-up of Hungary biggest metal group's original line-up. In 1990 József Kalapács and László Nagyfi stepped outside and formed the also successful metal band Omen. (Today Józsi leads his solo band named Kalapács.) The original line-up played together once again on the 2nd of September in 1995 at Petofi Csarnok. This is available on CD and VHS ( Utolsó Merénylet (Last Attempt) 1995 Sony Music). Józsi Kalapács has always been a guest at every more important gigs of Pokolgép's new line-ups. The original members will (maybe) appear at the band's 20th Birthday show. After the break-up new , also successful times have begun.

Discography:

Totális Metál 1986. (Total Metal)

Pokoli Színjáték 1987. (Hell Comedy)

Éjszakai Bevetés 1989. (Midnight Mission)

Metál az ész 1990. (Metal Mind)

Koncertlemez 1991. (Live album)

Utolsó merénylet 1995. (Last Attempt)

1991-1995

Joe Rudán - lead vocals

Gábor Kukovecz - guitars

Norbert Jung - guitars

Gyögy Pazdera - bass

László Tarca - drums

So with full of ideas and energy, Kukovecz, Tarca, and Pazdera stayed together. The other day Gábor saw a Led Zeppelin cover band called Coda, and he was impressed by the singer's voice and image. The new singer was found. Joe Rudán's only request was let him do Coda as a hobby. This band still works. The guitarist's space was filled by a prodigy Péter Kun (1967-1993). He worked with the band only six months playing gigs and writing songs. Then he got a call from Hungary's most popular rock band Edda's leader to join. His death by a car hit in 1993 really shock the band. His loving memory is still here. He is always commemorated at every anniversary of his death by his friends.

The next co-pilot was Norbert Jung. This line-up also had big hits. In 1991 the album Adj új erot (Give me new power -1991. EMI-Quint) was released and its still one of the most successful albums of all times in metal era. After a huge tour, and a record with Hungarian metal queen Metal Lady the album Vedd el ami jár ( Take what is due to you 1992. ) was released in 1992. The album was sold well but Hungarian rock scene went through changes. Rock bands had to play in clubs, musicians needed a civil job to be on their feet. Gábor became a music teacher in a grammar school. He still works there and prepares for his second university degree. Norbert, Laci Tarca left the band , so as Pazdera.

Discography:

Adj új erot 1991. (Give Me New Power)

Vedd el ami jár 1992. ( Take What Is Due To You)

Gép, Best of, Last attempt..

Gábor, being a creative human being continued writing songs. He finished the songs with Joe Rudán's voice, and band Gép (Machine) was founded. Gép was Pokolgép's nickname. The album Gép(Mechine ) was released in 1995 spring. Despite the weak advertising the record went well, a tour was needed. And the band needed musicians. The first gig went well on the 26th of January in 1996 with Csaba "Pinyo" Pintér ( of Carmen) on bass and Wladi (of Damned Road) on drums. The tour went well, and after Pinyo left Carmen he became the bass player. Old Pokolgép hits were parts of the set forecasting a possible continuation of the story. As time went by Wladi moved to the U.S. so Ede Szilágyi who had also left Carmen took the drumsticks over.

Back in '95. This was the year when the original line-up played a farewell gig together. Guests were Joe Rudán and Endre Paksi. Everything for the audience! Hungaroton Rec. took an opportunity to release a Best of with the first four albums' songs. Despite it didn't include any unreleased, live or new tracks it went well just because it was the originals' first CD. And it still goes well where it's available.

Discography:

Gép - A gép 1995 ( Machine - The Machine)

Best of "Régi Gép" 1995 (Best of "Old Gép")

Utolsó Merénylet 1995 (Last Attempt)

1999 - 2010

Joe Rudán - lead vocal

Gábor Kukovecz - guitars

Csaba Pintér - bass

Ede Szilágyi - drums

László Láris - guitars

Dávid Nagy - guitars

The story goes on. The years of '97 and '98 were spent with rehearsing and song writing. But on the 8th of May in 1998 they played together under the flag of Pokolgép at a huge metal fest with Omen and Ossian. This was followed by a tour and looking for the new co-guitarist. László "Csiga (Snail)" Láris from metal group Machbet seemed to be perfect for the job. The new songs' lyrics were written by Attila "Leak" Berencsi and Dávid Nagy (guitarist from 2001). The album Csakazértis ( Forallthat 'spelled this way) was released on the 13th of may in 2000 with a big concert in Petofi Csarnok with guest star U.D.O. The album supporting tour was finished at Petofi Csarnok too on the 2nd of December, where a live album was recorded. Short after Csiga left the band because he lived in a distant city from the band's headquarters. They wished him the best luck in the world. From the spring of 2001 Gábor's ex-student and band's lyrics writer David "Dvd" Nagy became Gábor's partner in crime. That time the last album came out in English named "Ancient Fever". In July the live album recorded in Dec. was released.

The band played some gigs in Vajdaság (Voivoidship, Jugoslavian area dwelled by Hungarian people) and Transylvania in August making the people living there, die-hard fans. They spent the autumn with studio-works, and the winter went with tour over tour. The new album "Te sem vagy más" (You're Not Different Either) came out on the 8th of March in 2002 at Hammer Records. The supporting tour started on the 20th of April at Petofi Csarnok with guest stars József Kalapács and Feró Nagy.

By the spring of 2010, Joe Rudán was fired from the band. He's been replaced by Attila Tóth.

Here we are at the moment. And the rest, we'll see'

The new era 2010 -

Attila Tóth - lead vocal

Gábor Kukovecz - guitars

Csaba Pintér - bass

Csaba Czébely - drums

Dávid Nagy - guitars

The band broke with Joe Rudan, and started to search for a new singer. They found him, and in 2010. may. 1 Attila Tóth become the new singer.

In 2010. december 2. the band relased a new concert album, "Újratöltve", it has a new song "Ne köss belém!". It was the supplement of the RockinforM magazine.

Discography:

Csakazértis 2000. (Forallthat)

Ancient Fever 2001.

Live I-II. 2001.

Te sem vagy más 2002. (You're Not Different Either)

Songlist:

Totális Metal - 1986. LP. MC.

01. A jel
02. Pokolgép
03. Démon
04. A tűz
05. Totális Metal
06. Bon Scott emlékére
07. Mennyit érsz
08. Átkozott nemzedék
09. Mindhalálig Rock and Roll
10. …Tovább

Pokoli Színjáték - 1987. LP. MC.

01. Tökfej
02. Tisztítótűz
03. Ítélet helyett
04. Vallomás
05. Halálra szeretlek
06. Pokoli színjáték
07. 666
08. Éjféli harang
09. Újra születnék
10. Az a szép..

Éjszakai bevetés - 1989. LP. MC.

01. Gép-induló
02. A lázadó
03. A pokol angyalai
04. A háború gyermeke
05. Most már elég
06. Éjszakai bevetés
07. Tépett madár
08. Itt és most
09. Kár minden szó

Metál az ész - 1990. LP. MC.

01. Metál az ész
02. Gyűlölnek
03. Szabadság szárnyain
04. Egy az Isten, Rock and Roll
05. Indulj!
06. Engedj!
07. A kitaszított
08. Ne bántsd a fiút
09. Késő hősnek lenni
10. A dal érted él

Koncertlemez (Live) - 1990. LP. MC.

01. Metál az ész
02. Kár minden szó
03. Tépett madár
04. Vallomás
05. Itt és most
06. Gép-induló
07. A háború gyermeke
08. Éjféli harang
09. Ítélet helyett
10. Mindhalálig Rock and Roll

Adj új erőt - 1991. LP. MC. CD.

01. A harang értem szól
02. Én döntöm el
03. Nincs könyörület
04. Pokolra szállsz
05. Megátkozott világ
06. Adj új erőt
07. Aki másképp él
08. Győzd le a Gonoszt
09. Hol van a szó
10. A világot már nem váltom meg

Vedd el ami jár - 1992. CD. MC.

01. Feltámadt éj
02. Hozzád szólok (Rocker ima)
03. A fekete özvegy
04. Szakíts, ha bírsz
05. Halálos tánc
06. Az árnyék
07. Szakadék szélén
08. Vedd el, ami jár
09. Mi fáj

Best of "Régi gép" - 1995. CD. MC.

01. A jel
02. A tűz
03. B. S. emlékére
04. Mennyit érsz
05. Mindhalálig R'n'R'
06. Tökfej
07. Ítélet helyett
08. Vallomás
09. Éjféli harang
10. Pokoli színjáték
11. Újra születnék
12. A háború gyermeke
13. Gép-induló
14. Tépett madár
15. Itt és most
16. Kár minden szó
17. Az a szép…

Az utolsó merénylet - 1995. CD. MC.

01. Pokoli színjáték
02. …Tovább
03. Pokolgép
04. Maszk
05. Gép-induló
06. Bon Scott emlékére
07. Ítélet helyett
08. Győzd le a Gonoszt
09. Mennyit érsz
10. A jel
11. Cirkusz és rács
12. A bűn
13. Itt és most
14. A háború gyermeke
15. Vérszívó asszony
16. Éjféli harang
17. Mindhalálig Rock and Roll

A gép - 1996. CD. MC.

01. A gép
02. Emelj magasba
03. Áradj, vér
04. Hős lettél
05. Kegyelemdöfés
06. Forma-I
07. Végső kaland
08. Te is akarod
09. Marchez Ou Crevez (légiós dal)
10. Ki mondja meg

Csakazértis - 2000. CD. MC.

01. Ősi lázban
02. Én a tűz leszek
03. Ha újra jön az ár
04. Mielőtt végleg eltűnnél
05. Így kellesz
06. Csakazértis
07. Mit tennél, ha látnád
08. Hagyd hátra
09. Szökevény
10. Ha akarom
11. A másik oldal
12. Mégegyszer

Ancient fever - 2001. CD. MC.

01. Ancient Fever
02. I'll Be The Fire
03. If Flood Comes Again
04. Before You Go Away
05. I Need You
06. Rock And Roll
07. What Would You Do
08. Leave It Behind
09. Fugitive
10. If I Want It
11. The Other Side
12. Once Again

Live - 2001. dupla CD. MC.

01. Tökfej
02. Aki másképp él
03. Ősi lázban
04. Mielőtt végleg eltűnnél
05. A jel
06. Feltámadt éj
07. Ha akarom
08. B.S. emlékére
09. Ítélet helyett
11. Mit tennél ha látnád
12. A harang értem szól
13. Légiós dal
14. Tépett madár
15. Győzd le a Gonoszt
16. Szökevény
17. Hol van a szó
18. Újra születnék

Te sem vagy más - 2002. CD. MC.

01. Így szép az élet
02. Te sem vagy más
03. Alku, remény
04. Ezerszer
05. Panasz van rád
06. Pokolban úr
07. Ég és föld között
08. Nézz rám
09. Állítsák meg a hintát
10. Tedd a kezed (J.A.)

Momentum - 2002. CD. MC.

01. Végtelen úton
02. B. S. emlékére
03. Ítélet helyett
04. Nincs könyörület
05. Mégegyszer
06. Hős lettél
07. Szakadék szélén
08. Itt és most
09. Ki mondja meg
10. Csakazértis
11. Tedd a kezed (J.A.)
12. Hozzád szólok
13. Hol van a szó

+BONUS VIDEO:
14. Mégegyszer

A Túlélő - 2004. CD. MC.

01. Farkasok dala
02. Kánaán
03. Elveszett percek
04. Szívedből tisztán
05. A túlsó part (In memory of K.J.)
06. A túlélő
07. Dolgozik a vér
08. Sza-rock rá
09. Mindörökké
10. Még ártatlanul (Rocker nemzedék)
11. Ide tartozom

Oblatio - 2006. CD. MC.

01. Minden nap
02. Adj új erőt
03. Mégegyszer
04. Vallomás
05. Hol van a szó
06. A háború gyermeke
07. Így szép az élet
08. A túlsó part
09. Aki másképp él
10. A jel
11. Ide tartozom

Pokoli mesék - 2007. CD.

01. Az én menyasszonyom
02. Poklon is túl
03. Sajtot oszt a róka
04. Az adott szó
05. Ordítom a nevem
06. Minden nap
07. Halálos ítélet
08. Véredből születtem
09. Az elesettekért
10. Új Biblia

Újratöltve - 2010. CD.

01. Pokoli színjáték
02. Győzd le a Gonoszt
03. Aki másképp él
04. Háború gyermeke
05. Adj új erőt!
06. Az a szép… (eladő a POKOLNÉP)
07. Ítélet helyett
08. … Tovább
09. Minden nap
10. Ne köss belém!
11. Éjféli harang
12. A lázadó
13. Újra születnék
14. Hol van a szó
15. Mindhalálig Rock and Roll
16. Ne köss belém! (bonus, studio version)

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