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There are many artists with this name: (1) Japanese technical death metal band; (2) German death metal band; (3) Dutch heavy metal band; (4) Canadian metal band; (5) French goth/industrial/noise duo; (6) French improvisational duo; (7) French punk band; (8) French zeuhl / progressive / chamber rock band; (9) Bulgarian progressive metal band; (10) An early alias for ‘John B’ the Drum’n’Bass Producer from the UK; (11) Croatian thrash metal band; (12) Ukrainian heavy / thrash metal band.

Vortex (1), a technical death metal band from Japan that released their debut album in 2001, Colours out from the Emptiness.

Vortex (2), death metal band from Halle/Saale, Germany.

Vortex (3), hailing from Groningen, The Netherlands, was formed in 1979. The band became well known on the European heavy metal scene by way of the albums Metal Bats in 1985 and Open the Gate in 1986. The group folded in 1990, but made a return in 1992 for two reunion concerts. Top Hole Records issued a compilation album The Dawning in 1998. The four track 2000 EP The Mill, released on the Swedish Stormbringer label, came in limited edition pressings of 1000 red vinyl and 500 picture discs. 2002 saw the re-issue of both albums Metal Bats and Open the Gate in vinyl picture disc format through Steelhunter Records. Subsequently the Greek Unisound label published both titles on CD.

Hellion Records issued a brand new studio album, Hammer of the North, in 2003. Vortex’s 2005 line-up was quoted as singer Jurjen ‘Thunderfox’ Tichelaar, guitarist Martjo ‘Whirlewolf’ Brongers and Orion ‘Pretty boy’ Roos, bassist Harry ‘Scarry harry’ Brinkman with Henk ‘De Tank’ Bosma on the drums.


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