Style: Heavy Metal |
Year of birth: 1980
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Biography of Band
|Killer was founded in 1980 by Paul "Shorty" Van Camp and Fat Leo (drums) who had just left their previous band Mothers Of
Track. Spooky (bass + lead vocals) soon joined their new project. Four months later, a first record called "Ready For
Hell" was canned and released by major label WEA. Through this release the power trio Killer underwent high speed
evolution and became a well respected major band throughout Europe and beyond. Killer was managed and advised by Alfie
Falkenbach, Leo Felsenstein and Stonne Holmgren, the guys who later founded Mausoleum, one of the first independent Heavy
Metal labels. Killer was the first Belgian Metal band inspired by the uprising success of NWOBHM bands like Saxon, Iron
Maiden, Def Leppard etc. Due to the trio formula, the rough voices, rapid up-tempos and double bass drums, Killer was
often compared with Motorhead. An honor indeed…Killer and Motorhead were speedy melodic bands long before Metallica reared
its head, so in a way they were innovators in the early eighties. Early 1982, second album "Wall Of Sound" was released
through Lark, which meant the international breakthrough of the band. Owing to their very energetic and typical live
performances, Killer got the opportunity to tour a lot all around Europe. By that time, many Belgian bands made it to the
scene and Mausoleum was up and running. One of the first releases the label made was Killers' third album "Shockwaves",
which was a real hit. Excellent reviews from all European countries and even the US, Brazil and Japan ensued. In 1985, the
time was high to record a double live album containing all the best Killer hits and even a few new compositions. The album
was recorded with Dieter Dierks' (Scorpions) mobile studio in a sold out venue in Antwerp, in front of a crowd going wild.
The release of this album would have definitely been the worldwide breakthrough of the band, since expectations and
presales ran very high. Unfortunately, the album never saw daylight due to temporary financial problems Mausoleum was
facing at that time. Another highlight in Killer's career was the Poland tour in 1986 - it wasn't an easy undertaking at
the time for a Metal band to tour behind the Iron Curtain… but venues were sold out. Despite all the attention, the recent
non-release of the live album caused the band's first split in 1987. By 1991, Killer had fallen victim to the upcoming
Grunge Rock style and the general downfall of melodic Metal and split up for the second time. After the burnout of Grunge
and the renaissance of melodic Power Metal, Shorty launched the new edition of Killer in 2002. On the 10th of May that
year, Mausoleum's 20th anniversary party took place in a sold old Biebob venue in Vosselaar. On the bill: new editions of
Ostrogoth, Crossfire and Killer and the legendary Doro as a special guest (with whom Killer performed 2 songs that night).
Other live come-back shows were performed by Killer, namely Graspop 2003 and Kleudde Festival in Belgium, Headbangers Open
Air and Keep It True in Germany to name just a few. The band is currently preparing a follow up album to "Broken silence",
to be recorded late 2004 and released early 2005.
Members of Killer
| Current Members:|
Paul Van Camp (Shorty) (Founder). Role: Lead Vocals, Lead Guitars
Ivan Opdebeeck (Vanne). Role: Drums, Backing Vocals
The Spin. Role: Bass
Dave Powell. Role: Keyboards, Backing Vocals
DiscographyNo Information. The base is updated daily.