LIVING DEATH ( Speed / Thrash Metal, Germany ) Vinyl album Gallery and discography

  "Living Death" was a German heavy metal band from Velbert, whose career spanned from the early 1980s until the early 1990s. This web-page is a gallery of their essential albums released durinng the 1980s


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Living Death: The Thrash Metal Legends from Germany

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  Living Death was a German thrash metal band that formed in 1981 in Velbert, a city in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The band is regarded as one of the pioneers of the German thrash metal scene, along with bands like Kreator, Sodom, and Destruction. Living Death was known for their fast and aggressive style of music, combined with dark and satanic lyrics that often dealt with death, horror, and the occult.


  Living Death was formed in 1981 by guitarist Frank Fricke, bassist Dieter Kelch, drummer Reiner Kelch, and vocalist Thorsten Bergmann. The band released their debut album, "Vengeance of Hell," in 1984, which was well-received by both critics and fans of the genre. The album featured fast and aggressive thrash metal tracks like "You and Me," "Heavy Metal Hurricane," and "Nightlight," and established Living Death as a force to be reckoned with in the German thrash metal scene.

  Living Death went on to release several more albums throughout the 1980s, including "Protected from Reality" (1987), "Worlds Neuroses" (1988), and "Killing in Action" (1991). The band's sound evolved over time, with later albums featuring more complex arrangements and a more polished production. However, Living Death never lost their signature aggressive style, and their music continued to be well-received by thrash metal fans around the world.


  Living Death's influence on the thrash metal genre cannot be overstated. Along with other German thrash metal bands like Kreator, Sodom, and Destruction, Living Death helped to establish Germany as a major center of the thrash metal scene in the 1980s. The band's fast and aggressive style of music, combined with dark and satanic lyrics, set the template for many thrash metal bands that followed.

  Living Death's music continues to be revered by thrash metal fans around the world, and the band's influence can be heard in the music of many modern thrash metal bands. Despite never achieving the same level of commercial success as some of their peers, Living Death remains a cult favorite among thrash metal fans, and their legacy as pioneers of the genre is secure.

  LIVING DEATH - Metal Revolution 12" LP

   - Metal Revolution 12" LP

Earthshaker ES 4012 , 1985 , Germany

"Metal Revolution" by Living Death, a 1985 speed metal masterpiece on Earthshaker Records, encapsulates the essence of the mid-'80s metal revolution. Characterized by raw energy and intense production, the album's iconic cover art mirrors its apocalyptic sonic assault. The release stands as a testament to the global impact of German metal, inspiring a new wave of musicians and leaving an indelible mark on heavy metal history.

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  LIVING DEATH - Protected from Reality 12" LP

 - Protected from Reality 12" LP

Cobra CL 1038 , 1988 , Canada

"Protected From Reality," Living Death's iconic 12" Vinyl LP, emerged as a hallmark of Teutonic Metal's 1980s heyday. Producer and bass player Ralph Hubert, a driving force behind the genre's sound, left an indelible mark on bands like Kreator and Holy Moses. Hubert's multifaceted role extended to co-founding "Aaarrg Records." The album's sonic prowess, complemented by Peter Larisch's visuals, solidifies

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LIVING DEATH - Vengeance of Hell 12" LP

 - Vengeance of Hell 12" LP

Mausoleum Records – SKULL 8360, Earthshaker Records – ES 4002 , 1984 , Belgium

Living Death's "Vengeance Of Hell" is a seminal 12" vinyl LP album, a landmark in the 1980s German metal scene. Formed by Thorsten Bergmann, Frank Fricke, Reiner Kelch, and Dieter Kelch, the album's recording process involved a collaboration with Axel and Ralf. Fusing thrash and traditional metal, it remains an enduring classic, showcasing the band's musical prowess and leaving an indelible mark on the history of heavy metal.

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  LIVING DEATH - Watch Out! 12" LP

  - Watch Out! 12" LP

Earth Shaker ESM 4007 , 1985 , Switzerland

Living Death's "Watch Out," a thrash metal masterpiece, gains allure with its rare Swiss pressing on Earth Shaker RECORDS. Released in 1985 during the genre's transformative era, this edition reflects Switzerland's small music market, often reliant on imports. The scarcity and limited quantities of this release make it a coveted treasure for collectors, embodying a unique moment when heavy metal's global influence resonated even in smaller musical landscapes.

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