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Miss Kiss were a trio originally from Alverca and were active in the earlys 90s. With the line up formed by Nuno Van vocals/ bass, João Gandayo drums and Galão guitar, they recorded a 4 track demo in 1994 at JAP Studios, named "Cool (As We Are)" (You´re Dead, Get Out, Going Around and Ciccio). The band played live several times, including at an outdoor gig in Alverca, June 15th 1994, with Imunity.
Cannabis arise through the will of a group of friends with a passion for Heavy Metal to form a band, just like all the others in its beginning. The initial name was suggested by a friend Pedro Serra was Cannabis Sativa, but it ended up being only Cannabis, and the logo was designed by Filipe Ventura, better known as Piranha. The band was founded by drummer Vitor Cardoso around 1991, in Alverca. The first line up was Filipe vocals, Nuno Silva guitar, Mário Figueira guitar, Manuela bass and Vitor Cardoso drums. With this formation the band gives its first concert, in their home town secondary school Gago Coutinho, along with Epá Não Sei, IRS, KarpeDiem, Sociedade Alcoolica among others, inserted in a festival of rock against drugs. Due to the controversy of the name, even the fact was mentioned in the TV program "Vira o Video" presented by two renowned musicians Xana and Zé Pedro. Then Filipe leaves and Mário Figueira replaces him on vocals. They entered in a band contest, which took place at the Alves Redol school in Vila Franca de Xira, along with the Sociedade Alcoolica and the Sarcastic Angel, the latter having been the winners. Nuno Maia joins the band as a new vocalist and Cannabis plays live at the ball field in Verdelha de Baixo and then also in Alverca in a square with Sarcastic Angel. The band suffers another change of singer, Nuno is replaced by Rui Bekas. With Bekas they gig on April 16th at the hall of the Firefighters with Imunity and they give their sixth and last concert in the old school of Alverca.
"Cannabis", "Soldiers of Death", "Morrer", "Devastator", "No Way Out", "The Lie" and "Today is a Good Day to Die" (instrumental) were some tracks composed by the band during its existence. No demo tape has ever been recorded, only some quality rehearsals, which had some air play on the Kepler´s "Empacto" radio show in Radio Ateneu.The band ended up finishing around 1994 because some members dedicated themselves exclusively to cover bands.
thanks to Mário Figueira
"Cannabis" live at the ball field in Verdelha de Baixo, Alverca
Led by Jorge Apolinário, the Thunder zine emerged as a complement to the cult radio program "Fogo No Gelo (Fire On Ice)" broadcast on Radio Commercial Almeirim since mid-80s. First issue was released in 1992, a second one in 1993. Also were part of the stuff Rui "La Rocque" Roque, Telmo Ribeiro, Carlos Brandão and Pedro Lopes.
Agnostic Death emerged somewhere in Pinhal Novo, Palmela and was formed by José Gomes drums and Luis Maximino guitar and bass, in 1989. Carlos Rebocho vocals was invited to join the band in the beginning of 1990, and José Alves guitar in mid-April. With the line up complete they started to work on the project in June 1990. The group played live for the first time on May 11th 1991 at a bar in Vendas Novas. Concert which was a disaster, due to lack of preparation by the band as well as poor conditions of the location and organization. The 2nd gig was at the Gare Bar, October 10th 1992 in Barreiro, that went very well. The band had intentions to record a demo at the end of the Summer of 1993...
Mordant were a young band from the Algarvian capital, Faro. Composed by Ricardo guitar, Hugo guitar/ vocals, Sergio Vanderkellen bass and Nuno drums, they began rehearsing in 1991. In just nine months Mordant played live 3 times, with Harum at the Sport Faro and Benfica collectivity, April 4th 1992 with Catalepsia again at the SFB and at the school Tomas Cabreira, April 3rd 1993, opening for Sacred Sin and Disaffected. Meanwhile the band recruited another guitarist, leaving Hugo only to the vocals.
Bahamut Zine was born in early 1992, created by four young Metalheads who were very much into the Underground Metal scene: Bruno, Nuno, Rick and Terres. The first issue was in Portuguese (the only one, as all later issues would be in English) published in March 1992 and featured interviews to bands such as Corrosion of Conformity, Immolation, Thanatos, Decayed, Filii Nigrantium Infernalium, etc. as well as demo, LP and gig reviews, and lots of flyers and so on. Three more issues ensued, one a year (until 1995). The second one (Spring 1993) had dozens and dozens of interviews, with bands such as Unleashed, Tiamat, Cadaver, Sepultura, Rotting Christ, Convulse, Demigod, Shub-Niggurath and many others, and lots of reviews. By 1994 the 3rd issue was released, a little less ambitious and with Terres and Nuno gone, replaced by Hélio Ramos. Some of the featured bands were Pandemonium, Necromantia, Funcunt, Ancient Rites, Lethal Prayer, House of Usher, and so on. The fourth and final issue was already done by a struggling staff with less and less time and money. Still, it featured interviews to Bal-Sagoth, Absu, Orphaned Land, Ancient, In the Woods…, etc. After that it came to its end. Gone but not forgotten.
Imunity were formed in
the beginning of 1992 in Vila Franca de Xira. Project formed by Claudio Santos
vocals/ guitar, under the name Dark Fate. In the end of the Summer, Nuno Manuel
guitar joins and both begin to work on songs already composed by Claudio. Meantime,
without a bassist and a drummer, shortly after the name was changed to Imunity.
In November ´92, a drummer, Miguel Pontes (aka Mick Thor, who also designed the logo) joins in, and it was
when the band started rehearsing more seriously in a rented studio, more precisely
at Jap Studios, located in Sacavem. But soon they realize that they could not proceed
due to the drummer difficulties, they split with Miguel. Meanwhile, Nuno “Kazuza”
Mariano comes to Imunity as a bass player. Shortly thereafter, in May 1992, the
band "recruits" Helder Rodrigues, Mortalha's drummer from Arruda dos
Vinhos. Which gave a fast development in the songs. Althought, it would not be
possible, without the new and definitive rehearsing place, located in
Cachoeiras. Facilitated by a friend of the band, Hugo Caldeira, who would
eventually appear as a guest on 2 songs, playing keys.
Imunity started at 100%
in April 18th 1993, “Sea Of Tears” was the first full track completed.
Around May 1993, the
group begins recording what would be Imunity´s first promo tape. An intro,
“Rise to Infinity”, “Sea Of Tears” and “Heaven Defie”, was recorded at the rehearsal
place, during a Sunday day, through a system with a microphone. However, it was
never released with cover art, just dubbed to friends and anyone who asked,
also sent to radio shows and fanzines in order to promote the band.
The first live
performance would be in a music contest, Show Rock III, September 25th
1993 at the UDCAS pavilion, Sobralinho. Competing with nine other bands (of
various genres), and playing two songs (set for all others), Imunity secured a high
place in the contest. The following month, October 9th, at the CPD pavilion,
Benavente, they play live for the 2nd time, with Deceiver, Filii
Nigrantium Infernalium and Shrine. At this point several songs were part of the
band´s repertoire, “Eternal Sleep”, “Unholy Truth”, “Rise to Infinity” and “Last
The band continues to
rehearse regularly, composing new songs
and playing their 3rd gig, again at the UDCAS pavilion (Sobralinho) the Day
at The Morgue festival, along with Paranormal Waltz, Exomortis, Exiled, Decayed,
Sarcastic Angel and Dementia Pre-Cox, March 12th 1994. Three weeks later, April 2nd,
they arrive at the north of the country in Covilhã, opening for Genocide at the
Fábrica (Factory) discotheque. Alverca, April 16th at the hall of
the Firefighters, with Cannabis. For the first time a concert was scheduled in
their home town but due to bad weather conditions, they did not play (April
23th 1994). May 28th Vala do Carregado (Castanheira do Ribatejo),
with Mistake, 605 Forte and Nameless. June 10th outdoor at the CSRDO
in Ota, with Afterdeath among other bands. June 15th outdoor gig in Alverca with Miss Kiss. June 26th in Alhos
Vedros, with the band that would have a major international status Moonspell,
and Grog. Concert bill: Paranormal Waltz, Decayed and Bloodshed, July 23th 1994,
Poço de Bispo, Lisbon, Imunity cancel their performance. Due to lack of
conditions. Still, some bands play.
With more rehearsing
and some concerts, Imunity begin to want to go a little further. This desire is
materialized with the recording of the promo-track titled "Unholy
Truth". Recorded at Studio Gar (Queluz), November 27th 1994.
Produced by Jorge Imperial and co-produced by the band.
"Ember", "Birth in Sorrow", "Brutal Morbid Desease" were songs added to their list.
Nuno Mariano suffers an
accident, injuring one hand, preventing him from playing. Jané (Horácio) begins
rehearsing with the band and replaces Nuno at a concert at Bar Ben, Alcobaça.
Jané plays just a few songs, not the entire gig.
The band does two more concerts in March 1995, first at the Clube
Recreativo Bobadelense on day 4th (w/ Silent Scream, 605 Forte, Walpurgis)
and at a circus tend in São João da Talha on day 18th (w/ W.C.Noise, Etherial Grief, Necropsy, and several others) and appears in some local
fanzines and national radios. But lacked Imunity to rid themselves of certain
clichés that cataloged the band as being one more Death Metal product.
point, in the summer of 1995, Cláudio Santos vocals/ guitar leaves the band for disagreeing with
the way the remaining elements were willing to follow. Imunity began to embark
on more ambitious terrain. To the place left vacant by Claudio arrives Rui
Vieira (from Mortalha) who takes first on guitar and later the voice. Imunity
are constituted this time by Rui Vieira vocals/ guitar, Helder Rodrigues drums,
Nuno Manuel guitar and Nuno Mariano bass. With this formation the band
rehearses new material and when prepared to enter the studio, Nuno Mariano
leaves the band. Even in these conditions, Imunity go on recording. The venue
was Cais 14 in Alhandra where it is recorded "Easter Rumour" and
"Oversea (Territory War)", two promotional songs, exclusively for
radio, fanzines and other media. Imunity give another series of concerts and
promote their work all over the country through the radio and fanzines. Fisrt gig with Rui was at the Lusideia Bar, Samora Correia, July 12th 1997. At the
same time, the band prepares itself again to go into the studio and record the
one that was actually the first demo of Imunity. Still not having a bassist,
the band enters the studio JAP Studios in Sacavem, and records at the end of 1998 "Liberty" with six tracks. "The Revolutionary Red Cover,"
"Still Liberty ...", "P.O.I. (Product Off Imagination)",
"Seeding The Lie", "... Still War" and "a Dream Called
Liberty" are the titles of the six songs in this demo tape. "Liberty"
shows a more mature and original band, willing to go a little further. With the
inclusion of Portuguese traditional sounds (cavaquinho, adufe or bombo),
sometimes with faster, sometimes with slower parts, Imunity had in
"Liberty" the best work of its career. Besides music and energy that Imunity
transmits, they combine all this with an excellent artwork which includes the
model that appears on the cover of "Liberty". Meanwhile, Énio Lança
(bass) enters the band and at the end of the recordings of "Liberty",
Nuno Manuel leaves. To his replacement comes Bruno Henriques. The year
1998 is the year of all challenges for Imunity and, incredibly, the band is
invited to make a soundtrack for a program of the private television channel
SIC. "The Resistant", which went on air in September of the same
year, is the name of a real story for which Imunity did a soundtrack.
Consisting of an instrumental part with truly mysterious moments and suspense,
the band also records a version of José "Zeca" Afonso's
"Grândola Vila Morena", the song that was the signal for the
beginning of the 1974 Portuguese revolution.
The band suffers some more changes
with the left of Énio Lança replaced by Nuno Mariano, the original bassist. By
this time, the band members decide to change the name of the band because the
sound had no more links with the Imunity name, strongly linked to its Death
Metal origins. The chosen name would be Groundustry, an attempt to gain a new
life. Some of the new songs written by this time were "Essence",
"Rewine", "Promise/Believe/Betray", "Moneytrees",
"Rhythmotion" or "Give Ideas To GOD". The band still played
live some shows but the lack of time, incompatibilities, constant lineup
changes and some saturation dictated the end of Imunity / Groundustry.
thanks to Rui Vieira for helping with the biography
Morgue came from the city of Sesimbra in the beginning of the 90s. Consisting of João Cagica drums, Carlos Cagica guitars, David "Frango" guitars and Filipe Taklin vocals/ bass, they would record a 9 track demo tape entitled "Guardian" in a very raw Thrash/ Death/ Grind vein.