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From Barreiro, Setúbal came Black Cross. Formed in 1985 by bass player João "Francês" Ramos (ex-Air Force) who contacted guitarrist Paulo Henrique to form a Heavy Metal band, Black Cross. João contacted another friend, Filipe "Bombas" whotookthe drums. Afteraperiodofseveralmonthswithrehearselsandlooking foravocalist, Paulo Henrique leaves theband forpersonal reasons. Reducedto a duothe groupcontinuesrehearsing andbythis time followsthe acquisitionof the newvocalist, Quim. The guitarsaresecuredthroughthehelpof Toninho (Asgarth /Ibéria). On December 20th 1986 Black Cross played theirfirst concert, at the Rock Rendez Vous venue. Soon after Quim quits the band and enters Ginha. With him, they try to record a demo tape, butthat neverhappens. Ginhaeventuallyleaves the band. They find anewreplacement, Rui "Destruction" Subtil. They contactwithRonnie James Dio tocollaborateinthe project Hear n`Aid, Dio`sresponsetothem was that he would gave allthesupportfororganizingaconcert featuringPortuguese Heavy Metal acts, whosefundswould accrue to Hear n Aid project. In this context of euphoria they eventuallyrecorded their 1st demo tape, with the tracks: "Genocidio", "Heavy Metal", "Sexta Feira 13", "Minotauro" and "Chamamento Para a Morte". In the beginning of 1987 the line up consisted in João "Francês" Ramos bass, Filipe "Bombas" drums, João "Relâmpago" solo guitar and Adalberto "X" vocals (performedonlyonegigwith Black Cross). Soon after, Rui Subtil returns to theband. On March 20th they performed live at a festival organized byRadioMárgem Sul,before1,500 people.The festival wasbroadcasted live onradio. Meanwhile the group is invited by RTP(National TelevisionChannel)torecord a shortadvertising spotagainst drugs, "Não! á dependência" (No to dependence). In March both guitarrists leavethe band to pursue a solo career. Enters Rui Fingers (V12) and ensures all the guitars until the end of the band. Black Cross wereoneofeightbands,together withTarantula, STS Paranoid, Procyon, Navan, Satan`s Saints, Devil Across and Blizzard, toenterthesessionsforthe first Heavy Metal double album, live at the Rock Rendez Vous, June 10th 1987, butthatnevermaterialized. During their performance in July 18th 1987 at the Ferroviários pavilion, Barreiro, singerRuiSubtil breaks a knee. BlackCrosssplit up inthe summer of1987. The main reasoncamefrom thebassistJoãoRamos, whotiredof the band'ssituationin the national metalscene,includingthe relationshipwith other bands, decided toleave thegroup, andconsequentlyfinished theproject.Theband farewell concert wasin Vila Nova de Mil Fontes, July 31th 1987.