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Living Death - Biography

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In 1980 bass player Dieter Kelch, his brother, guitar player Reiner Kelch and Frank Fricke found the band Living Death. In 1981 the band is completed by drummer Frank Schubring and singer Thorsten 'Toto' Bergmann. A year later they record some demos resulting, in 1983, a deal with Axel Thubeauville, owner of the Earthshaker label.

In the same year drummer Frank Schbring quits, while the band has to use studio bass player Eric, who can be heard on the debut album Vengeance Of Hell. The album is licenced to Mausoleum Records, who releases it in July of '84. This month they also find another drummer, Harald Lutze, who joins them for a number of gigs being support act of Warlock. After this tour he's fired and replaced by Andreas Overhoff.

In January of '85 they release the mini-LP Watch-Out! with three remixed songs from the first LP and the self titled track. In August the second album is released, Metal Revolution, recorded in the Horus Sound-studio and distributed by Bellaphone Records. In May of '86 they sign a deal with Aaarrg Records and the EP Back To The Weapons is recorded, which is sold with a big white sticker to camouflage the violent cover. Shortly before it's released they find a new drummer, Atomic Steif.

In 1987 a new album is released, Protected From Reality, and soon over 18000 copies are sold. Even in Japan it's doing well. In May '88 the Live-EP is released with four songs off their second album. This one's followed by Worlds Neuroses in September, the best album so far. Shortly after the recordings founders Reiner and Dieter Kelch leave the band. They are replaced by ex-Holy Moses guitar player Georgie and ex-Violent Force bass player Lemmy. Side effect of this line up change is that they cannot use the name Living Death anymore. They decide to use the name L.D. from now on. With this name they make the Metal Hammer Roadshow video, together with Rage and Risk and they start a tour with Coroner and Angel Dust.