v.o.d.biography

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a VERY concise biog...for now...

Voice Of Destruction
was formed as a Punk / HardCore band in Cape Town, South Africa around 1986 by guitarist Greg McEwan-Marriott.

1st vocalist Neil The Viking was replaced by Stewart Hendry.

Bassist Radley Clack was replaced by Diccon Harper around 1988-89.

Several drummers down the line included Dion and Neil Thunder - Paul Blom replaced joined in 1989 / by this time the band started shifting towards a Cross-Over, or Cross-Core sound.

With Diccon and Paul's Metal background, the Hardcore/Punk sound of V.O.D moved more in that direction.

Paul left for a year and was replaced by Robin Schtelig.

2nd guitarist Alan joined for a short while.

Stewart left in the early '90s and was replaced by Francois Blom making the full-on Metal transition.

Paul returned shortly after - this core line-up became the strongest and most prolific.

Namibian Johan DeJager became the on-off 2nd guitarist.

In the early '90s the popular Seventh Demo was recorded and caught the attention of (rip-off artists) Inhouse Records in Johannesburg, signing the band. V.O.D recorded the Black Cathedral album with them, as well as contributing the classic If I Had A Soul track for the Death Of Africa compilation CD (and cassette with extra tracks Black Cathedral, Goodbye and Welcome To South Africaaaargh!!!).

The Black Cathedral & Other Stories video was also released by Inhouse featuring V.O.D and other bands live in the studio.

Since the late '80s V.O.D took regular trips to Johannesburg (as well as Durban) for live shows.

Paul produced the extensive Welcome To South Africaaargh!!!! - Live '93 video in 1994, featuring their performance supporting Napalm Death on their SA tour.

Morbid Records in Germany signed V.O.D in the mid-'90s and the band flew over to the UK to record the legendary Bloedrivier album (now available as a 10th Anniversary re-release) at Academy Studios (where bands like Paradise Lost, Anathema, My Dying Bride and Cradle Of Filth first recorded).
Besides shows in the UK, this was followed by a full European tour in '96 covering the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Netherlands, Germany, France, Ireland, Spain, UK etc. The band was joined by 2nd guitarist Johan. Tour mates were Katatonia (Sweden) and In The Woods (Finland).
Johan returned to Namibia and Paul returned to South Africa, followed by Francois. Greg eventually also head back, but Diccon remained in his ancestral land of Blighty.

Before Greg's return, Paul and Francois was joined by Johan on guitar and Adam Van Der Riet (Pothole) on bass to play two monstrous nights at the 1998 Oppi Koppi festival.

With Greg back, the band played the first Woodstock Festival in Heidelberg (Gauteng) 1999, with Tom Somers on bass. V.O.D closed the festival with a total chaotic bang.

Since then Francois stayed busy with his solo project Die Kruis and Afrikaans project K.O.B.U.S. with Theo Crous (Springbok Nude Girls guitarist). The band released 3 albums and won the Best Afrikaans Rock Album at the 2008 SAMAs (for the K.O.B.U.S. Swaar Metaal release). They played the Manowar-headlining Magic Circle Festival in Germany.
Francois is married and has a son.
www.FLAMEDROP.com/Kruis / www.facebook.com/swaarmetaal1

Paul occupied himself with his one-man project F8 (pronounced "Fate") in the late-'90s / early-2000s, and Industrial-Metal band Terminatryx (est. 2002), fronted by his wife Sonja. Paul also played live drums for K.O.B.U.S. between 2003-2008. At many K.O.B.U.S. shows in Pretoria and Bloemfontein V.O.D fans attended, J.M.S.P. often played as an encore. In 2006 Diccon's SA visit resulted in him playing bass for a K.O.B.U.S. show and a few V.O.D numbers were naturally slipped in.

www.TERMINATRYX.com
/ www.FLAMEDROP.com/F8
Terminatryx played Popkomm in Berlin, Germany (September 2006), and Diccon filled in on additional 8-string bass!
The Terminatryx debut album was released mid-2008 (its full remixed version in 2011), their DVD and a heavy Afrikaans compilation (feat. V.O.D, Terminatryx, F8, Die Kruis, K.O.B.U.S.) in 2009, with the new Terminatryx studio album set for 2013.
In 2006 Paul & Sonja created The Makabra Ensemble with musician friends - this project creates new original soundtracks to classic silent films and perform these live to the big screen.
www.terminatryx.com/makabra

Paul also makes movies & videos, and in 2000 started a website concentrating on movies, music & video games: www.FLAMEDROP.com, and with Sonja organizes film festivals like the South African HORRORFEST, X FEST and CELLUDROID: www.HorrorFest.info / www.xfest.org / www.celludroid.net, which is hooked up to their Shadow Realm, inc. Horror portal www.SHADOWREALMinc.com
His movies and videos can be seen at www.youtube.com/Terminatryx and www.youtube.com/FlamedropProductions

Greg moved to the West Coast where he edits a community paper, then to PE with his new wife.
He started work on his Black Opera project.
http://music.smeak.com/release/black-opera-i/

In the UK Diccon played with Demoniac, which became Dragonforce, but he left before they struck it big. He also played for Pagan Altar.
www.MySpace.com/PaganAltar

Johan released several albums with his Namibian based Arcana XXII and moved on to Ruacana and The Electric Dead. Relocated to Germany.

2006 saw the 10th Anniversary of V.O.D's classic Bloedrivier album and a special edition was released late-2006 in South Africa (the country where this local band's CD could only be obtained by import from their German label, until now!).

2007 Paul was set to work on a book with Marq Vas (Metalmorphosis JHB) and Mike Gill (Urban Assault) documenting Heavy music in South Africa (subsequently postponed).

2009 marked a decade since V.O.D played together, and the Voice Of Destruction reunion tour hit festivals and venues across South African incl. Ramfest, Zeplins, The Doors, Klein Libertas Theatre, and The Assembly. in August it was followed by the release of the 3hr DVD "The V.O.D Archives Vol. II: Live '93 & Europe '95 - '96". To be followed by the retrospective CD "The V.O.D Archives Vol. III: Return To The Great Abyss".

2008 / 2009 the V.O.D classic JMSP appears on the KOPSKOOT! compilation album, which pulled together 16 heavy songs in Afrikaans. Produced and compiled by Paul, the album also includes K.O.B.U.S., Terminatryx, F8, Die Kruis, Battery 9, Van Coke Kartel, Insek, Mind Assault, Andre' Van Der Walt, Somerfan, Lion's Pride, Conquest For Death etc.

Plans have not been abandoned for the definitive V.O.Documentary - 25 Years Of Destruction, the inside story on the Godfathers of South African Metal.







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