Gorefest is a Dutch death metal band which was founded by vocalist/bassist Jan-Chris De Koeijer and guitarist Frank Harthoorn in 1989. They released their debut album 'Mindloss' in 1991. After signing to Nuclear Blast in 1992, the band issued 'False' which had much more technical sound. They hired on drummer Ed Warby just two weeks before recording sessions of this album.GOREFEST GENRES
Gorefest appeared at Dynamo Open Air Festival in 1993, their live performance was recorded and released as 'The Eindhoven Insanity'. With the following album called 'Erase', the band slightly changed their musical style. Fans had different ideas but the sales of the album became a success.
With the next releases 'Soul Survivor' (1996) and 'Chapter 13' (1998) (Meanwhile Gorefest's association with Nuclear Blast ended, the band signed to Steamhammer/SPV) they abandoned their extreme sound and heavy image. Having no support from fans, these albums became quite unsuccessful. So they split up in 1999.
The idea of re-releasing entire Gorefest back catalogue brought the original line-up together, resulted in decision to continue as Gorefest once again. The following year (2005) they released 'La Muerte' which was one of their best albums up to date, keeping the glorious death metal sound alive.
In August 2007 they released their album 'Rise to Ruin' which has been quoted as 'A very raw and brutal death metal record. Gorefest have probably made their fastest and heaviest album so far!'.
Death Metal (1989-1995, 2005-), Death 'n' Roll (1996-1998)
GOREFEST LYRICAL THEMES
Social Matters, Death
Netherlands (Goes), formed in 1989
GOREFEST CURRENT RECORD LABEL
GOREFEST CURRENT LINE-UP
Jan-Chris De Koeijer - vocals, bass (Ayreon, ex-Sjolmord)
Boudewijn Bonebakker - guitar
Frank Harthoorn - guitar
Ed Warby - drums (Demiurg (Swe), Ayreon, Star One, ex-Impact (Hol), Aggressor (Hol), Tempter, ex-Valkyrie (Hol), ex-Elegy, Orphanage (Session, 1994), Thanatos (Hol) (Guest), Lana Lane, After Forever (Live, February 11, 2005), Hail of Bullets)
GOREFEST PREVIOUS LINE-UP
Alex van Schaik - guitar (1989-1991)
Marc Hoogendoorn - drums (1989-1991)
Rene Merkelbach - keyboards (1996-1998)