Dead Head

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Dead Head
Dead Head at Occultfest 2010
Dead Head at Occultfest 2010
Background information
OriginKampen, Netherlands
GenresThrash metal
Years active1989–present
LabelsDispleased
Websitedeadhead.nl
MembersRobbie Woning
Ronnie van der Wey
Hans Spijker
Tom van Dijk
Past membersRalph de Boer
Marco Kleinnibbelink
Michiel Dekker
Johan Wesdijk

Dead Head is a Dutch thrash metal band from the Dutch city Kampen. The band was formed in 1989 by the four original members Tom van Dijk (bass, vocals), Robbie Woning (guitar), Ronnie van der Wey (guitar), and Hans Spijker (drums).[1] Their mission was to become the most intensive and brutal thrash metal band Europe ever had seen. They were influenced by classic thrash metal bands like Dark Angel, Kreator and Sadus.

The released their debut album in 1991, and have released six studio albums and one 10 inch.

History[edit]

Dead Head were formed in 1989 and after releasing a number of demos, in 1990 they scored a record deal with the German company Rising Sun Records, who released Dead Head's first album, The Feast Begins at Dawn, in 1991. After the recordings for the debut album Dead Head did a tour through Denmark with Edge of Sanity and Invocator, and played in Holland with Sepultura, Heathen, Skyclad, Candlemass, Suffocation, Sinister, Gorefest, Malevolent Creation and Grave.

Their original drummer Hans Spijker was replaced by Marco Kleinnibbelink in 1992. With their new drummer Dead Head started working on new material for their second album which resulted in the album Dream Deceiver in 1993. Before the release of that album Dead Head did a European tour with the band Massacra. During the tour Dead Head played with big names like Kreator and Biohazard in Belgium.

Dead Head at Occultfest 2010

'Kill Division', Dead Head's third album was put together in the original line-up as they began in 1989. Altogether, this album represents the band's roots more than anything, maybe except from playing live.[citation needed] The songs were recorded totally live.

It took a lot of time to write a sequel to 'Kill Division'. However, with their fourth album, Haatland, the band did what they wanted to do: put out a straightforward aggressive thrash metal album that came from their hearts. The recording began in 2004 and the album was released in 2005 to critical acclaim.[citation needed]

The band began writing songs for new material in 2007 while doing only a few shows in the Netherlands. In 2008 they signed a record deal with the label Displeased Records. In April 2012 DeadHead announced the returning of the original frontman Tom van Dijk.

Band members[edit]

Hans Spijker at Occultfest 2010

Current members

  • Ralph de Boer – bass guitar, lead vocals (2008–2011, 2021–present)
  • Ronnie van der Wey – guitar (1989–present)
  • Robbie Woning – guitar (1989–present)
  • Hans Spijker – drums (1989–1992, 1995–present)

Former members

  • Tom van Dijk – bass guitar, lead vocals (1989–1999, 2003–2008, 2012–2021)
  • Marco Kleinnibbelink – drums (1992–1995)
  • Michiel Dekker – bass guitar, lead vocals (1999–2002)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums

EPs

  • 2004 – Dog God EP (Fadeless Records)

Demos

  • 1989 – Double Live Tape
  • 1990 – The Festering

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dead Head. "Dead Head Bio". DeadHead.nl. Archived from the original on 2008-01-31. Retrieved 2008-06-17.

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