Remember PICTURE 2011


 

For several of years, this was the official website for the Dutch heavy metal band, Pictures.
Content is from the site's 2011 archived pages, as well as other sources.

For the most up to date information about PICTURE go to their current website at: https://www.pictureband.nl/

 

If you say Holland and the first Dutch metal band, which image comes to mind then? Right! We’re talking about PICTURE!And they’re back stronger and more motivated than ever. 

Picture was the very first Dutch hardrock band with a "record deal". With a history of 7 released albums world-wide and extensive tours throughout Europe with a.o. AC/DC, Saxon, Ted Nugent, Rose Tattoo and April Wine, everybody understands the past of Picture. 
 

Picture 1979  Picture 1981

Back in 1979 (30 years ago) the story of Picture began. Classic songs like Heavy Metal EarsDiamond dreamerBombersand Eternal Dark (covered later by Swedish metal giants Hammerfall) and highly energetic live performances made Picture a very successful band. Picture paved the way for all other successful Dutch hardrock bands that followed in their footsteps soon afterwards. 

In many countries in the world Picture is treated as a cult band and when the long anticipated reunion finally happened at the beginning of 2008, many invitations to play on big (foreign) festivals followed soon. A limited edition live CD was being recorded and from December 2008 until January 2009 the band retreated in the StarSound Studios in Utrecht (Holland) to record their new studio album "Old Dogs New Tricks"

Picture, Old Dogs New Tricks

October 1st 2009, 30 years after the release of their first album, a new Picturestudio album “Old Dogs New Tricks” is officially released. The album contains a wide variety of hard rock and old school metal songs, completed with a breath taking ballad. The album was produced by Nico Verrips, who already produced and wrote numerous hits into the charts and who kept the eighties feeling, but gave the record a contemporary modern sound. 

Old Dogs New Tricks is a typical Picture album with a variety of heavy and dynamic songs. The powerful and raw voice of Pete Lovell shows to its full advantage with this kind of heavy music. Add the brilliantly composed songs anno 2009 to this and you will agree that this is Picture in their historically best line-up ever. This is Picture 2009! Be prepared to be blown away…

Picture 2010

Picture was the very first Dutch hardrock band with a "record deal". With a history of 7 released albums world-wide and extensive tours throughout Europe with AC/DC, Saxon, Ted Nugent, Rose Tattoo and April Wine, everybody understands the past of Picture

Back in 1979 (30 years ago) the story of Picture began. Classic songs like "Heavy Metal Ears", "Diamond Dreamer, "Bombers" and "Eternal Dark" (covered later by Swedish metal giants HammerFall) and highly energetic live performances made Picture a very successful band. Picture paved the way for all other successful Dutch hardrock bands that followed in their footsteps soon afterwards.

In many countries in the world Picture is treated as a cult band and when the long anticipated reunion finally happened at the beginning of 2008, many invitations to play on big (foreign) festivals followed soon. A limited edition live CD was being recorded and from December 2008 until January 2009 the band retreated in the StarSound Studios in Utrecht (Holland) to record their new studio album Old Dogs New Tricks

October 1st 2009, 30 years after the release of their first album, a new Picture studio album Old Dogs New Tricks is officially released. The album contains a wide variety of hard rock and old school metal songs, completed with a breath taking ballad. The album was produced by Nico Verrips, who already produced and wrote numerous hits into the charts and who kept the eighties feeling, but gave the record a contemporary modern sound.

Old Dogs New Tricks is a typical Picture album with a variety of heavy and dynamic songs. The powerful and raw voice of Pete Lovell shows to its full advantage with this kind of heavy music. Add the brilliantly composed songs anno 2009 to this and you will agree that this is Picture in their historically best line-up ever.

1979
After being rather successful in a local band, lead guitarist Jan Bechtum decides to put an add in a Dutch music magazine to find a new band. A few months later Rinus Vreugdenhil reads the add and calls Jan to join him and Laurens Bakker to form a new group. The first time they play together they know immediately that this is the band they've been looking for. They decide to name the group Picture. The name had been used before by the local group in which both Rinus and Laurens had played. The search for a good vocalist ends a few months later when Ronald van Prooijen agrees to join Picture. Two months later in August, Picture records a demo in the rehearsal room and the song "My Gun Shoots" from this demo is aired on Dutch radio in the program of Alfred Lagarde.

During a gig in December two Dutch radio people from Vara's Popkrant get excited over Picture and decide to put them on their show. Picture records three songs in a radio studio and these songs are aired together with interviews in January, 1980.

1980
Even before the performance in Vara's Popkrant the band signs a record deal with Warner Brothers.

In March Picture is supporting act for the Canadian rock group April Wine in Amsterdam.

The record deal with Warner is cut off. Warner wanted Picture to play more commercial songs and Picture did not want to play anything other then their own material.

In July Picture opens for AC/DC. Later in July, a new record deal with Phonogram is signed. In the end of 1980 the first album is recorded in the Dutch Wisseloord studios.

1981
The album Picture is released all over the world. The band members, however, are very disappointed over the sound and mix of the album.

Picture does two European tours as supporting act of Saxon and supports Ted Nugent in Amsterdam.

Picture is working very hard to put a new album together which is recorded and released in the fall of 1981 (Heavy Metal Ears). The album's sound is much better.

1982
Picture does a extensive tour in Italy.

Due to personal problems Ronald decides to leave Picture even though international success seems not far away. In South America, Picture becomes very popular. Picture even reaches third place on a Mexican metal popularity list, behind Kiss and Black Sabbath.

A new Israelian singer Shmoulik Avigal joins the band.

Picture is invited by Kiss to join them in a Mexican tour. Everything seems taken care of but unfortunately there is no money to pay for the flying tickets.

The third album Diamond Dreamer, recorded with Shmoulik and co-produced by Pete Hinton (Saxon) and Jan Bechtum is a great success!

Chriz van Jaarsveld is added to the band as a second guitarist to boost the band's live performance.

1983
After a small fight between Picture manager and Shmoulik, the Israelian singer is fired. The English singer Pete Lovell replaces him.

Picture does a small tour in Israel. Right after this tour Jan Bechtum leaves the band for different reasons. Later on Picture is invited to the Donnington festival but the new guitar player Henri Van Maanen is not ready for this and the show is canceled.

The new album Eternal Dark is released but the original Picture sound has gone although the production of the album is again the best ever.

Drummer Laurens Bakker leaves the band.

1984
The album Traitor is recorded with only one original band member left (Rinus).

An invitation to the great Rio festival must be turned down (again) due to financial problems.

1985
The album Every Story Needs Another Picture is recorded almost entirely by studio musicians. The only reason to record this album is the contract with Phonogram. Again a sad milestone in the Picture history.

Former Vandenberg vocalist Bert Heering joins the band.

1986
The album Marathon is the last album Picture would record.

1988
Picture does a single reunion concert in Sliedrecht. The original line-up with Laurens Bakker, Rinus Vreugdenhil, Jan Bechtum and Ronald van Prooijen shakes Holland for the very last time. There was much hope that the four would stay together to do regular shows but organizers were scared off by the huge amount of money Picture management asked for a show. Unfortunately the Picture members did not know this and would not have agreed.

1995
Jan Bechtum starts a new rock band with Mark Maas (drums) and Jos Adema (bass).

1996
When the search for a good vocalist seems to fail they decide to reform Picture hoping for more chances to find a singer.

1997
In January lead singer Michel Zandbergen records a demo with Picture and decides to join the band. A new Picture is born.

1999
After two years of club tours, the new incarnation of Picture is unable to secure a record deal, and Jan disbands the group. Jan goes on to found an IT company in Holland.

Meanwhile, the other members of Picture are involved in various projects. Ronald is singing for a band called Exist and guitarist Chriz van Jaarsveld is playing in a band called Jetland.

2001
Thanks to the efforts of longtime fans signing an online petition, Double Dutch secures the rights to Picture's first four albums, and releases them for the first time on CD. Picture and Heavy Metal Ears are released on one CD, and Diamond Dreamer and Eternal Dark are released on one CD.

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Picture, Old Dogs New Tricks WARHORSE
2011
1. Battle Plan
2. Shadow of the Damned
3. Rejected
4. Edge of Hell
5. The King is losing his Crown
6. Think I lost my Way
7. Killer in my Sights
8. My kinda Woman
9. The Price I Pay
10. War Horse
11. We're not Alone
12. Stand my Ground
13. Bonus : Eternal Dark MMXI
 
  • Pete Lovell
  • Peter Bourbon
  • Mike Ferguson
  • Rinus Vreugdenhil
  • Laurens Bakker
 
Picture, Old Dogs New Tricks OLD DOGS NEW TRICKS
2009 Marsmountains
1. Old Dogs New Tricks
2. Blood Out Of A Stone
3. High On Fire
4. Live By The Sword
5. Now It's Too Late
6. Just Incredible
7. Who Can You Trust
8. Opposites Attract
9. Choosing Your Sign
10. A Better Soul
11. Celtic Cross
12. Never In A Million Years
 
  • Pete Lovell
  • Jan Bechtum
  • Rob Van Enkhuizen
  • Rinus Vreugdenhil
  • Laurens Bakker
 
Picture, Live 2008 LIVE 2008
2008
1. You're all alone
2. Heavy Metal Ears
3. Diamond Dreamer
4. Eternal Dark
5. Griffons guard the Gold
6. Tell no Lies
7. Lady Lightning
8. You're touching me
9. Choosing your Sign (new)
10. Live by the Sword (new)
11. Bombers
 
  • Pete Lovell
  • Jan Bechtum
  • Rob Van Enkhuizen
  • Rinus Vreugdenhil
  • Laurens Bakker
 
Picture, Marathon MARATHON
1986 Touchdown
1. Break Away
2. Vampire of the New Age
3. Money
4. Desperate Call
5. I'm on My Way
6. We just can't Lose
7. Don't keep me waiting
8. Get out of My Sight
9. S.O.S.
10. Sarah
 
  • Bert Heerink
  • Rob Van Enkhuizen
  • Rinus Vreugdenhil
  • Ronald De Grouw
  • Jacques Van Oevelen
 
Picture, Every Story Needs Another Picture EVERY STORY NEEDS ANOTHER PICTURE
1985 Backdoor
1. Battlecruiser
2. Moving Down The Line
3. Burning For Your Love
4. Stay With Me
5. She Was Made For Lovin'
6. I'm Still Flying
7. Stand Back For The People In Charge
8. You Took My Money, You Took My Pride
9. No Way Back
 
  • Bert Heerink
  • Rob Van Enkhuizen
  • Rinus Vreugdenhil
  • Jacques Van Oevelen
 
Picture, Traitor TRAITOR
1984 Backdoor
1. Traitor
2. State Of Shock
3. Loud 'n Proud
4. Lost In The Night
5. Right Now
6. We Don't Need To Hide
7. Out Of Control
8. Fantasies
9. Dyin' To Live
 
  • Pete Lovell
  • Chris van Jaarsveld
  • Henry van Manen
  • Rinus Vreugdenhil
  • Jacques Van Oevelen
 
Picture, Eternal Dark ETERNAL DARK
1983 Backdoor
1. Eternal Dark
2. Make You Burn
3. Into The Underworld
4. Griffons Guard The Gold
5. Down And Out
6. Flying In Time
7. Tell No Lies
8. Battle For The Universe
9. Power Of Evil
10. The Blade
 
  • Pete Lovell
  • Chris van Jaarsveld
  • Henry van Manen
  • Rinus Vreugdenhil
  • Laurens Bakker
 
Picture, Diamond Dreamer DIAMOND DREAMER
1982 Backdoor
1. Lady Lightning
2. Night Hunter
3. Hot Lovin'
4. Diamond Dreamer
5. Message From Hell
6. You're All Alone
7. Lousy Lady
8. The Hangman
9. Get Me Rock And Roll
10. You're Touching Me
 
  • Shmoulik Avigal
  • Jan Bechtum
  • Rinus Vreugdenhil
  • Laurens Bakker
 
Picture, Heavy Metal Ears HEAVY METAL EARS
1981 Backdoor
1. Heavy Metal Ears
2. Spend The Night With You
3. Unemployed
4. I'm Just A Simple Man
5. Funky Town
6. Out Of Time
7. Nighttiger
8. No No No
9. Rock & Roll / Under Your Spell
 
  • Ronald Van Prooien
  • Jan Bechtum
  • Rinus Vreugdenhil
  • Laurens Bakker
 
Picture, Picture PICTURE
1980 Backdoor
1. Dirty Street Fighter
2. You Can Go
3. Bombers
4. No More
5. One Way Street
6. You're A Fool
7. Get Back Or You Fall
8. Rockin' In Your Brains
9. He's A Player
10. Fear
 
  • Ronald Van Prooien
  • Jan Bechtum
  • Rinus Vreugdenhil
  • Laurens Bakker

 

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ferguson

Ferguson 

Mike Ferguson is an American/Dutch guitarplayer, songwriter and lyricist.

Born on September 24th  1979 at Edwards air force base in California. When he was 13, his family moved permanently to The Netherlands. A year later he began playing guitar and has been in bands since he was 16. When he turned 18 he formed the band Detonation with which he released 4 full length albums.  Many shows were played all over Europe and two in India.

With Doghouse Gallows he released the album Dodgy Deals in 2009.

In April 2011 a new adventure came on his path in the name of a band called Picture. “I am very happy and honored to have been asked for the first Dutch heavy metal band. This is a style of music that I have loved for a long time, to play with such a great band is a dream come true.”

Discography

Detonation,
1999 Skull Crusher complitation
2000 Lost Euphoria E.P
2002 An Epic Defiance
2005 Portals to uphobia
2007 Emission Phase
2011 Reprisal

Doghouse Gallows
2009 Dodgy Deals
2010 Pie Taster Promo

M90’s 
2003 Desert of Pangea

Gear
Guitars: Carvin
Amps: Laney Vh100R
Cabinets: Fame with vintage 30 speaker, Marshall 1960
Effects: Boss Digital Delay III, Boss Noise Suppressor, Morley Bad Horsey Wah, Digitech whammy,  Boss Tuner, Boss Line selector.

 

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PETER BOURBON

Born in 1962 and raised in Limburg (Holland) Peter picks up playing the guitar at age 10 inspired by a friend of his. Some time after he forms a band called "Misty Future" and wins a talent show with one of his own written songs.

From the 1980's onwards he plays in different rockbands only to join "Heartbeat" in 1982 who were already reasonably known at that time and having had some radio airplay. Heartbeat toured with Vandale and in between Peter focussed on some sideprojects.

In 1986 Peter forms "Tightrope", a heavy metal band.that got a German record deal because their demo became Aardschok's Demo of the Month. From 1990 to 1995 Peter also plays in a band called "Marilyn Monroe". Somewhere in 1994 he meets up with Arni Treffers, also known as Long Tall Ernie (and the Shakers) and they form a band called "Radio Oranje". They get a record deal with Telstar and release 4 singles.

Then in 2002 Peter forms a Saxon Tribute Band that later will be changed to Gunz and Rozes. In 2005 he joins Vengeance with who he makes 2 albums.

Since 2010 Peter plays in Hollands oldest Hardrock & Heavy Metal band, Picture.

Peter's gear consists of:
Guitars: Gibson Les Paul Custom / B.C. Rich Eagle DLX 
Amps: Engl Fireball

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RIEN VREUGDENHIL

Rien, Born in 1951, is the bass player and longest standing member of the dutch heavy metal band picture.

He started out in the band Lemming as the bass player and sound  mixer. He started playing bass because he liked the low sound. In 1977, he met up with Laurens Bakker and with various musicians, started Picture.

By 1979 Jan Bechtum and Ronald van Prooijen had joined the band for their first stable (and the classic) lineup. Throughout various lineup changes, he carried the torch and kept Picture going until the final  breakup. He felt there was still some life left in the band but with so many personnel changes and the changing music scene, he had to let it go.

Rien's influences included Pink Floyd, Jimmy Hendrix, Deep Purple and Frank Zappa. He used a Gibson thunderbird bass and Sound City, Dynacord and later on Peavey amps.

Recently (late 2007), Rinus, Jan and Bakkie teamed up with Pete Lovell and Rob van Enkhuizen for a reunion rehearsal.  

It went so well that they made two albums together again. Recently Jan and Rob however decided to part ways with Picture and Peter Bourbon and Mike Ferguson were their replacements. With these two guitarists they are in the studio now to record their next album which will be the "loudest and heaviest they ever made" according to Rien

 

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LAURENS BAKKER

Laurens ”Bakkie” Bakker (Leiden, The Netherlands, July 10th 1955) learned his first rudiments in a marching band at the age of 9, but he didn’t like his drum teacher, so he quit.
Years later, in high school, he took up drumming again and joined the school band as well as a band called Fase 5. During that period Bakkie first played on Hayman drums and later switched to Rogers. The set-up of his drums was a 24” double bass drum, 12”, 13”, 14”, 15”and 16” toms and 18”and 20” floor toms completed with 2 14”deep snares.  

He already had a wide range of impressive cymbals back then,  consisting of Paiste’s 602 series :  bright medium ride 18”, medium ride 20”, bright medium ride 20”, medium ride 22”, heavy ride 22” and a 15” hi-hat medium and one 18”  2002 ride.
Later he was totally impressed by the Paiste Rude Series since they were to last longer which was a good thing for a hard hitting drummer as himself. Afterwards he was sponsored by Meinl.

Things became serious for Bakkie when he joined John Ridge & Cocon back in 1974. With them he toured the club circuit in Holland and Germany. After Cocon called it a day, John Ridge (John Boutkam) pursued his successful career in Sweden with the EF band, but luckily for us, Bakkie stayed on Dutch ground. 
In 1977 Bakkie teamed up with Harry Bruintjes (ex- guitarist of Lemming) and bassplayer Rinus Vreugdenhil to form the legendary hardrock band  Picture. Picture paved the way for many Dutch bands to come, since they were the first Dutch metal band to sign a record deal. But the influence of the band and of Bakkie stretched out far beyond Dutch borders as their records were distributed in over 80 countries and lots of them had the privilege to see our longhaired blond drummer play live. With Picture Bakkie recorded four albums : Picture (1981), Heavy Metal Ears (1981), Diamond Dreamer (1982) and Eternal Dark (1983).

Bakkie quit Picture in 1985 to turn up again at one single occasion to play  with the original Picture line-up the song Eternal Dark, covered by Swedish metal band Hammerfall, at one of Hammerfall’s shows in 2001. The perfect combination of a song, written by the band who were forerunners of heavy metal combined with the band who stands for heavy metal today.

But don’t think that this was the last time we could see Bakkie play!
In 2007 Picture launched their own Myspace account and clips travelled around YouTube. When the band received lots of positive reactions from all over the world, a reunion was the next logical step.
As Bakkie puts it himself: “this is more or less the story so far but it will continue for sure”.

Bakkie’s long hair may be a bit shorter now, but he still has kept the heavy power rock beats and his double bass drum and they surely will blow you away.

 

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LOVEL

Born in Jersey Channel Islands, Lovel left Jersey with his band Guilty Spirits when he was 20 years old and drove around France and Germany looking for gigs for a few months until finally settling in Hamburg, Germany. After a couple of years of hardship the band split up and he joined a German band called Stallion. When that band split he went to England and was asked by the manager if he would like to audition for a dutch band called Picture.This he did and it clicked and a new chapter in the Picture saga was opened. Pete did the vocals for the Eternal Dark and Traitor albums, toured here and there and did promotion in South America, then left the band due to the direction the band was "taking" (read pushed into by the record company) . He joined Emergency and signed a record deal with BMG and recorded the album Martial Law. Then a few nondiscript bands until the Picture rebirth.. At the moment apart from Picture he plays in a band with his son Tim (drums) and a mate of his, Johan Kerkhoff (bass) .

The band is called Dead Legacy. Rien contacted him and asked if he wanted to do the Sweden Rock Festival. Ofcourse he agreed and things just took off from there...the rest is history...,or will be !!

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Metal To Infinity

My Points: 89 / 100 (Review by Stefan) | http://users.telenet.be

Picture (established in 1979) is without a doubt one of those leading forces in the history of Dutch Heavy Metal music. During the first half of the eighties they brought out many excellent albums – efforts like “Picture” (featuring the killing classic song ‘Bombers’), “Heavy Metal Ears”,  “Diamond Dreamer”, the inimitable “Eternal Dark” and “Traitor” are legendary masterpieces to me. One even better than the other but still all great pieces for sure! Picture had a very good reputation in Holland, Belgium, Germany, Italy and far beyond – back then, they played around the world and the attendees will not soon forget! In 1986, a sixth album “Every Story Needs A Picture” followed by number seven entitled “Marathon” a year later on came across the Dutch horizons. Both were not that strong as previous efforts, I’ve not bought them at the time for personal reasons.  

Guitarist Jan Bechtum, drummer Laurens Bakker and Rinus Vreugdenhil (bass) are co-founders of Picture, decades later on now and they’re still alive and kicking. They seemed to have always believed in the band and that is now being rewarded. With the release of “Eternal Dark” Picture appeared with a new singer named Pete Lovell. Before him, other frontmen Ronald Van Prooien and Schmoulik Avigal joined forces with Picture. New singer Pete Lovell’s success with the band was short-lived, Picture made no more albums for a period of nearly 20 years. I don’t know wherefore but in the back of my head, I knew that one day Picture would be back on the rails. 2008 dawned and the band surprised / spoiled us with the release of ‘Live 2008”, followed by a brand new one entitled “Old Dogs, New Tricks” released in 2009. Especially the old school fanatics of Heavy Metal wondered what this new album had to offer – Metal To Infinity co-editor Patrick De Sloover wrote down his thoughts and gave a well deserved, quite high valuation in the end. 

So it was time to release a second album after their long absence – I was delighted to receive this new effort entitled “Warhorse” through Artist Station Records… what follows is a change of mind about the musical aspect my heavy metal ears have experienced. Picture took matters into their own hands as regards the production and delivered the goods! Oscar Holleman (Within Temptation, Halloween, Gorefest, …) was in charge for the mixing duties and did it real good as well. “Warhorse” is an album that especially will appeal the old guard of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal maniacs. Most of the songs really know how to captivate my attention. For instance opener ‘Battle Man’ is a killer one, a song where you can hear that Picture is still in great shape. I always been a fan of the vocal lines presented by Pete Lovell. His obstinacy sounds as before, I mean that the originality deep within his throat is still present… great job! After more than 30 years, veterans Rinus Vreugdenhil (bass) and Laurens Bakker on drums still prove their loyalty to the band in full glory. Axemen in charge Peter Bourbon / Mike Ferguson deliver an outstandingly job while delivering real HEAVY riffs with razorsharp, melodic solo’s.  

More goodies for the old school to detect are ‘Rejected’ and ‘Edge Of Hell’… speaking for myself, I let my preference for songs as: ‘Killer In My Sights’, War Horse’ featuring a great riff in the vein of Satan’s ‘Into The Future’ song. Also ‘Stand My Ground’ is a big one played in the tradition of old Dio fame (remember Holy Diver, I Speed At Night and Stand Up And Shout tracks). This new Picture CD concludes with the MMXI version of ever know classic ‘Eternal Dark’. Redundant or not? Nothing can prove or make us forget the original edition of this legendary masterpiece! 

Picture’s “Warhorse” sounds better than former album ‘Old Dogs New Tricks’, some tracks approaching again the level of Picture during their “Eternal Dark”, “Traitor” or Diamond Dreamer” period and that’s why I personally like the album so much. A very good album with a mission: remain faithful to the good old days of Heavy Metal music. 

 

 

Grim Reaper and Picture in Lima: great night of heavy metal forever

04.22.2014 / https://elcomercio.pe/

Heavy metal as music in the strict sense begins with Black Sabbath in 1970. That sound was actually mixed with other rock trends that would lead to hard rock, punk and progressive. In reality there were not many heavy metal bands and the identity was undifferentiated within the most ambiguous category of heavy rock. Only in the late 1970s did a completely different phenomenon begin to emerge. Metal music began to differentiate with notoriety and after it emerged a compact mass of followers who hoisted it as a sign of their identity. We had been born headbangers (the term was coined by Neal Kaye in 1979).

Heavy metal as music in the strict sense begins with Black Sabbath in 1970. That sound was actually mixed with other rock trends that would lead to hard rock, punk and progressive. In reality there were not many heavy metal bands and the identity was undifferentiated within the most ambiguous category of heavy rock. Only in the late 1970s did a completely different phenomenon begin to emerge. Metal music began to differentiate with notoriety and after it emerged a compact mass of followers who hoisted it as a sign of their identity. We had been born headbangers (the term was coined by Neal Kaye in 1979).

That first summer of the metal gave birth to our first great movement, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, NWOBHM, acronyms that identified such outstanding bands as Iron Maiden, Saxon, Diamond Head, Venom, Def Leppard, Samson, Motörhead and many others, among which we can count Grim Reaper. A handful of bands that from the sound of Judas Priest and AC / DC, reworked and canonized what we now call heavy metal without further ado.

Such was the impact of metal in the world that almost parallel headbangers movements rose throughout the West, many times recycling bands of similar tendencies, such as hard rock or some unconscious metal still. Holland and Belgium, due to their geographical and cultural proximity to England, became a band paradise of what is now the classic sound of metal, and groups such as Ostrogoth, Crossfire or Picture emerged, very close to the style of the NWOBHM.

Well, as many of us know, we are only a few days away from two groups from that dawn of our culture in Lima. Grim Reaper, the band of the endless Steve Grimmet, and Picture have joined forces for a tour in which they will deploy the heavy metal of classic style and without concessions. Many years have passed since their best times, and in fact in Peru it is not that they have been so popular, the local scene opted very early for the extreme styles and much of the classic heavy was hardly heard; However, a group of faithful lovers of heavy metal both veterans and novices are ready to celebrate this undeniable special date.

83_see_you_in_hell

Grim Reaperwas formed in 1979, when the potatoes burned, in Worcestershire, England by Kevin Neale on bass and Nick Bowcot on guitar; along with Paul de Mercado in the voices, they release their first Bleed'em dry demo in 1981. But it is with the addition of Steve Grimmet in the vocals and Dave Wanklin in the bass in 1982 when the group begins to reach another size. They released their demo For Demonstration Only in 1982 and 1983, in the heat of heavy metal and under the overwhelming success of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, the See You In Hell is published, an instant classic and with one of those killer covers that both they did to give metal membership (and so condemned by professional rock critics). 8 top-level songs with guitars that fused the hard lessons learned from Blackmore,

1985 sees its second full-length, Fear No Evil, repeating exactly the same formula of classic heavy, however the trends change rapidly, the heavy already has its big names, and there can not be many in commercial terms. A second division is formed, Grim Reaper is there, struggling to jump, but the new headbangers are already heading towards thrash and later to death. Even so, Grim Reaper shines and in 1987 they will return to the fray with an excellent and more ambitious Rock You To Hell. Grim Reaper reaches a certain level of stardom for a fleeting moment. Here closes the band's central record career. Steve Grimmet will try his luck in other places. He will sing with Onslaught on his third album, but the resulting album is not very well received. Grimmet will go on to a solo career.

Eternal Dark cover

The Picture case is both something similar and something different. They are formed in 1979 and their current lineup keeps several classics like Rinus Vreugdenhill on bass, Laurens "Bakkie" Bakker on guitar and the unmistakable Pete Lovell on vocals (although he joined the group in 1983). In the 80s they had a more solid and constant record career than Grim Reaper. His seven releases account for it, Picture (1981), Heavy Metal Ears (1981), Diamond Dreamer (1982), Eternal Dark (1983), Traitor (1985), Every Stories Needs Another Picture (1987) and Marathon (1988) . All full of classics although fans usually remember more the first three, especially the Eternal Dark and its classic of the same name. However, they did not practice such steely heavy and in most of their work they feel the trace of German hard rock in the style of Scorpions. This, of course, does not have to be considered a defect.

In the case of Picture There is a special detail in relation to Peru. In 1984 its singer, Pete Lovell came to our country to promote the local edition of the album Eternal Dark. In those years Peru was experiencing a larva crisis that plunged it into underdevelopment, but I suppose still few saw it as the chaos that would unleash a few years later, and it was still believed in the possibility for the development of a national rock and metal scene with visits by foreign groups, even for a small predominantly middle class audience. We know the history, the ignorance and the short-sightedness of the national political class and the contradictions of Peruvian society led us to anomie between 1987 and 1991 (we almost became Somalia) and with that any prosperity for a local metal scene was canceled. In the 80s, everything had to wait at 90 and so on.

Picture has been back on the road for longer than Grim Reaper and in the 21st century they have left us with two very good records, Old Dogs New Tricks (2008) and the spectacular Warhorse (2012). I hear them fully in force. And I think we have to give opportunity to the new works of the old classics, when they are good and solvent and not just stay with what we heard when we went to school.

A great opportunity to hear two heavy metal classics this April 30, which are part of our history and that will be possible thanks to the constant effort of Danger Steel , which has become the main promoter of metal shows in our medium of far. It is a pity that the show with Voivod has been lost (apparently due to lack of sales). Let's not lose the opportunity to continue supporting the metal and the possibility of continuing to bring large groups. Doro's show was great, I do not expect less this time.

 

 

 


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