Influenced by old German thrash and Venom, Koblenz's Desaster was formed in 1988 to follow the path of the fathers of death and black metal but fell apart and split up in 1990. Two rehearsals were recorded during this period and a couple of the songs appeared years later on the 10 Years Of Total Desaster double LP. Infernal resurrected the band in 1993 and the new band recorded a demo called The Fog Of Avalon. The year after brought the release of another demo called Lost In The Ages, which sold nearly 1,000 copies. In 1995 the band toured Europe, under the Ablaze tour monicker, with Pervertum and Occult. The band signed to Merciless Records and before delivering a full-length released a split-single with Ungod. A MCD called Stormbringer also appeared in 1997. Desaster played the Fuck The Commerce festival in 2001 but shortly after came the announcement of Okkulto's departure from the fold.
The band signed a deal with Metal Blade Records in early 2005. The band's next album was named Angelwhore. 666 - Satan's Soldiers Syndicate was issued late in 2007 in Europe and early spring of 2008 in Canada. Shows in Europe followed. The band scheduled a Brazilian tour for October. Desaster had a new album, The Arts Of Destruction, for a February 28th release through Metal Blade Records. Tormentor also joined Asphyx in 2014. Necrophobic, Marduk, Vektor, Purgatory, Desaster, Necros Christos, Todestriebe and Solstice were among the bands, which had been confirmed for the seventh edition of the independent Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival, set to take place December 11 and 12th, 2015. Desaster would be touring Canada and the country to its south USA in support of a new album, The Oath Of An Iron Ritual. The run was limited to four shows with Canada’s only stop being in Montreal. The band was booked at Eindhoven Metal Meeting in 2018. Marco Hontheim became the drummer in 2018.
The band's lyrics delve into the occult and the dark ages and the band retains a sense of the '80s thrash metal.
DESASTER - STORMBRINGER EP - MERCILESS
"No female vocals, no keyboards, no folk instruments here" - Desaster CD booklet. Desaster rules. It is as simple as that. The German four-piece which
were originally formed in 1988 (!) has now returned with its second
release following a series of underground releases. The Merciless Records' bio refers to the band's affection for the '80s metal scene, but let me cut to the chase: Infernal Overkill-era Destruction! Listening to songs like The
Swords Will Never Sink and Sacrilege, the German four-piece sounds so
close to Destruction circa 1985 down to the solos and vocals which scream
Schmier. The cover of Kreator's Tormentor is dead on and I am sure it will
kill anything slated to appear on the forthcoming Kreator tribute CD. March
on children of metal and, "...fuck off to all the wimps and posers everywhere: leave the scene!" - Ali "The Metallian"
DESASTER - HELLFIRE'S DOMINION - MERCILESS
What does it mean exactly when a band's bio claims that the label "proudly presents" the record? Could it be any different? Could a label be ashamed to release a record? Even if they were, would they mention it?
Desaster is from Germany and specializes in '80s-styled black and deathrash. Before you think of War or Inferno, let us distinguish two categories of bands. While the majority of today's wave of 80s' clones sound like they are truly mimicking their idols, these metallic troubadours firmly live their own inspirations. Not being content to ripping someone else's riffs off, Desaster allows its inspirations like Destruction and Celtic Frost do the inspiring, while the band does its own composing. With image and lyrics firmly in hand, the quartet of Infernal, Tormentor, Odin and Okkulto (with the help of a couple of surprise guests) pulls off a fairly vicious medievalistic metal effort. If one criticism can be levelled against the band it is still how the songs seem to grow more and more alike over time. Still, Desaster will be satiating for fans of everything from early Destruction to Ancient Rites to death metal and seems to have the right metal ideals. - Ali "The Metallian"
DESASTER - SATAN’S SOLDIERS SYNDICATE - METAL BLADE/KOCH
Desaster is back and one does not need to hear the album to know well in advance that the music will be a rotten, putrid piece of Satan worshipping metal trueness. Such is the nature of Desaster. Decked in true metal gear and delivering the black thrash metal on every song the album begins with an unnecessary intro before the title track, which while fulfilling the thirst for metal bears a perhaps questionably pretentious title. From there on it is pretty much plain metal sailing until song number seven which blatantly rips off Kreator (Command Of The Blade) and the next song, Tyrannizer, which disappoints with clean chants. This is usually the domain of the cheesy so-called Viking metal bands and Desaster should have stayed away. On a side note, appreciated are both the guitar and drum sound with their unfiltered and unprocessed power. Likewise, listening to Desaster is like 1986 never went away. That is a marvellous thing. - Ali “The Metallian”