Mitch Harris and Mark “Barney” Greenway of NAPALM DEATH joined the reactivated late 1980s Portland, Oregon-based thrash metal/hardcore band WEHRMACHT on stage on November 11 at the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, Oregon to perform the WEHRMACHT song “Night Of Pain”. Video footage of their appearance can be seen below.
NAPALM DEATH covered “Night of Pain” on their 2004 release, “Leaders Not Followers Part 2”.
WEHRMACHT is currently demoing songs for a new album, due out in 2013. The band is also preparing for a week of West Coast dates in February, ending at the Key Club in Hollywood on February 23 as direct support for SACRED REICH.
Earlier this year, WEHRMACHT parted ways with vocalist Tito Matos and replaced him with Eric Helzer.
In the mid-’80s when most West Coast metal bands in America were copying either METALLICA or MÖTLEY CRÜE, WEHRMACHT had a different approach which set them apart! By 1986 the band’s self-distributed demo cassette and an appearance on the “Speed Metal Hell” compilation series had gained the group considerable acclaim in the metal underground. Music publications such as England’s Metal Forces and the Netherlands’ Aardschok were among many to praise WEHRMACHT‘s original sound.
In 1987, New Renaissance Records released WEHRMACHT‘s debut album entitled “Shark Attack”. Although “Shark Attack” was well received by the metal underground, until 1999, it was never available in America on compact disc.
After “Shark Attack”, the band set out to record their second album. That album, “Biermacht”, was released in spring of 1988 on CD, LP, and cassette. Despite substantial pre-orders for “Biermacht”, many record shops and distributors returned the products to the record company after discovering a song entitled “Suck My Dick” was listed on the album’s cover. Many distributors also complained about the cover artwork.