were a Dutch
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band formed in 1985, characterized as instrumental noise rock
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, who released six studio albums, one live album, and had two compilation appearances between 1986 and 1997. One of the band's studio albums was released on the Megadisc label. They split up in 1997.
The band's initial line was Pieter De Sury (guitar, previously played in Venlo-based band Disgust), Martin Van Cleef (bass, also from Disgust) and Danny Arnold Lommen (drums, previously played guitar in Venlo-based band Pandemonium). With this line-up, the band's concept was developed and the music heard on the Hart Gore
LP was written. After a short period of time, Van Cleef left the band and Rob Frey (aka Marij Hel) took over on bass.
With the line-up of Pieter De Sury, Rob Frey and Danny Arnold, the band began playing live locally. In march 1986, they entered the studio to record their first LP, entitled Hart Gore
. After Hart Gore
and in 1987 the follow-up, Mean Man's Dream
. They then released a live album featuring Gore on one side and Henry Rollins
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on the other.
In 1988 Pieter De Sury left the band and was replaced by two new guitar players. the line-up now was: Marij Hel (Rob Frey) - bass / Danny Arnold - drums / Frankie Stroo - guitar & Joes Bently - guitar. The band played at the New Music Seminar
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in New York
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, and signed to the large Megadisc label, releasing the double album Wrede/The Cruel Peace
in 1988, the album co-produced by Steve Albini
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. The lack of commercial success led the band to split up.
Frey reformed the band in 1991 with new musicians (guitarist Johan Van Reede and drummer Bardo Maria), and released the double-CD album Lifelong Deadline
. The following year they again performed at the New Music Seminar in New York, playing at The Knitting Factory.
In January 1994, Gore toured Europe in support of the CD reissues of Hart Gore
and Mean Man's Dream
on Messback Music CD.
Gore released their final album, Mest/694'3
in February 1997 with the line-up from Lifelong Deadline
A final Gore CD, entitled Slow-Death
, was included free in an issue of 'Gonzo Circus' magazine late in 1997. It contained a mixture of alternate/unreleased and live versions of songs from Lifelong Deadline
Rob Frey went on to play guitar in the band De Nieuwe Blijdschap.
Gore received considerable airplay from BBC Radio 1
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DJ John Peel
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, and recorded three sessions for his radio show between 1987 and 1991, amounting to a lot of airtime given the length of their tracks.
- Hart Gore (1986) Eksakt
- Mean Man's Dream (1987) Eksakt
- Wrede/The Cruel Peace (double) (1988) Megadisc
- Lifelong Deadline (1992) Messback
- Mest/694'3 (1996) Messback
- Slow Death (1997) (6000 copies issued free with Gonzo Circus magazine)
- Out of Nowhere CD (1990) Out Of Nowhere
- Mortar CD (1992) Permis de Construiere Deutschland
- HartGore & Mean Mans Dream CD (2008) Southern