Angelcorpse was a blackened death metal band formed in Kansas City in 1995 by Gene Palubicki and Pete Helmkamp. Regarding the band's name, Pete Helmkamp stated in an interview; We put it as two words on the demo, so Osmose learned it that way. But that was just a mistake at the printers...It was one of those flukes. But it is just a single word... It just seems to look more visually pleasing as a single word. It fits with the phonetics: we say 'Angelcorpse', not 'Angel Corpse'. Hammer of Gods, the debut album from Osmose Productions (France), was recorded in July still as a three piece. Then Bill Taylor joined in October on rhythm guitar to make Angelcorpse a four piece. Angelcorpse supported Impaled Nazarene in Europe in December and recorded a live EP from one of the shows on that tour. In May, the Wolflust EP was recorded with the full lineup , and several shows, including the Milwaukee Metalfest. These were played in the USA during the rest of the year. The second Angelcorpse album, Exterminate, was recorded in November 1997 at Morrisound Studios. Exterminate, also released on Osmose, successfully captured the furious nature of the band's sound. With such songs as Christhammer, Sons of Vengeance, and Wartorn truly representing the direction that Angelcorpse would continue to go down. After the release of Exterminate in 1998, drummer Tony Laureano replaced Longstreth in March. Angelcorpse played the April 'No Mercy II Festivals' in Europe, which consisted of 11 show...
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