After a gig József walked up to the band saying he could sing with them. Like in a Hollywood bestseller he became a legendary member of the Hungarian rock-scene. His arrival made some waves, not only because he brought his friend Laci Nemeth, who was also a singer. '82 was the year when "Kalács" officially became the lead singer, and the band counted eight members.
Because of their theatrical on-stage antics they really needed eight men. For example, for the song Ave Cezar, one of them dressed up like Cezar. The band has been using Orff's Carmina Burana as an intro since that time. The nickname of Gabor Kukovecz (Hangman) derived from his costume too.
"Kalács" and Józsi Németh spread the word wearing panther skin waistcoats in songs like Cirkusz és Rács( Circus and Grating) and Gladiátor (Gladiator). Because Gábor used to learn from Prognózis guitarist István Vörös, they did open-up shows for the band. Vörös was really surprised to see his ex-student putting on a mask in the dressing-room. At that time their name was already Pokolgép, despite Vörös suggesting to change it immediately.
The original idea for the name was Kommandó, but another band had used it already, so the actual drummer Dezso Neográdi suggested they pick up the name Pokolgép. There was a frequent change of guitarists beside just Gábor. In the beginning István Maza was the co-pilot, and after he left came Józsi Révi (later Dance) from Metal Vox. Until the time ex-Ninive guitarist Laszló Nagyfi joined them, there were many guitarists coming and going. By that time Gábor and Endre couldn't make a decision together, so Endre left the band and founded the legendary and still working Ossian.
György Pazdera became the bass player who was a friend of the actual drummer András Gyenizse, and who invited Laci Pazdera (ex Rockwell drummer) into the band when Gyenizse left to the U.S. Around that time, '84-'85, the band became more and more popular. It happened that they did two gigs at the FMH (the Capital House of Cultural), so it meant that more than 1500 people saw them. Money didn't come together with fame, because the boys invested every forint into new equipment. They bought bigger scenery, lighting and sound gear.
They bought a coffin that time, which was a stage décor and a cable-rack too. Between gigs they stored the coffin at Gábor's first floor pad, so the neighbors often asked them, "Who has died again?". The band played opening acts for such popular names as Omega, P. Box, and P. Mobil and had its own club-gigs as well.
At this time they faced their first big problem. In those times, the masks, leather-clothes and singing about things that can have a dark influence on youth did not make them popular with the authorities. Due to the official directives they weren't allowed to do gigs in town, so they solved this problem with a special technique. They posted blank posters on the walls across town three days before the gig.
The day before, they neolux-sprayed in the gig's place and time. This didn't leave enough time for others to cancel the show. These gigs were often visited by official government "watchers". Gábor used to sit at local police stations and heard that bands like "Dolly Roll" was more "appreciated" by the government.
Then Béla Józsa booked the gigs, rented the halls for disco, and brought his own open-up band, which "happened" to be Pokolgép. Fans certainly knew what was going on, so these were all sold-out shows. In '84 a special TV program brought them un-expected success and new problems too. Pepe changed from keyboardist to sound-engineer. After the TV session they took off the leathers and started playing dirty-rock.(They kept one song Vérszívó Asszony (Blood-sucking Woman) from that time).
They were promised to get signed, but after a few gigs they went back to their music saying they were serious about metal. This was their luck. 1986-1991 József Kalapács - lead vocals Gábor Kukovecz - guitars László Nagyfi - guitars György Pazdera - bass László Tarca - drums After opening-up for Motörhead in 84' and for P.Mobil on its boat trip-tour, they could talk much easier with Hungaroton Records, because it was clear, that the band had many followers. They got the biggest help from Mária Csala. Hungarian rock-legend, music business vet Feró Nagy (leader/singer of Beatrice) also supported them with advice, lyrics, etc.
The first album (Totális Metál (Total Metal) released 1986 by Hungaroton Rec.) was a huge hit. In part it was the first record in this style in Hung., and they had had many fans already. The album went in 65.000 in the first two months, and 80.000 in total and still searched. The second LP (Pokoli Színjáték (Hell Comedy) 1987.
Hungaroton Rec.) went in 90.000 or more. It's not clear, because the rec. Company kept the secret. If they had reached 100.000 the company would have spent 1000000 forints on advertising.
The 100.000 also meant to become Golden-album. Today its enough to sell 10.000 copies. Tours were also successful, sold-out gigs everywhere, headlines in the news, most of readers' poll were won by the band members. Fan followed them across the whole country. For some people it was the summer holiday to follow the band to every gig.
These was nice and successful times. Many of today's leader bands in Hungary name Pokolgép as a big influence on there becoming musicians. The band says their first three records were the biggest hits, but they always tried to reach a higher level with every new album. The studio sessions, the tours, the managing, the transport, the rehearsing took the band's whole energy and differences became deeper. Especially Gábor's and Laci Nagyfi's musical ideas were different.
This led to the break-up of Hungary biggest metal group's original line-up. In 1990 József Kalapács and László Nagyfi stepped outside and formed the also successful metal band Omen. (Today Józsi leads his solo band named Kalapács.) The original line-up played together once again on the 2nd of September in 1995 at Petofi Csarnok. This is available on CD and VHS ( Utolsó Merénylet (Last Attempt) 1995 Sony Music).
Józsi Kalapács has always been a guest at every more important gigs of Pokolgép's new line-ups. The original members will (maybe) appear at the band's 20th Birthday show. After the break-up new , also successful times have begun. Discography: Totális Metál 1986. (Total Metal) Pokoli Színjáték 1987.
(Hell Comedy) Éjszakai Bevetés 1989. (Midnight Mission) Metál az ész 1990. (Metal Mind) Koncertlemez 1991. (Live album) Utolsó merénylet 1995.
(Last Attempt) 1991-1995 Joe Rudán - lead vocals Gábor Kukovecz - guitars Norbert Jung - guitars Gyögy Pazdera - bass László Tarca - drums So with full of ideas and energy, Kukovecz, Tarca, and Pazdera stayed together. The other day Gábor saw a Led Zeppelin cover band called Coda, and he was impressed by the singer's voice and image. The new singer was found. Joe Rudán's only request was let him do Coda as a hobby.
This band still works. The guitarist's space was filled by a prodigy Péter Kun (1967-1993). He worked with the band only six months playing gigs and writing songs. Then he got a call from Hungary's most popular rock band Edda's leader to join.
His death by a car hit in 1993 really shock the band. His loving memory is still here. He is always commemorated at every anniversary of his death by his friends. The next co-pilot was Norbert Jung. This line-up also had big hits.
In 1991 the album Adj új erot (Give me new power -1991. EMI-Quint) was released and its still one of the most successful albums of all times in metal era. After a huge tour, and a record with Hungarian metal queen Metal Lady the album Vedd el ami jár ( Take what is due to you 1992. ) was released in 1992.
The album was sold well but Hungarian rock scene went through changes. Rock bands had to play in clubs, musicians needed a civil job to be on their feet. Gábor became a music teacher in a grammar school. He still works there and prepares for his second university degree.
Norbert, Laci Tarca left the band , so as Pazdera. Discography: Adj új erot 1991. (Give Me New Power) Vedd el ami jár 1992. ( Take What Is Due To You) Gép, Best of, Last attempt.. Gábor, being a creative human being continued writing songs. He finished the songs with Joe Rudán's voice, and band Gép (Machine) was founded.
Gép was Pokolgép's nickname. The album Gép(Mechine ) was released in 1995 spring. Despite the weak advertising the record went well, a tour was needed. And the band needed musicians.
The first gig went well on the 26th of January in 1996 with Csaba "Pinyo" Pintér ( of Carmen) on bass and Wladi (of Damned Road) on drums. The tour went well, and after Pinyo left Carmen he became the bass player. Old Pokolgép hits were parts of the set forecasting a possible continuation of the story. As time went by Wladi moved to the U.S.
so Ede Szilágyi who had also left Carmen took the drumsticks over. Back in '95. This was the year when the original line-up played a farewell gig together. Guests were Joe Rudán and Endre Paksi. Everything for the audience! Hungaroton Rec.
took an opportunity to release a Best of with the first four albums' songs. Despite it didn't include any unreleased, live or new tracks it went well just because it was the originals' first CD. And it still goes well where it's available. Discography: Gép - A gép 1995 ( Machine - The Machine) Best of "Régi Gép" 1995 (Best of "Old Gép") Utolsó Merénylet 1995 (Last Attempt) 1999 - 2010 Joe Rudán - lead vocal Gábor Kukovecz - guitars Csaba Pintér - bass Ede Szilágyi - drums László Láris - guitars Dávid Nagy - guitars The story goes on. The years of '97 and '98 were spent with rehearsing and song writing.
But on the 8th of May in 1998 they played together under the flag of Pokolgép at a huge metal fest with Omen and Ossian. This was followed by a tour and looking for the new co-guitarist. László "Csiga (Snail)" Láris from metal group Machbet seemed to be perfect for the job. The new songs' lyrics were written by Attila "Leak" Berencsi and Dávid Nagy (guitarist from 2001).
The album Csakazértis ( Forallthat 'spelled this way) was released on the 13th of may in 2000 with a big concert in Petofi Csarnok with guest star U.D.O. The album supporting tour was finished at Petofi Csarnok too on the 2nd of December, where a live album was recorded. Short after Csiga left the band because he lived in a distant city from the band's headquarters. They wished him the best luck in the world.
From the spring of 2001 Gábor's ex-student and band's lyrics writer David "Dvd" Nagy became Gábor's partner in crime. That time the last album came out in English named "Ancient Fever". In July the live album recorded in Dec. was released. The band played some gigs in Vajdaság (Voivoidship, Jugoslavian area dwelled by Hungarian people) and Transylvania in August making the people living there, die-hard fans.
They spent the autumn with studio-works, and the winter went with tour over tour. The new album "Te sem vagy más" (You're Not Different Either) came out on the 8th of March in 2002 at Hammer Records. The supporting tour started on the 20th of April at Petofi Csarnok with guest stars József Kalapács and Feró Nagy. By the spring of 2010, Joe Rudán was fired from the band. He's been replaced by Attila Tóth. Here we are at the moment.
And the rest, we'll see' The new era 2010 - Attila Tóth - lead vocal Gábor Kukovecz - guitars Csaba Pintér - bass Csaba Czébely - drums Dávid Nagy - guitars The band broke with Joe Rudan, and started to search for a new singer. They found him, and in 2010. may. 1 Attila Tóth become the new singer. In 2010.
december 2. the band relased a new concert album, "Újratöltve", it has a new song "Ne köss belém!". It was the supplement of the RockinforM magazine. Discography: Csakazértis 2000. (Forallthat) Ancient Fever 2001. Live I-II.
2001. Te sem vagy más 2002. (You're Not Different Either) Songlist: Totális Metal - 1986. LP. MC. 01.
A jel 02. Pokolgép 03. Démon 04. A tűz 05.
Totális Metal 06. Bon Scott emlékére 07. Mennyit érsz 08. Átkozott nemzedék 09.
Mindhalálig Rock and Roll 10. ...Tovább Pokoli Színjáték - 1987. LP. MC. 01.
Tökfej 02. Tisztítótűz 03. Ítélet helyett 04. Vallomás 05.
Halálra szeretlek 06. Pokoli színjáték 07. 666 08. Éjféli harang 09.
Újra születnék 10. Az a szép.. Éjszakai bevetés - 1989. LP. MC. 01.
Gép-induló 02. A lázadó 03. A pokol angyalai 04. A háború gyermeke 05.
Most már elég 06. Éjszakai bevetés 07. Tépett madár 08. Itt és most 09.
Kár minden szó Metál az ész - 1990. LP. MC. 01. Metál az ész 02.
Gyűlölnek 03. Szabadság szárnyain 04. Egy az Isten, Rock and Roll 05. Indulj! 06.
Engedj! 07. A kitaszított 08. Ne bántsd a fiút 09. Késő hősnek lenni 10.
A dal érted él Koncertlemez (Live) - 1990. LP. MC. 01. Metál az ész 02.
Kár minden szó 03. Tépett madár 04. Vallomás 05. Itt és most 06.
Gép-induló 07. A háború gyermeke 08. Éjféli harang 09. Ítélet helyett 10.
Mindhalálig Rock and Roll Adj új erőt - 1991. LP. MC. CD. 01.
A harang értem szól 02. Én döntöm el 03. Nincs könyörület 04. Pokolra szállsz 05.
Megátkozott világ 06. Adj új erőt 07. Aki másképp él 08. Győzd le a Gonoszt 09.
Hol van a szó 10. A világot már nem váltom meg Vedd el ami jár - 1992. CD. MC. 01.
Feltámadt éj 02. Hozzád szólok (Rocker ima) 03. A fekete özvegy 04. Szakíts, ha bírsz 05.
Halálos tánc 06. Az árnyék 07. Szakadék szélén 08. Vedd el, ami jár 09.
Mi fáj Best of "Régi gép" - 1995. CD. MC. 01. A jel 02.
A tűz 03. B. S. emlékére 04.
Mennyit érsz 05. Mindhalálig R'n'R' 06. Tökfej 07. Ítélet helyett 08.
Vallomás 09. Éjféli harang 10. Pokoli színjáték 11. Újra születnék 12.
A háború gyermeke 13. Gép-induló 14. Tépett madár 15. Itt és most 16.
Kár minden szó 17. Az a szép... Az utolsó merénylet - 1995. CD. MC. 01.
Pokoli színjáték 02. ...Tovább 03. Pokolgép 04. Maszk 05.
Gép-induló 06. Bon Scott emlékére 07. Ítélet helyett 08. Győzd le a Gonoszt 09.
Mennyit érsz 10. A jel 11. Cirkusz és rács 12. A bűn 13.
Itt és most 14. A háború gyermeke 15. Vérszívó asszony 16. Éjféli harang 17.
Mindhalálig Rock and Roll A gép - 1996. CD. MC. 01. A gép 02.
Emelj magasba 03. Áradj, vér 04. Hős lettél 05. Kegyelemdöfés 06.
Forma-I 07. Végső kaland 08. Te is akarod 09. Marchez Ou Crevez (légiós dal) 10.
Ki mondja meg Csakazértis - 2000. CD. MC. 01. Ősi lázban 02.
Én a tűz leszek 03. Ha újra jön az ár 04. Mielőtt végleg eltűnnél 05. Így kellesz 06.
Csakazértis 07. Mit tennél, ha látnád 08. Hagyd hátra 09. Szökevény 10.
Ha akarom 11. A másik oldal 12. Mégegyszer Ancient fever - 2001. CD.
MC. 01. Ancient Fever 02. I'll Be The Fire 03. If Flood Comes Again 04.
Before You Go Away 05. I Need You 06. Rock And Roll 07. What Would You Do 08.
Leave It Behind 09. Fugitive 10. If I Want It 11. The Other Side 12.
Once Again Live - 2001. dupla CD. MC. 01. Tökfej 02.
Aki másképp él 03. Ősi lázban 04. Mielőtt végleg eltűnnél 05. A jel 06.
Feltámadt éj 07. Ha akarom 08. B.S. emlékére 09.
Ítélet helyett 11. Mit tennél ha látnád 12. A harang értem szól 13. Légiós dal 14.
Tépett madár 15. Győzd le a Gonoszt 16. Szökevény 17. Hol van a szó 18.
Újra születnék Te sem vagy más - 2002. CD. MC. 01. Így szép az élet 02.
Te sem vagy más 03. Alku, remény 04. Ezerszer 05. Panasz van rád 06.
Pokolban úr 07. Ég és föld között 08. Nézz rám 09. Állítsák meg a hintát 10.
Tedd a kezed (J.A.) Momentum - 2002. CD. MC. 01. Végtelen úton 02.
B. S. emlékére 03. Ítélet helyett 04.
Nincs könyörület 05. Mégegyszer 06. Hős lettél 07. Szakadék szélén 08.
Itt és most 09. Ki mondja meg 10. Csakazértis 11. Tedd a kezed (J.A.) 12.
Hozzád szólok 13. Hol van a szó +BONUS VIDEO: 14. Mégegyszer A Túlélő - 2004. CD.
MC. 01. Farkasok dala 02. Kánaán 03. Elveszett percek 04.
Szívedből tisztán 05. A túlsó part (In memory of K.J.) 06. A túlélő 07. Dolgozik a vér 08.
Sza-rock rá 09. Mindörökké 10. Még ártatlanul (Rocker nemzedék) 11. Ide tartozom Oblatio - 2006.
CD. MC. 01. Minden nap 02. Adj új erőt 03.
Mégegyszer 04. Vallomás 05. Hol van a szó 06. A háború gyermeke 07.
Így szép az élet 08. A túlsó part 09. Aki másképp él 10. A jel 11.
Ide tartozom Pokoli mesék - 2007. CD. 01. Az én menyasszonyom 02. Poklon is túl 03.
Sajtot oszt a róka 04. Az adott szó 05. Ordítom a nevem 06. Minden nap 07.
Halálos ítélet 08. Véredből születtem 09. Az elesettekért 10. Új Biblia Újratöltve - 2010.
CD. 01. Pokoli színjáték 02. Győzd le a Gonoszt 03. Aki másképp él 04.
Háború gyermeke 05. Adj új erőt! 06. Az a szép... (eladő a POKOLNÉP) 07.
Ítélet helyett 08. ... Tovább 09. Minden nap 10.
Ne köss belém! 11. Éjféli harang 12. A lázadó 13. Újra születnék 14.
Hol van a szó 15. Mindhalálig Rock and Roll 16. Ne köss belém! (bonus, studio version) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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