Forty years ago the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) revitalised the (hard) rock landscape. Fuelled by the punk and new wave ethos, a new scene springs up overnight in both Europe and the US.
Small labels mushroom everywhere and Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and Saxon are the flagbearers of the new scene. Nowadays the Mausoleum record label is an iconic name among vinyl collectors. As of 1982, the label scours the scene for new metal talent with a special focus on Belgian bands. Ostrogoth forms in 1980 and is one of the bands to be snaffled up by the new label. In 1983 their ‘Full Moon’s Eyes‘ EP makes a huge impact both in Belgium and abroad with material that’s on a par with the best of the early NWOBHM output. The band counts James Hetfield among its fans and in spite of adversity and painful personal loss Ostrogoth perseveres. Nowadays drummer Mario Pauwels is the only remaining founding member but just like a bear fresh out of hibernation Grizzly is ravenous and he’s looking forward to the 40th anniversary of the Last Tribe Standing. There’s a huge birthday cake waiting for you guys backstage!