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HistoryThe band was founded in 1985 as Carrion by guitarist and vocalist V.O. Pulver. Carrion was not renamed to Poltergeist until the studio recording of Poltergeist's first demo in 1987. Carrion was "underground" and was signed under Gama/Sri Lanca Records, a small record company in Germany. Carrion's appearance was heavily influenced by glam metal, which was upcoming at the time. After the name change to Poltergeist, the departure of three other band members, and the addition of new singer André Grieder, the band changed drastically in terms of appearance and style. Poltergeist gained a cult following after the release of their first two albums, but became more well known after singer André Grieder recorded vocals on the Cracked Brain album for the popular thrash metal band Destruction. Poltergeist's albums were critically viewed as "good, but not good enough to set them apart." and the band broke up following the release of their final album in 1993. At the end of 2013, Poltergeist announced their reunion. The line-up consists of V.O. Pulver, André Grieder, Marek Felis, Chasper Wanner, and Sven Vormann.StyleAs Carrion, Evil is There! had a raw and edgy sound, which included harsh and erratic drum beats and vocals, as well as catchy riffs from the guitars. With a line up change and a new vocalist, the newly named Poltergeist's style began as a mix between power metal and thrash metal in their debut album Depression. They decided to focus on thrash metal in their second album Behind My Mask, which included more blast beats and less vocal chords. Their third and final album, Nothing Lasts Forever, included more technicality due to star drummer Peter Haas, as well as deeper and more prominent guitar and vocal chords.


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