The band Pankration was founded in 2010 by Phil (vocals), Jens (guitar), Barnes (bass) and Gerd (drums). Each member did already play in quite a couple of different bands during the last twenty years – and somehow there was just the time to start up the probably very first All-Star-Metal-Band of the region of East-Westphalia. Actually it was just meant to be a fun project, but very soon it came clear that this project was it worth to be carried on.
The music may be described as a mixture of all that variety of sounds, that the four veterans created with their other bands so far: Something between melodic Death-Thrash and groovy Punk’n’Roll – or simply „Bare Knuckle Rock ‘n‘ Roll“!
The lyrics are more or less meaningless – at the first sight! Reading between the lines you can find a lot of sideswipes to all and everybody – either good old Rock’n’Roll clichés, or the dark sides of life, such as churches, politics and so on.
The name „Pankration“ denotes ancient greece martial arts. In Pankration nearly anything was allowed to force the opponent to give up; and often one man died.
The debut cd „Beretta’s Kiss“ was produced in 2012 by Uwe Becker and released in january 2013. It is distributed by the band itself an also by the cult-label GrindAttack from Bielefeld.