BLACK CHAPEAUX - Enkhuizen (Noord-Holland, NL) 1982 - 1985

The band started in 1982 by founding members Henk and Gerrit Keesman (brothers, we assume). They waited two years before they made their first demo, as they had up 'till ten own songs. At gigs you could also find songs from IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, SAXON and RUSH on the setlist. These bands where also their main influences heard on the first demo. A year later a three track demo is recorded in the Radavique Studios in Andijk, and was released soon after. It proved they could make solid heavy metal/hardrock. Only too bad there is a THIN LIZZY cover "Are You Ready" on it. Why not a self-written song? Anyway, it’s a good cover song and third song "Dance Macabre" is a song about the devil, which is always a good thing (except from the lyrics: ‘I saw the devil and he was Dancing’!!). After ’85, we lost track of the band.
(text conducted by Stefan van Zijl)

Henk Keesman – vocals
Gerrit Keesman – guitars
Jan van Dijk – bass
Hans Hofstee - drums

*Demo I (1984)
*Demo II (1985)


[Updated: August 15, 2011]