Origin: Brighton, England  
Genres: Thrash Metal
Last update/review: February 27, 2019

Hydra Vein

One of the earlier British thrash bands of the eighties, Hydra Vein was formed by the Maddison brothers, who also played for a time in another Brit band, Deathwish (one of several connections with that band -- guitarist Dan Ranger was the brother of Deathwish bassist Stuart Ranger, and that band's guitarist, Dave Brunt, played on the first Hydra Vein demo). They signed to the tiny Metalother label and released Rather Death Then False Of Faith, a quite decent Slayer-esque thrash album even with the low-budget production. The album got fine reviews but not a lot of distribution, leading the band to leave for the RKT label for their second and last album, After The Dream. Unfortunately that album never got the same interest as the debut, and Hydra Vein disbanded soon after its release.

The band announced a reformation, with a mostly original lineup, in February 2019.

Current Members

James Manley-Bird


Danny Ranger


Henry Pol


Jonas Voorspoels


Damon Maddison


John den Buitelaar


Former Members/Guests

Mike Keen

vocals RIP: November 2002, suicide

Stephen Davis


Paul Bate


Jon Balfour

guitars RIP: 1992

Nathan Maddison



Rather Death Than False Of Faith  
1988 Metalother
  1. Rabid
  2. Crucifier
  3. The House
  4. Right To Die
  5. Rather Dead Than False Of Faith
  6. Misanthropic
  7. Harlequin
  8. Guillotine
  • Mike Keen
  • Danny Ranger
  • Stephen Davis
  • Damon Maddison
  • Nathan Maddison

After The Dream  
1989 RKT
  1. 7 USC
  2. Pro-Patria
  3. Born Through Ignorance
  4. No Future
  5. Turning Point
  6. After The Dream
  • Mike Keen
  • Paul Bate
  • Jon Balfour
  • Damon Maddison
  • Nathan Maddison

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