Dave Death (ex-K-oss) - Guitar
Phil DK - Bass (later vocals)
Ash - Drums
Tessa - Bass
Steve D-fect (pre-Kismet HC) - Drums
Fluff - Bass
Magzy (ex-Social Outrage) - Drums
DEATH ZONE originally formed in 1981 when Dave Death went to a Damned gig and met up with Phil Dekay, Ash & Stringer. Dave had been playing in local band called K-OSS since 1977 but they had just split up, so he was on the lookout for a new band. Death & Ash had known each other for many years, And so DEATH ZONE were formed, the only problem was that Dave was the only member who could play an instrument, so before the band could do anything Dave had to teach Phil how to play bass & Ash had to teach himself how to bang drums in time with the rest of the raw punk noise!
DEATH ZONE played their first gig in a renowned Stoke on Trent venue, called The Vine' where all the touring punk bands from over the UK played, after this initial gig, Stringer left the band, so Phil Dekay took over on vocals and we asked Tessa to play bass. This line up would last until 1984.
DEATH ZONE went to Twilight Recording Studios in Manchester, and recorded their first demo; including the songs: I HATE THE PIGS/ RELIGION/ YOUTH IS TO BLAME/ and 3rd WORLD WAR; Death Zone now played lots of gigs then went back into Twilight and recorded their 2nd demo,SOMETHING'S WRONG/ NUCLEAR ARMS-RACE/ COWARDLY ASSASSIN and STREET GANGS, the song The Youth is to Blame from the 1st demo was released on CONFLICT'S , WHO WHAT WHY WHEN WHERE Compilation LP, which got the band a lot of coverage in international fanzines and also in Maximum Rock & Roll and Punk Lives Magazine.
In 1984 they met up with Deefekt, who had been booking the odd gig on at The Vine, and was trying to interview them for his fanzine "Spanner in the Works" the band were too drunk (as normal) and gave lots of silly answers, they also asked him to try out as drummer, they then went back to the studio to do some new recordings, this resulted in their best ever powerful songs like SINGLED OUT] ROT IN HELL and KILLER: Rot in hell & Killer were both on the PARTY POOPING PUNK PROVOCATIONS Computation LP. This compilation LP got the band a lot of recognition and many gigs.
Tessa would be next member to leave the band in 1986 and Death Zone recruited mark (Dave's little brother) to join on bass. In 1988 Deefekt left the band and joined newly formed KISMET HARDCORE. DEATH ZONE's new drummer would be Magzy ex SOCIAL OUTRAGE drummer, the band would stay with this line up until they split in 1990 leaving Dave & Phil as the only original members, who went on to form a band called ABDERA, a cross of Punk & Space Rock. In 2000, three ex DEATH ZONE members:- Dave Death/ Phil Dekay and Deefekt got together and formed VOLT-FACE which was pretty much an updated version of Death Zone under a new name, with the same musical direction of hard- hitting PUNK FUCKING ROCK!!! We finally decided to drop the Volt-Face name and become Death Zone Again!