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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Power metal, Death metal (Later)

Years active:

1985-1986, 1987-1990


Pure Metal Records

Associated Acts:

Wonrowe Vision, Revulsed, Horde, InExordium, Altera Enigma, Soundscape, Paramaecium, Deliverance, Teramaze, Fearscape, Beheadoth, Ninth Sphere, Generator, Where Shadows Lie


Mortification (1990-present)

Last Known Lineup:

Steve Rowe
Cameron Hall
Jayson Sherlock

Former Members:

Phadrah Hirschfield
Steve Johnson
Chris Miller
Murray Adams
Rohan McDowell
Errol Willenberg

Lightforce, also stylized as Light Force, was a power metal band that began in 1985. The band broke up in 1986 but resurfaced in 1987 with a new lineup and became slightly heavier, with a new lineup. In 1990, the band changed their name to Mortification and became a death metal band.

History Edit

Lightforce began in 1985 with the lineup of Steve Rowe on Bass, Phadrah Hirschfield on Vocals, Chris Miller on Guitars and Rohan McDowell on Drums. in 1986, the band recorded two demos, titled Blue and Yellow Demos. The band broke up in 1986, after the demos releases.

In 1987, the band reformed with the lineup of Rowe, Steve Johnson (Vocals), Cameron Hall (Guitars) and Errol Willenberg (Drums). The same year, the band recorded their debut album, titled Battlezone. Hall departed from the band, being replaced by Murray Adams.

With this lineup, the band recorded their sophomore album, Mystical Thieves. In 1990, Johnson and Adams departed from the band.[1] Hall returned to the band, bringing his friend Jayson Sherlock, who joined on Drums.[2] Sherlock had known Hall from a Bible Study, and then joined officially.

The band recorded a demo titled Break the Curse, which brought the band to a heavier style. The band changed their name to Mortification, becoming a death metal band.

Members Edit

Last Known Lineup

  • Steve Rowe - Bass (1985-1986, 1987-1990), Vocals (1990)
  • Cameron Hall - Guitars (1987-1988, 1990)
  • Jayson Sherlock - Drums (1990)

Former Members

  • Phadrah Hirschfield - Vocals (1985-1986)
  • Steve Johnson - Vocals (1987-1990)
  • Chris Miller - Guitars (1985-1986)
  • Murray Adams - Guitars (1987-1990)
  • Rohan McDowell - Drums (1985-1986)
  • Errol Willenberg - Drums (1987-1990)

Timeline Edit

Discography Edit

Studio Albums

  • Battlezone (1987)
  • Mystical Thieves (1988)


  • Blue Demo (1986)
  • Yellow Demo (1986)
  • Break the Curse (1990)


  • Metal Missionaries (1991)


  • The Best of LightForce - Mortification's Beginning (1994)
  • 1986 to 1989 (2003)

References Edit

  1. thrashboy (April 11, 2012). "Interview With 'Steve Rowe', About The Years With 'Lightforce'". The Metal Resource. Retrieved on April 27, 2018.
  2. Sherlock, Jayson (October 25, 2015). "Jayson Sherlock of Revulsed (Mortification)". As The Story Grows. Interview with Travis Turner and Stephen Sarro. Retrieved on April 15, 2018.

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