Itīs almost ten years ago since the band GALLOWS POLE appeared the first time on the german
scene. Their history started when three young musicians, from the former Yugoslavia whose musical success was cut short by the war in their country, hit the german
The first apperance of GALLOWS POLE was short because bassist/vocalist and
mainsongwriter John A.B.C. Smith left to join the band SCANNER in 1993.
Two yeas later, after Scanners `95 release "Mental Reservation"
John left the band consenquently, because there he could not find his
inner peace and startet again to work on his own songs. In a rented studio
he took up the work to his selfnamed project "John A.B.C.
Smith". The project was conceived, played, arranged and produced by
John alone and resulted in the CD "The Revelation of John".
The foundation for the GALLOWS POLE reunion were unwrittingly laid with the
release of this CD.
John began to look for a suitable group of musicians to release the music
in a live setting. Only two people immediatly sprang to mind - his old
Gallows Pole collegues Zokk Milosh and Hakan Topcu. After a few gigs and
sessions with their old friend Amir Jesenkovic on second guitar, Adnan
Davidoff was quicky recruited as the fourth core member of the band.
In 1999 Gallows Pole`s hibernation came to the end. The right music and the
right musicians came together and their three track demo "Over The Rainbow" beat hundreds of other bands to be included on Rock Hard
magazines sampler CD in february of 2000. After this first introduction to
the europewide music scene, the band earned good reviews. About the same
the band securred a deal with Shark-Records and released their debut album
"GALLOWS POLE - Gallows Pole" at the end of march 2000.
GALLOWS POLE are often compared in reviews to bands as Iron Maiden, Helloween and
Amored Saint, as which is where most paralles are accidental, especially
vocal comparsions to Helloweens Andre Deris. On the comparsions with IROM
MAIDEN Gallows Pole say: "weīre all big Maiden fans and sure
influenced by them strong, so we take it as a compliment".
Nevertheless the band and their fans recognise that Gallows Pole music is Gallows Pole
music, above all songs which contains influences of the homeland of John,
Zokk and Ado. Original songs in combination with the Balkan folk music, with itīs odd
time signatures and tonalities and retor exotic themes, songs like
"Balkan Rhapsody" are for sure uniqely in the