(1987 – 1993)

Bio: From Groningen and Dwingelo. Abbreviation for Bring Your Own Beer. After a year covering Ramones, D.R.I. and G.B.H., they start to make own songs. Influenced by various styles and bands such as Godflesh, Carcass, Terrorizer and Slayer, they develop their own sound. Through the years the songs become more complex and heavy, but without any lack of energy and aggression. In 1989 they win the Prijs Van Drenthe contest and can finance their first 12″ EP. After some memberchanges (Henry Sattler of God Dethroned joins), they change their name into Ministry Of Terror and start playing deathmetal.

Hardcorepunk, crossover

Personal and about the coming apocalypse, the insanity of war, false relations…


Hans Mertens – vocals
Tjerk de Boer – drums
Elzo Nijboer – guitar (1987-1990), bass (1990–1993)
Remco Hulst – bass (1987-1990), guitar (1990–1993)
Theun – guitar (1990–1993)

Theo – guitar (1987-1990)

Other bands:
Hans Mertens – Ministry Of Terror
Tjerk de Boer – Ministry Of Terror, Northgate, Overdrunk
Elzo Nijboer – Ministry Of Terror, Overdrunk
Remco Hulst – Ministry Of Terror, Overdrunk

1988 – B.Y.O.B. TAPE (Selfreleased, NL)
1990 – B.Y.O.B. LP (Lowland, NL)
1992 – Civilization TAPE (Selfreleased, NL)

Concerts: (assorted)
1989.07.04 W.N.C., Groningen (+ Oerboere, Doom, Concrete Sox)

1990.06.30 Oosterpoort, Groningen (+ Boegies, Johnny Baby, Moonlizards and more)
1990.09.21 B.Y.O.B., Hell’s Kitchen @ O.R.K.Z., Groningen

1991.04.11 Vera, Groningen

1993.09.24 Simplon, Groningen (+ Quest For Fire, No Sequence, The Little Furry Things, The Big Bastards, Royal Relation)
1993.12.04 Viadukt, Groningen (+ Yphobia)

Villa Onrust, VPRO Television 1990