ARTCH was founded
in Jan.-83 by Cato and myself (Bernt).We were 16 and 17 years old
at the time. One year later we changed the line up. We teamed up
with another local heavy metal group called "Oxygen"
which featured Geir and Jørn.
We made a couple
of demos, and made a (extremely) low budget video in mai-85. The
song "Metal Life" was actually one of those songs. Until
then, we had problems finding the right singer for the band. We
needed a singer with a powerful voice and attitude. The singer we
had at the time, Lars Fladeby, didn't quite fill those standards.
-85, we did find a dude called Espen Hoff. He seemed to fit the
band "like hand in glove". But this was never meant to
be. Espen was tragically killed in a motorcycle-accident on his
way to an ARTCH rehearsal in Oct.-85