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Bonfire is a German heavy metal band which formed originally in Ingolstadt in 1972 under the name Cacumen.
Bonfire has a unique history to them as currently there are two bands whom have held the name. The original group started out as Cacumen, became Bonfire and currently performing as Charade. The second group began as Lessmann/Ziller and then purchased the rights to the Bonfire name, which they have used ever since.
In 1972, in the West German town of Ingolstadt a teenaged guitarist, Hans Ziller, put together a rock band called Cacumen with his brother Karl, whom also played guitar, then gathered a bunch of friends to complete the band. The name of the group was from a school test Hans had taken and it translates from Latin meaning âthe top of a mountainâ. For the next six years, the band played at local small venues, but had a fan base in their hometown. In 1978, the group consisted of Hans and Karl on guitars, Horst Maier on guitar (in 1983, Horstâs last name would become Maier-Thorn), Hans Hauptmann on bass, Hanns Schmidt-Theissen whom had a solo career previously on keyboards and Hans Forstner on drums. When the ...