Thursday, March 01, 2018
Overkill - Years of Decay Demo II. This tape was never released commercially. Recorded 6/15 and 6/16/1989 and given to Jonny Z at Megaforce records. This tape saw the light of day at Jonny Z's garage sale a few years back and has made it's way into my collection. Sharing for historical purposes only. I am not interested in leaking the audio files...Dave G.
Posted by Dave G at 9:47 PM
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Here's a demo tape from my youth that was actually made by some friends of mine and my brothers back in the day. Syianic hailed from Rockland County NY and they released this demo in 1987 and a second demo in 1988 that consisted of only 1 song, but what a killer song it is, more on that later. Anyway, the band feature Glenn (guitars), Rodney( drums) and Damon (bass and vocals) who later went on to play with Non-Fiction with Dan Lorenzo of Hades.
Well, that's enough background let's get to the music. The first 1987 demo is complex underground Death/Thrash metal with tons of good riffs, pounding drums and walking bass lines. In 1988 the band went back into the studio looking to improve on the sound quality of the 87 demo and also to take the music to an even more complex place, and what they ended up with is an epic VoiVoid meets Slayer "Hell Awaits" era sounding masterpiece of a song...Dave G.
Click HERE to download the 1987 " The Cross Has Fallen" demo, the 1988 demo and a song from the At War With Self - A Familiar Path cd.
Posted by Dave G at 2:27 PM
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Sanctus at times reminds me of Nuclear Assault, like on the song "Gutter Bitch" and also in parts they remind me of "Wrecking Crew" era Overkill, with vocals that bring Alan Tecchio of Hades to mind. These guys went all out with this very professional demo, which they recorded at Pyramid sound with John Periales, had Glenn Evans record the drums and then they had Rob Wacko Hunter mix. That's a lot of well known dudes mixed up with an unsigned band. This tape is pretty good, but the high pitched vocals are a bit too much at times for me personally.
Unfortunately,based on a search of the Encyclopaedia Metallum website it appears this demo never did lead to a record deal for these thrashers from Glenn Oaks NY.
Posted by Dave G at 8:52 AM
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Here's an old post of a great band. Figured with the new activity on the blog that this post would also fill people in on my background a little bit...Dave G.
I am posting this demo to fill a request for Brian who did some detective work and figured out where I grew up by piecing together little random details about me from my previous posts. For the rest of you I will tell you that I grew up in the burbs of NYC in Rockland County.
Rockland was a pretty normal place to grow up... full of the usual burnouts, jock assholes and rednecks that you find in pretty much everytown U.S.A. The only thing Rockland had going for it was its proximity to NYC...about 30 minutes, so it took little effort to sneak out and hit NYC for some record shopping or to see a good show at Lamours or CBGB etc. Anyway, with this easy exposure to the metal and punk underground it made perfect sense that in a short period of time between say 1985 - 1990 there were probably no less than 10-15 hardcore/metal bands from Rockland who would get together at various small local bars, clubs and VFW halls to play shows, hang out and cause all kinds of trouble lol.
Anyway, after that ridiculously long intro let me tell you that Selective Outrage were one of the, if not the best band of the bunch. I would describe their style as Thrash Discharge if that makes sense. They even cover State Violence / State Control on this demo. The songs are agressive,straight forward and catchy as hell. The vocals and lead guitar work really stand out to me still to this day. Overall this demo rips and I hope some of you enjoy this obscure little gem of a tape.
P.S. Thanks Chris S ( SOR vocalist) for hooking me up with the cd containing all of the Selective Outrage material recorded between 1985-88. Maybe if you blogheads dig this demo I will upload their other demos in the future.
Posted by Dave G at 4:20 PM
Journey / In The Black
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Darkness Can Be Deceptive
Your Life Ends Slut
Thursday, November 02, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
Heed The Prophecy
My Final Warning
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
World of Hate
The Price on Insanity
Time to Die
Monday, October 23, 2017
This demo is very well produced. The bass is thick and heavy and the riffs are solid. I think they may have a bit of a Metallica or early Meshuggah thing going on. Anyway, not bad for a fairly obscure band whose tape I found at a flea market 25 years after it was released...Dave G.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Smut were a ripping thrash band from upstate Middletown NY who formed out of the ashes of Black Witch who hailed from Chester NY. Smut recorded a full length Lp in 1985 that apparently never got properly mastered, but honestly who gives a shit because the 5 songs that the band have made available for our listening pleasure contain the perfect mixture of filthy nasty thrash metal that you just can't find on most of the generic overly produced metal acts of today.
I guess what I am trying to say is go to the bands ReverbNation page, give their songs a listen and spread the word about one of NY's best keep metal secrets from the mid 1980's...Dave G.
Posted by Dave G at 12:30 PM
Musically, Steele play power metal not thrash metal, and they were damn good at it...Dave G.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
As most of you already know Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel etc) played drums and Katon W. De Pena of Hirax fame sang for Phantasm, and I have to say that Katon delivers all the vocal acrobatics you would expect and then some. The riffs are sharp, drums are pounding...hell they even throw in a cover of SSD's Glue....Fun tape to listen to again after all these years...Dave G.
PS: When I got the tape it came without a cover, but the band gave me a bio and a separate lyric sheet.
Posted by Dave G at 2:58 PM
Gargoyle hailed from Elizabeth NJ and released this killer thrash demo in 1986. There is some serious Slayer worship going on on this tape. I also here similarities to fellow NJ thrashers Fantom Warrior mixed in as well.
I do not see any full scans of the demo tape cover on the net so figured I would add a full scan...Dave G.
Interesting demo that I can't find much of anything about online except that the band hailed from El Paso TX.
Musically I would compare Torture to Venom, however the riffing on this tape reminds me of the Black Metal band Horna which is odd considering this demo pre-dates Horna by 7 years The music on this demo is by no means Black Metal, but nice thick mid tempo power metal with vocals that sound like growling from a deep dark cave.
If anyone has any information about this band please leave the details in the comment section...Dave G.
enter the chamber
into the darkness
Posted by Dave G at 2:42 PM
Friday, October 13, 2017
Metal Up Your Ass
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Cry Of The Ripper
Monday, October 09, 2017
My Brain Is Jelly
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
2) Begin Again
Friday, September 29, 2017
2) Finish You Off
Thursday, September 28, 2017
1) Fire In Your Heart
2) Rock You Through The Night
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Here's a some what rare tape from the Massachusetts band Knightmare. Release date seems to be unknown but I'd assume pre 1989 as Begin Again was on the 89 7" that they self released. Interesting piece of history but not as good as either the 7" or their 1987 Mindless Mayhem Lp.
1) Begin Again
2) The Wasteland (WBRS Brandeis University)
3) Fear of Death
Posted by Dave G at 10:23 AM
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Overall this is a solid three song demo that is worth your time and attention...Dave G.
01) No Better Than Yesterday
02) Feeling of Deceit
03) Separation of One