Monday, April 11, 2011

Syianic - The Cross Has Fallen ! demo tape 1987
















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. Honestly, I am actually a little excited about getting Syianics music out to the masses after all these years so if you like underground metal please give these demos a listen because I think you are in for a treat.

I also need to thank Glenn for hooking me up with these demos again after 20 plus years. I actually wanted to post the demos a while back but I discovered that my original cassette had fallen victim to time and Glenn was kind enough to send me the songs recently so I could complete this post. Also Glenn sent me a copy of his most recent cd from his band "At War With Self" so give them a listen as well (Glenn incorporated a few old Syianic riffs into a couple of the songs). At War With Self have a more progressive sound to their music and Glenn is one hell of a good guitarist...really top notch musicianship on this cd, very impressive indeed...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.

Links:

At War With Self - A Familiar Path
At War With Self - Purchase compact disc

6 comments:

screambloodygore said...

The 87 demo has some great songs on it. I just wish the sound quality was a tad bit better. Don't get me wrong it's still listen-able, it just makes you wonder what the songs could've sounded like if they had proper production. I think this band was ahead of their time. You can hear some influences in the music but still, they were doing some interesting shit for 1987.

The demo is a testament of its time and I love to see things like this come to light after 20 something years.

The 88 demo song sounds really good after all these years. Again, pretty ripping for its time. You can definitely hear the Voivod influence but it's not a bad thing at all. It's actually pretty cool to hear the Voivod influence and at the same time they do a really good job of making it their own song. Pretty sick.

The At War With Self song is great too. Really good prog metal if I can describe it that way. Reminds me at times of the later Death albums (Sound of Perseverance) where they wound throw in technical jazz type parts but at the same time this comes across as a lot more experimental and different, in a good way. It all fits together really, really well. Great riffs too.

All around a very nice post, thanks!

Dave G said...

Yeah, I remember even back in the day wishing the sound quality was a little better on the 87 demo but in hindsight the recording quality adds a little bit of charm to the overall package if you know what I mean. Authentic underground metal 20 + years ago had a certain character that is sadly missing from most of the cookie cutter produced album of today.

CHRIS said...

So glad this post happened....and Syianic has finally seen the light of day! What a great bunch of guys, and seriously.....absolutely stunning live! We played about 5 to 6 shows with them in their short career, and they were SO good...it was downright unnerving. Sure the quality of the demo is bad, but so what, so is every other underground demo from the 80's......that's what it was all about! I know this is quite a cliche line I am about to use...but these guys should have been HUGE! Great post Dave!

screambloodygore said...

agreed, in hindsight it does add nostalgic charm as a lot of demos from back in the day had similar sound. Takes me back in time for sure!

Glenn Snelwar said...

Thanks guys!!! Those SOR/Syianic shows were intense indeed...good times! Much respect and appreciation for taking the time to post and the kind words. Now all we need is a re-union show!

Glenn

Dave G said...

A Syianic / Selective Outrage reunion show...count me in.