Thursday, December 20, 2012

Vio-lence - Oppressing The Masses Promo Cassette 1990

Was going through the old tape box again today and pulled this bad boy out. I forgot I had it and also forgot that this promo cassette is the only version of Oppressing The Masses that has the song Torture Tactics on it as the original run of 20,000 CD's was pulled and destroyed back in the day and re-released minus this song.

I couldn't find any visual proof of this tapes existance on the web so I figured I would scan it and share it with everyone...Dave G. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Kickass magazine Bob Muldowney

God I loved this zine as a kid. I really felt a connection with bob's reviews and found that I could trust his taste in metal unconditionally. If Bob said something Kicked Ass then it really did. Anyway, I only have 3 issues of this  zine in my collection because after I finished devouring all the information that was packed in each issue of this great zine I would go at them with a pair of scissors and tack all the pictures to my bedroom wall. Anyway, I would love to purchase some old issues of Kickass. So if anyone out there has some old Kickass zines collecting dust and you'd like some cash please leave a comment or drop me an email...Dave G.

The only issues I have currently:

July 85 volume XXX (Kerry King on cover)
November 85 volume XXXI (Cronos on cover)
VOLUME XXXII (Lemmy on cover)

email me:

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Ironcross - Bloodhounds - TKT/Master records 1982

I picked this little gem up at a recent record show based solely on the cover art having never heard of Iron Cross previously.  I have a habit and maybe it's a bad habit of buying pretty much any old metal record I come across whether I am familiar with the band or not, and I tend to buy a lot of stinkers in the process. Luckily, Iron Cross is not a stinker, but a pretty damn good nwobhm metal record with a cool Judas Priest or even Rainbow vibe at times.

I did a little internet research and discovered that Iron Cross formed in Finland in 1976. I also found a bio and some you tube tracks, see below for a song and a link to the bio...Dave G.

Bio: Metal From Finland

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Warrior - Dead When It Comes To Love 7" ep Neat Records 1982

Here's a cool NWOBHM 7" that doesn't seem to get too much appreciation from the collectors of this sort of thing. The 3 songs on this platter may not be top notch NWOBHM , but the second song "Stab You In The Back" is a very good song, and the remaining 2 songs are certainly enjoyable. Overall I would recommend this record to any fan of this genre, unfortunately I cannot find a you tube clip for my favorite song, but below is a link to the song "Dead When It Comes To Love:....Dave G 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Old School metal photos

Found a box of my old metal stuff at my parents house the other day. Nothing like finding a box full of old pictures you had completely forgotten about and then having the memories come flooding back upon seeing the images again. These are just a few of the 100's of metal photos that covered every inch of my bedroom wall when I was a kid...Dave G.



I have some vinyl for sale on Discogs. Here's a link if anyone is interested.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Le Cause - Clear Plastic Day - Emotional Records 1983

Obscure minimal synth wave band from Pennsylvania. Apparently the sleeve above is a rare alternate sleeve that looks nothing like the one you commonly see with this record. I prefer the above sleeve to the more widely used one as it fits the music better. Posting for historical purposes...Dave G.

More details and picture of the other picture sleeve Here

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mad Butchers - Tales From The Menstruating Twat - demo tape 1986

Offensive tape cover, stupid song titles and NYHC tags tell you all you need to know about this tape, and also tells you exactly what the music sounds like, but if you can't figure it out I'll just say that someone really liked SOD and or Lethal Aggression and decided hey we can do that...they even have a song that clocks in at about 2 seconds. Unfortunately, they don't have the chops, vocals or production value to really pull this off.

I bet they thought this was great and funny when they released it, but as a full grown man this is a little embarrassing...Posting just to document the tapes existence as I do not see it anywhere on the internet... Dave G 

Mad Butchers hailed from Staten Island NY

Viking - Do or Die demo tape 1986

Prelude Scavenger
Do or Die


Viking followed this demo up with 2 full length Lp's "Do or Die" 1988 and "Man of Straw" 1989.

This is an excellent thrash metal demo that is a bit more raw and less polished than what you would expect from an 80's California thrash/death metal band, but it is that grit that makes this tape so's unfortunate that the bands Lp's are currently out of print. Hopefully, someone will get around to re-releasing them in the near future..Dave G.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Deathcorps. RIP demo tape 1986

Good quick tight straight ahead thrash metal is what you'll find on this scorching demo tape from NYC.

Deathcorps. featured a couple members who would go on to perform in much more well established bands...see below details.

The demo tape cover is a two sided insert (see pictures) with a separate photocopied lyric sheet folded inside...Dave G      

Rich Day Bass (1985-1986)
See also: Brooklyn Militia, ex-Whiplash, ex-Primal Scream, ex-Moondog
Joe Cangelosi Drums (1985-1986)
See also: ex-Cerebral Hemorrhage, Brooklyn Militia, ex-Kreator, ex-Massacre, ex-Whiplash, ex-Moondog
Lowell Wilson Guitars (1985-1986)
Louie Adepeatro Vocals (1985-1986)

Hittman - Metal Sport - Demo Tape 1985

Here is another demo from the aforementioned collection that I only see images of a bootleg cd online. Here is a scan of the actual demo tape cover for the Hitt Man "Metal Sport" Demo from 1985...Dave G.


The end...or just the beginning?

10/16/2012: I have decided to maybe do some more posting to Rocket Science going forward, I will not share any music (with the exception of you tube links) unless bands reach out to me and give their written permission for me to post their music. That being said if there are any old school or new school Metal bands out there who would like to be promoted through the blog, feel free to get in touch...Dave G

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind

 One of many new reviews and interviews on the new blog UBRS...if you haven't check out the new blog please stop by and have a look around...Dave G.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The End

I think the day has come to call it quits here at Rocket Science Blog. I've been spending more and more time on my other blog United By Rocket Science lately and I feel that it is time to give 100% dedication to the UBRS blog.

Thank you to everyone who has commented, visited or supported Rocket Science in anyway. It was a fun ride... but it's time to get off.

Going forward you can find me at the United By Rocket Science well Dave G.

Also, the records on the Rocket Science Distro for sale page are still available and all orders will be honored and shipped quickly. My want list is  still my want list also. If you have something I'm looking for please get in touch...Thanks Dave.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

UBRS update

We have a lot going on over at the United By Rocket Science Blog. Loads of reviews of current hardcore and indie records and demo tapes plus interviews with Sam Siegler.. you know him as the drummer from Rival Schools, Side By Side, Civ and just about every other NYHC band from back in the day.  Also added a show review and a bunch of photos from the Deep Sleep show in New Jersey a few days back...stop by and take a look around...Dave G.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Abortion Squad 1983 demo 12" Who Cares? Records

Great raw and nasty full speed ahead early 80's hardcore...I recommend you pick up a copy of this Lp before they are gone as Who Care's? releases tend to disappear very quickly and are very hard to come by...Dave G.

Bio from the label:

Formed in 1982, the ABORTION SQUAD was assembled from the remnants of two high school punk bands, The BY-PRODUX, and The FIZZICAL FITS.
Listen to “Stupid jerk”

Inspired by the early 80's international hardcore scene, they combined and wrote new songs and kicked up their punk sound a notch to HARDCORE.

In 1983 they hit the recording studio and put out a now "rare" cassette demo tape featuring many killer "hits" such as "You Make Me Sick" and "No Authority, No Rules" which earned them airplay on local Boston area college stations... not bad for a bunch of punk kids from Manchester NH !!

They enjoyed a good run of success in the 80's playing shows in Boston with other area hardcore bands, they enjoyed having had the pleasure of being on the bill with such notable acts as G.G. ALLIN and the JABBERS, G.B.H., and even Boston pop icons the NEIGHBORHOODS.

The ABORTION SQUAD were part of the few hardcore punk from the New Hampshire scene, among bands like the MURDERERS, the MIGHTY CO'S and AGROPHOBIC ARRAY... they are incontestably the most primitive and brutal band from this scene, playing intense and spontaneous hardcore with a real "fuck you" punk attitude.

28 years later, WHO CARES? records officially releases the 21 song demo on a 12" vinyl.
Limited as usual to 300 hand numbered copies : 50 first on limited edition and colored vinyl, 250 next on regular cover. 8 test pressings should be made. Test pressings will be made as usual with a special cover...Listen to Abortion Squad and purchase the Lp.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

We Got Power (Bazillion Points Book) preorder 2012

Available for Pre-order Now for August 2012 Delivery w/Bonus Package TB

Deluxe 304pp large-format hardcover featuring essays by David Markey, Jordan Schwartz, Jennifer Schwartz, Henry Rollins, Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena and…
Presenting nearly 400 first-generation L.A. hardcore punk photographs
Including complete color reprints of We Got Power fanzine 1981–1983 and beyond.
Dimensions: 12″ x 9″ (30.5 cm x 23 cm); 4 lbs. (2.5kg)

I got mine now go get yours!!!

Dave G.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Failure Face - Discograghy pre-order up

Give Praise Records Pre-order

From Florida, Failure Face existed from '93 - '96. They played in-your-face and down-your-throat hardcore. Fueled by the sounds of punk rock inspired hardcore that moves along as a guide to original hardcore music. Fast, combined with catchy elements and negative lyrics to get you angry about the state of the world around you - this is a statement of early 90's hardcore. With sound elements of INFEST, Failure Face proudly makes it's claim on the hardcore map.


Friday, April 06, 2012

B Team - Buy American (Faulty Products) 1983

B Team - Buy American

B Team really deserve much more recognition than they have ever received. I have never heard anyone drop B Teams name in discussions regarding dark wave or post punk bands like Gang of Four, Joy Division,Crispy Ambulance , Ski Patrol, 1919 etc, but I am changing that right now.

This Lp is bursting at the seems with rolling darkwave like bass lines excellent Gang of Four inspired guitar work and the moody 80's vocal delivery that you would come to expect from a good postpunk/darkwave band, however at the same time I also hear the UK Subhumans in these songs as well...great stuff that is absolutely essential to your post punk record collection...Dave G.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Tile - Allentown Pa 2012

Super heaviness....

Tile ... review and links to songs for your listening pleasure.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

At All Cost - NYHC 1987-1991

Bio + demo downloads etc

You've probably seen me post about At All Cost in the past, as I have been championing them and trying to spread the word about this band for a few years now on various blogs and on Facebook etc.

Well, it appears my hard work is paying off (yes I am taking credit...I have a huge ego you know) as a reunion show is in the works for 2012 and the band is also looking for a label to release there demo tapes on cd or vinyl...any interested labels please contact myself or the band,and in the meantime like At All Cost-NYHC on Facebook, download their music and Let's Bust Shit Up At All Cost Style!!!

Dave G.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Mentally Ill - Gacy's Place 7" - 1979 -Last Laugh Records

Insanely good fuzzed out punk rock from Deerfield Illinois circa 1979. Thank you to Last Laugh Records for repressing this incredible single to make it more widely available to the masses.... Buy Buy Buy....Dave G.

P.S. The song files above from You Tube are a bit blown out sounding...the actual record sounds 100x better than these sound files.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Znowhite - All Hail To Thee (Enigma Records 1984)

Somethin' For Nothin'

I'm hit and miss on Znowhite in all honesty. I like this Lp , but they lost me on their next couple of Lp's when they began to take their music to an even heavier more aggressive place.

On All Hail To Thee Znowhite bring it with some nice uptempo speed metal, however they also manage to pull back the reins a bit on my favorite song "Somethin' For Nothin" which sounds like Penelope Houston of the Avengers fronting a rockin' metal band...totally catchy and a must listen...Dave G.

Sacred Rite st Lp self released 1984

The Blade

Excellent traditional metal from Hawaii of all places. The music has a bit of an Iron Maiden feel to it, and the vocals remind me a bit of Geoff Tate (Queensryche). I'm posting my favorite song for you to check out and if you like it there are more tracks on you tube. I would assume this record has never seen a re-released or reissued on cd so you'll have to hit the used bins to find a copy...Dave G.

Sacred Rite official web page

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Purgatory - st lp - 1985 J.U.F. Records

Night Crawler Bitch

Here's an obscure slice of Heavy Metal for you. From what I can find on the net it appears this album was self released by the band and it sold roughly 1000 copies back in 1985 or so. Following the release of this Lp Purgatory signed to Auburn Records (home of the excellent Destructor) and released a full length Lp titled "Tied To The Tracks" and also a 3rd record , an ep in 1989 titled "Dr. Pain".

Musically this record contains some pretty good power metal that has enough of that old 80's metal charm to keep you coming back for more.

Purgatory has an active myspace page with a full Bio and some songs that you can sample...Dave G.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The Not - Kids Survive ( The Not/Not Records) 1985

The Not - Cambridge MA 1985

It's strange to come across a mid 80's punk/power pop record and find absolutely not a single mention of said record or band on the internet. Well, that is exactly what happened when I saw this record in a local comic book shop of all places a few weeks back.

Since my Google search turned up nothing on my Iphone while I was in the store, I decided I had to buy this record because the drummer has a Thrasher sticker on his kit and the bass player was doing a flying kick split, which meant this record was going to be a long forgotten masterpiece or a masterpiece of shit...well, in all honesty it is neither of these things.

What you do get with this record is some pretty decent power pop / punk that sounds like it would have been popular in NYC about 5-10 years prior to the release of this record. At times the singer reminds me of Johnathan Richman or something along those lines. Anyway, if you like catchy power pop this might just be up your alley, and I just can't resist giving The Not an internet presence for the first time in 27 years. The A-side opener "We Are The Ones" and especially the B-side opener "Kids Survive" are the stand out tracks for me...actually "Kids Survive" is an excellent uptempo punk song...Dave G.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Zombie Squad - Surfing With The Contras (Anthrax Records) 1987

Nice Try
I wouldn't Link

I don't know anything about this band except that they came from Larchmont NY, and this 7" is on Anthrax records which was owned by the owners of the legendary Anthrax club in CT.

Zombie Squad play fast paced hardcore with punk undertones. This 7" is not a classic by any means, but it's definitely worth picking up as it's likely to be in the cheapo bin at your local record store...Dave G.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Blood Feast - Chopping Block Blues (Flame Trader) 1990

Chopping Block Blues
Dropped Like Flys
Born Innocent

Encyclopedia Metallum - Details and reviews

Blood Feast - webpage

I have been a Blood Feast fan since I mail ordered there Blood Lust "Suicidal Missions" demo tape back in 1987. I bought both the "Face Fate" 12" and "Pleasure To Kill" lp when they were released back in the 80's and I have always liked both records, however I have to admit that I sort of lost interest in metal right around 1990, and I never knew Blood Feast released "Chopping Block Blues" until I stumbled across a copy on Ebay recently, which led me to scour the internet until I could find a copy of my very own for half of the ebay asking price.

Chopping block blues is a bit of departure from Blood Feasts previous two records, and it took me a couple listens to get used to what the band was going for on "Chopping Block Blues" but I have to say that after the strangeness of hearing keyboards in the opening track the record settles in and Blood Feast delivers a top notch Death/Thrash record that is slowly becoming my favorite album of theirs, though the Face Fate 12" is pretty hard to top in my opinion....Dave G.

Witch Cross - All That's Fit Four Fighting - Deluxe 4 Lp collection 2012



I just picked up a copy of this unbelievable 4 Lp set on color vinyl and I just had to give everyone a heads up, and urge you to grab a copy of this discography before they are gone. I can honestly say that the above picture doesn't do the beauty of this packaging justice, and the music is classic top notch buy buy...Dave G.

Here's the scoop:

Official anthology release featuring the entire WITCH CROSS discography including the cult classic "Fit For Fight" album, their 5 demos from the ‘80s, the “Are You There” 7" EP and the ultra obscure BLOOD EAGLE '81 demo (pre-Witch Cross). You get everything here but their live recordings & personal rehearsal sessions. Easily one of the best Danish Heavy Metal bands of all time who also recorded their album with Henrik Lundat at Easy Sound Recording, the same studio & engineer to spawn such classics as "Melissa" and "Don't Break The Oath." A mandatory release for all Heavy Metal maniacs!

*Comes in a deluxe Quad-Gatefold jacket
*Includes 8-page LP size booklet archiving tons of old photos, flyers, interviews & liner notes
*Pressed on multi-Colored Vinyl (w/ color coordinated inner sleeves) and traditional Black Vinyl (w/ black inner sleeves)
*Lavish silver foil stamping on the front cover & metallic silver ink throughout the layout.

Mace The Evil In Good (Medusa/Ever Rat Records) 1988

The Evil In Good
Intent To Kill
Thinning The Heard

Ah Mace, where to begin....Mace play a style of metal that is part hardcore and part metal, but with no real crossover elements present. The music is along the thrash metal vein of things, but the vocals are delivered in a more punk style. At times Mace gets a little sloppy or the vocals sound like they lose there place in the music , but in all honesty these imperfections actually make me love this record that much more.

Anyway, give these guys a listen...they might sound a bit awkward at first but with each repeated listen you will find that " The Evil In Good" is slowly working it's way into your brain...Dave G.

P.S. For more info about Mace check out the True Punk & Metal blog.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Slaughtered Grace - Terror Unleashed 1989 Mutant Punk Label

Here's an old obscure piece of NJ crossover metal history. Slaughtered Grace from Lodi NJ ( the home of everyone's favorite horror punk band the Misfits) dropped this 7" on the unsuspecting masses in 1989, and I bet it's filling up dollar bins all over the United States as we speak ,however if you happen to see this 7" in your local record store...dollar bin or otherwise... I would recommend you grab it.

The music is perfectly good Metal/hardcore ... think Crumbsuckers meets SOD or something along those lines. The B-side track "Disabilty" is my favorite track with it's SOD type opening leading into some raging soloing and straight up no bullshit riffing and vocals that bring DBC to mind for some reason, but hey I could be wrong so listen for yourself...Dave G.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Suburbia Suburbia SUBURBIA!

Suburbia Suburbia SUBURBIA!

I've been hard at work on my other blog Suburbia Suburbia SUBURBIA! the last few days. My partner in crime Chris S. and myself uploaded 6 posts yesterday covering rare and obscure indie, punk and metal releases from the 80's - 90's suburban New York City music scene. Here are some links to what we have been up to.

Bar Sinister - late 80's thrash metal
Sectorian - late 80's death metal
Malicious Onslaught - 80's - 90's death metal.
Permanent Damnage - 90's metal
Killpower - 90's thrash/death metal
Torment - 80's thrash metal

Also in the Metal section of the blog you will find Decomposed - Hostile Rage - Sadistik Ritual - Selective Outrage - Syianic - Riphouse.

Atlas Shrugged - 1990's NYHC

Also in the Hardcore section you will fins At All Cost - Disillusion - Geek Attack (Dan Derella Underdog).

Dough Boys - early 80's punk ... really great.

Also in the Punk Section Proper ID and Borscht.

90's shoegaze like swervedriver or my bloody valentine
Gibson Girls - stradle the line between indie and punk rock.

Also in the Indie/Emo /Pop section Naked Statue - Drill - Mariner Four - Dahlia Seed - Agony Flower (another band from Danny Dog from Underdog NYHC) .

Please check out the SS blog and help us spread the word about the blog and the bands that we have covered so far. Also, if you have a blog please hit me up to share links. I'd like to add more links to the SSS blog as well as Rocket Science...Dave G.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Glorious Times - A pictorial of The Death Metal Scene (1981-1991)

Additional details (below) from

This 160-page book showcases rare (many never-before-seen) pictures from the death metal scene (1984-1991) and instead of narration by an outside author, the stories contained in the book come from the bands and 'zine editors of the period.

Commented the authors: "We refused to conform to the publishers who wanted every bands stories (written in THEIR words) rewritten by a third party. We refused to take out our rare pics and insert promo lineup shots as the publishers wanted. Instead we sought out other photographers from the old days and found even more never before seen pictures. At the same time we also sought out a few more bands to make this version even better. We now have added 11 bands with stories from such legends as Ron Sumers (SLAUGHTER), Scott Peterson (CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER), Eric Meyer and Jim Durkin (DARK ANGEL), Joe Caper (RIGHTEOUS PIGS), Brian Lehfeldt and Shann Mortimer (WEHRMACHT), Ross Dolan (IMMOLATION) and also Rob Urbinati and Scott Watts (SACRIFICE), among others. Included, too, are pictures from the personal collections of Ron Sumbers, Scott Peterson, Brian Lehfeldt, Ross Dolan and a bunch of others.


Friday, January 13, 2012

Metal Clogs - Rave On Records compilation 1982

Metal Clogs

Metal Clogs is a nwobhm compilation,and the first release on the Rave On label who is best known for being the label that brought us the Mercyful Fate Nuns Have No fun 12" .

This compilation present four young metal bands from Holland (3) and Belgium (1) circa 1982, and I have to say that I enjoy every single track on this record with Frankenstein being the most surprising and enjoyable band for me with their blues influenced style of NWOBHM.

All the bands on this compilation bring something a little different to the table, however the compilation has a very cohesive feel to it. Overall, if you are a fan of early Rainbow, Iron Maiden or similiar acts then this record is right up your alley...Dave G.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Overdrive - Swords and Axes - Planet Records 1984

Swords and Axes

Purchase remastered cd with bonus tracks Here

Another cool traditional metal Lp I picked up at the flea market recently. Some real good guitar work on this one, just listen to the opening riffs in the first song "Dream Away" and the excellent b-side instrumental opener " Swords and Axes" ...really excellent stuff...Dave G.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Millennium - ST LP - Guardian Records 1984


I picked up this excellent Lp this past weekend knowing absolutely nothing about the band, however I did notice that this record was on the Guardian label who also brought us the might Mythra.

This Lp is total nwobhm goodness, there are actually more than a few moments on this records when Kill 'Em All era Metallica comes to mind. I think this one is pretty obscure and out of print but it definitely deserves to be heard...Dave G.