Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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...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.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sanctus - Accept The Blessing - Demo Tape 1988

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.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Selective Outrage - 1988 Demo Tape

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.

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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.

Terminal Bliss - Dark Side of Tomorrow demo tape 1993

Here's a little known band whose tape I scored at a local flea market recently. The band were from Delaware and they play a mid-tempo style of metal with some good heavy riffs and clean vocals. There is certainly nothing groundbreaking on offer, however I didn't see the band listed in the Encyclopedia Metallum or mentioned on the Heavy Metal Rarities forum so I figured it was worth posting this up for historical purposes...Dave G.

Beast Within
Journey / In The Black
Aimlessly Lost
Broken Circle 
Deadly Persuasion 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Parasyte - 1988 Demo Tape

I don't know a lot about this band. I know they were from New Jersey and that the singer went on to join Midian after the release of this demo tape. Solid thrash metal demo tape, vocals can go over the top but that is not a bad thing.  If you dig this I'd suggest checking out Midian, they have an anthology cd floating around that contains all of their recorded material...Dave G.

Darkness Can Be Deceptive
Your Life Ends Slut 

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Cyanide - 1986 Demo Tape

Jersey power metal band, that I know very little about. The demo consists of three solid power metal songs and a ballad type tune that is less interesting....Dave G.

out of the night
opus 13
mass attack  

Friday, October 27, 2017

Paragon - Heed The Prophecy 1989

Paragon hailed form Ohio and play pretty straight forward power metal. The first song has a nice pace to it , but overall I found this tape to be a bit mundane, it just lacks that spark or energy that would push the songs over the top. If they had just let loose a little bit and came with some more aggression I think this tape would have been much more enjoyable for me, but what do I know, listen for yourself...Dave G. 

Heed The Prophecy 
My Final Warning 
Under Seige
Witch Hunt 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Violent Wisdom - Demo 1991

Another new find. Violent Wisdom initially existed from 1990 - 1992.  Musically they play a heavy thrash style bordering on Death Metal...Dave G.

Desolation Solitude
World of Hate
The Price on Insanity
Time to Die

Monday, October 23, 2017

Darkness - Shadow of Insanity demo tape 1992

Here's a tape that I picked up at the flea market this past weekend. I found a listing for Darkness on Encyclopedia Metallum but it incorrectly notes that they are from New York and it contains pretty much no information about the band. The band actually hailed from New Jersey.

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. 

Last Breath
Unholy Sin

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Smut - Middletown NY 1985

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.  


Steele - demo tape 1984

I started to snoop around the net to get some info about Steele and I have noticed that there seems to be some confusion about their 1983 demo and 1984 demo. I have found a few pages with the 1983 demo image listed as the 1984 demo but could not find a single image of the actual 1984 demo online so I figured I would post the demo cover to help archive this fine demo tape.

Musically, Steele play power metal not thrash metal, and they were damn good at it...Dave G.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Phantasm - Demo 87

I just pulled this demo out of the old demo box for the first time in 25 years, and  I'll be damned if I didn't enjoy listening to this sucker.

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.   


Gargoyle - Violence Is Golden - demo tape 1986

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. 


Torture - Enter The Chamber - demo tape 1986

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
power metal
the vision

Friday, October 13, 2017

Executioner - Metal Up Your Ass 1985

Pre-Obituary from Florida circa 1985. A friend of mine manged to scored two copies of the 7" from one of the band members and he was kind enough to pass one of those copies on to me. There are a few bootlegs of this single floating around but originals are hard to come by, I'm happy to have this one in my collection, it's a great early power / death metal record from a place that would become a hotbed for such things...Dave G.

Metal Up Your Ass
Syco-Pathic Mind 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Macabre - Be Forewarned / Lazy Lady 1972

Macabre (Pre-Pentagram) single from 1972. Initial 500 pressed have the band name spelled incorrectly as Macbre . This is the second edition of 500 from 1972 with the name corrected on the label. I was shocked to find this sitting in a buddy's 7" box at a record show a few weeks back. We did a quick trade and now it's mine. Very please to have this one in my collection for sure. HURRICANE  is the only Pentagram single that is missing from my collection at this point, I'll find one, one of these days, maybe ... Dave G.

Be Forewarned 
Lazy Lady

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Jonas Grumby - Cry of The Ripper / Short Engagements 7" 1985 - Private metal

Here's a kick ass power metal 7" straight outta Ohio circa 1985. This one is really solid, both tracks are really good, which is a bit of a rarity when it comes to private metal 7"s. If you see this one I'd highly recommend grabbing it, any true metal head will not be disappointed...Dave G.

Cry Of The Ripper
Short Engagements

Monday, October 09, 2017

Shell Shock 7" Louisiana 1981

Shell Shock formed in 1979 and released this ripping 7" in 1981. I definitely hear a west coast sound, especially Black Flag in Shell Shock's sound, but I still dig it. Overall this is a nice slice of punk rock history that you should be able to find for 60 bucks or less which is a bargain in this day and age of $1,000 + punk rock singles...Dave G.

Your Way
My Brain Is Jelly 
Execution Time  

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Knightmare - 7" 1989

Knightmare / MA / 1989 - This 7" is far superior to the demo I posted a couple days ago.  In some respects  Knightmare reminds me a bit of one of my favorite old school metal bands Medieval, both play mostly mid tempo songs that combine rock and metal with an underlying punk rock feel IMO. Anyway, this 7" and their Lp "Mindless Mayhem" are definitely worth grabbing if you should come across them...Dave G.

1) Darkness
2) Begin Again

Friday, September 29, 2017

Striker - 7" 1982

Striker / NJ / 1982 - The a-side "Striker" is the clear winner for me on this 7". My copy of this 7" is actually a test pressing, the band wrote test press on the labels which they then hand glued over the plain white test press labels. There is also a Red cover variation as well. I do not know which came first, black or red cover...Dave G.

1) Striker
2) Finish You Off

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Prisoner 7" 1986

Prisoner / NJ / 1986 - Solid hard rockin' metal single, I like the A-side better than the B, they get a bit to commercial for my liking on side 2.  P.J Farley of Trixter fame joined Prisoner after this single had already been recorded and released. I don't know if they released any music with PJ...Dave G.

1) Fire In Your Heart
2) Rock You Through The Night 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Crossroads 7" 1986

A NJ band I believe, according to discogs this single was never sold commercially, just at shows and given away to friends.


Knightmare - Begin Again Demo Tape

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   

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sintillion 1992 Demo Tape

Sintillion (Eastchester, NY) was a local heavy metal band who I remember playing shows in and around Rockland and Westchester County NY back in the early 90's. On this well produced and solid demo tape from 1992 I hear a definite Metallica And Justice For All era influence and the vocals are certainly similar to Mr. Hetfield's, in my opinion.

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

Monday, September 25, 2017

Mutilator 1989 Demo Tape

Here's another demo tape I picked up this past week that has no internet presence. No listing on Encyclopedia Metallum at all and I couldn't find any information at all in the Heavy Metal Rarities forum.

Anyway, Mutilator hailed from Ossining, NY which is in the northern suburbs of New York city not far from where I grew up myself. Mutilator is yet another band that would have been local to me that I either never heard of or simply do not remember. This demo is a good one , the production is sold, the songs are interesting and just brutal enough and the singer sounds like a twisted motherfucker....good stuff...Dave G.

01) Isolation
02) Vicious Baptism
03) Concealed Lies 
04) Insanity

Kruciform - 1987 Demo Tape

Kruciform hailed from the Bronx , NY.   I grew up about 30 minutes from them and was fairly aware of the local metal bands making the rounds in 87, but I never heard of Krucifrom until I found this demo a few days ago. A quick internet search turned up scant information, except for an  Encyclopedia Metallum entry  that doesn't even contain an image or track list for this demo tape.

Anyway, the music on this tape is really quite good and deserving of preservation, so I figured I would rip the demo and revive the old blog , even if it's just for the purpose of documenting Kruciform's music, but who knows, maybe I'll post a few more local metal rarities as I get them ripped over the next few days.... Dave G.

Kruciform demo 1987

01. Black Angel
02. Tunnel of Love
03. Resistance
04. Horror Holocaust