Thursday, December 27, 2007

DREAM DEATH more graveyard delving demo (1986)

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1.journey into mystery
2.back from the dead
3.the elder race
4.method to madness
5.bitterness and hatred

Dream Death were from Pittsburgh PA., and played a wicked raw and heavy style of Doom metal, that was very much influenced by Celtic Frost, and Hellhammer. Many of the songs are 5 mins-7 mins long. This was the demo that proceeded the bands "journey into mystery" LP(1987). The drummer later went on to play with Cathedral, and Penace.
This upload is from a 21 year old demo tape that was stored away in my basement for well over a decade, so the sound quality is not the best. Still well worth downloading.
This was a random tape that I ended up doing a tape trade with some dude back then. Its unreal to think about how we used to find/discover new underground music without things like the internet. It really was all about underground print 'zine's and word of mouth.

CROSSFIRE-second attack LP (1985)

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1.Second Attack
2.Feeling Down
3.Highway Driver
4.Atomic War
5.Master of Evil
6.Scream and Shout
7.Running for Love

This is this Belgian bands second release, and came out on Mausoleum records. These dudes were one of the biggest metal acts to come out of the country. Supposedly they started off in the late 70's as a punk band(you'd never guess it by their sound). The first LP is a lot more New wave of British heavy metal sounding than this one. With This LP, you can tell Crossfire were following the times, and trying to play a bit faster, adding some elements of Speed metal/semi thrash stuff. When I remember Crossfire I think of the likes of Laaz Rocket, and Grim Reaper.
I'd seen their records for years at record stores, always picking them up and looking them over, but never buying them until I moved home to Albany from SF in about 1989. Worlds records was stocked with tons of this stuff, and Steve would give me massive discounts on buying metal.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

IMPULSE MANSLAUGHTER-he who laughs last..laughs alone LP (1987)

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1.Batman and the Oracle of Penile Savage
3.We're All Bored Here
4.Suffer In Silence
6.They Start the War
7.Premature Evacuation
9.Too Late
10.This World
12.Cheer Up You Fucker
13.Kein Spiel
14.Oatmeal II
15.1987 Schizoid Sam
16.Pattonstien's Disease

Killer crossover that was far ahead of its time. Listening to this now, its easy to see how awesome this obscure Chicago band must have been to see live. Fast,raw, yet catchy...with plenty of songs that start off with bass riffs.
I bought this one when I lived in S.F. Some cool punk neighbors of mine on Fell street named Eric and Janice turned me on to this LP one day. It was on Underdog records.

Monday, December 24, 2007

DEATH IN ACTION-just for our sake LP (1990)

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1. Paralysed
2. Daily Cruel Death3. Sale Scenery
4. Disgraced
5. Just For Our Sake
6. Creditors To Violence
7. Handle With Care
8. Deathly Blessing

Total German cult thrash band from the 80's. This is my favorite album by them(of all three). Another record I got from my buddy Louis/Albany. The reason I was interested in this was due to the animal rights stance that these metalheads took. Vegetarian, metal heads playing animal rights thrash metal was pretty much unheard of. This came out on the German label We Bite records.
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INFEST-slave LP (1988)

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1. Break the Chain
2. Pickled
3. Sick-O
4. Plastic
5. Mindless
6. Which Side?
7. V.Y.O.
8. Where's the Unity
9. Screwed
10. Machismo
11. The Game
12. Sick of Talk
13. Iran Scam
14. Life's Halt
15. Slave
16. Head First
17. Sick and Tired
18. Fetch the Pliers

For those that don't know, Infest are a southern California Legend. They can be credited to almost inventing a genre (powerviolence), and just played the hardest, heaviest, fastest hardcore punk I'd yet to hear. This was in around 1987. A friend of mine from San Ramon California(Kurt Dittmer), had gotten a tape from one of the dudes in Unit Pride, with the Infest demo on it. We went apeshit listening to this thing in his room, in my car, etc. We couldn't believe how aggressive the music was. We had also been sold on it being "straightedge". I don't think the SxE thing holds up... the band members were not all straight. I'd later mailordered the bands records every time they came out. This LP came out on Off The Disk records out of Switzerland. This guy was putting out fast music when it wasn't cool, and when it was still ugly. One of my favorite punk/hardcore records ever.

MACE-the evil in good LP (1987)

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1 Gutripper
2 Intent to Kill
3 The Evil In good
4 Daddy's Girl
5 War
6 Thinning the Herd
7 Choose Your God
8 When the Screaming Stops
9 Poison Gasses
10 Blonde Obsession

Mace were from Washington State, and formed in 1985. This is the bands second LP and came out on Black Dragon records. Rumor has it that guitarist Hills was friends with and later produced such acts as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice and chains etc. Don't let that scare you, as this is some humorous, monster speed metal with heavy punk influences(the vocals mostly). It turned off most punks cos of its shredding solos, and turned off many metal heads due to its punk styled approach to the singing.
A band I was in that started in 1989 called Intent stole our name from a partial song title of these guys. I recall bringing the name Intent to Kill to a band practice (after snaking it off of the back cover of this record), and having the band decline the name but somehow shortening it to Intent. If the link takes you to a dead page when you click it, try copy and pasting the link. I'm just switching over to mediafire and still learning...

Friday, December 21, 2007

RIPCORD-fast 'n' furious demo (1986)

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1.drugshit don't care
5.eternal tomb by the bomb...die by the bomb
7.lucky ones
8.false prophets

I Got this tape from my old Albany buddy, Louis Jacobs. He was ordering weird Japanese stuff, and Euro stuff way back in the mid 80s. He gave me this tape, and a Fear Of God demo just for shitsake. The dude was/is a hero. I can remember the day he played this for me... I loved the song Ignorant so much (metallic Exodus riffing), and he was like you can have it dude, I can trade for another with a pen pal.
Ripcord were one of the early thrash/crust bands from England who played reg shows and were involved in the scene with the likes of Deviated Instinct, Heresy, Amebix, Axegrinder, Napalm Death, etc.
enjoy this one. There is also a live set from the band from the tape,which i've also added. If when you click on the link, and it doesn't work, copy then paste the link to your web browser.

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

the RODS-s/t LP (1981)

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1. Power Love
2. Crank It Up
3. Hungry for Some Love
4. Music Man
5. Woman
6. Nothing Going on in the City
7. Get Ready to Rock & Roll
8. Ace in the Hole
9. Rock Hard
10. Roll with the Night

The Rods were almost a local band for me, as they were from Rochester NY. I'd say they were pretty obscure indeed. As you can see by my Achieves I've put "wild dogs" by them up in past uploads. I love both albums. This one I think they are going for, or at least were seriously influenced by Motorhead (though vocally some early Riot). I mean look at the cover. The Rods were a three piece as well, that featured Ronnie James Dio's cousin, David Fienstein on guitar and vocals. This was as close to American New Wave Of Heavy Metal as I would get to see, although the stuff might be more hard rockin to some.
This stuff brings me back to air guitar, and wishing I was a rocker...just being young.

BROKEN BONES-bonecrusher LP (1986 cassette)

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1.seeing through my eyes
2.the point of agony
4.its like
5.death is imminent
6.treading underfoot
8.delushion and anger
9.choose death
10.untamed power

Broken Bones were a great UK based punk band comprised of Bones, the guitarist from Discharge after he'd left the legendary unit. Broken Bones were really the next best thing to Discharge back then to us kids who were watching Discharge turn into a "rock" band.
For some reason Broken Bones T shirts, patches, etc were worn by many of us metal heads in the mid 80's(I wore a BB sticker on the back of my leather).
I remember picking up this cassette at the record vault in SF at a King Diamond record signing, it spent months in my walkman as I skated the steep streets of San Fransisco.
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Saturday, December 15, 2007

HIGHWAY CHILE-story book heroes LP (1983)

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2.Jesse James
4.endless trail
5.highway chile
6.going blind run
8.nothing you can do about it!

Named after a Hendrix song of course, These NWOBHM dudes were from The Netherlands, and were prolly the first Dutch band I had heard besides the likes of Golden Earing. This stuff Isn't gonna be for everyone, as its on the lighter more catchier side of metal. I was listening to them at the same time I was listening to Maiden, Priest, Scorps, Riot, Def Leppard, etc.
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Friday, December 7, 2007

the FUNCTIONAL IDIOTS- in pursuit of toast demo (1988)

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1.functional idiot whom it may concern
3.dead fish
4.status strain
5.big birds dead
6.heavy flow
7.stick with grandma
8.???? wide destruction
10.he's dead Jim
11.I hate cats
12.cruel trend

The Functional Idiots were a hated band from NYC, and recorded this amazing demo at Chung Kings house of metal in the late 80's. One of the members went on to do artwork for M.O.D. These guys were doing the exact opposite of the NYC trend of the time. Insted of playing straightedge hardcore with songs about unity, these guys were writing hardcore songs about drinking beer, and killing their mothers. Some silly lyrics done Murphys Law, or Gilligans Revenge style. This stuff is fast, with some great breakdown mosh parts and quirky rock solos (ala Suicidal Tendencies). Another overlooked NY hardcore band that would have had a fanbase if they'd been straightedge and baldheaded. I got this demo from My buddy Jim from Affirmative Action(and Devoid Of Faith) as AA played tons of gigs with these guys through out the 80's in the NY area.
I left a few songs off the demo, as I couldn't figure out the order, and it was getting frustrating as hell. The songs on the tape didn't match up with the song titles on the cover....Enjoy

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EXCITER-heavy metal maniac LP(1983)

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1.The Holocaust
2.Stand Up And Fight
3.Heavy Metal Maniac
4.Iron Dogs
5.Mistress Of Evil
6.Under Attack
7.Rising Of The Dead
9.cry of the banshee

What can I say, another heavy metal record that pulled me in because of the cover. I think I bought this at Worlds records in Albany NY in 1983 after my friend Dave Stevenson turned me on to a tape of it. Dave was one of my few metal friends in high school. We'd smoke lots of dope, and listen to metal. Both of us loved hearing new and heavier stuff(until we both discovered punk).
Cheesy but awesome, this trio were from Canada. The drummer was the vocalist, for the time that was unusual in metal(still is I guess). This is an absolutely essential early speed metal record that was released on Shrapnel records, and went on to influence many thrash bands for years to come.
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Thursday, December 6, 2007

B.H.T. the prime directive demo (1986)

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2.mentally insane
3.death row
4.mowing down the people
5.fuck law enforcement
6.let's try
7.Mr. politician
8.technical difficulties
9.BHT (instrumental) or never
11.I quit
12.we're being tricked
13.not me

BHT stood for Butylated HydroxyToluene which is a synthetic of a vitamin E that has been used as an additive in many different foods since the 1950's, its been banned in many countries, but not the good old USA(though its been banned in infant food). I know all this because I recall Josh, the bass player of this Livermore California hardcore band telling me what the name stood for. I was actually living in the same town (Livermore), as these guys at this time. I remember writing them after reading a review of this demo in MRR, then eventually meeting up with the dude at his house to trade demos, and talk shop. There weren't many punks in Livermore, mainly rednecks so meeting the dude was cool. I only got to see these guys maybe twice, as they didn't play all to many shows (they didn't really leave Livermore, cept to maybe play a show with Tyyranicide in Pleasington. If you dug stuff like Rabid Lassie, Corrupted Morals, Unit Pride, etc. you'll love this obscure beauty.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

HALLOWS EVE-death and insanity LP (1986)

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1. Death And Insanity
2. Goblet Of Gore
3. Lethal Tendencies
4. Obituary
5. Plea Of The Aged
6. Suicide
7. D.I.E.
8. Attack Of The Iguana
9. Nefarious
10. Nobody Lives Forever

Well I must say that this is not my fav Hallows Eve LP, I prefer the debut "tales of terror", unfortunately that ones shelved away at my folks house.
These dudes were from Atlanta, and did the thrash metal thing as well as most the second tier neck snappers.
My buddy Dave Franchini turned me onto these guys, on one of my visits home from living in California. Dave loved metal, long after I'd gotten into other stuff he was still banging his head. listening to stuff like this brings back thoughts of blasting our boom box in the smoking area in Shaker high. Hell yeah...

D.i.e. (death In Effect)

We are all dying there's no sense in trying no way you can stop it no way
Death comes to you when you're an early son
Then he walks beside you all the way
Any moment he might strike reflecting your past life
And sentencing you to the grave
Don't live life worrying 'bout things you can't stop
If you give in then you'll be his slave

D.I.E. death in effect
He's our final conflict he's our final judge
He is death and he follows me
He is the force which exists on this earth
To betray and intimidate me
Only one way to win only one way to live
If you give in then you're going to pay
I'll be the conqueror I'll thrash till death
Exist for myself all the way

When I feel I am slipping they stand in my way
The people that might drag me 'round
I'll never worry I'm the killing force and I'm bringing the hammer down
You do not own me there are no rules society I will begrudge
Believe on thyself and thou shalt be saved
For thou art thine own final judge
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GORE-mean man's dream LP (1989)

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1.mean man's dream
4.last steps
6.the bank
7.back home
9.meat machine
10.out for sex

This is some pretty heavy/brutal instrumental metal (though in the one sheet I have with this record it mentions punk, the Swans, and Husker Du). It is pounding in that same way, but I find it to be more aggressive, and more metal based.
These guys were from the Netherlands, but I'm sorta guessing on the date of this release, as I couldn't find it printed anywhere on the record. Its from between '87-'89, far ahead of its time in my opinion.
I use this to drown out sounds when I'm reading a book or something, as I can't seem to concentrate with noise in the back ground, and vocals on music just make it that much worse, so this stuff is perfect.
A tough record to find, although it falls through record collector cracks.
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Sunday, November 25, 2007

LIFE'S BLOOD-demo (1988)

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1.maximum security
2.youth enrage
3.guitly as charged
4.katch our breath
5.stick to it

Life's Blood were one of my favorite NYC hardcore bands ever. The Singer Jason was from Albany, and I played in a band with his brother Adam O' Toole, so all of us were excited and very behind the power, energy, and Albany pride that Jason gave us from fronting this great band. These guys were totally hard sounding, but at the same time one of the more intelligent of the NYC bands, as they weren't all about the straightedge lifestyle, machoism, and the idiotic right wing politics that gave all NY punks a bad name during that time period.
Jason gave me this demo along with a bunch of other cool stuff when he returned home from college in the 90's. He was pretty over the entire punk thing, as he'd had a falling out with the other members who went on to start Born Against.
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UNION OF URANUS-backhand demo (1993)

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1.backhand eye strengthens
3.weight of tomorrow
5.pressure (negative approach)

I rarely put anything on this site from the 90's, but this one is truly a unique and obscure classic that I loved from the moment I first heard the tape. Union Of Uranus were a Canadian hardcore band that played punk with a totally metallic edge. Heavy shit that went on to influence many epic hardcore, and crust bands. Some might mention Rorschach others Acme, to me this stuff is top tier 90's hc that stands on its own above so much else.
I met Yannick the guitarist through being a pen pal, and eventually got this demo from him. He was a massive supporter of my band, and label.
When the band broke up, Yannick Joined His Hero Is Gone, and later helped to form Tragedy.
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Saturday, November 24, 2007

VIRGIN STEELE- s/t LP (1982)

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1. Minuet in G-Minor / Danger Zone
2. American Girl
3. Dead End Kids
4. Drive on Thru
5. Lothlorien
6. Still in Love With You
7. Children of the Storm
8. Pictures on You
9. Pulverizer
10. Living in Sin
11. Virgin Steele

It was sometimes hard to figure out what these Long Island dudes were trying to do back in the early 80s. Their record covers always looked so fucking cool, and psychedelic. The music never really fit the covers to me, but I love them just the same. The band featured the infamous Jack Starr on guitar, he was a total shredder and was able to mix metal/blues well in his solos making him an unknown guitar hero. This stuff for sure falls in the nwobhm/hardrock vein (much like fellow NY's Riot). The band used key boards for background stuff sometimes. I do think that Rhapsody and Blind Guardian owe much to V.S.
I wish I still had my generic looking virgin steele t shirt. I can remember seeing ads in every shit little zine to every big zine by these guys. I'm pretty sure they did everything themselves, as the LP was on V.S. records...A great and obscure metal classic.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

LIVING DEATH-protected from reality LP (1987)

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1.Horrible Infanticide (Part One)
2.Manila Terror
3.Natures Death
4.Wood of Necrophiliac
5.Vengeance (Horrible Infanticide Part Two)
7.The Gallery
8.War of Independence
9.Eisbein (Mit Sauerkraut)

These German dirtheads started off as a powermetal/speed metal band, before they transformed and recorded their epic thrash LP "protected from reality". I love the killer guitar riffs, and the drumming is just non stop. I wasn't to much into the bands earlier works, but this one to me still remains a classic, and nailed everything that I love about the 80's thrash genre.
There was a time in my life when I listened to almost all German hardcore and metal. I am a freak. The cover art done on this one is fantastic and makes you want to just hold and look at the jacket. Enjoy!
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RUNNING WILD-branded and exciled LP (1985)

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1 Branded And Exiled
2 Gods Of Iron
3 Realm Of Shades
4 Mordor
5 Fight The Oppression
6 Evil Spirit.
7 Marching To Die
8 Chains And Leather

A really awesome German metal band who named themselves after a Judas Priest song(though they sound nothing like Priest). This is the bands 2nd LP, and the last one I really dug. They did many demos, and EPs prior to this classic. The guitars are filled with heavy trotting and melodic twin guitar wanks. The sound is aggressive, raw, and simplistic making this album a true giant in my book. Rolf's vox sound as though they are recorded in a bottomless pit. My favorite song is "Mordor". My least favorite is the title track.
My buddy Gene Koreman and myself would hitchhike down old Nisky Rd at 2 am blasting the first Running Wild LP on a boom box (wondering why we rarely got picked up). By the time this LP came out I was digging on heavier, and faster stuff, but had to give the band another chance as I'd been digging on them since they're demo and 12" EP.
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T.S.O.L. change today LP (1984)

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1. blackmagic
2. just like me
3. in time
4. red shadows
5. flowers by the door
6. American zone
7. It's gray
8. John
9. nice guys
10. how do

True Sounds Of Liberty were an early Southern California punk band, whom had built a brilliant reputation for starting fights and causing numerous problems inside and outside the punk scene. I'd known about their reputation long before I'd actually heard the bands tunes.
In those days It was in fact pretty hard to meet girls if you were a misfit or an outcast of society, like most punks and metal heads were(in my town at least). The only girls that seemed to take interest in us were Goth or new wave girls. At any rate this girl Tina that I was fooling around with in my teenage years turned me on to TSOL. She wasn't a punk girl, but listened to stuff like the Cure, Joy Division, Killing Joke, the Smiths, New Order, etc. For some reason she gave me her copy of this album. I remember being somewhat disappointed by the music, thinking it was wimpy compared to the bands bad ass rep. Listening on through the years though, there is so much going on with these guys on this LP. Everything from a Misfits influence to a Joy Division influence, just straight up depressed/gloomy sounding punk with no metal influence what so ever. Prolly the last good record these guys did.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

DARK AGE -s/t 12" (1984)

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1. Metal Axe
2. Tales Of Medusa
3. Rock Revelation
4. The Execution/Messenger To Ascheron
5. Warrior
6. Viper

More obscure metal from Los Angeles California that came out in 1984. Its hard not to notice the NWOBHM sound and influence that is had on on the band. Its Unfortunate indeed that this is their only known release. The vocals are rad, and go back and forth from total King Diamond to Rob Halford high pitched screaming.
I was attracted to the Dungeons and Dragons styled artwork that these metal heads used for the front cover.
I can recall buying this at Worlds records in Albany NY. My parents would take us on Saturdays to buy comics at a shop that was next door to to worlds. Seriously a great metal record thats fallen between the cracks. enjoy this quality hard to find heavy metal.

INDECENT EXPOSURE- no looking back 12" (1985)

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1. Authority
2. do you too
3. no surrender
4. stick together
5. A matter of time
6. what's the point
7. Mad dog

This was this skinhead bands second LP, and it came out in 1985 on Rock o Rama records(the same year I graduated high school). These U.K. blokes were straight up street fighting lads, who stopped playing shows in London in around 1983 due to violence at their gigs(singer was involved in some fighting that landed him in the hospital). The music on this is some what hard yet melodic Oi. I was initially turned off to them due to my politics, and the fact that they were on RRR... I was young and stupid. Later I couldn't help checking out this record due to the crudely drawn cartoon cover .
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Thursday, November 15, 2007

PRIMAL SCREAM-volume one LP (1987)

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1. State Of The State
2. War And Sin
3. Last Breath
4. Scream Til You Bleed
5. Kill The Light
6. Poisoned
7. Ignorance Is No Excuse
8. Megaton
9. Mr. McCreedy
10. Shot On Sight

These Metal heads were from another planet, Staten Island NY. Pretty obscure speed metal played by this trio here. The only other guy I know who might recall these guys is my pal Ron Grimaldi who I bet even saw these guys. The LP came out on Mercenary records, and features some pretty horrible artwork. These guys I'm sure had a $15 light show that traveled with them when they played Brooklyn. I'm not sure why I initially bought this record, maybe it was the bass players trench coat. A great crossover of speed metal with a hardcore influence thrown in for sure. If you like bands like Leeway, you'll prolly dig this one. enjoy.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

SILVER MOUNTAIN-shakin brains (1983)

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1 1789
2 Aftermath
3 Always
4 Necrosexual Killer
5 Destruction Song
6 Vikings
7 Looking For You
8 Spring Maiden
9 King Of The Sea
10 keep on keeping on

This could be filed in the NWOBHM category, but it goes far beyond that. It has elements of old hard rock as well. Fucking great obscure Swedish metal that's gone on to influence the likes of many a power metal bands (Rhapsody, Blind Guardian, etc), and had a bit of a Deep Purple, Rainbow vibe going with the heavy Organs and all. The guitars are amazing in a Malmstein/Blackmoore sort of way, while the songs are catchy and powerful with melodic high pitched singing ala "Lucifer's Friend" or something like that. I think my initial attraction to this LP was the song called Vikings, as I'm pretty obsessed with Vikings, and the culture.
The reason I'm so into it now is the 1972 vibe that it has going for it.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

DEATH SENTENCE - Not A Pretty Sight 12"(1986)

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01 Live to Die
02 Fake
03 In Flames
04 Feel Fucked
05 Dawn of the Dead
06 Death Squad
07 Nightmare
08 R.C.M.P.

Awesome Canadian hardcore punk that came out in 1986. I bought This on haight street in SF around the same time that I bought the Condemned LP. Later I sold it in my first purge of record selling (1993). I later regretted this, and just recently found this on a Sunday brunch with my girlfriend, and neighbors on the street in Williamsburg. These guys might have played the farm, but I can't recall the show. Not sure what made me buy this record in the first place, or if it was just a whim due to the punk looking cover. It didn't leave my turntable for some time after buying it. It was a great punk record for a metal head to become educated on. I'll get some metal up here soon. Enjoy.

REST IN PIECES-my rage LP (1987)

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1. Old Grey Mare Stomp/Stark Raving Nude
2. Toys R Us
3. Army Of God
4. Not Worth Shit
5. Keep Your Distance
6. Balls'N'All
7. Joe Ignorant
8. Fools Of The World
9. Waste Away
10. Bitter Mind
11. My Rage
12. Spooky Song
13. Jesus
14. I Watch TV
15. Chinese Fortune Cookie

I discovered these guys around the same time I was living in California and was discovering bands like Infest. I loved this record because it was so fucking hard sounding. Great NYC Hardcore that was a perfect merge of Sick Of It All, and Straight Ahead (all the bands shared members). I was playing with straightedge thing from around 1989-1999, and these guys had that sound on this LP. The heavy mosh parts, and the hardness that was sincere, and predated all the cheesy mosh metal that followed it years later. This is a sick fucking album, and makes me want to punch holes in the wall even 20 years later.

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Saturday, October 27, 2007


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1. no home town skank
2. absent/retort
3. Stupid cops
4. why/because/why
5. twitch/fasterspaz
6. self destruct
7. limited mind
8. malicious grind
9. squino

The band is NOT grind.... this is crossover hardcore from the suburbs of sunny Southern California. I traded a romper room rejects demo through the mail back in 1988 with a band member of M.G. for this tape. Years later I got another copy from a friend in a collection I bought...sorta weird.
Rumor has it that Eric Wood (Man Is The Bastard)was the singer of this band. The band featured the girl who went on to be in Pussy Galore on bass or guitar. I really used to love collecting demos after reading a good review in MRR.
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Friday, October 26, 2007

the 4 SKINS-the good, the bad LP (1982)

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1. plastic gangsters
2. jealousy
3. yesterdays heroes
4. justice
5. jack the lad
6. rememberance day
7. manifesto
8. wonderful world
9. sorry
10. evil
11. I don't wanna be
12. A.C.H.B
13. chaos
14. one law for them

This was the first skinhead/Oi band I'd prolly ever heard. I discovered these guys when I lived in S.F. in around 1985. I met a dude at a hc show named Troy, he was from Oregon, but living in a room with Bones, and some other skinheads, who were high ranking SF skinheads. I hung out there for a few weeks with Troy(as I didn't really know anyone in the Bay area), watching the skins drink, beat one another up, while listening to AC/DC and the 4 Skins. They loved the idea of turning on an impressionable young metalhead to skinhead music. A few weeks later these guys moved out of the room on 603 fell street, and I moved in. Listening back to this album makes me think of those times.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

UFO(2) flying dbl LP (1973)

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1. Silver bird
2. Star storm
3. prince Kajuku
4. the comming of prince Kajuku
5. Flying

One of my favorite heavy 70's records for sure. This is the bands second LP, and features their first guitarist Mick Bolton. They called this "space rock", some called it prog rock. To me it was just great hardrock that was a perfect mixture of Black Sabbath, Led Zepplin, and Pink Floyd. Stuff is so heavy for the time period. After seeing some of the bands early videos on youtube its easy to see just how influential these guys first two records were. Totally addicting, early metal. The rhythm section is amazing, and so tight.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


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1. Crazy Cat
2. Headbangers
3. Gunman
4. The Beast On The Run
5. Power
6. Happy To Live
7. Danger
8. Heavy Fire
9. Money Taker

This LP is simply amazing! NWOBHM from Ghent Belgium. The music is hardrockin metal in an early Riot sort of way (well Riot meets sabbath at times). The vocals on the other hand are totally Motorhead influenced(with some Udo Dirksnyder as well). I love the way this record looks and sounds. I'm sure this is pretty tough to find these days, seems rare, and I feel lucky to have it.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

SATAN-court in the act LP (1983)

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1. Into The Fire
2. Trial By Fire
3. Blades Of Steel
4. No Turning Back
5. Broken Treaties
6. Break Free
7. Hunt You Down
8. The Ritual
9. Dark Side Of Innocence
10. Alone In The Dark

I bought this record simply due to the band name of course, and maybe the amazing cover art. I mean come on, Satan? Thats amazing. Unfortunately the name didn't really match up to the band for me in 1984. I guess I was expecting something harsher. It took me a good 10 years to appreciate this metal for what it was. These guys did the traditional NWOBHM thing totally top notch, influencing power metal and speed metal bands for decades to come. Think a rawer, faster Iron Maiden. The vox are high pitched, but not over the top, the guitar playing is amazing with dual stuff going on. The vocalist Brian Ross went on to be in Blitzkrieg. The band changed their name like 3 times to try an make record labels happy. It killed the band.

KREATOR-Terrible certainty(1987)

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1. Blind faith
2. Storming with menace
3. Terrible certainty
4. As the world burns
5. Toxic trace
6. No escape
7. One of us
8. Behind the mirror

Along with Destruction, Kreator were a very important part the German thrash metal scene and helped to create it. A three piece band that just never slowed down.
I was listening to Destruction first (in high school), but soon after that discovered these dudes... Lots of listening to this album while drinking and smoking up a storm with buddies like Zoran, and Kenny D. This stuff would pump me up before bombing hills with my skateboard in SF.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Intrinsic s/t LP (1987)

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1. Ahead of the Game
2. Hit the Streets
3. Compo
4. RIP!
5. Possessor
6. No Return
7. Leaving Insane
8. Wasted Life

So cool that this originally came out on No Wimp records! I love this shit, its so fucking metal, and yes, generic. The music could fall in the Speed metal metal category, but the vox are what make this record for me. Total Iron Maiden type howls from this non wimp.
I was lucky enough to see these guys in northern California when this LP came out in around 1988. I was floored, the album didn't hold up for me after seeing them live back then. It wasn't until I unearthed it 10 years later that I could fully appreciate the generic type of metal these guys were doing. A killer cross of speed metal and NWOBHM.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Skeptix- so the youth LP (1982)

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1. Violent Street
2. Death & Destruction
3. For Your Country
4. Got No Choice
5. Traitor
6. Born To Lose
7. Legion Of The Damned
8. ...So The Youth
9. Such Is War
10. Fist Of Fury
11. Stop It While You Can
12. Routine Machine (2)
13. Next Victim
14. The Cause

This Band was on the same label that Skrewdriver started off on.. Rock o Rama Records out of W. Germany. This is Early though, ROR #17. Its pretty much a perfect punk record, with a heavy USA hc sound. Not a hint of metal here. I had no idea that music this good existed over seas in 1982. Some Obscure shit! My favorite song would be "born to lose", catchy and raw punk as fuck hc.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Toranaga- gods gift LP (1989)

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1. The Shrine
2. Psychotic
3. Sword of Damocles
4. Hammer to the Skull
5. Food of the Gods
6. Disciples
7. Last Breath of Life
8. Black is the Mask
9. Execution

Speed Metal from the UK? Well it Didn't happen all that much, as by this time grind, death metal and crust by the likes of Carcass, etc were dominating the UK metal scene. This stuff is awesome in a Bay Area kind of way though. I'd compare these guys to Testament, Overkill, and Vio-lence. I ran into this LP by accident at a garage sale. One of my early discoveries of garage sales being a great place to buy cheap vinyl.

Sacrifice- forward to termination LP (1987)

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1. Forward To Termination / Terror Strikes
2. Re-Animator
3. Afterlife
4. Flames Of Armageddon
5. The Entity
6. Forever Enslaved
7. Cyanide
8. Light Of The End
9. Pyrokinesis

I initially bought the Sacrifice record due to one of the dudes on the back cover wearing an Agnostic Front t shirt (cheesy I know), and another dude wearing a Death shirt. I was sort of distancing myself from most metal at this time in my life, and embracing hardcore punk full on. So for me to buy metal at this time, was rare and sort of a "hidden" type of treasure that I still secretly was enjoying.
Sacrifice were from Canada, and played a ripping style of my favorite type of metal ever.... German styled Thrash in the vein of Destruction, Kreator, Sodom. Brilliant stuff that still gets me everytime (20 years later). I love the vox, and the horse trots.

Saint Vitus hollows victim LP (1985)

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1.War Is Our Destiny
2.White Stallions
3.Mystic Lady
4.Hallow's Victim
5.The Sadist
6.Just Friends (Empty Love)
7.Prayer for the (M)Asses

The Fact that Saint Vitus were on Black Flag Guitarist Greg Ginns label, SST always puzzled me as a youth. Of course years later, I get it. By the mid 80's those SST guys pretty much were over punk/hc and were much more into experimental hippie stuff(as it wasn't as restrictive). Saint Vitus sure looked like hippies, but they played a bad ass brand of Doomy, stoner rock thats gone on to influence so many bands and genres even still today.
My fondest memories of listening to and discovering these guys go back about 17 years ago, sitting in my friend Kevin's bedroom (at his parents house of course), smoking bongs, and listening to Saint Vitus over, and over, and over. Get into it man... feel the power.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Code Of Honor- beware the savage jaw LP (1984)

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1.beware the savage jaw
2.I killed the dove
5.the ballad of one-eyed jack and the backhand man
6.too much for one man
7.not if I can help it of the others
9.don't tell me
10.waiting always room to cry
12.this day

Okay, Its been a while since I did any blogging, and I'm sorry for neglecting you freaks...Been busy with planning a wedding, and selling shit on ebay. At any rate, when punks think of Code Of Honor they usually think of the early stuff. I do as well, I am sorta a punk, duh. I love this Album though, I guess it took me over twenty years to finally really appreciate it. I remember when I first bought it I thought they turned to poserdom and wimped out like most bands finally do. Whatever the case this is a rockin album, and has some very memorable tracks that have a sorta Killed by Death meets some Goth production. This is the third time I've owned the LP, as I've purged it from collection twice in the past. Never again.., I find myself spinning this more than the Sick Pleasure split LP.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Desecration demo (1985)

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2.deaths revenge

Featuring pre Corrupted Morals/ex Possessed members(maybe up to three guys), this demo is a true classic, and its unfortunate to have only 3 songs on it.
I saw these guys once at the Farm in S.F. opening up for some punk hardcore bands with my buddy's Zoran and Kenny Donnovan. We had no idea who these metal heads were, but loved em just the same. I picked this up then.
This stuff has the fixings of Desecrations other bay area counter parts of the time, Sacrilege, Possessed, and Exodus. Features the drummer of Possessed playing as a "session" drummer for this demo. Killer death/thrash that will not disappoint, It sucks they never put out a proper release.

Beherit-the oath of black blood LP (1991)

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You won't see much from me up here on my blog from the 1990's.... It would have to be a true essential, as this record is.
I rarely listen to all that much black metal these days, as its become pretty com modified within modern culture to me. Shits become some what of a played joke.
I was however lucky enough to be listening to and turned on to these guys, Burzum, Immortal, Dark Throne, Emperor, Mayhem, etc. in the early 90's, as I was doing a music 'zine (Gloom), and was regularly getting this stuff for review purposes. I remember thinking this stuff was crazy, and automatically thinking back to my high school days of Bathory, Celtic Frost, and Hell Hammer. The recording and vocal styles really make this record. It really does sound like it was recorded in hell.

2.Metal of Death
3.The Oath of Black Blood
4.Grave Desecration
6.Goat Worship
8.Black Mass Prayer
9.Beast of Damnation
10.Hail Sathanas
11.Dawn of Satan's Millennium
We'll cause your death
We'll kill Jesus
Rape the dead
We'll spread evil
Grave desecration, grave desecration...
Rape the whores
All night long
Grave desecration, grave desecration...
I go to the graveyard all night long
I go to the graveyard ritual
I go to the graveyard ritual
Grave desecration, grave desecration...
On... Sabbath!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Angel Witch s/t LP (1980)

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1.Angel witch
3.white witch
7.sweet danger man
9.angel of death
10.devils tower

Angel Witch formed in London in the late 70's under the original name Lucifer, becoming one of the original players of the nwobhm sound.
They always reminded me of a cross between Sabbath and Sweet, heavy but melodic with a catchy element to it. The production on this LP is superb for 1980.
The story goes that A&R guys were at a show to sign them that they played with Maiden in 1979-80, and A.W. had a really off night so Maiden got signed instead. They later signed to Bronze, but never fully recovered from the incident.
I was attracted to the bands covers, and the idea behind them more than the music itself at first. My Brother Brian, and Step brother Ethan would have this LP or a Maiden LP blaring in the back ground as we played Dungeons and Dragons in the early 80's. Stand outs for me on this LP are "Angel Witch", "white witch", and "Sweet danger".

As I walk alone I can feel you there
People said to me
That you've got long black hair

You are the sorceress
I've seen your castle
Oh take me there
And hold your wand up high
A star of spectrum
A rainbow sky

Dancing around your grave
I'm glad you're gone
Can your soul be saved
Go back to where you belong

You walk through the mountain side
Mysterious powers go passing by
A storm is coming near
A soft warm breeze blows through the trees

You're dead!