Tuesday, May 6, 2008

DEATHRASH-faces of death demo (1986)

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1.lock jaw
2.buried alive
3.blood for blood

Deathrash were an amazing NJ metal band that never did the vinyl thing. After talking to Pat about the band, I thought he told me that he joined Whiplash as a replacement for a while, and maybe that semi killed Deathrash? I forget the details, exactly, I'm prolly way off, Maybe he'll chime in here in the comments. I know that Tony Scaglione from Whiplash played on this demo. One of the best NJ metal bands ever in my opinion. The Deathrash stuff has so many elements of different influences its just delicious. Think Hirax, Death Angel, Betrayel, etc. Deathrash had the Bay area sound for sure.
I lucked out on this demo tape, as I found it in this old dirty record store in Albany NY called Worlds records. the store was always amazing, and you could uncover all kinds of treasures there if you didn't mind getting dirty. The owner Steve would find random stuff in the basement and just put it out in stacks. I used to comb the store three times a week for rarities. I found this demo on one of those comb through in around 1995. I'd heard the band on a LP comp, but that was all the band had released besides this so I was ecstatic to find the tape. I cautiously took it to the counter wondering what Steve would charge me. Without flinching he said... "ah, this is a hard one to find....99 cents." I was stoked to get the tape home to blast it. I loved that store... It brought me so much great music for decades. This is ripped from a 22 year old tape, unbelievable. These dudes have just reformed and are now playing shows again.

took down the upload link at the request of Pat Burns of deathrash. check the comments for more info.

13 comments:

  1. Thanks for reminding me of Worlds Records - I remember good times going there and digging for metal and other stuff after walking to Music Shack and some of the other stores in the area. Great site, by the way.

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  2. Not bad, not bad at all! Definitely a unique find, thanks. I'd be interested in hearing more from these guys, though I'm not sure I want to hear it 22 years later. That always strikes me as a rather funny thought.

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  3. Thanks Rage, I'm wondering if I know you as Albany was/is pretty small. The store was seriously great.

    Paris, hey thanks for the thoughts... It was a great find, as I said they are together and playing again (22 years later, ouch).

    Nate

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  4. yes!! i was WAY into Whiplash in my early metal years and after hearing the " Buried Alive"tune on the Speed Metal Hell comp and hearing of the Whiplash connect, that was it!! always wished they had done an "official" release but looking back the demos fuckin classic and i actually think in some ways that some of these bands really were better off never graduating from the demo phase.

    i think i mentioned this on the Blood Feast post already, but if your into stuff along the lines of Whiplash/Deathrash you need to peep Fantom Warior if you can track down any of their stuff that is. they only had one LP and one demo that I know of (plus a tune on some odd comp where i first heard em) but everything they did was easily on par with the best East coast thrashers of the day.

    Bond. Word is bond.

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  5. Nate:

    I don't think so - I was there for a spell, but didn't really get out much. Thanks for the great music and posts - I'll keep reading.

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  6. This is terrific. I love this stuff, and never heard of them. I can see how they might have influencedc metal and hardcore bands alike.

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  7. Hey,
    I have been flipping through your blog and been going back in years. Back in the day while record store were cool and you could spent HOURS just flipping through the stacks. Plus the mailorder and tapetrading, wow it takes me back...anyway. I am from north Jersey, some of friends knew Deathrash. They loved them. I was told that the the drummer was so fast that he would steam. Freakin' crazy image. They promise a copy, never got one. Now I have it. I wish the I had that Deathrash sticker that I had on my bed. Thanks.

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  8. they are playing shows again... i missed one semi recently in Staten Island.

    Nate

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  9. Hey all!!! All I can tell you is the new Deathrash tunes are better then ever. Sick 80's F in speed metal with twists and turns that will make you want to tear it up and mosh old school style.. Keep yours eyes and ears open, u won't be disapointed....

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  10. I was contacted by Pat of deathrash, and he asked me if i could make this available to listen to, but not download. I'm not that tech savvy, so I'm taking the link off of the site. They are releasing this stuff on a CD sometime soon.
    thanks Pat! good to hear from you again!
    Nate

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  11. christ i'll never find this demo, and i live in new jersey!!! back in april i met some dude at a show in philly who said he knew you, i was wearing a rods shirt that was how it got brought up, and he texted you asking about sorcery's "stunt rock" album on my reccomendation. don't really know how this applies to deathrash, but i was looking for this demo and came across your blog. check out my band sacrificial blood if you get a chance, we play old school death/thrash and judging by your posts i think you'd be very much into it. i'm also 29 and was lucky to get into the underground during it's last gasp in the early 90's....

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