Ängst – The Null Hypothesis

The Null Hypothesis
1995 137 Records
New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Matthew M. Nordan – vocals, instruments

Side 1:

  1. Descent
  2. Who am I to Question God?
  3. Warm Dry Cell
  4. Exactly Precisely
  5. Godshaped Void
  6. Shades of Light
  7. Positive

Side 2:

  1. Lollapalooza
  2. Boiling Point
  3. Effexor (Venlafaxine HCl)
  4. Persistence
  5. Five in the Chamber
  6. Nothing Else

Ängst was one of a few industrial bands that didn’t make it onto a label for a full release, but gained considerable visibility with compilation appearances and underground releases. It was also one of many one-person projects. This appears to be the last Ängst demo, released the same year as their second demo Black And. The sound on this demo is a bit of a mixture of several sounds – house, techno, rock, metal, etc- wrapped in an industrial shell. The vocals are clearer and more pop-oriented than your typical industrial bands. “Warm Dry Cell,” “Godshaped Void,” “Lollapalooza,” “Boiling Point,” “Effexor (Veniafaxine HCL),” “Nothing Else,” and a live version of “Five in the Chamber” were all included on the 1999 Ängst compilation Anger, Lust, Frustration, Fear, And Fun from Flaming Fish Music. This means that just under half of the songs are exclusive to this tape.


Dark’s End – Dark’s End

Dark’s End
Dark’s End
1992 (no label)
Marbach, Germany

Uli Horner – Vocals
Martin Zettler – Guitars
Dirk Nising – Bass
Christian Schmidt – Drums

Side 1:

  1. White Dove
  2. X (instrumental)

Side 2:

  1. Signs
  2. The Tramp

While the cover looks pretty gothic, the tape opens up with some chiming alt rock guitars that sound straight out of an early Sixpence None the Richer song. Then the band kicks into a guitar rock song closer to something by Plankeye or Blonde Vinyl alt rock artists. The lead singer has a strong German accent, but she is still singing in English. There is also a shredding solo on the first track. The songs on the rest of the songs tends to follow the same sound: mixtures of different forms of late 80s/early 90s alternative and some hard rock influences here and there.

Positive Outlook – No More War!

Positive Outlook
No More War!
1987 (no label)
San Francisco, California, USA

Scotty Fraser – Bass, vocals
“Wild” Bill Burnett – Guitar
Mike Fuentes – Guitar
Stop Seely – Drums

  1. No More War
  2. Stop and Think
  3. Mental Prejudice
  4. Newest
  5. J.C.I.L.
  6. Peace is Just
  7. Faceless
  8. Straight

I became aware of this demo through an eBay listing. A quick search turned up a BandCamp site for the re-issue. Apparently it was also re-issued on CD in 1999 as well. The sound is fast and furious hardcore punk (leaning more towards the punk side) with straight edge lyrics. While the title track and a few songs are mostly anti-war, they also talk God, unity, and saying no to drugs. This is also a short album, so it is interesting to see it re-issued a few times so many years later. There must have been a lot more to the band’s buzz than their BandCamp blurb let’s on.

The Warning – Cut the Garbage!

The Warning
Cut the Garbage!
1990 Independent
Azusa, California, USA

Burrito – Lead vocals
Tracy G – Lead guitars, bass, noise makers

Mike Beatty – Drum programming
Rochelle Ann – Additional vocals on “Human Holocaust”

Side 1:

  1. Condemned to Hell
  2. Human Holocaust
  3. Blood Bath

Side 2:

  1. Don’t Touch Me
  2. Scream for Repentance (Psalm 51)
  3. Out of Control
  4. Cut the Crap

This is the censored version of Cut the Crap! From 1989 – meaning that they just changed one word on the cover to make it less offensive to people that found the word “crap” offensive. Weird, but such is the Christian world. It seems that sound here is a bit more metal and cleanly produced than Repent or Die! and A Virgin in the Midst of Whores. Don’t think they went anywhere near pop metal, though – it is still off the wall, chaotic, and a bit muddy sonic-wise. And of course, Tracey G is still showcasing the shred guitars he came to be known for in Dio and other bands later. Interesting that they feature a note about only reading the Bible and not getting into personal interpretations, and then release a tape full of their personal interpretations and political views. Lots of bands  did this – it probably just got confusing for music fans to determine which differing version of “just the Bible” was the real one 🙂 Also of interest is that this re-release of Cut the Crap! leaves off the bonus track “Love,” which I believe is the same song as “Whatever Happened to Love” from A Virgin in the Midst of Whores.

Alliance – Spiritual Battle

Spiritual Battle
1986 (no label)
West Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Lonnie Smith – Vocals, keyboards
Garry Bruce – Guitars
Steve Eason – Bass
Tracy Hollingsworth – Drums

Gary Davis – Additional keyboards

Side 1:

  1. Running in the Night
  2. Selfish Ambition
  3. Party Girl

Side 2:

  1. Instant Gratification
  2. Spiritual Battle

This is an earlier demo by the same Alliance that put out Answer Beyond the Pieces in 1988. If the cover has you thinking that maybe the band used to be a lot heavier and they went lighter for Beyond the Pieces, you would be…. wrong. This is lighter rock and more 80s than their later demo. I know the cover looks metal, but to be honest, many non-metal bands went for this art style back in the mid to early 80s. They do still rock out on tunes like “Selfish Ambition,” but it is a mid-80s rock out more than a metal rock out. Before this demo, they were known as Exodus and put out a demo called From Darkness to Light in 1984 that I have not heard.

The Sealed – Demo

The Sealed
1991 (no label)

Side 1:

  1. Peak of a Lonely Hill
  2. In a Heartbeat
  3. Road to Nowhere

Side 2:

Walk the Talk
You Are There

Unfortunately, this tape was blank when I put it in – on both sides. Not blank as in “someone taped over it by accident,” but blank as in “never has been recorded on.” I am guessing that the band forgot to dub it before sending it off? Putting it here in chance that someone may have it or know something about the band.

Missing Information: Who played on this, the actual songs

New Society – Updated Versions of Older Tapes

For those that weren’t aware, New Society albums are usually up for download somewhere online. However, some of them have been disappearing here and there, so it seems Rick Roman, Jr. has fixed that, as well as tweaking/updating some releases. If you haven’t heard of New Society, it was an electronic project run by Rick Roman (with others joining him from time to time) that mixes industrial, techno, metal, trance,you name it. There are many more New Society albums than the ones up online now – not sure if they will be added or not. Also of note are NEW songs from 2019 in there are well. But currently up on Soundclick for free download:

  • A Taste of Black (Anthology 1990 updated 2019)
  • So Red a Revelation (Anthology 1990 updated 2019)
  • True Faith (Anthology 1990 updated 2019)
  • Eternity (Anthology 1992 updated 2019)
  • E.T.S.G.A.N.W. (Anthology 2003 updated 2019)
  • REG.NO.2615161 (Anthology 2004 updated 2019)
  • New Life (Anthology 2008 updated 2019)
  • Collective (2019)