Heirborne – Morbid Reality

Morbid Reality
1990 (no label)
Pleasant Hill, Missouri, USA

Nyk Edinger – Lead vocals
Kenny Carter – Guitar
J.J. Julian – Bass
Shane Goade – Drums

Side 1:

  1. Morbid Reality
  2. Behind Enemy Lines
  3. The Crucified

Side 2:

  1. The Terror
  2. Onward to the Kingdom

Heirborne is part of the Kansas City scene that produced the Crusade Compilation and bands like Hot Pink Turtle and Dig Hay Zoose. The style here is usually listed as thrash metal, but I also hear some speed metal and early black metal influences – along the lines of Mercyful Fate/King Diamond. Nyk and Shane went on to be in Possession and then Frost Like Ashes. You can see the roots of those bands in this demo. Of course, this being 1990, I am sure this freaked many Christians out no matter what they lyrics were. Still, one of the top underground early releases in the Christian world of extreme metal. This is more extreme than Mortification, but a year earlier – and they were criticized for being too extreme when they came out.

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