Igniter – Fall of the Nation

Fall of the Nation
1996 (no label)
San Antonio, Texas, USA

Mike Better – Vocals
James Martinez – Guitars
Michael Travieso – Guitars
Steve Valdez – Bass
Ron Travieso – Drums, percussion

Side 1:

  1. Psalms 91
  2. Heaven’s Gate
  3. Where Do We Go From Here
  4. Fall of the Nation
  5. Rose of Sharon

Side 2:

  1. Call to Love
  2. Holy Flame
  3. Black Widow
  4. Dominion

Back in the mid-90s, after the Great Grunge Onslaught, few bands were out there doing full on heavy metal. There were several metal bands around, but so many were going nu-metal, grunge, ____core, etc. Most were calling it quits. So it was interesting to hear Igniter raising the heavy metal banner without shame in 1996. No real hints of grunge/nu/core here. Lots of traditional metal, power metal, commercial metal, and neo-classical metal. San Antonio was a mecca of heavy metal back in the day, and it looks like “the day” lasted well after the 80s for some bands. Lesser demo tapes than this one have become legends in the underground metal circles online.

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