Prazzer – Dominate Me

Prazzer
Dominate Me
198? Pekuliar Muzzik Rekords
Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

Mike Liffick – Vocals
Punq Hedgez – Guitars, bass, keyboards
Jason Lykins – Drums

  1. Ascension
  2. Justabitanoize
  3. Cylents
  4. No Lone Wolves
  5. Dominate Me
  6. R-U Battle Ready
  7. World of Confusion
  8. Sin is Destruction
  9. Marchinthroo
  10. He Walks Upon the Water

So based on the name, they sound like hair metal. The cover looks more like a noise band. But the pictures of the three guys shows them with choir robes on, looking like a metal band. So what are they? All of the above….? The first song in a keyboard instrumental, followed by a guitar solo song, followed by a found noise track that transitions directly into a found noise track with wolves howling. Then… a metal track? Well, it sounds more like gothic metal, but it is actually a full band rocking out with vocals. Then another found noise song, followed by another full band rocking song, but without vocals. That is followed up by a spoken word with noise background, a track that is basically a drum solo, and one final keyboard tracks. Every song is short – they whole thing clocks in at less than 19 minutes. It is difference, but the two gothic metal tracks make it worth the weird ride.

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Legacy – Demo

Legacy
Demo
19?? (no label)
Kentucky, USA

Steve Crosby

  1. Trusting Jesus
  2. Go and Be With My Lord
  3. Won’t Be on My Own

Even though there have been a couple of metal bands called Legacy, I have no idea who this band is. The first song briefly starts off with a dark guitar chord that makes you think it might be metal, before the keyboards kicks in and you get oldies rock and roll for three unnamed songs (I guessed at the titles above). Of course, the first song could have also been “T.R.U.S.T. in J.E.S.U.S.” because they kept spelling it out over and over again. Female and male lead vocals that trade off song to song as well. Steve Crosby is the only one listed on the tape.

Camel Society Kings – A Pile of Stones

Camel Society Kings
A Pile of Stones
19?? (no label)
Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA

Michael Angelino – Vocals, guitars
Anthony Lancenese – Bass, vocals
David – Guitars
Jeff – Drums

  1. Always (Under Your Hair)
  2. Another Stone
  3. The Stranger

This was a surprise – I have heard two other Camel Society Kings demo tapes, but wasn’t aware of this one. No date on this tape, but from what I can fins online this would be their third demo. They are still doing the alternative rock thing well, with some DIY influences. Kind of somewhere between Absence of Ceramics, Blue Trapeze, and Black Carnation. Well, until they hit the rockabilly influenced “The Stranger.” But overall, a short but awesome rare demo find here.

Missing Information: What year was this released? What are David and Jeff’s last names?

Mark Heard – Demo Stuff

Mark Heard
Demo Stuff
1989? (no label)

Mark Heard – Vocals, guitars, other instruments?
(others?)

  1. Lonely Road
  2. House of Broken Dreams
  3. Nobody’s Looking
  4. All She Wanted Was Love
  5. Look Over Your Shoulder
  6. It Will Rise
  7. Our Restless Hearts

Kind of a mysterious release. What you see on the cover was all there was to it. No year, no track names, no list of who played on it, nothing. Listening to it, these are well-recorded demos with Mark’s excellent song writing shining through beautifully. Thankfully, Mark also has massively devoted fans – so it was easy to find the names of most of the songs on this demo since all of his lyrics are online. Most of these songs were released in 1990 on Dry Bones Dance, except for “Look Over Your Shoulder” which was released on Second Hand and “It Will Rise” – which doesn’t seem to be on any other albums that I can find. If they are demos, then they could have been recorded anytime between 1987’s Tribal Opera and 1990. I am guessing 1989 just because it seems logical. But I could be wrong. Also, it sounds like some of these songs were recorded live to tape – meaning there were other people than Heard playing at least bass and drums. The versions on this tape are similar to the ones later recorded, but there are noticeable differences, or even new instruments added on the official released versions. Still pretty cool for that one unreleased song (if it really is that and I am not missing something).

Dead to Sin – Practice

Dead to Sin
Practice
198? (no label)
California, USA?

Richard Carlstedt?

Side 1:

  1. God’s Not Dead
  2. Jesus is God
  3. I Love You
  4. Jesus Loves Me
  5. Kill the Abortion
  6. Dear Jesus Prayer

Side 2:

  1. Satan Sucks
  2. Banned
  3. King of Kings, Lord of Lords
  4. Don’t Turn Your Back on Jesus Christ

This is a bit of a mystery tape. All that I have is what you see pictured above. The sound is pretty much straight forward loud and brash street punk. I took a guess at song titles based on what was repeated most in the chorus (“Jesus Loves Me” and “King of Kings, Lord of Lords” are cover songs). I do have another demo called A Promise of Hope by a band called Dead to Sin, but that tape is barely rock. It sounds nothing like this tape. A few people have mentioned a band called Dead to Sin led by Richard Carlstedt of The Israelites. But that other demo has no one named any form of Richard Carlstedt in it. Are there two different bands? Also, the rock Dead to Sin is from Canada, but Crazed Bunnyz from California mention talking to Richard from the other Dead to Sin after a concert. My best guess is that this tape is the California punk band led by Richard Carlstedt, but I could be wrong. Either way, this tape is obviously a practice session and rough around the edges, but the band gets punk rock and puts out some good (practice-level) punk rock.

Missing Information: Song titles, release date, who played on this?

Double Edge – Demo

Double Edge
Demo
198? (no label)
Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

  1. Ripples in the Water
  2. Cry From Inside
  3. Oh Death, Where is Thy Sting?
  4. Wake Up

This demo starts off really mellow – the first track has you thinking this is cheesy rock-ish muzak from the 80s. Even the second song starts off with mellow piano, and I was ready to check out. But about a minute in they throw in a random distorted guitar lick and I was like: what is this? After about 2 minutes, a harder rock track does kick in – not too bad, but not really metal. The third track is full on metal with some prog-y keyboard flourishes, making you re-assess whether the first two were also prog-ish? Probably not. Or maybe? The fourth track is straight up commercial metal – definitely the best track on the album. I never can figure out why bands put such mellow tracks first – metal heads would bail when the second track starts (if not earlier), and pop fans would bail as soon as the guitars kick in. But this definitely a tape for metal heads overall. The big question: who are these guys? They don’t list band members or a release date. I can’t find anything online about this. They even took the time to list the tracks on side 2, even though it is a repeat of side 1. The weirder thing is that there is also a band from Little Rock called Double Edged. They sound kind of similar, but not really. I checked, and there are no repeat songs between the two demos. Same band? Or did one of these bands evolve into the other with a slight name change to denote change in players? Just two random bands from the same city that both refused to put much info on their j-cards? The world may never know….

Missing Information: date of release, who played on this?

Babo – The First Time

Babo
The First Time
1991 (no label)
Doorwerth, Netherlands

Gerco Mons – Singing, guitar
Marcel Mons – Bass
Alexander Bijl – Solo guitar
Oscar Pathuis – Drums, keyboards
Andre Venema – Techniek

  1. Bye Bye Color
  2. First Love
  3. The Letter
  4. John
  5. Marianne
  6. De Jet van Tante Jet

This would have probably been put off until later in the que for digitization, until I noticed that they do a cover of L.S.U.’s “Bye Bye Color.” Well, it is song with the lyrics to “Bye Bye Color” over a completely different musical arrangement. The band is from the Netherlands, and I had to translate some terms above from Dutch. But I couldn’t find out what “Techniek” translates to other than “Technics.” Stage show I guess? Anyways, the sound is kind of alternative rock with some mod and surf rock leanings. It reminds me of what Surprise Surprise did sometimes in the early days.