Vague – Rough Mix Demo

Vague
Rough Mix Demo
1990 (no label)

  1. Close My Eyes [rough mix]
  2. 2 Lonely People [very rough mix]
  3. Will You Stay [acoustic snatch mix]

My guess is that this is a collection of songs for the same New Talent Showcase at Cornerstone that other bands were making tapes for as well. Vague is known for being the band that evolved into The Wayside. “Close My Eyes” and “2 Lonely People” are basically just rougher mixes of the same songs that later appeared on A Glimpse of Deep Symbolism. The song “Will You Stay” is a slightly different version of the song that appeared on Collage. I don’t know if it was planned for A Glimpse of Deep Symbolism and then dropped or what. Vague was a bit more Alternative rock than The Wayside, but still very good at it.

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Decision D – Testimony of Faith

Decision D
Testimony of Faith
1990 (no label)
Utrecht, Netherlands

Edwin Ogenio – Lead Vocals
Albert-Jan “Riffs” Vink – Lead guitars, rhythm guitars
Daniel Bootsma – Lead guitars
Ronald-Jan Kleisen – Bass, back-up vocals
Gerard van Driesten – Drums

  1. Testimony of Faith
  2. DNA
  3. Rapture
  4. Requiem

“Testimony of Faaaaaith!!!!” That’s not me getting excited about this demo – it is the scream that starts out the first song. Of course, this is a great thrash metal demo by a band that went on to release three full length albums that leaned more towards death metal. The weird thing about this demo was that it did have a cover, but that cover was not with this tape. Don’t know if it was lost by the original owner, never had one, or was a bootleg copy made for a friend of a friend. There really isn’t the loud hiss that comes from dubbing copies of copies, though. It’s pretty clean, actually. So I’ll go with either lost cover, or band ran out of covers. Or this was a “pre-release” of sorts before there was a cover. Either way: MOSH!!!

(the real cover can easily be found online, so I used it above)

HeartAttack – 3 Song Demo

HeartAttack
3 Song Demo
1990 (no label)
Rockland, Maine, USA

Bill Martel

  1. Truly Truly
  2. Wake Up
  3. Go to the Show

This is another demo sent to Cornerstone in 1990 for consideration. This one notes that it is only half of their longer demo Wake Up and Smell the Coffee. The sound here is of the hard rock / glam rock / metal variety that many bands of the time were doing, influenced by AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, and Poison. Which may seem like an unlikely mix, but many labels still wanted the success of GNR with the rough edges polished down a bit by commercial metal.

Missing Information: Band members names

Distant Thunder – Demo

Distant Thunder
Demo
1990 (no label)
Lansing, Michigan, USA

Jim Sayer

  1. Distant Thunder
  2. Sweet 16
  3. Running From It All

This demo was apparently sent in to Cornerstone in 1990 for the New Talent stage. The general sound here is heavy metal, kind of a mix of traditional / commercial and neo-classical / progressive. Sometimes the guitar solos sound really strange and squealing – I can’t tell if this is caused by the guitar player needing more practice to hit the notes cleaner or the demo quality recording. Jim Sayer is the only name listed on the tape – I am assuming he is involved in the band, but he could also be the manager.

Missing Information: Band members names

Hozana – Demo

Hozana
Demo
1990 (no label)
Reseda, California, USA

Dana Aaron – Lead vocals, backup vocals
Ray Vidal – Lead guitars, rhythm guitars, backup vocals
Dan Weibel – Lead guitars, rhythm guitars, backup vocals
Tracy Ferrie – Bass
Roland Vergara – Drums, percussion

  1. Short Road to Ruin
  2. Holdin’ On

Another tape that makes the case for checking liner notes before shuffling a tape to the back of the stack. The cover itself doesn’t really look that special, plus I have never heard of this band. But open the case and you find a “who’s who” of Christian 80s metal. Sanctuary Church logos and messages. Produced by George Ochoa (of Recon, Deliverance, and Worldview fame). Jimmy B. Brown II (Deliverance, if you didn’t know) on backing vocals. The band itself has Tracy Ferrie on bass – he would later play in Seraiah, Whitecross, Stryper, and Boston. Ray Vidal was also later in Worldview. Some of the other names look familiar, but I can’t recall right now. Anyways, this is 80s glam rock around the same area as Poison or Enuff Z’Nuff. Only two songs, but both are well done.

Wrath or Mercy -A Balance of Power

Wrath or Mercy
A Balance of Power
1990 (no label)
Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Adam Light – Lead & backing vocals, bass guitar, rhythm guitar on #1, synthesizer on #4
Erick Von Wrath – Lead guitars, backing vocals and voice on #3, synthesizer on #1
Michael Mercy – Drums, percussion, backing vocals on #4

  1. Don’t Stop Lovin’ Me
  2. Under the Sun
  3. Hold on to the Fire
  4. We Rock (for the Rock of Ages)

Don’t know much about this band, but they play a competent mix of hard rock that rides the line with heavy metal. Some might even argue that this is commercial metal and I would not have a problem with that. The band and demo name are definitely metal sounding. Some different choices with recording or production could easily swing it either way to be honest. If this had been released in the early 80s, I would say heavy metal for sure. But since it was released in 1990, this sound was considered more hard rock by then.

King James and the Concordances – I Do

King James and the Concordances
I Do
1990 Vertical Take Off Music (VTO2004)
Orlando, California, USA

Headlight Rodriguez
Turtle Alonzo
Toast R. Oven

Side 1:

  1. Yo! Suarez
  2. Could You Be?
  3. Waking Up With My Baby
  4. “Lover”
  5. And I Cried

Side 2:

  1. Talking Bout’ Your Church
  2. King James Hop
  3. De New Age
  4. Married People
  5. Gonna Buy Me a Bride

The follow up to 1987’s The Authorized Version offers more of the same from Julio Rey and Al Valdes. Well, if by “same” you mean the “same” unpredictable style-hopping they were doing on the last demo. The first song is hard rock, the next one is reggae, then ummm… ragtime do-whop(?) and so on. I think it keeps things interesting, but others might disagree. This tape seems to be rarer than their other tape.