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


Telestai – Telestai

1991 (no label)
Mt. Prospect, Illinois, USA

Carl Myzia – Vocals
Eric Bentz – Guitar, vocals
Joe Myzia – Bass, vocals
Brian Durkin – Drums, vocals

Chris Yantz – Keys on “Telestai”

Side 1:

  1. Telestai

Side 2:

  1. Why
  2. On the Line

The cover of this demo shows that a simple design can still look pretty cool, even with just two colors. The first songs starts off sounding a lot like “Who Pulls the Strings” by Zion, but then they kick into a power metal/almost speed metal jam with the song itself. The high-pitched wails, crunching riffs, thundering rhythm section, and scorching leads are all there – too bad this was released in 1991. Even the Christian scene was moving away from this style by then, going more hard rock, or thrash/death on the other end. This type of music sits right at the fault line of the split where the two different directions moved away from. Which is a crying shame.

Richard F. Hay, Sr. – Almost Poetry, Not Quite Prose

Richard F. Hay, Sr.
Almost Poetry, Not Quite Prose
1991 Corpqii Productions

Richard F. Hay, Sr. – Poetry reading
Marc Plainguet – All music

Side 1:

  1. War
  2. Kids
  3. God

Side 2:

  1. Firemen
  2. People
  3. Movies

Now for something completely different. This is a tape of poetry written by Richard F. Hay, Sr., read by Hay in his Boston accent, and recorded over  keyboard / electronic / experimental / alternative music played by Marc Plainguet. Each track listed above is actually a collection of several short poems, with the  track name describing the general theme of all the poems in it. You can see the full list of poems above. The background music also changes with each track. Its rather interesting and engaging stuff, as Hay talks about his life, his time as  soldier, working as a fireman, and his family. This is technically the same general approach that Steve Scott takes with his poetry, but Scott and Hay showcase how there can be very different ways of doing the same general idea.

Eden Burning – Much More Than Near

Eden Burning
Much More Than Near
1991 FFG
Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

Paul Northup – Lead vocals, 12-string acoustic guitar, bouzouki
Neill Forrest – Mandolin, electric guitar, bouzouki, backing vocals
Charlotte Ayrton – Rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, flute, harmonica
Nive (Kevin Hall) – Bass
Mike Simpson – Drums, percussion

  1. Much More Than Near
  2. Midnight Sun
  3. The Calling
  4. Everlasting Arms

This short EP was released by Eden Burning before they were signed to R.E.X. Music and Storyville Records. This EP seems to steer closer to the Celtic folk rock sounds of their Vinegar and Brown Paper album (that most people in the U.S. would be most familiar with) than the more alt-rock sounds of Thin Walls from 1990. Of course, Thin Walls and this ep were re-packaged as one cassette in 1992, and also released digitally more recently. Another great collection to check out if you haven’t yet.

Nuclear Monks – Living in a New Town

Nuclear Monks
Living in a New Town
1991 Dah! Records
Mooresville, Indiana, USA

Scott Hudnall – Bass, vocals
Kenny Johnson – Guitar
Mark Clark – Drums, background vocals

  1. Heartbeat
  2. Broken Hearted Girl
  3. New Town
  4. River of Hope
  5. Stereo
  6. Forgiven
  7. Chasing the Ball Down the Street
  8. Real

I saw this tape on eBay, and the description intrigued me (not to mention the interesting band name). But it was out of my price range for a band I knew nothing about. However, I found out that it was also released on CD (with two different covers above), and that there was a copy for sale for cheap by someone that didn’t know how rare it was. So I took a chance, and I am glad I did. Nuclear Monks basically falls into the alternative rock / gothic rock tag. To be honest, they could have easily fit in with Sincerely Paul, Black Carnation, and Tribe of Dan on the Blonde Vinyl Records label. There is a slight influence of Sonic Temple-era The Cult here and there, along with The Alarm as well. As the CD goes on, the harder rock influences from late-80s The Cult drop off, and the band starts sounding like a more alt/goth mixture of The Stand, Brighton, The Cry, etc. Of course, I say that and then the final song “Real” comes roaring out with their hard rock/alt/goth sound. Interesting to note that the guy in the middle on the front cover is wearing a Die Happy t-shirt that Roger Martinez of Vengeance Rising fame used to wear a lot. But I don’t hear any thrash metal influence at all. All in all, this appears to be another alternative rock hidden treasure along the lines of Octover – should have been snatched up by some label, but never was it seems. I’m not sure what is up with the two different covers above other than being different editions (mine is the green one) – they seem to have the same release date and tracks on them otherwise.

Ted Goodwin – Intuitively Obvious

Ted Goodwin
Intuitively Obvious
1991 (no label)
Orlando, Florida, USA

Ted Goodwin – Synthesizer, drum machine, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, miscellaneous voicings, various mangling and manipulations of tape, assorted heavy machinery

Side 1:

  1. The Age of Reason (Part 1)
  2. Intuitively Obvious
  3. Destructive Tendencies
  4. Heart Over Mind
  5. Almost Clear
  6. Just the Facts, Ma’am
  7. Believing
  8. I am Joe’s Brain

Side 2:

  1. Multiple Choice (Option A)
  2. Multiple Choice (Option B)
  3. Artificial Intelligence
  4. Imprisoned Spirit
  5. Return to Reality
  6. Unspoken Words
  7. It’s All There for You
  8. Hidden Truth (IAJB Reprise)
  9. The Grand Assumption
  10. The Age of Reason (Part 2)

If you can’t tell by the cover, this album is a little bit different. Technically, it is almost all instrumental electronic music, but more new wave/alternative in nature. “It’s All There for You” has vocals. Buried in the middle of side 2. I hate to say Tangerine Dream as a comparison, because that still covers a lot of ground. Anyways, if you can imagine a new wave electronic band existing in the 1990s that did instrumentals, you would have the sound here. However, song lengths are all over the place – from 59 seconds to over 11 minutes. So at times there is a prog-ish long song “repetitive-but-then-suddenly-change” feeling to some songs.

Cindy Tells Me – Demo

Cindy Tells Me
1991 (no label)
Bloomington, Illinois, USA

Jack Sayre – Bass, vocals
D.E. Johnson – Guitar, vocals
Shawn Doolittle – Drums

  1. Modern Williamsburg
  2. Ezekiel
  3. Shadow Man

This band sounds like they wanted to mix Dig Hay Zoose, Hot Pink Turtle, and Scaterd Few together, but then decided that was too normal sounding and decided to go weirder. There is definitely a Scaterd Few influence on vocals of songs like “Ezekiel,” while the bass work throughout reminds me of Dig Hay Zoose. The song writing and structures reminds me of both of those bands mixed together with Hot Pink Turtle. Trippy and weird, which is a good thing as I am a fan of all three of those bands.