Frank’s Enemy – Qoheleth

Frank’s Enemy
Qoheleth
1993 Not Silent (NS5)
Miami, Florida

Julio Rey – Guitar, Lead vocals
Marc Golob – Bass, vocals
Alex A – Drums

Side 1:

  1. Link Line
  2. Man, You Made a Lonely World
  3. You are God

Side 2:

  1. Reasons to Say No
  2. Destroy
  3. I Think
  4. We’re Recording Ourselves

Frank’s Enemy is a bit hard to describe – they are definitely an extreme metal band, but there are grind elements, death elements, punk elements, experimental elements, funk elements, hardcore elements, and so on. This was their third demo, the last one before they released their full-length self-titled album. In fact, most of the songs on here made it onto that album. Frank’s Enemy is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I enjoy the weirdness and intensity of what they do here. “Destroy” is also a cover of The Lead, and for those that didn’t know, Julio Rey was/is in The Lead (since they are now releasing new music). Also, the last two tracks I have listed on side two are not listed on the tape J-card. The first one is an early demo of “I Think” with Julio on lead vocals (it was later re-recorded on Neoblasphemies with female lead vocals). The other one is really just the band in the studio goofing off, talking about copy right law and how they are recording themselves.

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Destiny – Destiny

Destiny
Destiny
1993 (no label)

Juli Gort – Guitar
Jeff Morgan – Bass
Erik DeBower – Drums

  1. Road Kill
  2. Sleepwalkin’
  3. Voodoo Shillelagh

You know its true shred metal when you get a list of all of the equipment that each band member endorses/uses. But they left off details about how to contact them if you liked the demo. Doh! Oh well, a lot of bands did that. Instrumental shred metal tends to lean towards either jazz or neo-classical metal in extreme ways that end up only being enjoyable by other guitar players. Destiny was a band that went the Jeff Scheetz route of mixing some neo-classical metal with some jazz while still keeping the songs firmly in the commercial metal zone that most non-guitar players could enjoy. The jaw dropping guitar wizardry is still there, along with impressive backing instrumentation on bass and drums, they just made sure not to sacrifice songwriting for shred.

Cats With Gregory – Cats With Gregory

Cats With Gregory
Cats With Gregory
1993 (no label)
Anaheim, California, USA

Jeremy Lucero – Vocals
Jody Lucero – Guitar
Scott Linder – Bass
Greg Schubert – Drums

  1. Good Friend
  2. Let It Go
  3. Up to You
  4. Through the Vine

Cool demo I got in a trade. Remember briefly when grunge was a bit more diverse, with some bands influenced by other bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers? Cats With Gregory appears to be a product of that era. They are still definitely grunge, but you get a bit more of the RHCP and Primus influence in the songs as well. This was also mixed by Gene Eugene and engineered by Mark Rodriguez, so there are probably some deeper connections with the Southern California alternative rock music scene that I’m not aware of off the bat. But the bigger question is: who is Gregory, and why are cats with him in the first place?

Debbie Cocoa – Refuge

Debbie Cocoa
Refuge
1993 (no label)
Martinez, Georgia, USA

Debbie Cocoa – Vocals, instruments
Scott Story – Vocals, instruments

Side 1:

  1. Refuge
  2. The Gift
  3. Killing of a King
  4. E.S.U.S.

Side 2:

  1. Sinners Dream
  2. The King is Coming Soon
  3. O Come, O Come Emanuael

So when you pose with a metal looking guitar on the tape cover, one would come to expect a metal album with some shredder guitar. But the then the music starts playing, and it is slower, somber, distant sounding music. Is this gothic music? The pace doesn’t pick up until half way through the second track, and there is a lot of guitar soloing on here… but still a definite melancholy sound that is distinctly goth. Some tracks like “Killing of a King” are not really that gothic, but then “J.E.S.U.S.” is very gothic. Interesting.

Innocence in a Sense – Trigger

Innocence in a Sense
Trigger
1993 (no label)
Florida, USA

Brad Boughton – Vocals
Eric Swanson – Guitars
Dave Scharr – Bass guitar
Mike Walker – Drums

Side 1:

  1. The End of Reliance
  2. Obscurity
  3. The Yellow Brick Road

Side 2:

  1. Persistence
  2. Scream
  3. Trigger

Okay, so I decided to check out this tape based on the band title and picture. They just scream 90s alt, don’t they? First track starts off a bit mellow, but it does pick up the pace. It sounds like it could have been on one of the Light From the Underground comps. I didn’t like it at first, but it’s kind of growing on me. The second song is more aggressive and I like it better from the get go. The rest of the tape follows suit – alternating between faster songs that I like right away and slower songs that are growers. A couple of songs don’t ever grow, but that happens with demos.

Weeping Prophet – Broken (rough mix)

Weeping Prophet
Broken (rough mix)
1993 (no label)
Akron, Ohio, USA

Jym Workman – Vocals
Stewart Hilton – Guitars
Walt Wise – Bass
John Joyce – Drums

  1. Circle of Blood
  2. Revelation
  3. Laughter
  4. Slaughter of the Innocent
  5. Anorexic

So this was originally labeled as “Ruff Mix” by Weeping Prophet. I was hoping that it was the On the Verge of Tears demo that I have never heard [update: now I have]. But it turns out this is a rough mix of the Broken demo. Which is still a cool demo, but you can find mp3s of it online if you dig. Also, the final demo was also rough, so I am not sure what they cleaned up. Weeping Prophet is progressive thrash band that got some attention through various ads in Heaven’s Metal magazine back in the day. All the info above comes from various online websites that have posted scans of the full cassette release. All this cassette had was a phone number on the tape, and then a business card for Jym Workman from his company of “Witness Wear” clothing.

The Exit – Demo

The Exit
Demo
1993 (no label)

  1. Fallen
  2. Hold Me Now
  3. Away

Slow, dark, moody rock with some slight alternative leanings. Well, it stays slow for the first song and a half, picks up for the second half of the second song, and them slows down again for the last song. There are both male and female lead and background vocals. No other information on this other than what is on the tape. I quite like the second song on the album (after it speeds up a bit) – I could see it on some of the mid-90s underground comps back in the day.

Missing Information: Who played on this?