Luxury – Nude at Last

Nude at Last
1996 (no label)

  1. Honeymoon
  2. I Don’t Hate Her Anymore
  3. Velvet
  4. Touch
  5. Flaming Youth Flames On
  6. When the Curtain Falls
  7. From the Lion Within
  8. Hell or Highwater

This tape was a compilation put together by Luxury after their first Tooth & Nail release Amazing and Thank You, but before their second release The Latest & The Greatest. It mostly contains songs off of previous (at that point) releases and two preview songs from the upcoming release. “Honeymoon” and ” I Don’t Hate Her Anymore” were the lead tracks from Tinsel by The Shroud (the first name for Luxury). “Velvet” and “Touch” were the first two tracks from Candy, Darling? by Shroud (the second name for Luxury). “Flaming Youth Flames On” is the original version of this song, originally released on the band’s split with Sunbrain. This version is different from the version later on Amazing and Thank You. “When the Curtain Falls” is the version that was the closing track on Luxury’s demo It Might as Well Be Skin. The two new songs (as the time of this release) – “From the Lion Within” and ” Hell or Highwater” – were both later released on The Latest & The Greatest, and the versions here sound the same as the ones on the official release. So you can pretty much find all of these versions of these songs on their BandCamp page, with the exception of the early version of “Flaming Youth Flames On.”However, the final version of that song is on their page.


Blank Face – Three Free

Blank Face
Three Free
1996 (no label)
Elmwood Park, Illinois, USA

David J. Pisciotto – vocals and instruments

  1. Sin Disease
  2. On the Cross
  3. Thirst

If you listened to many industrial compilations back in the day, especially those that were on R.E.X. Music, then you have already heard 2/3 of this tape and know it is a great tape. Blank Face got some attention for their songs on the comps and then seemed to vanish. The sound here is guitar-driven industrial, more hard rock/heavy alternative in style than heavy metal, but still well made. This was the second of two known demos from Blank Face, the other being Trinity. I haven’t heard that one, so I don’t know if any songs repeat from here to there. The third song on this tape that most haven’t heard fits in great with the others stylistically.

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.

This Suffering – This Suffering

This Suffering
This Suffering
1996 Dead Records
Port Angeles, Washington, USA

Jeff Suffering

Side 1:

  1. Dreams I See More Clearly
  2. Blackened

Side 2:

  1. Shattered Images
  2. Crevace

So this is apparently a Gothic / Experimental side project from Jeff (Bettger) Suffering of 90lb Wuss / Suffering & The Hideous Thieves fame. I don’t know who all performed on this as there some female vocals, so it could also be Suffering mostly on his own or not. The song “Blackened” made it on to the Boot to Head Records Sampler #1 in 1996. It doesn’t seem like any of these songs made it on to future Suffering-related projects, but I could have missed one somewhere.

LuvzHugz – LuvzHugz

1996 Too Loud Records
Liberty, Kentucky, USA

Matt Davis – Vocals, background vocals, drum programming
Richard Easterling – Guitars, bass, extra drum programming

  1. Louder Than Words
  2. Kidz “R”
  3. Sin

My first guess on seeing the name of this band was pop punk. But the cover looks more underground noise/experimental. Upon listening to this, the second one was closer. However, the closest comparison I can think of is Situation Taboo. This is electronic music that is someone industrial, somewhat trippy, and somewhat guitar alt rock. They really don’t sound like SitTab, but that is the closest sound that comes to mind. The cassette card lists a song called “The Devil Had a Picnic” that does not appear on the cassette. Very interesting but obscure find.

Dog Baby – The Incredible Fart Post

Dog Baby
The Incredible Fart Post
1996 That 1 Record Co.
Fountain Valley, California, USA

Matt Bailey – Bass, vocals
Jesse Nason – Drums, vocals
Gary Tucker – Guitar, vocals

Side 1:

  1. Convalescence
  2. Almost Nothing

Side 2:

  1. Just Friends
  2. Knee Slap
  3. Carpet

Finally a bucket list item checked off! Well, not really. But this was a mystery from back in the day for me finally solved. I remember seeing an image for something called “Fart Post” in the corner of an ad in HM magazine back in 1996. I had no idea what it referred to. A few years ago in a Facebook discussion we found out that Dog Baby had actually named their demo that. Yeah, that is at least a “Top 10 Worst Album Names” award right there. It was also strange that after releasing a full-length CD called Donut the year before they would go back to tape – especially in 1996. Ethereal Soul did the same thing about this time. Speaking of Ethereal Soul, that is a good sonic comparison here. Dog baby was a funk metal band like Dig Hay Zoose, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hot Pink Turtle, etc. To my ears, they sound a bit like a cross between Don’t Know and Sage (from the Artcore comp). One of the members mentioned on Facebook that there was a demo before Donut and a second full-length album, but I have found no clue as to what those are.

Riveredge – 1996 Demo

1996 Demo
1996 (no label)

Jason – Drums, vocals
Jeremy – Bass guitar
Chris – Guitars, vocals

Side 1:

  1. Alien
  2. As You Freefall (Wasted)

Side 2:

  1. Youth in Asia
  2. Far Away

This is another random demo that I picked out of the stack because it was short and looked interesting. The sound is kind of a darker alternative rock – the first song based on electric guitar, and the other three on acoustic guitar. Not bad at all, but not really original enough to stand out from the crowd of bands that were also doing this same thing in the mid-90s. They also did that annoying thing of not listing band member last names, so I have no idea if they went on to other bands or not. But they also win the award for “band photo where the band members that look nothing like an actual band.”