Christian Plumber – Chaos

Christian Plumber
2001 Cling Records
Hudsonville, Michigan, USA

Chaos (Scott Busbee) – Everything
X – Vocals on “ABC-DX”

  1. Invocation
  2. Vomitus Christie
  3. Praise the Lord
  4. Geenie Jesus
  5. Batboy
  6. ABC-DX
  7. Ø (my first bass solo)

So Christian Plumber was a noise / experimental / ambient project. The keyboard backing music floats between ambient and freeform randomness, while the vocals are of the spoken word performance variety. In other words, it’s not the spoken word that comes close to poetry reading, but the kind that is somewhere between dramatic performance and random word play and/or vocal noises.  While I am not a huge expert on this kind of music, I do like to listen to it from time to time. But I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Most of you will get the band name, but for those that don’t: there are those that object to using Christian as an adjective for things like music (rightly so, because music cannot pray a prayer of salvation). The support for this logic was that “you never see Christian Plumbers advertising their Christian plumbing work out there!” Of course, where I live, there are plumbers that drive around in vans that say “Christian Plumber,” but I get the point they were trying to make. There were at least 4-5 tapes by this project before this one (Yes, Virginia, There Are Christian Plumbers; Crap; Jane Doe; Love Without Hate; etc), but I have yet to find any that came after it. These songs had been released online, but the 9 minute+ “Geenie Jesus” did not make it into that rip.

X-Terra – X-Terra

2000 (no label)
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

Rich Wilkens – Lead vocals
Josh Haynes – Lead guitar, vocals
Russ Straw – Rhythm guitar, vocals
Anne Kachline – Bass, vocals
Bob Kachline – Drums, vocals

Side 1:

  1. Warriors
  2. Prayers
  3. Where’s Your Love
  4. Witching Hour
  5. The Gadarene
  6. Be My Home

Side 2:

  1. Choose Life
  2. Woe to the Wicked
  3. Do What Jive
  4. Wolves
  5. Tower of Babel
  6. Found Trusting

X-Terra had been around for quite a long time by the time this demo was put out. Its also interesting to see a cassette from 2000. They start off with some tasty traditional metal/almost thrash metal riffs, and then start mixing in elements of nu-metal/groove metal here and there. However, if you hate those genres, keep in mind that they still ground this all in mostly traditional metal. I kind of like some modern metal, but if more bands went this direction I would have liked them more. I often see this band described as “groove metal.” There is a little bit here and there in this demo, but they are still not really like the Mustard Seeds, Atomic Opera, etc in the groove metal genre.