1995 (no label)
Dallas, Texas, USA
Joe Espinoza – Vocals, lead guitar
Richard Bruce – Backing vocals, lead guitar
Karel Fiferna – Drums
- Dimensions of Reality
- Unholy Manifestations
If you couldn’t tell from the cover, this is some pretty brutal extreme death metal. It seems like they still might be active today. The songs kind of blend into each other, so I hope I got the song breaks correct. The tape cover is well designed too – don’t see that too often. No bass player is listed int he credits, but you can clearly hear one, so I guess one of the credits was a typo. Overall, if you like death metal, this is a good example of it. There is actually a story that goes along with the tape, and parts of it are written out in between the song lyrics. The whole tape is about Satanic rituals and possession, and how that is growing and taking over the world. Of course, this was the early 90s and the Satanic Panic was having its last gasps of air. Most of the “rise of Satanism” was just a story being sold by individuals trying to scam people. I know this because I met one and he eventually got busted and confessed the whole thing (describing how he pulled it off) before disappearing back to Dallas. I have heard the story told in this tape a few different ways with some details changed, but it is always about the brother who is a Satan worshipper and the sister that is praying for him, she has a dream from God about him, then he sacrifices someone, has a creepy dream about Satan, and ends up committing suicide. Obviously there are people that do follow Satan, but they are few and far between. More often, the ones you see at churches talking about their “deliverance from Satanism” are selling a story, sadly. Also it is important to note that in the mid-90s, a few people were sent to jail after being accused of Satanic Ritual Abuse, but it turned out they were innocent. Their kids had been part of a con – convinced they had been a SRA victim when they really weren’t. Horrible. Some of them are still in jail.