The Hounds of Heaven – Freddie’s Dead / Sinking Ship

The Hounds of Heaven
Freddie’s Dead / Sinking Ship
1990 (no label)
Oakland, California, USA

Members unknown, but possible members could include:

Nelson Di Marco – vocals
Deena Di Marco – keyboards, background vocals
Joel Pronto – guitar
Jerri Bionda – bass, lead and background vocals

  1. Freddie’s Dead
  2. Sinking Ship

Yes, this is the same band that signed to Blonde Vinyl and released Virtue & Virginity. If you have the CD and wondered what the deal was with the random hand bone art inside of it – apparently, that was a nod back to this demo. Only two songs, but both are great and neither ended up on the full length. The sound here is a bit hard to pin down, but it seems to be a mix of goth, new wave, industrial, and alternative. The main difference with their full length is that the vocals are all male, and there are no real metal sound parts like the full length occasionally had. The Di Marcos went on to form BATZZ in the Belfry, which is still active to this day. There was almost no information on the tape cover, so I have no idea who plays on this album. Some possible members are listed above.

Missing Information: who played on this?

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Christian Image – Jerusalem Attack

Christian Image
Jerusalem Attack
1989 (no label)
Amsterdam, Holland, Netherlands

Lillian V – Vocals
Dorothe V – Metalized Violin
Laszlo H – Guitars

Side 1:

  1. We are Hier in the Name of Jesus
  2. Nightriders
  3. Lightriders
  4. God Loves Siouxie
  5. Jesus is the Way
  6. You’re Made out of Glass
  7. Jerusalem Attack
  8. Lord, Why?

Side 2 (“Live in Utrecht”):

  1. We are Hier in the Name of Jesus (live)
  2. You’re Made Out of Glass (live)
  3. Nightriders (live)
  4. Imagine Heaven and Hell (live)
  5. Power in the His Name (live)
  6. We are Hier in the Name of Jesus (live)
  7. Stand Before Your King (live)
  8. Encore (live)

Christian Image was fairly well known as an industrial / gothic band in the Christian tape underground. Key Records still sells a later demo from 1990 called We Cast out the Devil. I’m not sure if they are industrial on purpose, or sound industrial because they use a drum machine. The guitars sound like an industrial band, so I would go with that. And yes, you did read that correct above: metalized violin. It is played kind of like an instrument or lead guitar throughout the album, giving the band an original sound. Key Records refers to their style as “Harsh Dutch Gothic Rock” and that is pretty accurate. They also have another demo from the same year called Imagine Heaven Imagine Hell Which One Do You Choose? The second side of this tape was just labeled “Live from Utrecht”, but I have labeled the live songs as best I can (tracks 5 and 7 were a wild guesses). A review of We Cast Out the Devil from The Cutting Edge magazine also describes them well:

“Psychedelic, modern dance gloom rock in the vein of Joy division, Bauhaus, Laurie Anderson and England’s Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus. Swirls of moody, thick synths, balanced by controlled guitar, all under-girded by metalized violin. The vocals, adequate and eerie, kinda echo over the music, creating a listening experience not unlike the best of Jimi Hendrix’s guitar excursions or the musical ideas that slash out from Captain Beefheart’s best work on “Trout Mask,” “Decals,” and “Doc at the Radar Station.” Also close to the sound from “Monstor” by No Laughing Matter. Some tip of the hat to industrial doodling can be found here. Lyrically evangelistic. A sonic blast taking you to the fringes of Christian experimentation.”

You can also find some lyrics and reviews in (I am assuming) Dutch here: http://www.christianworldwideweb.com/mp3/christian_image.html

Missing Information: Names of songs on Live sing, last names of band members.

Ted Worthless – Voice of Anger

Ted Worthless
Voice of Anger
1989 Worthless Records
Mesa, Arizona, USA

Ted Worthless – Vocals, most (if not all) instruments

Side 1:

  1. 100 Mile House
  2. Tense Party 3
  3. I Don’t Want to be Rich
  4. Serpents and Bones
  5. Father God – Mother Nature

Side 2:

  1. Last Night the Christ Came
  2. Home Sweet Home
  3. 7 Seals
  4. Every Single Morning
  5. Beggerman…

This release is numbered “No. 5” – Ted’s 5th solo demo. This continues the same musical style of his last one I transferred. It is dark, moody, gothic, and more ambient than rocking at times. I’m not even sure if I can make out any of the vocals – they are low and in the background. The music is very experimental – even the track transitions are different. Some just end mid song, others sound chopped up DIY style, and so on. This is what the tape underground sounded like in the 80s. Some people were putting together demos that were cleaned up as well as they could (in an attempt to get signed), and others were experimenting and going for certain vibes. No details on the j-card of who did what, but most or all of it is assumed to be Ted Worthless.

Missing Information: Who played what on this.

Ted Worthless – A Time for Fear

Ted Worthless
A Time for Fear
1988 Worthless Records (WR-070)
Mesa, Arizona, USA

Ted Worthless – All music, lyrics, vocals, drums, guitars, bass, keys – except:
Echo – Drums on “Tuesday’s Child Awakened”
Scott Roman – Lyrics on “The Pain Can Sometimes Kill”

Side 1:

  1. The Pain Can Sometimes Kill
  2. Trauma
  3. Tuesday’s Child Awakened
  4. Theme of the Red Lion Inn

Side 2:

  1. Tea & Cookies
  2. Tranquiliser
  3. Trinidad
  4. CF7 (Tricks I Can’t Explain)
  5. The Mary’s Song

This is an interesting piece of history from Ted Worthless, of No Laughing Matter and Worthless Records fame. The sound is a bit hard to describe – somewhere between alternative and gothic. It sounds dark, brooding, and a bit muddy. The vocals are hard to make out. But it is oddly compelling as well. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but for those that like things off the beaten path, it is one to look for. This release is listed as Ted Worthless solo release #3 – there are at least 5 numbered solo releases from Ted. I have heard #2-5 (will add those in the future), but have never heard #1. Worthless Records was active online for a while, but went silent about two and a half years ago. They did re-issue some old classic underground stuff there while they were open.