Emmaus Road – It’s No Rumor

Emmaus Road
It’s No Rumor
198? (no label)
Holland, Michigan, USA

Side 1:

  1. We’ve Got Spirit
  2. Sing Your Own Song
  3. Cephas / Psalm 96

Side 2:

  1. Who am I
  2. Road to Emmaus
  3. Allegory

Still no list of members on this tape by Emmaus Road like their Parents Asunder cassingle. Also no date, either. But the same person is listed as a contact, so I assume this is the same band. This tape seems to have a bit more of a prog feel to it (slightly, not a huge difference), along with some more classic rock influences here and there (everything from AC/DC to Billy Joel). Male and female lead vocals on this one, whereas the Parents Asunder cover shows only men in the band.

Missing Information: What year was this released? Who played on it?

Robert Barngrover – Heartbeat

Robert Barngrover
1992 CRS Records
Huntington Beach, California, USA

Robert Barngrover – Vocals, guitars
Eric Bogart – Bass guitar
Dan Lloyd Deeble – Piano
Jeff Suri – Drums
Tent Thomason – Vocals

Tom Barille – Drums on “Great Awakening”
Joey Caffman – Guitar on “Heartbeat of My Soul”
Dr. Dave – Bass on “Great Awakening”
Steve Light – Guitar on “Longing”

Side 1:

  1. Heartbeat of My Soul
  2. Great Awakening
  3. Esau’s Heel
  4. To Rule the Night

Side 2:

  1. I Want to See You
  2. Longing
  3. B.C.
  4. Reality

This appears to be the only solo album by Robert Barngrover of Bargrover/Light, Blue Shift, etc fame. Bandmates from those other bands like Steve Light and Dan Deeble also play on this album. The songs are mostly instrumental guitar solo songs, all in the rock / hard rock / blues rock vein. There are a few songs with vocals – “Great Awakening,” “I Want to See You,” and “Reality.” Just note this is not a neo-classical or Vai-influenced guitar shred album – its more along the lines of blues jam trio music.

Outpour – Outpour

1998 (no label)
Cocoa, Florida, USA

Side 1:

  1. Set Me Free
  2. No Identity

Side 2:

  1. Here We Are
  2. You Can Count on Me

For some reason, the first song on this tape sounds very familiar, but I don’t know why. Could just be imagining things. Since there is no band information on the tape, it is hard to tell if this band went on to become another band. My first guess with this was hardcore, but it turned out to be 90s groove metal / grunge / alternative rock. There is a website listed on the tape, so this was probably where you went for more info (the Web Archive didn’t seem to get a capture of this website, though). Also note that the cassette tape itself had some nice looking gold inserts in place of the usual dull silver kind.

Paul Howey – Demo

Paul Howey
1990 (no label)
Chicago, Illinois, USA

  1. Without God
  2. You’re My Hero
  3. We Can’t Go On

This seems to be an early-ish demo by Paul Howey, who also released Plug In in 1990 and Looking Glass in 1991. “Without God” and “We Can’t Go On” also appears on Plug In, while “You’re My Hero” also appears on Looking Glass. I don’t know if this tape was released before or after Plug In, because the songs on this tape sound the same as the ones on the other tapes. It sounds like this is all Howey recording different sounds on a keyboard, but the details are not listed on the tape.

Changed – It’s Good to Be Alive

It’s Good to Be Alive
1988 (no label)
The Netherlands

Ytsje Droogsma – Vocals
Jouke Droogsma – Vocals and lead guitar
Jurjen Wind – Rhythm guitar
Benno Nijmeyer – Bass
Johan Boersma – Drums

  1. Introductie
  2. Anyone Pays the Price
  3. Tell the Children They’re Mine (Who is Real? 1989)
  4. Big Shot (Wake Up 1990)
  5. Masks (Who is Real? 1989) + (Wake Up 1990) + (Favourite Food 19??)
  6. The Answer Off My Live (Who is Real? 1989)
  7. You Have It (Wake Up 1990)
  8. Share It With God (Who is Real? 1989)
  9. What Live is All About (Who is Real? 1989)
  10. Changed
  11. Lost and Lonely (Who is Real? 1989)

Well – didn’t even know this live tape existed until just now. Changed is known as a Christian hard rock band from the Netherlands that is most often compared to the Resurrection Band. This is somewhat due to the fact that they have a hard classic rock sound with male and female lead vocals. But that still leaves a wide range of styles out there. The Rez Band comparison comes through on songs like “Masks,” because that is who they really sound like on songs like that. But there is also a very strong European feel to the songs as well. Most songs come from their 1989 album Who is Real? “Anyone Pays the Price” and “Changed” seem to only exist on this tape. “You Have It” was on 1990’s Wake Up. Well, and “Masks” seems to have appeared on most of their tapes. The j-card says it was recorded in 1988, but I don’t know if it was released that year or later. It may be that the two songs only on this tape got re-recorded as another song on Wake Up. Or they were tried out and then dropped.

Juso – Live on Broadway

Live on Broadway
1990 (no label)
Ohio, USA

  1. Give It Up
  2. Stolen Waters
  3. Do You Know (The Power of Love)
  4. Prisoner of War

Another band with just a tape that has little information on it. From other sources, I found out that this was released in 1990, and that the band is from Ohio, But I don’t know much else. This demo is listed as “Live on Broadway” elsewhere. It really doesn’t sound live, as there are no crowd noises or banter between songs. It might have been recorded live in studio, or they just shut out any crowd noise. This is AOR-ish hard rock. Never quite metal, but more bite than pop rock. Kind of in the same realm as Idle Cure. They have two other demos that I know of – a 1988 demo and another one from 1988 called Why So.

Missing Information: who played on this?

Pond Scum – 6-Song Demo

Pond Scum
6-Song Demo
1995? (no label)
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Roger Dale Martin – Lead & rhythm guitars, lead vocals
Mel Webb – Bass guitar, backup vocals
Todd G. Norris – Drums, Percussion

Doug Atkins – Guest guitar, organ, and backup vocals

Side 1:

  1. Study
  2. Gonna Get Hot
  3. Bring It On

Side 2:

  1. Sweet Home
  2. Those Times
  3. Full On

Pond Scum is known as the band that Roger Dale Martin formed at some point after Vengeance Rising and Die Happy. There is no date on the tape, but the song “Sweet Home” did appear on the Fish Faves Volume 2 compilation in 1995, so it is generally assumed it was released that year. The sound is really nothing like any of Martin’s past bands, however – this is blues rock, heavily influenced by Texas blues musicians like Stevie Ray Vaughn. Occasionally you here some metal influences coming out, but the whole tape stays in the blues rock category.

Emmaus Road – Parents Asunder (cassingle)

Emmaus Road
Parents Asunder (cassingle)
1987 (no label)
Holland, Michigan, USA

  1. Parents Asunder

Aside from being the only band to probably ever use the word “asunder” in a song, I really don’t know much about this band. The sound is 80s keyboard-driven hard rock, with a definite influence from Journey and other similar bands. The lyrics appear to be referring to divorce, which would match up with the definition of the words they used, but I’m just wondering how many rockers would connect with a term like that?

Update: Seems they also have a demo called It’s No Rumor.

Missing Information: How played on this?

Changed – Who is Real?

Who is Real?
1989 Connector

Side 1:

  1. Useless After All
  2. Masks
  3. My Fault
  4. Hunger for Company
  5. Tell the Children

Side 2:

  1. Share It With God
  2. Where Is God In Your Life
  3. The Answer Of My Life
  4. What Life Is All About
  5. Lost And Lonely

This is the debut album by the Netherlands-based band Changed. I have not heard any of their music, but apparently they get better each album after this, starting with 1990’s Wake Up. It is not that they are bad here, just a little on the rough side. They have kind of a sound that is in the rock/hard rock arena, kind of how Barnabas bounced around styles on their first two albums (including some of the same flirtations with punk rock here and there). Changed has male and female lead vocals, so I guess you could say it sounds like the first two Barnabas albums if they were a little less polished and had shared male/female lead vocals. Also, it sounds like this was vinyl recorded to tape, as you can hear pops and scratches from vinyl clearly in many spots.

Stevie & The Saints – Metal Blue

Stevie & The Saints
Metal Blue
1987 Victoria LTD

Steve Olsen – Vocals, lead guitar
Ken Kane – Bass Guitar
John Tinker – Drums

Ralph Clayton – Keyboards
Kathy Jameson – Backing vocals
Maureen Kelly – Backing vocals

Side 1:

  1. We are the Saints
  2. Saint’s Boogie
  3. Code Name: Jesus
  4. One in One-Hundred

Side 2:

  1. Don’t Knock the Rock
  2. Talkin’ ’bout Love
  3. Jehovah Jirah
  4. Prisoner of Love

This is the early and more metal album by Stevie & the Saints. Their 1990 tape Eye on the Prize was more straight up blues rock, while this one is blues metal – or probably more accurately more like blues hard rock. This one also came out on vinyl back in the day, and has since been re-issued on CD and digital. If you like blues hard rock, kind of like a slightly heavier ZZ Top with influences from other Texas blues artists like Stevie Ray Vaughn, this is a really good example of it. The tape that I transferred didn’t come with a j-card, so I used the vinyl / CD re-issue version above.